Rivian filed for an initial public offering (IPO) on Friday. The electric vehicle maker filed its IPO confidentially back in August. The S-1 document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission was made public and revealed financial and preorder information.
So far, Rivian has reported huge losses but that’s expected at this early stage for an EV start-up. In 2019, Rivian reported a net loss of $426 million. Its losses more than doubled to $1.02 billion in 2020 when the company expanded its factory and workforce for R1T truck and R1S SUV production.
In the first half of this year, Rivian posted a net loss of $994 million, almost the entire amount it lost last year. “We are a development stage company and have not generated material revenue to date,” Rivian writes in the filing.
It’s hard to say how long it will take Rivian to turn a profit, and according to a quote from the filing:
“In the near term... we expect that a significant portion of our revenue will be from Amazon Logistics.”
As part of an investment deal with Amazon, Rivian is expected to produce up to 100,000 electric delivery vans for the multinational conglomerate. Deliveries of the van start in December, and the first several thousand are due by the end of 2022.
Gallery: Rivian-Amazon Delivery Van
The IPO filing also revealed that Rivian had 48,390 preorders for the R1T truck and R1S SUV in the US and Canada as of September. The filing also showed that Rivian has started a philanthropic mission called Forever.
According to a TechCrunch report, Rivian closed a $2.5 billion round of private funding earlier this year led by Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, D1 Capital Partners, Ford Motor and funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates Inc. Third Point, Fidelity Management and Research Company, Dragoneer Investment Group and Coatue also participated.