Donald Trump and Subsidies: New Wrinkle for Elon Musk’s Tesla-SolarCity Plans

Analysts expect the company to post another net loss for this year. The company posted a third-quarter net loss of $225 million, 4% less from a year earlier and less than analysts had expected. However, it also cut its forecast for the volume of panels it expects to install this year to the equivalent of 900 megawatts from 1,250 megawatts earlier this year.

Shareholders will decide the merger’s outcome in a meeting at 1 p.m. Pacific Time or 4 p.m. Eastern on Thursday in Fremont, Calif.

Cowen & Co.’s Mr. Osborne expects Tesla and SolarCity shareholders to approve the deal.

Two shareholder proxy services have differing opinions about the proposed merger. Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. endorsed it earlier this month, saying it was needed to create an integrated sustainable energy company. But rival firm Glass Lewis & Co., urged shareholders to vote no, calling it a “thinly veiled bailout” for SolarCity. Mr. Musk is the chairman and largest shareholder of both companies.

Shares of Tesla closed Wednesday at $183.93, off 23% this year. SolarCity shares closed at $19.83, down 61% this year.

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