- Shares of Tesla fell after the electric vehicle maker reported third-quarter revenue that missed analyst estimates.
- In a note to investors, tech analyst Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein said Musk’s performance on the earnings call “didn’t sit well with us.”
- The company said on its earnings call that, while it expects 50% annual growth in production this year, its deliveries may fall just under 50% growth “due to an increase in the cars in transit at the end of the year.”
Shares of Tesla slid about 6.7% Thursday as investors digested the company’s third-quarter earnings report from Wednesday evening.
Tesla reported earnings of $1.05 per share, beating expectations of 99 cents a share. Revenue came in light at $21.45 billion, which missed analysts’ expectations of $21.96 billion.
Still, Musk was bullish on the earnings call, noting that the company is “pedal to the metal” even with a potential recession looming.
“I can’t emphasize enough we have excellent demand for Q4 and we expect to sell every car that we make for as far into the future as we can see,” Musk said. “The factories are running at full speed and we’re delivering every car we make, and keeping operating margins strong.”
Musk’s comments didn’t persuade Bernstein senior research analyst Toni Sacconaghi.
“Aside from the financials, the earnings call didn’t sit well with us,” Sacconaghi said in a note on Thursday. “Answers to many questions on the earnings call were curt and almost dismissive, with CEO Musk instead repeatedly making very bold prognostications about Tesla’s future and capabilities.”