Tesla now expects 2023 capital spending to exceed $9 billion: filing

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Tesla has boosted its expected capital expenditures for the year, as shared by the company in a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

In a 10-Q filing with the SEC on Monday, Tesla said it expects its capital expenditures to exceed $9 billion in 2023 after the company was previously targeting a range of $7 billion to $9 billion for both this and next year (via MarketWatch). Tesla still expects similar capital spending levels for 2024, noting that the increase was planned and is due to positive cash generation.

“Our business has been consistently generating cash flow from operations in excess of our level of capital spend, and with better working capital management resulting in shorter days sales outstanding than days payable outstanding, our sales growth is also generally facilitating positive cash generation,” Tesla said in the filing.

Additionally, Tesla said that its management expects the “ability to be self-funding to continue as long as macroeconomic factors support current trends in our sales.”

Tesla said the company is “likely to see heightened levels of capital expenditures during certain periods depending on the specific pace of our capital-intensive projects and other potential variables such as rising material prices and increases in supply chain and labor expenses resulting from changes in global trade conditions and labor availability.”

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The news comes after Tesla reported its third-quarter earnings last week, posting $23.35 billion in revenue and GAAP earnings of $0.53 per share. During the same quarter, the automaker delivered 435,059 vehicles and produced 430,488 units at its factories.

It also comes as Tesla is set to begin Cybertruck deliveries in November and as the automaker has begun delivering its redesigned Model 3 “Highland” in Europe. Although the refreshed Model 3 isn’t yet available in North America, many expect it to launch in the market in early 2024.

In a 10-K filing in January, Tesla initially predicted that it would spend between $6 billion and $8 billion in 2023, before raising that figure to a range of $7 billion to $9 billion for fiscal years 2024 and 2025.

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Tesla now expects 2023 capital spending to exceed $9 billion: filing
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