Luminar Technologies Stock Is Trading Lower Monday - What's Going On?

Zinger Key Points
  • Luminar cuts 20% of its workforce and leans on its contract partner in a restructuring for a more "asset-light" production model.
  • The restructuring aims to cut costs by $50M-$65M annually, impacting 140 employees and focusing operations on its Florida facility.

Lidar company Luminar Technologies, Inc. LAZR is reducing its workforce by 20% and relying more heavily on its contract manufacturing partner as it restructures towards a more “asset-light” business model to scale production. The stock is trading lower, and it went down as much as 13% on Monday.

The workforce reduction will impact about 140 employees. The company will also part ways with most of its contract workers.

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Founder and CEO Austin Russell emphasized in a letter on Luminar’s website that the company is at a crossroads. While its core business remains strong in technology, product, industrialization, and commercialization, challenges in the capital markets require a shift in the business model and cost structure. He noted that the restructuring aims to expedite product delivery, significantly cut costs, and enhance profitability, TechCrunch reports.

Luminar aims to lower operating costs by $50 million—$65 million annually, partially by reducing its global footprint through subleasing some facilities. The company will retain its Florida development, testing, and research facility.

In April, Luminar shipped production lidar sensors to Volvo for their EX90 SUV. It announced a deeper partnership with TPK Holding, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer, which has committed to an exclusive relationship with Luminar.

In April, BofA Securities analyst downgrated the stock citing weaker demand for EV, leading to a cash flow breakeven by 2030. He also flagged  the need to raise $1 billion in incremental capital through 2025, which would dilute existing shareholders.

Luminar Technologies stock lost over 74% in the last 12 months. Investors can gain exposure to the stock via Direxion Moonshot Innovators ETF MOON and First Trust Nasdaq Artificial Intelligence And Robotics ETF ROBT.

Price Action: LAZR shares traded lower by 7.14% at $1.56 premarket on the last check Monday.

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