VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. (NASDAQ: SOLO) ("ElectraMeccanica" or the "Company"), a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021, in conjunction with its Quarterly Report on Form 6-K filed today.
Recent Company Highlights
Delivered 21 SOLO EVs to reservation holders and fleet customers during the month of October. Since August 2020, ElectraMeccanica has produced 182 SOLO EVs.
Held “Key Moment” event on October 4, 2021, in Los Angeles, marking the Company’s first commercial deliveries of SOLO EVs to early reservation holders and fleet customers.
Signed a strategic agreement with Robert Bosch LLC (“Bosch”), a leading global mobility solutions and industrials technology firm, to establish a pilot service network of independent automobile repair shops approved by Bosch (the “Bosch Car Service Network”). The Bosch Car Service Network will support service and maintenance operations for the SOLO EV, beginning with the initial commercial launch locations throughout the western United States.
Strategic Partner Zongshen Industrial Group exercised 1.4 million warrants of ElectraMeccanica into common stock as a confirmation of the Company’s go forward strategy.
SOLO EV received an honorable mention in Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards for 2021 in the General Excellence and Mobility categories.
SOLO EV selected as the exclusive vehicle in a celebrity race at the Canadian E-Fest, a three-day festival that showcases the latest innovations in the EV space that precedes the 2022 Vancouver E-Prix.
SOLO EV was showcased during U.S. Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm‘s, Michigan Manufacturing Tour.
The Company debuted “Cargo” Version of its flagship SOLO EV at Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo 2021.
“During the third quarter of 2021, our efforts surrounded the preparation for the biggest moment in our Company’s history, first deliveries of the commercial SOLO EV to reservation holders and fleet customers, which was successfully held at our ‘Key Moment” event on October 4, 2021,” said Kevin Pavlov, CEO of ElectraMeccanica. “We are more focused than ever on ramping production to meet the significant demand for our flagship SOLO EV. To support this rollout, we remain on track to complete our new U.S. Assembly and Engineering Technical Center in Mesa, Arizona in summer 2022—which will have the ability to produce up to 20,000 vehicles annually—while also forming a partnership with the Bosch Car Service Network to provide industry-leading service and maintenance operations for the growing number of customers taking to the road across the western United States. Today, ElectraMeccanica stands at a very exciting inflection point as we transition into a scaled production enterprise with an infrastructure, balance sheet and world-class team to execute upon our growing customer deliveries and fleet partnerships that will build long-term shareholder value well into the future.”
Third Quarter 2021 Financial Summary (All amounts reported in USD)
Cash and cash equivalents and short-term deposits were $228.8 million as of September 30, 2021, compared with $129.5 million as of December 31, 2020.
General and administrative expenses in the third quarter of 2021 were $7.4 million, compared to $1.9 million in the prior year-ago quarter. The increase in G&A expenses was primarily due to increased rent related to the opening of retail locations and the Company’s Mesa, Arizona office, consulting services related to the Mesa assembly facility, office expenses as a result of the Company’s Enterprise Resource Planning (“ERP”) system, and salary expenses related to a severance payment in addition to a number of new employees.
Research and development expenses in the third quarter of 2021 were $5.3 million, compared to $1.5 million in the same year-ago quarter. The increase in R&D expenses was primarily due to expenses for the Company’s pre-production vehicles, the SOLO and eRoadster, whose costs are attributed to research and development.
Sales and marketing expenses in the third quarter of 2021 were $2.5 million compared to $525,660 in the prior year-ago quarter. The increase is a result of our sales team expanding significantly, the opening of multiple retail locations and the implementation of new branding and marketing strategies.
Operating loss in the third quarter of 2021 was $17.2 million, compared to an operating loss of $6.5 million in the same year-ago quarter. The increase in operating loss was primarily due to the forementioned increases in G&A, R&D and sales and marketing expenses.
Bal Bhullar, ElectraMeccanica’s CFO, added, “Revenues from our initial commercial SOLO deliveries are being recognized in the fourth quarter and we expect these to begin scaling in the coming year. With over $228 million on our balance sheet at the end of the third quarter, we’ve set the stage for growth as all of our focus turns towards ramping production and the buildout for our U.S. base of operations in Mesa, Arizona. Our ability to leverage our strong balance sheet and world-class infrastructure to deliver SOLOs to reservation holders and fleet operators have positioned us to deliver long-term, sustainable value for our shareholders.”
Corporate Update Conference Call
Management will host a corporate update conference call on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time to provide a corporate update and discuss current growth initiatives. The call will conclude with Q&A from participants.
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern time
U.S./Canada Dial-in: 1-877-413-2408
International Dial-in: 1-201-689-8465
Conference ID: 13724898
Please dial in at least 10 minutes before the start of the call to ensure timely participation.
A playback of the call will be available through Wednesday, December 8, 2021. To listen, call 1-844-512-2921 within the United States and Canada or 1-412-317-6671 when calling internationally. Please use the replay pin number 13724898. A webcast will also be available by clicking here: SOLO Q3 2021 Webcast.
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. Engineered for a single occupant, it offers a unique driving experience for the environmentally conscious consumer. The SOLO has a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 80 mph, making it safe for highways. The SOLO also features front and rear crumple zones, side impact protection, roll bar, torque-limiting control as well as power steering, power brakes, air conditioning and a Bluetooth entertainment system. It blends a modern look with safety features at an accessible price point of $18,500. The SOLO is currently available for pre-orders here. InterMeccanica, a subsidiary of ElectraMeccanica, has successfully been building high-end specialty cars for 61 years. For more information, please visit www.electrameccanica.com.
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