Tesla UBS survey predicts more headwinds ahead

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A UBS survey on Tesla led the firm to predict more headwinds for the electric vehicle (EV) company in 2024. According to a note released on Tuesday, UBS believes slowing EV demand and rising competition from China would impact Tesla’s near-to-mid-term growth.

“Given the survey results show [that] outside of China, a continued plateau in EV demand, and inside China more competition, we view the results as headwinds to TSLA[’s] unit growth over the coming year,” wrote UBS.

The investment bank has a NEUTRAL rating on TSLA with a price target of $160 per share. UBS forecasts Tesla will deliver 1.88 and 2.07 million units in 2024 and 2025, respectively. Its Tesla delivery numbers are below the consensus of 1.99 million and 2.35 million.

In 2023, Tesla delivered approximately 1,808,581 vehicles and produced 1,845,985 units. The Model Y and Model 3 accounted for most of Tesla’s production numbers, with 1,775,159 units produced and 1,739,707 Model 3/Y delivered. Other models, including the Cybertruck, accounted for 70,826 of Tesla’s production and 68,874 units delivered.

Tesla’s Q1 2024 deliveries saw an 8.5% year-over-year decline. The company reported production numbers of 433,371. It delivered approximately 386,810 units in the first quarter, below Wall Street estimates.

Tesla had a rough first quarter this year, with multiple factory shutdowns resulting from various challenges outside its control. The EV automaker was also ramping the Model 3 Highland’s production at the Fremont Factory.

Canaccord Genuity doesn’t believe Tesla’s Q1 2024 report reflects a demand issue but rather a supply-related issue. It pointed out that Tesla is ramping up production of the refresh Model 3 at the Fremont Factory and the Cybertruck at Giga Texas. It also had to deal with the aftermath of an arson attack at Giga Berlin, which shut down production for some time.

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Tesla UBS survey predicts more headwinds ahead

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