Business plan on track towards firm orders and start of production
- Commencing commercial trials of the P7 platform in Q1 2022 for commercial delivery vehicles in advance of customer testing of full vehicles in mid-2022
- Jointly exhibited FlatFormer, a concept model EV platform being developed jointly with Hino Motors at CES
- Announced strategic agreement with Hitachi America Ltd. to co-create a highly scalable Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) and Analytics-as-a-Service (AaaS) platform for EVs
- Nominated American Axle & Manufacturing to supply high-performance propulsion systems and Brembo to co-develop and supply the braking system
- Unveiled Leopard, an autonomous concept vehicle based on REE’s modular platform design
- Appointed David Goldberg as Chief Financial Officer
TEL-AVIV – March 3, 2022 – REE Automotive Ltd. (NASDAQ: REE) (“REE” or the “Company”), an automotive technology leader and provider of electric vehicle (EV) platforms, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2021. REE is focused on executing milestone deliverables on its signed strategic collaborations relating to various types of commercial delivery vehicles and people movers, with capabilities to integrate multiple levels of autonomy. Daniel Barel, REE’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer said: “In 2019 and 2020, we focused on enhancing our capabilities, expanding our addressable market, validating our technology and building our supply chain. In 2021, we continued these efforts and began building out our partner ecosystem. The numerous milestones and strategic collaborations achieved over the past year established the foundation for an exciting next twelve months as we move towards establishing our production capabilities and commercializing our products. With the upcoming commencement of commercial trials for the P7 platform, REE is one step closer to obtaining order commitments and serial production. Additionally, we continue to advance other initiatives to lead the transformation of the automotive space with our REEcornerTM technology to enable a new generation of vehicles Powered by REE.”
Commercial Developments & Outlook
Throughout 2021, REE actively executed its business plan, establishing numerous strategic collaborations with industry leaders as it expanded its our footprint across segments. The REEcornerTM, a compact module that integrates critical powertrain components in the corner between the wheel and the chassis, together with REE’s drive-brake-steer-by wire (“x-by-wire”) technology, enable REE to offer the industry’s flattest, most modular vehicle platform. This enables fleet owners and mission specific companies to design commercial EVs that are optimized for their requirements, with lower TCO and higher volumetric efficiency.
After validating our REEcornerTM technology and building our supply chain in 2019 and 2020, REE focused on expanding its market footprint and building a partner ecosystem in 2021 to enable and accelerate adoption of the Company’s products. This includes collaborations with partners not only to develop full vehicle offerings, but also provide a comprehensive ecosystem of enabling capabilities and services, such as vehicle financing, charging infrastructure, aftersales & service as well as Data-as-a-Service (“DaaS”), for a full turn-key solution intended to enable and expedite a smooth transition for our customers from ICE to EV fleets.
The Company expects to continue executing on its commercial programs, including the delivery of full vehicle prototypes for non-public road tests, which REE expects to be followed by initial firm orders, and public road testing. REE continues progress on homologation activities according to schedule at both the component and system level. Full vehicle level validation & homologation are currently scheduled to begin mid-year in collaboration with our partners. REE is also building its production capabilities to support serial production in 2023.
Progress on selected collaborations and other R&D projects is provided below.
P7 Modular Platform
Fully flat from end-to-end, the P7 platform offers REE’s greatest interior space and volumetric efficiency for class 3-5 vehicles. Supporting up to 8,800 lbs. in maximum payload, REE’s unique technology allows for up to 35% more cargo space for a given footprint than comparable commercial vehicles and is designed to significantly reduce development times of electric commercial models. The P7 is suited for applications across commercial trucks, school buses, walk-in-vans and recreational vehicles.
The Company announced in January 2022 that it started validation of the P7 platform and anticipates multiple body designs of full vehicle prototypes will be available for its pipeline customers to validate on private roads in the U.S. and Europe in mid-2022 with first orders expected towards the end of the year.
The company also expects to establish a global service network with Data-as-a-Service capabilities by the end of 2022. This global network, in collaboration with leading after sales & service partners, is expected to include technician training, maintenance & repair services including proprietary REEcorner swaps, parts distribution, and fleet management services.
We have ongoing P7 programs with various counterparties:
Leading Logistics Company
One P7 variant is based on functional and operational specifications from a leading logistics company. We expect full vehicle customer validation on private roads in the U.S. mid-2022.
REE signed a strategic collaboration with EAVX, an EV-focused business unit of JB Poindexter & Co. (the parent company of Morgan Olson, a leading producer of walk-in van bodies in North America), to develop commercial electric vehicles ‘Powered by REE’ for the North American market, based on REE’s P7 platform. In Q1, REE started delivering prototypes to EAVX for upfitting advanced top hats for private road validation mid-year.
Global Commercial Vehicle OEM
In mid-2021 REE signed a joint development agreement with a leading global commercial vehicle OEM to jointly develop a Class 4 electrified P7 platform for commercial trucks, school buses, walk-in-vans and recreational vehicles. During the joint development phase, REE and the global commercial vehicle OEM expect to enter into a supply agreement for REE to supply its REEcornerTM for a dedicated new EV chassis of the OEM in the U.S. and Canada.
REE has entered into a strategic collaboration agreement with Navya which is currently active with autonomous vehicles in 23 countries, to collaborate in the development of a L4 autonomous system based on P7 corners ‘Powered by REE’ and driven by Navya.
Previously announced progress
In November 2021, REE nominated American Axle & Manufacturing to supply a high-performance 3-in-1 propulsion system and Brembo to co-develop and supply a braking system. REE intends to use Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) and Analytics-as-a-Service (AaaS) capabilities currently under development in collaboration with Hitachi America, Ltd. in the P7 platform to provide intelligence and actionable insights into fleet operations and offer fleet owners complete visibility over their operations, allowing faster time to market, lower total ownership costs and a suite of lifecycle service. Further details about the P7 platform can be found on REE’s website.
Other ongoing platform and program activity:
In early January 2022, REE and Hino Motors (“Hino”), a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation and a global leader in heavy & medium duty trucks, jointly exhibited their concept model EV platform, the FlatFormer, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. FlatFormer leverages REE’s innovative REEcorner™ technology, which allows the critical drive components to reside between the wheel and the chassis, thus creating a fully flat chassis. The FlatFormer will be capable of carrying a customized Mobility Service Module that can transport passengers and goods and deliver services. The Mobility Service Module can be easily detached from the EV platform and once detached, can serve as an independent, stand-alone unit, leaving the platform to be operated separately and continue on its next mission.
REE and Hino anticipate that FlatFormer prototypes will be produced in 2022.
In November 2021, REE unveiled its autonomous concept vehicle based on the Company’s modular EV platform design based on interest from potential customers. The full-scale concept is geared for customers seeking to offer fully autonomous delivery solutions, including, delivery fleet operators, e-retailers and technology companies. REE’s technology will be seamlessly integrated with any top hat and autonomous hardware. Leopard is designed to carry significantly more cargo due to its low, flat floor.
In April 2021, REE secured a strategic collaboration agreement with Magna International , the world’s largest vehicle contract manufacturer, with the goal of bringing to market innovative, full-fledged modular EVs under the ‘Powered by REE’ brand for tech companies and new electric mobility players. The companies are jointly exploring future vehicle development opportunities across a variety of use cases, including Mobility-as-a-Service in the light commercial vehicle market.
Hitachi America, Ltd
In December 2021, REE announced a newly-formed strategic collaboration with Hitachi America, Ltd. (“Hitachi”), a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. , to ease and accelerate the adoption of EVs across the entire EV value chain, including enabling EV manufacturing at scale, delivering commercial vehicle charging infrastructure and energy management, and providing comprehensive digital fleet management and operations for full visibility across EV fleets as organizations transition over the next decade. Hitachi and REE will work to accelerate the development of advanced digital solutions for REE customers by co-creating a highly scalable DaaS and AaaS platform with the goal of enabling next-generation connected commercial EVs. This could also provide an additional revenue stream for REE in the future.
Supply Chain Developments:
In November 2021, REE nominated American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. (“AAM”), a leading global automotive supplier of driveline technologies, to supply a jointly developed compact, high-performance 3-in-1 electric drive unit (“EDU”) which includes motor, inverter, and gear box for the REEcornerTM module, with initial application in the P7 delivery van program. In January, REE and AAM displayed an EDU system and jointly hosted an event at CES to discuss how their collaboration is well positioned to take advantage of the fast-growing electrification market. Materials presented during the event can be access here.
In addition, REE nominated Brembo, a global leader in brake technology, to jointly develop and supply a braking system for REEcornersTM and EV platforms with initial focus on the P7 delivery van program.
In February 2021, REE established its Engineering Center of Excellence in the UK to commercialize REE’s products and manufacturing capabilities with state-of-the-art testing and engineering equipment. The Engineering Center is spearheading REEcornerTM and EV platform engineering design, validation, verification and testing, as well as product homologation. In August 2021, REE announced that its REEcorner™ technology was awarded $17 million of funding from the UK government.
REE is building its first Integration Center and highly automated launch factory in Coventry, UK in 2022, and plans to open an asset-light Integration Center in Austin, TX in 2023. The Company anticipates that it will have an initial capacity to produce 10,000 vehicle sets by the end of 2022, ramping up to 20,000 vehicle sets by the end of 2023. REE’s CapEx-light, asset-light production approach is based on leveraging its global network of Tier 1 partners’ manufacturing capacity, with full point-of-sale component assembly and testing set to take place in REE’s Integration Centers. REE’s CapEx-light manufacturing approach and Integration Centers are designed to enable the company to remain a comparatively asset-light enterprise, helping to increase operating margins and ROI and reduce the carbon footprint of its operations.
Financial Highlights & Outlook
- GAAP net loss was $46.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to $414.9 million in the third quarter 2021 and $10.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The third quarter was impacted by $409.8 million of non-cash expenses related to performance-based stock options, including options granted to the Company’s founders prior to the merger with 10X Capital which vested at the time of closing. The increase from the fourth quarter of 2020 primarily related to such non-cash stock-based compensation.
- Non-GAAP net loss of $26.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 increased compared to $19.5 million in the third quarter of 2021 and $6.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The year-over-year increase in non-GAAP net loss is primarily related to higher operating expenses as the Company ramps up its capabilities and market penetration towards commercial production in 2023.
- As of December 31, 2021, the Company’s total liquidity amounted to $275.8 million, comprised entirely of cash. REE anticipates making investments of approximately $30 million in 2022 primarily related to the establishment of its initial production capacity.
- The Company anticipates its non-GAAP operating expenses, which includes non-GAAP selling, general, and administrative and research and development expenses, to total between $100 and $120 million in 2022. Operating expenses will primarily consist of engineering and technology expenses related to the company’s existing commercial programs and projects. The expense expectations are dependent in part on the timing and achievement of certain milestones related to the Company’s commercial programs and projects.
- The Company anticipates that it has sufficient liquidity to achieve initial production of its P7 platform and continue to advance other commercial activities set forth above.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, March 3, 2022 to discuss results, recent developments and the Company’s commercial roadmap. This press release and the accompanying presentation materials will be accessible from the Company’s website prior to the conference call at https://investors.ree.auto/.
Individuals wishing to participate in the webcast can access the event at the Company’s website by visiting the Investors section of the Company’s website at https://investors.ree.auto/. The conference call will be accessible domestically or internationally, by dialing 646-741-3167 or +44 (0) 2071928338, respectively. Upon dialing in, please provide your details and request to join the REE Automotive Fourth Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call or reference conference code 5167698.
The call will be recorded, and a replay will be available to interested parties on REE’s Investors website at https://investors.ree.auto/.
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About REE Automotive
REE Automotive (NASDAQ: REE) is an automotive technology leader creating the cornerstone for tomorrow’s zero-emission vehicles. REE’s mission is to empower global mobility companies to build any size or shape of electric or autonomous vehicle – from class 1 through class 6 – for any application and any target market. Our revolutionary, award-winning REEcorner technology packs traditional vehicle drive components (steering, braking, suspension, powertrain and control) into the arch of the wheel, allowing for the industry’s flattest EV platform. Unrestricted by legacy thinking, REE is a truly horizontal player, with technology applicable to the widest range of target markets and applications. Fully scalable and completely modular, REE offers multiple customer benefits including complete vehicle design freedom, more space and volume with the smallest footprint, lower TCO, faster development times, ADAS compatibility, reduced maintenance and global safety standard compliance.
Headquartered in Israel, with subsidiaries in the USA, the UK, Germany, and Japan. REE has a unique CapEx-light manufacturing model that leverages its Tier 1 partners’ existing production lines. REE’s technology, together with their unique value proposition and commitment to excellence, positions REE to break new ground in e-Mobility. For more information visit https://www.ree.auto.
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