Tesla may now be 'sustainably self-funded entity,' says Nomura Instinet
Tesla "flexed its model leverage muscles" in Q3, exhibiting a "dramatic swing from negative to positive on a number of key metrics," Nomura Instinet analyst Romit Shah tells investors in a post-earnings research note titled "From Negative to Positive." These included Model 3 gross margins, earnings, and most importantly, cash flow, says Shah. He points out that Tesla reiterated its confidence in continued profitability and free cash flow positivity in every period going forward. In other words, Q3 may mark the quarter in which Tesla became a "sustainably self-funded entity," contends Shah. He keeps a Neutral rating on the shares with a $300 price target. The stock in premarket trading is up 11%, or $30.65, to $319.15.