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Why NIO Stock Is Up Today

By John Rosevear – Jun 16, 2020 at 10:32AM

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Now flush with cash, China's Tesla rival is getting to work.

What happened

Shares of Chinese electric-vehicle maker NIO (NIO 1.22%) were trading higher on Tuesday morning, after the company announced that it successfully raised over $400 million via a secondary stock offering.

As of 9:45 a.m. EDT, NIO's American depositary shares were up about 7.2% from Monday's closing price.

So what

In a regulatory filing, NIO said that it successfully completed its offering of 72 million new American depositary shares at a price of $5.95 per share. The banks underwriting the offering, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and China International Capital Corporation, have a 30-day option to purchase up to 10.8 million more shares, the company said.

A blue NIO ES8, a 7-passenger upscale electric SUV.

NIO's big ES8 crossover was overhauled earlier this year, getting more range and other new features. Image source: NIO.

NIO announced the stock offering last week. It said initially that it planned to offer 60 million shares, but that number was increased a day later, a sign that demand for the shares may have been stronger than the banks had anticipated. 

NIO said that it will use the proceeds of the offering, about $428 million minus the bankers' fees, to fund a cash investment that it agreed to make in its Chinese business (a subsidiary called "NIO China") as a condition of a financing deal with economic-development authorities in China's Anhui province.

Those authorities, in Anhui and in the province's capital city of Hefei, agreed in April to invest just under $1 billion in exchange for a 24.1% stake in NIO China.  

Now what

As part of the financing deal in April, NIO agreed to move its headquarters and engineering teams to Hefei, one of China's auto-industry hubs. The city's government is hoping that NIO's presence will spur investment in suppliers and other future-mobility ventures in the region. 

As for NIO itself, auto investors can rest assured that it has plans to put its latest cash infusion to work. 

"We expect NIO China will use the cash investments for research and development of products, services and technology, development of our manufacturing facilities and roll-out of our supply chain, operation and development of our sales and service network and general business support purpose[s]," the company said in a statement last week.

John Rosevear has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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