Tesla alone in 'positive sum game of growth and earnings,' says Jefferies
Tesla when reporting Q3 results should show progress on industrial margin, Shanghai ramp-up and future products, Jefferies analyst Philippe Houchois tells investors in a pre-earnings research note titled "Positive sum game continues in Q3." The launch of competing electric vehicle "continue to underline Tesla's product edge in our view, especially at the Model 3 price point," writes the analyst. He believes that as electrification accelerates, Tesla is the only manufacturer "in a positive sum game of growth and earnings." Houchois anticipates a number of announcements in the course of Q4, possibly on the October 23 earnings call, regarding the timing of Model Y launch, unveiling of the pick-up, battery technology update and ramp up of the Shanghai facility. These will support Tesla's valuation multiple, which currently reflects the lack of legacy issues rather than growth, says the analyst. He keeps a Buy rating on the shares with a $300 price target.