Lightning eMotors Reports Financial Results for First Quarter 2022

  • Record first quarter revenue of $5.4 million, increased 18% year-over-year
  • Record number of quarterly units sold at 68
  • Revealed new electrified Class 5-6 step van chassis and partnership with Blue Bird Corporation at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo on May 10

Lightning eMotors, Inc. ("Lightning eMotors", "Lightning", or the "Company"), a leading provider of zero-emission powertrains and medium-duty and specialty commercial electric vehicles for fleets, today announced consolidated results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2022.

"Our sales growth reflected outstanding execution in the face of continued supply chain headwinds," said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning eMotors. "We recently won new and repeat orders with major fleets in the U.S. and Canada across a broad range of vehicle applications. Also, earlier this week we announced a partnership to provide Blue Bird with Electric powertrains for their new Truck Chassis, which moves both companies into new markets and platforms and leverages their brand and deep nationwide sales and service channels. Lastly, we also announced a partnership with Perrone Robotics to offer a Level 2-4 autonomous vehicle option on all our Class 3-7 commercial vehicles, enhancing safety and providing campuses and logistical terminals with autonomous options they can put on the road today. Our expanding list of top tier OEM partners confirms our strategy and product leadership position, while repeat orders from major fleets following initial evaluations reflects the positive customer experience we are providing."

Reeser continued, "Chassis supply chain challenges remain. Our multiple mitigation strategies, including recently-announced partnerships with GM and Blue Bird, plus our own Lightning eChassis, should begin to alleviate the shortage later this year. Customer reaction to our repower initiative has also been very encouraging. As we look forward with confidence, we continue to improve our productivity, efficiency, and quality with new equipment, tools, and fixtures, plus new outsourcing arrangements for complex wire harness assemblies."

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

First quarter revenue was $5.4 million, compared to $4.6 million for the prior-year quarter, an increase of 18% year-over-year.

Net loss was $10.8 million, or $0.14 per share, compared to net loss of $27.4 million, or $0.83 per share during the first quarter of last year.

Adjusted EBITDA was -$14.5 million, compared to -$5.1 million during the same period in the prior year. Adjusted net loss was $18.7 million, compared to $6.8 million during the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net loss are non-GAAP measures. See explanatory language and reconciliation to the GAAP measures below.

Order Backlog and Awarded Orders

As of April 29, 2022, the Company had an order backlog—including full vehicles, powertrain systems to be sold directly to customers, and charging systems—of over 1,500 units valued at $167.8 million.

The Company's sales pipeline remains strong at $1.5 billion. We expect the 2021 Federal Infrastructure Bill that provides over $10 billion in new funding for medium and heavy duty commercial electric vehicles to begin to be disbursed in Q4 of this year, driving customer demand for Lightning products and services in both the near and long term.

Guidance

We continue to experience supply chain challenges involving chassis and other key components. Delays associated with any of these components may impact the timing of revenue. Our customers remain supportive, and we have not seen any order cancellations due to delivery timing. Based on current business conditions, the Company expects:

  • Second quarter revenue to be in the range of $6.0 million to $8.0 million.
  • Second quarter vehicle and powertrain sales to be in the range of 55 units to 75 units
  • Second quarter adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of -$18 million to -$20 million

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Company management will host a webcast and conference call on May 13, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss the Company's financial results.

Interested investors and other parties can listen to a webcast of the live conference call and access the Company's fourth quarter update presentation by logging onto the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at https://ir.lightningemotors.com/.

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 877-407-6910 (domestic) or +1-201-689-8731 (international).

About Lightning eMotors

Lightning eMotors has been providing specialized and sustainable fleet solutions since 2009, deploying complete zero-emission vehicle solutions for commercial fleets since 2018 – including Class 3 cargo and passenger vans and ambulances, Class 4 and 5 cargo vans and shuttle buses, Class 6 work trucks and school buses, Class 7 city buses, and Class A motorcoaches. The Lightning eMotors' team designs, engineers, customizes, and manufactures ZEVs to support the wide array of fleet customer needs, with a full suite of control software, telematics, analytics, and charging solutions to simplify the buying and ownership experience and maximize uptime and energy efficiency. To learn more, visit https://lightningemotors.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the financial statements of Lightning eMotors (including guidance), its product and customer developments, its expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions, plans, prospects or strategies regarding the future revenues and expenses, its expectations regarding the availability and timing of components and supplies and the business plans of Lightning eMotors' management team. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. The words "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intends," "may," "might," "plan," "possible," "potential," "predict," "project," "should," "would" and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by the management of Lightning eMotors considering their respective experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments and their potential effects on Lightning eMotors as well as other factors they believe are appropriate in the circumstances. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting Lightning eMotors will be those anticipated. These forward-looking statements contained in this press release are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause actual results or outcomes to be materially different from any future results or outcomes expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors include, but are not limited to: (i) those related to our operations and business and financial performance; (ii) our ability to have access to an adequate supply of motors, chassis and other critical components for our vehicles on the timeline we expect (iii) our ability to attract and retain customers; (iv) backlog amounts and sales pipeline that may not result in actual revenue or be indicative of future revenues or sales; (v) our ability to up-sell and cross-sell to customers; (vi) the success of our customers' development programs which will drive future revenues; (vii) our ability to execute on our business strategy; (viii) our ability to compete effectively; (ix) our ability to manage growth, scale up infrastructure and manage increased headcount; (x) the ability of the Company to maintain the New York Stock Exchange's listing standards, (xi) potential business and supply chain disruptions, including those related to physical security threats, information technology or cyber-attacks, epidemics, pandemics, sanctions, political unrest, war, terrorism or natural disasters; (xii) macroeconomic factors, including current global and regional market conditions, commodity prices, inflation and deflation; (xiii) federal, state, and local laws, regulations and government incentives, particularly those related to the commercial electric vehicle market; (xiv) the volatility in the price of our securities due to a variety of factors, including changes in the competitive industries in which the Company operates, variations in operating performance across competitors, changes in laws and regulations affecting the Company's business and changes in the capital structure; (xv) planned and potential business or asset acquisitions or combinations; (xvi) the size and growth of the markets in which we operate; (xvii) the mix of products utilized by the Company's customers and such customers' needs for these products; (xviii) market acceptance of new product offerings; and (xix) our funding and liquidity plans. Moreover, we operate in a competitive and rapidly changing environment, and new risks may emerge from time to time. You should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or should any of the assumptions being made prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

Lightning eMotors, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2022

 

2021

Revenues

 

$

5,412

 

 

$

4,591

 

Cost of revenues

 

 

7,722

 

 

 

5,318

 

Gross loss

 

 

(2,310

)

 

 

(727

)

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

 

1,942

 

 

 

648

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

11,599

 

 

 

3,920

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

13,541

 

 

 

4,568

 

Loss from operations

 

 

(15,851

)

 

 

(5,295

)

Other (income) expense, net

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

3,861

 

 

 

1,611

 

(Gain) loss from change in fair value of warrant liabilities

 

 

(188

)

 

 

20,539

 

Gain from change in fair value of derivative liability

 

 

(2,555

)

 

 

 

Gain from change in fair value of earnout liability

 

 

(6,172

)

 

 

 

Other income, net

 

 

(41

)

 

 

(9

)

Total other (income) expense, net

 

 

(5,095

)

 

 

22,141

 

Net loss

 

$

(10,756

)

 

$

(27,436

)

Net loss per share, basic and diluted

 

$

(0.14

)

 

$

(0.83

)

Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic and diluted

 

 

75,128,044

 

 

 

33,147,475

 

Lightning eMotors, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except shares)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

2022

 

2021

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

150,363

 

 

$

168,538

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $3,397 and $3,349 as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively

 

 

8,911

 

 

 

9,172

 

Inventories

 

 

17,216

 

 

 

14,621

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

6,071

 

 

 

7,067

 

Total current assets

 

 

182,561

 

 

 

199,398

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

7,439

 

 

 

4,891

 

Operating lease right-of-use asset, net

 

 

8,475

 

 

 

8,742

 

Other assets

 

 

1,070

 

 

 

379

 

Total assets

 

$

199,545

 

 

$

213,410

 

Liabilities and stockholders' equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

5,246

 

 

$

6,021

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

 

8,645

 

 

 

5,045

 

Warrant liability

 

 

1,997

 

 

 

2,185

 

Current portion of operating lease obligation

 

 

1,280

 

 

 

1,166

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

17,168

 

 

 

14,417

 

Long-term debt, net of debt discount

 

 

65,887

 

 

 

63,768

 

Operating lease obligation, net of current portion

 

 

8,883

 

 

 

9,260

 

Derivative liability

 

 

14,863

 

 

 

17,418

 

Earnout liability

 

 

76,972

 

 

 

83,144

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

338

 

 

 

191

 

Total liabilities

 

 

184,111

 

 

 

188,198

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, par value $.0001, 1,000,000 shares authorized no shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, par value $.0001, 250,000,000 shares authorized as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021; 75,153,493 and 75,062,642 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively

 

 

8

 

 

 

8

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

207,746

 

 

 

206,768

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(192,320

)

 

 

(181,564

)

Total stockholders' equity

 

 

15,434

 

 

 

25,212

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

 

$

199,545

 

 

$

213,410

 

Lightning eMotors, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands, except shares)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31,

 

 

2022

 

2021

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(10,756

)

 

$

(27,436

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

361

 

 

 

126

 

Provision for doubtful accounts

 

 

48

 

 

 

142

 

Provision for inventory obsolescence and write-downs

 

 

95

 

 

 

 

Gain on disposal of fixed asset

 

 

 

 

 

(9

)

Change in fair value of warrant liability

 

 

(188

)

 

 

20,539

 

Change in fair value of earnout liability

 

 

(6,172

)

 

 

 

Change in fair value of derivative liability

 

 

(2,555

)

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

972

 

 

 

68

 

Amortization of debt discount

 

 

2,119

 

 

 

985

 

Non-cash impact of operating lease right-of-use asset

 

 

267

 

 

 

553

 

Issuance of common stock warrants for services performed

 

 

 

 

 

433

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

213

 

 

 

(557

)

Inventories

 

 

(2,785

)

 

 

(1,386

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

 

80

 

 

 

(2,481

)

Accounts payable

 

 

(898

)

 

 

1,304

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

 

3,057

 

 

 

1,089

 

Net cash used in operating activities

 

 

(16,142

)

 

 

(6,630

)

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property and equipment

 

 

(2,024

)

 

 

(569

)

Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(2,024

)

 

 

(560

)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from facility borrowings

 

 

 

 

 

7,000

 

Proceeds from the exercise of Series C redeemable convertible preferred warrants

 

 

 

 

 

1,500

 

Payments on finance lease obligations

 

 

(15

)

 

 

(6

)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

 

 

6

 

 

 

10

 

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

 

 

(9

)

 

 

8,504

 

Net (decrease) increase in cash

 

 

(18,175

)

 

 

1,314

 

Cash - Beginning of period

 

 

168,538

 

 

 

460

 

Cash - End of period

 

$

150,363

 

 

$

1,774

 

Supplemental cash flow information - Cash paid for interest

 

$

113

 

 

$

350

 

Significant noncash transactions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reduction of warrant liability for conversion of warrants into Series C redeemable convertible preferred stock

 

$

 

 

$

5,310

 

Property and equipment included in accounts payable and accruals

 

 

387

 

 

 

 

Finance lease right-of-use asset in exchange for a lease liability

 

 

183

 

 

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to our results determined in accordance with GAAP, we believe the following non-GAAP measures are useful in evaluating our operational performance. We use the following non-GAAP financial information among other operational metrics to evaluate our ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. We believe that non-GAAP financial information, when taken collectively, may be helpful to investors in assessing our operating performance.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Loss

EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before depreciation and amortization and interest expense. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before depreciation and amortization, interest expense, stock-based compensation, gains or losses related to the change in fair value of warrant, derivative and earnout share liabilities and other non-recurring costs determined by management, such as Business Combination related expenses. Adjusted net loss is defined as net income (loss) adjusted for stock-based compensation expense, gains or losses related to the change in fair value of warrant, derivative and earnout share liabilities and certain other non-recurring costs determined by management, such as Business Combination related expenses. EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net loss are intended as supplemental measures of our performance that are neither required by, nor presented in accordance with, GAAP. We believe that using EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net loss provide an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends while comparing our financial measures with those of comparable companies, which may present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors. However, you should be aware that when evaluating EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net loss we may incur future expenses similar to those excluded when calculating these measures. In addition, our presentation of these measures should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. Our computation of EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net loss may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures computed by other companies, because all companies may not calculate EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net loss in the same fashion.

Because of these limitations, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net loss should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net loss on a supplemental basis. You should review the reconciliations of net income (loss) to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA and net income (loss) to adjusted net loss below and not rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.

The following table reconciles net loss to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2022

 

2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(10,756

)

 

$

(27,436

)

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and Amortization

 

 

361

 

 

 

126

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

3,861

 

 

 

1,611

 

EBITDA

 

$

(6,534

)

 

$

(25,699

)

Stock-based compensation

 

 

972

 

 

 

68

 

(Gain) loss from change in fair value of warrant liabilities

 

 

(188

)

 

 

20,539

 

Gain from change in fair value of derivative liability

 

 

(2,555

)

 

 

 

Gain from change in fair value of earnout liability

 

 

(6,172

)

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

(14,477

)

 

$

(5,092

)

The following table reconciles net loss to adjusted net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2022

 

2021

Net loss

$

(10,756

)

 

$

(27,436

)

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation

 

972

 

 

 

68

 

(Gain) loss from change in fair value of warrant liabilities

 

(188

)

 

 

20,539

 

Gain from change in fair value of derivative liability

 

(2,555

)

 

 

 

Gain from change in fair value of earnout liability

 

(6,172

)

 

 

 

Adjusted net loss

$

(18,699

)

 

$

(6,829

)

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