Rivian (RIVN) will report third-quarter earnings Thursday after the market close, as the EV maker garners accolades for its all-electric pickup truck and largely bullish analyst views. Rivian stock fell.
It’s the first earnings report for Rivian since its November IPO and since the EV startup began limited deliveries. Rivian also reportedly will announce plans for a second factory, in Georgia.
Wall Street analysts began coverage of the company last week, with most of them initiating Rivian stock at a buy rating although there were a few holds as well. Price targets ranged from $104 to $165, with the mean around $134.
Rivian has only begun deliveries of its all-electric trucks. As of Oct. 31, Rivian produced 180 R1Ts and delivered 156. Nearly all of these vehicles were delivered to Rivian employees. Deliveries for the R1S, a three-row seven-passenger SUV, are slated for the spring.
Earlier this week, MotorTrend named the Rivian R1T its Truck of the Year for 2022. The award is another feather in Rivian’s cap, as it beat out Tesla and other automakers in bringing the first all-electric pickup truck to market.
Tesla (TSLA) had planned to launch its Cybertruck in 2021, but it’s been pushed back to late 2022, with volume production not until 2023.
Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas says Rivian is “the one” that can challenge Tesla. Jonas initiated coverage of RIVN stock with an overweight rating and $147 price target.
“We think the R1T/R1S is the most capable/desirable product in the market for about $80,000,” he wrote in a recent note to clients. “The electric delivery van (EDV) has the potential to dominate the fast growing final mile EV fleet, which has been largely unaddressed by the EV market until now.”
Rivian investor Amazon (AMZN) ordered 100,000 of its electric delivery vans in 2019. Jonas says that number is likely to increase to 300,000 through 2025-26.
Estimates: Analysts polled by FactSet expect Rivian to post a quarterly loss of $1.33 a share, while sales are seen reaching $926.4 million.
Results: Check back tomorrow.
Rivian Georgia Expansion
Rivian plans to announce on Dec. 16 that it will open a vehicle assembly and battery plant in the Atlanta area, according to various reports. It already has an assembly plant in Normal, Illinois.
Rivian also apparently is looking to open a plant in Europe by the end of 2023. The U.K. was offering Rivian more than 1 billion British pounds — $1.32 billion — to build a plant in Somerset, the Financial Times reported on Dec. 3.
Shares fell 1.8% to 115 on the stock market today. Rivian stock, which came public Nov. 10, rocketed as high as 179.47 on Nov. 16, but have since pared back those gains, according to MarketSmith. RIVN stock is up from its 78 IPO price.
If Rivian stock starts moving higher, it’ll soon have an IPO base with an official buy point of 179.57. Investors might look for an early entry.
Rivian’s Relative Strength Rating is a 92 out of a best-possible 99.
Meanwhile, Tesla stock was up 1.8% to 976. Rival EV startup Lucid (LCID) fell a fraction.
Among U.S. legacy automakers with a growing EV slate. GM stock inched up 0.3%. Ford stock edged up 0.6%.
Toyota Motor (TM), which unveiled its massive push into EVs earlier this week, gained 3.3% as it announced higher overall production in January.
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