Tesla burns $US740m in cash on way to loss

Tesla Model 3 Configurator

Tesla Model 3 Configurator

The net loss more than doubled from the same quarter a year ago. Tesla would use money generated from sales to fund big projects such as an estimated $US2 billion new factory in China and another plant in Europe, he said.

According to the report, gross margins of the Model 3 turned 'slightly positive, ' and Tesla approximates a significant growth of 15 and 20 percent in Q3 and Q4 respectively.

At the time, he called their queries about the company's cash needs and Model 3 orders "so dry" and "not cool". The 47-year-old Musk also delivered for the supporters who called for him to show more poise and execute after months of distracting and destructive behavior.

"There are reasons for it in that I'd gotten no sleep, and been working sort of 110-hour, 120-hour weeks", Musk continued.

VideoTesla soared in late trading after second-quarter revenue beat expectations and the cash burn slowed. At the time in May, Musk had cut off and refused to respond to the analysts, lambasting them for their "boring, bonehead questions".

In a statement released after the markets closed, Tesla said it expects to produce 50,000 to 55,000 Model 3s in the third quarter, an increase of around 75% from the first quarter.

Thus far, Tesla has only produced higher-cost versions of the Model 3, starting at about $49,000.

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But the company has a track record of missing its goals, and there remain big questions around Tesla's ability to scale production and compete with electric cars from other auto manufacturers. Tesla says it's on track to produce 100,000 Model S and X cars this year.

"We like the more muted tone of the company's outlook, with the absence of unnecessary new stretch goals", said CFRA analyst Efraim Levy.

Now that the company finally hit the target, it's reviving a goal to make 10,000 a week sometime in 2019.

Tesla ended June with about $2.2 billion in cash, the least it's carried since the first quarter of 2016. Many analysts have questioned how long he can stay insistent, citing lingering doubts that the company can sustain higher Model 3 production levels and afford to pay off some of the liabilities looming on its balance sheet.

The Palo Alto, California, company said it lost $US4.22 per share from April through June as revenue grew 43 per cent to just over $US4 billion.

Adjusted for stock-based compensation, the company lost $3.06 per share. He has run into trouble for snubbing Wall Street analysts to disparaging journalists critical of the company, and also for recently abusing a British caver who helped rescue 12 boys from a flooded Thailand cave. Analysts polled by FactSet expected a $2.88 loss per share. The CEO carried out a reorganization last quarter and announced that 9 per cent of the company's workforce would be dismissed.

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