Rivian Automotive Inc. RIVN is facing the inevitable. Amid difficulty in ramping up production, the Irving, California-based electric vehicle startup has opted to raise capital for its funding needs.
What Happened: Rivian announced late on Monday that it intends to offer $1.3 billion worth of green convertible senior notes due 2029 in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers. This apart, the company has granted the initial purchasers of the notes an option to buy up to an additional $200 million worth of notes.
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The company said the offer is subject to market and other conditions.
The notes will be senior, unsecured obligations, meaning they would have precedence over other debts in the event of the company going bankrupt and being forced to liquidate, and it is not secured by any collateral.
Terms Of Offering: The green note offering matures on March 15, 2029, and interest is payable semi-annually. The noteholders have the right to convert their notes under certain circumstances and during specified periods. The settlement will be made with cash, Class A common stock of the company, or a combination of both at Rivian’s discretion.
The company expects to use the net proceeds to finance, refinance and make direct investments in one or more new or recently completed eligible green projects. “Eligible green projects are projects that meet specified eligibility criteria, in alignment with the guidelines of the Green Bond Principles, 2021,” it said.
The net proceeds could be temporarily held as cash, or invested in cash equivalents or high-quality marketable securities, Rivian said.
Why It’s Important: Rivian has been touted as the EV startup that has an edge over the new crop of companies and one that can challenge the market leader Tesla Inc. TSLA in the long run. The company currently has three EVs in its line-up — the RIT pickup truck, R1S SUV and an EV delivery van, with Amazon Inc. AMZN being the primary customer for the van.
In 2022, the company barely met its production guidance, which was cut in half early in the year. The outlook for 2023 trailed expectations, with the company sounding out issues with the supply chain. Long lead times due to production challenges would likely lead customers to gravitate to other automakers, analysts say.
At the end of 2022, the company’s cash, cash-equivalents were at $11.57 million, down from $18.13 million at the end of 2021. Including restricted cash, its reserves stood at $12 billion.
Price Action: Rivian closed Monday’s session at $17.13, up 1.24%, but lost 5.78%, to $16.14, in after-hours trading, according to Benzinga Pro data.
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