Tesla earnings meet Q2 expectations, sells 75% of its Bitcoin

Tesla (TSLA) reported its Q2 earnings after the closing bell on Tuesday, meeting analysts’ estimates, following a prolonged COVID-induced shutdown at its Shanghai production facility.

The company also says it sold 75% of its Bitcoin, turning it into fiat currency, adding $936 million in cash to its balance sheet. The quarter, however, ended Tesla's streak of reporting record revenue.

Here are the most important numbers from the report compared to Wall Street’s expectations, as compiled by Bloomberg.

  • Revenue: $16.9 billion vs $16.88 billion expected

  • Adjusted EPS: $2.27 vs $1.83 expected

Tesla shares were up more than 3% following the report.


"Though we faced certain challenges, including limited production and shutdowns in Shanghai for the majority of the quarter, we achieved an operating margin among the highest in the industry of 14.6%, positive free cash flow of $621M and ended the quarter with the highest vehicle production month in our history," the company said in a statement.

The electric automaker’s revenue took a significant quarter-over-quarter hit in Q2, falling from $18.76 billion in Q1 2022, but rose year-over-year from $11.95 billion.

Tesla previously reported that it produced 258,580 vehicles during the quarter, and delivered 254,695 vehicles. That’s far more than the 206,421 the company built and 201,250 it delivered in Q2 2021, but below the 305,407 it built and 310,048 it delivered in Q1 this year.

ARCHIVO - El director general de Tesla, Elon Musk, habla antes de develar el Modelo Y el 14 de marzo de 2019, en el estudio de diseño de Tesla, en Hawthorne, California. (AP Foto/Jae C. Hong, archivo)
Tesla reported its Q2 2022 earnings after the bell on Tuesday. (AP Foto/Jae C. Hong, archivo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Despite that, Tesla says it still expects to see 50% annual growth in vehicle deliveries.

The drop in both production and delivery can be traced back to COVID lockdowns in China, which shuttered Tesla’s Shanghai plant. When the facility was open, it was often running with fewer workers than normal.

Tesla, however, said that June was the company’s highest vehicle production month ever. According to Goldman Sachs’ Mark Delaney, that means the Shanghai plant is on its way to returning to capacity while work at Tesla’s Berlin and Austin facilities continues ramping up.

Wedbush analyst Dan Ives, meanwhile, says that Tesla appears to be on track to deliver 1.4 million units in 2022.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk previously told company managers that he has a “super bad feeling” about the economy, Reuters reported.

While production appears to be on its way to being sorted out, rising inflation and interest rates could be Tesla’s next big concern.

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