Tesla share momentum may continue as bankruptcy concerns recede, says Barclays
Between last week's capital raise and cash infusions of potentially over 1B euros from regulatory credit sales, Tesla's cash balance is "comfortably replenished for the next year or so," Barclays analyst Brian Johnson tells investors in a research note. As such, the analyst says he would not be surprised to see continued positive momentum in the shares as bankruptcy concerns recede. However, he believes the appeal of Tesla shares to growth investors may fade and reiterates an Underweight rating on Tesla with a $192 price target. The stock closed yesterday up 31c to $255.34. Some of the "rational bulls" of Tesla may need to reassess the idea that the company will become a profitable auto market, as press accounts of the conference call on May 2 around the capital raise indicate that Elon Musk "sold" the deal based on the promise of autonomous robo-taxis by 2020, says Johnson. As a result, he believes Tesla appears to be pivoting from improving auto margins and profitability to going all-in on autonomy.