Q2 2023 REE Shareholder letter
REE reveals its 3-year production plan for 2024-2026 and confirms FMVSS certification-feasibility for its x-by-wire systems
Halfway through 2023, we continue to make steady progress on our path to production, while we remain disciplined both operationally and financially. As we continue to execute our CAPEX-light production plan, we move towards securing our capital needs for 2024 through the establishment of an ATM program and a bank facility.
Today we announced that we have confirmed the feasibility of our x-by-wire system to pass the required Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) certification. This milestone aims to clear the way to full vehicle certification by the end of 2023. Since FMVSS standards contain objective performance tests that are design-neutral; the certification feasibility testing shows our x-by-wire system can be certified according to the applicable FMVSS standard. We have been testing our by-wire system for months with the aim to be the first to the market. Therefore, we set a high bar by contracting HORIBA MIRA, a global leader in testing and certifications, to conduct internal tests on braking, steering and fault injection, modeling certain FMVSS certification requirements, based on which we can now confirm the feasibility to certify our x-by-wire system. We have already begun the build of our first certification intent P7 fleet and we are on track to initiate the next phase of the full certification process of P7 vehicles.
We continue to build out our dealer network, which covers the entire US and we have now expended into Canada. We see demand for our commercial EVs coming from both incentivized and non-incentivized states as efficient charging infrastructure becomes more accessible to fleet owners. In addition, the demand growth is supported by our ability to simplify after-sales service with our quick REEcorner™ swap, which allows fleets and dealers to service the P7 with locally available REEcorner™ and ensures increased uptime of our trucks intending to lower the cost of customer inventory and its cost of management.
We have delivered our first P7-S (strip chassis) prototype to one of our existing US fleet customers for their internal closed-track tests with the help of our on-site and remote support team, as we jointly develop a complete electric work truck and potential future purchases. We are firm in our commitment to begin deliveries of initial pilot vehicles to customers by the end of 2023, while ensuring they are safe, reliable electric trucks that dealers, fleet owners and customers can depend on. We are pleased by the feedback we have received from our customers so far. As part of our philosophy of “complete not compete” we continue to partner with the best upfitters in the industry, such as Knapheide and Morgan Truck Body, to expand our P7 offering and provide a complete vehicle to our customers.
As we gear up to start deliveries, we are adding valuable members to our team in customer experience, service and support. We have also added new capabilities to our board of directors with the recent appointments of Carlton Rose former, Global President of Fleet and Maintenance of UPS and Hicham Abdessamad, President and CEO of Hitachi America, to ensure we have the right people, products and partners in place to make REE the leader of the future of commercial electric vehicles.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge our teams around the world for their devotion and dedication to bring our P7 lineup to market. We are getting closer every day. I am confident that we have what it takes to deliver the best electric trucks available on the market. We believe our vehicles, patents, differentiated technology and disciplined two phase production plan will result in long term value creation for all of our stakeholders including customers and investors.
Daniel Barel, REE’s co-founder and CEO
P7 Platforms on track to be certified and eligible for US incentives by the end of the year.
Together with our partners at HORIBA MIRA, a world leader engineering, testing and certification, we have conducted a range of testing in line with FMVSS safety requirements. These internal tests have confirmed the FMVSS certification-feasibility of our x-by-wire systems – an important milestone in our journey. We continue to collect evidence and data on the safety, performance and reliability of the x-by-wire system on our path to full vehicle certification.
Achieving this milestone aligns with our previously announced Q4 2023 planned P7 deliveries and eligibility for US vehicle incentives.
Dealership network continues to expand thoughtfully and purposefully.
1 The Company’s order book is determined by management based on purchase orders received by the Company. The number of P7 units included in the order book as of August 28, 2023 includes 129 P7 units under firm orders (i.e. binding orders) and the remaining of units ordered that are binding orders with certain additional conditions as set forth in the order.
2 New York state incentive of $100,000 + IRS Commercial Tax Credit of $40,000
North American Dealer Network*
Electric Commercial Vehicle Incentives**
The California Air Resource Board’s (CARB) Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) rule is designed to accelerate a large-scale transition of zero-emission medium-and heavy-duty vehicles from 2024 to 2035. The rule has two components, a manufacturer sales requirement for the sale of zero-emission trucks of Class 2b to Class 8 as an increasing percentage of their annual California sales from 2024 to 2035, and in addition their large employers including retailers, manufacturers, brokers and others are required to report information about shipments and shuttle service.
CARB’s Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) regulation is a fleet regulation with a similar objective of accelerating large scale transition to zero-emission medium- and heavy- duty vehicles by defining minimum ZEV requirements for fleet purchases.
2 New York NYSERDA https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Truck-Voucher-Program
3 New York City Clean Trucks https://www.nycctp.com/available-funding/
4 New Jersey ZIP https://www.njeda.gov/njzip/
5 Massachusetts Mor-EV https://mor-ev.org/mor-ev-trucks
6 California HVIP https://californiahvip.org/ ; the website provides information about incentives applicable to specific models
7 Nevada Clean Truck https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/82nd2023/Bill/9886/Text
*Dealers are authorized to sell at their PoS and vicinity
** This section contains information regarding federal and state tax incentives as of August, 2023
Customer and dealer endorsements
We receive consistent endorsements from dealers and fleets who recognize the distinct advantages of our innovative design and technology. One standout class-exclusive feature that receives consistent praise is our utilization of all-wheel steer and all-wheel drive based on REEcorner™ technology. A winning combination of hardware and software that enables our vehicles to perform optimally in all-weather and challenging environmental conditions such as the often harsh snow and ice encountered in northern states and Canada and provide enhanced maneuverability.
Our driver-focused cab design has also garnered widespread appreciation. Our cab provides low step-in heights for ergonomic advantages and a full-height interior that allows drivers to stand up inside the cabin comfortably – these benefits are vital to drivers.
In addition to these features, our REEcorner™ modules have been a significant factor in driving purchase decisions. Dealers and fleets recognize the substantial serviceability advantages offered by the REEcorner™ modules. In the event of maintenance needs, these modules can quickly be replaced in under an hour, minimizing vehicle downtime and maximizing operational efficiencies by driving down Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Since all four REEcorners™ on a Powered by REE vehicle are the same, maintenance is especially efficient with each service center only needing to carry one unique part for all maintenance needs.
In addition to these advantages, the P7 lineup uses software-based x-by-wire systems, which use over the air (OTA) capabilities that allow for:
continuous vehicle improvements and updates;
- continuous rolling out of new features and options; and
- remote diagnosis – even before returning to a service center to further
- improve uptime.
Our system architecture coupled with data-as-a-service (DaaS) capabilities is intended to allow customers to manage fleet performance, gather any data required for incentive compliance and forecast and predict maintenance.
We firmly believe that our unique value proposition, coupled with the enthusiastic support from our dealer network and fleets will position us as a leader in the electric commercial vehicle industry. As we look forward to the exciting times ahead, we remain committed to delivering innovation and excellence in our offerings to our portfolio of dealers and fleets as we continue to work diligently toward strengthening the inventory and ultimately profitability of our dealer network across North America.
Production plan targeting accumulated $1 billion in sales in years 2024-2026
We have progressed with the certification plan and are targeting the delivery of our first pilot vehicles by the end of this year. This combined with our discussions with dealers and fleets, makes us confident in our business plan, which aims to reach cumulative sales of $1 billion over 2024-2026 by executing on our production plan.
As part of our disciplined and risk-averse approach, we plan to enter into an agreement with a US contract manufacturer which we believe will enable us to bring vehicles with numbers in the mid thousands to market without the need for heavy CAPEX investment allowing us to concentrate on our current CAPEX-light REEcorner™ integration centers and shift full vehicle assembly to the contract manufacturer.
We believe this approach will yield operational and cost benefits as it will allow us to utilize available tools and capabilities of the contract manufacturer, while at the same time allowing us to focus our resources on building the REEcorner™ modules in our existing integration center in the UK.
Our second quarter GAAP net loss was $26.2 million compared to $28.6 million in Q1 2023 and $25.2 million in Q2 2022. The year-over-year change was mainly driven by the income from remeasurement of warrants in Q2 2022 and lower financial income in Q2 2023, partially offset by a decrease in share-based compensation expenses. Our non-GAAP net loss in the quarter was $22.0 million compared to $24.0 million in Q1 2023 and $21.3 million in Q2 2022.
We ended the second quarter with liquidity of $105 million, comprised of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.
As part of our efforts to secure year 2024 capital needs in advance, after the end of the quarter, we established a $35 million ATM program (out of which we sold approximately 2.28 million shares for gross proceeds of approximately $0.7 million) and secured a bank credit facility of $15 million.
Capital needs for 2025 are estimated at an additional $50 million in order to ramp up production. We plan to continue exploring options to secure the capital needs for execution of our plans over time as we may require in a disciplined manner.
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The Company has disclosed financial measurements in this shareholders’ letter that present financial information is considered to be non-GAAP financial measures. These measurements are not a substitute for GAAP measurements, although the Company’s management uses these measurements as an aid in monitoring the Company’s on-going financial performance. Non-GAAP research and development, non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses and non-GAAP operating expenses exclude the impact of stock-based compensation. Non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP loss per share also exclude non-recurring or unusual items that are considered by management to be outside the Company’s standard operations and certain non-cash items. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measurement that is considered by management to be useful in comparing the profitability among companies by reflecting operating results of the Company excluding such items.
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About REE Automotive
REE Automotive (Nasdaq: REE) is an automotive technology company that allows companies to build any size or shape of electric vehicle on their modular platforms. With complete design freedom, vehicles Powered by REE are equipped with the revolutionary REEcorner, which packs critical vehicle components (steering, braking, suspension, powertrain and control) into a single compact module positioned between the chassis and the wheel. With proprietary by-wire technology for drive, steer and brake control that eliminate the need for mechanic connection, all four identical REEcorners™ enable REE to build the industry’s flattest EV platforms with more room for passengers, cargo and batteries. REE platforms are future proofed, autonomous capable, offer a low TCO, and drastically reduce the time to market for fleets looking to electrify. To learn more visit www.ree.auto.
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These forward-looking statements are based on REE’s current expectations and assumptions about future events and are based on currently available information as of the date of this communication and current expectations, forecasts, and assumptions. Although REE believes that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve an unknown number of risks, uncertainties, judgments, and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. These factors are difficult to predict accurately and may be beyond REE’s control. Forward-looking statements in this communication speak only as of the date made and REE undertakes no obligation to update its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by securities and other applicable laws. In light of these risks and uncertainties, investors should keep in mind that results, events or developments discussed in any forward-looking statement made in this communication may not occur.
Uncertainties and risk factors that could affect REE’s future performance and could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to: REE’s ability to commercialize its strategic plan, including its plan to successfully evaluate, obtain regulatory approval, produce and market its P7 lineup; REE’s ability to maintain and advance relationships with current Tier 1 suppliers and strategic partners; development of REE’s advanced prototypes into marketable products; REE’s ability to grow and scale manufacturing capacity through relationships with Tier 1 suppliers; REE’s estimates of unit sales, expenses and profitability and underlying assumptions; REE’s reliance on its UK Engineering Center of Excellence for the design, validation, verification, testing and homologation of its products; REE’s limited operating history; risks associated with building out of REE’s supply chain; risks associated with plans for REE’s initial commercial production; REE’s dependence on potential suppliers, some of which will be single or limited source; development of the market for commercial EVs; risks associated with data security breach, failure of information security systems and privacy concerns; risks related to lack of compliance with Nasdaq’s minimum bid price requirement; future sales of our securities by existing material shareholders or by us could cause the market price for the Class A Ordinary Shares to decline; potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, political events, international hostilities and instability, piracy or acts by terrorists; intense competition in the e-mobility space, including with competitors who have significantly more resources; risks related to the fact that REE is incorporated in Israel and governed by Israeli law; REE’s ability to make continued investments in its platform; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, interest rate changes, the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia and any other worldwide health epidemics or outbreaks that may arise and adverse global conditions, including macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainty; the global economic environment, the general market, political and economic conditions in the countries in which we operate; fluctuations in interest rates and foreign exchange rates; the need to attract, train and retain highly-skilled technical workforce; changes in laws and regulations that impact REE; REE’s ability to enforce, protect and maintain intellectual property rights; REE’s ability to retain engineers and other highly qualified employees to further its goals; and other risks and uncertainties set forth in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in REE’s annual report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 28, 2023 and in subsequent filings with the SEC.