Tesla chief: Next recession could claim Ford

Tesla chief: Next recession could claim Ford

Ian Thibodeau The Detroit News Published 1:45 PM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk has taken a shot at Ford Motor Co., telling a technology news website that the Dearborn automaker might not survive the next economic downturn. "The only (automakers) that haven’t gone bankrupt are Tesla and Ford, " Musk said in an interview with Recode released Friday.  "That’s it. Everyone else has gone bankrupt... "Ford and Tesla made it barely through the last recession, " he continued. "There’s a good chance Ford doesn’t make it in the next recession. .

So as a start-up, a car company, it is far more difficult to be successful than if you’re an established, entrenched brand. It is absurd that Tesla is alive. Absurd! Absurd." Ford is flush with cash. It reported at the end of the third quarter 2018 that it had $34 billion in liquidity — which included more than $18 billion in cash and cash equivalents. The carmaker has made $3.8 billion in the first nine months of 2018, and plans to cut $25.5 billion in operating expenses over the next few years. Ford's chief financial officer, Bob Shanks, has said that Ford would remain profitable even in the case of a "severe recession."  Tesla, meantime, reported $3.4 billion in cash in the third quarter, which reversed a years-long cash burn. It posted its first-ever profit — $311.5 million on $6.8 billion in revenue  — in the third quarter of 2018. .

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