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Elon Musk Workouts Last Batch of Tesla Inventory Choices Behind CEO’s Latest Share Dealings

Elon Musk Workouts Last Batch of Tesla Inventory Choices Behind CEO’s Latest Share Dealings

Elon Musk

has exercised the ultimate batch of a package deal of vested

Tesla Inc.

TSLA -0.50%

inventory choices which have underpinned a number of weeks of share dealings by the chief government.

Mr. Musk on Tuesday transformed greater than 1.5 million choices resulting from expire in August 2022 into inventory and bought greater than 934,000 shares to cowl related taxes, in accordance with regulatory filings.

The Tesla boss has now exercised greater than 22.8 million inventory choices for the reason that transactions started final month. That complete represents the entire vested choices that might have expired subsequent 12 months, which Mr. Musk earned beneath a 2012 compensation package deal.

The transactions have boosted Mr. Musk’s holding in Tesla from round 170.5 million shares to greater than 177 million shares.

The mixed share gross sales over that previous few weeks have reached a worth of greater than $16 billion. The gross sales principally are linked to a scheduled funding plan Mr. Musk set in September, in accordance with disclosures.

After setting the funding plan, Mr. Musk final month polled

Twitter

customers about whether or not he ought to promote 10% of his Tesla inventory; individuals on the social-media platform that voted endorsed the thought of a sale. The chief government started exercising Tesla inventory choices and promoting shares within the firm on Nov. 8.

Mr. Musk has bought round 15.7 million shares since then. What number of shares represent fulfilling his 10% pledge is dependent upon how Mr. Musk defines his possession stake. Mr. Musk, who’s compensated by Tesla in inventory awards and doesn’t settle for a money wage from the corporate, final week mentioned on Twitter that “there are nonetheless just a few tranches left, however virtually achieved.”

Tesla didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark about whether or not Mr. Musk deliberate to promote extra of the corporate’s inventory within the coming weeks.

Mr. Musk has a web value of round $279 billion, making him the richest particular person on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He additionally has bought some inventory in latest weeks not associated to the inventory choices.

Mr. Musk mentioned he would pay greater than $11 billion in taxes this 12 months. He has verbally sparred with some Democrat lawmakers over taxes, together with Sen.

Elizabeth Warren

(D., Mass.), who known as on the billionaire to pay extra. Mr. Musk responded by saying that he can pay extra taxes than any American in historical past this 12 months.

Mr. Musk is more likely to have future rounds of such buying and selling exercise beneath a blockbuster 2018 compensation plan accredited by shareholders. Mr. Musk has already secured further inventory choices beneath that program.

Tesla’s shares slumped after Mr. Musk started his transactions final month. The inventory, which closed down 0.5% on Tuesday at $1,088.47, is down greater than 10% from the day Mr. Musk took the Twitter ballot.

Write to Robert Wall at robert.wall@wsj.com

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Appeared within the December 29, 2021, print version as ‘Musk Workouts Choices in Share Sale.’

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