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NIO's Sales Hit By Coronavirus, but Still Beating the Market

By John Rosevear - Mar 10, 2020 at 11:15AM

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Its 13% decline in February was surprisingly modest.

Chinese electric automaker NIO (NIO 3.37%) said that it delivered 707 vehicles in February, down 12.8% from a year ago, as government measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus constrained deliveries and played havoc with the company's supply chains. 

For NIO, which sells upscale electric SUVs, the coronavirus has added to the ongoing pressures of a slumping new-car market in China and a dwindling cash hoard. The company has raised $335 million via the sale of convertible notes since the beginning of the year, but it's believed to be still short of cash and actively seeking a larger, longer-term financing deal. 

A red NIO ES6, an upscale five-passenger electric SUV.

NIO sold 671 ES6s in February. Image source: NIO.

NIO's February sales decline was surprisingly modest in context, as overall sales of passenger vehicles in China fell about 80% in February. In a statement, NIO's CEO, William Bin Li, said that most of the company's stores were able to say open at least part-time through February. Customers were also able to take advantage of online ordering, he said. 

Li said that NIO's production has been ramping back up since the middle of February, when strict quarantine measures were eased, but not everything is back online. In particular, "Supply chains have remained challenging," he said.

Through the first two months of 2020, NIO delivered a total of 2,305 vehicles, down 11.9% from the same period in 2019. 

NIO said that it will report its fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 earnings on March 18. 

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