LiveWire Group, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

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MILWAUKEE, WI – October 26, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) –  LiveWire Group, Inc. (“LiveWire” or the “Company”) (NYSE: LVWR) today reported third quarter results.

“LiveWire took the next step in its journey in the third quarter of 2023 by delivering on a major milestone. With the shipment of the Del Mar, the first bike on the Company’s S2 platform, with its in-house developed battery pack, power electronics, motor, telematics, and associated software, enthusiasts can now join the LiveWire community at a price point nearly 35% below the prior model. The EV systems on the S2 platform demonstrate the Company’s commitment to delivering innovative products with the premium feel riders have come to expect from LiveWire. During the fourth quarter the Company will remain focused on the continued delivery of Del Mar and conversion of active reservations in the North American market while launching European reservations,” said Karim Donnez, CEO, LiveWire.

Third Quarter 2023 Business Update:

  • Production commenced on Del Mar, the first bike on the Company’s S2 platform
  • Continued investment in building retail network infrastructure to support Del Mar and future bikes, ending the quarter with 126 retail partners globally
  • Continued product development of new models on the S2 platform

LiveWire Group, Inc. – Unit Results

$ in millions, except units

3rd quarter

2023

2022

Change

Electric Motorcycle (units)

50

206

(76

%)

Third Quarter 2023 Results

LiveWire Group, Inc. – Consolidated Results

$ in millions, except units *

3rd quarter

2023

2022

Change

Consolidated Revenue

$8.1

$14.7

(45

%)

Electric Motorcycles

$1.3

$4.9

(73

%)

STACYC

$6.8

$9.8

(30

%)

Consolidated Operating Income (Loss)

($25.3

)

($21.0

)

21

%

Electric Motorcycles

($25.7

)

($22.5

)

14

%

STACYC

$0.4

$1.5

(74

%)

Net Loss

($14.6

)

($20.9

)

(30

%)

*Amounts may not add up due to rounding

LiveWire Group, Inc. consolidated net loss was $14.6 million for the third quarter as compared to $20.9 million in the same period prior year driven by the segment results noted below, an $8.0 million of non-operating mark-to-market income related to the decrease in fair value of the outstanding warrants as of the end of the quarter and $2.7 million in interest income.

LiveWire Group, Inc. is comprised of two business segments:

  • Electric Motorcycles – focused on the sale of electric motorcycles and related products
  • STACYC – focused on the sale of electric balance bikes for kids and related products

Electric Motorcycles

Electric Motorcycle revenue was down compared to the same quarter in the prior year due to lower unit sales of LiveWire ONE. In line with expectations, increased operating losses versus the third quarter of 2022 were the result of costs related to the electric vehicle systems, activities associated with preparation for delivery of the Del Mar and planned costs of standing up a new organization, compared to the same quarter in the prior year.

STACYC

STACYC revenue was down in the third quarter due to lower sales of electric balance bikes to independent distributors compared to the third quarter of 2022. STACYC operating income for the third quarter decreased from prior year largely due to a reduction in gross margin driven by lower volumes and increased selling, administrative and engineering expense relating to personnel costs, and increased marketing initiatives.

2023 Financial Outlook

For the full year 2023, the Company affirms its guidance as follows:

  • Electric Motorcycle unit sales of 600 to 1,000
  • LiveWire Group operating loss of $115 to $125 million

Webcast

The public is invited to attend an audio webcast from 8-9 a.m. CT. LiveWire leadership will be joining the Harley-Davidson, Inc. audio webcast to discuss our results, developments in the business, and updates to the Company’s outlook. The webcast login can be accessed at https://investor.livewire.com/news-events-1/events/default.aspx. The audio replay will be available by approximately 10:00 a.m. CT.

About LiveWire

LiveWire has a dedicated focus on the electric motorcycle sector. LiveWire’s majority shareholder is Harley-Davidson, Inc. LiveWire comes from the lineage of Harley-Davidson and is capitalizing on a decade of its learnings in the EV sector. With a dedicated focus on EV, LiveWire plans to develop the technology of the future and to invest in the capabilities needed to lead the transformation of motorcycling. www.livewire.com

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The Company intends that certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release, including statements concerning possible or assumed future actions, business strategies, events or results of operations, and any statements that refer to projections, forecasts or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Words or phrases such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “objective,” “ongoing,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will” and “would,” or similar words or phrases, or the negatives of those words or phrases, may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not necessarily mean that a statement is not forward-looking. The forward-looking statements in this press release are only predictions. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and are subject to a number of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including the risks, uncertainties and assumptions described in prior public filings titled “Risk Factors.” These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks, including, without limitation, the following: our history of losses and expectation to incur significant expenses and continuing losses for the foreseeable future; our limited operating history, the rollout of our business and the timing of expected business milestones, including our ability to develop and manufacture electric vehicles of sufficient quality and appeal to customers on schedule and on a large scale; our financial and business performance, including financial projections and business metrics and any underlying assumptions thereunder; changes in our strategy, future operations, financial position, estimated revenues and losses, projected costs, prospects and plans; our ability to attract and retain a large number of customers; our future capital requirements and sources and uses of cash; our ability to obtain funding for our operations and manage costs; challenges we face as a pioneer into the highly-competitive and rapidly evolving electric vehicle industry; our operational and financial risks if we fail to effectively and appropriately separate the LiveWire business from the H-D business; H-D making decisions for its overall benefit that could negatively impact our overall business; our relationship with H-D and its impact on our other business relationships; our ability to leverage contract manufacturers, including H-D and Kwang Yang Motor Co., Ltd., a Taiwanese company (“KYMCO”), to contract manufacture our electric vehicles; retail partners being unwilling to participate in our go-to-market business model or their inability to establish or maintain relationships with customers for our electric vehicles; potential delays in the design, manufacture, financing, regulatory approval, launch and delivery of our electric vehicles; building out our supply chain, including our dependency on our existing suppliers and our ability to source suppliers, in each case many of which are single-sourced or limited-source suppliers, for our critical components such as batteries and semiconductor chips; our ability to rely on third-party and public charging networks; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; our business, expansion plans and opportunities, including our ability to scale our operations and manage our future growth effectively; the effects on our future business of competition, the pace and depth of electric vehicle adoption generally and our ability to achieve planned competitive advantages with respect to our electric vehicles and products, including with respect to reliability, safety and efficiency; our business and H-D’s business overlapping and being perceived as competitors; our inability to maintain a strong relationship with H-D or to resolve favorably any disputes that may arise between us and H-D; our dependency on H-D for a number of services, including services relating to quality and safety testing. If those service arrangements terminate, it may require significant investment for us to build our own safety and testing facilities, or we may be required to obtain such services from another third-party at increased costs; any decision by us to electrify H-D products, or the products of any other company; our expectations regarding our ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection and not infringe on the rights of others; potential harm caused by misappropriation of our data and compromises in cybersecurity; changes in laws, regulatory requirements, governmental incentives and fuel and energy prices; the impact of health epidemics, including the COVID-19 pandemic, on our business, the other risks we face and the actions we may take in response thereto; litigation, regulatory proceedings, complaints, product liability claims and/or adverse publicity; and the possibility that we may be adversely affected by other economic, business and/or competitive factors. Because forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified and some of which are beyond our control, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. The events and circumstances reflected in our forward-looking statements may not be achieved or occur, and actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Moreover, we operate in an evolving environment. Some of these risks and uncertainties may in the future be amplified by new risk factors and uncertainties that may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all risk factors and uncertainties. As a result of these factors, we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements in this press release will prove to be accurate. Except as required by applicable law, we do not plan to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a result of any new information, future events, changed circumstances, or otherwise. You should read this earnings release completely and with the understanding that our actual future results may be materially different from what we expect. We qualify all of our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements.

LiveWire Group, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

Nine months ended

September 30,
2023

September 25,
2022

September 30,
2023

September 25,
2022

Revenue, net

$

8,144

$

14,708

$

22,932

$

37,615

Costs and expenses:

Cost of goods sold

7,052

13,743

23,516

36,987

Selling, administrative and engineering expense

26,435

21,988

81,650

56,706

Total costs and expenses

33,487

35,731

105,166

93,693

Operating loss

(25,343

)

(21,023

)

(82,234

)

(56,078

)

Other income, net

79

235

Interest expense related party

(475

)

Interest income (expense)

2,726

(3

)

8,172

(23

)

Change in fair value of warrant liabilities

8,038

(2,332

)

Loss before income taxes

(14,579

)

(20,947

)

(76,394

)

(56,341

)

Income tax (benefit) provision

(1

)

(4

)

63

159

Net loss

$

(14,578

)

$

(20,943

)

$

(76,457

)

$

(56,500

)

Net loss per share, basic and diluted

$

(0.07

)

$

(0.13

)

$

(0.38

)

$

(0.35

)

Weighted-average shares, basic and diluted

202,529

161,000

202,448

161,000

LiveWire Group, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

September 30,
2023

December 31,
2022

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

199,948

$

265,240

Accounts receivable, net

4,593

2,325

Accounts receivable from related party

653

525

Inventories, net

32,789

29,215

Other current assets

1,946

4,625

Total current assets

239,929

301,930

Property, plant and equipment, net

37,692

31,567

Goodwill

8,327

8,327

Lease assets

2,216

3,128

Intangible assets, net

1,463

1,809

Other long-term assets

6,319

5,044

Total assets

$

295,946

$

351,805

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

4,379

$

7,055

Accounts payable to related party

21,127

5,733

Accrued liabilities

18,492

20,343

Current portion of lease liabilities

1,399

1,312

Total current liabilities

45,397

34,443

Long-term portion of lease liabilities

905

1,913

Deferred tax liabilities

78

15

Warrant liabilities

10,631

8,388

Other long-term liabilities

397

246

Total liabilities

57,408

45,005

Shareholders’ equity:

Preferred Stock

Common Stock

20

20

Additional paid-in-capital

337,420

329,218

Accumulated deficit

(98,895

)

(22,438

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

(7

)

Total shareholders’ equity

238,538

306,800

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

295,946

$

351,805

LiveWire Group, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Nine months ended

September 30,
2023

September 25,
2022

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net loss

$

(76,457

)

$

(56,500

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities

Depreciation and amortization

2,814

3,717

Payment of contingent consideration in excess of acquisition date fair value

(413

)

Change in fair value of warrant liabilities

2,332

Stock compensation expense

6,566

(171

)

Provision for doubtful accounts

45

99

Deferred income taxes

63

68

Inventory write-downs

1,664

702

Cloud computing arrangements development costs

(470

)

(2,822

)

Other, net

(677

)

(209

)

Changes in current assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net

(2,313

)

3,465

Accounts receivable from related party

(128

)

(466

)

Inventories

(5,238

)

(17,518

)

Other current assets

2,679

2,615

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(2,149

)

3,243

Accounts payable to related party

15,393

Net cash used by operating activities

(55,876

)

(64,190

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(10,970

)

(8,927

)

Net cash used by investing activities

(10,970

)

(8,927

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Deposit in advance of business combination

100,000

Proceeds received from exercise of warrants

1,554

Borrowings on notes payable to related party

15,333

Payment of contingent consideration up to acquisition date fair value

(1,767

)

Transfers from H-D

59,051

Net cash provided by financing activities

1,554

172,617

Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

$

(65,292

)

$

99,500

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash:

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash—beginning of period

$

265,240

$

2,668

Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(65,292

)

99,500

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash—end of period

$

199,948

$

102,168

Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash on the Consolidated balance sheets to the Consolidated statements of cash flows:

Cash

$

199,948

$

2,168

Restricted cash

100,000

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash per the Consolidated statements of cash flows

$

199,948

$

102,168

Source: LiveWire Group, Inc. 

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