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Tesla’s Market Fluctuations Signal Long-Term Expansion

By:
Muhammad Umair
Published: Jun 25, 2024, 11:30 GMT+00:00

Key Points:

  • Tesla's financial and technical performance is analyzed to identify potential investment opportunities and future stock price directions.
  • Despite declining revenue and operating income in Q1 2024, Tesla saw growth in other business areas driven by advancements in AI and autonomous technologies.
  • The stock price is currently in a consolidation phase, indicating potential for a long-term solid rally once this phase is completed.
  • The global shift towards electric vehicles and renewable energy has increased market interest in Tesla, with significant demand for its innovative products.
Tesla Motors dealership exterior facade. FX Empire

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As per Q1 2024 earnings reports, the total revenue and operating revenue declined, but other business areas experienced growth supported by advancements in AI and autonomous technologies. The stock price has been consolidating within a broader range but shows a bullish outlook in the long term.

Understanding Tesla’s Stock Volatility and Long-Term Potential

The monthly chart for Tesla indicates that prices are within a strong consolidation phase and exhibit significant volatility. This suggests a medium-term consolidation but sets the stage for a solid long-term rally. The chart shows a substantial price increase in 2020 and 2021, followed by this consolidation phase. This strong surge in Tesla prices during 2020 and 2021 is a primary reason for the subsequent price drop and fluctuations. This surge was driven by robust growth in vehicle deliveries, expansion of production capacity, and strong financial performance. The company’s consistent profitability, which began in late 2019, boosted investor confidence.

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Additionally, the global shift towards electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy solutions increased market interest in Tesla as a leading player in these sectors. Tesla’s inclusion in the S&P 500 index in December 2020 further fueled demand for its stock.

The launch of innovative products like the Model Y, advancements in battery technology, bullish investor sentiment, and high-profile endorsements significantly contributed to the dramatic rise in Tesla’s stock prices during this period. The dramatic price increase, followed by solid volatility and consolidation, suggests that prices are setting up for a strong rally once this consolidation phase is completed or the market breaks higher.

Medium-Term Outlook for Tesla

The weekly chart below provides a clearer picture and reveals a broadening pattern. It is observed that prices are attempting to recover from their lows but remain weak. The lows at $101.81 and $152.37 initiated a strong price increase in 2023, but the significant resistance at $299.29 has confirmed that prices are range-bound. Currently, prices are once again trying to bottom out and recover from the lows, indicating that a strong rally might follow after a breakout.

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For a short-term perspective, the daily chart below shows that the prices in Q2 2024 mostly remain in consolidation, forming an inverted head and shoulders pattern, with the head at $138.80 and the shoulders at $175.01 and $167.41, respectively. This formation suggests that if prices break above $200, they will quickly reach $230, the pivot point for a solid rally to much higher levels. The $230 level is also considered a strong resistance, as seen on the weekly chart at the resistance line of the broadening pattern.

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Supporting Financials for Tesla

Tesla experienced a 9% drop in total revenue in Q1 2024 compared to Q1 2023. The total revenue was $21.3 billion. This decline was primarily due to a decrease in average selling prices for vehicles, affected by an unfavourable mix, and a drop in vehicle deliveries partly caused by production disruptions at the Fremont factory and Giga Berlin. Nonetheless, other segments of Tesla’s business showed growth and increased revenue from Full Self-Driving (FSD) features.

The company’s profitability also suffered, with operating income falling to $1.171 billion, resulting in a 5.5% operating margin. Reduced vehicle selling prices influenced this downturn due to pricing and mix changes, higher operating expenses driven by advancements in AI and cell technology, and costs associated with ramping up Cybertruck production. The chart below shows the consistent increase in total operating expenses while the drop in operating income for Q1 2024. On the other hand, the drop in quarterly revenue did not change the overall positive trend.

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The decline in vehicle deliveries further contributed to the decrease in profitability. On a positive note, Tesla saw reduced costs per vehicle from lower raw material costs, freight, and duties, and gross profit growth in energy generation and storage, boosted by IRA credit benefits and higher FSD revenue from the Autopark feature.

At the end of the quarter, Tesla had $26.9 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and investments, marking a sequential decrease of $2.2 billion. This was due to a negative free cash flow of $2.5 billion, driven by an inventory increase of $2.7 billion and $1.0 billion in AI infrastructure capital expenditures during the quarter.

Despite the challenges faced in Q1 2024, Tesla’s solid financial foundation remains evident through its growth in other business segments and increased revenue from Full Self-Driving features. With significant cash reserves and AI and energy solutions advancements, Tesla is well-positioned for long-term success and profitability.

Tesla’s Strategic Growth in AI and Energy Solutions

Tesla’s future growth is strongly supported by its continuous advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and FSD technology. The company has invested heavily in hardware and software to create a scalable and profitable autonomous vehicle and ride-hailing service. With the launch of FSD (Supervised) V12, which relies on a vision-only architecture powered by end-to-end neural networks, Tesla is demonstrating a clear path toward scalable autonomy.

The transition to Hardware 4.0, featuring improved inference processing power and enhanced cameras, will further bolster Tesla’s AI capabilities. Increasing its core AI infrastructure capacity will allow Tesla to refine their autonomous driving systems, positioning it as a leader in the autonomous vehicle market.

Additionally, Tesla’s energy generation and storage expansion marks a significant growth area. In Q1 2024, the company achieved record energy storage deployments of 4.1 GWh, reflecting the successful ramp-up of Megapack installations. Energy Generation and Storage revenue and gross profit have reached all-time highs, with gross profit up 140% YoY, driven by the increased deployment of Megapacks.

This segment remains Tesla’s highest margin business, supported by the operational second general assembly line and the ongoing ramp-up of the 40 GWh Megafactory in Lathrop, CA. This strategic expansion in energy solutions diversifies Tesla’s revenue streams and enhances its contribution to sustainable energy initiatives.

Moreover, Tesla’s efforts to integrate their North American Supercharger Network with non-Tesla EV owners are poised to generate incremental revenue and profit. The recent initiative to open the Supercharger network to more non-Tesla EVs and onboarding other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) committed to the North American Charging Standard (NACS) will likely drive growth.

Expanding these services to regions outside North America further broadens Tesla’s market reach. In the services and other categories, Tesla’s revenue grew 25% YoY in Q1, indicating the potential for sustained growth through increased parts sales and expanded service offerings despite a reduced gross profit due to lower used vehicle profit.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Tesla’s financial performance in Q1 2024 highlighted challenges with revenue decline and decreased operating income, primarily due to reduced vehicle prices, delivery disruptions, and increased operating expenses. Despite these setbacks, the company showcased resilience through growth in other business areas and higher Full Self-Driving revenue. Tesla’s strong cash position and strategic investments in AI, autonomous driving technology, and energy solutions signal promising future growth.

The expansion of the Supercharger network and integration with non-Tesla EVs are set to drive incremental revenue. With a robust product roadmap, innovative manufacturing strategies, and ongoing technological advancements, Tesla is well-positioned to capitalize on future opportunities, setting the stage for a potential long-term rally as market conditions stabilize and improve.

From a technical perspective, the stock price has been consolidating within wide ranges and shows a broadening pattern. The consolidation on the weekly and daily charts reveals an inverted head and shoulders formation. A break above $200 may initiate a quick move to $230 while surpassing this level could trigger a strong price rally to much higher levels. Investors should closely monitor these patterns and wait for a decisive upward move. However, if the stock price declines below $100 towards the lower support edge, it will present investors with a long-term entry point and a strong buying opportunity.

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About the Author

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Personal ● Name: Muhammad Umair, PhD ● An author with FX Empire since January 2023 Education And Work School(s) Attended: PhD in Electrical Power

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