Norway's Wealth Fund Issues Savage Burn On Tesla

norways wealth fund issues savage burn on tesla

Save for some uplifting production news, Tesla Motors is still fighting an uphill battle. CEO Elon Musk’s earlier claim that the company would go private has gotten him into trouble with the Securities Exchange Commission — since it looks as if the automaker hasn’t procured the necessary funding to make that happen.

However it doesn’t appear as if Norway’s sovereign wealth fund will be the outlet to pick up that tab. Trond Grande, deputy CEO of the Norwegian fund, declined to say whether Tesla had approached the fund about going private. “We don’t have a view on that,” he said before adding “We want to be invested in companies that make money.”

That savage burn, reported by Bloomberg, sounds pretty definitive. If Tesla hasn’t approached Norway already, it certainly isn’t going to now.

Norway is Tesla’s third-biggest market and the country’s wealth fund is the world’s largest. It currently holds a 0.48 percent stake in the automaker worth about $253 million. Assuming Tesla goes private, the fund is likely to sell off its shares as standard protocol. But it’s legally allowed to stay invested if it wants.

“The priority is to try to preserve the value for the fund. That is the priority,” Grande said. “If that means that the fund will be invested in a company that has been delisted for a period of time, that could happen … But as a main rule, we will exit the investments as and when, or soon after, it has been taken off an exchange.”

In March the fund voted against Musk’s potential $2.6 billion payout. It also backed an initiative to have Musk removed as chairman in June, and supported one would have allowed investors to nominate their own directors.

That’s likely of little consequence to Elon at the moment, though. The SEC appears to have opened an inquiry related to Musk’s tweets about privatization and that’s likely weighing heavier on his mind right now. The company’s stock has also taken a serious hit.

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  • Kosmo Kosmo on Aug 22, 2018

    Gotta love Norway with its huge subsidies for Tesla ownership. Funded by Norway's Wealth Fund. Which is funded by North Sea oil revenues.........

  • Felix Hoenikker Felix Hoenikker on Aug 23, 2018

    Yes, Elon is a nut case, but the product is real. I had lunch with an ex coworker two weeks ago. As we were leaving he showed me his new car - a white Tesla Model 3. Naturally we went for a spin up and down US 1 near Woodbridge, NJ. The performance of the 3 blew my socks off. I am a big fan of quiet power, and this thing is almost silent, and really fast especially from a stop. I never expected this kind of acceleration from a BEV passenger car. Now long term durability is another issue. Too early to tell, but out of the box the 3 is quite impressive to drive. At $50K it's a little pricey for my tastes for a commuter car, but I could see $35K when production catches up with demand or battery prices keep dropping.

  • 285exp I am quite sure that it is a complete coincidence that they have announced a $7k price increase the same week that the current administration has passed legislation extending the $7k tax credit that was set to expire. Yep, not at all related.
  • Syke Is it possible to switch the pure EV drive on and off? Given the wonderful throttle response of an EV, I could see the desirability of this for a serious off-roader. Run straight ICE to get to your off-roading site, switch over the EV drive during the off-road section, then back to ICE for the road trip back home.
  • ToolGuy Historical Perspective Moment:• First-gen Bronco debuted in MY1966• OJ Simpson Bronco chase was in 1994• 1966 to 1994 = 28 years• 1994 to now = 28 yearsFeel old yet?
  • Ronnie Schreiber From where is all that electricity needed to power an EV transportation system going to come? Ironically, the only EV evangelist that I know of who even mentions the fragile nature of our electrical grid is Elon Musk. None of the politicians pushing EVs go anywhere near it, well, unless they are advocating for unreliable renewables like wind and solar.
  • FreedMike I just don’t see the market here - I think about 1.2% of Jeep drivers are going to be sold on the fuel cost savings here. And the fuel cost savings are pretty minimal, per the EPA: fuel costs for this vehicle are $2200 and $2750 for the equivalent base turbo-four model. I don’t get it.