Tesla Reports First Profitable Quarter; Hires Aston Martin's Chief Vehicle Engineer
May 8, 2013 8:07 PM
Tesla shares surged almost 30 percent in after-market trading in New York to as much as $72.99
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was right: the company
certainly is profitable
now, and even managed to beat analysts' expectations.
For Q1 2013, Tesla reported a net income of $11.2 million, which was quite a jump from an $89.9 million loss in the year-ago quarter. Excluding certain items, Tesla's profit came in at 12 cents a share, which was a boost from a loss of 76 cents a share in Q1 2012.
Analysts expected a profit of about 4 cents a share.
"We exceeded our own targets for deliveries, significantly expanded gross margin, and improved execution throughout the company," said Tesla. "Excluding non-cash warrant and stock option items, we generated a profit of $15 million. Including those factors, our GAAP profit was $11 million. Importantly, we achieved profitability despite the benefit of a one-time accounting gain related to the DOE warrant.
"2013 is off to a strong start, and we look forward to seeing more of you on the road in a Model S this year."
Revenue also saw a huge year-over-year boost, totaling $562 million (up from $30.2 million in the year-ago quarter).
Tesla had an operations loss of $5.58 million, down from $88.8 million in the year-ago quarter.
Tesla sold 4,900 Model S sedans in the first quarter, beating its previous projections of 4,500. Model S deliveries for the entire year should total 21,000, which slightly exceeds previous forecasts of about 20,000.
The company said its sales of zero-emission vehicle credits to automakers totaled $68 million, or 12 percent of revenue for Q1 2013.
Just this week, it was reported that Tesla could
receive $250 million in environmental credits
from California alone this year.
For Q2 2013, Tesla expects to build 5,000 Model S' and ship about 4,500 in North America (the rest are headed to Europe).
"Operating expenses are expected to increase moderately in Q2," said Tesla. "R&D expenses are expected to increase slightly from Q1 as the pace of product development starts to pick up. SG&A expenses will continue to rise moderately, primarily due to the growth in our stores and service centers.
"We plan to spend about $200 million on capital expenditures in 2013, as we conclude the majority of our investment in the Tesla Factory and Model S tooling."
Tesla shares surged almost 30 percent in after-market trading in New York to as much as $72.99.
In other Tesla-related news, the company hired Aston Martin's Chief Engineer of Vehicle Engineering
Chris Porritt this week. He will now be Tesla's
Vice President of Vehicle Engineering.
"Tesla is a hardcore technology company, which means that anyone leading a team of engineers must be an outstanding engineer themself, as well as a good leader," said Musk. "Chris demonstrated exactly that in his prior role at Aston Martin, creating in the One-77 what was arguably their best car ever."
Tesla has certainly come a long way from this time last year. After problems with Model S shipment delays, a run-in with a poor review from
The New York Times,
and a production delay announcement for
the Model X
, Tesla has now proved that nothing can hold it back.
Tesla began shipping 500 Model S' a week in March, exceeding the sales outlook of 4,500 posted in the February shareholder letter.
It later announced that the company would be able to
pay off its $465 million government loan
within five years, and that this current quarter would be its
first profitable one
. Clearly, the company was right.
Tesla is looking to keep that momentum by any means necessary. The electric auto maker has worked hard to please customers with a new battery replacement program as well as new service programs, which feature valet for customers who need to send their Model S' to the shop -- and can even borrow (or later buy) a better Model S or Tesla Roadster as loaner vehicles.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been fighting for a
Texas electric vehicle sales bill
(House Bill 3351) as well, which would allow distributors and manufacturers of electric vehicles only to sell directly to customers without the use of dealerships. Musk called this bill a matter of "life or death" for Tesla.
"A politician stumbles over himself... Then they pick it out. They edit it. He runs the clip, and then he makes a funny face, and the whole audience has a Pavlovian response." -- Joe Scarborough on John Stewart over Jim Cramer
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