In BriefInvestors and shareholders are getting ready for Tesla's second quarter 2017 financial update. Elon Musk's vehicle manufacturing and energy company is planning to release the update later today. Here are some of the things we could expect.
Revenues Up, Earnings Down
After markets close on Wednesday, Tesla will release its second-quarter (Q2) earnings report for 2017. Tesla’s usual practice has been to conduct a conference call and Q&A with the company’s management team and investors after releasing quarterly reports. This is the plan for tonight at 5:30 PM ET (2:30 PM PT).
Tesla’s first quarter 2017 update back in May featured an overall increase in production and revenue. “Vehicle production in Q1 increased by 64% compared to a year ago, which enabled us to set new quarterly records of 25,051 deliveries and $2.7 billion in GAAP revenue,” the report read. The trend was expected to continue for Q2, including the decline in earnings per share.
Speculations about the company’s Q2 results from various sources are generally the same: consensus in Wall Street, as well as figures from independent firms like financial estimates crowdsourcing website Estimize, and Zacks Investment Research are consistent. Tesla’s expected to report a growth in revenue of around $2.548 billion to $2.599 billion. The company’s revenue has been growing over the past four quarters, almost always beating expectations, according to Electrek.
Earnings per share, on the other hand, are going to be on the decline: current estimates predict a loss of around $2 per share. Wall Street predicts a $1.94 per share for the quarter, Estimize counts a $1.81 loss per share, while Zacks puts it at $2 per share. For those wondering about the difference between revenue and earnings, earnings are counted after all deductibles (such as production costs, taxes, etc.) have been considered. Revenue is the profit from products sold.
The loss per share comes from investing heavily on Model 3 production and a decline in deliveries for Q2. Tesla’s already reported a total of 22,000 deliveries from April to May, down from a Q1 total of 25,000. The company claims that despite the decrease, it’s able to hit the low-end of its mid-year delivery target of 47,000 to 50,000 vehicles.
Updates: Solar Products, the Model 3, & More
Speaking of production, this Q2 report would be a significant one for Tesla, as it’s going to be the last one before Model 3 production and sales will be counted. As such, delivery numbers are expected to go up before the end of the year as Tesla works towards fulfilling the large number of pre-orders for the Model 3. Less than a week since its release, the low-cost electric vehicle has been receiving favorable reviews.
Other general updates that may be mentioned include Tesla’s work with the highly-anticipated electric semi truck, as well as the long-awaited Model Y. Some are also looking forward to developments in Gigafactory expansion — especially with plans for manufacturing cars in China already in the works. Perhaps there may even be a mention of Tesla Music, too?
Aside from reports on its vehicle production, investors and shareholders are also looking forward to updates about Tesla’s solar products (the solar roof tiles and Panasonic’s solar panels) which were launched over the summer. Updates regarding Tesla’s energy division could also pop up, particularly regarding projects they are currently engaged with in Australia.