For the second day straight, electrical cars and truck titan Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) saw its stock tumble, as it remained to be rocked by investor concerns over a renewed danger of problem in between Russia and Ukraine, increasing interest rates in the united state, the development of a recent Version 3 and also Design Y recall right into China, and certainly– Hitlergate.

Tesla stock is down 3.6% as of 12:55 p.m. ET today. Any type of or every one of the above factors may have contributed to today’s decrease, at least partially. And currently investors have a new worry to take into consideration, too:

In a lengthy piece out today, renowned service news publication Barron’s describes just how yesterday’s high sell-off of Albemarle (NYSE: ALB) stock (Albemarle is a manufacturer of lithium, utilized to make the electrical car batteries that power Tesla’s automobiles) might foreshadow an era of declining success at the carmaker.

Albemarle reported fourth-quarter sales and also earnings the other day that mainly matched Wall Street’s forecasts for the business. Trouble was, Albemarle’s earnings margins– as well as its profits, duration– took a significant hit as it spent heavily to develop out its production ability to please the significant international need for lithium.

This impact of up front capital investment weighing on profit margins is what capitalists call “low fixed-cost absorption,” as well as in today’s write-up, Barron’s cautions that a comparable fate can await Tesla as it spends heavily to set up 2 brand-new vehicle manufacturing plants in Germany and Texas.

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On the plus side, these 2 new manufacturing facilities must rapidly allow Tesla to ramp up its annual cars and truck production by as high as 100,000 cars– and eventually, by 1 million cars and trucks complete. On the minus side, however, “it will certainly take a while to obtain production increase,” warns Barron’s, and while production gets up to speed up, Tesla’s earnings margins might take a hit.

Barron’s notes that Tesla CFO Zachary Kirkhorn has been trying to prepare financiers for this bad news, caution of “higher fixed as well as semi-variable expenses in the near term,” in addition to “the common inadequacies as we ramp a new factory” in the firm’s Q4 teleconference.

Investors may not have been paying attention when he stated that last month– but they sure seem to be taking note now that Barron’s has duplicated the warning today.

Elon Musk unloaded $22 billion of Tesla stock– and still has even more now than a year earlier

Elon Musk unleashed a torrent of stock sales, choices exercises, tax obligation repayment sales and also talented shares in 2015 totaling virtually $22 billion. Yet also after discharging a lot Tesla stock, he still possesses a larger share of the company, thanks to his compensation package.

Musk offered $16 billion in shares last year as well as, according to a declaring with the united state Securities and Exchange Commission Monday, gifted 5 million shares, which are worth virtually $6 billion, to an unrevealed charity or recipient in November. The sales and also presents bring his complete to about $22 billion– a mix of tax repayments, money in his pocket and also the gift.

Yet as a result of the nature of the choices workouts, Musk really finished the year with a bigger ownership stake– as well as even more shares– in Tesla. In 2012, Musk was awarded options on 22.8 million shares worth about $28 billion last fall when he started selling.

The means the choices works out job is that Musk initially began transforming the 22.8 million options into shares. The alternatives had a strike cost of just $6.24, so he might pay $6.24 for each and every alternative as well as get a share of Tesla stock, which were trading at greater than $1,000 last autumn.

With each choices conversion, he would all at once offer shares to pay the taxes, since the options are strained as TSLA revenue. Even as he was unloading billions of dollars well worth of shares to pay the tax obligations, he was building up an also bigger amount of stock at the reduced options rate– hence raising his possession of the business.

In overall, Musk sold 15.7 million shares for $16.4 billion. Contribute to that the gifted shares, and he unloaded an overall of 20.7 million shares. Yet he obtained 22.8 million shares through the alternatives exercise– leaving him with 2 million more shares in Tesla at the end of the year. He presently owns 172.6 million shares, which offers him a 17% risk in the company, making him far and away the solitary largest specific shareholder.

Musk started his share activity with a poll on Nov. 6, informing his fans “Much is made lately of latent gains being a way of tax obligation avoidance, so I suggest offering 10% of my Tesla stock. Do you sustain this?” Musk vowed to comply with the results of the poll, which ended up with 58% for a sale as well as 42% versus.

In the end, he made good on the pledge of marketing 10% of his risk. But he obtained even more back with choices, which provided him a round-trip-stock journey that left him with billions in cash money, the biggest single tax obligation payment in united state background as well as much more Tesla shares.

Musk’s possession– and $227 billion lot of money– is most likely to skyrocket once more in the future. His next large pay package, which could be also larger than the 2012 honor, expires in 2028.