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Lucid reveals mixed bag of first-quarter earnings, struggles to spur demand

Lucid has published its quarterly financials, revealing a mixed bag of encouraging growth and ongoing weakness

Amidst growing concerns over brand recognition, electric vehicle manufacturer Lucid has published its quarterly financials, revealing a mixed bag of encouraging growth and ongoing weakness.

The EV brand saw first-quarter revenue improve drastically over the year prior, earning $149.4 million compared to roughly $94 million in 2022. The 159% increase was driven by 1,406 deliveries of the Lucid Air luxury sedan. While liquidity dropped from the previous quarter to $4.1 billion, CFO Sherry House noted that the automaker’s $3.4 billion in cash would be sufficient “to fund the company at least into Q2 of 2024.”

While the automaker’s year-over-year growth is an encouraging sign, investors are more likely to focus on other less admirable details within the report. Lucid manufactured 2,314 units from January through March, well behind the rate needed to achieve the upper end of its initial full-year guidance of 10,000 to 14,000. Although the brand maintains it is still on track to meet the 10,000 minimum before 2024, its quarterly production number is also behind its Q4 total, during which the company built roughly 3,500 units. Revenue also dropped from the fourth quarter’s $257.7 million, a decrease of approximately 42%. While many manufacturers saw earnings fall in the new year due to seasonal shopping trends, most reported only moderate declines, with some even improving over Q4. Furthermore, the company’s net loss of $780 million is much higher than the $604.6 million from Q1 2022.

Earlier this year, CEO Peter Rawlinson commented on the EV brand’s difficulties in procuring buyers, saying, “too few people are aware of not just the car but the company.” While the automaker has come a long way since last year, its position as an independent manufacturer is in danger of becoming untenable unless it can dramatically ramp up production and deliveries over the remaining three quarters.

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Colin Velez
Colin Velez
Colin Velez is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. After obtaining his bachelor’s in Communication from Kennesaw State University in 2018, he kicked off his writing career by developing marketing and public relations material for various industries, including travel and fashion. Throughout the next four years, he developed a love for working with journalists and other content creators, and his passion eventually led him to his current position. Today, Colin writes news content and coordinates stories with auto-industry insiders and entrepreneurs throughout the U.S.

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