Q1 2023 REE Shareholder letter
Continued growth in authorized dealer network and orders, on track for initial production and pilot deliveries by the end of 2023
We’ve seen a strong start to 2023. Our approach – creating modular EV platforms to power the broadest range of vehicles – differentiating us from other players in the industry and we continue to receive feedback from key stakeholders that this is what the market is craving. With the announcement of our P7-C chassis cab complementing our existing product lineup, we continue to increase our total addressable market, while listening to the voice of our customers.
As we share our product and technology with the most influential fleets and dealers at events like ACT and NTEA’s Work Truck Week, we are enthused by growing interest and market demand. Every day we get closer to production and deliveries, and are making important progress towards key certification milestones, including the completion of winter testing in Q1 2023. We believe our approach results in a better total cost of ownership for fleet owners, which we look forward to demonstrating with data once deliveries begin at the end of this year.
We believe our modern, modular design sets us apart in the market, and the vehicles we will have on the roads will demonstrate our unique value proposition.
Daniel Barel, REE’s co-founder and CEO
REE Remains Focused on Class 3-5 Vehicles Built on its P7 Platforms
In today’s challenging environment, our focus and discipline serve us well. While our modular design allows us to address Class 1-6 vehicles, our focus is on Class 3-5 commercial vehicles. We estimate that the annual sales of Class 3-5 commercial vehicles (ICE and EV) in the US is approximately 200,000 vehicles. The recently adopted California Advanced Clean Fleet (ACF) regulation is expected to be a major market driver for zero emission Class 3-5 vehicles. The ACF sets ambitious targets for commercial fleets to purchase zero emissions trucks. The 2020 MOU signed by 15 states and the District of Columbia is expected to expand the benefits/reach of the ACF throughout the US, further driving the adoption in the commercial EV market. Our capital light assembly process and market dynamics are expected to provide us with attractive unit economics and gross margin breakeven at relatively low volumes.
The recent introduction of the P7-C1 chassis cab targets the fast-growing and highly incentivized Class 4 EV market. The P7-C is built for urban environments and has market-leading product attributes including impressive maneuverability, increased cargo volume, low step in height, improved aerodynamics, low noise, greater visibility, increased safety and strong maintenance vehicle architecture benefits – all with a purpose of driving down total cost of ownership (TCO). The configuration offers a max range of 150 miles, up to 7,000 lbs. payload, a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of up to 16,000 lbs., a class-leading 24-inch platform height and 39 ft turning circle. The P7-C features a new driver-centric cab design for enhanced safety, durability, and comfort. We are very encouraged by the interest shown in the P7-C at its debut at the recent ACT Expo.
1 Vehicle specifications are based on pre-production model and are subject to change. All data is approximate. Consult dealer and manual for details on final production model.
The P7 program lineup offers three electric trucks:
Steadfast Commitment to Technology and Safety
In the future, we will provide data-as-a-service capabilities from the data collected from the REEcornersTM and P7 platforms that can be used for operational analytics and multi-dimensional decision making. Having REEcornersTM at the core of our technology is a market differentiator.
Current test results, customer feedback, and internal data suggest that we are on the right track with our modular design and our competitively priced game-changing Class 3 – 5 commercial vehicles.
We have refined our product verification and quality assurance activities to ensure our production processes are best-in-class without compromise on safety goals. To ensure a smooth production ramp-up and to make the best use of our capital, we are taking a careful, measured approach to reaching scale production rates.
Production Road Map
With successful winter testing behind us, we are approaching engineering freeze for our production intent vehicles, expected mid-year. Vehicles from these builds will be utilized to complete testing, validation, and certification. These activities are progressing according to plan.
In parallel, we are undertaking the important process of definition, design, and implementation to support customers’ journeys. This requires the production, sales operations, marketing, regulatory affairs, after-sales support, finance and legal departments working together to create a seamless journey. Some of the areas being built out include warranty, user manuals, training and documentation, recalls, financial transactions, vehicle configuration and overall dealers and fleet support.
Reaching the production intent phase is an important step in our product maturity. As we continue our validation and verification protocols, as previously disclosed, we have ordered components for 25 P7 vehicles and submitted production forecasts with our suppliers for our main components through 2024. We plan to execute our production ramp up in two phases.
Production Plan – Phase 1
Phase 1, which is expected to run through 2024, is expected to include pilot production and assembly in the low hundreds of vehicles, initially from our UK facility. The first pilot vehicles are targeted to start being delivered at the end of this year to initiate customer feedback loops. This step is critical as we will ramp up to mass production only when the pilot production vehicles have been thoroughly tested in the US and we have received and addressed customers’ feedback across multiple use cases. We believe this deliberate approach will reduce risks associated with premature production ramp up and the resulting extensive costs, allowing us to incorporate feedback from early customers and ensure the quality and safety of our builds.
As part of Phase 1, we continue to expand our carefully prioritized dealership network across North America as we aim to add leading dealers who have experience in deploying and selling EVs. We have already entered into agreements with eight authorized dealers:
Together these dealers have already placed initial orders of approximately 1002 vehicles , which are included in our current order book. These dealers also facilitate relationships and adoption by fleets, which we believe could purchase hundreds or thousands of vehicles per year. We will offer training to authorized dealers to certify technicians to provide service on REE vehicles so that fleets have the best possible service. We expect to continue building out our authorized dealer network from our growing pipeline of dealers.
In addition to our dealer network, we plan to provide the first test vehicles to our three fleet customers, which we believe over time have the potential to translate to orders in the thousands.
Our MSRP for the P7 product line in Phase 1 production is within the competitive range of the relevant segments that we believe will allow us to meet our business goals.
In accordance with revenue recognition guidelines, we plan to recognize revenues from Phase 1 deliveries after customers conduct their product verification and quality assurance activities to ensure our production processes are best-in-class.
To drive towards breakeven gross margin on a unit level by the end of Phase 1, we plan to bring production tooling online over the next 12 months.
2 The Company’s order book is determined by management based on purchase orders received by the Company. The number of vehicles included in the order book as of May 22, 2023 include 76 vehicles under firm orders (i.e. binding orders) and the remainder of vehicles of orders that are binding orders with certain additional conditions as set forth in the order.
Production Plan – Phase 1
Vehicle Tax 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.
1 IRS 45 W https://irc.bloombergtax.com/public/uscode/doc/irc/section_45w
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/
*Dealers are authorized to sell at their PoS and vicinity
Production Plan – Phase 2
In Phase 2, which we aim to kick off by the end of 2024 and continue into 2025, we expect to ramp production to the low-mid thousands of vehicles in the US. We believe that the timing for Phase 2 is mainly driven by successfully completion of certification, receiving positive customer feedback, building a firm order book, and finalizing the work with our suppliers to optimize production processes and bill of material costs to further reduce production costs.
Based on our internal models we believe that production in the low-to mid-thousands of vehicles will potentially allow us to reach breakeven EBITDA. We currently believe reaching these margin targets is achievable based on our CAPEX light model and economies of scale.
We ended the first quarter with liquidity of $126 million, comprised of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, and no debt. We anticipate we will end the year with $65 million of liquidity including financing the initial 25 P7 vehicles for internal testing and pilot delivery for selected customers.
Our first quarter GAAP net loss was $28.6 million compared to $27.3 million in 4Q22 and $21.5 million in 1Q22. The year-over-year change was mainly driven by lower income from remeasurement of warrants and lower share-based compensation expense. Our non-GAAP net loss in the quarter was $24.0 million compared to $21.5 million in 4Q22 and $28.3 million in 1Q22.
Based on the growing dealer network and fleet customers, we expect to generate sufficient orders to ramp up series production. We do understand that this ramp up to low-mid thousands of vehicles produced will require additional funding before we reach positive EBITDA, mainly due to working capital requirements. We estimate that this ramp up will require $80 -100 million, and we will explore options for raising debt or equity in the right form, all in line with the progress of our business cycle and needs. We will shed more light on our model later this year with the progress of our plan.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
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.
There are limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures, including that such measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies due to potential differences among calculation methodologies. Thus, there can be no assurance whether (i) items excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures will occur in the future or (ii) there will be cash costs associated with items excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures. The Company compensates for these limitations by using these non-GAAP financial measures as supplements to GAAP financial measures and by providing the reconciliations for the non-GAAP financial measures to their most comparable GAAP financial measures. Investors should consider adjusted measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial performance measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.
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1. In July 2021, the Company assumed public and private warrants as part of its merger with 10X Capital. ”Loss (income) from warrant valuation” represents the change in fair value of the warrants.
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, enabling 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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This communication includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding REE or its management team’s expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. In addition, any statements that refer to plans, projections, forecasts or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. The words “aim” “anticipate,” “appear,” “approximate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “foresee,” “intends,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “would”, “designed,” “target” and similar expressions (or the negative version of such words or expressions) may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this communication may include, among other things, statements about REE’s strategic and business plans, technology, relationships, objectives and expectations for our business, the impact of trends on and interest in our business, intellectual property or product and its future results, operations and financial performance and condition.
These forward-looking statements are based on information available 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.
Vehicle specifications are based on pre-production model and are subject to change. All data is approximate. Consult dealer and manual for details on final production model.
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, produce and market its newest medium-duty electric box truck built on a P7 platform, as discussed in this communication; 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 certification of its products; REE’s limited operating history; 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; 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 ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and any other worldwide health epidemics or outbreaks that may arise; and adverse global conditions, including macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainty; 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.