In a recent regulatory filing, Tesla disclosed that it has entered into a syndication loan agreement with China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China, Industrial Commercial Bank of China, and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank for loans as much as $520 million to build a Gigafactory factory in Shanghai.
The loan accrues interest at 90% of the one-year rate published by the People's Bank of China for RMB-denominated loans and LIBOR + 1.0% for U.S. dollar-denominated loans.
In the same filing, Tesla has also amended its ABL credit pact to upsurge revolving commitments by $500 million to $2.425 billion, sanction up to $200 million in additional commitments, and extend the term of most of the total commitments to 2023.
The credit line will be used exclusively to fund development of Tesla’s third gigawatt-scale facility, and it’s first outside the U.S., after the company announced in October that it had secured a 210-acre site in Shanghai for a factory that is intended to produce 500,000 autos, engines and batteries per year.
The company confirmed that the construction would be complete by summer and the first set of Model 3 autos will come off the production line by the end of 2019.