German Automakers Are Gunning For Tesla Inc (TSLA)

German Automakers Are Gunning For Tesla Inc (TSLA)

"There's no question, there are ways we could have made the Model 3 production easier", said Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, on a conference call to discuss the company's first-quarter results.

The company said it ended the quarter with $3.2 billion in cash after spending $655.7 million in quarterly capital expenses. Tesla reported sales of $2.70 billion during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 20.4%.

The company acknowledged that ramping up automation for the Model 3 caused major delays, but said that any new manufacturing process is going to come with challenges.

Tesla also did better on revenue than expected. Musk later tweeted: "Our condolences for the tragic loss". But it's misleading to focus too much on quarter-by-quarter cash flow numbers. The company expects to spend just under $3 billion in 2018 on less than the $3.4 billion it spent in 2017.

To do that, the company will need to get as many Model 3s out of the factory as possible to generate cash to fund the car's production ramp.

Tesla once again suffered stops and starts in missing its quarterly production goals for its flagship Model 3 sedan, but reassured investors that it was on pace to crank out 5,000 vehicles a week by July.

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In Q1, Tesla produced 24,728 Model S and Model X and 9,766 Model 3 vehicles, and delivered 21,815 Model S and Model X vehicles and 8,182 Model 3 vehicles - totalling 29,997 deliveries. The company stopped publicly counting Model 3 reservations at 400,000. Part of the solution for this is to restructure and reorganize the company and also cut back dramatically on the number of third party contractors that it uses. Tesla is also retrenching from its automation efforts for now.

Last month, Tesla founder Elon Musk caught heat for an April Fools' Day joke in which he launched the rumor that his company was bankrupt. Its last profitable quarter was the third quarter of 2016, when it reported net income of $22 million. The business's revenue for the quarter was up 26.4% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Tesla revs up losses of $710m by failing to produce enough Model 3 cars. It took in $3.4 billion during the quarter, besting the $3.2 billion that had been forecast. (TSLA) is surging to record highs ahead of the electric automaker's first-quarter earnings.

In other Tesla news, Director Kimbal Musk sold 1,875 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction on Thursday, April 5th.

"In the future, all Gigafactories will include vehicle production", he told the inquirer, CNBC's Phil LeBeau, who pressed on Musk's earlier comment that with the Model 3, Tesla's Fremont, California assembly plant-one of the two largest in the world, along with the Sparks, Nevada Gigafactory-is at capacity. At the end of a year ago the company had a total of $9.5 billion in long-term debt. But it was far short of the 5,000 vehicles per week that Tesla said was needed to achieve profitability. It is "focusing on the critical near-term needs that benefit us primarily in the next couple of years".