2 Overvalued Electric Vehicle Stocks to Avoid in April

With the clean energy drive gaining momentum, the electric vehicle (EV) sector is being jammed with new players. New EV startups, along with tech giants, are making deep forays into the sector, which has made it difficult for the analysts to separate the wheat from the chaff. Existing  players are facing stiff challenges to their market positions…

Investors have grown  concerned about current valuations in the EV space as a result.  This sentiment is  evident in Global X Autonomous & Electric Vehicles ETF’s (DRIV) 2.1% loss over the past month.

Furthermore,  rising Treasury yields on inflation concerns are leading some investors to rotate away from expensive seeking quality bargain names. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield is hovering above 1.7% and the 30-year Treasury yield increased to 2.41% yesterday. Rising Treasury yields  typically have a negative impact on the equity markets. Hence, we think overvalued EV companies  Tesla, Inc. (TSLA – Get Rating) and Fisker Inc. (FSR – Get Rating) are best avoided now.

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Tesla, Inc. (TSLA – Get Rating)

Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, the electric car juggernaut TSLA is a leading plug-in and battery electric vehicle car manufacturer. The company operates through two segments – Automotive and Energy Generation, and Storage.

Earlier this month, EVmo, Inc., a leading provider of vehicles to rideshare and the delivery gig economy, collaborated with TSLA to become one of its early  rideshare fleet partners in the U.S. that will deploy EVs. Also, TSLA  is on track to begin vehicle production with structural batteries in Berlin and Austin, Tex. this year.

Despite these developments, TSLA has been struggling to keep pace with its strong competitors which  are making deeper forays into the EV space while trading at relatively lower valuations. In terms of non-GAAP forward price/earnings, TSLA is currently trading at 147.67x, which is 690.3% higher than the industry average 18.69x. The stock’s forward price/sales of 12.21x is also significantly higher than the industry average 1.23x. The stock has lost 13.4% year-to-date.

In the fourth quarter, ended December 31,  TSLA’s total revenues  increased 46% year-over-year to $10.74 billion. However, its automotive gross margin was 24.1% over this period, down 360 basis points sequentially. Also, its net income has decreased 18.4% from the previous quarter to $270 million.

TSLA’s POWR Ratings reflect its poor prospects. It has been rated an F in Value, and a D in Sentiment and Stability. The POWR Ratings are calculated by considering 118 different factors with each factor weighted to an optimal degree. Within the 51-stock, B-rated Auto & Vehicle Manufacturers industry, it is ranked #36.

In total, we rate TSLA on eight different levels. Beyond what we’ve stated above, we have also given TSLA grades for Momentum, Quality, and Growth. Get all TSLA’s ratings here.

Fisker Inc. (FSR – Get Rating)

Based in California, FSR designs and manufactures electric vehicles and mobility solutions. It made its public debut through a reverse merger in October 2020. The company went public through a sponsorship with Apollo Global Management affiliated Spartan Acquisition Energy Corporation on October 30.

FSR is expected to launch its  Fisker Ocean vehicle in the fourth quarter of 2022, and three vehicles by 2025. On February 24,  FSR announced that it has collaborated with Hon Hai Technology Group to pioneer a new market segment and jointly develop a breakthrough electric vehicle.

Last December, the company announced its partnership with…

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