What To Expect From Tesla’s Full-Year 2019 Earnings

by Trefis Team
Tesla Motors
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Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) will release its Q4 and full-year 2019 results on Wednesday, January 29. We expect the company’s EPS to come in at -$0.25, beating the consensus estimates of -$0.27, driven by relatively strong revenue growth and better cost management. Trefis estimates Tesla’s 2019 revenues at $24.6 billion, marginally ahead of the consensus estimate of $24.5 billion. Earlier this month, the company published its quarterly delivery figures, indicating that it sold a total of ~367k cars for 2019, making good on its promise of delivering over 360k cars for the year. Our interactive dashboard analysis for Tesla’s pre-earnings details our expectations from the company, parts of which we highlight below.

Revenues are expected to be slightly ahead of consensus

  • Trefis estimates Tesla’s 2019 revenues to be $24.6 billion, slightly ahead of the consensus estimate of $24.5 billion

(1) Automotive                $21.3 Bil (86%)

(2) Service Revenue       $1.7 Bil (7%)

(3) Energy                        $ 1.6 Bil (7%)


TOTAL                             $24.6 Bil

Consensus                        $24.5 Bil

Surprise                          +$0.1 Bil

  • Total Revenue is expected to increase by 15% from $21.5 billion in 2018 to $24.6 billion in 2019.
  • The growth is likely to be primarily driven by the automotive business, with automotive revenues likely to grow from $18.5 billion in 2018 to $21.3 billion in 2019, driven primarily by higher Model 3 deliveries.
  • We expect the energy and services businesses to also see a modest increase in revenues.
  • For more details on Tesla’s revenues, view our interactive analysis: Tesla Revenues: How Does Tesla Make Money?

EPS likely to narrowly beat consensus estimates

  • Tesla’s 2019 earnings per share (EPS) is expected to be -$0.25 per Trefis analysis, slightly better than the consensus estimate of -$0.27

Total Revenues                   $24.6 Bil

– Total Expenses                     $24.65 Bil


Net Income                                 -$45 Mil

÷ Shares Outstanding                 174 Mil


EPS                                             ($0.25)

Consensus                                    ($0.27)

Surprise                                       +$0.02

* Numbers do not line up due to rounding

  • Tesla’s EPS is likely to increase from -$1.33 in 2018 to -$0.25 in 2019, as Revenues are likely to grow slightly faster compared to total expenses.

Trefis Stock price estimate for Tesla is significantly behind the market

  • As we expect Tesla to remain loss-making for FY’19, we are valuing the company using a revenue multiple for the purpose of this analysis.
  • Trefis’ forecast for Tesla’s 2019 revenue per share is slightly higher than the market estimates, although the P/S multiple is significantly lower and we value the stock at $348 versus the market price of about $510.
  • Our stock price estimate is based on a trailing P/S multiple of 2.5x, which looks appropriate for Tesla’s stock. However, it is significantly lower compared to the implied P/S multiple of about 3.6x.
  • For more details view our interactive analysis: Tesla Valuation: Expensive Or Cheap?


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