Shares of Chinese electrical car or truck maker Nio (NYSE:NIO) stock hopped 2.6% bigger as of 12:45 p.m. EDT Tuesday after Bloomberg documented that Nio buyers may have a 2nd way to get prosperous.
Since now they’re heading to personal a piece of Lotus Vehicles.
As Bloomberg advises, Lotus, the legendary British sporting activities motor vehicle maker that is greater part-owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, is elevating $2.3 billion that it will use “to renovate [itself] into an all-electric powered brand.” Nio will not contribute all of the $2.3 billion, but it will add a piece of it — and get a piece of Lotus in return.
In addition, Lotus’ electric motor vehicle division, Lotus Technological know-how, and Nio “will explore collaboration in places such as superior-close intelligent EVs.”
That could become crucial as Geely contemplates taking Lotus general public — most likely as quickly as following year.
On the one particular hand, Lotus is preparing to get started offering a new electric powered Form 132 SUV in 2022, to be followed in small buy by a 4-doorway coupe in 2023, a second SUV in 2025, and an electric powered Style 135 sports activities automobile in 2026. If any or all of these automobiles are centered on technological know-how designed by Nio, the latter could stand to enjoy beaucoup bucks in the variety of superior-margin technologies licensing earnings from Lotus.
Also, if Lotus debuts as the $15 billion-furthermore original general public giving that is becoming contemplated, then based on how big a piece of Lotus that Nio will get for its investment, Nio could reap millions, or even billions, additional in price from its equity interest in Lotus.
In quick, there are all sorts of causes for Nio investors to be smiling these days.
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