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JPMorgan The Latest To Sour On Tesla, Sees Shares 40% Lower On Reduced Deliveries

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by Tyler Durden
Tuesday, Jul 05, 2022 - 06:05 PM

After Tesla's big Q2 deliveries miss and despite the fact that the company recorded its best production for June in history, analysts are souring on the name.

The latest investment bank to lower its price target on Tesla has been JP Morgan, who has said that shares could fall 40% from current levels. 

"Expansion into higher volume segments with lower price points seems fraught with greater risk relative to demand, execution and competition," a note from JP Morgan analysts said on Monday, according to Reuters

The note continued: "There may be reason to believe that production, and financial results, could be being impacted also by company-specific execution issues at the company's new factories in Austin and Berlin." 

The investment bank then cut its price target on the company from $395 to $385 - about a 40% drop from the stock's current levels close to $680 per share. 

JP Morgan's price target is considerably lower than the Refinitiv median price target, which stands at $950. 

Recall, Tesla was out over the weekend said that it delivered just 254,695 vehicles for Q2 2022, as the company hit snags due to its Shanghai shutdown and supply chain issues.

Despite this, the company's June month was the highest vehicle production month in Tesla’s history, according to Bloomberg. The company's deliveries represent a 26.7% gain in deliveries from last year and a drop from last quarter's record of 310,048. 

The drop marked the lowest delivery quarter since Q3 2021 for Model 3/Y vehicles. 

The company was originally expected to deliver 295,000 vehicles, but analysts had reduced their estimates to around 256,000 over the last week, TheStreet noted. Tesla delivered 238,533 Model 3 and Model Ys for the quarter, and 16,162 Model S and Model X vehicles. 

As you can see, the company's phase out of the Model S and Model X looks to have continued, despite a slight uptick:

The company stated: "In the second quarter, we produced over 258,000 vehicles and delivered over 254,000 vehicles, despite ongoing supply chain challenges and factory shutdowns beyond our control."

Q2 was widely expected by Wall Street to be a miss due to the disruptions. “This has been a very tough quarter, primarily due to supply chain and production challenges in China. So we need to rally hard to recover!” CEO Elon Musk said back in mid-June

Morgan Stanley was out 2 weeks ago bracing for the Q2 plunge, lowering price targets on the name and saying it expected lower Q2 volumes. “We mark to market our 2Q forecasts for lower volume (latest data, China) with most of the shortfall made up for in 2H volume and higher pricing,” analyst Adam Jonas wrote last month. He also predicted the company would have a good June: 

Despite the cuts, Jonas is still encouraging "buying the dip" into what will likely be a weak Q2 print. He said that “with TSLA 2Q sales estimated to be around 100k units through May (EV-Volumes.com), we believe TSLA will flex its manufacturing prowess, aided by accelerated ramp of Austin and Berlin, and deliver ~170-175k units in June.”

Also in June we had highlighted a Wedbush note from Dan Ives said Tesla's shutdown in China was an "epic disaster" for its June quarter. Ives said he expects to see "modest delivery softness" for the quarter. 

Ives also said he is expecting a "slower growth trajectory" in China into the second half of the year and called the headwinds out of Asia "hard to ignore". He also commented that the ongoing Twitter drama "may be a distraction" for Musk at a time when his attention should be focused on dealing with Tesla's issues. 

Recall, we noted weeks ago that "no vehicles were sold in Shanghai last month [April]" as a result of the lockdown, according to an auto-seller association in the city. 

 
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