Skip to Main Content
Back to News

Rivian Gains Ground with Volkswagen $5B Partnership

Quiver Editor

Rivian Automotive (RIVN) surged approximately 36% on Wednesday after Volkswagen’s $5 billion investment offered the EV startup significant support to roll out new models and attract consumers in a competitive, slowing market. This substantial investment will bolster Rivian's cash reserves, move it closer to profitability, and enhance its ability to compete with market leader Tesla (TSLA). The deal involves forming a joint venture with Volkswagen to share EV architecture and software, potentially benefiting Volkswagen's brands such as Audi, Porsche, and Lamborghini.

The market responded enthusiastically, with over 80 million Rivian shares exchanged in early trading, more than twice its 30-day average. The stock was set for its best day on record if gains held. Analysts like Susannah Streeter from Hargreaves Lansdown view the investment as a significant vote of confidence in Rivian’s prospects. The partnership is expected to lower per-vehicle costs and strengthen defenses against Chinese EV makers. Shares of Lucid (LCID) also rose 3% on the news, as analysts suggested the deal could highlight Lucid's technology licensing opportunities.

Market Overview:
  • Rivian surges 36% on Volkswagen’s $5 billion investment.
  • Partnership to share EV architecture and software.
  • Rivian’s trading volume spikes, potentially marking its best day on record.
Key Points:
  • Investment boosts Rivian’s cash reserves and competitive edge.
  • Joint venture aims to lower costs and enhance market position.
  • Lucid shares rise 3% on potential technology licensing spotlight.
Looking Ahead:
  • Collaboration may impact third-party software providers like Aptiv.
  • Rivian to develop cheaper models and expand its vehicle lineup.
  • Analysts caution potential dilutive impact on Rivian’s share price.

The strategic collaboration between Rivian and Volkswagen is seen as a game changer, offering Rivian the necessary capital to develop its R2 SUVs and R3 crossovers, which are aimed at competing with Tesla’s Model Y. Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe noted that the investment would significantly alter the company’s capital structure and market perception. The news also affected Aptiv (APTV) negatively, with shares dropping nearly 10% as analysts flagged the deal as a potential threat to its business model.

Despite the optimism, some analysts warned of the funding's dilutive effect on Rivian's share price. D.A. Davidson’s Michael Shlisky pointed out that the $3 billion of the investment was in dilutive equity over time, some at a discount to the current price. Rivian’s strategic moves include scrapping previous joint ventures with Ford (F) and Mercedes Benz, indicating a shift towards more beneficial partnerships.

About the Author

David Love is an editor at Quiver Quantitative, with a focus on global markets and breaking news. Prior to joining Quiver, David was the CEO of Winter Haven Capital.

Suggested Articles