Nio Reports Losses After Covid-battered First Quarter
The electric vehicle maker reported declining funds but recovering operations as China's lockdowns start to ease.
Grace Lieberman
Grace Lieberman
Jun. 09, 2022 21:50
Nio Reports Losses After Covid-battered First Quarter

(CapitalWatch, June 9, New York) Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio (NYSE: NIO; HKEX: 9866; SGX: NIO) reported losses after lockdowns devastated supply chains and manufacturing in China in the first quarter.

Total revenues for the first quarter exceeded $1.5 billion. Although revenue increased 24% year-over-year, Nio reported an almost negligible 0.1% growth compared to the fourth quarter of 2021. Gross profit reached $228 million, an almost 7% decrease from the first quarter of 2021 and almost 15% down from the fourth quarter of 2021.

Nio reported a 14.6% gross margin in the first quarter of 2022, compared to 19.5% in the same period last year and around 17% in the fourth quarter last year. Loss from operations totaled more than $345 million, soaring 639.7% year-over-year, but down around 10% from the fourth quarter of 2021.

The company reported a net loss of $281.2 million in the first quarter, almost 300% more than the first quarter of 2021, and a 16.8% decrease from the fourth quarter. 

Net loss attributable to Nio's ordinary shareholders totaled around $288 million in the first quarter, a 62% decrease year-over-year, and a 16% decrease from the previous quarter. Adjusted net loss attributable to Nio's ordinary shareholders was $202.7 million in the first quarter of 2022, a 262.5% increase from the first quarter of 2021 and a 25% decrease from the fourth quarter of 2021.

Throughout the first quarter, Nio and its competitors were faced with supply chain disruptions and lockdowns that severely hampered manufacturing and delivery. Although current reports are reflecting the burn of the lockdowns, manufacturing is starting to ramp up again. 

Nio reported 7,024 vehicle deliveries in May and a 12% year-over-year increase in deliveries year-to-date in 2022.

The company said that its production has been gradually recovering from the recent pandemic impact, but its deliveries are still somewhat constrained. It also plans to ramp up its capacity and accelerate delivery recovery starting this month as restrictions begin to ease.

In its first quarter earnings report, Nio said its sales totaled $1.4 billion, a nearly 25% increase year-over-year.

The lackluster, but not surprising, earnings report punctuates a winning streak for Nio. In late May, a Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) analyst upgraded Nio from "neutral" to "buy" because of its improving sales, attractive valuations, and expectation-beating margins in the second half of 2021. Nio added 14% to its share price after the upgrade.

The company also became publicly listed on the Singapore Exchange this month, and shares surged as much as 22% on its debut. 

On Thursday, NIO stock was down nearly 8% in New York, but holding on to 40% growth in the past month. 

Also threatening Nio's shares is the company's tenuous status on the New York Stock Exchange. Nio was named by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for non-compliance with audit requirements alongside many of its peers. Analysts worried about Nio crashing if it joined Li Auto (Nasdaq: LI; HKEX: 2015)  on the list of companies named for noncompliance, but its BoA rating and vehicle sales were holding shares up.

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