Chinese premium electric vehicle start-up Nio has reported a big pick-up in quarterly deliveries.

Operating Highlights for the Third Quarter of 2020

  • Deliveries of vehicles were 12,206 in the third quarter of 2020, including 8,660 ES6s, 3,530 ES8s and 16 EC6s, compared with 4,799 vehicles delivered in the third quarter of 2019 and 10,331 vehicles delivered in the second quarter of 2020.

Financial Highlights for the Third Quarter of 2020

  • Vehicle sales were RMB4,266.8 million (US$628.4 million) in the third quarter of 2020, representing an increase of 146.1% from the third quarter of 2019 and an increase of 22.4% from the second quarter of 2020.
  • Vehicle margin was 14.5% in the third quarter of 2020, compared with negative 6.8% in the third quarter of 2019 and 9.7% in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Total revenues were RMB4,526.0 million (US$666.6 million) in the third quarter of 2020, representing an increase of 146.4% from the third quarter of 2019 and an increase of 21.7% from the second quarter of 2020.
  • Gross profit was RMB585.8 million (US$86.3 million) in the third quarter of 2020, representing an increase of RMB807.4 million from a gross loss of RMB221.6 million in the third quarter of 2019 and an increase of RMB272.7 million from the second quarter of 2020.
  • Gross margin was 12.9% in the third quarter of 2020, compared with negative 12.1% in the third quarter of 2019 and 8.4% in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Loss from operations was RMB946.0 million (US$139.3 million) in the third quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 60.7% from the third quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 18.4% from the second quarter of 2020. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted loss from operations (non-GAAP) was RMB896.7 million (US$132.1 million) in the third quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 61.7 % from the third quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 19.6% from the second quarter of 2020.
  • Net loss was RMB1,047.0 million (US$154.2 million) in the third quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 58.5% from the third quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 11.0% from the second quarter of 2020. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) was RMB997.8 million (US$147.0 million) in the third quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 59.3% from the third quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 11.8% from the second quarter of 2020.
  • Net loss attributable to NIO's ordinary shareholders was RMB1,187.9 million (US$175.0 million) in the third quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 53.5% from the third quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 1.6% from the second quarter of 2020. Excluding share-based compensation expenses and accretion on redeemable non-controlling interests to redemption value, adjusted net loss attributable to NIO's ordinary shareholders (non-GAAP) was RMB996.0 million (US$146.7 million).
  • Basic and diluted net loss per American Depositary Share (ADS)iii were both RMB0.98 (US$0.14) in the third quarter of 2020. Excluding share-based compensation expenses and accretion on redeemable non-controlling interests to redemption value, adjusted basic and diluted net loss per ADS (non-GAAP) were both RMB0.82 (US$0.12).
  • Cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investment were RMB22.2 billion (US$3.3 billion) as of September 30, 2020.

Deliveries in October 2020

  • Deliveries of the ES8, ES6 and EC6 were 5,055 vehicles in October 2020, representing a strong 100.1% year-over-year growth. As of October 31, 2020, cumulative deliveries of the ES8, ES6 and EC6 reached 63,343 vehicles, of which 31,430 were delivered in 2020.

Launch of 100kWh Battery Pack

  • On November 6, 2020, NIO launched the 100kWh battery pack with battery upgrade plans. The 100kWh cell-to-pack battery pack has realized 37% higher energy density than the 70kWh battery. Powered by the 100kWh battery, the NEDC range of NIO EC6 can reach up to 615 kilometers. The outstanding performance of the 100kWh battery is underpinned by technological advancements including thermal propagation prevention design, highly-integrated architecture, all-climate thermal management and bi-directional cloud battery management system.
  • If users opt to purchase an ES8, ES6 or EC6 and subscribe for the 100kWh battery pack under the innovative Battery as a Service (the "BaaS") model, they can purchase the vehicle without the battery pack while paying a monthly subscription fee of RMB1,480. Users of the 70kWh battery pack can choose to either purchase a 100kWh battery pack for permanent upgrades or pay a monthly subscription fee of RMB880 for a flexible upgrade package.

CEO and CFO Comments

"We achieved a new record-high quarterly deliveries of 12,206 ES8s, ES6s and EC6s in total in the third quarter of 2020, followed by the best-ever monthly deliveries of 5,055 vehicles in October," said William Bin Li, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of NIO. "In view of the growing market demand for our competitive products, we are motivated to continuously elevate the production capacity to the next level. We expect to deliver 16,500 to 17,000 vehicles in the coming fourth quarter."

"In the past months, we are pleased to have launched the BaaS and the 100kWh battery pack with proprietary thermal management and significant performance enhancement. Enabled by our unique battery swap technologies, innovative BaaS model and comprehensive power solutions, our users can benefit from lower initial purchase prices of vehicles, flexible battery upgrade options as well as enhanced assurance of battery performance. Additionally, following the release of the NIO OS 2.7.0 via firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) upgrade in October 2020, our users have been able to enjoy the Navigate on Pilot (NoP) feature of NIO Pilot on highways and urban expressways in China. Going forward, we remain committed to deploying more resources into the core technology innovations and delivering the best holistic product and service experiences to our user community in the pursuit of fortifying our long-term competitiveness in the market," concluded Mr. Li.

"With another quarter of record high deliveries in the third quarter of 2020, plus further improvements in average selling price, material cost and manufacturing efficiency, our vehicle margin increased to 14.5%. Additionally, we achieved positive cash flow from operating activities for the second sequential quarter," added Steven Wei Feng, NIO's chief financial officer. "Our order growth momentum continued steadfastly, driven by the expanded brand awareness, growing user base, extended sales network and most importantly, the compelling products and technologies. Meanwhile, our continuous improvement of operational efficiency, cash flow and balance sheet has laid a solid foundation for our future sustainable growth and decisive investments in technologies."