TSLA: Margin Squeeze


Tesla (TSLA) reported 1Q23 earnings Wednesday afternoon and margins were squeezed by price cuts. TSLA cut prices to maintain volumes at the expense of profitability. That is probably the right long term decision but it resulted in a hit to profitability for the quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA Margin fell 849 basis points from a year ago to 18.3%. As a result, Non-GAAP diluted EPS fell 21% to 85 cents.

TSLA stock has a had a great run this year – and I continue to like shares long term – but it has probably gotten ahead of itself. The stock is currently -6% in the after hours.

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