- Tesla on Wednesday released its delivery numbers for the final quarter of 2018.
- Model 3 deliveries were slightly below those expected by Wall Street analysts, while total deliveries increased to 90,700.
- Shares of the company sank as much as 7% after the announcement. Follow Tesla’s stock price here.
Fourth-quarter Model 3 deliveries came in at 63,150 delivered, versus the expected 63,698 expected. Total deliveries for the quarter increased to 90,700, easily topping the company’s record set in the previous quarter.
The company also announced a $US2,000 price cut for all its vehicles to help offset a tax credit previously available to Tesla buyers, which was reduced to $US3,750 from $US7,500 on Tuesday.
Shares of Tesla opened down more than 7% Wednesday following the announcement.
Tesla’s fourth-quarter numbers are “likely as good as it gets,” Romit Shah, an analyst at Nomura Instinet, said in a note to clients. “We see this weakness as short term.”
The company added that most Model 3 sales were limited to the mid- and higher-price versions of the sedan, which still has yet to sell at the promised base-model price of $US35,000. It also said most sales were to new customers, as opposed to reservation holders who could be waiting for lower-price options.
“There remain significant opportunities to continue to grow Model 3 sales by expanding to international markets, introducing lower-priced variants and offering leasing,” Tesla said in a press release. “International deliveries in Europe and China will start in February 2019. Expansion of Model 3 sales to other markets, including with a right-hand drive variant, will occur later in 2019.”
Those Chinese deliveries should be helped by the construction of a new factory in China, where CEO Elon Musk said he would visit soon for the groundbreaking.
Last week, Tesla added two new board members – including the Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison – as part of its settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission stemming from Musk’s tweet falsely suggesting he had funding secured to take the automaker private.
The company is expected to report fourth-quarter financials later this month.
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