Tesla Motors: Can it deliver?
The automaker may have underestimated what it would take to develop its mainstream electric car and the price it can sell for.
By Eric Jackson, TheStreet
It priced at $17, the top end of its range, and soared 41% on its first day of trading. It's still trading more than 24% above its IPO price three months later.
The company has done a great job of funding itself. Its IPO raised $250 million. It also received a $465 million loan from the Department of Energy, and it needs it. Since inception, Tesla has lost $300 million.
There are generally two types of Tesla investors: those who love the company and those who hate it. Investors who are bullish on Tesla point to electric cars being the future and Tesla sporting the biggest brand within that space. Post continues after video:
Investors who are bearish on Tesla point out that the automaker keeps losing money, that further capital needs for the company are underestimated, and that the upcoming IPO lockup expiration in December is a potential weight on the stock price. Flashy Tesla CEO Elon Musk is also a lightning rod for criticism.
I have a short position in Tesla owing to the reasons cited above and what I perceive as poor corporate governance structures in place for a public company.
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