Kaixin and NIO Stocks Gain Amid Electric Vehicle Popularity


  • The Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association recently unveiled the designs of Canada’s first-ever modern electric car, Project Arrow.
  • Electric car stocks such as Kaixin Auto Holdings (NASDAQ:KXIN) and NIO Inc (NYSE:NIO) have been on demand amid the pandemic, registering a steady growth.
  • Canadian governments invested C$590 million into a Ford factory for a future electric vehicle plant in October.

The hype around electric vehicles has been growing around the world for a while now. Even during the coronavirus pandemic, when most oil and gas-run car companies suffered major setbacks, electric automakers saw a rising demand. This rise also reflected on their performance on the stock markets, with companies such as Kaixin Auto Holdings (NASDAQ: KXIN) and NIO Inc (NYSE: NIO) trending high.

Electric vehicle market share has been on the rise across North America. Canada, world’s fourth largest natural gas exporter, has been inching towards clean energy alternatives such as zero-emission cars. The Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) recently unveiled the designs of Project Arrow, the first-ever modern electric car built entirely in Canada.

The Canadian and Ontario province governments also recently invested C$ 590 million into a Ford factory for a future electric vehicle plant. Amid all these developments, electric vehicle stocks have been in demand among Canadian investors. Let’s take a closer look at the stocks of Kaixin Auto Holdings and NIO Inc to understand their recent performances.


Kaixin Auto Holdings (NASDAQ: KXIN or KXIN:US)

Current Stock Price: US$ 6.87


Founded by Chinese internet service company Renren Network (NYSE:RENN) in 2015, Kaixin Auto Holdings is a leading dealership provider of premium used cars. It primarily focuses on brands such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Porsche, etc.

Since many of these premium auto brands have branched out to electric vehicle models, Kaixin Auto Holdings also now deals in this sector.

During Monday’s trading, Kaixin stocks skyrocketed nearly 294 per cent, garnering a massive 10-day average share trading volume of 35.6 million.



Until last Tuesday, October 13, shares of Kaixin Auto Holdings were down 60 per cent year-to-date (YTD). But then, in the last one week (between October 13-20), its scrips zoomed 1172 per cent. The company has confirmed there is no event or news linked to the recent surge in its stock price.

Kaixin stock now records a growth of nearly 409 per cent YTD and of 623 per cent in the last six months.


Kaixin Auto Holdings recorded total net revenues of US$334.7 million in the twelve months ending 31 December 2019, down over 22 percent year-over-year (YoY). Its loss from operations stood at US$ 133.4 million in 2019, as against a loss of US$ 34.1 million in 2018.

The company also incurred a net loss of US$69.1 million in 2019, down from US$ 89.5 million in 2018. Its adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations stood at a negative of US$ 16 million, up from a negative of US$11.6 million in 2018.

Kaixin had a total of 14 self-owned and seven affiliated network dealerships as of December 2019. Its Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) stood at US$ 375.8 million in 2019, down 16.5 per cent YoY.

The Chinese auto company sold a total of 6,005 cars last year.


Current Stock Price: US$ 26.5


Chinese automobile company NIO Inc is a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles based in Shanghai, China. Founded in November 2014, it is known for its involvement in the all-electric racing series, FIA Formula E Championship.

NIO Inc said earlier in October that it has delivered 12,206 vehicles in its third quarter results for 2020, up 154.3 per cent YoY. The company made a record delivery of 4,708 vehicles in the month of September alone.


Stocks of NIO Inc have been on a roll this year despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. It surged over 604 per cent YTD and nearly 764 per cent in the last six months.

During the pandemic-led March market crash, NIO scrips were at a low of US$ 2.37 (March 23). But in the following seven months, they surged over 1,060 per cent in value.

The company currently secured an average share trading volume of 134.8 million in the last 10 days.


NIO Inc’s total revenue was up 146.5 per cent YoY and 171.1 per cent quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) to US$ 526.4 million in its second quarter ending 30 June 2020. It secured a gross profit of US$ 44.3 million with a gross margin of over eight per cent in Q2 2020.

The company bore a loss of US$ 164.2 million from operations in the latest quarter, but it was down 64 per cent YoY. 

NIO Inc had a total of US$ 1.6 billion in cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investment as of 30 June 2020.

As per the data on the TSX, it currently has a market cap of US$ 33.7 billion.

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