But what would seem like great news for its shareholders comes with plenty of unanswered questions. This would be twice the size of the biggest buyout in history, one that ended in bankruptcy. And Tesla is the exact opposite of the type of company buyout firms want: It burns rather than generates cash and it is already neck deep in liabilities. If Mr. Musk hasn’t lined up the financing he claimed, he could be accused of trying to drive up Tesla’s stock to make the company’s many naysayers suffer. Tesla didn’t respond to questions about the nature of this committed financing.