Tesla Motors Inc. Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (TSLA)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Tesla Motors (Nasdaq: TSLA) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • TSLA's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 21.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 678.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, TSLA's share price has jumped by 58.00%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • TESLA MOTORS INC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TESLA MOTORS INC reported poor results of -$3.70 versus -$2.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.23 versus -$3.70).
  • The gross profit margin for TESLA MOTORS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 12.00%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -29.35% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$60.06 million or 121.72% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and automotive industry. Shares are up 57.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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