Tesla Posts Record Revenue, Musk Announces He Will Host SNL

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Tesla reported its first quarter earnings today, easily beating both earnings-per-share (EPS) and revenue estimates, which at $10.3 billion are 74% up year over year. To top the news, CEO Elon Musk, aka the “Technoking” of Tesla, announced he would be hosting Saturday Night Live on May 8.

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The EV company’s income reached $438 million for the quarter, while EPS of $0.93 were up 304% year over year, according to its letter to shareholders. Wall Street analysts expected EPS to be up 208% year over year to $0.77, according to Seeking Alpha.

“This was primarily achieved through substantial growth in vehicle deliveries, as well as growth in other parts of the business,” according to the letter. “Our Q1 order rate was the strongest in our history and we are moving as quickly as possible to add more production capacity.”

In February, Tesla said it had purchased $1.5 billion in Bitcoin and in March, it said it would accept the cryptocurrency as a form of payment. In the letter, the company said it recorded a net cash outflow of $1.2 billion related to Bitcoin during the quarter.

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The company also released its 2021 outlook, and said it plans to grow its manufacturing capacity as quickly as possible. “Over a multiyear horizon, we expect to achieve 50% average annual growth in vehicle deliveries. In some years we may grow faster, which we expect to be the case in 2021,” according to the letter.

 “We have sufficient liquidity to fund our product roadmap, long-term capacity expansion plans and other expenses. We expect our operating margin will continue to grow over time, continuing to reach industry-leading levels with capacity expansion and localization plans underway.”

Tesla also said it is currently building Model Y capacity at Gigafactory Berlin and Gigafactory Texas and remains on track to start production and deliveries from each location in 2021. Gigafactory Shanghai will continue to expand further over time. Tesla Semi deliveries will also begin in 2021.

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Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.
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