'Very Capable' Team Vetted Nikola Ahead Of $2B Deal, GM CEO Says
NKLA) over alleged deception, the electric car maker received a show of support from General Motors Company (NYSE: GM).
reported.” data-reactid=”20″>What Happened: General Motors CEO Mary Barra, during a conference with RBC Capital Markets on Monday, claimed that the company conducted “appropriate diligence” when entering into a $2 billion partnership with Nikola, CNBC reported.
“The company has worked with a lot of different partners and we’re a very capable team that has done the appropriate diligence,” Barra said, according to CNBC.
they were entering into a $2 billion 10-year partnership, where the former would engineer and manufacture Nikola’s pickup truck Badger.” data-reactid=”22″>Why Does It Matter: General Motors and Nikola announced on Sept. 8 they were entering into a $2 billion 10-year partnership, where the former would engineer and manufacture Nikola’s pickup truck Badger.
Short seller Hindenburg Research in a report Wednesday alleged that Nikola is deceiving investors and claimed misrepresentation on the part of the electric vehicle company.
As a part of the $2 billion agreement, GM received an 11% stake in Nikola. However, the short seller’s report suggested that the deal was a result of analyst and shareholder pressure after Wall Street’s EV stock buying frenzy.
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission is probing the Hindenburg allegations against Nikola, according to a Bloomberg report late Monday.
GM stock marginally declined to $30.92 per share in the after-hours.
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