Friday 3 May 2019 8:14 am

Revealed: Elon Musk's half-a-billion dollar debt to banks helping Tesla fundraise

Tesla boss Elon Musk personally owes $507m (£389m) to the Wall Street banks helping the electric car firm raise up to $2.3bn, it emerged yesterday.

Read more: Tesla looks to strengthen with $2.3bn fundraising round

The lending was disclosed in a Tesla prospectus for the fundraising, and showed the debt to be $117m less than the personal loans Musk disclosed in a similar 2017 prospectus.

Tesla shares powered up four per cent yesterday after the firm revealed the fundraising plans, soothing investor concerns about the firm whose stock has been trading at two-year lows recently.

Musk, 20 per cent stakeholder in the firm, has taken personal loans from Wall Street for years – the 2017 prospectus showed him owing $624m to banks including Morgan Stanley and Bank of America.

According to yesterday’s filing, Goldman Sachs is also now on the scene. It has $213m in loans outstanding to the outspoken businessman, while he owes Morgan Stanley $209m and another $85m to Bank of America. Goldman was not mentioned as a personal lender to Musk in the 2017 filing.

The loans are backed by Musk’s Tesla shares, currently worth about $8bn. But the filing said if Tesla’s share price falls the banks could force Musk to sell some of his shares, creating additional pressure on its stock.

Goldman and Citigroup, both involved in the fundraising, have “sell” ratings on Tesla’s stock.

At the end of 2018, Musk had 13.4m Tesla shares pledged as collateral for his personal debts, according to another filing.

Read more: Tesla shares drop after record quarterly fall in car deliveries

Tesla, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs declined to talk about the loans.

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