I tend to agree with you - unless there are major CapEx expansion plans announced, it is likely Tesla has all the cash they need.I personally would be shocked if Tesla dilutes for a cap raise at the moment.
At this rate of cash burn, Tesla could continue for 100 quarters, however, within 2 quarters they will have paid down ALL of their debt. Additionally, within that time, they will have doubled the number of factories in production, reduced by 2 the number of new factories being constructed, and likely had a credit upgrade to investment grade.
- Tesla reported a $164M decrease in cash in Q3 2021
- Had $16.065B cash on hand at the end of Q3
- Paid down debt of $1.5B
Elon has stated that they are not capital constrained for production, but that they cannot find enough good uses to spend the war chest in an effective manner. With a year's worth of vehicle production already sold, FCF about to explode, and no place to spend the money, why would they dilute shareholders? It just does not seem like first principles thinking to do so.
Even if they didn't, I think junk debt would still be cheaper than a capital raise if you think there is any amount of growth left in the company.