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Tesla delivers a whopping 24,500 vehicles in Q3, sets quarterly record


Tesla reported its production and deliveries for Q3 2016. According to the report, “Tesla delivered approximately 24,500 vehicles in Q3, of which 15,800 were Model S and 8,700 were Model X. This was an increase of just over 70% from last quarter’s deliveries of 14,402. Our Q3 delivery count should be viewed as slightly conservative, as we only count a car as delivered if it is transferred to the customer and all paperwork is correct.”

“In addition to Q3 deliveries, about 5,500 vehicles were in transit to customers at the end of the quarter. These will not be counted as deliveries until Q4. Production rose to 25,185 vehicles in Q3. This was an increase of 37% from Q2 production of 18,345″

One number that will looked at by Wall Street traders and investors on Monday was going to be “guidance” for the rest of the year.  Guidance was good. Tesla stated in the press release that “we expect Q4 deliveries and production to be at or slightly above Q3, despite Q4 being a shorter quarter and the challenge of delivering vehicles in winter weather over holidays. Guidance of 50,000 vehicles for the second half of 2016 is maintained.” This number will make a lot of traders happy.

Elon must be happy, as he immediately retweeted an article from VentureBeat, positive on the reported numbers.

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

VentureBeat noted that “to encourage orders for its electric vehicles, Tesla has pulled out practically all the stops to encourage ordering, including offering a 2-year lease on Model S and X vehicles and even producing a new Model S sedan with a larger battery and faster acceleration. This is certainly good news for Tesla, perhaps showing that customers aren’t dissuaded by recent reports of accidents involving Tesla and its self-driving capabilities. ”

Another positive note came out from  Bloomberg that noted in an article titled “Tesla Shipments Top Analysts’ Estimates as Musk Urges Sales Push”, that “the quarter was Tesla’s last chance to show that it can be profitable before it raises money to ramp up production of the new Model 3. The third-quarter deliveries were positive and beat most estimates, said Jeffrey Osborne, an analyst at Cowen & Co., who rates the stock underperform. “We were looking for 20,500 this quarter with an acceleration in 4Q to get to 50,000 for the second half,” Osborne said by e-mail. “We believe bullish investors were in the 22,000 to 23,000 range.”

With 24,500 vehicles delivered, Tesla beat even the expectations of the most bullish investors.

The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch was rather positive as well in a note titled “Tesla reports its best-ever quarterly vehicle sales”. The reporter noted that “the results suggest the revelation on June 30 that a Model S was involved in an earlier fatal crash in Florida involving the car’s Autopilot hasn’t affected sales. Federal regulators are investigating the crash, which the company said was the first known fatality involving the company’s semiautonomous feature that can take control of the car in certain driving conditions. Tesla has since begun rolling out software updates to Autopilot that Mr. Musk say would have prevented the crash.”

Trading Action

The stock has languished during the last 10 trading sessions, in what traders call “compression.” It will be interesting to see Monday’s opening as it will be highly influenced by the just reported results, and it may fuel back a positive rally on the stock.

Stock Market Update

As I predicted, TSLA stock is rallying at the opening on Monday. While the Dow is down over 70 points, TSLA was up was much as $10 or 5%. If the gain is staying into the close, it will be one of the best trading days of the year for TSLA.

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