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Tesla investors to concentrate on demand issues in earnings report

/ 09:48 AM October 19, 2022

Tesla Inc’s quarterly report on Wednesday will likely show whether the Elon Musk-led electric-vehicle maker is facing any weakness in demand that is starting to weigh on the wider auto industry.

Decades-high inflation, rising energy bills in Europe, and signs of a weakening China market have raised doubts among some analysts about whether Tesla can buck an economic slowdown and continue to raise prices without hurting its sales.

Although Musk has said Tesla “does not have a demand problem,” the company’s latest delivery report showed that it made 22,000 more EVs than it delivered to customers in the third quarter. It blamed the rise in inventory on transportation-related problems.

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Tesla investors to concentrate on demand issues in earnings report

Tesla cars are seen at the V3 supercharger equipment during the presentation of the new charge system in the EUREF campus in Berlin, Germany Sept. 10, 2020. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

Demand for Tesla vehicles in China, the world’s biggest market for autos, is emerging as a major worry among Wall Street analysts, given that the EV maker faces tough competition from domestic rivals BYD, Nio Inc, and XPeng Inc.

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“A top concern right now is demand in China as wait times seem to be shrinking,” RBC Capital Markets said. “Question is if this is a blip or sign of a bigger change among consumers.”

Globally, there are fears that auto sales may lose steam in the coming quarters as rising interest rates and a weaker economic backdrop discourage consumers from making big-ticket purchases.

Analysts say pricing is a key factor that could help Tesla make up for a possible demand drop and boost revenue. The average U.S. selling price of Tesla’s Model 3 has risen about 24% since January last year, potentially helping the EV maker rake in record revenue in the third quarter.

Wells Fargo said Tesla is likely the biggest beneficiary of the Biden administration’s new consumer tax credits to incentivize North American battery and EV production. Elon Musk also raised hopes of a share buyback earlier this month when he said “Noted” on Twitter in response to a major individual investor’s call for a stock buyback.

Such a move could benefit Musk, whose 15% stake in Tesla makes him its biggest stakeholder, and help him raise cash to fund his $44 billion deal to take Twitter Inc private. Some experts say Musk may need to sell up to an extra $3 billion in stock after the earnings announcement to help fund the deal.

“If there is a big sale of Tesla stock by Musk after earnings, that will be a strong sign that the Twitter deal is on the cusp of closing,” said Adam Badawi, a law professor at UC Berkeley.

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Fundamentals

* Analysts are expecting Tesla’s third-quarter revenue to rise about 60% to $21.96 billion and earn $1 per share when it reports results on Oct. 19 – Refinitiv Data

WALL STREET SENTIMENT

* Of 43 analysts covering the company, 27 rates the stock “buy” or higher, 10 have a “hold” rating, and six have a “sell” or lower

* The median price target is $325, an 14% increase since the start of 2022

QUARTER-ENDING REFINITIV IBES ACTUAL BEAT,

EPS ESTIMATE MET,

MISSED

  • June 30 2022 0.60 0.76 Beat
  • March 31 2022 0.75 1.07 Beat
  • Dec. 31 2021 0.79 0.85 Beat
  • Sept. 30 2021 0.53 0.62 Beat
  • ​​June 30 2021 0.33 0.48 Beat
  • March 31 2021 0.26 0.31 Beat
  • Dec. 31 2020 0.34 0.27 Missed
  • Sept. 30 2020 0.20 0.25 Beat
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