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Tesla will need a significant cash infusion before 2020, Goldman Sachs said Thursday.
Tesla maintains it will be profitable this year — and that it won’t need to raise capital.
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Add Goldman Sachs to the list of Tesla skeptics.

The bank told clients Thursday that the electric automaker may need $10 billion over the next 18 months in order to stay afloat and meet production demands.

“Between its current operations, anticipated new product spend, and incremental capacity additions, we see Tesla potentially requiring over $10 billion in external capital raises and debt re-financing by 2020,” analyst David Tamberrino said in a note to clients Thursday.

“We believe this level of capital transactions may be funded through multiple avenues, including new bond issuance (secured and/or unsecured), convertible notes, and equity. We see several options available to the company to refinance maturing debt and raise incremental funds, which should allow Tesla to fund its growth targets.”

His estimate contradicts CEO Elon Musk’s claims that the company won’t need a cash infusion and should be profitable by the end of 2018.

If Tesla does raise more cash, it could weigh on the company’s credit rating, which already took a …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Technology

      

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