Rivian shares fall after electric car maker announces $1.5 billion in funding


Taylor checks out a Rivian electric truck at a newly opened Rivian store in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan on June 23, 2023 in New York City.

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Rivian Automotive’s plans to issue $1.5 billion in convertible notes surprised investors, sending the company’s shares sharply lower on Thursday.

It also provided a preliminary estimate of third-quarter revenue, in line with Wall Street estimates.

The stock closed down more than 22% on Thursday.

Rivian said in a regulatory filing late Wednesday that it expects third-quarter revenue to be between $1.29 billion and $1.33 billion, roughly in line with Wall Street expectations of $1.3 billion, according to data from LSEG (formerly Refinitiv) .

Rivian also estimated it had $9.1 billion in cash and equivalents as of Sept. 30, down from $10.2 billion at the end of the second quarter.

Rivian took steps earlier this year to slow spending and improve its balance sheet, including cutting 6% of its workforce in February and selling $1.3 billion of convertible notes in March. The company has also pushed back the launch of its upcoming small R2 car platform from 2025 to 2026. But news of the latest product surprised investors.

Rivian plans to issue $1.5 billion of senior unsecured “green” convertible notes due in 2030. Buyers have the option to purchase an additional $225 million worth of notes, the company said.

Rivian on Monday reported third-quarter deliveries that beat Wall Street expectations. The electric vehicle maker will announce third-quarter earnings on November 7 after the U.S. stock market closes.

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Shares of electric vehicle maker Rivian fell after the company announced an issuance of convertible notes.

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