Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Tesla's Musk says stress, overwork taking heavy toll

Tesla's Musk says stress, overwork taking heavy toll

Meanwhile, Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk last week said he wants to take the company private, creating a whirlwind in the market, drawing lawsuits and attention from US regulators for the unorthodox disclosure of critical company news.

Lawyers have warned that his tweet may have broken 14e-8 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which prohibits publicly traded companies from announcing plans to buy or sell securities if executives don't intend to complete, don't have the means to complete, or are trying to manipulate the stock price. He also discussed the extraordinary demands of running Tesla and the profound effect it has had on his personal life.

In the newspaper's account of the interview, published Friday, Musk said he was working up to 120 hours a week and sometimes takes Ambien to get to sleep.

The interview took place on August 15 but a 17-minute video was uploaded by Brownlee on YouTube on Friday - a week after Musk tweeted about taking Tesla private with "funding secured" that created a storm at the Tesla board and amid market watchers. Musk spent nights at Tesla's Fremont, California, factory working out production problems on its new Model 3 vehicle that is supposed to take Tesla from niche luxury carmaker to a mass producer that competes with Detroit.

The drug can cause a series of side effects including a unusual combination of sleep walking and amnesia and some board members believe this could contribute to Mr Musk's late-night Twitter seasons, according to The Times.

Musk said he has found 2018 "excruciating".

The Times reported that efforts were underway to find a No. 2 executive to take pressure off Musk, who has struggled with production issues for Tesla's key Model 3 sedan and has been criticized for behaving erratically on Twitter. "You can love the company, you can love Musk and hate having him be the CEO at this point".

If Tesla directors are anxious about Musk - and they should be - here is advice for them: Do your jobs.

Meanwhile, Tesla fell 1.1pc to $332.72 at 10:49am on Frankfurt's Tradegate.

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Tesla seems to finally be getting its biggest technical challenge under control: Model 3 production.

Output is well on track for weekly production goals, and set for a significant boost, according to Evercore ISI analysts who toured the plant.

"It ultimately comes down to if you can afford to be private and if you can get funding, and what the cost of that funding is", said Craig Birk, chief investment officer for Personal Capital Advisors Corp, a Tesla shareholder which owned about 97,000 shares as of June 30.

The hectic schedule has not allowed him to spend time with his children and friends.

First there was the obnoxious lecturing of reporters on a Tesla conference call.

He describes almost missing his brother's wedding this summer and spending all 24 hours of his 47th birthday holed up in the office, and says "from a personal pain standpoint, the worst is yet to come".

Early 2017: Mr Musk met Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund. Some suspect there is a deeper meaning to this figure, however, due to the history of drug-related tweets on Musk's Twitter account. The SEC has opened an inquiry related to his tweets, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

Tesla's board earlier this week formed a special committee to evaluate proposals to take the company private.

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