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Shares of EV start-up Rivian hit new low following production snags and Q3 results

A Rivian R1T electric pickup truck during the company’s IPO outside the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.

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Shares of Rivian Automotive, an electric vehicle start-up that went public through a blockbuster IPO last month, hit a new low Friday morning after the company cut its 2021 vehicle production target.

Rivian said after the markets closed Thursday that it expected to fall “a few hundred vehicles short” of this year’s production target of 1,200 vehicles. The company said it faced supply chain issues as well as challenges ramping up production of the complex batteries that power the vehicles.

“Ramping up a production system like this, as I said before, is a really complex orchestra,” Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe told investors. “We’re ramping largely as expected, the battery constraint is really an artifact of just brining up a highly automated line, and, as I said, it doesn’t present any long-term challenges for us.”

Shares of Rivian during trading Friday morning were down by 15% to below $93 a share — a new low for the company’s stock since it began trading on Nov. 10. Friday also marked the first time the company’s stock has opened below $100 a share.

Aside from the production snags, Rivian said total reservations for its electric R1T pickup and R1S SUV increased to 71,000 as of Dec. 15, up 28% compared with the most recent tally of 55,400 vehicles in November. That’s a higher rate than what the company expected, officials said.

The updates came alongside Rivian’s first quarterly report as a public company and confirmation of plans for a new $5 billion plant in Georgia that’s expected to come online in 2024.

Rivian’s third-quarter results fell in-line with Wall Street revenue expectations and with estimates the company previously released as part of its recent IPO.

For the third quarter, Rivian reported an operational loss of $776 million and a net loss of $1.23 billion. The company had previously predicted an operational loss between $745 million and $795 million and a net loss between $1.21 billion and $1.28 billion.

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