Rivian (RIVN) raises production goal again after strong Q3 earnings beat

Rivian (RIVN) released its third-quarter earnings after market close Tuesday, showing strong results as production and deliveries picked up. Meanwhile, losses are shrinking…

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The EV maker continued progressing in the third quarter, easily surpassing expectations with 15,564 vehicles delivered.

Rivian’s deliveries were up 24% from Q2 and more than double last year’s figures. The company built 16,304 EVs during the quarter, representing 17% growth from Q2.

As Rivian better leverages its manufacturing facility, the cost of building each vehicle is decreasing. Rivian lost $32,595 on each vehicle it made in the second quarter. Although still a high number, it’s down over 50% from the first quarter’s loss per vehicle of $67,329. Also, it should be noted it is still working through its backlog of early orders, many of which were priced ~$20K below current prices.

CEO RJ Scaringe previously said the automaker will see a “very clear staircase” toward profitability. Rivian has been one of the few automakers to avoid cutting prices this year.

Rivian’s Q3 preliminary results indicate between $1.29 billion and $1.33 billion in revenue, in line with Wall St estimates of $1.3 billion.

Investors will watch Rivian’s loss per vehicle and margins closely as the EV maker accelerates production which is now over double YoY.

Rivian R1T (Source: Rivian)

Rivian Q3 earnings results

Rivian generated $1.34 billion in revenue in Q3, up from $1.12 billion in Q2, beating estimates as deliveries continued progressing.

Gross profits improved in the third quarter. Rivian posted a negative gross profit of $477 million in Q3 compared to $917 million last year.

Rivian’s gross profit per vehicle delivered improved by about $2,000 during the quarter, with a loss of around $30,500 per vehicle.

(Source: Rivian)

The company said the gross profit improvement was due to scaling production and cost-reduction efforts in the quarter.

Rivian’s operating expenses grew to $693 million compared to $857 last year as the EV maker increased output.

The EV maker’s net loss reached $1.3 billion in Q3, up from $1.12 billion in Q2. However, the number is still down from $1.7 billion last year and $1.4 billion in Q1.

Rivian Q3 2023 earnings (Source: Rivian)

In light of the progress, Rivian is increasing its production target for 2023 to 54,000, up 2,000 from its previous goal.

The company also raised adj. EBITDA guidance to ($4 billion) from ($4.2 billion) and lowered CapEx to $1.1 billion.

Rivian ended the third quarter with 9.13 billion in cash and equivalents, down slightly from $9.2 billion at the end of June. With its revolving credit facility, the company had $10.25 billion in liquidity.

In another significant milestone, Rivian announced it will enable other companies outside of Amazon to purchase its EDVs.

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