Tesla Motors (TSLA)

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Tesla Motors Research and Development Expense (Quarterly):

139.56M for Dec. 31, 2014

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Dec. 31, 2014 139.56M
Sept. 30, 2014 135.87M
June 30, 2014 107.72M
March 31, 2014 81.54M
Dec. 31, 2013 68.45M
Sept. 30, 2013 56.35M
June 30, 2013 52.31M
March 31, 2013 54.86M
Dec. 31, 2012 68.83M
Sept. 30, 2012 61.90M
June 30, 2012 74.85M
March 31, 2012 68.39M
Dec. 31, 2011 61.20M
Sept. 30, 2011 54.08M
June 30, 2011 52.53M
March 31, 2011 41.16M
Dec. 31, 2010 37.62M
Sept. 30, 2010 26.70M
June 30, 2010 15.42M
March 31, 2010 13.26M
Dec. 31, 2009 8.143M
Sept. 30, 2009 1.257M
June 30, 2009 1.941M
March 31, 2009 7.941M
Dec. 31, 2008 11.83M

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About R&D Expense

R&D expenses are a line item from many companies' income statements.

R&D expense (short for research and development expense) is essentially the amount of money that a company spends to develop new products and services each year. For example, if a pharmaceutical firm hires research scientists to develop new drugs, the salaries of these researchers will generally be expensed in the R&D expense category.

Like marketing expenses, but unlike capital expenditures, R&D expenses are subtracted from revenues every year directly. Therefore, accountants treat R&D spending as an expense rather than as an investment, though there is continuous debate over whether this is the correct classification.

An investor looking at companies with large R&D expenditures should think hard about whether a single company's R&D spending is an expense (like buying rubber to produce tires) or whether it is an investment (like buying machinery to produce tires more efficiently). Determining the answer to that question can have a large impact on how the company is valued.
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TSLA Research and Development Expense (Quarterly) Range, Past 5 Years

Minimum 13.27M Mar 2010
Maximum 139.56M Dec 2014
Average 63.63M

TSLA Research and Development Expense (Quarterly) Excel Add-In Codes

  • Metric Code: r_and_d_expense
  • Latest data point: =YCP("TSLA", "r_and_d_expense")
  • Last 5 data points: =YCS("TSLA", "r_and_d_expense", -4)

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