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Unsolicited s&p bond rating

Discussion in 'TSLA Investor Discussions' started by Chickenlittle, May 27, 2014.

  1. Chickenlittle

    Chickenlittle Active Member

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    Not very experienced in bond market but I thought bonds were usually rated prior to sale and then upgraded or downgraded depending on circumstances. Will it affect stock price? Unlikely in my opinion. It may affect ability to do more offerings in the future. I believe they got such a good interest rate on the likelihood of conversion not their current ability to repay loan
     
  2. Auzie

    Auzie Tree Hugger Member

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    Call me crazy:biggrin: but I am ok with their ratings. As an investor in TSLA, I see stock potential upside in direct correlation with the lack of recognition of Tesla's business potential.
     
  3. 30seconds

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    I'd suspect that the two are closely tied. If Tesla was unable to repay then the conversion probably wouldn't be worth as much. The conversion is typically more of a kicker / additional upside for the bond holder.

    The interesting thing is that S&P said that they did this at the request of investors, not Tesla. That is atypical, and probably means that institutions are trading / want to trade the bonds. I take that as a good sign of developing liquidity for the company.

    In terms of the B- rating, that is probably on par for newish companies w/o profitability but with good cash flow. Maybe someone else here can provide more perspective
     
  4. Chickenlittle

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    Thanks
     
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    I'm not convertible bond expert (they can be very complex instruments) but my feeling it that the conversion is the main event for these bonds...the interest payments are worse than what T-Bills yield.
     
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    From S&P:

    lol.
     
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    Agreed. Some day that's going to be part of a stand-up comedian's set.

    Hey, Nishit, Dan and Joseph take heads from butts, Tesla is the adaptable competition with displacing technology.
     
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    This is going to be the news cycle... Sigh. We could really use some Gigafactory/Model X news right about now.
     
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    This is a truly amazing quote. Not a clue as to what the future beholds.
     
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    Ugliest1 S85: "Sparky"

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    S&P? Who are they? Oh yeah, they seemed to do a really good job back in 2007/08 time frame. Since then I've always, make that, ALWAYS, thought of them as Poor Excuse for a Standard. They're a private company with a vested interest and it ain't about honest factual reputable work, IMO. Of course, one could look at the article and think that the analysts who wrote it are merely looking at the world AS IT USED TO BE, not the world that Tesla is quickly inventing. But if they're doing that, why the h*** are they in the business of predicting the future?

    Ok, venting over. Until next time. See signature if you take exception.
     
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    It amazings me the ineptitude and false justification at S&P
    typically large companies are displaced by new entrants into the market. Someone needs to bone up on the Kodak case study, the GM case study, typewriter manufacturers, or even the buggy whip manufacturers.

    There is a phenomena called company momentum. Essentially large companies take longer to "move" or switch directions vs smaller companies. Someone at S&P has to take some business classes

    Not only that, they ratings have been a joke ever since the 2007 ish- really who gives a subprime mortgage back security a AAA rating?

    Really being one of the culprits of the economic collapse- and you want people to trust you?
     
  15. Bgarret

    Bgarret Model S ownin' Michigan scofflaw

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    It was always fun to hear of someone on the opposing team giving bulletin board material to Michael Jordan before a playoff series....or to Tiger in his prime.

    You don't pull on Superman's Cape,
    you don't spit into the wind,
    you don't pull on the mask of the ol' lone ranger and you don't

    Give Tesla an unsolicited and insulting bond rating from a discredited financial institution right before a series of potentially very public speaking engagements by ELON FREAKING MUSK!

    Don't they remember the short-baiting, Russian oligarch mocking, ULA, US Air Force, New Jersey Governor, revolving door defense contractor (I'm missing about 20) Twitter Terror that is Elon Musk.

    Well played S&P.....well played.
     
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    Well said Bgarret......Well said.
     
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    The ignorance is trully a bliss.

    Quote #2: "Tesla's narrow product focus, concentrated production footprint, small scale relative to its larger automotive peers, limited visibility on the long-term demand for its products, and limited track record in handling execution risks."

    ???
    They are analyzing Company's debt that was largely incurred in order to build GF with 30% (15GWh out of total 50GWh) of it's output aimed at stationary (grid and off-grid) energy storage... Narrow product focus??

    The fun does not stop here, in the same article a journalist from CNN shows his brilliance with the following statement:

    "CEO Elon Musk has announced plans for the company to raise $1.6 billion to build a huge new lithium battery plant, known as the Gigafactory"

    Apparently he missed the fact that the raise already happened, that is was for more than $2.0B, and that this capital raise is precisely the reason for the S&P rating in the first place!

    http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/28/investing/tesla-junk-bond-rating/
     
  18. anticitizen13.7

    anticitizen13.7 Enemy of the Status Quo

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    The market's general reaction to the S&P bond rating seemed pretty "meh". I think that says a lot about the strength of Tesla, and something about how far S&P's reputation has fallen since the subprime debacle.
     
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    Not for a bit, tomorrow SpaceX is unveiling the new Dragon MK2.
     
  20. Auzie

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    Internet is great equalizer, we do not need S&P to tell us anything

    S&P most likely feel threatened that investors can discover that they can do just fine without S&P ratings. Information is available to anyone interested. Investors can process the information and come up with judgement that is as valid as anyone else's including S&P.

    S&P:scared: need to push their way back into relevance by issuing unsolicited ratings.
     

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