Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) saw its shares rise in pre-market New York trading, extending a strong rally on Monday after the boss of Oracle Corp. (NASDAQ:ORCL), Larry Ellison disclosed that he has a $1bn stake in the electric car maker.
The holding by Ellison, a long-time friend of Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk, was revealed in a filing with the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC).
Tesla named Ellison and an executive from Walgreens to its board in December as part of a settlement with regulators who demanded more oversight of the car maker’s CEO.
In early August last year, the SEC accused Musk of securities fraud after he said in a tweet that he had “funding secured” to take the electric car company private at $420 per share, a claim he later back-pedalled on.
The US securities regulator accepted the beefing-up of Tesla’s board and $20mln in penalties to settle the case.
In October, Ellison - the world’s ninth-richest person with a net worth of $51.4bn - said Tesla was his second-largest investment, but gave no further details.
In pre-market New York trading, Tesla shares were 1.9% higher at $341.20 each, having gained over 5% on Monday.
Deliveries disappointed last week
Tesla shares fell sharply last week after its fourth-quarter deliveries fell short of Wall Street expectations.
The company delivered a total of 90,7000 vehicles, including 63,150 Model 3s, 13,500 Model S sedans, and 14,050 Model X SUVs.
Analysts had expected to see 64,900 Model 3 deliveries, 14,200 for the Model S and 13,600 for the Model X, according to consensus estimates.