According to CNBC, Tesla has a billion dollar debt coming due, and it could wipe out nearly a third of the company’s cash if the stock price doesn’t improve.
About $920 million in convertible senior notes expires on March 1 at a conversion price of $359.87 per share. But Tesla’s stock hasn’t traded above $359 for weeks. If the shares are about $359.87, then Tesla’s debt converts into Tesla shares. If not, Tesla will have to pay the debt in cash. Maybe its time for Elon to do another cash offering and get another podcast going?
Tesla reported cash and cash equivalents of $3.37 billion at the end of its September quarter. The company continues to reveal pressure to maintain profitability, and announced Friday it would cut 7 percent of its full-time workforce.
Shares fell more than 11 percent Friday following the announcement to trade around $305 per share.
Musk said during the company’s third quarter earnings call that Tesla plans to honor the original maturation date.
“The current operating plan is to pay off our debts and not to refinance them but to pay them off and reduce the debt load and overall leverage of the company,” Musk said at the time.
I wonder if these guys are ready to buy some shares?