- Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is set to report its second-quarter earnings tomorrow. The stock has almost quadrupled this year as electric vehicle stocks rally.
- TSLA stock is up more than 52% in July alone amid expectations of possible inclusion in the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY). To be eligible, Tesla will need to post a profit in Q2.
Tesla’s second-quarter earnings release is set for tomorrow. The company’s profitability hasn’t been great so far. It has been profitable in only seven quarters since it went public a decade back, and has yet to post an annual profit. Regardless, its market capitalization is over $300 billion, exceeding that of Toyota Motors, the largest automaker.
Tesla’s Q2 earnings
Tesla stock bulls argue that the company shouldn’t be compared with legacy automakers, but with tech companies. They’ve also defended Tesla’s dismal profitability record and don’t seem to care about its persistent losses. However, the company’s Q2 earnings results could be different—let’s see why.
Tesla stock rising on a possible S&P 500 inclusion
Over the last few weeks, Tesla stock has rallied on expectations of possible inclusion in the S&P 500. The company, which has posted a net profit for the last three quarters, would be eligible for S&P 500 inclusion if it reports a profit in Q2. If the stock gets included in the index, funds that track the S&P 500 would have to buy TSLA stock according to its weight in the index. Currently, the assets managed by funds tracking the S&P 500 stand at around $4.4 trillion. If Tesla gets included in the S&P 500, many investors, including Warren Buffett, would indirectly hold the stock.
TSLA: Q2 earnings estimates
Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect Tesla to report a net loss of $50 million in the second quarter. That said, their earnings estimates for Tesla haven’t always been accurate—the company smashed analysts’ earnings estimates in the last three quarters. However, it missed analyst estimates by a significant margin in last year’s second quarter.
Last month, in a leaked email, Elon Musk said that “breaking even is looking super tight.” However, Musk didn’t specify whether he was referring to net profit or another metric.
If Tesla manages to post a profit in the second quarter, bulls could get some encouragement. However, if it posts a loss as analysts are projecting, the stock could fall burst the TSLA stock bubble. All said, the Q2 earnings report may be Tesla’s most important since it went public.