Tesla Inc. stock dropped more than 6% in the extended session Wednesday after the electric-vehicle maker narrowly missed quarterly expectations for its revenue and saw adjusted profit margins drop as it cut its EV prices. Tesla
earned $2.5 billion, or 73 cents a share, in the first quarter, compared with $3.3 billion, or 95 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Adjusted for one-time items, the company earned 85 cents a share.
Revenue rose 24% to $23.3 billion. Ebitda profit margins dropped to 18.3%, from nearly 27% in the year-ago quarter, while operating margins dropped to 11%. “We are taking a view that we want to keep making as many cars as we can,” Chief Executive Elon Musk said on a call with analysts after the results. “It’s a good time to increase our lead further.” Analysts polled by FactSet expected Tesla to report adjusted earnings of 85 cents a share on sales of $23.6 billion. Adjusted profit margins were seen at around 20%. Tesla’s margins “are still among the best in the industry,” Musk said on the …
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