by: Elizabeth Balboa, Benzinga Staff Writer
Musk asserted Tesla will be profitable and cash-flow positive by the third quarter of this year and will not need to raise capital to achieve its objectives.
The Economist used to be boring, but smart with a wicked dry wit. Now it’s just boring (sigh). Tesla will be profitable & cash flow+ in Q3 & Q4, so obv no need to raise money.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 13, 2018
By The Economist’s assessment, bolstered by Jefferies’ forecast for a $2.5 billion to $3 billion raise this year, Tesla is heading for a “cash crunch” amid a “financial squeeze that could eventually put Tesla over the edge.”
Why It’s Important
Musk’s reiterated confidence pressed the stock up 2.6 percent Friday morning, advancing a recovery from a series of poorly received reports.
Tesla saw a $100 turn in its shares from late March through early April as wary investors took stock of crash investigations, production target misses, a recall and their implications for Tesla’s balance sheet.
Musk’s offhand jokes about bankruptcy did little to correct the narrative, but Thursday’s more sober defense seemed to improve market confidence.
Some analysts say Tesla’s financial capabilities hinge on its Model 3 achievements, so most will be watching for second-quarter production figures. Management guided for a 5,000-vehicle-per-week run rate by the end of the period.
Tesla's stock was trading around $301 in Friday's pre-market session.
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