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Tesla Inc  (NAS:TSLA) Asset Turnover: 0.25 (As of Dec. 2018)

Asset Turnover measures how quickly a company turns over its asset through sales. It is calculated as Revenue divided by Total Assets. Tesla Inc's Revenue for the three months ended in Dec. 2018 was \$7,226 Mil. Tesla Inc's Total Assets for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2018 was \$29,501 Mil. Therefore, Tesla Inc's asset turnover for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2018 was 0.25.

Asset Turnover is linked to ROE % through Du Pont Formula. Tesla Inc's annualized ROE % for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2018 was 11.83%. It is also linked to ROA % through Du Pont Formula. Tesla Inc's annualized ROA % for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2018 was 1.89%.

Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Tesla Inc Annual Data

 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Asset Turnover 0.78 0.58 0.46 0.46 0.74

Tesla Inc Quarterly Data

 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17 Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 Asset Turnover 0.12 0.12 0.15 0.24 0.25

Calculation

Asset Turnover measures how quickly a company turns over its asset through sales.

Tesla Inc's Asset Turnover for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2018 is calculated as

 Asset Turnover = Sales / Average Total Assets = Revenue (A: Dec. 2018 ) / ( (Total Assets (A: Dec. 2017 ) + Total Assets (A: Dec. 2018 )) / 2 ) = 21461.268 / ( (28655.372 + 29739.614) / 2 ) = 21461.268 / 29197.493 = 0.74

Tesla Inc's Asset Turnover for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2018 is calculated as

 Asset Turnover = Sales / Average Total Assets = Revenue (Q: Dec. 2018 ) / ( (Total Assets (Q: Sep. 2018 ) + Total Assets (Q: Dec. 2018 )) / 2 ) = 7225.873 / ( (29262.713 + 29739.614) / 2 ) = 7225.873 / 29501.1635 = 0.24

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Companies with low profit margins tend to have high asset turnover, while those with high profit margins have low asset turnover. Companies in the retail industry tend to have a very high turnover ratio.

Explanation

Asset Turnover is linked to Return on Equity (ROE) through Du Pont Formula.

Tesla Inc's annulized ROE % for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2018 is

 ROE % (Q: Dec. 2018 ) = Net Income / Total Stockholders Equity = 557.932 / 4716.0405 = (Net Income / Revenue) * (Revenue / Total Assets) * (Total Assets / Total Stockholders Equity) = (557.932 / 28903.492) * (28903.492 / 29501.1635) * (29501.1635/ 4716.0405) = Net Margin % * Asset Turnover * Leverage Ratio = 1.93 % * 0.9797 * 6.2555 = ROA % * Leverage Ratio = 1.89 % * 6.2555 = 11.83 %

Note: The Net Income data used here is four times the quarterly (Dec. 2018) net income data. The Revenue data used here is four times the quarterly (Dec. 2018) revenue data.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

It is also linked to Return on Assets (ROA) through Du Pont Formula:

Tesla Inc's annulized ROA % for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2018 is

 ROA % (Q: Dec. 2018 ) = Net Income / Total Assets = 557.932 / 29501.1635 = (Net Income / Revenue) * (Revenue / Total Assets) = (557.932 / 28903.492) * (28903.492 / 29501.1635) = Net Margin % * Asset Turnover = 1.93 % * 0.9797 = 1.89 %

Note: The Net Income data used here is four times the quarterly (Dec. 2018) net income data. The Revenue data used here is four times the quarterly (Dec. 2018) revenue data.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Be Aware

In the article Joining The Dark Side: Pirates, Spies and Short Sellers, James Montier reported that In their US sample covering the period 1968-2003, Cooper et al find that firms with low asset growth outperformed firms with high asset growth by an astounding 20% p.a. equally weighted. Even when controlling for market, size and style, low asset growth firms outperformed high asset growth firms by 13% p.a. Therefore a company with fast asset growth may underperform.

Therefore, it is a good sign if a company's asset turnover is consistent or even increases. If a company's asset grows faster than sales, its asset turnover will decline, which can be a warning sign.

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