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Investors at Tesla have approved a stock split, and Elon Musk will build more facilities

Thursday was the day when shareholders voted to approve a three-for-one stock split for Tesla, a move that would make the company’s shares more accessible to investors with lesser budgets.

At the annual meeting of the company that manufactures electric cars and solar panels, which took place at its brand-new plant in Austin, Texas, the preliminary results of the shareholder vote were disclosed.

During the discussion, Tesla’s Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk brought up the possibility of a significant plant expansion in the near future as the firm works toward its long-term goal of producing 20 million cars annually. It now generates around 1.5 million on a yearly basis.

Musk has said that Tesla might announce the location of another plant site this year, and the company anticipates having about a dozen in the future. At the moment, the corporation operates assembly factories in the following locations: Fremont, California; Austin, Texas; Berlin, Germany; and Shanghai, China. Musk made a joke on the fact that many people had proposed building the next facility in Canada.

Musk said that the business has completed the production of its three millionth automobile.

After Elon Musk launched a $44 billion offer to purchase Twitter in April, Tesla shares fell more than 40 percent by the end of May, closing Thursday at $925.90, which was a decrease of 12.4 percent since the beginning of the year. However, the stock nearly completed a split itself.

Investors dreaded the possibility that Musk would take his attention away from Tesla if the company bought the social media site.

But Musk pulled out of the agreement in July, prompting Twitter to sue him in an attempt to compel him to complete the acquisition. In the Delaware Chancery Court, an upcoming trial is set for the month of October. The recovery of Tesla stock started in July, helped along by profits that were better than projected for the second quarter.

At the end of March, when the company’s shares were trading for more than $1,000, Tesla revealed intentions to divide the company. There will be no impact on Tesla’s total market value or on its position as the most valuable carmaker in the world as a result of this.

When a business’s stock price rises to a point where it is no longer profitable for ordinary investors to purchase individual shares, or when a corporation wants more shares to exist in the market to make the stock more liquid to trade, they may choose to split their shares.

Tesla has said that it is attempting to achieve both of these aims, namely providing a higher quantity of shares to its workers and making the stock more accessible to individual investors.

Musk had to sell some Tesla shares in order to pay for the acquisition of Twitter, and he intended to use other Tesla shares as collateral.

Ira Ehrenpreis and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson were both re-elected to their positions on Tesla’s board of directors by the company’s shareholders.

David Faber
I am a Business Journalist of The National Era
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