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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

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industry
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Cash to Debt 1.12
TSLA's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
79% of the 1244 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. TSLA: 1.12 )
TSLA' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.17   Max: No Debt
Current: 1.12

Equity to Asset 0.19
TSLA's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
62% of the 1246 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. TSLA: 0.19 )
TSLA' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -3.86   Max: 0.61
Current: 0.19

-3.86
0.61
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 4.71
M-Score: -3.15
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 5/10

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Operating margin (%) -4.79
TSLA's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
60% of the 1253 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 5.91 vs. TSLA: -4.79 )
TSLA' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -109497.26   Max: -3.04
Current: -4.79

-109497.26
-3.04
Net-margin (%) -6.83
TSLA's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
62% of the 1253 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 4.64 vs. TSLA: -6.83 )
TSLA' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -107064.38   Max: -3.68
Current: -6.83

-107064.38
-3.68
ROE (%) -22.34
TSLA's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
62% of the 1244 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 10.14 vs. TSLA: -22.34 )
TSLA' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -227.22   Max: -18.69
Current: -22.34

-227.22
-18.69
ROA (%) -5.19
TSLA's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
61% of the 1257 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 4.61 vs. TSLA: -5.19 )
TSLA' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -191.32   Max: -4.19
Current: -5.19

-191.32
-4.19
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -10.34
TSLA's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
61% of the 1257 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 14.93 vs. TSLA: -10.34 )
TSLA' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -835.46   Max: -7.28
Current: -10.34

-835.46
-7.28
Revenue Growth (%) 94.30
TSLA's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
100% of the 1061 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 7.10 vs. TSLA: 94.30 )
TSLA' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 94.3
Current: 94.3

0
94.3
EPS Growth (%) -41.10
TSLA's EPS Growth (%) is ranked lower than
56% of the 888 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 6.70 vs. TSLA: -41.10 )
TSLA' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: -22.5
Current: -41.1

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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

TSLA Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Murray Stahl 1,844 sh (New)
John Griffin 500,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 313,000 sh (+76.04%)
PRIMECAP Management 1,401,290 sh (-13.59%)
Ken Heebner 170,000 sh (-20.93%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 56,990 sh (-49.54%)
Steven Cohen 1,491 sh (-95.38%)
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Q4 2013

TSLA Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Caxton Associates 8,929 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 9,000 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 8,500 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 29,309 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 14,274 sh (+857.34%)
Murray Stahl 3,678 sh (+99.46%)
John Griffin 500,000 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 1,341,190 sh (-4.29%)
Ken Heebner 130,000 sh (-23.53%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 19,030 sh (-66.61%)
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Q1 2014

TSLA Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Ron Baron 444,484 sh (New)
Ken Fisher 1,030 sh (New)
Jim Simons 604,880 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 19,640 sh (+37.59%)
Eric Mindich 200,000 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc Sold Out
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
John Griffin Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Ken Heebner Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 1,336,890 sh (-0.32%)
Murray Stahl 3,552 sh (-3.43%)
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Q2 2014

TSLA Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Caxton Associates 17,000 sh (New)
George Soros 71,050 sh (New)
John Burbank 205 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 13,328 sh (New)
Ron Baron 837,551 sh (+88.43%)
Eric Mindich 200,000 sh (unchged)
Paul Singer 67,500 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 1,324,590 sh (-0.92%)
Murray Stahl 3,321 sh (-6.5%)
Jim Simons 139,000 sh (-77.02%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with TSLA

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Ron Baron 2014-06-30 Add 88.43%0.38%$178.59 - $239.06 $ 235.3413%837551
George Soros 2014-06-30 New Buy0.13%$178.59 - $239.06 $ 235.3413%71050
Ken Fisher 2014-06-30 Sold Out $178.59 - $239.06 $ 235.3413%0
John Burbank 2014-06-30 New Buy$178.59 - $239.06 $ 235.3413%205
John Griffin 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.77%$139.34 - $254.84 $ 235.3418%0
Ken Heebner 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.51%$139.34 - $254.84 $ 235.3418%0
Ron Baron 2014-03-31 New Buy0.38%$139.34 - $254.84 $ 235.3418%444484
Ken Fisher 2014-03-31 New Buy$139.34 - $254.84 $ 235.3419%1030
Ken Heebner 2013-12-31 Reduce -23.53%0.21%$120.5 - $183.94 $ 235.3454%130000
John Griffin 2013-09-30 New Buy1.2%$109.05 - $190.9 $ 235.3459%500000
Ken Heebner 2013-09-30 Reduce -20.93%0.13%$109.05 - $190.9 $ 235.3459%170000
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Guru Investment Theses on Tesla Motors Inc

Ron Baron Comments on Tesla Motors Inc - Jul 28, 2014

Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) designs, develops, manufactures and sells fully electric vehicles. Tesla reported what we considered to be strong results in the first quarter, but investor reaction was negative and we took the opportunity to add to our positions when the stock price dropped in early May. Tesla continues to make progress with battery cost reduction and regulatory approvals to sell its cars directly to consumers. Both of these developments were viewed positively toward quarter end. We view Tesla as a “once in a lifetime” disruptor to the car industry and believe this justifies its premium valuation. (Gilad Shany)



We had told you about our purchase of Tesla Motors Inc. shares in the previous letter. During the quarter, we increased our level of confidence in Tesla’s superior engineering and design, which we believe will lead to mass market appeal. Right after Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting, CEO Elon Musk announced Tesla is opening all of its intellectual property to third parties, in order to induce the electrification of the auto industry (to date, electric car programs at the major manufacturers are small to non- existent).Tesla is confident in its ability to out-innovate its competitors due to its most formidable competitive advantage - people. As of today, we believe Tesla is the only car Original Equipment Manufacturer that is able to hire talent away from top tier technology companies.The ability to keep this talent busy and engaged for the greater good, with consistent execution and commercial success, will, we believe, build Tesla’s moats for years to come.We often say “we invest in people.”Tesla invests in people, too. (Gilad Shany)



From Ron Baron (Trades, Portfolio)’s Baron Funds Second Quarter 2014 Report.



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Baron Funds Comments on Tesla Motors - May 21, 2014

Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) manufactures cars powered by lithium-ion batteries using an electric drive train. It builds vehicles to the highest quality and design standards, yet prices them at a level in line with internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Tesla has proprietary technology and is building additional battery capacity that we believe will give it a competitive advantage traditional car manufacturers will find extremely difficult to overcome. With its plan to launch a $35,000 electric car in 2017, we think demand for Tesla's cars could reach 500,000 per year by 2020 and grow to several times that amount in following years. Tesla is led by Elon Musk, an entrepreneur tied to several tr ansformative companies, including PayPal, SpaceX and SolarCity. We believe Elon may lead the transformation of the auto industry from its ICE age to the dot.com era. We will write about what we believe are Tesla's significant competitive advantages and growth opportunities in future letters. One thing, however, is clear: traditional car manufacturers hate Tesla. Car dealers hate Tesla. Oil companies hate Tesla. Unions hate Tesla. Only consumers like Tesla. We do too. (Gilad Shany)





From Baron Funds' first quarter 2014 letter to shareholders.



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Baron Funds Comments on Tesla Motors Inc. - Aug 08, 2013

Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) showed significant price appreciation during the second quarter as it continued to execute on its innovative electric vehicle (EV) business model in a nearly flawless manner. The company delivered its first profitable quarter, although we note that all of its profits came from sales of non-recurring regulatory zero-emission credits. More importantly, it appears the company is on track to achieve its 2013 goals for production and deliveries of its Model S premium EV sedan, as well as automotive gross margins. Management has also expressed confidence in reaching its longer-term goal of producing a smaller, more mainstream (less expensive) EV sedan within a few years. We sold the remainder of our Tesla shares during the quarter after the stock almost tripled against our average cost base, though in 20/20 hindsight our sale may have been too hasty as the stock has continued to work higher. We remain big fans of Elon Musk and Tesla, and plan to stay close to this pioneering company with an eye towards re-investing at a more attractive level. (Randy Gwirtzman)

From Ron Baron’s second quarter 2013 commentary.


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Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) manufactures cars powered by lithium-ion batteries using an electric drive train. It builds vehicles to the highest quality and design standards, yet prices them at a level in line with internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Tesla has proprietary technology and is building additional battery capacity that we believe will give it a competitive advantage traditional car manufacturers will find extremely difficult to overcome. With its plan to launch a $35,000 electric car in 2017, we think demand for Tesla's cars could reach 500,000 per year by 2020 and grow to several times that amount in following years. Tesla is led by Elon Musk, an entrepreneur tied to several tr ansformative companies, including PayPal, SpaceX and SolarCity. We believe Elon may lead the transformation of the auto industry from its ICE age to the dot.com era. We will write about what we believe are Tesla's significant competitive advantages and growth opportunities in future letters. One thing, however, is clear: traditional car manufacturers hate Tesla. Car dealers hate Tesla. Oil companies hate Tesla. Unions hate Tesla. Only consumers like Tesla. We do too. (Gilad Shany) Read more...
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Ratios

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P/B 30.10
TSLA's P/B is ranked lower than
62% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 vs. TSLA: 30.10 )
TSLA' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 6.66   Max: 66.96
Current: 30.1

6.66
66.96
P/S 11.70
TSLA's P/S is ranked lower than
61% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.62 vs. TSLA: 11.70 )
TSLA' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 2.11   Max: 24.33
Current: 11.7

2.11
24.33
EV-to-EBIT -243.71
TSLA's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
65% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 13.63 vs. TSLA: -243.71 )
TSLA' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 0   Max: 0
Current: -243.71

Current Ratio 2.18
TSLA's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
83% of the 1252 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.47 vs. TSLA: 2.18 )
TSLA' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.36   Max: 3.48
Current: 2.18

0.36
3.48
Quick Ratio 1.81
TSLA's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
85% of the 1252 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. TSLA: 1.81 )
TSLA' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 2.91
Current: 1.81

0.17
2.91

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 30.70
TSLA's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
59% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.71 vs. TSLA: 30.70 )
TSLA' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 8.65   Max: 53.03
Current: 30.7

8.65
53.03
Price/Median PS Value 1.00
TSLA's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
79% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. TSLA: 1.00 )
TSLA' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.13   Max: 1.78
Current: 1

0.13
1.78
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -2.07
TSLA's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
56% of the 980 Companies
in the Global Auto Manufacturers industry.

( Industry Median: 10.61 vs. TSLA: -2.07 )
TSLA' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -0.5   Max: 1.3
Current: -2.07

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1.3

Business Description

Industry: Autos » Auto Manufacturers
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Traded in other countries:TL0.Germany
Tesla Motors, Inc., is incorporated in the state of Delaware on July 1, 2003. The Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells high-performance fully electric vehicles and advanced electric vehicle powertrain components. It owns its sales and service network and has operationally structured its business in a manner that it believes will enable it to rapidly develop and launch advanced electric vehicles and technologies. The Company believes its vehicles, electric vehicle engineering expertise, and operational structure differentiates it from incumbent automobile manufacturers. It is the first Company to commercially produce a federally-compliant highway-capable electric vehicle, the Tesla Roadster, which combines a market-leading range on a single charge with attractive design, driving performance and zero tailpipe emissions. Its Tesla Roadster offers impressive acceleration and performance without producing any tailpipe emissions. The Tesla Roadster's proprietary electric vehicle powertrain system is the foundation of its business and, with design enhancements, will also form the basis for its Model S sedan, its Model X crossover, as well as future vehicles. In addition to developing its own vehicles, the Company provides services for the development of electric powertrain components and sells electric powertrain components to other automotive manufacturers. It has provided development services and powertrain components to Daimler AG (Daimler) for its Smart fortwo and A-Class electric vehicles. It has recently announced the receipt of an initial purchase order for the development of a full powertrain system for an additional Mercedes Benz vehicle from Daimler. The Company sells and services its Tesla Roadster though its company-owned sales and service network in the North America, Europe and Asia.
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