EV maker Lucid surges on report Saudi PIF to buy remaining stake

EV maker Lucid surges on report Saudi PIF to buy remaining stake

Jan 27 (Reuters) – Lucid Group’s (LCID.O) shares surged 43% on Friday, paring features after doubling on market hypothesis that Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) wished to buy out the electrical automobile maker.

The hypothesis originated from an “raw” alert attributed to offers web site Betaville, utilizing its time period for market gossip. Lucid was the sixth-most traded inventory on U.S. exchanges and third high mover on the Nasdaq mid-afternoon.

The PIF, the sovereign wealth fund that owns greater than 65% of Newark, California-based Lucid, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Lucid declined to remark.

In 2018, PIF was fascinated by taking Tesla personal, however the deal didn’t materialize. Tesla chief Elon Musk is underneath trial for allegedly deceptive buyers along with his tweet “funding secured” for taking the corporate personal.

Lucid has been struggling to ship its glossy Air luxurious EVs after delivering 4,369 autos final 12 months.

With Tesla’s value cuts, money-losing U.S. startups like Rivian Automotive Inc (RIVN.O) and Lucid will discover it tough to seize share in an business competing for shrinking client wallets.

Lucid’s quick curiosity as a share of its complete float is round 37% versus solely 3.5% for Tesla. Still, in greenback quantities, Lucid’s quick curiosity totals $1.6 billion, versus $15.01 billion of Musk’s automotive maker.

Short sellers dealt a mark-to-market lack of $685 million with Lucid’s shares spike on Friday, analytics agency S3 Partners added. Losses, nevertheless, solely materialize if quick sellers shut out their positions.

“With Lucid quick sellers’ mark-to-market losses climbing, we must always count on quick masking to start in earnest after at this time’s short-side blood tub,” mentioned Ihor Dusaniwsky, managing director of S3, including it has change into a well-liked buying and selling place.

One long-short fund supervisor who had no earlier publicity to Lucid mentioned it determined to quick it as this individual believes the spike was solely primarily based on rumors.

Reporting by Carolina Mandl, in New York, Chavi Mehta in Bengaluru and Hyun Joo Jin; Editing by Maju Samuel and Josie Kao

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