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Tesla wants to split its stock to pay a stock dividend; shares gain

Tesla wants to split its stock to pay a stock dividend; shares gain

March 29, 2022: According to a filing Monday, Tesla wants to split its stock so it can pay a stock dividend to shareholders.

The Securities and Exchange Commission filing said the electric car maker will ask at its annual shareholder’s meeting “for an increase in the number of authorized shares of common stock to enable a stock split of the Company’s common stock in the form of a stock dividend.”

A stock dividend is a dividend paid to shareholders in additional company shares instead of cash. These dividends do not affect the value of a company, but they dilute its share price.

Tesla’s shares were up more than 5% in premarket trading to about $1,066.

The company last split its stock in August 2020. The shares have doubled since that 5-for-1 split took effect on August 31, 2020.

The news comes as Tesla’s stock has struggled this year, slipping 4.4% for 2022 through Friday’s close. It jumped 49.8% in 2021 and surged 743.4% in 2020. The shares have also risen in each of the last five years.

The move also follows a Bloomberg News report that said Tesla would halt production at its Shanghai factory due to a Covid-19 lockdown.

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