Zeekr Stock Debuts As US Weighs Fresh Tariffs On Chinese EVs| Investor’s Business Daily

Zeekr Stock Debuts As US Weighs Fresh Tariffs On Chinese EVs| Investor’s Business Daily
Zeekr Stock Debuts As US Weighs Fresh Tariffs On Chinese EVs| Investor’s Business Daily

Zeekr Intelligent Technology (ZK) scored a big first-day pop after a $5.5 billion US initial public offering Thursday. While Zeekr stock soared, Nio (NIO) and Li Auto (LI) skid amid reports of new US tariffs coming on Chinese electric vehicles.


Strong Demand For Zeekr IPO

Shares of Zeekr soared 34.6% to 28.26 on Friday’s debut. Zeekr stock climbed roughly 33% above its IPO price of $21.

The EV startup sold 21 million American depositary shares (ADSs) at $21 per share to raise $441 million. It had earlier targeted an $18-$21 per share range. The company reportedly closed orders from investors a day early after its IPO was oversubscribed.

Most electric-vehicle startups have dashed investors’ hopes after sizzling debuts just a few years ago. Even major EV stocks are a bag of hurt as global sales slow.

But Zeekr has several things going for it, underscored by the strong demand for its shares despite a brutal China price war.

Zeeker Stock: Doubling EV Sales

Top of list, Zeekr boasts current vehicle sales and revenue — no mean feat for a three-year-old startup. In 2023, Zeekr delivered 118,685 premium electric vehicles. It generated $7.28 billion in revenue, up about 62% from 2022, according to an IPO filing. The company delivered a loss of $1.16 billion last year.

Secondly, its sales are growing while even tesla (TSLA) is struggling amid the price war. In April, Zeekr told CNBC that it is outselling the Model Y and Model 3 maker in parts of China. Deliveries totaled 49,148 in the first four months of 2024, up 111% year over year. Zeekr is targeting 230,000 EV deliveries for the full year, roughly double the 2023 tally. Its growing lineup includes the Zeekr 007 sedan, 001 SUV and 009 van.

Not least, there’s the parent company: Geely. The Chinese car giant, which founded Zeekr as an EV subsidiary in March 2021, is trying to catch up with BYD (BYDDF) in electric vehicles. Geely owns several car brands, including Polestar (PSNY), another high-end EV startup. Both startups can lean on the auto group’s deep pockets.

ZS Stock, China EV Stocks

The IPO gave Zeekr a $5.5 billion valuation, but less than the $13 billion it fetched after a funding round last year.

For context, Nio (NIO) has an $8.4 billion market value, after a steep slide since January 2021. Nio delivered 160,038 electric vehicles in 2023.

As ZK stock debuted on Friday, various reports said President Joe Biden is expected next week to expand tariffs on Chinese goods. The levy on EVs is set to quadruple, some reports said.

Existing tariffs have kept often-cheaper Chinese EVs out of the country. However, some legislators worry tougher measures are needed to protect the American auto sector.

Such measures were first put into place under former President Donald Trump.

Nio sank 4.9% on the stock market today. Among other China EV startups, XPeng (XPEV) and Li Auto (LI) also traded lower Friday.

Although the EV startups don’t sell in the US market yet, Nio and XPeng are expanding overseas. Li Auto plans to enter foreign markets as well, reports say.


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