The prominent short-seller Jim Chanos, founder of Kynikos Associates, called the proposed merger of Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O) and SolarCity Corp (SCTY.O) "crazy," noting that the combined company would need constant access to capital markets.
Chanos said it would be the "height of folly" for Tesla shareholders to vote to bail out SolarCity, which he added has an "uneconomic" business model. He had previously disclosed his bet against the shares of both companies in the spring.Yesterday, "SolarCity Rises On Project Equity Funding From Soros-Affiliated Outfit" at Investors Business Daily:
"A lot of people aren't paying attention to the actual financial statements" of the companies and the risks for Tesla, Chanos said at the CNBC Institutional Investor Delivering Alpha Conference in New York....MORE
SolarCity (SCTY) stock rose Monday after the No. 1 residential solar installer announced new project equity funding, though an analyst pointed out that the company still has a funding gap.Today both stocks are down with the wider market, TSLA off $3.59 at $194.71; SCTY -$0.89 at $16.91. Chanos is short both but more loudly SolarCity. SCTY was headed to bankruptcy court if Mr. Musk hadn't stepped in with the merger.
SolarCity said it raised $305 million in a cash equity transaction from a private investment fund affiliated with Quantum Strategic Partners and advised by hedge fund Soros Fund Management, which is led by George Soros. The fund invested in a portfolio of residential, commercial and industrial solar projects, SolarCity said in its release. The transaction also included a fully amortizing, 18-year loan that was syndicated to five institutional investors.
The news "highlights SCTY's ability to raise capital despite the challenging environment, but with only 64%-71% of the 2016 target installation financed, we continue to see a funding gap," Needham analyst Y. Edwin Mok wrote in a research report Monday....MORE