Tesla Inc. shares jumped in early trading after Elon Musk said shareholders voted “by wide margins” in favor of re-approving his compensation package and moving the company’s state of incorporation to Texas.

The chief executive officer posted voting results on X, the social media site he owns, hours before shareholder voting ended and ahead of Tesla’s annual meeting Thursday in Austin. He shared two charts suggesting the proposals had been approved. Tesla shares jumped as much as 7.2% before the start of regular trading.

Musk and Tesla’s board have spent the last two months rallying support for the measures, putting particular emphasis on the pay deal that made Musk eligible for as much as $55.8 billion in stock options based on the company hitting certain milestones. A Delaware judge voided the award earlier this year, pointing to conflicts of interest among Tesla directors and disclosure failures.

The vote on Musk’s pay carries more symbolic weight than legal power. While shareholders’ approval may help Tesla with an appeal or a rehearing in a new case, the company acknowledged in its proxy filing that it “cannot predict with certainty how a vote to ratify Musk’s compensation would be treated under Delaware law.”

“This doesn’t fully settle the matter; the compensation package can still be deemed illegal,” Piper Sandler analyst Alexander Potter wrote in a note to clients late Wednesday. “We expect the stock to respond favorably to this news, though the upside is perhaps unlikely to be as violent as the downside would have been, had shareholders rejected the deal.”

Tesla Chair Robyn Denholm engaged with large institutional investors on the proposals, and the company placed several ads related to the vote on X. In the final days of the campaign, several current and former executives and engineers posted on the site in support of Musk.


Those in favor of re-approving the CEO’s pay included Scottish asset manager Baillie Gifford & Co., Cathie Wood’s Ark Investment Management LLC and Ron Baron, who runs Baron Funds.

Baron, a longtime Tesla investor, said in an open letter that the will of the shareholders who voted in 2018 should be favored. Without Musk, there would “be no Tesla,” and this vote might determine whether he stays at the company, he said.

Those against the proposal included Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, Norges Bank, and California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

Shareholders also voted on Tesla’s proposal to move its state of jurisdiction to Texas. In its proxy filing, the company said it may face legal challenges to the relocation, including from shareholders objecting under Delaware law.

The shareholder meeting will be livestreamed Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. New York time.

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