A notorious Tesla Inc TSLA bear is digging his claws deeper into the Elon Musk-led company, scavenging for weakness.
What To Know: GLJ Research’s Gordon Johnson took swipes at Tesla Tuesday morning as the automaker’s stock continued to bleed.
Although most think the weakness in Tesla shares is a direct result of Musk’s Twitter takeover, Johnson believes it’s fundamental.
“It’s just a car company that has built too much capacity they can’t sell,” Johnson said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
“You are talking about a company engaging in margin-slashing price cuts.”
Tesla has issued five price cuts in China in the current quarter alone, yet the company is unable to meet sales expectations, Johnson said, highlighting weak sales numbers out of China.
That explains the recent declines in Tesla shares, he said.
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“Institutional investors are simply … looking at this data and I think they are becoming very concerned because if you look to next year, they are running down their backlog. Their backlog in China has collapsed to nothing,” Johnson said.
He told CNBC that Tesla isn’t able to sell all of the cars it can make, contrary to popular belief. In both the second and third quarters, Tesla produced more cars than it sold, he stressed, adding it’s on pace to do so again.
“When you see the Q4 delivery numbers and you see, more importantly, the Q1 delivery numbers, I think the stock is going to come under tremendous pressure,” Johnson said.
“Backlog down, margin-slashing price cuts, yet they can’t sell out their capacity. That’s a big problem for a company valued for tremendous growth.”
On top of all of this, competitors are eating Tesla’s lunch in markets outside the US BYD CO BIDDY currently sells more cars in China than Tesla, while Volkswagen AG VWAGY sells more vehicles than Tesla in Europe, Johnson said.
“Whenever competitors come in, Tesla’s market share gets decimated,” he added.
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TSLA Price Action: Tesla has a 52-week high of $402.67 and a 52-week low of $144.17.
The stock was down 6.48% at $140.14 Tuesday afternoon, according to Benzinga Pro.
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