Tesla (TSLA) gets a boost as staunch critics raises Q2 earnings expectations

Tesla shares (NASDAQ:TSLA) received a rather ironic boost on Friday, as one of the company’s biggest skeptics in Wall Street adjusted his estimates for the company’s second-quarter earnings results. In a recent note to clients, Barclays analyst Brian Johnson stated the he sees the Silicon Valley-based electric car maker heading to a nearly profitable Q2 earnings report. 

“Increasing 2Q estimates as TSLA did indeed ‘move the metal,'” Johnson wrote in his note. 

With this in mind, Johnson raised his forecast for Tesla’s second-quarter report to a loss of just $0.16 per share, a notable jump from his previous estimate, which expected a $0.71 per share loss. Johnson’s stance on the company remained bearish nonetheless, as he kept his “Underweight” rating and $150 per share price target on TSLA shares. 

Tesla stock has been notably volatile this year, losing almost 50% of its value in the first five months of 2019 and rebounding over 40% since the beginning of June. Tesla’s rebound was largely boosted by the company’s impressive vehicle production and deliveries, which exceeded Wall Street’s expectations. Analysts polled by FactSet expected Tesla to deliver 91,000 vehicles to customers in Q2 2019, but the electric car maker delivered over 95,000 instead. 

Tesla’s delivery figures for the second quarter set new records, and this was something that Johnson highlighted in his note. “While we were not overly surprised by the swing trade going into the delivery report, and the reaction thereafter, we are somewhat surprised by the continued strength of Tesla shares,” the Barclays analyst wrote. 

While Johnson reiterated that he remains “fundamentally bearish” on Tesla, he stated that the company has “likely raised enough cash to make it through 2020, even with below-guided deliveries.” These sentiments are notably different compared to his statements earlier this month, when he argued that Tesla might need to raise more capital “as soon as next year” if the company wants to maintain an accelerating growth narrative. 

The Barclays analyst’s somewhat optimistic tone for Tesla’s Q2 earnings comes right after one of the electric car maker’s biggest bulls, Ben Kallo of Baird, reiterated his “Outperform” rating and $355 price target on TSLA stock. In a recent note, Kallo stated that Tesla’s further execution, starting with its second-quarter earnings report, will “help restore credibility and create a challenging short environment.” The analyst also stated that he believes the company’s margin results in its Q2 earnings could exceed estimates, which would likely be viewed favorably by investors. 

As of writing, Tesla stock is trading +1.33% at $256.90 per share.

Disclosure: I have no ownership in shares of TSLA and have no plans to initiate any positions within 72 hours.

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