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Tesla's deliveries fall, hurt by China's COVID-related shutdown

Stock Markets Jul 02, 2022 05:40PM ET
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By Hyunjoo Jin and Akash Sriram

(Reuters) - Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Inc delivered 17.9% fewer electric vehicles in the second quarter from the previous quarter, as China's COVID 19-related shutdown disrupted its production and supply chain.

The world's biggest electric car maker said on Saturday that it delivered 254,695 vehicles in the April to June period, compared with 310,048 vehicles in the preceding quarter, ending a nearly two-year-long run of record quarterly deliveries.

A resurgence in COVID-19 cases in China had forced Tesla to temporarily suspend production at its Shanghai factory and also affected suppliers' facilities in the country.

Tesla is ramping up production at the Shanghai factory with the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown, which will help boost deliveries in the second half.

Early in June, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told executives that he had a "super bad feeling" about the economy and needed to cut about 10% of staff at the electric car maker.

Musk has said demand for Tesla vehicles remains strong, but supply-chain challenges still remain.

In June, Tesla again hiked prices for some of its models in the United States and China after Musk had warned of significant inflationary pressure in raw materials and logistics.

June 2022 was the highest vehicle production month in the company's history, Tesla said in a news release.

Analysts had expected Tesla to report deliveries of 295,078 vehicles for the April to June period, according to Refinitiv data. Several analysts had slashed their estimates further to about 250,000 due to China's prolonged lockdown.

The world's most valuable automaker has posted record deliveries every quarter since the third quarter of 2020, weathering pandemic and supply-chain disruptions better than most automakers.

China has been instrumental in Tesla's rapid increase of vehicle production, with the low-cost, lucrative Shanghai factory producing roughly half of the company's total cars delivered last year.

Musk said in April that Tesla's overall vehicle production in the second quarter would be "roughly on par" with the first quarter, driven by a China rebound.

But he recently said Tesla had a "very tough quarter," citing production and supply-chain challenges in China. Musk also said Tesla's new factories in Texas and Berlin are "gigantic money furnaces" losing billions of dollars as they struggle to increase production quickly.

Tesla shares have fallen 35% so far this year, hit by Musk's $44 billion proposed acquisition of Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), the China lockdown and macroeconomic uncertainties.

Tesla's deliveries fall, hurt by China's COVID-related shutdown
 

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Ben Wintermans
Ben Wintermans Jul 03, 2022 7:04AM ET
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sell
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so what to do?
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Buy And Sell Jul 02, 2022 9:12PM ET
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Boom, crash, bang on tuesday. Wall street will follow down the rabbit hole...again...sorry guys...
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stock will be smashed on Tuesday morning. Maybe 25%.
Craig Garrett
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Don't tease me.
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I'm serious.
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Compare to the number from 2Q21 Tesla increased by 27%. Let’s see how legacy automobiles did. They all went negative
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2022 annual production target number of Tesla was 1.5M cars, which is 375,000 cars per quarter. 254,695 of Q2 is -32% lower than the quarterly target 375,000.   The half year production 564,743, sum of Q1 310,048 and Q2 254,695, is -24.7% lower than the target 750,000 (sum of Q1 and Q2 target).
Benoit Avril
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Problem is price is set according to the expectations, so it was already priced in.
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We knew on Jan that Fed would start tightening, yet not much was priced in at that time, evidentally.
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China juega con los estadounidenses. Denoe duro a china. Que esperan
Kevin Jin
Kevin Jin Jul 02, 2022 3:39PM ET
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It's trigger for.....
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lol get ready for a deep drop
 
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