Earnings Results: Elon Musk teases massive Tesla stock buyback as CFO trims forecast for annual deliveries and stock falls

by | Oct 19, 2022 | Stock Market

Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk suggested the electric-vehicle maker could repurchase up to $10 billion worth of its stock Wednesday, as shares declined following a third-quarter revenue miss and his CFO brought down delivery expectations for the full year. Some Tesla
investors have been agitating for a stock buyback after multiple stock splits and the company losing more than a third of its market capitalization in 2022, and Musk said in an earnings conference call that Tesla’s board has discussed a buyback in the range of $5 billion to $10 billion.

“We debated the buyback idea extensively at board level. The board generally thinks that it makes sense to do a buyback, we want to work through the right process to do a buyback, but it is something possible for us to do a buyback on the order of $5 [billion] to $10 billion even in a downside scenario next year, given next year is very difficult,” he said, adding that it “is obviously pending board review and approval.” “So it’s likely that we will do some meaningful buyback,” he concluded. The statement did not immediately move Tesla’s stock, as it was followed closely by a forecast revision from Chief Financial Officer Zachary Kirkhorn, who said, “We do expect to be just under 50% growth [for deliveries] due to an increase in the cars in transit at the end of the year.” Tesla delivered a record number of cars in the third quarter, but still missed analysts’ expectations and made it more …

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