Tesla confirms US$2.6 billion all-stock purchase of SolarCity

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SolarCity has been granted a 45-day timeline to potentially seek alternative buyers, though a deal would lead to SolarCity paying Tesla a termination fee.

Tesla Motors' possible acquisition of leading US residential PV installer SolarCity has been sealed with an all-stock transaction valued at around US$2.6 billion.

Management of both companies have approved the deal, although SolarCity has been granted a 45-day timeline to potentially seek alternative buyers, though a deal would lead to SolarCity paying Tesla a termination fee of US$78.2 million.

However, should a third party make an alternative acquisition proposal prior to the expiration of the 45-day 'Go-Shop' period, SolarCity will be required to pay Tesla a termination fee of US$26.1 million. 

SolarCity also announced that continued market demand weakness through the first half of 2016 that would result in lower than expected full year installations.

The all-share deal is over US$300 million less than the value initially announced.

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