I will second bigleaguesliders comment on the non GAAP numbers , usually put in reports to bamboozle analysts and optimists.
If we do a very simple calcualtion Tesla lost $22K per car in Q1 2016 on a retail of , I think, $70k. Using a 10% cost/volume curve they need to triple Q1 volume on the Model S to 36,000 units per quarter to break even bottom line. That is about 150K units per year or 50% of Cadillac sales - certainly do-able but then its no longer a niche " cool" product.
One thing maybe worth mentioning , working capital is a permanent funding requiement for companies and as they grow they eat up working capital. So the idea that Tesla wil somehow magically stop consuming cash as it grows will only be true if it sharply cuts its capital investment and R+D spending as it adds products.
Edited by mariner, 09 May 2016 - 17:14.