Tesla: Focus on standard-range Model 3

Tesla has today published a blog and according to it, the company will cut workforce by 7 % in order to meet the targets regarding the Model 3 production and focusing also more in mid-range models.

-Starting around May, we will need to deliver at least the mid-range Model 3 variant in all markets, as we need to reach more customers who can afford our vehicles. Moreover, we need to continue making progress towards lower priced variants of Model 3.
Right now, our most affordable offering is the mid-range (264 mile) Model 3 with premium sound and interior at $44k. The need for a lower priced variants of Model 3 becomes even greater on July 1, when the US tax credit again drops in half, making our car $1,875 more expensive, and again at the end of the year when it goes away entirely, the CEO Elon Musk writes.

-Sorry for all these numbers, but I want to make sure that you know all the facts and figures and understand that the road ahead is very difficult. This is not new for us – we have always faced significant challenges – but it is the reality we face, he continues.

– As a result of the above, we unfortunately have no choice but to reduce full-time employee headcount by approximately 7% (we grew by 30% last year, which is more than we can support) and retain only the most critical temps and contractors. Tesla will need to make these cuts while increasing the Model 3 production rate and making many manufacturing engineering improvements in the coming months. Higher volume and manufacturing design improvements are crucial for Tesla to achieve the economies of scale required to manufacture the standard range (220 mile), standard interior Model 3 at $35k and still be a viable company. There isn’t any other way, he says.

Tesla shares were trading down, -9,9 % to 312,79 dollars, after the blogging in Wall Street on Friday. Company also reminded that it made 4 % profit during the Q3. The last quarter figures of the year 2018 are not yet published.

– In Q4, preliminary, unaudited results indicate that we again made a GAAP profit, but less than Q3. This quarter, as with Q3, shipment of higher priced Model 3 variants (this time to Europe and Asia) will hopefully allow us, with great difficulty, effort and
some luck, to target a tiny profit, he estimated.

 

 

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Stocks started up in Wall Street – Tesla and Apple in headlines

The financial markets ended slightly up on Wednesday trading in Wall Street. The year´s first trading day started with a small downside, but at the end of the day, the direction was positive with all the major Wall Street indices.

The electric car manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) announced its production figures from the fourth quarter and according to the information, the company produced 63.150 Model 3 Sedans during that period. Totally the company annual electric car production was about 245.200 in 2018. The official quarter figures are still to be published, the day is not yet confirmed. Tesla shares fell sharply first, but ended down 6,81 % to 305,50 dollars due to the published price cuts. The company informed that the car prices will be lowered by 2000 dollars in the US markets.

The second surprice for the markets was the mobile phone manufacturer Apple (AAPL), who said that the revenue forecast will be lower due to the economy situation in China. According to CEO Tim Cook, the China economy slowdown has been greater than earlier expected. Apple´s announcement sent the stock price to about 7 % decline.

Apple´s announcement was the first big information about the China economy and the trade talks situation. The President Donald Trump and his Chinese collaque President Xi Jinping are expected to continue the talks next week. During the holiday weekend president Trump indicated that the US and China trade talks have had positive signs.

In the US markets, the goverment shutdowns have continued and after the political leaders meeting the outcome was, that the shutdowns are expected to continue.

In the UK, The Brexit situation is the same as Prime Minister Theresa May said that the situation is not changed. According to Financial Times, PM May is going to have discussions with some of the European leaders during this week.  The UK Goverment has urged pharma companies and supermarkets to reserve enough drug and food stock in the case of no-Brexit. The UK Parliament is expected to vote on the deal in the middle of January.

Dow Jones -index ended up 0,08 % to 2344 points, S&P 500 -index ended up 0,12 % to 2509 points and Nasdaq-index ended up 0,46 % to 6665 points. In London the FTSE 100 -index was up 0,09 % to 6734 points and in Germany the DAX-index ended up 0,20 % to 10580 points.

In Asia the Wednesday trading was on negative side, while in Tokyo the stocks fell and Nikkei-index ended down 0,31 % to 20014 points and in Hong Kong  the Hang Seng index declined 2,77 % to 25 130 points.

Euro declined 1,04 % to 1,13 dollars as did the UK sterling, 1 % to 1,26 dollars.

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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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Stocks mixed in Wall Street – Dell returned to the markets

The US stocks were mixed on Friday trading in Wall Street. The Dow Jones index was down 0,52 % to 23018 points, but the Nasdaq-index ended up 0,08 % to 6584 points. Larger S&P 500 index ended down 0,13 % to 2485 points.

Technology-company Dell Technologies (DVMT) returned to the markets, when its listing started again. The shares were listed in NYSE after six years as a private company. During Friday, the banking group Wells Fargo (WFU) announced that it will pay 575 million dollars to the state as settlement of phony accounts and customer abuses.

The e-cars manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) announced two new board members as part of the SEC settlement. The Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and HR director Kathleen Wilson-Thompson will join the board. Tesla shares gained after the news. California is also the first US state to mandate women in boards.

In Europe the stocks gained and for example in London the FTSE 100 -index rose 1,89 % to 6653 points. In Germany the DAX-index ended up 1,71% to 10558 points and in France the CAC 40 index ended up 1,74 % to 4678 points.

In Asia stocks were mixed. In Tokyo the Nikkei-index ended down 0,31 % to 20014 points, while in Hong Kong the Hang Seng index gained 0,10 % to 25504 points.

Euro was trading slightly up 0,20% at 1,14 dollars and the UK sterling 0,47 % up to 1,27 dollars.

Brent oil, ICE, was up 0,08% to 52,20 dollars per barrell.

The year 2018 has been very downside trend for the global stocks and according to Bloomberg this year has been the worst year since 2008.

The volatility is expected to continue in 2019. On the agenda there is for example the Brexit vote, USChina trade talks, US Goverment shutdowns and the monetary policies of central banks.

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Uber and 2 billion junk bond before the IPO in 2019

The ride-hailing company Uber has raised 2 billion dollars from the bond markets last Wednesday. The initial offering amount was 1,5 billion dollars, but due to the demand the company decided to raise the amount. The underwriter in this private placement was Morgan Stanley.

According to markets this issuance was a positive sign for the future, while the company does not have enough earnings to pay interest due to the loss making business. The planned IPO will be during the year 2019, no exact month has releaved yet. The IPO markets will also see an IPO from Uber´s rival Lyft and the timing is at the moment March-April 2019. Accorfing to estimates, the valuation of Uber is expected to be around 120 billion dollars, which would be one of the biggest tech offerings next year.

The high-yield bond markets have been active lately, while also companies like WeWork and Tesla (TSLA) have also raised capital.

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Helsinki2018: How the markets will open on Monday?

 

helsinki2018-logoThe big question in the financial markets will be the market reactions on Monday. What have we heard so far? The first thing is that trade wars are real at the moment and the markets are waiting for more information from the meeting in Helsinki on Monday. Will the US president Donald Trump or Russian president Vladimir Putin say something regarding the trade wars, economics or sanctions? Last week the markets closed mixed globally.

The trade wars are affecting primarily auto, steel and aluminum industries globally. So far the auto industries have developed very differently. For example the Swedish car manufacturer´s Volvo stock price  (VOLVB) has increased by nearly 2 % annually, but for example the luxury car manufactuer Ferrari (Ferrari) by over 50 % in New York, On the other hand Tesla´s  (TSLA) stock price has declined by over 2,5 % and the German company Daimler´s  (DAI) by over 6 % and Volkswagen´s (VOW) with 0,5 % during the same period.

The autoindustry is important to the EU, while the German auto production is about 20 % of the global passanger car production. The turnover is about 404 billion euros according to the German Trade & Invest. And the industry sector is having otherwise very good future outlook with energy efficient cars, growth estimates are nearly 30 procent annually by 2020.

In the US, the autoindustry has seen signs of declining sales during the summer time – General Motors and Ford  have been reporting. The city of Detroit is facing lay offs.

Last year totally 17 million passanger cars were built in the EU and EU was the second largest producer of passanger cars. The US production declined by 11,5 percent and the production totalled 8 million cars.  China maintained its leading position among global passanger car producers – totally 29 percent of all cars were produced  in China according to ACEA.

So, one can understand that Tesla decided to build a new car plant in China.  The company announced last week that they will open a plant in Shanghai delivering 500 000 vehicles a year. The project time for the plant is about five years, but the size of the investment was not published.

The autoindustry is having big changes and for example the OEM production is also one part of it. So far, the EU has been the place for premium cars, but for how long? Also the UK Brexit-talks will have their own impact on the autoindustry development,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spotify to start trading April 3 in NYSE

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Music streaming company Spotify will start trading in the New York Stock Exchange on the 3rd of April. According to the company and Wall Street Journal the trading code  in this direct listing will be “SPOT”.

Spotify is having about 159 million active users monthly and majority of the revenues comes from the premiun packages. The average revenue per premium user (ARPU) has declined to 5,32 euros last year from 6,20 euros in 2016.

Spotify´s revenue was 4,1 billion euros last year, up 39 % from year earlier. The loss was 1,24 billion euros, up from 539 million euros in 2016.

According to the company, Spotify is planning to increase its R&D team in London and make it a global R&D hub for the group. Spotify spokespersons comment that the car will be an important part of the company growth in the future, while 30 % of music listening will happen in the car. Spotify has also a venture with Tesla Europe.

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