NEW YORK: Tesla on Wednesday (Oct 21) reported its fifth consecutive quarterly profit on record revenue of US$8.8 billion, boosted by an uptick in vehicle deliveries and sales of environmental regulatory credits to other automakers.
The electric car maker also affirmed its target to deliver half a million vehicles by the end of this year, a goal that will require it to significantly ramp up vehicle sales in the fourth quarter.
Shares were up 4.3 per cent at US$440.81 in extended trade as the carmaker beat analysts' estimates for third-quarter revenue.
Tesla said it had the capacity installed to produce and deliver 500,000 vehicles this year, but added that achieving its goal has become more difficult.
"Achieving this target depends primarily on quarter over quarter increases in Model Y and Shanghai production," the company said.
Earlier this month, Tesla said it delivered 139,300 vehicles in the third quarter, a quarterly record for the electric carmaker, yet some analysts questioned whether the company could hit its ambitious year-end target.
Tesla has defied the downward trend of the wider auto industry in 2020 and bucked a pandemic and economic upheaval with steady sales and profitable quarters, sending shares up around 400 per cent this year.
The company has enjoyed a meteoric rise under Chief Executive Elon Musk, who tends to be outspoken and at times unconventional. At US$394.5 billion, Tesla's market capitalisation is the largest among all automakers in the world, despite Tesla trailing rivals in terms of sales, revenue and profit.
Tesla's ascent highlights investor confidence about the future of electric vehicles and Tesla's shift from niche carmaker to global leader in clean cars.
Revenue rose to a record US$8.77 billion from US$6.30 billion a year earlier. Analysts had expected revenue of US$8.36 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
Excluding items, Tesla posted a profit of 76 cents per share. It reported net income of US$331 million.