Rivian Lost $1.7 Billion in the Second Quarter

Rivian was once viewed as “the next Tesla,” an electric-vehicle maker poised to grow rapidly and unsettle century-old giants of the auto industry like Ford Motor, General Motors and Volkswagen. It planned to make an electric pickup and sport utility vehicle — models that would set it apart from the minimalist electric cars that Tesla produces.

The company gained billions of dollars in backing from investors including Ford and Amazon, which announced it intended to buy 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian.

Rivian’s initial public offering was the largest of 2021, and within a few days its stock price soared. For a time, the company’s market value was greater than that of Ford and General Motors combined.

But difficulty in sourcing critical computer chips and manufacturing troubles at its plant in Normal, Ill., kept production far below what the company had hoped for. It has also struggled to build delivery vans for Amazon. Rivian’s stock price plummeted, and investors remain concerned about the company’s prospects.

Now, as production is climbing, it faces a tougher competitive landscape. Ford has started making an electric pickup, the F-150 Lightning, which is likely to pass Rivian in sales by the end of the year. Ford, Volkswagen, Hyundai and several others have ramped up sales of electric S.U.V.s, and G.M. has said it will start selling an electric version of its Chevrolet Silverado pickup and a pair of electric S.U.V.s next year.

Buyers of some of Rivian’s vehicles are also expected to soon lose access to a federal tax credit under the climate bill that the House is expected to approve on Friday; the Senate passed it on Sunday. Under the bill, purchases of vans, S.U.V.s and pickups that sell for more than $80,000 will not qualify for tax credits. The credits will also not be available to individuals or couples who earn more than $150,000 or $300,000 a year.

Rivian said last month that it was laying off about 6 percent of its 11,500 employees. “To fully realize our potential, our strategy must support our sustainable growth as we ramp towards profitability,” Mr. Scaringe said in a letter to employees. “We need to be able to continue to grow and scale without additional financing in this macro environment.”

Snap Reports User Growth But a Wider Loss in the Second Quarter

Snap, the maker of Snapchat, on Thursday reported its slowest-ever charge of quarterly progress and a wider monetary loss, whereas declining to foretell its future efficiency due to “uncertainties associated to the working atmosphere.”

Income was $1.11 billion for the second quarter, up 13 p.c from a yr earlier. Snap’s progress was decrease than to start with of the pandemic, when it reported a 17 p.c income improve. The corporate had stated in Might that it didn’t count on to fulfill its income objectives for the quarter due to difficult financial situations. Its net loss was $422 million, way over the $152 million loss from a yr earlier, as the corporate’s spending elevated almost 29 p.c.

Snap added that income within the present quarter was “roughly flat” from a yr in the past and that it will “considerably cut back” its charge of hiring. In response, its inventory plunged greater than 25 p.c in after-hours buying and selling on Thursday, after closing at $16.35.

The one vivid spot was consumer progress. Snap stated its each day energetic customers had elevated 18 p.c to 347 million within the second quarter, above the 343 million that Wall Road analysts predicted.

Evan Spiegel, Snap’s chief government, acknowledged that consumer progress was not sufficient. “Whereas the continued progress of our neighborhood will increase the long-term alternative for our enterprise, our monetary outcomes (for the quarter) don’t replicate our ambition,” he stated in an announcement.

Snap has been buffeted by rising inflation, a slowing financial system and trade adjustments which have damage its promoting enterprise. Final yr, Apple modified its privateness settings in order that customers can decide out of being tracked by apps, which has made it tougher for social media corporations to do focused promoting.

Snap has repeatedly forecast its monetary efficiency. By declining to take action this time, the corporate is emulating others which have determined to say much less in a interval of macroeconomic uncertainty. Apple, for one, stopped offering monetary steering early within the pandemic. Twitter, which is embroiled in a authorized battle with Elon Musk over his $44 billion acquisition of the corporate, has not been providing monetary steering, both.

In an earnings name, Derek Andersen, Snap’s chief monetary officer, stated digital promoting, which generates a lot of the firm’s income, was best for advertisers to pause throughout instances of financial hardship. That occurred within the second quarter for Snap, he stated.

Cuts in digital promoting could also be compounded by Snap’s youthful viewers, which has much less spending energy, stated Brent Thill, an fairness analyst at Jefferies.

“The most important issue is the pullback within the financial system,” Mr. Thill stated. “It’s simply unimaginable how the atmosphere has modified. Each potential headwind is hitting them proper now.”