The balance sheet of Tesla Inc. received a $1.8 Billion boost from the bond investors. This was the electric car maker’s first bid into the junk US bond market where investors race to lock in companies with returns that are relatively higher than normal.
But these high yields have recently shrunk because of deployment of cash in the riskiest areas due to which Elon Musk’s US car company was able to raise their cash cheaply.
In the SEC filing, Tesla said that they sold $1.8 Billion of 8yr Unsecured Bonds at a 5.3% yield. Sources said that the bonds were sold at par.
According to Reuters IFR unit, the initial debt offering was $1.5 Billion, but due to overwhelming demand, this offering was enlarged by Tesla. The yield was higher than the previously cited 5.25%.
These cash proceeds are going to finance Tesla’s midsize sedan Model 3, which is going to hit the mass market and help the company to earn a ton of profit. The company aims to boost its Model 3 production to 500,000 cars by 2018, which is six times the output it had in 2016.
Model 3, with a base price of $35,000,is giving months of manufacturing problems to Musk’s team as they increase the sedan’s production. With this extra cash, the company now has enough wiggle room to make their dream a reality.
Their stock ended at $357.72 on Friday, which is about 1400% increase since June 2010 debut of $17 per share. This is the perfect time to become a junk bond issuer for Tesla.