The NIO ET5 is displayed at the Central China International Auto Show in Wuhan, China, on May 25, 2023.
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Beijing – China Electric Vehicle Company Nioh It announced on Tuesday that it secured $738.5 million in new capital from a fund owned by the Abu Dhabi government.
The strategic investment culminated in fund CYVN Holdings taking a 7% stake in NIO.
The deal is priced at $8.72 per share, a release said. That was 6.7 percent below Nio’s U.S.-listed stock’s closing price on Tuesday, down about 0.5 percent.
Nio said earlier this month that a slump in vehicle deliveries is affecting cash flow and delaying capital spending and some research and development projects.
The company said at the time that it had enough cash to support its business. NIO disclosed cash and cash equivalents of 14.76 billion yuan ($2.07 billion) as of March, down from the levels it disclosed at the end of 2021 and 2022.
Middle East interest in China
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NIO said it expects the deal with the Abu Dhabi fund to be completed in early July, after which they plan to “pursue opportunities in NIO’s international business.”
The agreement also gives CYVN the right to nominate directors to NIO’s board of directors, the announcement said.