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Tesla delivers a record 25,000 Model S, X in Q1 2017, 69% increase over Q1 2016

Tesla has announced that they delivered just over 25,000 Model S and Model X vehicles in the first quarter of 2017. This number represents a 12.5% increase over shipments in the fourth quarter, and a 69% increase over Q1 2016.

Tesla delivered 11,550 Model X and 13,450 Model S in the first quarter. Model X deliveries grew 21.5% while Model S grew a modest 5.9%.

Tesla also reported that 4,650 vehicles were in transit at the end of the quarter, a decrease of 1,800 vehicles (~28% drop in vehicles in transit). This quarter’s deliveries are right in line with Tesla’s guidance of 50,000 vehicles for the first half of 2017. Tesla did not release full year production guidance as uncertainties with Model 3 production could change the number dramatically.

“So, we didn’t want to muddy our guidance by doing some kind of a combined number for the year. And obviously, execution on Model X and Model S and execution on getting ready for Model 3 in the first half is what’s important. And those are the things that we really want to point investors to in how we’re measuring ourselves.” – Former CFO Jason Wheeler on Q4 Earnings call

In the first quarter, Tesla also produced a record number of vehicles at 25,418. This represents a 2.1% production growth over the previous quarter and a meager .9% growth over production in Q3 2016. It is unclear what production constraints are holding the Model S and X back from expanding, but we should expect more information on this topic during the company’s Q1 earnings call coming up. The first quarter saw the pilot production of Tesla Model 3, which may have slowed down or interfered with the production of the Model S and X.

In Tesla’s 2017 guidance, the company stated that they should see automotive gross margins “recover in Q1 to Q3 2016 levels and then continue to expand in Q2 2017”. The gross margin in Q3 2016 was 27.7%, while the gross margin in Q4 fell to 19.1%. The increased deliveries in Model X and the recovering gross margins looks remarkably close to the company’s results from Q3 2016, and should leave Tesla close to profitability for this quarter.

Tesla has not announced when the Q1 2017 earnings call will take place. The company issued the following press release.

Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) delivered just over 25,000 vehicles in Q1, of which approx 13,450 were Model S and approx 11,550 were Model X. This was a new quarterly record for us and represents a 69% increase over Q1 2016. Our 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. Final numbers could vary by up to 0.5%.

In addition to Q1 deliveries, about 4,650 vehicles were in transit to customers at the end of the quarter. These will be counted as deliveries in Q2 2017.

Q1 production totaled 25,418 vehicles. This was also a new quarterly record for us.

Tesla vehicle deliveries represent only one measure of the company’s financial performance and should not be relied on as an indicator of quarterly financial results, which depend on a variety of factors, including the cost of sales, foreign exchange movements and mix of directly leased vehicles.

Source: Tesla, Inc.

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