Tesla: net profit jumped in the second quarter, forecast confirmed

The American manufacturer of electric vehicles Tesla announced Wednesday higher results, in the wake of sales boosted by price reductions practiced for several months.

As analysts expected, these price cuts eroded the profit margin of Elon Musk’s group, which slipped to 18.2%, against 19.3% in the first quarter.

The billionaire had exposed his strategy in April: it is better to sell more even if the margins are temporarily lower.

“It’s better to deliver a lot of cars with a lower margin and reap that margin later as we perfect” self-driving software, he explained.

Deliveries rose to 466,140 vehicles over the quarter, from 254,695 a year earlier.

Turnover stood at 24.92 billion (+47%) and net profit jumped 20% to 2.7 billion dollars.

“We are delighted to have achieved such results given the macroeconomic environment,” the group said in a statement.

“This is an incredible achievement on the part of the Tesla team,” said Elon Musk during a conference call with analysts on Wednesday, saying that “over the long term, we believe the economy will pull volumes skyward.”

Especially with the arrival of new products like his robot taxi, “a revolutionary design made in a revolutionary way”, he enthused.

He confirmed the target to produce 1.8 million vehicles in 2023 but, he warned, “production in the third quarter is going to be a bit lower due to plant closures for many updates”.

– “Position of strength” –

“We have ample cash on hand to fund our product program, long-term plant capacity expansion plans and other expenses,” the automaker said.

A Tesla Model S being charged on a Supercharger, in Falls Church (Virginia, United States) on February 13, 2023 (AFP/Archives – SAUL LOEB)

Tesla made 479,700 vehicles in the second quarter, compared to 258,580 in the same period of 2022 and 440,808 in the first quarter of this year.

For Wedbush analysts, Tesla is now “in a strong position” in the electric vehicle market thanks to “its aggressive pricing policy”. The group “is now preparing to further monetize this achievement”, they commented.

– Satisfactory margin –

The group was satisfied with the level of its operating margin, which remained “healthy” at around 10% “despite the price reductions in the first and second quarters”.

Tesla's Cybertruck, July 1, 2020 in Los Angeles (AFP/Archives - Robyn Beck)
Tesla’s Cybertruck, July 1, 2020 in Los Angeles (AFP/Archives – Robyn Beck)

“This reflects our continued efforts to reduce costs, the success of the production lines in Berlin and Texas and the good performance of our Energy and Services branches” in particular.

Regarding the Cybertruck electric pickup, the first copy of which left the production line of the Tesla mega-factory in Texas (southern United States) on Saturday, the group said on Wednesday that the start of large-scale production would take place, as planned, by the end of the year.

The machine with a futuristic silhouette, covered with a kind of metal shell with rather unusual angular lines, was unveiled in November 2019.

“He’s big on the outside but he’s even bigger on the inside,” Elon Musk said on Wednesday. “I can’t wait to start deliveries later this year.”

“The demand is insane. It’s not a problem,” he said, predicting deliveries “in large quantities next year”.

Two days after the vehicle’s big show, Tesla said it had received nearly 150,000 pre-orders. The group has given no indication on this subject since, nor concerning the sale price.

When it was launched, the company indicated that the Cybertruck – which can go from 0 to 100 km / h in less than three seconds, according to the Tesla site – was to be available in three models, 39,900 dollars and 400 km of autonomy for the entry level, up to 69,900 dollars and 800 km of autonomy announced for the higher model.

He will find himself in competition with the electric pickup from Ford, which also announced Monday a drop of 10,000 dollars in the selling price of its F-150 Lightning.

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