Cynically, I think it is hard to reconcile the Elon Musk who says "our stock price is a distraction" that we need to not consider it moving forward, and the Elon Musk who has borrowed against 40% of his stock in the company and whose pay package is entirely based in stock. This move prevents him personally from facing many possible downside risks, and it is hard to take his statements at face value.
> Public companies have pressure to perform every quarter, rather than focus on the long term goal. General Motors stopped reporting quarterly car sales (or monthly?) because it's a distraction. GM's focus, is actually electric vehicles and self driving cars.
General Motors stopped reporting monthly sales numbers in April, citing that monthly numbers are too volatile to gain meaningful insight from. That strikes me closer to a decision meant to provide greater transparency than one of Tesla's sort.
> Per Musk's announcement, once Tesla is stable, and producing at a constant rate with predictable growth...like Amazon like Berkshire Hathaway, like Starbucks, then he will consider making Tesla public again.
None of those are anywhere close to the predictable business you seem to think they are.
Berkshire especially. Prior to 2017, Berkshire consistently posted extremely up and down earnings due to its huge positions in the re-insurance business. Since 2017, it has posted even more volatile earnings because its public stock positions were required to be marked to market instead of at book value. And you know what? Wall Street hasn't cared about the quarterly choppiness of the Omaha company.
My point here is that Wall Street cares about quarterly financials... for some companies. If Elon had one that had proven himself capable of meeting his own goals or generating cash, he would be in that category. But instead he has a company with $10 billion in debt, only been cash flow positive for two quarters, and never come close to meeting its own stated estimates. It's kind of hard for his debt and equity holders to not start eventually asking "where's the beef?"