STOCKHOLM: Electric automotive maker Polestar, managed by Sweden’s Volvo Cars and its Chinese proprietor Geely, mentioned on Monday it plans to go public in a inventory market debut that would worth it at round $20 billion (17 billion euros).
Polestar, a European competitor to Tesla, mentioned in an announcement it might be used to “help fund significant investment in the expansion of its products, operations and markets to create a leading company in the rapidly growing global premium electric vehicle market.”
While Polestar — whose shareholders embody US movie star Leonardo DiCaprio — has solely produced two fashions since being arrange in 2017, its market capitalisation would place it simply behind large Nissan, and forward of carmakers Renault and Subaru.
Tesla is the highest-valued carmaker on this planet, with a market capitalisation of greater than $750 billion — greater than 3 times that of Toyota or Volkswagen, which each sell many extra vehicles.
The itemizing will likely be carried out by combining Polestar with a particular function acquisition firm (SPAC), Gores Guggenheim, arrange by US funding corporations The Gores Group and Guggenheim Capital and is anticipated within the first half of 2022.
The newly fashioned firm will likely be named Polestar Automotive Holding UK Limited.
Founded by Volvo and Geely 4 years in the past, Polestar bought solely 10,000 autos in 2020, however is concentrating on annual unit gross sales of round 290,000 by 2025.
Its present mannequin is the Polestar 2, with plans to launch the Polestar 3 subsequent yr.
The $20-billion market capitalisation is equal to 3 times the focused income in 2023 and 1.5 instances anticipated gross sales in 2024, the corporate mentioned.
That compares with a market capitalisation of $40 billion for US start-up Lucid Motors and round $30 billion for China’s Xpeng.
Together with battery maker Northvolt, the corporate is the Swedish flagship within the electric automotive sector.
– Bumpy experience? –
While a clutch of latest faces have emerged within the electric automobile market lately, some have had a bumpy experience.
The Californian pickup producer Rivian, backed by Ford and Amazon, ought to quickly be a part of them with a robust capitalisation.
“The transition to electric vehicles is generating a lot of market enthusiasm,” mentioned analyst Alexandre Marian of AlixPartners.
“In some cases, very high valuations suggested that the growth trajectory would be faster than Tesla. But the risk is high … it’s extremely complicated to grow as a car manufacturer.”
China’s Li Auto raised $1.1 billion from its Nasdaq debut final yr, however then noticed its share worth tumble in Hong Kong final month amid tech regulatory crackdowns from Beijing.
US electric pick-up constructor Lordstown Motors, for its half, introduced in June it didn’t have the funds to produce a automobile on a business scale.
Its normal director stepped down days afterwards on the manufacturing woes but in addition amid allegations he and different executives had given inaccurate details about pre-orders.
“It’s really more difficult for a small firm to succeed” within the auto business as “fixed costs are very high”, explains Jessica Caldwell of Edmunds.
They require not solely a big manufacturing facility, but in addition a dependable provide chain for components.
Polestar brings with it the “dynamism of a young enterprise”, and in addition advantages from “the industrial heritage and expertise of Volvo,” chief govt Thomas Ingenlath instructed buyers.
Polestar, initially a hybrid sports activities automotive for Volvo Cars, turned a separate model in 2017.
In order to obtain its bold growth objectives, the marque intends to launch a mannequin every year over the subsequent three years — a luxurious sports activities SUV is anticipated to observe Polestar 2 subsequent yr with Polestar 4 a luxurious saloon.
It additionally plans to push a web based presence and open a variety of concessions in giant city centres, whereas making use of Volvo’s after-sales community.