Tesla (TSLA) Posts Q2 Loss of $1.06/Share; Deliveries Were 14,402 Units

August 3, 2016 4:03 PM EDT

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(Updated - August 3, 2016 4:05 PM EDT)

Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) reported Q2 EPS of ($1.06), $0.50 worse than the analyst estimate of ($0.56).

Revenue was $1.3 billion, versus the consensus of $1.62 billion.

In Q2, we delivered 14,402 new vehicles consisting of 9,764 Model S and 4,638 Model X, which was slightly higher than what we stated in our July announcement. Model S remains the market share leader in North America and Europe among all comparably priced four-door sedans, and Model X is quickly gaining ground against similarly priced SUVs in all regions.

Guidance:

Production and demand are on track to support deliveries of approximately 50,000 new Model S and Model X vehicles during the second half of 2016.

Vehicle production efficiency is improving rapidly and we are now increasing our weekly production rate even further. Barring any further supply constraints, we plan to exit Q3 with a steady production rate of 2,200 vehicles per week, and plan to increase production to 2,400 vehicles per week in Q4.

We anticipate that direct leasing will rise from 8% of deliveries in Q2 to about 15% of deliveries in Q3, as we have reached our funding limit with a banking partner. We anticipate adding new partners that will allow us to fund our planned growth in the future. We recognize revenue on directly leased deliveries as cash is received over the lease term of typically three years, on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis.

Model S and Model X cost reductions and improved vehicle manufacturing efficiency should offset the margin impact of the expected mix shift toward our 60 kWh configured vehicles and still drive additional gross margin increases throughout the year. We expect GAAP and non-GAAP Automotive gross margins excluding ZEV credits to increase by 2-3 percentage points through Q3 and Q4.

Total non-GAAP operating expenses should increase sequentially in Q3 and Q4, and we now expect full year 2016 total non-GAAP operating expenses to increase by about 30%. The increases come from engineering, design, and testing expenses related to Model 3 supplier contracts, and higher sales and service costs associated with expanding our geographic presence.

Despite the disciplined pace of capital spending in the first half of this year, we still expect to invest about $2.25 billion in capital expenditures in 2016, in support of our accelerated production plan for Model 3.

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