Lucid Motors CEO Peter Rawlinson poses on the Nasdaq MarketSite as Lucid Motors (Nasdaq: LCID) begins buying and selling on the Nasdaq inventory trade after finishing its enterprise mixture with Churchill Capital Corp IV in New York City, New York, July 26, 2021.
Andrew Kelly | Reuters
Investors holding beaten-up electrical car shares are bracing for first-quarter earnings reviews, which begin in earnest over the following few days.
The asset group has had a tough experience, with the S&P Kensho Electric Vehicles Index off 25% for the reason that starting of 2022 and down 43% from its February 2021 peak. The index tracks EV makers like Tesla and Honda in addition to main auto trade suppliers like Visteon and Lear.
Some of the best-known shares within the sector have fared even worse. They principally declare little to no income, and minimal, if any, manufacturing — and three of them are set to report earnings over the following two days.
First up, Fisker
California-based EV startup Fisker will report after the markets shut Wednesday.
Fisker, based by former Aston Martin chief designer Henrik Fisker, has greater than 40,000 reservations for its upcoming Ocean, a glossy electrical SUV that may begin round $38,000.
Fisker would not have a manufacturing unit of its personal; world auto provider Magna International will construct the Ocean at its contract manufacturing facility in Austria. Production is anticipated to begin in November.
Last yr, Fisker introduced plans for a second car, a lower-cost mannequin code-named PEAR that might be constructed by Taiwanese contract producer Foxconn Technology Group beginning in 2023. And earlier Wednesday, Fisker introduced a 3rd mannequin, a sports activities automotive referred to as Ronin, deliberate for late 2024.
Analysts will probably have questions on what’s shaping as much as be an aggressive launch schedule, set earlier than Fisker ships even one car.
Year to this point, the corporate’s inventory is down about 37% as of Tuesday’s shut, and is off 64% from its February 2021 peak of $28.50.
Production plans at Nikola
Electric heavy truck maker Nikola Motors will report earlier than the markets open on Thursday.
Nikola, primarily based in Phoenix, might be greatest recognized for the scandals that led to the abrupt departure of founder Trevor Milton in September 2020. Milton is now going through federal costs on allegations that he misled traders concerning the state of Nikola’s expertise — however after paying a settlement to the U.S. authorities, his former firm has moved ahead.
Under Milton’s successor, CEO Mark Russell, Nikola has simplified its go-to-market plan, solid some key partnerships, and begun manufacturing of the battery-electric model of its Tre heavy truck. An extended-range model of the Tre, powered by hydrogen gas cells, is anticipated subsequent yr.
Nikola stated Monday it raised about $200 million from a personal sale of convertible notes. Its present money steadiness — regarded as round $1 billion — and anticipated funding wants will probably stir questions throughout its earnings name Thursday morning.
Nikola’s inventory is down about 32% yr to this point by way of Tuesday, and is off 91% from its excessive of $79.73, set in June 2020.
Clarity from Lucid
Unlike Nikola and Fisker, Lucid could have some income to report when it releases its first-quarter outcomes after the markets shut on Thursday. The Arizona-based maker of luxurious EVs started manufacturing of its first mannequin, the Air sedan, final fall.
Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson served as chief engineer on Tesla’s landmark Model S. The Air, a no-compromises, excessive efficiency luxurious sedan with an enormous vary, is seen as an up to date tackle the concepts that formed the Model S.
Reviews have been superb: amongst different accolades, the Air was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. But Lucid has struggled to ramp up manufacturing amid ongoing world provide chain disruptions. In February, it reduce its 2022 manufacturing goal from 20,000 autos to between 12,000 and 14,000 items.
The standing of Lucid’s manufacturing ramp-up is prone to be a sizzling matter on Thursday’s earnings name.
Lucid’s inventory is down about 49% this yr by way of Tuesday, and is off 66% from its February 2021 peak of $58.05.