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Jim Chanos shreds ‘shameful’ Tesla-SolarCity deal

High-profile investment manager Jim Chanos blasted Tesla Motors‘ proposed acquisition of SolarCity on Wednesday, telling CNBC that the “brazen Tesla bailout of SolarCity” is a “shameful example of corporate governance at its worst.”

“SolarCity, whose bonds were yielding 20 percent yesterday, is a company headed toward financial distress. It is burning hundreds of millions in cash every quarter, a burden that now Tesla shareholders will have to bear, at a total cost of over $8 billion,” said Chanos, who has previously disclosed bets against both firms.

“And if you don’t want to believe me, consider this: The combined market drop in the value of both companies is more than the equity value of the deal itself — which means that Tesla shareholders think SolarCity shares are essentially worthless,” Chanos said. “Finally, it is hard for me to believe that this deal was not being contemplated when Tesla, and Mr. (Elon) Musk himself, sold shares just a few weeks ago.”

Tesla was not immediately available for comment. Tesla CEO Elon Musk founded both companies.

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