Elon Musk says Tesla Inc.’s decision on a share buyback could be influenced by the severity of any economic downturn.
“Are we talking about a mild recession, a moderate recession, a severe recession? We don’t know yet,” Musk said Thursday on a Twitter Spaces call.
In October, Musk said Tesla could pursue a share buyback of $5 billion to $10 billion and said a meaningful buyback was likely. The company has discussed such a share repurchase at the board level, he said, but hasn’t signed off on it.
“The board is very open to doing a buyback,” Musk said in a live conversation broadcast on Twitter, though he added “it wouldn’t be smart to do a buyback and then discover the recession is worse than 2009.”
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