The call was moving along relatively smoothly until Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi asked about the electric vehicle maker's capital requirements. Tesla's stock price tumbled in after-hours trading during the investor call.
Musk also complained about how much media attention a few fatal accidents involving autonomous features on Tesla's cars are getting.
Musk argues both questioners were "sell-side analysts who represent a short-seller thesis, not investors".
After offering his explanation on Twitter, Musk changed topics and tweeted instead that the next batch of the Boring Company's "Not a Flamethrower" flamethrower would be arriving just in time for the "short burn of the century". Musk's comments may have been enough to assuage them for now.
Musk suggested that the reason he dismissed the questions was because the analysts didn't have "buy" ratings on Tesla stock.
"I'm not here to convince you to buy our stock", Musk said. "We're going to go as long as there are good questions to answer", he said of the question and answer phase of the call. He goes on to explain how investors have bet against Tesla more than any other firm, "First, it's important to know that Tesla is the most shorted (meaning most bet against) stock on the market & has been for a while". Actually, Musk responded to three separate questions from Tamberrino about the Model 3 and Model Y.
"This is a financial analyst call, this is not a TED talk", the analyst said, adding that Musk's behavior was concerning because it shows he's not interested in the financial side of his "visionary" projects.
There's an easy solution to Tesla CEO Elon Musk's cash-burning problem, according to analyst Gene Munster: He needs to end the Model 3 production problems that have plagued the Silicon Valley automaker.
Levy added that although Tesla management should be "more disciplined publicly", the key to the stock is whether Tesla can ramp up production of the Model 3, its mass-market electric vehicle.
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