Tesla Fails To Meet 2020 Delivery Guidance, Delivers 499,550 Vehicles

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) this morning released its fourth quarter 2020 vehicle production and delivery results. Given that the results were released on a Saturday morning, its unsurprising that the company failed to meet its delivery guidance for the full fiscal year, missing the low end of its prior guidance.

In total, Tesla announced deliveries of 499,550 vehicles within 2020, failing to meet its guidance of 500,000 deliveries or more for the fiscal year, with CEO Elon Musk earlier this year indicating that the company should “comfortably exceed” that figure. The company managed to produce 509,737 vehicles over the course of the year.

Speaking specifically to the fourth quarter, the firm produced 179,757 vehicles, while delivering 180,570. Deliveries for the quarter fell short of recent analyst expectations, with Credit Suisse recently estimating 183,000 deliveries in the quarter, while Wedbush had stated that deliveries between 190,000 to 200,000 vehicles were possible.

Factset reportedly had a consensus estimate of 174,000 vehicle deliveries for the quarter, which Tesla bulls will likely point to as being bullish for the automaker. The fine print of the firms news release also notably states, “Our delivery count should be viewed as slightly conservative, as we only count a car as delivered if it is transferred to the customer and all paperwork is correct. Final numbers could vary by up to 0.5% or more.

Tesla last traded at $705.67 on the Nasdaq.

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One thought on “Tesla Fails To Meet 2020 Delivery Guidance, Delivers 499,550 Vehicles

  • January 13, 2021 4:18 PM at 4:18 pm

    FFS, how disingenuous can you get??? They got 99.91% of their target. That ”miss” is a freakin rounding error away from 500k. Also, that 500k guidance was given BEFORE COVID illegal shutdown of their California factory and yet, they STILL meet their target! Tesla was the ONLY automaker on the entire planet with growth in 2020! You are so obviously in the pocket of big oil, it’s not even funny. ALL you articles about Tesla are pure negative FUD BS. How the F do you even sleep at night???


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