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Abu Dhabi sells stake in Tesla electric car firm

BBC News -- State owned power supplier Abu Dhabi National Energy (TAQA) has sold its 7% stake in US electric carmaker Tesla.

TAQA, three-quarter owned by the government, said it made a profit of $113m (£71m) on the sale.

Tesla was founded in 2003 and its best car is the 2008 Tesla Roadster, which is sold in 32 countries.

The company, which also has part shares owned by carmakers Daimler and Toyota, has seen its 2010 share listing price of $10 double since then.

Tesla expects to become profitable in 2013 and envisages a tripling of revenues this, helped by July deliveries of its premium electric car, the Model S.


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dave27johnson
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 12:49:54 PM

Expensive cars. Interesting but expensive.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:01:51 AM

pgerassi: Tesla is a sportscar maker. Never seen one that's NOT overpriced.
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pgerassi
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 12:03:20 AM

Tesla is overpriced for what you get. Furthermore its always will be profitable in 1-2 years, but never seems to actually get there.
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Furrykids
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 9:20:57 AM

Maybe they are expecting a change in gas prices
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 7:07:00 PM

One would think if Abu Dhabi considered this technology a threat to their oil revenue that they'd be trying to acquire it all and shut it down, rather than ridding themselves of any investment in it. They must think (and maybe rightly so) that electric cars are going nowhere anytime soon.
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bart_reed
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 6:38:33 PM

Smart move to rid themselves of this.
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chemist74
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 4:30:30 PM

They have some nice technology but I do not see them expanding beyond their niche market without a huge drop in their car prices.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 2:06:08 PM

A non-mass produced vehicle always is way out of the price range of the average consumer.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 1:06:02 PM

Not a good sign.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 1:05:34 PM

Not sure if this is good or bad, if it lowers fuel costs, then that would be good.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 1:02:33 PM

ok still way too expensive for most of us
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:55:09 PM

Probably going belly up soon and getting while they can make a profit. Good move.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:51:08 PM

Well Work together, just get them out there at an affordable price Real Soon...
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:48:03 PM

I believe in the Tesla philosophy of the electric car revolution. I wish they can manufacture more affortable (while stylish as the Roadster) cars.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:43:28 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:41:01 PM

Smart.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:39:33 PM

Dream dream dream
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:37:08 PM

About as shocking as the Twins being swept by the Orioles.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:36:44 PM

Wow, even foreign invester know a bum deal when they see it. Time for the US government to invest a bunch of my money into it.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:33:29 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:31:05 PM

Made their money, now their pulling out.

Could this the precursor to a collapse?
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:31:05 PM

really why now when they are coming with car can be affordable.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:30:49 PM

No surprise here
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:30:17 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:30:16 PM

I don't think I would want to be invested in this, or ANY electric vehicles for several years yet. Maybe in the future?
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:29:29 PM

not a surpirse, it is not going well
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:28:56 PM

That will make gasoline prices go up too.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:28:46 PM

money talks...
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I'll keep my money here thank you very much.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:27:18 PM

Obviously, EV's aren't the way to go...
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:27:08 PM

wonder where they moved that money ;)
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:26:11 PM

...maybe by then, they will have a car that the average US consumer can afford.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:25:21 PM

"a profit of $113m (£71m) on the sale [of Tesla stock]."
"Tesla was founded in 2003"
"Tesla expects to become profitable in 2013"

Ten years of investing in a money pit takes some patience. To invest in a company that has yet to turn a profit, and still make money off the deal, takes some skill. Tesla is losing money, but still creating value for shareholders. So you can invest in an unprofitable company and still make money as long as somebody still wants to buy the stock. Funny how capitalism works.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:25:09 PM

Given the economic collapse of the real estate market in Abu Dhabi, I can somewhat understand the sell off (they need the cash), but it is probably very poorly timed. Tesla's upcoming Model-S will be very competitively priced for a car in its class (BMW 5, Mercedes E, etc). Tesla could very well become wildly successful with Model-S and their stock price could be dramatically higher next year.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:24:16 PM

Nice, now if they could just make a good low cost electric for everyone. It would be all over but the crying for big oil.
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who owns what these days, Canada sure doesn't own much
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:19:33 PM

Too much money for me!
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:18:53 PM

some billionaire made a hundred million more? ok.
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It is all about big money, not market demand for the consumers.
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There is still no electric car that can go on long trips like a gas car.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:16:19 PM

American politicians should take note here, aND STOP THROWING tax dollars at these businesses.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:15:25 PM

So???????????????
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OK
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ok
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k
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Money sells...
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:10:55 PM

Useless
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:10:45 PM

Sounds good to me, they sold back their shares to the U.S. Reverts back to U.S. ownership.
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NOT FOR ME
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