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Despite Tesla Successes the Company May Not Be Ripe for Takeover

Musk may not want to sell

Jun 25 2013, 1:00pm CDT | by

Despite Tesla Successes the Company May Not Be Ripe for Takeover

Electric vehicle maker Tesla has been in the news a lot lately. The company paid off its federal loans years early and has one of the few truly successful electric vehicles on the market. Some believe that the fact that Tesla had paid off its government loans so early could make the company ripe for takeover. However, Tesla may not be as likely a takeover target has some analysts believe.

Tesla's loans with the Department of Energy had verbiage reports Bloomberg that limited Tesla's ability to sell itself. With those loans paid off the company can now sell to whoever it wants to. However, factors limiting Tesla's ability to sell remain. Perhaps the largest of those factors is the fact that Tesla CEO Elon Musk may not want to sell his company.

Potential suitors may also be concerned that Tesla has only just now reported its first quarterly profit in its 10-year history. Tesla is currently trading stock for 816 times its estimated earnings for 2013. That values the company at over $5 billion.

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.

 

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