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Tesla delivers surprise earnings with a lower cash burn

03 May 2018

The company also said it produced 2,270 Model 3 cars during the last week of April after shutting production down for a few days to address some assembly line issues.

Tesla has had to raise billions of dollars to fund the development and manufacturing of its cars, batteries, and other technology.

Precision will be the key focus of the production strategy, where by lower tolerances will make the model 3 build precision ten times better than any vehicle in the world.

Tesla did not break out a cash flow calculation that it had included in previous quarters. Musk's Master Plan, Part Deux envisioned a Tesla Network: a shared autonomy fleet that would allow owners to put their cars to work for them when they are in the office or on vacation.

Despite my colleagues' assertions over at Cleantechnica and on these very pages, Tesla's model 3 is not "whooping gasmobile a**". Gross margins of Model S and Model X improved to slightly above 25%, due to better cost reductions, mix management, FX gains and pricing actions. (NASDAQ:TSLA) will post $3.17 billion in sales for the current quarter, Zacks reports.

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The Model 3 starts at $US35,000 but can easily top $US50,000 with options.

The losses mount as production of the Model 3 - Tesla's first mass market auto with a starting price of $35,000 - has been dogged by manufacturing issues. Finally, Daiwa SB Investments Ltd. increased its stake in Tesla by 41.3% during the fourth quarter. But ramping up production to meet that demand has proved to be a thorn in Tesla's side. Analysts polled by FactSet forecast an adjusted loss of $US3.54 per share.

Only time will truly tell what becomes of the luxury electric vehicle manufacturer but with so much riding on its success, there is hopefully light at the end of the tunnel.

And Musk has another reason for optimism: he has gone through all of this before.

Musk cut off analysts' queries about the company's capital requirements and whether it was retaining Model 3 reservation holders, calling the questions "so dry" and "not cool". The company manufactured 2000 units against the target of 2500 units. Again, analysts anxious about Tesla's cash flow.

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Tesla revs up losses of $710m by failing to produce enough Model 3 cars.

He claimed that "people might actually turn it off and then die" because of the stories following two fatal crashes of Teslas on autopilot this year. Initial batches of the Model 3 have had fit and finish issues that include gapping in the panels and inconsistent paint quality.

Strong sales of the vehicle are key to generating cash to pay operating expenses, fund capital spending and make upcoming debt payments. The company has a market capitalization of $49,645.56, a P/E ratio of -26.23 and a beta of 1.11. The stock was sold at an average price of $300.00, for a total value of $562,500.00.

A major factor that contributes to Tesla's problems is that Musk blows through money. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 1,248 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $441,168.

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Shareholders also need to be aware of earnings manipulation that will affect the quality of the earnings number. The S&P 500 closed 0.82 percent lower at 2,648.05, with telecom falling 2.7 percent to all 11 sectors lower.

Tesla delivers surprise earnings with a lower cash burn