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Tesla Provides Negative Delivery Update

Jul. 07, 2017 3:11 PM ETTesla, Inc. (TSLA)100 Comments
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Bill Maurer


  • Company details in-transit vehicles.
  • Huge sequential drop from Q1.
  • Q3 2017 sales will be major question.

Yesterday, I discussed the latest excuse provided by Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) as to why the company badly missed Q2 2017 delivery estimates. One of the major problems I had with the report was the company's lack of in-transit vehicle number, as it appeared management was trying to hide something. On Friday, Tesla provided an update on this matter, detailed below, and the number further hints at weakening demand.

In addition to Q2 deliveries, about 3,500 vehicles were in transit to customers at the end of the quarter. These will be counted as deliveries in Q3 2017.

Tesla detailed a production shortage of 100 kWh battery packs as leading to delivery numbers that came in about 2,000 vehicles below street estimates. The company said that this problem was resolved in early June, and after that June orders and deliveries were strong, and I quote "ranking as one of the best in Tesla history." You would think that would result in a rise in in-transit vehicles, but let's take a look at Tesla's history of this metric.

The latest number comes in at the lowest since Q1 2016, at which point the Model X was not really in volume production yet. Tesla is down about 3,000 vehicles from the Q4 2016 number, which helped a record 25,000 plus deliveries in Q1 2017. It's hard to imagine how the company expects to sell more S and X vehicles in the second half of this year with much less currently in transit. Perhaps there will be a mass flood of Model 3 cancellations now that most reservation holders know that their M3 is likely not coming until at least Q1 2018

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