Warning Signs for Nio
Nio Inc., a prominent Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer, experienced a downturn in its U.S.-listed stocks on Friday after unveiling its first-quarter financial results. The company's revenue fell short of expectations primarily due to a decline in average selling prices, leading to concerns about the current quarter's performance.
Improved financial performance: Nio's Q1 net losses reached RMB4.86bln ($707.6 mln), showing a wider deficit compared to RMB1.27bln in the previous year. The adjusted losses per American depositary share (ADS) were RMB2.51, falling below the FactSet consensus of RMB2.80. Despite a 7.7% increase, total revenue reached RMB10.68 billion ($1.55bln significantly lower than the FactSet consensus of RMB11.80bln.
Nio's recent decline in vehicle sales can be attributed to a higher proportion of ET5 and 75 kWh standard-range battery pack deliveries, which resulted in a lower average selling price. However, it's worth noting that the delivery volume has shown an increase.
Margin Contraction: Nio's Gross Margin Reduction due to Increased Cost of Sales
Nio faced a significant challenge with a 24.2% rise in the cost of sales, leading to a contraction in gross margin from 14.6% to 1.5%.
Second-Quarter Outlook: Nio's Projections Fall Short of Expectations
Nio's projections for the second quarter indicate a lower total revenue range between RMB8.74 billion and RMB9.37 billion, which falls short of the FactSet consensus of RMB17.98 billion. Additionally, the company expects a decline in vehicle deliveries, estimating 23,000-25,000 units compared to 25,768 vehicles delivered a year ago.
Stock Performance: Nio's Stock Declines While S&P 500 Index Rises
Over the past three months, Nio's stock has experienced a decline of 11.4%, while the S&P 500 index has gained 9.6%.
Nio Inc. faces challenges as its first-quarter results reveal missed revenue expectations and a warning for a disappointing second quarter. The company will closely analyze the changing market environment and competition landscape to strengthen its competitive advantages.