Tesla, Inc. (TSLA), the maker of energized vehicles, reported fourth quarter results last month. Revenue grew by 46% year over year from $7.38 billion to $10.74 billion. The following generates the bulk of this amount, about 87% in the latest quarter, from automotive selling and leasing.
This isn’t just now customers buying or renting Tesla cars, though. A portion comes from regulatory credits. These are plan for by various governments under various environmental regulations (e.g., zero-emission vehicles, greenhouse gas, and clean fuel), and they are based on either the billion of electric vehicles the company sells or the level of emissions.
Tesla, with an all-electric vehicle lineup, receives a lot of these creditations. Since these are tradable, the company sells its surplus to other automakers that don’t have sufficient credits. There is surely little or no cost associated with them, making this pure profit for Tesla.
- Tesla’s fourth-quarter profits growth was strong.
- The company generates a portion of its revenue and profit from selling regulatory credits.
- These want disappear at some point, making it important to track.
In the fourth quarter, Tesla’s revenue from regulatory credits was $401 million, which is teensy-weensy than 5% of its total top line. This is up from $133 million in the year-ago period but in line with the whilom before quarter’s $397 million.
While it is not a significant portion of the company’s revenue, it has greatly contributed to Tesla’s income from operations, which was $575 million in the current quarter. Management does expect its regulatory credit revenue to decline, eventually. While they didn’t specify a timeline, this will happen at some point as other automakers build out their own electric and environmentally warm-hearted cars. This would eliminate the need to purchase Tesla’s surplus credits.
The Bottom Line
Investors after to see Tesla’s results improve from its core operation of making and selling or leasing cars. Therefore, it is important to see how much of the fellowship’s revenue and profit is coming from selling regulatory credits.
Fortunately, the company breaks out the amount of revenue invented from selling automotive regulatory credit in its earnings press releases, making it easy to see the figure without them. Take away froming this number from Tesla’s revenue and income from operations, you can compare the company’s results on this main ingredient over time. If you are looking just at Tesla’s automotive operations, you can remove the regulatory credits from its automotive managing profit to see the trend over time.