The persevering with saga of Lordstown Motor’s struggles as a public company took a brand new flip at this time as the electrical truck producer made but extra information. Dangerous information.
Shares of Lordstown are down sharply at this time after the corporate reported in an SEC filing that it doesn’t have sufficient capital to construct and launch its electrical truck. Right here’s the official verbiage (formatting, bolding: TechCrunch):
Since inception, the Firm has been growing its flagship automobile, the Endurance, an electrical full-size pickup truck. The Firm’s capability to proceed as a going concern relies on its capability to finish the event of its electrical automobiles, receive regulatory approval, start business scale manufacturing and launch the sale of such automobiles.
The Firm believes that its present stage of money and money equivalents aren’t enough to fund business scale manufacturing and the launch of sale of such automobiles. These circumstances elevate substantial doubt concerning our capability to proceed as a going concern for a interval of not less than one 12 months from the date of issuance of those unaudited condensed consolidated monetary statements.
Now, corporations which are attempting to invent the longer term are extra dangerous than, say, established banking considerations which are producing secure GAAP web earnings. I’m positive that SpaceX seemed dicey at instances when it was busy crashing rockets on its method to studying land them on drone ships.
However within the case of Lordstown’s admission that it can not “fund business scale manufacturing and the launch of sale” of its Endurance pickup are fucking galling.
Why? As a result of when the corporate pitched its SPAC-led mixture and public debut, it was fairly freaking assured that it could have sufficient money to take action.
Don’t take my phrase for it. Right here’s an excerpt from Lordstown’s investor deck:
You’ll notice within the “Capital Construction” part that the corporate claimed that it could not want extra funding to go to market.
Now Lordstown is fairly positive it’s going to want extra money. If it’s placing the attainable want in a submitting, it means it.
Right here’s what the corporate might do to unravel its issues (formatting, bolding: TechCrunch):
To alleviate these circumstances, administration is at the moment evaluating varied funding alternate options and will search to boost extra funds by the issuance of fairness, mezzanine or debt securities, by preparations with strategic companions or by acquiring credit score from authorities or monetary establishments.
As we search extra sources of financing, there could be no assurance that such financing can be out there to us on favorable phrases or in any respect. Our capability to acquire extra financing within the debt and fairness capital markets is topic to a number of elements, together with market and financial circumstances, our efficiency and investor sentiment with respect to us and our trade.
In different phrases, the corporate goes to need to lever itself utilizing debt, or dilute current shareholders by the sale of fairness, and Lordstown can’t promise that it will likely be capable of do both “on favorable phrases or in any respect.”
What we’re seeing right here is the distinction between SEC filings, that are no-bullshit zones, and SPAC decks, that are enterprise propaganda. Shares of Lordstown fell greater than 16% throughout common buying and selling, and one other 6.9% in after-hours buying and selling, as of the time of writing.
This mess from the corporate that put out this diagram in its investor deck:
In separate information, TechCrunch acquired an invitation to a media availability to go to Lordstown’s operations in Might, which included a notice that the corporate “look[s] ahead to opening [its] doorways and displaying you the newest progress from Lordstown Motors as [it] put together[s] for the start of manufacturing in late September.” In a brand new missive despatched at this time regarding the identical occasion, the manufacturing timeline was not current.
So, yeah, possibly don’t belief SPAC decks a lot, if in any respect.