: Nikola stock drops as GM deal is now ‘nothing to write home about’

Nikola Corp. says it signed a fresh provide agreement with Standard Motors Co., which doesn’t consist of the previously announced GM equity stake. (Photo: Nikola Corp.)

The deal between Nikola Corp. and Standard Motors Co. went from “sport changer” to “nothing to write home about” as Wall Facet street braced for one more doable blow for Nikola this week.


stock fell higher than 24%, on target for its lowest stop in two weeks and its finest share decline since Sept. 23, when it fell 26%.

Earlier Monday, Nikola announced a scaled-help handle GM

that became once a miles cry from what had been hinted in September. The agreement now amounts to “a reliable provide partnership” in gas-cell technology, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives talked about, and not utilizing a GM stake in the startup.

“In a nutshell, the signing of GM as a accomplice is a particular but in the end no ownership/equity stake in Nikola and the billions of R&D potentially now off the table is a major negative blow to the Nikola legend,” he talked about.

Ives kept the a similar of a sell rating on Nikola stock and a $15 mark target, implying a 25% downside from Monday’s costs. Hopes of a handle GM had pushed Nikola shares about 30% increased in the final couple of weeks.

Jeffrey Osborne at Cowen took the reverse quiz, asserting that the fresh deal is a “particular style” for Nikola.

It “reduces dilution and cash burn and focuses management on a posh ramp of manufacturing” of both electric and gas-cell industrial trucks, he talked about in a demonstrate Monday.

“GM became once below no conditions procuring (about $2 billion) of stock, they maintain been getting it with out cost below the prior proposed affiliation,” Osborne talked about. “This deal additionally is seemingly to maintain critical decrease capex commitments relative to the (about $700 million) that became once required to blueprint skill for (50,000) Badger pickups yearly.”

In the meantime, adding to investors’ worries regarding the company, some 130 million shares of Nikola, largely owned by founder Trevor Milton, will liberate on Tuesday, higher than doubling the fresh free skedaddle with the hasten.

If Milton maintain been to sell, it would type “meaningful technical stress on the stock if he maintain been to sell,” Deutsche Bank analyst Emmanuel Rosner talked about. Milton stepped down as board chairman in September.

“We could well envision mammoth selling on his behalf given the bulk of his wealth is tied up in NKLA shares, and that he is never any longer affiliated with the company,” he talked about.

Nikola had announced the aptitude handle GM in September, and earlier this month talked about the talks with GM maintain been ongoing. The two firms had until Thursday to hammer out a closing agreement. GM announced its dangle deeper push into EVs this month.

Long previous is additionally the possibility that GM could well be the maker of Nikola’s Badger pickup truck, which shuts down the mission. Nikola talked about Monday this could presumably merely refund relate deposits.

Shares of Nikola maintain gained 107% this year, when put next with positive factors round 12% for the S&P 500 index.

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