Tesla Sparkles High by Securing $1.29 Billion from Chinese Lenders for Shanghai Factory

Good news for Tesla and Elon Musk fans as well!

  • The electric car maker company Tesla confirms it secured $1.29 Billion in financing for Gigafactory Shanghai.
  • Tesla also signed agreements for an unsecured revolving loan facility up to CNY 2.25 billion (USD 32,14,37,700) that will also be used for Shangai factory.
  • By March 4 next year, the loan may also be used to repay the 3.5 billion yuan debt.

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According to a regulatory filing on Thursday, Chinese Banks and Tesla INC. have entered into the agreement for securing a term loan facility for Tesla’s Gigafactory in Shanghai. The Chinese Banks are leveraging the term loan facility for the electric car maker of up to CNY 9 billion that makes USD 1.29 billion.

Apart from the secured term loan, Tesla also confirms that they have signed agreements for an unsecured revolving loan facility of up to CNY 2.25 billion which approximates around USD 0.32 billion. The company also said that both the loans will be utilised for the same Shanghai factory.

Besides, the company has also confirmed that the loan may also be used to repay the CNY 3.5 billion debt due to be repaid on March 4 next year.

The banks which are conforming into the agreement with Tesla INC. are China Construction Bank CorpAgricultural Bank of ChinaShanghai Pudong Development Bank and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, as per the filing.

The Shanghai factory would be the first venture of Tesla INC. outside the USA to manufacture and produce electric cars in the Chinese market.

Another major reason for Tesla planting hands into the Chinese market is eliminating the higher import tariffs imposed on US-made cars and to their sales in the worlds’ most magnanimous auto market.

Statement filed by Tesla with the SEC

“On December 18, 2019, a subsidiary of Tesla, Inc. (“Tesla”) entered into agreements with a syndicate of lenders in China for a secured term loan facility of up to RMB 9.0 billion and an unsecured revolving loan facility of up to RMB 2.25 billion, in each case to be used in connection with our Gigafactory Shanghai. On December 20, 2019, proceeds from one of the new facilities were used to repay in full the subsidiary’s drawn amounts on its existing bridge loan facility of up to RMB 3.5 billion, which was terminated as a result of the full repayment.”

Here’s the Full SEC Release

Tesla Shanghai Fixed Asset Term Facility Agreement

On December 18, 2019, Tesla (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (“Tesla Shanghai”) entered into a Fixed Asset Syndication Loan Agreement and a Supplemental Agreement (together, the “Fixed Asset Facility”) with China Construction Bank Corporation, China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Special Area Branch, Agricultural Bank of China Shanghai Changning Sub-branch, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co., Ltd., Shanghai Branch, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Special Area Branch, as lenders (the “Lenders”). Under the Fixed Asset Facility, Tesla Shanghai may for a period of three years draw funds from time to time on a secured term facility of up to a total of RMB 9.0 billion (or the equivalent amount drawn in U.S. dollars). The proceeds of such loans may be used only for expenditures related to the construction of and production at our Gigafactory Shanghai or to repay certain outstanding debt of Tesla Shanghai, including under its RMB 3.5 billion Syndication Loan Agreement, dated March 1, 2019, under which each Lender or its affiliate was also a lender (the “Bridge Loan”). The Fixed Asset Facility is secured by the land and buildings at Gigafactory Shanghai and is non-recourse to Tesla or its assets.

Outstanding borrowings pursuant to the Fixed Asset Facility accrue interest at a rate equal to: (i) for RMB-denominated loans, the market quoted interest rate published by the People’s Bank of China minus 0.7625%, and (ii) for U.S. dollar-denominated loans, the sum of one-year LIBOR plus 1.3%. Starting on the third anniversary of the first borrowing, Tesla Shanghai must also repay principal amounts on a specified schedule, such that all outstanding loans will be repaid by the fifth anniversary of the first borrowing. Tesla Shanghai is subject to certain covenants, including a restriction on liens and other security interests on assets, other than specified exceptions, as well as certain customary covenants and events of default.

Tesla Shanghai Working Capital Revolving Facility Agreement

On December 18, 2019, Tesla Shanghai entered into a Syndication Revolving Loan Agreement (the “Working Capital Facility”) with the Lenders. Under the Working Capital Facility, Tesla Shanghai may draw funds from time to time on an unsecured revolving facility of up to a total of RMB 2.25 billion (or the equivalent amount drawn in U.S. dollars). The proceeds of such loans may be used only for expenditures related to production at our Gigafactory Shanghai. The Working Capital Facility will terminate and all outstanding loans will mature on the first anniversary of the first borrowing under the loan, and the Working Capital Facility is non-recourse to Tesla or its assets.

Outstanding borrowings pursuant to the Working Capital Facility accrue interest at a rate equal to: (i) for RMB-denominated loans, the market quoted interest rate published by the People’s Bank of China minus 0.425%, and (ii) for U.S. dollar-denominated loans, the sum of one-year LIBOR plus 0.8%. Tesla Shanghai is subject to certain covenants, including a restriction on liens and other security interests on inventory and accounts receivable, other than specified exceptions, as well as certain customary covenants and events of default.

Repayment of Tesla Shanghai Bridge Loan

On December 20, 2019, Tesla Shanghai used proceeds from the Fixed Asset Facility to repay in full all of the then-outstanding obligations under the Bridge Loan, which was then terminated.

Source: Electrek

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