Lucid (LCID) earnings Q1 2023
A sign is posted on the exterior of Lucid’s headquarters in an aerial photo on March 29, 2023 in Newark, California. Electric vehicle maker Lucid announced plans to lay off 1,300 employees, 18 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring plan.
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Manufacturer of luxury electric vehicles Lucid group on Monday reported a larger first-quarter loss but said it still had enough cash to continue operations next year.
Following the news, shares fell over 8% in after-hours trading.
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“We are on track to produce over 10,000 vehicles in 2023, with company-wide initiatives underway that will allow Lucid to move to higher volumes when market conditions allow,” CEO Peter Rawlinson said Monday. Lucid in February forecast production of 10,000 to 14,000 vehicles in 2023.
Here are the key numbers from Lucid’s first-quarter earnings report, along with Wall Street consensus estimates as reported by Refinitiv:
- Loss per share: 43 cents
- Revenue: $149.4 million versus $209.9 million expected.
Analysts polled by Refinitiv were expecting a loss of 41 cents per share, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the bottom line results were comparable to that estimate.
Lucid’s net loss for the first quarter was $779.5 million, or 43 cents a share, much more than the $81.3 million, or 5 cents a share, reported in the first quarter of 2022 when production of the Air was still booted. However, revenue increased year-over-year to $149.4 million from $57.7 million.
Lucid ended the first quarter with approximately $3.4 billion in cash and approximately $700 million in available credit lines. CFO Sherry House said the cash should be sufficient to fund the company through at least the second quarter of 2024.
The EV maker had about $4.4 billion in cash and another $500 million in loans at the end of 2022.
Lucid recently moved to save cash. It said in March it would cut about 18% of its workforce, some 1,300 workers, to cut spending.
The company continues to address demand concerns.
The automaker’s expected 2023 production of “over 10,000” Air sedans is well below the “over 28,000” reservations it recorded in its fourth-quarter earnings report in February. And in April, Lucid said it produced 2,314 Airs in the first quarter while delivering just 1,406 to customers during that period, a gap the company blamed on a “slow January” and changes to the US government’s EV tax credits .
In another sign that demand for Air may be weak, Lucid declined to provide an updated reservation number on Monday.
Lucid said on April 25 that its next model, a large electric SUV called the Gravity, is on track to start production in 2024. It plans to unveil the Gravity later this year.
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