Tesla Inc 2Q 17 Earnings Drive Shares Higher After Hours

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Tesla 2Q 17 earnings were released after closing bell tonight. The automaker reported non-GAAP losses of $1.33 per share on $2.8 billion in revenue, compared to the consensus estimates of losses of $1.88 per share on $2.5 billion in sales. In last year’s second quarter, Tesla reported $1.56 billion in revenue and $1.61 per share in non-GAAP losses.

Tesla 2Q 17 earnings

On a GAAP basis, Tesla 2Q 17 earnings came in at losses of $2.04 per share, compared to the $2.09 per share in GAAP losses the company reported in last year’s second quarter. Wall Street had been expecting GAAP losses of $2.39 per share. Automotive revenue rose to $2.3 billion from $1.2 billion last year. The automotive gross margin was 27.9% on a GAAP basis and 25% on a non-GAAP basis, versus 23.1% and 23.6%, respectively, last year.

As is typical, the company already reported the number of vehicles it delivered during the quarter, which was a little over 22,000. That turned out to be a disappointment for Wall Street, so later the automaker added that it had an additional 3,500 vehicles in transit to their new owners. Tonight Tesla added that the number of deliveries increased 53% year over year, even as the broader luxury vehicle market was flat.

Tesla already installed the first of its Solar Roofs. During the second quarter, Tesla Energy generation and storage revenue grew 34% sequentially due to a seasonal increase in solar lease revenue. The segment’s revenue rose to $286.8 million from $3.95 million last year. The segment deployed 176 megawatts of solar energy generation systems and 97 megawatt-hours of energy storage systems.

Tesla provides guidance, vehicle updates

Tesla management told reporters on Friday that they had taken 500,000 preorders for the Model 3. They added tonight that Model S and Model X orders have been growing, not only right before but also right after the Model 3 handover party. The weekly net order for the two luxury vehicles was 15% higher than the company’s average weekly order rate during the second quarter.

During the second half of the year, they expect operating leverage improvements as revenue grows significantly over the first half of the year. They expect approximately $2 billion in capital expenditures during the last six months of the year. They also expect the Model 3 gross margin to be positive by the fourth quarter, and they’re aiming for a 25% margin next year. Tesla also said Model 3 production is on track to meet their previously announced targets.

After the Tesla 2Q 17 earnings release, the automaker’s stock jumped in after-hours trades, climbing by as much as 3.44% to $337.50. The shares closed up 1.98% at the bell today.

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