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Why Tesla Stock Soared on Monday

By Daniel Sparks – Jan 3, 2022 at 11:42AM

Key Points

  • Tesla's fourth-quarter deliveries were far ahead of analysts' expectations.
  • The company is now producing vehicles at a rate well beyond 1 million vehicles annually.
  • New factories in Germany and Texas will help deliveries grow even more during 2022.

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The electric-car maker already looks well-positioned to deliver another year of strong growth in vehicle sales.

What happened

Shares of electric-car maker Tesla (TSLA -2.17%) are kicking off the year with a bang. The stock rose as much as 10.7% on Monday morning. But shares were up 9.2% as of this writing.

The stock is trading sharply higher after the company announced better-than-expected fourth-quarter vehicle deliveries.

Tesla vehicle production in the company's factory in California.

Tesla factory. Image source: The Motley Fool.

So what

Tesla said it delivered a record 308,600 vehicles during Q4. This crushed analysts' average forecast for fourth-quarter deliveries of 263,000. 

The robust quarterly deliveries are an indication of the company's staggering growth recently. The quarter's deliveries translate to 28% sequential growth and 71% year-over-year growth. Even more impressive is the company's full-year deliveries compared to its prior-year deliveries. Total deliveries in 2021 were 936,172, up 87% year over year from about 500,000 in the year-ago quarter.

Now what

It's not surprising to see shares of the stock rising sharply on this news. Not only does the strong quarter give substance to the stock's frothy valuation, but it also suggests that the company started off 2022 at a high production rate. Extrapolating from the production numbers Tesla provided for its fourth quarter of 2021, the company is producing vehicles at a run rate of more than 1.22 million annually, setting the company up for another year of strong growth.

Daniel Sparks has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. His clients may own shares of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns and recommends Tesla. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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