How Long Will Investors Bear With Tesla’s Delivery Misses?

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How Long Will Investors Bear With Tesla’s Delivery Misses?
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Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s second quarter delivery report gave skeptics another reason to attack the EV firm. The automaker delivered 14,370 electric cars during its recently-ended three-month period, it said over the weekend. This was quite below analysts’ target of 17,000. This is also the second straight quarter the company’s deliveries have fallen short of expectations.

Not the first miss

The delivery miss didn’t sit well with Tesla’s doubters, who have criticized its consistent inability to keep up with demand. When the Model X stumbled out of the gate due to its complex design, the shortfalls became even more pronounced. Though the production of the Model X has improved since then, it has not been enough to silence critics.

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Many on Wall Street are questioning the ability of the EV maker to meet its full-year delivery goal, but there are others who are undeterred by its latest results. In April, the electric car maker did admit that it was having some trouble delivering on its goals, attributing the trouble to its own “hubris.” However, loyal investors have not lost faith and continued to stand by the electric car maker.

Following its announcement, Tesla shares fell 3% in the first trading session. But such a fall is not enough to raise eyebrows, especially for the automaker’s fanatics. Tesla’s stock price is notoriously volatile, and over the past year, it has been swinging widely between $286.65 and $141.05.

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Tesla confident on meeting delivery target

Tesla is assuring investors that it will be able to deliver 80,000 electric cars for the full year thanks to an anticipated dramatic increase in production during the second half. The automaker is planning to build 2,200 vehicles a week in the third quarter and around 2,400 per week in the fourth quarter. According to the automaker, this will help it deliver more than 50,000 cars in the second half of the year, thus making up for the first quarter shortfall.

There are 5,150 vehicles headed to consumers worldwide, said the automaker. However, may on Wall Street are doubtful that the U.S.-based firm will be able to meet its goal.

Rod Lache, a Deutsche Bank analyst, said in a note, “This is not the first time Tesla has missed an aggressive target. Tesla has admitted to over-reaching on the complex design of the Model X, and they are paying the price.”

Whatever the case may be, investors will have to keep their fingers crossed until the fourth quarter. On Tuesday, Tesla shares closed down 1.16% at $213.98. Year to date, the stock is down more than 10%.

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Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at amanjain@valuewalk.com
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