Tesla Inc.’s second-quarter results come amid another massive rally for the stock, which is now pricier than shares of Google parent Alphabet Inc. and other consistently profitable heavyweights.
The Silicon Valley car maker is expected to report quarterly numbers next Wednesday after the bell. A call with analysts at 5:30 p.m. Eastern will follow.
shares on Monday were heading for another record high. The rally has quadrupled the stock price this year and boosted the electric car maker’s market value to $325 billion.
Wall Street is calling for GAAP and adjusted quarterly losses for Tesla’s second quarter, but that hasn’t quelled hopes that Tesla could surprise markets with a quarterly profit, which would put the stock on track to join the S&P 500 index within three to six months. One of the criteria for the index’s inclusion is GAAP profitability for four consecutive quarters.
Joining a major index would get Tesla shares to the portfolios of thousands of index-tracking funds, and send managed funds scrambling to catch up with it as well.
Here’s what to expect:
Earnings: Consensus from 33 Wall Street analysts polled by FactSet calls for a GAAP loss of $1.34 cents a share, which would compare with a GAAP loss of $2.31 a share in the first quarter of 2019. The analysts expect an adjusted loss of 58 cents a share, which would compare with an adjusted loss of $1.12 a share a year ago.
Estimize, a crowdsourcing platform that gathers estimates from Wall Street analysts, as well as buy-side analysts, fund managers, company executives, academics and others, is expecting an adjusted profit of 6 cents a share.
Revenue: The analysts surveyed by FactSet expect sales of $4.8 billion for Tesla, down from $6.4 billion a year ago. Estimize sees revenue of $5.4 billion for the company.
Stock movement: So far this year, Tesla shares have gained 300%, a stark contrast with losses of around 7% for the Dow Jones Industrial Average
and breakeven for the S&P 500 index
in the same period.
What else to expect: A clearer picture of the coronavirus pandemic impact on the company will likely emerge with the quarterly results.
For most of the three-month period, Tesla’s sole U.S. car-making factory in Fremont, Calif., was closed (and became a point of contention between Chief Executive Elon Musk and local health authorities, with the factory reopening against shutdown orders), with production from Tesla’s Shanghai factory offsetting some of the effects of Fremont’s closing.
The share rally, which started in December, most recently picked up steam after the company earlier this month reported better-than-expected second-quarter sales without Fremont at full speed.
The stock’s valuation is likely “dislocated from traditional valuation metrics,” analysts at Evercore ISI said in a note Monday.
Tesla could “weaponize it,” and go for another equity raise, despite having done so as recently as February, they said. The money could be used to improve its balance sheet, and expand capacity faster.
More clarity on the pace of Model Y production and deliveries is also high on investor’s list for the quarter.
Tesla in April said it has the “capacity installed” to deliver more than half a million vehicles in 2020 “despite announced production interruptions.”
The analysts at Evercore ISI on Monday tweaked higher their expectations for 2020 deliveries to 460,000 vehicles, from their previous expectation of 435,000 vehicles. The FactSet consensus calls for 435,000 units to be sold this year.
Another potential catalyst for the shares is around the corner, and Tesla could provide more details about it during the call. Tesla has set its “battery day” for Sept. 22 alongside its annual shareholder meeting. The expectation is that the company will unveil a “million mile” battery and showcase advances that would put the company comfortably ahead of competition.
Battery-technology innovations “remain the key ingredients in Tesla’s success on the battery front and we believe the company is getting closer to announcing the million mile battery,” Dan Ives of Wedbush said in a recent note. Such a battery could “last for decades, withstand all types of weather/terrain, and be another major milestone for the Tesla ecosystem.”