Tesla raises $2 billion in secondary stock offering priced at $767 a share — 5% below where it's trading now

Elon Musk.REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Tesla will sell 2.65 million shares of common stock for a price tag of $US767 a share, the company announced Friday. That’s a 4.6% discount on Thursday’s closing price.

Shares already retreated in the premarket on Friday, trading as low as $US781.59, which is 2.7% below Thursday’s closing price.

The reduction is actually a signal of success for the electronic automaker – secondary stock offerings are normally priced below what shares trade at, and this is a slimmer margin than most. But Tesla shares have been on a bull run that has defied reasonable expectations recently, squeezing short-sellers as the stock surges. The company is raising about $US2 billion from the sale.

Tesla will use the proceeds “to further strengthen its balance sheet, as well as for general corporate purposes,” the firm said in a statement.

Two buyers of the offering are already set and public. CEO Elon Musk, will buy up to $US10 million in common stock, and Larry Ellison, a member of Tesla’s board of directors, will buy up to $US1 million worth of shares.