Tesla stock rises after EV maker reports better-than-expected Q2 profit, jump in sales

Tesla earnings are out

Tesla TSLA, +0.80% said it earned $2.3 billion, or $1.95 a share, in the second quarter, compared with $1.1 billion, or $1.02 a share, in the second quarter of 2021. Adjusted for one-time items, the company earned $2.27 a share.

Sales rose 42% to $16.9 billion from $12 billion a year ago, thanks to increased sales, higher average selling prices and growth in other parts of the business, Tesla said.

Analysts polled by FactSet expected Tesla to report adjusted earnings of $1.81 a share on sales of $16.5 billion.

“From our perspective, this was perhaps Tesla’s most impressive quarter in years considering the daunting challenges it faced,” which included supply-chain issues, COVID-19 disruptions at Shanghai, and startup costs in Austin and Berlin, CFRA analyst Garrett Nelson told MarketWatch.

“Guidance that the Fremont and Shanghai factories both achieved their highest-ever monthly production and it is focused on the record-breaking second half of 2022 was further music to the bulls’ ears,” Nelson said.

Tesla said it faced “challenges” with shutdowns and limited production in Shanghai, but ended the quarter “with the highest vehicle production month in our history.”

Headwinds also included higher raw-material and logistics costs, including expenses expediting parts, impact from the stronger dollar and a “bitcoin impairment” the company did not detail.

Tesla ended the quarter with $18.9 billion in cash and equivalents. It said it converted about 75% of its bitcoin BTCUSD, +0.33% purchases into what it called “fiat currency.” Conversions in the quarter added $936 million of cash to the balance sheet, the company said.

Shares gained slightly in after-hours trading immediately following the report. The stock ended the regular trading day up 0.8%.

The EV maker is scheduled to hold a call with analysts at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.


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Going into the earnings results, Wall Street worried that second quarter would be a difficult one thanks to ongoing supply-chain snags, slower production ramps in Tesla’s factories in Austin, Texas, and Berlin, Germany, and pandemic-related shutdowns sidelining Tesla’s factory in Shanghai.

In a letter to shareholders accompanying the earnings results, Tesla appeared to temper expectations for the production ramps in Austin and Berlin.

The pace of production in the two factories will be “influenced by the successful introduction of many new product and manufacturing technologies in new locations and ongoing supply-chain related challenges. Factory ramps take time” and these two will be no different, Tesla said.

The company said it was “making progress” on the Cybertruck, its electric pickup truck, which is to be made in Austin after the Model Y production ramp there.

Tesla earlier this month reported a quarter-on-quarter fall in deliveries, its proxy for sales, leading some analysts to cut their expectations for the EV maker’s quarter.

Tesla shares have lost 30% this year, compared with losses of around 17% for the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.59%.

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