For the first time in Tesla’s history , the company delivered over 200,000 cars in the second quarter of 2021. The total delivery 201,250 vehicles, more than doubles the deliveries of last year in the same quarter (up 121%). GM and Ford remain the largest US-based auto manufactures with 688,236 and 475,327 vehicles sold in the US alone in the 2nd quarter, respectively.
The greatest growth is being achieved by the Chinese electric vehicle manufacturers, however. Li Auto increased deliveries by 166%. XPeng’s year-over-year auto sales soared by 439%. Nio’s deliveries were 116% higher than last year.
Nio specializes in the premium EV space, while XPeng is making a play for the Tesla 3 market. In April of this year, Nio became the top-selling brand in the electric SUV space in China, beating out Tesla’s 17% market share (Model Y) with 23%. Tesla’s Model Y was the top-selling EV in China in April with 5,520 cars sold.
The new electric vehicle manufacturers are leaving Ford in the dust in terms of sales growth. Ford achieved a mere 9.6% increase in auto sales over last year’s pandemic-plagued 2nd quarter.
General Motors is making a big play to transform their entire fleet to electric. GM has made it clear that the future is one of “zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.” The company will release two EVs within the next 18 months, with the goal of 20 new EVs by 2023. GM has also made investments in lithium mining and batteries.
The real question, however, is can American manufacturers compete with China’s ability to produce things at such a lower cost? Will American manufacturers lose the Chinese market to Chinese-based EV companies? How soon will Chinese auto manufacturers invade the European market?
For now, the Chinese manufacturers are limited to the Chinese consumer, which is the largest vehicle market in the world. However, Nio is planning to expand into Europe within the next five years. XPeng received a 4-star review from a UK’s auto website, which said that its performance fares well with higher-priced competitors.
The Tesla S scored the highest safety ratings the NHTSA has ever given. XPeng has that honor In China. Nio’s safety was ranked even higher than Tesla’s by the Chinese.
What Semiconductor Shortage?
Auto industry experts have warned that inventory levels of the lowest they’ve ever seen. So far, the semiconductor shortage seems to be impacting the legacy car companies more. It may well be that the 3rd quarter is where the semiconductor shortage will have an even deeper negative impact. We should learn more about this in the second quarter earnings calls of each of the companies. The earnings season will likely start with Tesla, Nio, Ford and General Motors reporting at the end of July, followed by XPeng and Li Auto in August.
Valuations on EVs are Astronomical
As with many equities, the valuations on all the electric vehicle companies are astronomical. The excellent news of electric vehicles being on fire is already priced in. Tesla’s $602 billion market cap is larger than Nio, XPeng, Li Auto, Ford and General Motors combined, with a forward P/E of 152. The Chinese manufacturers are all still cash negative.
When valuations are so high, the plunge can be rapid and steep, like trying to catch a falling knife. The drop can happen faster than you can protect your gains. Of course, the prices can also go higher, particularly since the U.S. and China are expected to have a gangbuster year of GDP growth, with 7.0% in the U.S. and 8.4% predicted in China.
Trying to time when to jump in and out can be perilous to your profits. Regular rebalancing and capturing gains affords you the opportunity (and the cash) to buy low in the event of an unexpected downturn. As examples, both Nio and Tesla hit highs of $67 and $900 in January of this year, respectively, and dropped as low as $35 and $563 within three months of their summits.
Both Tesla and Ford are Junk Bonds
According to S&P Global, there is a one-in-three chance that Ford Motor Company will receive a downgrade from BB+ to BB in 2021. Tesla is at BB currently. Both of these are speculative ratings. However, the difference is that one company is growing rapidly and borrowing to build factories to keep up with demand. Ford will be using the profits from its recent $2 billion in senior unsecured convertible notes to pay off prior debts.
Stocks are on fire hitting new highs every day. Electric vehicles are one of the fastest growing industries. Semiconductor shortages didn’t slow down EV sales in the second quarter, but could impact the third quarter. Investors tend to be forward thinking. There will be a mix of euphoria over amazing GDP growth, combined with concern over the semiconductor shortage and valuations, in the remaining months of 2021. Your best strategy will be to be properly diversified and to rebalance your investments on a regular basis.
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