Lordstown Motors Corp said on Monday it had entered into a deal under which Foxconn Ventures Pte Ltd., an affiliate of Foxconn, would invest up to $170 million in the electric vehicle maker, that would make the Taiwanese contract manufacturer its largest shareholder.
Foxconn will purchase 12.9 million shares on or after Nov. 22 and an additional 26 million shares that will propel Foxconn's holdings to 19.3 per cent of Lordstown's common stock and all of its preferred stock, surpassing founder Stephen Burn's stake of 17.2 per cent, according to Refinitiv.
Lordstown will use the proceeds from the share sales to fund development and design activities for a new electric vehicle program in collaboration with Foxconn, scrapping its earlier joint venture deal with the manufacturer, it said in a filing, sending shares up 7 per cent to $2.06 in extended trading on Monday.
Separately, the startup reported a net loss of $154.4 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30, wider than loss of $95.8 million, a year earlier.
Supply chain disruptions
While demand for electric vehicles has surged globally, supply chain disruptions and rising material costs have made it tough for companies to raise output and meet red-hot demand.
Foxconn started manufacturing Lordstown's Endurance pickup trucks in September after buying the U.S. company's Ohio facility. The deal was prompted by the need to clinch funds essential for the start of production of Endurance.
Lordstown expects to limit production of the Endurance through 2023 or longer to minimize losses, until it is able to cut its materials cost.
Lordstown said on Monday that its cost of materials to build its Endurance electric pickup truck was higher than the price it intends to sell at, adding that it would not see positive gross margins until its bill of materials cost reduced.