CalSTRS says it will vote against Tesla pay package ratification for CEO Musk

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk speaks with Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, during the Ira C. Eaker Distinguished Speaker Presentation in the Academy's Arnold Hall on April 7, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor cokley)

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, or CalSTRS, said it will vote against the massive pay package Tesla is attempting to ratify for its CEO Elon Musk.

The $56 billion pay package was approved by shareholders in 2018 and aimed to pay Musk a massive sum for achieving various tranches that involved company growth and increasing shareholder value.

However, a judge in Delaware’s Chancery Court denied Musk’s pay package after a lawsuit was brought on by a small-time shareholder. Tesla is attempting to have the pay package ratified in its Shareholder Meeting this week, and firms and shareholders are making their stances known.

Today, CalSTRS Chief Investment Officer Chris Ailman called the package “ridiculous” and talked about what he considers to be a more fair pay for Musk (via Squawk on the Street):

“We’ll pay him 140-times the average worker pay. How about that deal? I think that’s more than fair. This pay package is ridiculous.”

CalSTRS holds roughly 4.7 million shares of Tesla stock and has owned a stake in the electric automaker since before it went public, according to Ailman.

Although CalSTRS is one of many firms that has seen a massive jump in its holdings due to the stratospheric rise of Tesla stock, Ailman said that Tesla shares are massively overvalued:

“Even if these cars had AI in them, they are not worth 60-times earnings. That is absurd.”

However, based on his consensus and opinion on that, it sounds like he is missing one fundamental point: Tesla sells more than cars and has been a major player in the sustainable energy sector through its battery energy storage systems.

Additionally, it could be considered an AI and robotics company, as well as a car company.

Ailman also had plenty of opinions on Musk’s current workload, stating that he is too invested in other things:

“He needs to focus in…either on cars, either on X or on going to Mars, and I think his heart really is in going to Mars.”

CalSTRS is not the only firm that is voting against the ratification of Musk’s pay package.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, known as CalPERS, and Norway’s largest pension fund, known as KLP, are also voting against it. However, plenty of shareholders will vote to get Musk paid, and other firms and large-scale shareholders are in the same boat.

The vote will happen on Thursday at Tesla’s Annual Shareholder Meeting.

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Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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