Tesla Q1 release on Wednesday next week  – new governance guide

The US electric car manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) has announced that the company Q1 information will be released on Wednesday, the 24th April. Also the Investor Day related to Autonomous driving would be next week Monday the 22nd April.

Tesla published a couple of weeks ago its last year production figures. According to that, Tesla produced approximately 77 100 total vechiles, of which were 62 950 Model 3. Deliveries were approximately 63000 vehicles, which was 110 % more than the same quarter last year. Also Tesla confirmed that the guidance for this year would be 360000-400000 vehicles deliveries.

Yesterday the company also announced changes to its board. According to information Brad Buss and Linda Johnson Rice wil not seek re-election, which means that the Board size will decrease to nine. The company has also published new governing rule which cuts the term to two years instead of three. This means that there would be also changes in the Board during 2020. The annual shareholder meeting will be on June, the 11th. The new governing rule will help shareholders vote on the Board performance more frequentely.

Tesla share rose 0,75 % to 273,26 dollars in New York before the Easter holidays. During one year period the share has declined 5,85 %. During 2019 the share has plunged 18 %.

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Apple and Qualcomm to settle royalty disputes

Apple-Watch-Series4_Gold-Milanese_09122018Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) have reached an agreement about the global royalty disputes. The companies announced the deal on Tuesday evening but did not closed any price details.

According to the deal, Apple is to make an onetime payment to Qualcomm and part of the deal is that the companies have also reached  a six year license agreement. Qualcomm commented that this agreement will increase its earnings by 2 dollars per share when the shipments of chips to Apple starts.

After the news, the share price of Qualcomm jumped and closed up 23,21 % to 71,76 dollars. The share price of Apple was up slightly, closing 199,23 dollars.

Recent studies by CTA show that the 5 G enabled smartphones will reach 2,1 million units and 1 billion dollars revenue this year. According to the research by 2022, 76 % of all the smartphones will be 5 G enabled. It is expected that the rise of the 5 G in the US markets have fueled the companies to reach the deal.

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Tesla´s year deliveries 245.240 electric cars in 2018

The US electric car manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) announced that it has delivered totally 245.240 electric cars during last year. According to the company info, Tesla produced almost as many cars in 2018 as they did in all years together. The company published  its fourth quater production info on Wednesday.

– In Q4, we produced and delivered at the rate of nearly 1,000 vehicles per day, setting new company records for both production and deliveries.
Production in Q4 grew to 86,555 vehicles, 8% more than our prior all-time high in Q3. This included 61,394 Model 3 vehicles (in line with our guidance and 15% more than Q3) and 25,161 Model S and X vehicles, consistent with our long-term run rate of approximately 100,000 per year, the company said.

Tesla delivered the new Model 3 only in the North America, while the international deliveries in Europe and in China are expected to start in February this year.

-Our inventory levels remain the smallest in the automotive industry, and we were able to reduce vehicles in transit to customers by significantly improving our logistics system in North America, Tesla continued.

Tesla also announced that it will cut the car prises by 2000 dollars in the US markets.

– Moving beyond the success of Q4, we are taking steps to partially absorb the reduction of the federal EV tax credit (which, as of January 1st, dropped from $7,500 to $3,750). Starting today, we are reducing the price of Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles in
the U.S. by $2,000. Customers can apply to receive the $3,750 federal tax credit for new deliveries starting on January 1, 2019, and may also be eligible for several state and local electric vehicle and utility incentives, which range up to $4,000, the company wrote.

– Tesla’s achievements in 2018 likely represent the biggest single-year growth in the history of the automotive industry. We started the year with a delivery run rate of about 120,000 vehicles per year and ended it at more than 350,000 vehicles per year – an increase of almost 3X. As a result, we’re starting to make a tangible impact on accelerating the world to sustainable energy.

– Additionally, 2018 was the first time in decades that an American car – the Model 3 – was the best-selling premium vehicle in the U.S. for the full year, with
U.S. sales of Model 3 roughly double those of the runner up, the company said.

Tesla´s shares fell sharply during the first trading hours after the announcement, but gained slightly during the day and ended down 6,81 % to 308,88 dollars in Wall Street. The profit and sales figures for the last quarter of 2018 will be published later on, the day is not confirmed yet.

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