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by Gerard on October 21, 2021

Tesla Announces Record Revenue and Profits, Stocks Decline

Popular electric car maker Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) reported its best-selling third-quarter results on Wednesday, CNBC reported.

The strong results were driven by a 30.5% improvement in gross profit margins in the automotive industry and a 26.6% improvement in overall business, a record in at least the last 5 quarters.

Tesla’s adjusted earnings per share were $1.86 versus an expected $ 1.59, according to Refinitiv. Revenue reached $13.76 billion against the expected $13.63 billion. The company’s net profit for the quarter was $ 1.62 billion (according to GAAP), that is, for the second time it exceeded $1 billion. In the same quarter of last year, its net profit was $331 million.

Revenue from the main activity – the production of electric cars – increased to $12.06 billion, while the expenses of the automotive business for the quarter amounted to $8.38 billion.

Tesla also generated $ 806 million in revenue from its energy business, which includes solar panels and energy storage products, and $ 894 million in revenue from services that include car maintenance and repair, auto insurance, and Tesla-branded merchandise.

In the energy and energy storage segment, Tesla’s revenue grew to a maximum in the last 5 quarters and amounted to $ 803 million.

Despite the concerns the company highlighted in its shareholder reports, such as semiconductor shortages, port congestion and ongoing power outages, Tesla reiterated previous forecasts that it expects to “achieve 50 percent CAGR in vehicle shipments” over the long term.

The company experienced some difficulties in connection with the depreciation of its investment in bitcoin in the amount of $ 51 million, which it reflected in the section “restructuring costs and others.”

Earlier, Elon Musk’s company announced the supply of 241,300 electric vehicles for the period ended September 30, 2021.

Unlike other automakers, Tesla’s sales rose this quarter despite chip shortages and supply chain problems. As for the production of the long-awaited Cybertruck truck, Tesla has not yet announced an exact date, getting off with a vague explanation that it can only be expected after the start of Model Y production in Austin, where Tesla is building a new car assembly plant.

In addition, the company will now switch to a standard line of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries for all vehicles.

Another tricky question for the auto giant was how Tesla would handle tighter scrutiny from the vehicle safety regulator. As you know, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently inspecting Tesla cars for possible safety defects in its driver-assistance system – Autopilot – after a series of accidents.

Tesla’s vice president of automotive engineering, Lars Moravi, spoke about Tesla’s partnership with NHTSA.

His comments ran counter to those of Tesla CEO Elon Musk himself, who recently accused the Biden administration of bias against his company. The electric car maker is down 0.74% premarket.

By Gerard

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