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Electric truck maker Rivian stung by word of Ford stock sale

- Randy Essex

The glow dulled further Monday for electric truck maker Rivian Automotive, whose IPO in November was the largest of 2021 and the sixth- largest in U. S. history.

Less than two weeks ago, Rivian was responsibl­e for quarterly losses reported by both Amazon and Ford Motor Co., each of which had invested billions only to see Rivian’s value crash early this year.

On Monday, Rivian’s stock price tumbled further on a report that Ford was getting rid of 8 million shares in the company.

Rivian also is newly caught up in the Georgia governor’s race over a record incentive package for a new manufactur­ing plant.

Rivian has an order from Amazon for 100,000 delivery vans, and more than 80,000 other orders.

As it burst onto the scene at an event tied to the L. A. Auto Show in 2018, Rivian was seen as a potential rival to Tesla.

Ford has been interested in battery developmen­t with Rivian, and at one point planned to jointly develop a pickup.

In March, Rivian acknowledg­ed significant production challenges because of supply chain problems that have plagued automakers. It said it would be able to make only 25,000 vehicles this year.

Rivian’s initial public offering last year raised $ 11.9 billion. The share price hit a peak of $ 172.01 on Nov. 16. At the end of the year, that was down to $ 103.69.

The stock has tumbled further since then, closing the first quarter at $ 50.24, costing Amazon $ 7.6 billion in the quarter and Ford $ 5.5 billion.

Rivian closed Monday at $ 22.78, down nearly 21% for the day.

The “lockup” period for early investors and company insiders expired Sunday, and CNBC reported Ford was set to sell 8 million of its 102 million shares. Ford declined to comment Monday.

Amazon owns about 17.7% of Rivian, while Ford owns 11.4%.

Amazon was not expected to sell, Bloomberg reported.

After Georgia and local government­s this month approved $ 1.5 billion in incentives for Rivian to build a 7,500- job, $ 5 billion electric vehicle plant east of Atlanta, former Sen. David Purdue criticized the deal, the Associated Press reported.

Purdue is running against Gov. Brian Kemp in the May 24 GOP gubernator­ial primary, with the winner likely facing Democrat Stacey Abrams for the governor’s office in the general election.

Perdue has emphasized that “liberal billionair­e George Soros” is an investor in Rivian.

“Think about how many small businesses in Georgia could be helped for this kind of money, instead of padding George Soros’ pockets,” Perdue said. “Kemp gave away the farm to a woke corporatio­n for something the locals don’t even want, and hardworkin­g Georgians are left footing the bill.”

Kemp, during a debate Sunday, reiterated his backing for Rivian.

“I support 7,500 great- paying jobs going to rural Georgia, to an automobile manufactur­ing facility,” Kemp said.

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PROVIDED BY RIVIAN AUTOMOTIVE Just a few years ago, Rivian was seen as a potential rival to Tesla.

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