Tesla TSLA Achieves New Milestone of $1B+ Non-GAAP Net Income Despite Seasonally Slow Q1

Tesla TSLA Achieves New Milestone of $1B+ Non-GAAP Net Income Despite Seasonally Slow Q1

Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) has reached a new milestone of surpassing $1 billion in non-GAAP net income. This achievement comes against the backdrop of the usually strong seasonal fluctuations of Q1.

Tesla kicked off 2021 with a remarkably solid start, posting strong growth in vehicle production, deliveries, and Q1 earnings. During this period, the company produced 180,338 and delivered a record 184,800 units, despite the numerous headwinds that it encountered. Even when faced with factors of seasonality, unstable supply chains, and the transition to production of the refreshed Model S and Model X, the company achieved strong financial performance.

Q1 net income reached $438 million and non-GAAP net income $1.1 billion (+ 363% year-on-year) for the first time in the company's history. A non-GAAP report can provide a more accurate assessment of a company's financial performance from direct business operations and can help develop a more meaningful picture of its bottom line and value, so it is a useful metric for investors.


  • Operating cash flow less CAPEX (free cash flow) of $293M in Q1
  • Debt and finance lease reduction of $1.2B in Q1
  • Net cash outflow of $1.2B related to Bitcoin in Q1
  • In total, $ 2.2B decrease in Tesla's cash and cash equivalents in Q1 to $17.1B


  • $594M GAAP operating income; 5.7% operating margin in Q1
  • $438M GAAP net income; $1.1B non-GAAP net income (ex-SBC1) in Q1
  • SBC expense of $614M in Q1

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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.

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