Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) is expected to release its first-quarter earnings results this evening after markets close. Tesla’s Q1 2023 earnings report is among the most anticipated from a financial standpoint, as the automaker dropped prices on six separate occasions through the first three months of the year, leaving analysts and investors pondering the effect on automotive margins.
Tesla performed extremely well in terms of vehicle production and delivery figures for Q1, setting records in both categories as it continues to ramp production in Germany and Texas at its two newest Gigafactories.
Tesla delivered 422,875 vehicles in Q1, beating estimates from Wall Street that put projections at 420,000.
Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said in a note to investors earlier this week that the main focus of this earnings call will be margins. “That said, price cuts come at a price and this tug of war between volumes and margins is now the big debate on the Street heading into earnings and the rest of FY23,” Ives writes. “The bull/bear debate at the core is: When do the price cuts end for Tesla and what will margins look like on the other side of this cycle as we progress through 2023 in a choppy macro?”
A survey of 26 analysts puts Tesla’s projected earnings per share at $0.85, Yahoo Finance says, ranging from $0.69 and $1.06. Tesla posted non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.19 in Q4 and $2.27 for Q1 2022.
The series of price cuts have affected Tesla’s numbers in this metric, and with so many drops being used to push prices lower, analysts and investors alike will be looking to see how the strategy will affect the company’s financials.
22 analysts expect Tesla to report revenues of $23.21 billion, which would be a slight decrease from the $24.318 billion that the company reported in Q4 2022. Tesla posted total revenues of $18.756 billion during the same quarter last year, with a gross profit of just under $5.5 billion.
Other Points to Expect
The big thing to listen for is margins and whether Tesla’s automotive gross margin can remain above 20 percent. Ives wrote in his note to investors on Monday that cutting prices can lead to margin deterioration. Still, Wedbush believes Tesla’s automotive gross margins will remain above 20 percent, as it “remains the key threshold over the coming quarters.”
We can also expect some updates to Tesla’s product line, as questions submitted by investors on Say showed that many hope for new details on the Cybertruck.
Tesla still, as of now, plans to start production of the Cybertruck this Summer, with volume production beginning next year. However, there has been no update on pricing or available configurations as of yet, although some details about the vehicle were leaked at the company’s recent Investor Day.
Tesla will report earnings at 5:30 ET/4:30 CT this evening. For the first time, the company will stream its call on Twitter.
Disclosure: Joey Klender is a TSLA Shareholder.
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