Ford offloads shares in Rivian as stock market value of EV startup plummets by 70 per cent

  • Filing shows Ford sold seven million shares in Rivian on Friday for £154m
  • News comes just day after US giant sold a further £175m worth of shares in EV startup
  • Rivian has seen its stock market value fall by more than 70 per cent since going public last year

Time 8:23 am, May 16, 2022

Ford has been offloading its shares in EV firm Rivian as the startup’s stock value continues to plummet.

A filing published on Friday revealed that Ford made £154m ($188.2m) selling seven million shares in Rivian.

Just days earlier, the carmaker sold a further £175m ($214m) worth of shares, meaning the firm has recouped close to £330m in the last week.

Ford now owns 86.9m shares in Rivian, which has been hit hard by ongoing supply chain issues which have affected production.

Earlier in the year Rivian was forced to slash its planned 2022 production in half to 25,000 vehicles, Reuters reports.

The situation is a far cry from the company’s early days, which also saw Amazon get on board as a high-profile investor.

When the firm was first floated on New York’s Nasdaq stock exchange, its value briefly topped $100bn with shares selling at at £75.19 ($100.73).

The record-breaking start saw Rivian valued higher than Volkswagen but the boom has not been able to last.

Shares closed at £21.68 ($26.70) on Friday – a fall of more than 70 per cent from its dizzying opening day.

Overall Rivian made just 2,553 vehicles in Q1 and lost around £1.3bn ($1.59bn) in the first quarter of the year.

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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