Elon Musk’s Tesla beats Q1 sales, profit estimates

TechnologyElon Musk's Tesla beats Q1 sales, profit estimates


Elon Musk’s Tesla blew past Wall Street expectations in its first quarter earnings report on Wednesday, posting yet another record profit despite investor jitters about supply chain issues and inflation.

The electric automaker posted $18.8 billion in revenue during the January through March quarter — significantly above analysts’ expectations of $17.8 billion and a whopping 81% higher than the $10.4 billion revenue reported during the same period last year. 

The automaker delivered more than 300,000 cars in the first quarter — an all time record for Tesla — and padded its profit margins by raising prices at a rate that outpaced inflation. 

“Price increases are nicely exceeding cost inflation,” said Roth Capital analyst Craig Irwin said. 

Tesla’s first quarter profit stood at $3.7 billion, handily beating analyst expectations of $2.6 billion. 

The company’s shares surged 6.4% in after hours trading. 

Some analysts have questioned whether the ongoing lockdown in Shanghai — home to a massive Tesla plant — will snarl the automaker’s deliveries in the second quarter.

Elon Musk’s Tesla has been an outlier since the pandemic outbreak.
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Tesla Gigafactory in Germany
Revenue rose to $18.76 billion in the first quarter ended March 31, from $10.39 billion a year earlier.
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“The China zero Covid policy remains a slowly fading overhang on the stock,” Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives said. 

But Irwin is confident that Tesla will keep its momentum thanks to new facilities in Texas and Germany. 

“Chinese production issues seem well managed, and we expect Austin and Berlin to make up the slack from Shanghai’s 19-day outage,” Irwin said. 

Elon Musk and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
Elon Musk at the new factory in Berlin.
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However, Tesla cautioned that coronavirus outbreaks, chip shortages and the surging prices of raw materials continue to complicate production. 

“Our own factories have been running below capacity for several quarters as supply chain became the main limiting factor, which is likely to continue through the rest of 2022,” Tesla said in a statement.

On an investor conference call, Musk said Tesla has a reasonable shot at achieving 60% vehicle delivery growth this year and remains confident of seeing 50% annual delivery growth for several years. Musk said Tesla expects to mass produce a robotaxi with no steering wheel or pedals by 2024.

Musk is mounting a $43 billion bid to take over Twitter. Some investors have expressed concern that Musk may sell or borrow against his Tesla shares to finance the pricey bid.

Investors also worry about Musk being distracted from Tesla at a time when it is ramping up production at the new ­factories.

“Factory ramps take time, and Gigafactory Austin and Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg will be no different,” Tesla said in a statement. 

With Post wires



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