Tesla Inc. late Wednesday noted its sixth-straight quarter of profit as well as a sales conquer, but missed Wall Street anticipations as well as disappointed investors that hoped for a clear-cut sales goal for the year.

Margins had been one more sore thing for investors, plus Tesla inventory fell almost as 7 % in after-hours trading, according to stop.xyz

Tesla TSLA, 2.14 % claimed it earned $270 million, or perhaps 24 cents a share, in the fourth quarter, in contrast to earnings of $105 million, or 11 cents a share, inside the year-ago quarter. Adjusted for one-time items, the Silicon Valley car maker earned 80 cents a share.

Revenue rose 46 % to $10.74 billion through $7.38 billion a season ago, thanks within portion to “substantial growth” of deliveries, the company said.

Analysts polled by FactSet expected adjusted earnings of $1.02 a share on sales of $10.47 billion.

“The miss was pushed by weaker-than-expected margins,” Garrett Nelson with CFRA said. Additionally, “Tesla did not provide 2021 automobile sales direction, apart from saying it expects full-year product sales to exceed its longer term annual growth aim of fifty %. We feel the declaration is apt to be viewed negatively.”

Chief Executive Elon Musk “probably opted to be less specific given various uncertainties,” which includes the ones that are actually pandemic-related, Nelson said. Moreover, without a specific target for the year, Tesla provides itself more versatility as well as set itself up for “underpromising therefore they can overdeliver.”

Tesla had topped analyst forecasts each reporting day since October 2019, when it noted a surprise third quarter 2019 benefit from anticipations of a loss. The year 2020 marked the first full year of profitability for the company.

The typical selling price of its vehicles fell eleven % year-on-year as the mix of its went on to shift to the cheaper Model 3 and Model Y from the luxury Model S of its and Model X vehicles, the company said inside a sales letter to shareholders. A call with analysts is actually slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

Tesla in addition shied away from providing a straightforward sales outlook. Rather, the company said it’d “simplified our approach to assistance for 2021” to be able to concentrate on goals which are long-term.

Tesla plans to plant producing capacity “as quick as possible” and more than a “multi-year horizon” expects to reach a 50 % average annual growth in vehicle deliveries, its proxy for sales.

“In a few years we might cultivate faster, which we plan to end up being the case in 2021,” it said.

A development right at fifty % would imply the delivery of about 750,000 vehicles this season, that would compare with more or less below 500,000 automobiles delivered in 2020, a year marred by factory stoppages and delays on account of the pandemic.

The FactSet surveyed analysts expect deliveries roughly 800,000 motor vehicles because of this year.

The company claimed it remained on the right track to start automobile production at its Germany and Texas factories this year, with in house battery cells. It is also on course to begin selling its business truck, the Semi, by the tail end of the year.

Tesla shares have gotten almost 700 % in the previous twelve months, compared with profits around seventeen % with the S&P 500 index SPX, 2.57 %.