Tesla Motors Posts Surprise Profit, Beats Model S Sales Goal for Second Quarter
August 7, 2013 8:02 PM
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Tesla shares jumped up to $153 in after-hours trading
Tesla Motors saw a successful second quarter with more Model S sales than expected and even surprised Wall Street with an adjusted profit.
For Q2 2013, Tesla reported a loss of $30.5 million (26 cents a share), which was much narrower than the $105.6 million ($1 a share) loss in the year-ago quarter. The automaker had an adjusted profit of 22 cents, which beat expectations of a non-GAAP loss of 17 cents. In the year-ago quarter, Tesla reported a profit loss of 89 cents.
Revenue jumped to $405.1 million compared to just $26.7 million in the year-ago quarter. Analysts expected a revenue of $383 million for Q2 2013.
Helping to boost Q2 figures was better-than-expected Model S sales. For the quarter, Tesla reported 5,150 Model S electric sedan deliveries -- which beat the automaker's expectation of 4,500 deliveries.
Also notable is that Tesla's production rate increased 25 percent to almost 500 vehicles per week (up from 400 previously). Tesla sold 10,500 Model S sedans in the first six months of 2013 and plans to reach a rate of 40,000 annually by late 2014.
For the third quarter, Tesla expects to deliver slightly over 5,000 Model S' and a total of 21,000 worldwide for the whole year.
Tesla shares jumped up to $153 in after-hours trading, which is a 14 percent boost from its Wednesday close at $134.
, Tesla reported a net income of $11.2 million (a huge increase 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. Revenue also saw a huge year-over-year boost, totaling $562 million (up from $30.2 million in the year-ago quarter).
Tesla has become quite a hero in the auto industry. In May, Tesla repaid its $465 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
nine years earlier
than expected from the original 2022 due date.
This was mainly due to its decision to issue more stock the week before. Tesla said it wanted to sell about $830 million in shares, and use $450 million in convertible senior notes (which are due in 2018) along with sales of 2.7 million shares (valued at about $229 million at the time) to pay back its federal loan. This is an especially crucial detail in Tesla's history, considering other plug-in hybrid electric automaker Fisker Automotive (which also received a DOE loan) has
More recently, Tesla has had a few other victories, such as a win in the
battle against auto dealers
when a North Carolina House committee denied a bill that would block Tesla from being able to sell its vehicles directly to the public.
Tesla has also started showing off new tech that could transform the electric auto industry. In June, Tesla unveiled a convenient alternative to waiting for a Model S to charge --
. The idea behind battery swapping is to easily open the car chassis to pull the battery out and replace it with a fully charged one. This saves the driver from having to wait for their battery to charge before traveling.
After that, Tesla Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel said that the automaker is working on a charging system that would get drivers out of the Supercharger stations and back on the road with a full charge
in just 5 minutes
The Wall Street Journal
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RE: OK, so what's next?
8/7/2013 10:26:43 PM
While I am not a naysayer of Tesla, we have to be honest with the numbers.
They still received tens of millions of ZEV credits without which they would have had an operating loss. They still had a total loss for the quarter due to non-recurring items. Last quarter, they had an operating loss and save for non-recurring items would have had a loss overall. It would be irresponsible to leave this out.
The problem Tesla will face is that they are still in the beginning of the introductory phase for new ZEVs. We will ignore the EV-1 and VW's European EVs. ZEVs and P/EVs are still inaccessible to much of the population.
Tesla is now where Apple was with the iPod in 2003. Apple was able to design a product for others to build and carry in inventory and beat out companies that were much stronger at the time such as Microsoft with the Zune. Tesla, currently enjoying 0.1% auto market share in the US, will have to do as Apple did except that Tesla will have to do its own manufacturing and inventory storage while competing against firms that already have capacity and that currently outspend Tesla on R&D by over 20 to 1.
In other terms, I feel deja vu with the AIM alliance and Intel back in the 90s. PowerPC had a headstart over Pentiums, and had a shorter design cycle, but Intel won with sheer force.
Also, Plugin-hybrids may win out in states that get lots of snow. I would hate to be caught in a snowstorm in -5 degree weather with just an electric motor to keep me warm while getting me home. As Tesla does not make ICE vehicles, they may do better for themselves to license some of their technology to companies who will actually buy it, than try to go their own way like Apple did. Elon Musk himself said that they have not had and do not expect significant revenue from licensing.
Tesla expects to sell about 10% more cars/quarter for the next 6 months than the past 6 (10950 vs 9950) and ZEV credits will continue to shrink. Profits will only continue if Tesla can improve operating margins higher than 25%.
Tesla can do it, but as the total market for PEVs is still less than 1% of the overall market, we're still in the top of the first inning.
For those of us who lived through the tech boom, we know that so often the founders of companies, including Elon Musk, rarely survive once a market matures because a different sort of leader becomes necessary. Don't be surprised if within 3 years shareholders will start demanding a new CEO. Then we will see where loyalties lie.
RE: OK, so what's next?
8/8/2013 12:43:24 AM
I'm fairly certain in a few years Elon will hand the reigns over to Martin Eberhard or JB (who's already the CTO) much like Bill Gates handed his position to Steve Balmer.
Elon Musk doesn't want to run a car company. It's a gateway for him, much like Paypal was his gateway to initial fortune to start Tesla, Solar City, and SpaceX. He has stated numerous times that Tesla is a engineering showcase for battery technology. The developed technology will play a role in space travel, and solar technology from his Solar City venture will maintain those safe and compact cells in space for long duration. SpaceX is the final phase. They have advanced rockets (arguably the most advanced in the world) but before he dies, Elon Musk will likely invent an engine for high speed space travel that uses no solid or liquid fuel, but electricity. ION proof-of-concept has been demonstrated, but like everything, he needs more money. Tesla and SpaceX contracts will generate the engineering revenue necessary to build his next evolutionary product.
RE: OK, so what's next?
8/8/2013 1:51:00 AM
That's correct. He's going to sell Tesla Motors so he can concentrate on SpaceX and eventually die on Mars.
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