Employee email explains Elon Musk’s plan to take Tesla private

Employee email explains Elon Musk’s plan to take Tesla private

Enlarge / Elon Musk in 2015. (credit: Lee Hutchinson)


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has sent out an email to employees explaining his plan—first disclosed in a cryptic tweet—to turn Tesla into a privately held company.


"As a public company, we are subject to wild swings in our stock price that can be a major distraction for everyone working at Tesla," Musk wrote. "Being public also subjects us to the quarterly earnings cycle that puts enormous pressure on Tesla to make decisions that may be right for a given quarter but not necessarily right for the long-term."


US securities law draws a distinction between private and public companies. Public companies are companies whose shares are available for purchase by anyone on public markets like the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. Public companies often have thousands of shareholders—ranging from huge pension plans and mutual funds to ordinary retail investors.


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