GP: Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc., speaks at an on-site event for the company's manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China, Monday, January 7, 2019.
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With Tesla's stock dropping to around $ 200 this week, an analyst at Roth Capital Partners told Tuesday that Craig Irwin, the electric car company could have sold to Apple six years ago for a significantly higher price per share. 1
Apple and Tesla did not respond to comment requests.
Tesla is over 38% in 2019, at a stock price of $ 197.77 at the start of trading on Tuesday. The shares have risen 46% from the high in August, when CEO Elon Musk said he had "secured funds" to take the company publicly to $ 420 per share.
Knowing that it was a "very credible" bid on the table in 2013, Irwin keeps from being more bearish in stock today.
"If Apple was interested then they would probably have interest now at the right price," he said.
Irwin said that Apple's car project is continuing to develop secretly, and that the company is building large "dry rooms" in California to do something related to car batteries. According to Irwin, these rooms are designed to handle environmental inclusion required for the production of lithium ion batteries.
"My checks are that Apple is building several dry rooms, including a couple that are much larger than what you need to look at or develop batteries for consumer products," wrote Irwin in a follow-up email.
Irwin is not the first to suggest that Apple and Tesla have held discussions. The San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2014 that Musk met with Apple's merger and acquisition manager, and most likely CEO Tim Cook.
If the two companies were to combine, it would be far ahead of Apple's largest acquisition ever and one of the biggest in the technology industry. Tesla's current market value is about $ 36 billion. The most Apple has ever paid is $ 3 billion for Beats Electronics in 2014.
For a deal to take place, Apple would face the question of what to do with the incredible Musk and his tendency to get attention for many of the wrong reasons, whether it is tweeting out material non-public information or smoking waste on the podcast.
"About the acquisition: My understanding is that Apple wanted Elon Musk to go away and that was a deal killer," Irwin said in the email.
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