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NIO: A Strong EV Rebound Play For 2022

Jan. 02, 2022 2:21 AM ETNIO Inc. (NIO) Stock51 Comments
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  • NIO delivered more than 10 thousand EVs in December, the second straight month of deliveries exceeding this threshold.
  • NIO delivered 91,429 EVs in FY 2021, showing 109% year-over-year growth.
  • NIO is ripe for a recovery after an undeserved sell-off pushed shares of the EV maker from $55 to $30.

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Shares of NIO (NYSE:NIO) surged toward the end of the year as part of a wider rally in beaten-down Chinese stocks. NIO, although facing a slew of risks in 2022, could be set for a major

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Comments (51)

To invest in NIO, do I use US stock valuation (33 some dollars) or Chinese stock valuation? Can't seem to get a straight answer.
The Asian Investor profile picture
@UNCLEJUNIORSOPRANO As always, Uncle, you are correct :)
@UNCLEJUNIORSOPRANO - any NIO dealer showrooms in the US?
Edwin Wingo profile picture
we need to pump Nio more
sho1 profile picture
TSLA has $1T market cap, deliver about 1 million cars. NIO has $50B mc, deliver about 100k cars. TSLA x10 the delivery in unit, x20 mc. NIO will be profitable soon, close to break even, smaller revenue can do exponential growth for realistic. TSLA will saturate easier. So I stay with NIO long.
The Asian Investor profile picture
@sho Given the choice between NIO and TSLA, I would choose NIO (or XPeng) any day of the week!
What effect will increased capacity have. (Unfortunately not before 3rd quarter).

@Smoothcello it refers only to the Neo Park. Besides Neo Park, additional capacity increase is coming to ramp up production to 240.000 cars per year: "NIO is expanding massively to accommodate its outsized market. It’s signed an agreement with Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC) to expand its car production capacity to 240,000 per year. And it’s building a second manufacturing facility to beef up production even further." Source: www.ig.com/...
If you did your DD and like NIO, just hold ! It’s a matter of time before that exuberant Growth, Expansion, Auto pilot, BASS, = 💰💰 I’m a proud 💼💼💼 Holder of NIO 💰💰💰💰
The Asian Investor profile picture
@jjoserr You speak my language. Thank you very much!
"... 109.1% year over year growth... NIO failed to generate strong year over year growth."

C'mon man! Really? 109.1% YoY growth is not strong growth?

"If NIO falls further behind its rivals regarding delivery growth, shares of NIO could get into even bigger trouble this year."

Again, I call BS. As others have pointed out, NIO is selling into a higher market tier. Agree with other poster: "Like comparing Toyota sales numbers to BMW". Totally different market level products! Duh!
@unbob also their manufacturing capacity will increase when new plant comes online.
The Asian Investor profile picture
@unbob NIO's delivery growth rates were below group average
doubleE profile picture
"The biggest challenge for NIO, however, is that its closest EV rivals in the market, XPeng and Li Auto, have pulled ahead of NIO regarding delivery growth."

NIO sells at a completely diffeent price point from Li and Xpeng. It's like noticing toyota sells more cars than BMW. Duh ?
Djreef1966 profile picture
Did it really surge?
EverydayTrader profile picture
I think a major point that is often overlooked is NIO’s average sale price. While XPEV and LI are indeed surpassing NIO in terms of deliveries, their ASP’s are much lower. For instance, NIO’s 91k deliveries for 2021 brought in revenues greater than $6B, while XPEV’s 98k deliveries brought in less than $4B in revenue. So I’m short, each companies ASP’s need to be taken into account - not just their delivery numbers.
The Asian Investor profile picture
@EverydayTrader Thank you for adding this in. I will see how I can include this next time.
goodwell111 profile picture
In 2021 XPEV production is up 260%. LI up 130%. NIO up 109%.

It would be very interesting to see BYD report. BYD should delivery many times more than NIO+XPEV+LI combined.

Also BYD should reported about 100,000 times more than Rivian + Lucid combined.
@goodwell111 Yes, everyone is hyped by those three because they are listed on the U.S. stock exchanges. BYD is listed in Hong Kong, so folks assume that is bad. I buy it OTC (BYDDF) all day long. However, BYD is or soon will be the largest EV seller in China, not TESLA. And, Toyota just partnered with them to make a "corolla" type EV for them for the Chinese market, i.e., manufacture the vehicle and place a Toyota badge on it. BYD exported the Tang SUV to Norway in June, 2021, before NIO to prove their vehicle to European buyers. BYD is the largest vertically integrated vehicle manufacturer in the World, they make the best EV batteries and only Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) of China competes with them for the LPF type battery. Oh, and they have a manufacturing plant (Union Shop) in the Los Angeles area for Buses and Commercial Truck EVs.
Good commentary.
NIO has an excellent product and thanks to this it has created a powerful brand, although it has been relegated in production, it earns more money than its competition, but with neo park that begins in the 3rd quarter with the manufacture of its flagship product according to orders higher anticipated to all the models that the company has, there really the measurement of production + profit ... it will be incredible
there is nothing cheap about this company!!!!!! single digits in 2022.
The Asian Investor profile picture
@motto5448 Why do you say this?
The problem that NIO has is that it grew 109% but its competition grew much more and especially in the last 3 months, LI 130 $ year, Xpeng 160% year ... the growth of companies is measured by their growth and the comparative of its market ... however something very important that investors do not contemplate since they are only interested in the number of deliveries and that is why the shares are depressed, it is the profit margin ... $ NIO the average price is $ 65,104 and a gross margin of 19%, resulting in a profit of $ 12,369 per car $ Xpeng the average price is $ 37,270 and a gross margin of 12% leading to a profit of $ 4,472 per car 12. 369 / 4,472 = 2.76 So Xpeng needs More than 27,600 cars sold for every 10,000 NIO
The Asian Investor profile picture
@pulga Thank you for sharing this. I will see if I can make a comparative analysis of sales, deliveries and margins next time.
" If NIO falls further behind its rivals regarding delivery growth, shares of NIO could get into even bigger trouble this year. "

For once, there is something we can agree on. At least for the first quarter, nio look to fall even further behind XPEV and LI.
XPEV will be the best choice of the three.
" NIO delivered more than 10 thousand EVs in December, the second straight month of deliveries exceeding this threshold. "

Why would anyone use 10,000 as a monthly delivery threshold?

Yet, you paid no attention to the fact that December's number is slightly lower than November numbers despite an extra day in December. Normally, that won't be a big deal, but if you were priced to perfection, then it is something to think about. And this is in the backdrop where XPEV and Li both break their monthly record.
Orr77 profile picture
@SavvyOrBroke NIO isn't priced at a level of perfection - far from it. And it has lagged badly for a reason. 2021 was not a good year from an execution standpoint for sure but 2022 rolls out 2 new models and NIO also serves a somewhat different market than do LI and XPEV.
Ramon Serrano Bejar profile picture
I consider that the sales analysis for 2022 is incomplete, since it does not mention the expansion in Europe in 5 countries and already started in Norway. Likewise, this article does not mention the positive effect that it will have: the number of stations that the change of batteries will offer with its corresponding differentiation with its competitors and its positive effect on sales; Likewise, this article does not indicate the estimated positive effect of its association with an international oil company in 2022. I would appreciate the author's support for my observations and concerns in this regard, wishing him a happy 2022 and the readers of SA.
Dr John Smith profile picture
stop burning my illuminated logo....when u write ur articles..nio isnt going nowhere...its lordstown that will make u rich. why because of a thing called valuation. Once production hits the value of lordstown will be 4 billion minimu thats almost 8 x times your money. Easy 10 bagger like good old peter lynch used to say 🥳🎉🥳🎉🥳
Orr77 profile picture
@Dr John Smith Lordstown likely does not survive. Weak company that is grossly undercapitalized. Stick to medicine and keep your $$$ in the S&P 500.
@Orr77 somebody's doesn't like Nio :)
Dr John Smith profile picture
@Orr77 maybe you dont know who foxconn is? worth 10 more than tesla? partner...and with no more over head and plenty of capital how are they under capitalized...these are 10 bangers kid...havent u read and Peter Lynch books?
I don’t see NIO management delivering what was promised. So thumbs down plenty of better EV to invest in. The downside risk for NIO is still strong
@cd7707 ‘21 was disappointing with the chi shortage (NIO did not do well here), COVID, China selloff, etc but management has delivered on virtually all metrics. Not sure what you even mean here?
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