LiveWire Group, Inc. Reports 2024 First Quarter Financial Results

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MILWAUKEE, WI – April 25, 2024 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – LiveWire Group, Inc. (“LiveWire” or the “Company”) (NYSE: LVWR) today reported first quarter 2024 results.

“We are pleased with the successful launch of the S2 Mulholland, and with three bikes in market, we are proud that LiveWire is now the #1 on-road electric motorcycle retailer in the U.S. As part of our plans to expand our market leadership, our teams are working on design, engineering and sourcing initiatives to reduce the cost of our vehicles and manage spend across the business to get the most out of our strategic investments. We expect the consolidation of our operations in Milwaukee at Harley-Davidson’s historic headquarters at Juneau Avenue to bring synergies and efficiencies, as well as a closer connection to our heritage,” said Karim Donnez, CEO, LiveWire.

First Quarter 2024 Summary of Results

  • Successful launch of S2 Mulholland in March
  • Unit sales of 117 electric motorcycles, an increase of 86% over first quarter 2023
  • Consolidated operating loss of $30.4 million in line with expectations, driven by investment in new motorcycle models and actioned initiatives to reduce EV costs

LiveWire Group, Inc. – Consolidated Results

$ in millions*

1st quarter

2024

2023

Change

Revenue

$5.0

$7.8

(36

%)

Operating (Loss)

($30.4

)

($24.9

)

22

%

Net Loss

($23.6

)

($21.1

)

12

%

LiveWire Group, Inc. – Segment Results

$ in millions*, except units

1st quarter

2024

2023

Change

Electric Motorcycles

LiveWire (units)

117

63

86

%

Revenue

$1.2

$1.5

(16

%)

Operating (Loss)

($29.0

)

($24.8

)

17

%

$ in millions*

1st quarter

2024

2023

Change

STACYC Segment

Revenue

$3.7

$6.3

(41

%)

Operating (Loss)

($1.4

)

($0.1

)

925

%

*Amounts may not add or recalculate due to rounding

The Company’s consolidated net loss was $23.6 million for the first quarter of 2024 compared to $21.1 million in the same period prior year driven by the segment results noted below, a decrease of $676 thousand in interest income offset by an increase of $3.7 million of non-operating income related to the decrease in fair value of the outstanding warrants as of March 31, 2024, as compared to prior year.

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 Motorcycles revenue decreased in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the prior year period, despite higher unit sales in the quarter. The lower revenue was due primarily to product mix and a one-time adjustment related to a change in our retail partner strategy. Selling, engineering and administrative expenses remained relatively flat compared to the prior year. An increased operating loss of $4.2 million compared to the first quarter of 2023 was in line with expectations, due to the decrease in revenue, costs associated with increased volumes and adjustments to net realizable value.

STACYC

As expected, STACYC revenue and operating income were down compared to same quarter 2023 primarily due to a reduction in third party branded distributor volumes.

2024 Financial Outlook

For the full year 2024, the Company continues to expect:

  • Electric Motorcycle sales of 1,000 to 1,500 revenue units

For the full year 2024, LiveWire is revising its operating loss guidance and now expects:

  • An improved operating loss of $105 to $115 million, from previous guidance of an operating loss of $115 to $125 million

Webcast

The public is invited to attend an audio webcast from 8-9 a.m. CDT. 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. CDT.

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, including our ability to effectively execute the Company’s relocation and streamlined headcount plan within expected costs and time and our ability to realize the expected savings in 2024 and on an ongoing annual basis; 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

March 31,
2024

March 31,
2023

Revenue, net

$

4,978

$

7,762

Costs and expenses:

Cost of goods sold

9,105

6,498

Selling, administrative and engineering expense

26,295

26,171

Total operating costs and expenses

35,400

32,669

Operating loss

(30,422

)

(24,907

)

Interest income

2,016

2,692

Change in fair value of warrant liabilities

4,758

1,068

Loss before income taxes

(23,648

)

(21,147

)

Income tax benefit

(4

)

Net loss

$

(23,644

)

$

(21,147

)

Net loss per share, basic and diluted

$

(0.12

)

$

(0.10

)

Weighted-average shares, basic and diluted

203,100

202,404

LiveWire Group, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

March 31,
2024

December 31,
2023

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

141,033

$

167,904

Accounts receivable, net

2,086

4,295

Accounts receivable from related party

1,051

3,402

Inventories, net

35,105

32,122

Other current assets

3,129

3,004

Total current assets

182,404

210,727

Property, plant and equipment, net

37,718

37,682

Goodwill

8,327

8,327

Deferred tax assets

11

4

Lease assets

1,527

1,868

Intangible assets, net

1,249

1,347

Other long-term assets

5,852

6,192

Total assets

$

237,088

$

266,147

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

1,770

$

3,554

Accounts payable to related party

25,687

20,371

Accrued liabilities

15,762

21,189

Current portion of lease liabilities

914

1,152

Total current liabilities

44,133

46,266

Long-term portion of lease liabilities

677

792

Deferred tax liabilities

93

93

Warrant liabilities

7,561

12,319

Other long-term liabilities

847

814

Total liabilities

53,311

60,284

Shareholders’ equity:

Preferred Stock

Common Stock

20

20

Treasury Stock

(2,675

)

(1,969

)

Additional paid-in-capital

342,065

339,783

Accumulated deficit

(155,632

)

(131,988

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

(1

)

17

Total shareholders’ equity

183,777

205,863

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

237,088

$

266,147

LiveWire Group, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

March 31,
2024

March 31,
2023

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net loss

$

(23,644

)

$

(21,147

)

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

Depreciation and amortization

2,326

667

Change in fair value of warrant liabilities

(4,758

)

(1,068

)

Stock compensation expense

2,282

1,824

Provision for doubtful accounts

3

39

Deferred income taxes

(7

)

Inventory write-down

2,522

673

Cloud computing arrangements development costs

(967

)

Other, net

4

(779

)

Changes in current assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net

2,206

1,356

Accounts receivable from related party

2,351

(317

)

Inventories

(5,505

)

(2,560

)

Other current assets

24

731

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(6,046

)

(4,894

)

Accounts payable to related party

5,316

1,892

Net cash used by operating activities

(22,926

)

(24,550

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(3,239

)

(4,648

)

Net cash used by investing activities

(3,239

)

(4,648

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Repurchase of common stock

(706

)

Net cash used by financing activities

(706

)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

$

(26,871

)

$

(29,198

)

Cash and cash equivalents:

Cash and cash equivalents—beginning of period

$

167,904

$

265,240

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(26,871

)

(29,198

)

Cash and cash equivalents—end of period

$

141,033

$

236,042

Contacts

Media Contact: Jenni Coats (414) 343-7902
Financial Contact: Shawn Collins (414) 343-8002

Source: LiveWire Group, Inc.

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