Profit Or Not? Analysts Divided Ahead Of Tesla’s Second-Quarter Results
Analysts suggest that if Tesla fails to hit the desired mark in profits in the second-quarter results for 2020, the electric automaker’s shares could plummet after surging more than 275 per cent so far this year.
By Reuters
| Published: 22-Jul-20 11:53 AM
A profit would mark Tesla’s first cumulative four-quarter net income, adding to the S&P 500 index View Photos
A profit would mark Tesla’s first cumulative four-quarter net income, adding to the S&P 500 index
Tesla will announce its second-quarter results for 2020 today
Tesla delivered over 90,000 vehicles in the last quarter, a hike of 2.5%
Tesla became the most valued automaker earlier this year beating Toyota
When Tesla Inc reports second-quarter results after the bell on Wednesday, investors will be keen to see whether the electric carmaker has delivered a profit during the global pandemic that has sunk most of its internal combustion rivals deep in red ink. Analysts’ estimates for Tesla’s second-quarter range from an adjusted loss as steep as $2.53 a share to a $1.41 per share profit. On average, they expect an adjusted 11 cents loss per share and a net loss of $240 million, according to Refinitiv data. More bullish investors have sent Tesla’s shares soaring in recent weeks and made it the world’s most valuable automaker.

Also Read: Tesla Share Rally Propels Some Early Fan Investors To Riches

Tesla’s April-June results also have wider ramifications. A profit would mark the company’s first cumulative four-quarter net income, a goal it must accomplish to be added to the S&P 500 index, where it would be among the most valuable companies.

Tesla had a largely favourable quarter during which the company said that it delivered over 90,000 vehicles

Some analysts have said that failing to reach that goal could send Tesla shares plummeting after they surged more than 275% so far this year.

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, in the meantime, has poked fun at the company’s naysayers and those who placed bets against him with short positions in the stock, by launching a limited edition of red satin “short shorts.”

Earlier this month, Tesla surpassed expectations when it announced it had delivered more than 90,000 vehicles in the quarter, significantly beating analyst estimates and running counter to the wider auto industry trend.

But while vehicle deliveries increased 2.5 per cent on a quarterly basis, production dropped nearly 20 per cent, clouding the outlook for the company that had predicted it would deliver at least 500,000 vehicles by the end of the year, investors have been closely following any revisions of that target.

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Vehicle deliveries increased by 2.5 per cent on a quarterly basis while production dropped 20 per cent

Tesla’s U.S. vehicle factory was shut for some six weeks during the second quarter on local regulators’ orders. The company has ramped up production at its new Shanghai factory and sold more than 29,600 vehicles in China during the second quarter.

But as global unemployment remains high and the economic outlook uncertain, many consumers are expected to hold off on larger purchases, including vehicles.

Also Read: Tesla Registrations In California Nearly Halve In Second Quarter: Report

Nord LB analyst Frank Schwope expects global auto production and sales to collapse by 15% to 25% worldwide in 2020, but said Tesla might be more insulated as its buyers remain committed.

Tesla plans to build a second plant in the U.S. Southwest as soon as the third quarter. It has not announced a location, but Texas and Oklahoma have been vying for the plant, which promises to create at least 5,000 jobs.

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