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Tesla posts huge loss, says deliveries are still on track despite 'aggressive schedule' ( $TSLA )

Tesla shares rose 2% during a volatile after-hours session on Wednesday after the electric-car maker reported a wider-than-expected loss and a 37% quarter-over-quarter drop in revenue. 
The company said it expected to return to profitability in the third quarter and reduce its losses in the second quarter — a reversal from prior expectations that profitability would resume in the second quarter. Tesla also expects to see positive free cash flow, excluding capital expenditures, in every quarter of 2019. 
"If our Gigafactory Shanghai is able to reach volume production early in Q4 this year, we may be able to produce as many as 500,000 vehicles globally in 2019," CEO Elon Musk and Zachary Kirkhorn, Tesla's chief financial officer, wrote in a letter to shareholders.
"This is an aggressive schedule, but it is what we are targeting. However, based on what we know today, being able to produce over 500,000 vehicles globally in the 12-month period ending June 30, 2020 does appear very likely."
Tesla produced about 63,000 Model 3 vehicles in the first quarter, a 3% jump from the prior quarter. Meanwhile, Model S and Model X deliveries declined to 12,100 vehicles — falling short of the company's two-year run rate of about 25,000 per quarter.
Here's what Tesla just reported, compared with what analysts polled by Bloomberg were expecting:
  • Adjusted loss per share: $2.90 versus $1.30 expected.
  • Revenue: $4.54 billion versus $4.84 billion expected.
Morgan Stanley auto analysts earlier this month described the first quarter as one Tesla "may want to forget."
The beginning of 2019 has been dotted with a legal battle between Musk and the Securities and Exchange Commission, disappointing first-quarter deliveries, a plunging stockemployee layoffs, and a concern among Wall Street analysts that underlying demand has faltered. 
The California automaker also unveiled its long-awaited $35,000 Model 3 in February, its Model Y crossover SUV in March, and plans for its self-driving technology this week.
Musk warned earlier this year that Tesla probably wouldn't turn a profit in the first quarter, reversing his prior forecast. He does expect Tesla to achieve profitability in the second quarter, however.
Ahead of Tesla's results, short sellers ramped up their bets against the company, according to the financial-analytics firm S3 Partners. Short interest in the name now hovers around the highest level of the year, the firm's data showed.
At the same time, Wall Street analysts have become increasingly negative on Tesla, with the number of "sell" ratings on Wall Street topping "buys." According to data compiled by Bloomberg, 15 suggest "sell," 13 say "buy," and eight recommend "hold."
Tesla shares fell 2% on Wednesday, bringing the stock's 2019 loss to 21%.

1 comment:

  1. I think that Tesla's move to put all capital towards these "gigafactories" is the best thing it could do. Going forward, we're going to see Tesla be able to produce as much supply as it needs which will probably reduce the cost of their cars.