Tesla beats earnings forecasts despite supply chain crisis

Tesla beats earnings forecasts despite supply chain crisis


Electric carmaker Tesla Inc on Monday beat Wall Street expectations for second-quarter profit and revenue as record deliveries offset the effect of a prolonged global shortage of chips and raw materials.


Shares of the world’s most valuable automaker were up 1.3 percent in extended trade.


The company said it expected to launch production this year of Model Y SUV in Texas and Germany; but would delay the launch of the Semi until 2022. Still, despite the pandemic and the supply chain crisis that have marred the auto industry; Tesla posted record deliveries during the quarter, thanks to sales of cheaper models including Model 3 sedans and Model Y crossovers.


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The carmaker, led by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, said revenue jumped to $11.96bn from $6.04bn a year earlier; when its US factory was shut down for more than six weeks due to local lockdown orders aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.


Analysts had expected revenue of about $11.3bn, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.


Excluding items, Tesla posted a profit of $1.45 per share; easily topping analyst expectations for a profit of 98 cents per share.

Tesla said operating income increased mainly due to volume growth and cost reduction, which offset “additional supply chain costs; lower regulatory credit revenue” and other items including $23m in losses on investment in cryptocurrency bitcoin.

Tesla said it is “on track to build our first Model Y vehicles in Berlin and Austin in 2021”. But it said it has delayed the launch of the Semi truck program to 2022 “to better focus on these factories, and due to the limited availability of battery cells and global supply chain challenges”.

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