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Move Over, Lordstown

Posted October 8, 2021 at 10:45 am
J Capital Research

There’s a new EV scam in town

Faraday Future Intelligent Electric Inc. (FFIE)

We don’t think Faraday Future (FFIE), an EV SPAC, will ever sell a car. So far, it’s nothing but a bucket to collect money from U.S. investors and pour it into the black hole of debt created by its founder its founder, China’s best-known securities fraudster, Jia Yueting. 

After eight years in business, FFIE has failed to deliver a car and is yet again saying “next year.” The company has reneged on promises to build factories in five localities in the U.S. and China and repeatedly delayed the sixth. FFIE is being sued by dozens of unpaid suppliers and has failed to disclose that assets in China have been frozen by courts. And Jia appears to be running the company behind the scenes. 

Given the current bubble environment, FFIE nevertheless managed to raise about $1 bln from U.S. investors via PIPEs and SPAC merger in July. Now it promises to restart its abandoned factory in Hanford, California and mass-produce cars in just seven months. We doubt that timeline will hold: three recent visits to the factory showed little activity, and company formers told us there are still engineering problems to work out. 

FFIE is the malformed lovechild of the imperiled Chinese real estate developer Evergrande (3333 HK) and Jia, China’s fugitive default king. We expect Evergrande, which owns 20.5% of this company and stands to gain more equity, to sell off its shares as soon as the lockup period ends, in January 2022 if not, quietly, before that. 

In January 2021, the company claimed it had 14,000 reservations for the car—until one week after Hindenburg published its findings that Lordstown’s orders were faked. Without explanation, after March 19, FFIE no longer made reference to the number of reservations. In fact, these reservations–78% of which were from a single company—had been converted in 2020 to a note payable earning 8% interest. The company strongly implies that the mystery booker, who was apparently ready to spend well over $1 bln on FFIE cars, may be an “affiliate.” They fail to say who it was. In H1 2021, despite the upcoming SPAC merger, FFIE took in just $144,000 in new customer deposits. 

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Originally Posted on October 7, 2021 – Move Over, Lordstown

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