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The following is being mailed to stockholders of Tesla, Inc. on March 13, 2018.
IT IS TIME TO VOTE YOUR SHARES
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR SHARES ARE REPRESENTED AT THE
The March 21st Special Meeting of Stockholders to consider and approve Elons Performance Award is fast approaching, and according to our latest records, we have not yet received your vote.
Stockholders have the opportunity to help determine Teslas future. Your vote is importantwe encourage you to vote TODAY by telephone or via the Internet to ensure that your shares are represented at the important Special Meeting.
You may find the enclosed recent Bloomberg article helpful. Among other things, it includes quotes from long-time Tesla institutional stockholders explaining why they are supportive of Elons Performance Award.
The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the CEO Performance Award.
Thank you for your continued support of Tesla.
Bloomberg March 7, 2018|bloomberg.com Technology Big Tesla Shareholders Back Musks$2.6 Billion Pay Package by Dona Hui and Anders Mel in March 7.2016 Baillie Gifford, T. Rowe Price supportive of compensation plan Proxy adviser Glass Lewis has called payout too cosily Two of Tesla Inc.s largest shareholders are supporting a plan to award Elon Musk a compensation package valued at $2.6 billion, a show* of confidence in the electric-car makers bid to keep its visionary CEO around for the long haul. Baillie Gifford & Co. and T. Rowe Price Group Inc., which combined own about 14 percent of Tesla stock, indicated to Bloomberg News that theyll vote in favor of the boards proposal at a March 21 special meeting. The unprecedented pay package has been criticized as too costly by proxy adviser Glass Lewis & Co.. which has recommended that investors reject the plan. While it would likely have slim chances of getting passed elsewhere, Tesla isnt a typical company, and Musk isnt a conventional chief executive officer. We think what Tesla has achieved so far is pretty remarkable, but theres more they can do in not just automotive, but the energy markets, Tom Slater, a Baillie Gifford partner and fund manager, said Wednesday in a phone interview. Elon Musk - his drive and his vision - has been a really important part of getting us to this point. Tesla still needs that drive and that vision to push the business. Musk. 46, owns about 20 percent of Tesla. He and his brother Kimbal Musk, a company director, wont vote on the plan at the companys special meeting. Edinburgh-based Baillie Gifford, founded in 1908 and one of the worlds most active technology investors, owns about 7.6 percent of Teslas shares, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price holds about 6.4 percent. Well Aligned We believe the final plan is well aligned with shareholders long-term interests, T. Rowe Price said in an emailed statement. While Teslas ownership structure and the long-term nature of its business presents a unique chai lenge, the boards compensation committee addresses this in the right way. The proposed award, resembling one Musk received in 2012, consists of 20.3 million stock options that will vest in 12 increments if market- value thresholds and other financial targets are met. Each tranche equals about 1 percent of Teslas outstanding shares. The companys market value has to reach $650 billion for the award to folly vest - roughly a 12-fold increase. Musk Dependence Musks star power has helped vault Tesla to an almost $55 billion market capitalization, exceeding the value of General Motors Co. or Ford Motor Co. While the company has struggled to mass-manufacture cars including the new Model 3 sedan, hes convinced investors to buy into his vision of consumers converting to electric vehicles in droves. Tesla lists its dependence on Musk as a risk factor in securities filings, and some analysts and short sellers have raised concern that the carmaker could run into trouble because of the amount of attention he devotes to other ventures including rocket company Space Exploration Technologies Corp. I expect to remain CEO for the foreseeable future, Musk said during Teslas earnings call in February. There are no plans to make a change at this time. Tesla without Elon wouldnt be the same company, said Joel Grant, an automotive and industrial analyst at T. Rowe Price. On Board The package was designed to retain him. and we are on board with the intention. he said in a phone interview. We want to make sure that Elon stays and uses Tesla as a vehicle for a lot of growth Representatives of Fidelity Investments parent FMR LLC, Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Vanguard Group Inc. - three major Tesla shareholders - declined to comment. The founder of Baron Capital Inc., an asset manager that ranks 12th among Tesla holders, also signaled it will vote in favor of the companys proposed option award. Think about Elon Musk and what hes had to overcome to achieve what he has achieved, Ron Baron, whos also chairman of the fond that owns more than 1.6 million Tesla shares, said by phone. The OEMs are against him. the dealers are against him, the unions are against him. Everyone is aligned against him. The only reason why Tesla is successful is because of this guy, he said. Posted from Bloomberg .com, 7,2015 copyright ty 3locirberg LP. with el rights reserved. This reprint implies no endorsement, either sect v expressed. of arty company. product, service or investment opportunity. #C7583 Managed by The YGS Group, 290.5450. For more information visit www.theYGSgroup.com/content