Tesla Motors Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Tesla Motors designs, develops, manufactures and sells high-performance fully electric vehicles and advanced electric vehicle powertrain components.

Tesla Motors Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of 69 cents per share, a wider loss from the year-earlier quarter net loss of 55 cents. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from a loss of 68 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has since dropped over the last month.

Last quarter, the company came in at net loss of 63 cents per share against a mean estimate of a loss of 66 cents per share, beating estimates after missing them in the previous quarter. In the second quarter, it missed forecasts by 5 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $38.5 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock, with seven analysts rating it as a buy, two rating it as a sell and one rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, the company’s loss widened to a loss of a $65.1 million (63 cents a share) from a loss of $34.9 million (38 cents) a year earlier, but beat analyst expectations. Revenue rose 84.6% to $57.7 million from $31.2 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has gone up for three straight quarters. It rose more than twofold in the second quarter from the year earlier and more than twofold in the first quarter.

Stock Price Performance: From January 11, 2012 to February 9, 2012, the stock price rose $4.35 (15.4%), from $28.23 to $32.58. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 23, 2011 and March 4, 2011, when shares rose for eight straight days, increasing 14.3% (+$3.12) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between August 12, 2011 and August 22, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight days, dropping 16.6% (-$4.36) over that span.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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