Amazon has ordered 100,000 supply vans, however Rivian has been reluctant to say what number of it has shipped. On Wednesday, it stated solely that it was “ramping manufacturing and deliveries.” On the decision with analysts, Mr. Scaringe stated he anticipated the vans to make up roughly a 3rd of the 25,000 automobiles within the 2022 manufacturing forecast.
In some ways, Rivian epitomizes the sharp shift to bearishness within the inventory market this yr.
In November, traders piled into its preliminary public providing, through which the corporate raised $13.5 billion, and its shares then soared, briefly giving Rivian a inventory market worth that was almost as giant as these of Ford Motor and Normal Motors mixed.
However the inventory plunged this yr after the corporate lower its manufacturing targets. The 80 % decline in Rivian’s shares is way steeper than a 31 % drop in Tesla’s inventory over the identical interval and a 38 % drop for Ford, which is introducing its personal electrical truck.
Rivian makes automobiles in Regular, Unwell., and plans one other manufacturing facility in Georgia. Constructing and operating meeting traces requires monumental quantities of money, which is why new automobile firms can run into dire monetary straits if manufacturing lags and gross sales fall quick. Even Tesla, which sells extra electrical automobiles than another firm, typically discovered itself operating low on funds.
Within the first quarter, Rivian used up $1.45 billion in money operating its enterprise and investing in new services and tools, way more than the $800 million it consumed within the first quarter of 2021. The corporate had $16.4 billion in money on its stability sheet on the finish of the primary quarter, down from $18.1 billion on the finish of final yr.
The decline in Rivian inventory slashed the worth of the stakes held by its largest shareholders. Amazon’s 18 % stake is price $3.2 billion, down from $16.8 billion firstly of the yr. Ford, one other early investor, bought a few of its shares on Monday, and its remaining stake is price $1.9 billion. It will have been price $9.7 billion on the finish of final yr.
Rivian stated it took greater than 10,000 orders for its truck and its S.U.V. after it raised costs in March. These orders had a mean value of over $93,000, the corporate added.
However as a result of Rivian’s automobiles promote for comparatively excessive costs, analysts questioned how a lot demand there may be if inflation continued to eat away at households’ spending energy. “It stays to be seen how a lot urge for food shoppers have for a price ticket of a Rivian,” Mr. Nelson stated.