Tesla has announced the date for the release of its first quarter 2018 financial results report; as well as its following earnings call.
As could be seen in a recent announcement on its Investors’ Relations page, Tesla would be posting its financial results for Q1 2018 after the market closes on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The company would also be issuing a brief advisory with a link to its 2018 Q1 Update Letter, which will be available in ir.tesla.com. Tesla will hold a live Q&A session later during the day at 2:30 p.m. PST (5:30 p.m. EST), in order to discuss the electric car and energy company’s financial and business results during the quarter, as well as its outlook.
The announcement of Tesla’s Q1 2018 financial results and earnings call comes at a time when the company continues to pursue its self-imposed goals for the production of its most ambitious vehicle to date — the Model 3. The production goals for the vehicle, which is widely considered as Tesla’s first truly mass-market electric car, has eluded the company for some time now.
As could be seen in the company’s Q1 delivery report, Tesla was able to finish the first quarter with a production rate of just over 2,000 Model 3 per week, almost 500 short of its already-adjusted goal of manufacturing 2,500 a week by the end of March. Despite this, however, Tesla nevertheless reported a 40% increase in production compared to Q4 2017. The company also stated that it would be able to sustain and increase its production pace for the Model 3 moving forward.
Perhaps the most notable statement in Tesla’s first quarter delivery report, however, was the company’s assurance that it would not be needing a debt or equity raise this year apart from standard credit lines. Doubling down on this notion, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that Tesla would likely be profitable by the third and fourth quarter of 2018.
This idea was emphasized further in a recently leaked email from Musk himself, where the billionaire entrepreneur stated that the time is now right for Tesla to pursue profitability. The leaked email also described some measures that Tesla would implement in order to be more rigorous with its expenditures.
“A fair criticism leveled at Tesla by outside critics is that you’re not a real company unless you generate a profit, meaning simply that revenue exceeds costs. It didn’t make sense to do that until reaching economies of scale, but now we are there. Going forward, we will be far more rigorous about expenditures. I have asked the Tesla finance team to comb through every expense worldwide, no matter how small, and cut everything that doesn’t have a strong value justification.”
Tesla’s optimistic outlook was ultimately downplayed by Goldman Sachs recently. In a recent note, Goldman Sachs analyst David Tamberrino wrote that the Elon Musk-led company would likely be able to sustain the manufacture of only 1,400 Model 3 per week until the end of the second quarter. The analyst also noted that Tesla would still need to raise capital this year, contrary to Tesla’s claims. The bank also cut the price target for TSLA from $205 to $195, implying a 32% downside to the stock.
Tesla stocks (NASDAQ:TSLA) are currently trading down -0.26% in premarket, trading at $292.60 per share.