31 Aug '12, 6pm

Elon Musk might start Tesla, SpaceX holding company; talks electric supercar

The idea of combined aerospace and automotive enterprises under a single corporate entity is not new. It is also not particluarly auspicious. From Ford's divestiture of their Aero house to the GM acquisition (and sale not many years later) of Hughes Aircraft Company to the breakup of Saab's aero and auto businesses to Rolls Royce aircraft engines and automobiles... none of them are particularly uplifting (no pun intended). That Musk sees a management advantage, from his own very busy perspective, is not unreasonable. But it's not a slam dunk. Having some sort of controlling interest in TSLA while maintaining the "holding company" and SpaceX private is difficult to imagine. Since Musk has spoken of a SpaceX IPO, then perhaps the exercise becomes easier. Still, other than simplifying the oversight function for Musk, what would be the value? The synergies are quite minimal, w...

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