Elon Musk took to Twitter to tell the world that Tesla is laying off approximately 9% of its workforce as it seeks to turn a profit or at least show the world its intention to eventually be profitable.

The first question that comes to mind is "will Tesla Model 3 production be affected?" Musk says no.

Here is the Tweet, followed by the revealing email sent by Musk to the Tesla workforce:

This is not the first time Tesla has taken a similar action in regards to laying off employees. In fact, a similar tact was taken in early May, but the reasoning was a bit different.

This time though we do have a firm 9% reduction figure.

Here are the financial highlights (or lowlights, if you prefer) from the most recent Tesla conference call:

Tesla was expected to report an adjusted loss of $3.26 a share on revenue of $3.142 billion in the quarter.

Tesla’s actual reported results are:

  • Revenue of ~$3.41 billion
  • Loss of $4.19 per share (GAAP)
  • Loss of $3.35 per share (non GAAP)
  • Net loss of $784.6 million

The automaker reports $2.67 billion in cash at end of Q1, down from $3.37 billion at end of 2017.

And now for that email, which was posted in its entirety by Musk himself.

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