CNH INDUSTRIAL ANNOUNCES UPDATES ON ITS INVESTMENT IN NIKOLA CORPORATION
London, June 8, 2020
CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI) today announced the following updates on the $250 million investment, made through its IVECO commercial vehicle segment, in Nikola Corporation (NASDAQ: NKLA) as a consequence of the completion, on June 3, 2020, of the previously announced merger between VectoIQ Acquisition Corp., a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company, and Nikola Corporation (the ‘Merger’).
Under the terms and conditions of the Merger, the former shareholders of Nikola received 1.901 shares of VectoIQ for every one share held in Nikola and became shareholders of VectoIQ, which, in turn, changed its name to “Nikola Corporation”. Nikola Corporation shares began trading on Nasdaq under the new ticker symbol “NKLA” on June 4, 2020.
As a result of the Merger, IVECO now holds 25,661,449 shares of Nikola Corporation, corresponding to approximately 7.11% of Nikola outstanding share capital.
Until the closing of the Merger, in accordance with US GAAP, our investment in Nikola was accounted for using the cost method in the absence of a readily determinable fair value. Following the listing of Nikola Corporation, such investment will be valued at Fair Value Through Profit or Loss (“FVTPL”), with any changes in fair value recorded in Profit or Loss in our US GAAP consolidated financial statements. We plan to exclude any fair value adjustments of this investment from the calculation of our Non-GAAP “Adjusted” measures, and, in particular, from our Adjusted diluted EPS, in order to enhance the readers’ ability to assess the financial performance of our businesses. This approach will be consistently applied at each reporting date.
For completeness of information, in our IFRS consolidated financial statements the above mentioned fair value changes will be recorded through Other Comprehensive Income, without any impacts through Profit or Loss.