ElectraMeccanica Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. (NASDAQ: SOLO) ("ElectraMeccanica" or the "Company"), a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.
Recent Company Highlights
- Finalized feature set of the production intent, single-seat SOLO EV, including a liquid-cooled motor that incorporates torque-limiting stability control, a wider front steering geometry, a more robust and rugged look, electronic power steering, power brakes, side-impact occupant protection and various driver experience upgrades.
- Made continued progress toward production launch of the Company’s flagship SOLO EV, with a planned strategic debut in the Los Angeles market in the coming months followed by rollouts in other west coast cities later in 2020.
- After engaging BDO USA’s Site Selection & Business Incentives Practice to lead a search for an assembly facility and engineering technical center in the U.S., the Company identified seven states as finalists and has sent initial requests for proposals to the chief economic development entities in each of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The leading location and backup sites are expected to be announced in the fourth quarter of 2020.
- Unveiled new cost-effective aluminum chassis for the SOLO, developed in conjunction with a tier-one global engineering partner. The new chassis will replace the legacy composite chassis and reduce the overall weight and per-unit assembly cost of the vehicle.
- Expanded agreement with Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, the developer and operator of premier, worldwide Westfield retail destinations, for additional storefront locations at leading shopping centers nationwide in advance of the launch of the SOLO EV.
- Began development of new SOLO mobile app, available for both iOS and Android, which will provide owners with a connected vehicle experience, including various remote vehicle monitoring capabilities.
- In December 2019, a strain of novel coronavirus (now commonly known as COVID-19) was reported to have surfaced in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 has since spread rapidly throughout many countries, and, on March 12, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. In an effort to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, many countries, including the United States, Canada and China, have imposed unprecedented restrictions on travel, and there have been business closures and a substantial reduction in economic activity in countries that have had significant outbreaks of COVID-19. Although our manufacturing partner, Zongshen, reports that its operations have not been materially affected at this point, significant uncertainty remains as to the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our and Zongshen’s operations (including, without limitation, staffing levels), supply chains for parts and sales channels for our products, and on the global economy as a whole. It is currently not possible to predict how long the pandemic will last or the time that it will take for economic activity to return to prior levels. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant financial market volatility and uncertainty in recent weeks. A continuation or worsening of the levels of market disruption and volatility seen in the recent past could have an adverse effect on our ability to access capital, on our business, results of operations and financial condition, and on the market price of our common shares.
“At the beginning of the year we made considerable progress along our production roadmap through several key vehicle enhancements and approvals that have us on target for the commercial launch of our flagship SOLO EV in the next few months,” said Mr. Paul Rivera, Chief Executive Officer of ElectraMeccanica. “More specifically, in Q1 we finalized our production-intent vehicle with additional safety, performance and driver experience features. With the development of a new, cost-effective aluminum chassis, we will also be able to create a dual benefit from lower production costs while maintaining superior structural integrity.
“On the marketing front, we’ve extended our prior agreement with the operator of the world-renowned Westfield Shopping Centers and expanded our storefront presence from the Century City Shopping Mall to a second Los Angeles location at Westfield Fashion Square, a premier shopping center in the affluent Sherman Oaks suburb. We look forward to working with Westfield and other retail shopping centers to increase our storefront presence and drive greater awareness and interest for our one-of-a-kind EV.
“Planning ahead, alongside our site selection and business incentives advisor BDO, we are continuing to evaluate specific properties and sites within in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee for our proposed future SKD, or partially prefabricated, assembly facility and technical center. While the international health crisis and global economy remain uncertain, our business has been generally unaffected, and we have operated with minimal interruption. We remain confident in our ability to meet our production targets going forward and have the SOLO positioned for a breakout launch in the second half of the year.”
First Quarter 2020 Financial Summary
- Revenue in the first quarter of 2020 was CAD$116,813, compared to CAD$101,404 in the same year-ago quarter.
- Research and development expenses in the first quarter of 2020 were CAD$1.5 million, compared to CAD$1.6 million in the same year-ago quarter. Research and development costs relate to the electric vehicle segment as the Company continued to develop its first electric vehicle, the SOLO.
- Operating loss in the first quarter of 2020 was CAD$6.9 million, compared to an operating loss of CAD$6.3 million in the same year-ago quarter.
- Net loss in the first quarter of 2020 was CAD$1.9 million, compared to a net loss of CAD$20.7 million in the same year-ago quarter.
- Cash, cash equivalents and short-term deposits were CAD$7.5 million as of March 31, 2020, compared to CAD$11.1 million as of March 31, 2019.
- Cash used in operations during the first quarter of 2020 was CAD$3.2 million, compared to cash used in operations of CAD$6.7 million in the same year-ago quarter.
Company Chief Financial Officer Ms. Bal Bhullar added, “In the lead-up to our commercial launch of the SOLO, we have implemented prudent expense control measures, as evidenced by the significant year-over-year decline in cash used in operations. Conservative cash management remains essential in the current environment and as we look to begin ramping up production in the second half of the year. Looking ahead, with key sales and service infrastructure in place, we are on solid financial footing and have the necessary pieces assembled to efficiently bring our one-of-a-kind offering to market.”
With an MSRP of $18,500, the SOLO EV is a trend-setting, all-electric, single-seat vehicle expected to revolutionize the commuting, delivery and shared mobility experience. To be one of the first to own a SOLO, please reserve yours online by visiting www.electrameccanica.com.
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About ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp.
ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. (NASDAQ: SOLO) is a Canadian designer and manufacturer of environmentally efficient electric vehicles (EVs). The company’s flagship vehicle is the innovative, purpose-built; single-seat EV called the SOLO. This three-wheeled vehicle will revolutionize the urban driving experience, including commuting, delivery and shared mobility. The SOLO provides a driving experience that is unique, trendy, fun, affordable and environmentally friendly. InterMeccanica, a subsidiary of ElectraMeccanica, has successfully been building high-end specialty cars for 61 years. For more information, please visit www.electrameccanica.com.
Ms. Bal Bhullar, CPA, CGA, CRM
Chief Financial Officer & Director
Investor Relations Contact
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Released May 12, 2020