Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) – Elon Musk Says Tesla Ready to Merge With Legacy Auto Makers But Will Not Attempt Hostile Takeovers


Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) CEO Elon Musk said on Monday that the electric vehicle maker was ready to merge with a theoretically inherited automaker, but that such a transaction should be friendly, not hostile.
What happened: Musk made the disclosure in an interview with Mathias Doepfner, CEO of German publishing house Axel Springer SE at a live event, first noticed on CNBC.

“I think we’re definitely not going to launch a hostile takeover,” Musk told Doepfner. “If someone was like, ‘hey, we think it would be a good idea to merge with Tesla,’ we would definitely have this conversation. But we don’t want this to be a hostile takeover situation.

The two leaders were discussing a purely theoretical scenario.

Why is this important: Tesla’s valuation last month exceeded that of all traditional automakers, including General Motors Company (NYSE: GM), Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE: FCAU) – put together.

Musk also reportedly called on employees to take significant cost-cutting action. The CEO described Tesla’s business line as a “difficult game” in a memo and warned employees that if they don’t cut costs ” [Tesla] the stock will be immediately crushed like a souffle under a hammer!

Price action: Tesla shares closed nearly 3% higher at $ 584.76 on Monday and fell 1.59% to $ 575.48 in the after-hours session.

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