- Jeep and Tesla had similar worldwide unit growth sales rates in 2014, 39% and 42%.
- Adjusting for price per car, and discussing future growth rates and profitability, Jeep could be worth anywhere from $20 billion to $200 billion.
- FCA, which owns Jeep, could spin off Jeep for a massive increase in shareholder value. Where is Carl Icahn when we need him?
- I tested the all-new Jeep Renegade for a day and was very impressed. Perhaps it could sell 200,000 units worldwide in 2015.
- If Jeep sells 200,000 Renegades worldwide in its first year, why wouldn’t that franchise alone be worth as much as Tesla?
BMW And Volkswagen Join Forces To Take On Tesla's Supercharger Network
- Volkswagen and BMW join with ChargePoint to build a supercharging network to compete with Tesla.
- In this first instance, the network is rather small with only 100 ports in the Boston-Washington, D.C. and Portland-San Diego corridors.
- For this and other reasons, it doesn’t match Tesla’s road trip capabilities today.
- However, it’s easy to see that other major automakers such as GM, Ford and Nissan will join this effort in the next 1-2 years.
- By 2017, we could be looking at announcing closer to 10,000 ports from a network like this, easily surpassing Tesla.
- The auto industry forecasts solid growth in 2015.
- Elon Musk's comments on a weakening China have sparked concern over international growth for Tesla.
- However, a strong domestic luxury sector might help Tesla's US sales accommodate lost growth abroad.
What Did Tesla Tell Its Analysts And Largest Shareholders?
- On January 13, Tesla’s CEO made public statements about the company’s earnings prospects.
- He said to expect no profits until 2020, or at least no GAAP profits. That appears to be radical new guidance.
- Yet, sell-side analysts aren’t changing their estimates at all, let alone radically.
- Therefore, we must ask what was said in those phone calls between Tesla and its analysts and major shareholders following the CEO’s remarks?
- Such walk-back of the CEO’s publicly-issued guidance must not be allowed to be done over the phone to the favored few. Issue a press release or 8-K.
- Questionable actions by the rock star CEO are starting to impact the stock after getting a pass for years.
- Fears of increasing competition are likely to weigh on the stock whether the threats turn out relevant or not.
- The market is starting to question the vast valuation premium on Tesla and that is more important than the quality of the cars.
Detroit Auto Show: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly And Tesla
- Automakers talked about inexpensive pure electric cars with longer range, many likely available by 2017 before Tesla’s Model 3.
- Several new plug-in hybrids will be coming from BMW, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Volvo, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Audi, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Chrysler and Porsche.
- Buick, Chevrolet, Volkswagen and Hyundai unveiled interesting new concept cars.
- Automated driving is a huge focus, and it will happen in many steps, with the first cars from Mercedes already on the market today.
- Automakers are raising their standards, and we should see a new wave of extremely attractive cars being launched in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
- Tesla has long had a penchant for limited disclosure, reflected in its lack of monthly sales data.
- However, increasingly Tesla is disclosing less and less information about its operations.
- It turns out there's a pattern to this reduced disclosure.
- And furthermore, a new piece of data seems to have stopped being disclosed, with potential implications.
- My case against the Tesla bubble appears stronger because of statements from CEO Elon Musk that indicate weaker sales in China and that Tesla won't be profitable until 2020.
- Historic pronouncements by Musk and Tesla's share price demonstrate an unhealthy relationship.
- Tesla will remain volatile until it begins to trade on fundamentals and not on pronouncements by Musk.
Before You Short Tesla Remember This: Tesla Is Selling A Brand, Not A Car
- General Motors has announced it will release a new all-electric car, named the Bolt.
- The Bolt is aimed to compete with Tesla's Model 3 at a similar price point.
- This could be described as a negative catalyst for Tesla, with some recent articles making the case for a short sale.
- This article questions the materiality of this development to Tesla's earnings and whether selling Tesla short is a good bet.
- One year ago, Tesla gave its December sales number at the Detroit Auto Show.
- Yesterday, at a separate conference in Detroit, Tesla’s CEO did not want to give out the December sales number.
- However, he said that sales in China had been bad.
- He said that sales elsewhere had more than made up for the China shortfall, so that would indicate beating December guidance.
- He talked about losses until 2020, at least on a GAAP basis. It was unclear to me whether this was new guidance.
Tesla China Problem - Elon Musk Admits Sales Are Down
- Tesla trades at a high valuation.
- Sales are down in China, which is supposed to be a growth market for Tesla.
- Tesla is down 6% after hours, could trade down more.
Tesla's Latest Sales Projection For 2025 Is Next To Impossible To Achieve
- Tesla CEO Elon Musk is making new predictions about Tesla reaching sales numbers of "a few million cars a year" by 2025.
- This is next to impossible to achieve even assuming extremely high and growing demand.
- Cap ex would need to rise to $20-30bn for new battery plants alone.
- Each huge battery plant takes about 3 years to build and 1 year to fully ramp up production.
- Tesla has a long history of over-promising on dates and numbers.
Tesla Will Set A New Model S U.S. Sales Record In Q4 2014
- The P85D was enough for Tesla to put to bed my own "peaked deliveries" thesis in Q4 2014.
- However, pent-up demand for what was mostly a new model, which prompted massive upgrades among Tesla's existing customer base, might be distorting this reading regarding deliveries.
- The heavily front-loaded P85D deliveries in Q4 2014 make it likely TSLA will beat EPS and revenue guidance for Q4 2014.
- Guidance for Q1 2015 still carries risk.
Why Falling Oil Prices Won't Stop Tesla Or EV Sales In General
- Since falling prices are meant to be a structural phenomenon, they shouldn’t result in a substantial market rebound in the form of a decrease of EV sales.
- One way to verify this reasoning would be to find no strong positive statistical correlation between oil prices and EV sales.
- The results of a chart and correlation analysis for Tesla, the U.S. EV market and the world EV market provide considerable support to my supposition.
- However, evidence that falling oil prices hurt sales of 6 (out of 19) models (most of which priced at less than $36,000) in the U.S. places doubts on Tesla’s prospects.
- In this context, two additional results suggest that consumers could still be willing to buy many EVs from Tesla as long as it keeps producing high-quality products.
How Will Tesla's Model 3 Fare Against Affordable High-Range EVs?
- General Motors is preparing to launch a 200-mile EV to compete against Tesla's Model 3.
- Tesla's comparative advantage won't disappear within two years.
- Competition is good for EV exposure.
- GM’s 200-mile electric car for $30,000 will be unveiled Monday morning in Detroit.
- I list the 12 things you need to know about it, mostly in terms of my predictions.
- What most people really want to know is the impact to Tesla. In brief, it is brutal. This is margin compression 101.
- Furthermore, if GM can deliver a 200-mile range EV for $30,000, Audi and others could do the same as well.
- Audi, not wanting to compete with GM for a $30,000 EV, could launch a 300-mile range EV for $45,000, based on this logic.
- Tesla Investors Are Focusing Too Much On the Short Term.
- At $210, the Risk/Reward is Favorable to Long Term Bulls.
- Tesla's stock has been in a lull due to a lack of new information about current demand for the Model S and future models.
- Tesla Investors Should Focus on the Future.
- I talked to several large automakers about their intentions to build a competitor to Tesla's supercharging network for long-distance EV travel.
- All of them said no, they don't want to be in that business.
- In my opinion, when they start head-to-head competition with Tesla as early as 2017, this lack of a competitive network will impede their sales.
- There is still time for them to build this network, either individually or jointly. But time is running out.
- Panasonic also had good things to say about Tesla, even though there weren't any new information per se. Still, a positive for Tesla.
- According to InsideEVs.com, Tesla sold a record 3,500 Model S vehicles in December, which puts total US sales for the Model S at an estimated 17,300 for the year.
- Other positive developments include larger general demand for electric vehicles and the beginning of construction on the new Gigafactory in Nevada.
- However, the Model X continues to face challenges and will only potentially begin delivery in Q3. Tesla's share price remains extremely volatile and has been hurt by low oil prices.
- If it does not start to show evidence to support sky-high expectations for the Model X and Model 3, 2015 may be the year Wall Street turns against Tesla.
Oct. 28, 2014, 8:18 AM
- Shares of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) move higher in early trading.
- CEO Elon Musk disclosed via Twitter that September sales for the EV automaker in North America were up 65% Y/Y to contradict a report from the WSJ and other news sources citing data from Ward's Auto showing a slowdown in the U.S.
- Another important distinction from Musk is that the US Bank leasing deal provides a better interest rate to Tesla buyers - but not lower revenue for the EV automaker.
- TSLA +3.5% premarket.
Oct. 27, 2014, 2:47 PM
- Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA -5.5%) are volatile with talk building up that data from Ward's Auto shows slowing Model S demand in the U.S.
- Sources say the research firm tabulated a 26% Y/Y drop in unit sales for Tesla during September.
- There's already some bulls out defending Tesla, noting the month was expected to show a year-over-year drop.
- What to watch: Look for management commentary on the impact of the planned shutdown of Tesla's plant in Fremont this summer when the company reports Q3 earnings on November 5.
- Previously: The EV automaker announced a new leasing program featuring lower payments.
Oct. 27, 2014, 8:13 AM
- Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) announces a new leasing program is available for customers through US Bank.
- The terms of the lease deal allow customers to back out of their obligation within three months of purchasing a Model S if they aren't satisfied with the vehicle.
- Lease payments on a new Model S can be as much as 25% lower through the US Bank program, writes Elon Musk on Tesla's blog.
Oct. 24, 2014, 8:38 AM
- There's some speculation in the automobile sector that BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY) purchased the stake in Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) unloaded by Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIF).
- The two automakers have long been linked as potential partners due to their complimentary strengths.
- Previous: Daimler unloads Tesla stake, Toyota sells Tesla shares.
- TSLA trades flat in premarket action.
Oct. 24, 2014, 1:52 AM
- Toyota (NYSE:TM) is now the next automaker to sell a stake in Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), although it did not disclose the timing or amount of the sale.
- Daimler unloaded its remaining 4% stake in the electric car earlier in the week for $780M.
- Toyota invested $50M in Tesla in May 2010 (giving it a 2.5% stake at the time), ahead of the company's IPO in June that year.
Oct. 22, 2014, 8:07 AM
- A new report from Advanced Automotive Batteries dissects Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) and its gigafactory battery project.
- It's quickly noted that most major automakers are designing EVs around government mandates instead of looking to be transformative.
- The research firm forecasts Tesla and Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) will strike a deal which will stage in Panasonic's investments through 5- to 10-GWh plant capacity additions at a time.
- Cost reduction benefits from the gigafactory are expected to kick in after 2018.
- Tesla's annual unit sales could eclipse the 200K level by 2020 if demand in China is strong.
- Extracts from Tesla battery report (.pdf)
Oct. 21, 2014, 4:52 PM
- Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIF) has sold its 4% stake in Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), and terminated the share-price hedge it started in 2013. The sale will "result in a cash inflow of around $780 million" for the Mercedes parent.
- Daimler affirms it will continue sourcing the powertrain for its Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive from Tesla - development work is now complete - and keep cooperating on "current projects."
- Tesla's value has risen a bit since Daimler originally acquired a 9.1% stake back in '09.
- TSLA -1.3% AH.
Oct. 21, 2014, 2:54 PM| 150 Comments
Oct. 17, 2014, 10:45 AM
- A blog post from Tesla Motors (TSLA +2.3%) calls out politicians in Michigan for last-minute changes to a bill which effectively limit the automaker's ability to sell directly to the public in the state.
- The updated bill didn't see any public debate or commentary before ending up on the Governor's desk.
- Under the harsh terms of the late amendment, Tesla can't even operate a gallery to showcase models in the home state of the Big Three.
Oct. 15, 2014, 1:46 PM| 50 Comments
Oct. 14, 2014, 9:26 AM
- Research firm IHS is out with teardown analysis of the electronics inside a 2013 Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S.
- Perhaps the biggest surprise was the amount of design work the EV automaker did on its own to customize the model's features.
- As expected, there's plenty of chips from Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), while Innolux and Japan Display Inc. (Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi) are also prominent.
- What to watch: The comprehensive teardown puts IHS a step ahead of some Tesla watchers. A cost breakdown of the parts could be upcoming.
Oct. 13, 2014, 11:30 AM
- Tesla Motors (TSLA -4.7%) slips lower again in an ongoing reaction to last week's D-announcement from the EV automaker.
- As noted by Wired, the slide in TSLA lines up fairly close to the post-Musk tweet run-up.
- Credit Suisse is out with a positive note in defense of the EV automaker.
- The investment firm has increased confidence that Tesla will reduce its battery costs and thinks the Model X will be highly competitive in the premium SUV segment.
Oct. 10, 2014, 9:24 AM
- Tesla's (NASDAQ:TSLA) dual-motor, all-wheel drive, P85D features plenty of advanced driver-assistance features, enough so that it's declared to have an autopilot mode. Model S cars produced over the last two weeks also have the hardware to support the features, some of which likely rely on Mobileye's (NYSE:MBLY) systems.
- Ars Technica: "[Tesla's] hardware includes forward-looking radar, image-recognition cameras, and 360-degree ultrasonic sonar. All these gizmos will give the Model S the ability to read speed limit signs and cruise at whatever the road's limit happens to be, along with the ability to automatically change lanes when a driver indicates with the car's turn signal. The updated autopilot package will also include standard driver assistance tools like lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, and automated braking."
- However, the P85D is a high-end car: Prices range from $105K-$120K. Dual-motor Model S units will sell for $71K-$85K. The release of a mass-market Tesla remains a future event.
- Previous: Tesla adds driver-assistance features; Mobileye a likely supplier
- Update: Deutsche says Mobileye is the supplier for Tesla's camera-based systems.
Oct. 10, 2014, 8:13 AM
- Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) trades lower after introducing the new versions of the Model S last night.
- The 60D and 85D version of the Model S feature all-wheel traction, while the EV automaker says the P85D is the fastest accelerating 4-door car ever.
- Early reaction: Automobile analysts have had a largely favorable reaction to the unveiling so far. The new automated driving system features from Tesla impress, particularly the forward-looking radar which can see through snow and fog. Skeptics still wonder if the Model S enhancements will drive sales higher or push the company into the mass-market segment.
- TSLA -6.0% premarket to $241.68.
Oct. 10, 2014, 4:26 AM
- Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk last night unveiled a dual-motor high-end Model S vehicle, which will be able to travel 275 miles on a single charge and accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds - the same as the McLaren F1.
- Dubbed the P85D, the sedan will have "auto-pilot" software that includes self-parking.
- Tesla plans to start shipping the car in December.
- The launch presumably reveals what Musk meant when he cryptically tweeted about a "D" last week.
Oct. 9, 2014, 1:26 PM
- Credit Suisse adds Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.4%) to its Top Picks list.
- Analysts Dan Galves thinks the EV automaker's competitive advantages are sustainable.
- He forecasts near cost-parity for Tesla with IC-powered vehicles by 2017 at which point the company could see margins widen or lower prices on models to grab market share.
- CS has a $325 price target on TSLA. Previous: D-day arrives for Tesla Motors
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