A majority of the 11,300 electric vehicles VinFast has sold worldwide this year were to… itself. Barron’s reports that over 7,000 EVs were bought by Green and Smart Mobility. It’s a Vietnamese taxi company that is – you guessed it – controlled by Vingroup, owners of VinFast. The news comes from a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that also shows some wild information about who owns VinFast stock, but we will get to that in a second.
The Tuesday filing indicates sales to Green and Smart Mobility totaled $6.3 million in the first quarter of 2023. The outlet says total first-quarter sales came to about $84 million. That means most of Green and Smart’s purchases probably came in the second quarter. VinFast told Barron’s it’s going to release those numbers at a later date.
The outlet reports the filing done on Tuesday was in order to register about 11 million shares for sale. It’s a secondary sale from existing shareholders. Most of the stock is connected to the SPAC merger and exercise of stock warrants. That means sales will increase the number of shares available to trade in an effort to slow down all that nasty volatility.
On August 14th – a day before the company changed its stock symbol to VFS – shares closed at $10.45. On August 28th, shares hit a wild high of $93. That gave the company a market cap of about $215 billion based on the 2.3 million shares outstanding after the merger. It’s a bigger market cap than just about every legacy automaker ever. As of right now, shares have returned to earth – and then some. Prices are sitting right about $17.20-ish per share at the time of publication.
So, between the fact that most of VinFast’s cars have been sold to itself and the idea that 99.7 percent of its stock is owned by effectively one guy, the Vietnamese automaker is in an incredibly weird spot – one we haven’t really ever seen another automaker in before.
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