Tesla warned that constraints in its provide chain would weigh on the electrical carmaker’s outcomes “via 2022” because it reported a report internet revenue of $2.3bn within the fourth quarter of 2021.
The quarterly figures demonstrated that the electrical car pioneer led by Elon Musk had deftly navigated the provision chain congestion and chip shortages which have plagued the remainder of the automotive trade.
However on Wednesday, Tesla mentioned in an earnings announcement that its factories “have been operating beneath capability for a number of quarters as [the] provide chain grew to become the primary limiting issue”, a pattern “prone to proceed via 2022”.
Tesla’s shares instantly dropped greater than 5 per cent however later traded 1.5 per cent greater in after-hours buying and selling as Musk, chief government, spoke on an investor name.
Regardless of provide chain woes, Musk mentioned Tesla’s quantity progress this yr ought to be “comfortably above 50 per cent”. Final yr, Tesla delivered 936,222 vehicles, an annual achieve of 87 per cent.
Musk additionally pledged to “resolve” full self-driving expertise in 2022 — a declare he has made in prior years with out success.
Business specialists had been sceptical that Tesla may obtain its self-driving ambitions, however that has not stopped the corporate from promoting its driver-assist options for $10,000.
Over the long run, Musk mentioned full self-driving options would turn into a core a part of Tesla’s profitability, turning vehicles from depreciating belongings in to merchandise that enhance in worth over time as homeowners can lease them out to earn income.
“I’d be shocked if we don’t obtain full self-driving safer than a human this yr,” Musk mentioned.
Tesla’s internet quarterly revenue of $2.3bn was 760 per cent greater than a yr earlier, however was nonetheless beneath the $2.55bn anticipated by Wall Avenue. The corporate has recorded 10 straight quarters of internet earnings. For all of 2021, it recorded $5.5bn in internet revenue, up 665 per cent from 2020.
Fourth-quarter income jumped 65 per cent from the identical interval a yr earlier than to $17.7bn, nicely above forecasts of $16.6bn.
Followers of the corporate searching for updates on the upcoming Cybertruck, Semi and Roadster automobiles left the earnings name upset, as Musk confirmed “we won’t be introducing new car fashions this yr — that will not make any sense”.
He defined that efforts to introduce automobiles would trigger whole output to say no and the main focus in 2022 could be on scaling up operations.
When requested in regards to the potential for a Tesla at a value of $25,000, Musk demurred. “We’re not at present engaged on a $25,000 automotive,” he mentioned. “Sooner or later . . . but it surely’s the unsuitable query. What overwhelmingly issues is, when is the automotive autonomous?”
Regardless of latest provide chain headwinds, the corporate referred to as 2021 a “breakthrough yr”, including that its working margin of 14.7 per cent was higher than all quantity carmakers, “demonstrating that [electric vehicles] may be extra worthwhile than combustion engine automobiles”.
Shares of the corporate, now headquartered in Austin, Texas after a transfer from California, had slipped 22 per cent this yr earlier than Wednesday’s outcomes had been launched, pulling its market capitalisation right down to $934bn.