Tesla has announced the date for the release of its second-quarter 2018 financial results report; as well as its following earnings call.
In a recent announcement on its Investor Relations page, Tesla stated that it would be posting its financial results for Q2 2018 after the market closes on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. The California-based electric car and energy company would also be issuing a brief advisory with a link to its Q2 2018 Update Letter, which would be accessible from Tesla’s Investor Relations website. A live Q&A session is set for 2:30 p.m. PST (5:30 p.m. EST), where Tesla would discuss its financial and business results during the quarter, as well as its outlook.
The announcement of Tesla’s Q2 2018 earnings call comes at a time when the company is attempting to sustain its pace of producing the Model 3 at an optimum rate. Tesla was able to hit its target of manufacturing 5,000 Model 3 during the final week of Q2 2018, though the company was only able to accomplish the feat by performing another “burst build.” As a result of this, some Wall St. analysts expressed reservations about Tesla’s capability to sustain the Model 3’s 5,000/week pace. Lower-than-expected deliveries of vehicles during the second quarter, as revealed in Tesla’s Q2 2018 production and deliveries report, weighed down the company’s stock further.
Nevertheless, some analysts such as James Albertine of Consumer Edge Research adopted a more optimistic stance on Tesla’s Q2 production and delivery figures. According to the analyst, the company’s Q2 numbers would likely be viewed as negative by investors, but “that story can be more than offset by the Model 3 in the second half of the year.” Based on Tesla’s pace since July started, it appears that Albertine’s prediction would likely come to pass.
Since the beginning of July, Tesla has exhibited an impressive flurry of activity that showed no signs of letting up. Reports of Tesla Senior Director of Investor Relations Aaron Chew recently meeting with investors and analysts emerged as well, suggesting that the company is aiming to achieve a sustained production rate of 5,000-6,000 Model 3 per week for Q3 2018. Tesla has also started pushing the Model 3 to customers, ending its anti-selling efforts for the vehicle. Test drive programs for the Model 3 Performance, a 5-minute Sign & Drive delivery system, and filings for more than 19,000 new Model 3 VINs since the start of July further suggest that Tesla is serious about making the Model 3 its ticket to profitability this third quarter.
The results of Tesla’s Q2 2018 financial results would be interesting, to say the least, as it was a quarter spent optimizing the Model 3’s production. During Q2, Tesla adopted several unorthodox strategies, including building a new assembly line for the Model 3 on the grounds of the Fremont factory, as well as air-freighting new robots and equipment from Europe. Amidst all these expenses, it would be up to Tesla to assure its investors that Q2 2018 is a turning point in the company’s history — one that could mark the start of Tesla’s profitability.