RIVN Delivers After All
We beforehand lined Rivian Automotive (NASDAQ:RIVN) in Could 2023, ending the article with a speculative purchase ranking, because of the improved threat reward ratio with the inventory nearing its all-time lows at that point.
The administration had additionally made the strategic selection to enhance its provide chains and consequently slender its losses, probably reaching optimistic gross margins by FY2024. Mixed with its eventual entry to the mid-ranged EV market by lower-priced variants, the inventory appeared attention-grabbing then.
Regardless of our unique skepticism about RIVN’s potential in assembly its bold FY2023 manufacturing goal, plainly now we have been confirmed unsuitable in any case. Nevertheless, as a result of overly optimistic run-up submit FQ2’23 deliveries and the potential volatility from the elevated quick curiosity, we desire to price the inventory as a Maintain right here.
For now, the automaker has efficiently produced 13.99K autos in FQ2’23 (+48.9% QoQ/ +217.9% YoY), whereas delivering 12.64K (+59.1% QoQ/ +183.4% YoY) in FQ2’23. With the hole in its manufacturing and supply narrowing, with 6.8K of autos undelivered to date, plainly the administration’s enhanced demo drive packages are working fantastically, as supposed.
That is on high of the second showroom/ expertise middle in Manhattan, constructing upon its current location in Los Angeles, additional increasing its outreach.
Assuming that RIVN is ready to maintain this cadence, we imagine that its beforehand leaked “manufacturing grasp plan” of 62K autos in FY2023 (+154.8% YoY) is just not not possible certainly, in comparison with the annualized FQ2’23 output of 55.96K.
As well as, the administration has beforehand highlighted that H2’23’s output could additional ramp up nearer to its annual manufacturing capability of 150K autos within the Regular manufacturing facility. Bold certainly.
RIVN has additionally efficiently delivered ~1K electrical vans to Amazon (AMZN) within the EU, constructing upon the latter’s current fleet of ~5K vans of within the US. With it additionally reporting progress in opening up the unique contract, we imagine the automaker may very well succeed within the long-term after all of the uncertainties.
Whereas it might face intense competitors from different automakers, akin to Ford’s (F) E-Transit vans and Common Motors’ (GM) BrightDrop, we imagine the market is nascent sufficient for a number of gamers. That is particularly for the reason that two legacy automakers solely expects to supply an annualized sum of 150K electrical vans in 2023 and 50K in FY2025, respectively.
As well as, many RIVN van drivers have highlighted the expanded cargo area, in comparison with these provided by Mercedes-Benz Group AG’s (OTCPK:MBGAF; OTCPK:MBGYY) Sprinter and F’s Transit vans.
That is on high of the opposite upgrades akin to gentle bars for improved cargo illumination, embedded wide-screen pill with optimized supply routing expertise, superior driver help programs with exterior cameras/ sensors, and automated braking capabilities, amongst others.
With AMZN nonetheless dedicated to 100K electrical vans by 2030, prone to change the vast majority of its current gas-powered vans at roughly 110K by January 2023, we imagine RIVN’s prospects seem like very brilliant, for thus lengthy that it is ready to obtain financial system of (manufacturing) scale and sustainable profitability transferring ahead.
Traders should additionally word that the CEO has beforehand communicated its aggressive plan to attain 1M in annual manufacturing output by FY2030, suggesting a CAGR of +48.77% from FY2023 projection, in any other case a CAGR of +115.21% from FY2021 output of 1.01K autos.
This ramp up stays extremely speculative for now, resulting from RIVN’s comparatively inexperienced management in comparison with these from legacy automakers akin to F and GM. Then once more, maybe that is additionally why it might be attention-grabbing to wager on the extremely motivated CEO and the ensuing greatest rated electrical truck, R1T, simply profitable legacy choices akin to F-150 Lightning and GMC Hummer.
Whereas RIVN stays unprofitable for now, as mentioned in-depth in my earlier article, its money burn price has slowed dramatically, with the present stability sheet remaining greater than wholesome.
Subsequently, with EV adoption to additional speed up to comprise ~36% of the automobile market share by 2030, in comparison with the earlier 2021 projection of 15%, we could have a possible worth play in RIVN.
So, Is RIVN Inventory A Purchase, Promote, or Maintain?
RIVN 1Y Inventory Value
Then once more, as a result of optimistic FQ2’23 deliveries, the RIVN inventory has additionally unnaturally rallied to new heights, because of the 13.97% of quick curiosity on the time of writing. We’re unsure if these ranges could maintain within the close to time period, as a result of over baked optimism and unsure macroeconomic outlook by 2024, if not 2025.
The RIVN inventory can also be buying and selling at a premium NTM EV/ Revenues of three.31x, in comparison with its pre-rally valuation of 1.05x and its automaker friends, akin to F at 1.03x and GM at 0.91x, although nonetheless moderated in comparison with Tesla’s (TSLA) at 7.89x.
Subsequently, merchants which have beforehand purchased in two months in the past could take into account taking their beneficial properties right here, for the reason that inventory is prone to face immense resistance at $30 from what I see.
Naturally, critical buyers ought to proceed holding on to RIVN if they’ve greenback price averaged aggressively within the earlier Q1’23 backside. Nevertheless, we don’t advocate anybody so as to add right here, as a result of potential volatility within the close to time period.
They could take into account including after the rally is moderated, with the inventory prone to retrace to its earlier assist stage of $21, if not $15, within the close to time period. There isn’t any have to chase right here, since there are just a few extra weeks to go earlier than its FQ2’23 earnings name on August 08, 2023.
Persistence is prudence right here, particularly for the reason that macroeconomic outlook stays unsure by 2024, if not 2025, with Powell nonetheless signaling two price hikes by 2025.
This cadence naturally will increase the borrowing prices, with the common rate of interest for auto loans on new automobiles at 6.87% by Could 2023, in comparison with 2019 averages of 4.63%. In consequence, demand for EV could additional average, triggering headwinds to RIVN’s gross sales and deliveries.