Tesla Smashes Delivery Expectations

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) saw its shares vault Friday, on the release of quarterly numbers Thursday.

The electric-car whiz reported 88,400 deliveries and 102,672 total production in the first quarter, beating analyst expectations. Analysts had expected about 79,900 as of Wednesday.

Breaking it down by model, Tesla reported combined deliveries of 76,200 Model 3 sedans and Model Y cross-over SUVs, and combined deliveries of 12,200 of the older and more expensive Model S and X vehicles.

Both numbers beat estimates: Analysts had expected combined deliveries of 68,674 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles, and combined deliveries of 11,234 Model S and X vehicles, as of Wednesday.

The estimates took into account the COVID-19 pandemic, which required Tesla to wind down new car production at its main car plant in Fremont, California, in the last week of March and also suspended production in Shanghai in January and February.

Without the COVID-19 related shutdowns, the analysts’ consensus view was that Tesla could have delivered 95,528 vehicles, including 81,478 combined Model 3 and Model Y vehicles, and 14,050 combined Model S and Model X cars.

This quarter marked Tesla’s first producing and delivering the Model Y, the company’s newest vehicle. However, the company did not break out numbers for sales or production of the cross-over SUV.

For the period ending March 31, Tesla said it produced about 103,000 vehicles total, including 15,390 Model S and X, and 87,282 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles.

In the prior quarter, ending 2019, Tesla beat analysts’ expectations on deliveries with 112,000 vehicles. The Q4 results also pushed the company across the line to meet the low-end of CEO Elon Musk’s 2019 sales goal.

TSLA started Friday up $48.81, or 10.7%, to $503.28.

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