Tesla Burning Money Like There's No Tomorrow

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Tesla's record net loss in the first quarter and fast-burn through cash is raising questions about the company's future and whether it will be able to pay all of its bills. Mr Musk has the hard task of reversing the staggering £16,612 ($22,584) pre-tax loss per vehicle being swallowed by the Silicon Valley firm.

Tesla also provided an update on its energy storage and renewables business, noting that energy storage deployments grew 161 per cent in the first quarter of the year compared to the previous quarter, to hit 373MWh.

In one of the most freakish earnings calls we have ever heard, Tesla refused to address analyst questions on capex, cash burn and other "boring bonehead questions" while providing commentary on "barnacle" like third-party contractors and anecdotes on an ineffectual "flufferbot". "Boring, bonehead questions are not cool. Next", said Musk in response to a question on capital requirement. "These questions are so dry".

RBC Capital Markets' Joseph Spak called it an "odd conference call that lacked answers to questions on investors' minds and overshadowed earnings". You should be focused on long-term things. "I'm not here to convince you to buy our stock".

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"We're going to YouTube", Musk said, referring to the owner of a channel on the video-streaming service who had lobbied the CEO ahead of time for the chance to ask questions on behalf of retail investors. During the Q&A session, Musk teased that Tesla will begin investing in the Model Y sometime later this year. The company adds that only when it hits the 5,000-unit weekly production target will additional options for the Model 3 like all-wheel-drive and a base model with a standard-sized battery pack be offered.

Tesla Inc., which has had only two profitable quarters in its almost eight years as a public company. A government report from January 2017, which has been widely criticized, found that Autopilot reduced crash rates for Tesla by 40%. On average, 20 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected loss of USD3.48 per share for the quarter.

Tesla has predicted high sales and strong cash flow in the third quarter. At the end of past year the company had a total of $9.5 billion in long-term debt. The brand was heavily relying on the Model 3 to increase its market share and profit margin.

Tesla expected to shut down production for about 10 days to clear out "bottlenecks" across the lines.

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Prior to that it produced 2,000 Model 3s in three straight weeks. Tesla said reservations "remained stable" through the first quarter.

Excluding items, Tesla had a loss of $3.35 (roughly Rs. 220) per share.

The CEO also confirmed that Tesla doesn't plan to manufacture the Model Y at its Fremont factory and that it will instead announce a new factory location "no later than in the fourth quarter", which mean that it should be confirmed by the end of the year.

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