Tesla And GameStop: Pass The Dutchie?

This generation
Rules the nation

— Musical Youth, “Pass the Dutchie”

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We have enjoyed watching what happens in the late stage of a financial euphoria episode play out in the escapades of millennial investors on Reddit, who seem to “rule the nation”. While politicians, regulators, the media, and others try to sort this out, we thought some historical perspective might be helpful. How do Tesla (TSLA) and GameStop (GME) compare from a fundamental analysis standpoint and what do these circumstances tell us historically?

I say, pass the Dutchie pon the left hand side
Pass the Dutchie pon the left hand side
It a gonna burn

So I stopped to find out what was going on
(How does it feel when you’ve got no food?)
‘Cause the spirit of Jah, you know, He leads you on
(How does it feel when you’ve got no food?)
There was a ring of dreads and a session was there in swing
(How does it feel when you’ve got no food?)
You could feel the chill as I seen and heard them say
(How does it feel when you’ve got no food?)

How are Tesla and GameStop different?

  1. “So I (we) stopped to find out what was going on” with the fundamentals of these companies. GameStop has a long history of profitability, but not a bright future. Tesla had an accounting profit recently, primarily because of government subsidies. In comparison, you might say that Musk has been more of a stock market prophet than a corporate profit.
  2. Tesla eats capital, while GameStop has a history of throwing off free cash flow.
  3. Tesla has a cult of individual investors who could tell Joe Kennedy how much they have made at the shoeshine stand and has added a full Wall Street coterie of 41 analysts following it. Tesla also received entry into the S&P 500 Index at a 1.6% weighting. As we have said before, if we added a stock that had gone up 700% in the year before we bought it, we would expect to get fired. GameStop has eight analysts and virtually inconsequential institutional sponsorship.
  4. Tesla is governed by a “spirit of Jah” and Elon Musk seems as invincible as Superman, ex the kryptonite. Prior to the OG Keith Gill coming along, nobody inside of GameStop held any cultural importance. “There was (is) a ring of dreads and a session was there in swing.”
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