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Fisker bailout deal falls through as it faces delisting from the stock market

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Struggling electric vehicle (EV) maker Fisker has lost the opportunity for a financial bailout from a larger automaker, while the company’s stock price has also plummeted far enough to halt trading and initiate delisting procedures.

Reports last week said that Fisker had gained a financial commitment of as much as $150 million to keep the company alive, while the automaker simultaneously halted production of its Ocean EV. Earlier this month, reports said that Fisker had been in advanced talks with Nissan, though the startup did not identify which “large automaker” it had been in discussions with.

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On Monday, Fisker said that its talks with the “large automaker” about a potential bailout have fallen through, causing the company to look for other strategic options, which could include in- or out-of-court restructuring or capital market transactions (via Automotive News). Subsequently, the company’s share prices dropped by 29 percent to under 9 cents, effectively halting stock trading until further announcements are made, and potentially forcing the NYSE to delist Fisker’s stock symbol.

This year alone, the company’s shares have fallen by over 90 percent of their value. Fisker also said that its $150 million funding commitment was paused due to the EV maker being unable to meet one of the deal’s closing conditions. With the financial lifelines no longer hanging in the balance, Fisker going bankrupt seems like an inevitability, according to Thomas Hayes, Great Hill Capital chairman.

“I can’t put it if it is next week or next year, but it is inevitable,” Hayes said.

Fisker has also separately requested that investors vote on the option for a reverse stock split, at its upcoming shareholder’s meeting on April 24. If successful, the reverse stock split would effectively boost the company’s share prices by decreasing the number of shares each investor holds, potentially bringing the stock back into compliance with NYSE requirements.

Last month, Fisker announced plans to lay off 15 percent of staff and delayed the filing of its 2023 Form 10-K, as well as missing a key interest payment that caused the company to seek new funding.

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