Tesla TSLA reported its year-end vehicle production and delivery numbers for 2022 on Monday, falling behind Wall Street estimates by about 3%.
The company founded by Elon Musk delivered around 1.31 million vehicles last year, or 40% growth compared to the units delivered during 2021.
In a historical first, the company surpassed 400,000 vehicles delivered in a single quarter during the fourth quarter.
“We continued to transition towards a more even regional mix of vehicle builds which again led to a further increase in cars in transit at the end of the quarter,” Tesla said in a statement.
Early Reactions To Tesla's Q4 Deliveries: Gary Black, managing partner of The Future Fund, said on Twitter there is no way to sugarcoat the fact that Tesla missed a consensus on delivered units for the fourth quarter. Tesla delivered 405,000 units against a consensus estimate of between 418,000 and 427,000.
“Is the miss due to a change to a more even regional mix of builds or are there demand issues?” said Black.
No way to sugar coat this but it fuels the debate again: Is the miss due to a change to a more even regional mix of builds or are there demand issues? Analysts will reduce 2023 vol and eps as a result of this. TSLA can’t talk about any of this until the Jan 25 earnings print. pic.twitter.com/5s31huCCML— Gary Black (@garyblack00) January 2, 2023
Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said that “while bulls will not be super happy,” he believes the fourth quarter saw relatively good performance in a tough backdrop.
For the analyst, the fourth quarter results came in above the worst-case fears of not reaching 400,000 delivered units “in a jittery macro” environment, the analyst said in a tweet.
TSLA announces 4Q 405k deliveries missing Street’s 418k. Lot of moving parts but overall would call this better than worst case fears (above 400k) in a jittery macro. While bulls will not be super happy we believe this was a relatively good performance in tough backdrop.— Dan Ives (@DivesTech) January 2, 2023
Investor and influencer Kevin Paffrath, best known as Meet Kevin, said that “not many companies grow like this during recessions” and called the results “incredible growth during a difficult year.”
Tesla production up 47.2% year/year— Meet Kevin (@realMeetKevin) January 2, 2023
Tesla delivers up 40.33% year/year
Incredible growth during a difficult year. Not many companies grow like this during recessions! Great job team @Tesla and @elonmusk $TSLA pic.twitter.com/dxlmtau0qQ
The investor added that a 3.7% miss on estimates is not a “huge miss” as other commentators have said.
Benzinga's Take: The Chinese market will play a substantial role in demand for Tesla vehicles in the years to come and could be the moving piece that makes or breaks Tesla’s demand health.
A recession-like global scenario could affect demand for Tesla vehicles as consumer prices spike in the developed world. Supply chain disruptions and commercial and military tensions between the U.S. and China also make for a muddy terrain in Tesla’s near future.
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