Chinese EV maker NIO has submitted its F-1 filing to the New York Stock Exchange, seeking to raise as much as USD 1.8 billion in the initial public offering on August 14.
The company had operating revenue of USD 6.95 million in the first half of 2018, of which USD 6.71 million came from auto sales. And it had a net loss of USD 526 million.
NIO CEO Li Bin is the largest shareholder with 17.2% share of the company. Tencent owns 15.2% and Hillhouse Capital holds 7.5%.
Li will use one third of his shares to establish a trust fund. NIO car owners will decide how to use the profit of this fund through a certain discussion and system.
"Although I reserve the voting right of these shares, I will let NIO car users discuss and decide how to spend the earnings. Such arrangement complies with the original purpose of NIO as a user-oriented company, and makes the relations between NIO and users even closer, thus ensuring long-term benefits for NIO's users, shareholders, employees and cooperation partners," Li said.
NIO's prospectus shows that the company had received 17,000 orders for the ES8 by July 31, 2018. The company has produced over 1,300 ES8 cars and delivered 481 units, with accumulated financing exceeding USD 2.4 billion. By March 31, 2018, NIO had owned 2,732 patents around the world.
NIO will introduce its second SUV model, the ES6, by the end of the year. A five-seat high-performance electric SUV, the ES6 is priced lower than the ES8 and will start deliveries in the first half of 2019.
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