Tesla stocks (NASDAQ:TSLA) are up 1.24% during during the opening bell on Monday, trading at $304.86 per share amid reports of the company’s progress in establishing its China Gigafactory, improved sentiment from a billionaire investor, and rumors of a ramp in the production of the Model 3.
As noted in a Bloomberg report, Tesla Inc. recently set up a wholly owned company in Shanghai, with Tesla’s Hong Kong division registering the new business with a capital of $15.8 million. According to documents filed by Tesla’s Hong Kong branch to the National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System, the scope of the company in Shanghai will include technological development and services on electric cars, parts, batteries, energy storage devices, and solar panels. As of date, the sole shareholder of the Shanghai-based business is Tesla Motors HK.
Tesla’s Gigafactory in China is pivotal to the electric car maker’s growth. During Tesla’s Q1 2018 earnings call, Elon Musk confirmed that the next Gigafactory would be built in China. Responding to a question from CNBC’s Phil LeBeau, who inquired about the company’s plans with its future vehicles such as the Model Y, Musk stated that Tesla expects to announce the location of a Gigafactory in China soon. Musk also noted that all future Gigafactories would incorporate vehicle production.
“We also expect to announce the location of a Tesla Gigafactory in China soon. In the future, all Gigafactories will include vehicle production. We’re very appreciative of the fact that the government of China has announced that they will be allowing full ownership of manufacturing facilities in China. We’d like to express our appreciation to the Chinese government in that regard.”
Apart from news of the China Gigafactory, Tesla shares also received a vote of confidence from billionaire Ron Baron, who explained why he invested in the electric car maker during a segment on CNBC’s Squawk Box. According to the buy-and-hold billionaire and founder of Baron Capital, he believes his firm would earn 20 times the money it has invested in the Elon Musk-led company in the future. The 75-year-old investor also shrugged off the company’s cash burn, stating that the funds that Tesla spends go back into infrastructure.
“I think we’re going to make 20 times our money because the opportunity is so enormous. People say, ‘Gee, they’re spending a lot of cash.’ Of course, they’re spending a lot of cash. They’re building factories,” Baron said.
As we noted in a previous report, individuals familiar with the Model 3 line have also claimed that Tesla is now getting closer to a production rate of 4,000 vehicles per week. Individuals working in the production line have reportedly expressed their confidence that Tesla will reach its goal of producing 5,000 Model 3 per week by the end of June as well.
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