Sep 18, 2018

Report: Tesla and Elon Musk face criminal investigation

The Department of Justice is investigating Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk for fraud, after Musk tweeted last month that he had "funding secured" for a possible buyout of the company at $420 per share, reports Bloomberg.

The big picture: Tesla already is under civil investigation by the SEC for the same tweet.

A statement from Tesla:

"Last month, following Elon's announcement that he was considering taking the company private, Tesla received a voluntary request for documents from the DOJ and has been cooperative in responding to it. We have not received a subpoena, a request for testimony, or any other formal process. We respect the DOJ's desire to get information about this and believe that the matter should be quickly resolved as they review the information they have received."

Go deeper: Tesla faces threats from every direction.

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Tesla short sellers wish Elon Musk had funding secured at $420

Data: Money.net; Chart: Axios Visuals

Tesla has been among the most derided companies in the world, but CEO Elon Musk has been getting revenge against hated short sellers since the electric car company's June swoon.

Why it matters: Many probably wish Musk had taken the company private at $420 a share, as he said he would in an August 2018 tweet in which he claimed to have "funding secured" for the move.

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Tesla reports record 112,000 deliveries in 2019's 4th quarter

Tesla headquarters in Silicon Valley. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Tesla announced Friday that it produced almost 105,000 cars in 2019's fourth quarter and delivered roughly 112,000 — both records for the Silicon Valley electric automaker.

Why it matters: The deliveries substantially beat Wall Street estimates and enabled the company to meet its "ambitious" year-end sales goals, per CNBC.

Go deeperArrowJan 3, 2020

A tale of two carmakers: Tesla overcomes Nissan

Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn was in pugnacious form on Wednesday during a 145-minute press conference in Beirut, at which he proclaimed his innocence while simultaneously bemoaning the underperformance of the Nissan share price.

By the numbers: Since Ghosn was arrested in November, Nissan's enterprise value has declined to $85 billion from $96 billion, a rate of roughly $36 million per trading day.

Go deeperArrowJan 9, 2020