Elon Musk Sold Nearly $7 Billion Tesla Shares, Cashing In After the Stock Rebounded

Elon Musk said he sold Tesla stock to prepare for a forced Twitter acquisition. But that's at least two months away.

Elon Musk is in a legal battle with Twitter over a $44 billion takeover. Theo Wargo/WireImage

Elon Musk sold nearly 8 million shares of Tesla stock in recent days and raised $6.9 billion in cash, according to a set of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings made Aug. 9.

On Twitter, the Tesla CEO said the sale was made to avoid “an emergency sale of Tesla stock” in the event that Twitter forces him to go through with his proposed $44 billion acquisition of the social media company—a deal he now wants to walk away from.

But the timing of his transactions suggests he also cashed out right after Tesla stock surged to a three-month high. The SEC filings show Musk sold 7.9 million Tesla shares between August 5 and August 9 at a price between $840 and $890 per share. That represented a 40 percent gain since late May, when Tesla stock plummeted to a six-month low following Musk’s proposed Twitter takeover. Tesla investors at the time dumped their shares out of fear that Musk would sell large amounts of Tesla shares to fund the Twitter deal.

Musk and Twitter are expected to face off in court in October to argue their cases regarding the acquisition.
Elon Musk Sold Nearly $7 Billion Tesla Shares, Cashing In After the Stock Rebounded