Tesla delivered more cars than Wall Street expected - but analysts say it still may not be enough to turn a profit (TSLA) - EuroFinance

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 63.6% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.


CFDs' Risk Warning

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 63.6% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

News

03 December 2020

Why is a savings plan one of...

A savings plan, or a scheme for...

read more

16 April 2019

Tesla delivered more cars than Wall Street...

Still, the stock sank following the announcement...

read more

Messages

01 March 2024

AMUNDI FUNDS – NOTICE TO SHAREHOLDERS

Dear Shareholders, you can review the changes...

read more

Tesla delivered more cars than Wall Street expected – but analysts say it still may not be enough to turn a profit (TSLA)

16 April 2019

Still, the stock sank following the announcement and is continuing to slide Wednesday as analysts look to Tesla’s third-quarter earnings later this month. The company is expected to report its results on October 31 – when all eyes will be on its bottom line.

Tesla’s total deliveries for the third quarter easily topped Wall Street’s expectations this week, but an upcoming quarterly earnings report and CEO Elon Musk’s departure as board chairman have analysts turning their attention back towards the electric-car maker’s balance sheet. For the quarter ended September 30, Tesla delivered a total of 83,500 vehicles – beating analyst expectations and its own forecasts. Model 3 production, slightly behind the delivery number at 53,239 for the quarter, translates to approximately 4,018 per week over the period’s 13 weeks. In August, Musk said he expected Tesla to produce 6,000 Model 3s a week by the end of the month – a rate the company said should allow it to earn “sustained quarterly profits, absent a severe force majeure or economic downturn, while continuing to grow at a rapid pace.”

Wall Street analysts won’t be convinced of profitability until they see it in a regulatory filing, expected

October 31.

“Tough positive, we don’t have conviction that Tuesday’s delivery report is sufficient for Tesla to achieve its GAAP profitability target for Q3,” George Galliers, an analyst at Evercore ISI who has a $299 price target for the stock, said in a note to clients Wednesday, “As a result, we see little change to the big picture” The delivery beat – a few thousand vehicles ahead of the Street’s expected 80,900 – could add $488 million of revenue and $105 million of profit to Tesla’s third-quarter results later this month, Galliers’ estimates. He says it’s probably not enough for the company to become profitable. Tesla’s second-quarter earnings, released on August 1, showed a negative free cash flow of $739 million, which translated to a loss of about $3 per share. A cash burn of that magnitude has most analysts factoring in a capital infusion to their models before the end of the year “We doubt that the all hands on deck burst mode for production and deliveries will result in profitability in 3Q, but believe the shift toward AWD production in 4Q could enable the company to achieve profitability on an adjusted basis in 4Q, though we are not forecasting GAAP profitability,” Jeff Osborne, an analyst at Cowen, said following Tuesday’s announcement. He has an “under weight” rating and $200 price target for the stock.

“We still see the need for a raise in 4Q of $2 billion,” he added.

The Wall Street consensus for Tesla shares has fallen to $291, from above $300, in recent weeks, amid the fallout from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against Musk and its subsequent settlement. Shares have been holding in that range as investors are likely waiting to see who will helm the board of directors in Musk’s absence – a key part in his $20 million settlement with the SEC.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that James Murdoch had been eyed by some board members as a potential replacement, though outside groups like proxy monitor Glass Lewis have voiced concerns about Murdoch’s lack of relevant experience.

Tesla shares are down 5.4% this year.