The main financial details from the Q1 2023 report are as follows:
- $ 23.3 billion in revenue
- $ 0.85 profit per share (Non-GAAP)
- Profit per share: ~ $0.85 to $0.94 per share
- Revenue: ~ $23.617 billion to $24.048 billion
- Total Production 440,000 cars
Model S/X production
Model 3/Y production
Automotive revenue, Tesla’s core segment, reached $19.96 billion in the quarter, up 18% from last year. Total revenue was up 24%. Revenue from automotive regulatory credits during the first three months of 2023 amounted to $521 million, down from $679 million in the first quarter last year.
On an earnings call, CEO Elon Musk emphasized an “uncertain” marcoeconomic environment that could impact people’s car shopping plans. During a question-and-answer with analysts, Musk said that he expected 12 months of “stormy weather” in the economy. He cautioned that, “Every time that the Fed raises interest rates, that’s the equivalent to an increase in the price of a car.” He also said, whenever there’s uncertainty in the economy, people will generally postpone “big new capital purchases like a new car.”
He said, “We’ve taken a view that pushing for higher volumes and a larger fleet is the right choice here, versus a lower volume and higher margin,” but noted he expects Tesla vehicles “over time will be able to generate significant profit through autonomy.”
When the company began to discuss its ambitions in self-driving technology in 2016, Musk said the company would conduct a hands-free trip across the US by late 2017. It has yet to complete that mission.
Tesla Energy revenue soared to $1.53 billion, up 148% compared to the same period last year. Tesla’s energy storage systems deployment increased to 3.9 GWh, or by 360% the company said. These lithium-ion battery based energy storage systems, made by Tesla, include the home backup battery, called the Powerwall, and the utility-scale Megapack system which enables utilities to store and use more energy generated from renewable, but intermittent, sources like solar and wind.
The decline in profit was largely expected due to a series of price cuts on vehicles that have roiled investors. Its latest round of price cuts came Tuesday evening—marking the sixth time this year the automaker has reduced the prices of its vehicles, in line with CEO Elon Musk’s vision of turning Teslas into affordable cars for average consumers.
Full details on Tesla IR Site.