Dec 1 (Reuters) – Tesla shares (TSLA.O) fell about 2% on Friday after the highly anticipated launch of its Cybertruck left analysts concerned about the electric vehicle’s high price and longer wait to obtain significant financial gains.
The $60,990 starting price for the long-delayed Cybertruck is more than 50% higher than what CEO Elon Musk touted in 2019 and a cost that analysts say will attract select, affluent buyers.
“Cybertruck will not significantly move Tesla’s financial needle in FY24…” Wedbush said in a note, while Bernstein analysts forecast 250 deliveries this year and 75,000 for l next year, saying both “could be ambitious.”
Musk said Tesla would likely reach a production rate of around 250,000 Cybertrucks per year in 2025.
The company has repeatedly warned that it will face significant challenges in developing the product and becoming free cash flow positive – likely not before mid-2025 – which could negatively impact profitability.
“Tesla has a product problem, that is, an older range that does not sufficiently respond to the market and does not have new offerings for the mass market until probably the end of 2025,” added the analysts at Bernstein.
The Cybertruck, Tesla’s first new model in nearly four years, is key to its reputation as a maker of innovative vehicles, particularly at a time when the company is battling slowing demand for electric vehicles and rising consumer demand. competition.
At $235.45, Tesla is expected to lose about $15 billion in market valuation on Friday. It currently trades at around 65 times its 12-month forward earnings estimates, according to LSEG data.
The stock has nearly doubled this year, after falling more than 65% in 2022.
The Cybertruck, two years late, enters a hot pickup truck market to compete with Ford’s (FN) F150 Lightning, Rivian Automotive’s (RIVN.O) R1T and General Motors’ (GM.N) Hummer EV .
“Cybertruck is more of a ‘halo’ product, in our view, intended to attract consumers to the brand for the Model 3 and Model Y mass-market vehicles,” said RBC Capital Markets analyst Tom Narayan.
Reporting by Samrhitha Arunasalam and Chavi Mehta in Bangalore; Editing by Devika Syamnath
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