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Tesla's convertible bond payment is due today, and the bonds won't convert to equity. Shareholders won't be crying.

Why it matters: If Tesla was going to issue dilutive new equity, it would want to do so in a way that actually brings in cash for the company.

By the numbers:

  • Tesla's $920 million in convertible senior notes expire at a conversion price of $359.87 per share.
  • Tesla shares are well below the conversion price, so the company will have to pay that debt in cash.

Details: The company had $3.7 billion in cash on its books at the end of last year, WSJ notes, including existing deposits. Tesla also had more than $5 billion in accounts payable and accrued liabilities along with nearly $10 billion in long-term debt, not including today's convertible bond payment.

Between the lines: When Tesla's 2019 bond was trading over par in late 2014, the stock wasn't anywhere near the $360 conversion price.

Go deeper: Tesla launches $35,000 Model 3 while moving to online-only ordering

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Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

House cancels Thursday session as FBI, Homeland Security warn of threat to Capitol

Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security predict violent domestic extremists attacks will increase in 2021, according to a report obtained by Axios.

Driving the news: The joint report says extremists have discussed plans to take control of the Capitol and "remove Democratic lawmakers" on or about March 4. The House canceled its plans for Thursday votes as word of the possible threats spread.

2 hours ago - World

Pope Francis set to make first papal visit to Iraq amid possible turmoil

Data: Vatican News; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Pope Francis is forging ahead with the first papal trip to Iraq despite new coronavirus outbreaks and fears of instability.

The big picture: The March 5–8 visit is intended to reassure Christians in Iraq who were violently persecuted under the Islamic State. Francis also hopes to further ties with Shiite Muslims, AP notes.

"Neanderthal thinking": Biden slams states lifting mask mandates

States that are relaxing coronavirus restrictions are making "a big mistake," President Biden told reporters on Wednesday, adding: "The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking."

Driving the news: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Wednesday he will end all coronavirus restrictions via executive order, although some businesses are continuing to ask patrons to wear face masks. Mississippi is lifting its mask mandate for all counties Wednesday, per Gov. Tate Reeves (R).