On Tuesday morning, Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer NIO (NYSE:NIO) released its second-quarter results. After facing significant disappointment in recent years, the company is determined to revive its growth story in 2023 and has made some promising strides.
The Q2 revenue for NIO was $1.21 billion, a 15% decrease from the previous year. Although this missed street estimates by $60 million, it was in line with the lowest analyst prediction. This decline was partly due to the strength of the US dollar compared to the Yuan, affecting NIO’s top line when converted. Vehicle margins saw a significant drop in Q2 2023, from 16.7% to 6.2%, as the company discounted older inventory and faced challenges with used vehicle sales. As a result, NIO’s operating and net losses more than doubled from the previous year.
One concern over the past quarters has been NIO’s weak balance sheet, with substantial ongoing losses leading to significant cash burn. As of Q2, the company had $4.3 billion in cash and investments, down from $8.1 billion a year ago. Working capital went negative by the end of Q2, prompting an equity offering in July to raise over $700 million. However, additional capital may be necessary within the next year.
Despite the mixed Q2 results, NIO reported its highest monthly deliveries in July, exceeding 20,000 vehicles. This puts Q3 on track to be the best quarter to date. Management anticipates delivering between 55,000 and 57,000 vehicles this quarter, with projected total revenues ranging from $2.606 billion to $2.692 billion. This guidance, while better than analyst expectations, marks a significant decrease from Q3 2022 projections.
Since my previous article, the average price target for NIO has increased to over $13.50, indicating potential upside from current levels. Based on the solid delivery guidance for Q3, I am upgrading NIO shares to a hold. However, cautious optimism is warranted given the company’s past challenges and ongoing financial concerns. Should NIO raise additional capital and the stock price decrease, it may be worth reevaluating the recommendation.
While NIO is making strides towards improvement, it is essential to monitor its progress closely, considering the company’s past difficulties.