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Beyond Earnings: A Deep Dive into Tesla’s Financial Discipline




As an ardent Tesla shareholder, I always keenly await their earnings calls. With Tesla accounting for a significant 50% of my portfolio and currently holding about 700 shares, these updates are an integral part of my investment journey. 

Tesla stands out in the crowded landscape of tech companies and startups, not merely due to its groundbreaking innovations but also its remarkable financial discipline. One often-overlooked metric that never ceases to impress me is Tesla’s operating expenses, a testament to the firm’s disciplined financial execution.

Despite their rapid scaling and growth, Tesla has displayed an extraordinary knack for maintaining its operating expenses. This performance reflects the financial discipline evident in the company’s aggressive cost-cutting measures and steadfast execution strategies. This high degree of operating leverage has left some skeptics stunned, leading to unfounded accusations of fraud.

There was a time when Tesla made headlines for reducing its workforce. Critics viewed this as a forewarning of financial turmoil, but I saw it as a strategic step to keep expenses lean. Unlike firms that pump up their expenses during a tech bubble, Tesla’s financial discipline has been a pillar of stability.

Many have dubbed the recent earnings a disappointment. However, I see it from a different perspective. What captivates me is Tesla’s ability to keep their operating expenses in check even during challenging economic periods marked by high interest rates and rampant inflation. Despite operating in the capital-intensive automotive industry, Tesla’s financial discipline is unwavering.

My conviction in Tesla has grown over time. I vividly remember when Tesla shares were priced at a mere $100 in December 2022. As I was delving into a book on Elon Musk in Seoul, my conviction in Tesla solidified, prompting me to invest in more shares – a decision that has proven fruitful.

Today, despite their aggressive revenue growth, Tesla’s operating expenses remain around $8 billion per year. This disciplined approach to scaling is a key reason why Tesla is a core component of my portfolio.

As my conviction continues to build, I am resolved to seize every opportunity to accumulate more Tesla shares. I eagerly anticipate witnessing more quarters of impressive performance from Tesla.

But don’t just take my word for it – take a look at the table (see below) that showcases Tesla’s operating expenses for every quarter, juxtaposed with its revenue. Challenge yourself to find another capital-intensive company that can match this financial discipline.

Tesla’s Operating Expenses and Revenue

In conclusion, Tesla’s financial prudence and robust execution strategy, even amidst economic challenges, underscore their strength and endurance in the automotive industry. As a devoted investor, I can confidently state that I eagerly await what the future holds for Tesla. 

Join me in this exciting journey by following my blog and my Twitter handle @makesmewonder where I will continue to share my insights and analysis on Tesla and my other investments. Together, we can navigate the intriguing world of investing. 

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