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Tesla (TSLA) Q2 2018 financial report and earnings call: What to expect

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is set to release its financial report for the second quarter after markets close on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, followed by its Q2 2018 earnings call at 2:30 p.m. PST (5:30 p.m. EST).

With a vast majority of the second-quarter spent pushing volume production of Model 3, questions are abounding if vehicle demand matches company claims and if Tesla is finally on its way to profitability. Arguably, the elephant in the room will be indicators on whether the company will have to raise more capital due to what Wall Street analysts widely regard as Tesla’s cash flow challenges. Here is an outline of things to expect in Tesla’s Q2 2018 financial results and earnings call.

Tesla’s Losses and Revenue

Considering that the electric car maker continued to invest heavily in the Model 3 ramp over Q2, a consensus among Wall Street analysts suggest that Tesla would be reporting a loss of $2.81 per share. Among 21 analysts, the range for expectations made public about the company’s losses for the second quarter spans from a loss of $3.44 to $1.71 per share.

Wall Street analysts estimate that Tesla would post revenue of around $3.97 billion, which is significantly higher than the $2.79 billion the company posted for the second quarter of 2017. If analysts’ predictions are correct, Tesla would be able to post a year-on-year growth of $42.3%. Ultimately, Tesla’s revenue would be a compelling point in the company’s financial report, validating CEO Elon Musk’s narrative that the electric car and energy company continues to see strong demand in the past seven quarters. Tesla’s revenue has increased sequentially in each of the last six quarters as well.

Model 3 Ramp and Delivery Guidance

Tesla is expected to give an update on the current state of Model 3 production. With the electric car maker managing to hit its self-imposed target of manufacturing 5,000 Model 3 per week in a “burst build effort” during the final week of June, questions are now abounding about the company’s capability to exceed this production rate.

Tesla’s plans and strategies for the delivery of the Model 3 are also expected to be discussed in the Q2 earnings call. With the company recently selling its 200,000th vehicle in the United States, Tesla would likely provide delivery guidance for the Model 3 as the $7,500 federal tax credit starts its phase-out period.

Tesla Energy

Tesla Energy has slowly been growing in the background as the company’s electric car business stayed in the limelight. Over the past months, Tesla has teased several key developments in its Energy business. During the 2018 Annual Shareholder Meeting, Elon Musk mentioned that the company is on pace to “cross a key battery-cost threshold of $100-per-kilowatt-hour later this year.” Such a milestone could cut the cost of its upcoming products such as the Model Y, while pushing Tesla forward as a leader in battery technology.

Updates on large-scale Tesla Energy initiatives, including a 1 GWh scale energy project that Musk teased in the Shareholder Meeting, as well as the South Australia virtual power plant, would likely be discussed as well.

Financial Guidance

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made his stance clear during the now-infamous Q1 2018 earnings call that he does not intend to raise capital this year. Musk has also reiterated his prediction that Tesla would be profitable in the third or fourth quarter of 2018. This goal, however, hinges on the successful ramp of the Model 3.

During Tesla’s update on vehicle deliveries for Q1, the company stated that the 5,000 Model 3 per week milestone is expected to lay “the groundwork for Q3 to have the long-sought ideal combination of high volume, good gross margin, and strong positive operating cash flow.” Tesla’s Q2 2018 earnings call would likely cover how the company plans to hit the green for the second half of the year.

A webcast of Tesla’s Q2 2018 earnings call could be accessed here on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. PST (5:30 p.m. EST).

Tesla (TSLA) Q2 2018 financial report and earnings call: What to expect
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