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Canoo Accelerates Production Plans, Wins $100 Million in New Incentives

By John Rosevear – Updated Nov 16, 2021 at 3:00PM

Key Points

  • Canoo's third-quarter loss was narrower than expected.
  • The company now plans to start production of its first model before Q4 2022.
  • Plans to build a new headquarters in Arkansas and additional facilities in Oklahoma will bring the company $100 million in new incentives.

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The company is on course to ship its first electric vehicles to customers in less than a year.

Electric vehicle start-up Canoo Holdings (GOEV) said in conjunction with its third-quarter earnings report on Monday that it is accelerating its manufacturing plan and now expects to begin building vehicles at a factory in Oklahoma before the fourth quarter of 2022.

Canoo reported a net loss of $80.9 million ($0.35 per share) for the third quarter, much of that attributable to research and development expenses and administrative spending. Wall Street analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had, on average, expected a larger loss of $0.44 per share.

The company had no revenue in the quarter, and none was expected.

Highlights of Canoo's third-quarter report

Texas-based Canoo is preparing to launch a series of electric vehicles based on its proprietary "skateboard" platform, which incorporates motors, batteries, suspension, and chassis structure into a single unit that is designed to be as flat as possible, to maximize the usable space inside the vehicle. Among the noteworthy points management made in the report:

  • The company has completed engineering and parts sourcing for "gamma" (pre-production) builds of its Lifestyle Vehicle, a battery-electric passenger van. The Lifestyle Vehicle, or "LV", is expected to launch late next year at a starting price of just under $35,000. A commercial van and a small pickup truck, as yet unnamed, will follow in 2023. 
  • It selected Panasonic as the battery supplier for its upcoming vehicles.
  • From the end of the second quarter to the end of the third, it increased the size of its workforce by 22% to about 800 employees.
  • Canoo had $414.9 million in cash remaining as of the end of the third quarter. 
A Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle, a small electric van, on rocky terrain.

Canoo now expects to begin production of its first product, the electric Lifestyle Vehicle, before the fourth quarter of 2022. Image source: Canoo.

Separately, management said that it has selected a site in Bentonville, Arkansas, for the company's headquarters, and a separate site in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for a research and development center, and that it is planning additional facilities near its factory in Oklahoma.

What Canoo's CEO had to say

CEO Tony Aquila said that the company expects more than incentives from the deals to build facilities in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

"In June, we announced Pryor, Oklahoma, as the location for our owned manufacturing facility," Aquila said. "We have expanded this partnership to include Arkansas and additional locations in Oklahoma."

Aquila said that the new deals will bring Canoo about $100 million in incentives, on top of the roughly $300 million it has already received from Oklahoma. "In addition, with these agreements, we are targeting approximately $100 million in vehicle orders with the states and universities where we are locating these facilities."

Expectations for the fourth quarter

Canoo gave electric vehicle investors the following guidance for its fourth quarter:

  • Operating expenses (excluding stock-based compensation and depreciation) should land between $95 million and $115 million. (In Q3, that figure was $107 million.)
  • Capital expenditures are expected to be between $60 million and $80 million. (Through September, year-to-date capex was $100.1 million.) 

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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