Technology is quickly changing the way in which us humans live, talk, work, and react with the world around us. The speed in which technology is being produced shows that there are no limitations to what can be achieved. With the development of devices that are able to work independently and mimic the action of humans, such technology can aid, enhance and conduct necessary actions. With the health of the planet in detrimental condition, can the latest advances in technology be used to aid and support the reclining health of the world?
The hunt for new development and smarter ways of living, is continually being researched. With man-made technology unable to replace the world’s ecosystem, it can, however, play a crucial role in environmental degradation. Technology can change the way in which human’s identify, track and value what the environment provides, hopefully helping to slow down climate change that is occurring rapidly around us.
Below are some of the most recent advances in technology and how they too can be used to help save the environment and make a positive change.
Artificial Intelligence tracking
It may be hard to believe that animals and the habitats in which they live can make a huge difference to the health of the world we live in. Through the deforestation of the Amazon and the reduced number of wildlife that call this environment their home, the breakdown of the species living within the rainforest is severe, as they all play a part in keeping our ecological system alive and healthy.
One thing that is evident to everyone, however, is the fast-moving breakdown and extinction of animals all around the world, with more than 10,00 species becoming extinct each year, due to human activity such as deforestation or poaching.
However, there is hope on the horizon. With advancements being made within Artificial Intelligence, there is a high chance that the technology will be able to track animals within their natural habitats. This will not only allow us to study the exciting and private lives of various animals, but also locate and pinpoint their exact location before deforestation and hunting can occur.
Being able to track the species at all times will avoid the death of so many important animals, while helping our ecosystem stay alive and well for the health of the world around us.
Renewable Energy Sourcing
One of the most significant ways that technology can contribute to saving the environment is through the creation of a sustainable energy source.
With the inventory of fossil fuels running low, the need to find a green and environmentally friendly substitute is important, more so than ever before.
Generating energy with the use of technology is a far more flexible and eco-friendly way of powering the ever growing world. Although a long process, when it comes to developing systems that work, finding the correct location, is equally as important. Energy Procurement, such as wind turbines and solar panels, are already two popular forms of technology that can be used to help generate energy. Realistically, more renewable energy options are needed in order to reduce and replace the use of fossil fuels altogether.
Sustainable energy sources work by using the sun, wind and even the tides. All natural sources whose energy can be harnessed to generate and power industries, while helping to nurture the health of the surrounding environment.
Thermal Cameras To Combat Poaching
The poaching of animals has drastically become a sport and form of income for many people around the world. The killing of animals, whether for their fur, tusks or skin sometimes can be the only form of income for many poachers and has become a big industry in East Asia, but also Africa. Although not always conducted out of pleasure, the poaching of animals has caused an effect on the surrounding environment, by removing a key part in the natural hierarchy. All animals, no matter how big or how small, all play a role in feeding and caring for the earth. By taking away this process, it can reduce their impact on both the ecosystem, but also their role in the nitrogen cycle.
Technology, however, is being used to help capture poachers and diminishing the trade that comes as a consequence of poaching. The way in which technology can be used, is by rangers using thermal imaging to help identify the criminals in the dark and catching and intercepting before they are able to conduct their wicked crimes.
Through the ability of being able to see in the dark, without this useful tool, rangers would not be able to closely inspect individuals within nature reserves, and the rate of animal deaths would increase drastically.
Cleaning Land And Oceans
One of the biggest challenges that the world has placed on itself is the production of waste and where it stores it. With our homes overrun with plastic, it is often unnecessarily used to store and transport products, such as food and clothing. With the population not sticking to the recycling rules nor making a conscious effort to reduce their plastic waste, more and more waste each year is finding itself in both landfills and in the ocean.
With a high volume of plastic waste making its way into the oceans, the surrounding ecosystems are being quickly damaged, from the chemicals emitted from the plastic, but also from the animals ingesting the rubbish.
An example of technology being used to help tackle the ever growing problem of plastic waste in our wide oceans and one example can be seen as the Dutch organisation “Ocean Cleanup”.
Ocean Cleanup, a non-profitable organisation have created a device that can sail itself 600 meters into the pacific, while making sure that it picks up as much plastic waste as possible, removing it from the ocean. The technology this group created, is propelled by the wave and wind power in order to continuously have the energy to help propel and function the boat.
Aside from this invention, designers are trying to find innovative ways to reuse the waste produced every day, helping to prevent it from washing up on our beaches or finding its way in the stomachs of large sea mammals.
With the environment under an intense amount of pressure, the future health of the Earth looks uncertain. However, continual advances are being made in technology, where these developments can be used to help support and nurture the environment.
With devices already created to help stop deforestation, extinction and saving the environment from waste; there is no limitations of what other developments could be created through the rise of technology advancements, helping to save the planet further.
The challenges created in the environment have quickly become too powerful for humans to control, so technology is needed more so now than ever, in order to tackle these issues in haste.
As a population, while we wait for these advances in technology to be created, we can all make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of waste and damage that we create to the surrounding environment. Whether it be monitoring the amount of unnecessary plastic that we use, to taking time out of our day to walk instead of driving. By making small changes in our routine, we too can help tackle small environmental challenges within our everyday lives.
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ProMIS Neurosciences and collaborative team receive Supercluster Award supporting avoidance of future pandemics by new strains of the COVID-19 virus
TORONTO and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ProMIS Neurosciences, Inc. (TSX: PMN) (OTCQB: ARFXF), a company with unique core technology to predict novel targets on the molecular surface of complex proteins, together with a team of commercial and academic collaborators, have received a Digital Technology Supercluster award from the Government of Canada for 1.8 million Canadian dollars. The project, “Predicting the evolution of COVID-19,” brings together six commercial and academic collaborators to predict likely mutations of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. The findings will inform the early design of effective tests, therapies and vaccines, allowing public health systems globally to prepare and ideally prevent future pandemics caused by evolving strains of the virus.
It is expected biologically that new strains of the virus causing COVID-19 will emerge, requiring new approaches, just as annual changes in circulating strains of influenza virus require new vaccines every year. The supercluster project, led by Terramera and including D-Wave, Menten AI, Microsoft Corp., ProMIS Neurosciences and the University of British Columbia, will predict likely mutations by combining world-class expertise in artificial intelligence, computer modelling and structural biology. ProMIS will contribute its novel technology platform, which can rapidly identify unique sites, called peptide antigens, displayed on complex protein structures, including the spike protein halo surrounding SARS-CoV-2. The data provided by the Award team will inform the design of new diagnostic and antibody tests, treatment and vaccines. The opportunity for early intelligence and planning can accelerate overall response time to the virus, improve the effectiveness of this response and potentially prevent future pandemic situations resulting from variant strains of the virus.“We’re grateful to be a part of such an accomplished team engaged in an endeavor intended to preserve human health as the novel coronavirus changes over time,” said Dr. Elliot Goldstein, president and CEO of ProMIS Neurosciences. “We thank the Government of Canada for its vision, support and commitment to innovation. We’re confident that our platform, which has created a broad portfolio of intellectual property supporting specifically tailored antibody drugs, diagnostic tools and potential vaccines, is ideally suited to support the supercluster project and help public health leaders in Canada and elsewhere prepare and ideally prevent future pandemics caused by new strains of SARS-CoV-2.”To learn more about this technology platform, please consult a recent Chairman’s Update at www.promisneurosciences.com, which is accompanied by an audio description. To learn more about the search for therapies for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, listen to Saving Minds at iTunes or Spotify.The Digital Technology Supercluster announced its latest round of funded projects on May 26, 2020. To learn more about its growing suite of projects offering solutions to urgent health care needs across Canada arising from COVID-19, please visit www.digitalsupercluster.caAbout ProMIS Neurosciences
ProMIS Neurosciences, Inc. is a development stage biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing antibody therapeutics selectively targeting toxic oligomers implicated in the development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Alzheimer’s disease (AD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson’s disease (PD). The Company’s proprietary target discovery platform is based on the use of two complementary thermodynamic, computational discovery engines – ProMIS and Collective Coordinates – to predict novel targets known as Disease Specific Epitopes on the molecular surface of misfolded proteins. Using this unique precision approach, the Company is developing novel antibody therapeutics for AD, ALS and PD. In the infectious disease setting, these disease-specific epitopes represent peptide antigens that can be used as an essential component to create accurate and sensitive serological assays to detect the presence of antibodies that arise in response to a specific infection, such as COVID-19. These peptide antigens can also be used to create potential therapeutic antibodies to treat active infection, as well as serve as the basis for development of vaccines. ProMIS is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, with offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ProMIS is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol PMN, and on the OTCQB Venture Market under the symbol ARFXF.Visit us at www.promisneurosciences.com, follow us on Twitter and LinkedInAbout Digital Technology Supercluster
The Digital Technology Supercluster solves some of industry’s and society’s biggest problems through Canadian-made technologies. We bring together private and public sector organizations of all sizes to address challenges facing Canada’s economic sectors including healthcare, natural resources, manufacturing and transportation. Through this ‘collaborative innovation’ the Supercluster helps to drive solutions better than any single organization could on its own. The Digital Technology Supercluster is led by industry leaders such as D-Wave, Finger Food Advanced Technology Group, LifeLabs, LlamaZOO, Lululemon, MDA, Microsoft, Mosaic Forest Management, Sanctuary AI, Teck Resources Limited, TELUS, Terramera, and 1Qbit. Together, we work to position Canada as a global hub for digital innovation. A full list of Members can be found here.About the COVID-19 Program
The COVID-19 Program aims to improve the health and safety of Canadians and support Canada’s ability to address issues created by the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, the program will build expertise and capacity to anticipate and address issues that may arise in future health crises, from healthcare to a return to work and community. More information can be found here.For media inquiries, please contact:
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Global Smart Sensor Market (2020 to 2027) – Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast
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NIO Inc. Reports Unaudited First Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Quarterly Total Revenues reached RMB1,372.0 million (US$193.8 million)i
Quarterly Deliveries of the ES8 and the ES6 were 3,838 vehiclesSHANGHAI, China, May 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NIO Inc. (“NIO” or the “Company”) (NYSE: NIO), a pioneer in China’s premium smart electric vehicle market, today announced its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.Operating Highlights for the First Quarter of 2020Deliveries of vehicles were 3,838 in the first quarter of 2020, including 3,643 ES6s and 195 ES8s, compared with 3,989 vehicles delivered in the first quarter of 2019. The decrease of the vehicle deliveries was attributed to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the first quarter of 2020.
Key Operating ResultsFinancial Highlights for the First Quarter of 2020Vehicle sales were RMB1,255.6 million (US$177.3 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 53.2% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 18.2% from the same quarter of 2019.Vehicle marginii was negative 7.4%, compared with negative 6.0% in the fourth quarter of 2019 and negative 7.2% in the same quarter of 2019.Total revenues were RMB1,372.0 million (US$193.8 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 51.8% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 15.9% from the same quarter of 2019.Gross margin was negative 12.2%, compared with negative 8.9% in the fourth quarter of 2019 and negative 13.4% in the same quarter of 2019.Loss from operations was RMB1,570.3 million (US$221.8 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 44.4% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 40.0% from the same quarter of 2019. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted loss from operations (non-GAAP) was RMB1,537.9 million (US$217.2 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 44.6% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 38.4 % from the same quarter of 2019.Net loss was RMB1,691.8 million (US$238.9 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 40.9% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 35.5% from the same quarter of 2019. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) was RMB1,659.4 million (US$234.4 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 41.0% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 33.7% from the same quarter of 2019.Net loss attributable to NIO’s ordinary shareholders was RMB1,722.8 million (US$243.3 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 40.5% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 35.0% from the same quarter of 2019. Excluding share-based compensation expenses and accretion on redeemable non-controlling interests to redemption value, adjusted net loss attributable to NIO’s ordinary shareholders (non-GAAP) was RMB1,658.9 million (US$234.3 million).Basic and diluted net loss per American Depositary Share (ADS)iii were both RMB1.66 (US$0.23) in the first quarter of 2020. Excluding share-based compensation expenses and accretion on redeemable non-controlling interests to redemption value, adjusted basic and diluted net loss per ADS (non-GAAP) were both RMB1.60 (US$0.22).Cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investment were RMB2,397.4 million (US$338.6 million) as of March 31, 2020.Key Financial Results(in RMB million, except for per
ordinary share data and percentage)Recent DevelopmentsDeliveries in April 2020Deliveries of the ES8 and ES6 were 3,155 vehicles in April 2020, representing a strong growth of 105.8% month over month and a 180.7% growth year over year. The deliveries consisted of 2,907 ES6s, the Company’s 5-seater high-performance premium smart electric SUV, and 248 ES8s, the Company’s 7-seater high-performance premium smart electric SUV and its 6-seater variant. The Company commenced deliveries of the all-new ES8 with more than 180 improvements on April 19, 2020. As of April 30, cumulative deliveries of the ES8 and the ES6 reached 38,906 vehicles, of which 6,993 were delivered in 2020.Entry into Definitive Agreements for Investments in NIO ChinaOn April 29, 2020, the Company announced that it entered into definitive agreements for investments in NIO China with a group of investors (collectively, the “Strategic Investors”) led by Hefei City Construction and Investment Holding (Group) Co., Ltd., CMG-SDIC Capital Co., Ltd., and Anhui Provincial Emerging Industry Investment Co., Ltd..
Under the definitive agreements, the Strategic Investors will invest an aggregate of RMB7 billion in cash into NIO (Anhui) Holding Ltd., the legal entity of NIO China. NIO will inject its core businesses and assets in China, including vehicle research and development, supply chain, sales and services and NIO Power (the “Asset Consideration”), into NIO China. The Asset Consideration is valued at RMB17.77 billion, as calculated based on 85% of the average market value of NIO Inc. over the thirty public trading days preceding April 21, 2020. Further, NIO will invest RMB4.26 billion in cash into NIO China. Upon the completion of the investments, NIO will hold 75.9% of controlling equity interests in NIO China, and the Strategic Investors will collectively hold the remaining 24.1%.
The Company expects the closing of the investments to take place in the second quarter of 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The Strategic Investors and NIO will each inject cash into NIO China in five installments, namely (i) RMB3.5 billion and RMB1.278 billion respectively within five business days of the satisfaction of closing conditions, (ii) RMB1.5 billion and RMB1.278 billion respectively on or prior to June 30, 2020, (iii) RMB1 billion and RMB0.852 billion respectively on or prior to September 30, 2020, (iv) RMB0.5 billion and RMB0.426 billion respectively on or prior to December 31, 2020, and (v) RMB0.5 billion and RMB0.426 billion respectively on or prior to March 31, 2021. Moreover, the Asset Consideration shall be injected into NIO China within one year of closing.
NIO China will establish its headquarters in the Hefei Economic and Technological Development Area (HETA), where the Company’s main manufacturing hub is located, for its business operation, research and development, sales and services, supply chain and manufacturing functions. NIO will collaborate with the Strategic Investors and HETA to develop NIO China’s business and to support the accelerated development of the smart electric vehicle sectors in Hefei in the future.
CEO and CFO Comments“We delivered a total of 3,838 ES8 and ES6 vehicles in the first quarter of 2020, representing a 3.8% year on year decrease, due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in China in the first quarter,” said William Bin Li, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of NIO. “In April 2020, we delivered 3,155 vehicles, a robust increase of 105.8% month over month. Meanwhile, we have witnessed the order growth to have rebounded to the level prior to the COVID-19 outbreak since late April. Our strong recovery and growth were attributable to the competitiveness of our products and services, the continuous support from our user community, and the effective expansion of our sales network. We expect to deliver 9,500 to 10,000 vehicles in the second quarter, a record of quarterly deliveries since our first deliveries.”“On April 29, 2020, NIO entered into the definitive agreements with the strategic investors for the investment in NIO China. The strategic investment will provide sufficient funds to support NIO’s business development, enhance our leadership in the products and technologies of smart electric vehicles, and offer services exceeding users’ expectations. The establishment of NIO China’s headquarters in Hefei will further improve our operating efficiency in the long run,” concluded Mr. Li.“We are pleased to achieve the overall operational efficiency and cash management improvement in the first quarter of 2020,” added Wei Feng, NIO’s chief financial officer. “Our operating loss significantly decreased by approximately 44.4% quarter over quarter. While these results are partially attributable to our enhanced cost control measures taken during the COVID-19 outbreak, the improved operational efficiency reflects the initial returns of our continuous efforts in the operation optimization and expense control during the past quarters. We believe these efforts will drive positive trend of our performance in the rest of 2020 and beyond.”Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2020RevenuesTotal revenues were RMB1,372.0 million (US$193.8 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 51.8% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 15.9% from the same quarter of 2019.Vehicle sales were RMB1,255.6 million (US$177.3 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 53.2% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 18.2% from the same quarter of 2019. The decrease in vehicle sales of the first quarter of 2020, compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, was due to the decrease of vehicle deliveries during the COVID-19 outbreak in China. The decrease in vehicle sales of the first quarter of 2020, compared to the same quarter of 2019, was due to a higher proportion of ES6 sold in the first quarter of 2020, of which the selling price is lower than that of the ES8, which was the sole model sold in the first quarter of 2019.Other sales in the first quarter of 2020 were RMB116.4 million (US$16.4 million), representing a decrease of 29.2% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and an increase of 21.2% from the same quarter of 2019. The decrease in other sales of the first quarter of 2020, compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, was mainly attributed to decreased revenues derived from the home chargers installed and accessories sold, which were in line with the decreased vehicle sales in the first quarter of 2020.Cost of Sales and Gross MarginCost of sales in the first quarter of 2020 was RMB1,539.4 million (US$217.4 million), representing a decrease of 50.4% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 16.8% from the same quarter of 2019. The decrease in cost of sales compared to the fourth quarter of 2019 was mainly driven by the decrease of delivery volume of the ES6 and ES8 in the first quarter of 2020.Gross margin in the first quarter of 2020 was negative 12.2%, compared with negative 8.9% in the fourth quarter of 2019 and negative 13.4% in the same quarter of 2019. The decrease of gross margin compared to the fourth quarter of 2019 was mainly driven by the decrease of vehicle margin in the first quarter of 2020.Vehicle margin in the first quarter of 2020 was negative 7.4%, compared with negative 6.0% in the fourth quarter of 2019 and negative 7.2% in the same quarter of 2019. The decrease of vehicle margin compared to the fourth quarter of 2019 was mainly driven by the decrease of production and delivery volume of ES6 and ES8 in the first quarter of 2020.Operating Expenses
Research and development expenses in the first quarter of 2020 were RMB522.4 million (US$73.8 million), representing a decrease of 49.1% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 51.6% from the same quarter of 2019. Excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP), research and development expenses were RMB514.4 million (US$72.6 million), representing a decrease of 49.3% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 50.8% from the same quarter of 2019. The substantial decrease in research and development expenses was primarily attributed to the COVID-19 outbreak that caused the significant reduction in design and development activities.Selling, general and administrative expenses in the first quarter of 2020 were RMB848.3 million (US$119.8 million), representing a decrease of 45.1% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 35.7% from the same quarter of 2019. Excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP), selling, general and administrative expenses were RMB824.8 million (US$116.5 million), representing a decrease of 45.3% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 33.2% from the same quarter of 2019. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses over the fourth quarter of 2019 was primarily attributed to some one-off expenses incurred for the optimization of our sales network structure in late 2019 and the COVID-19 outbreak that caused significant decrease in marketing and promotional activities, as well as decrease of activities in business support functions in the first quarter of 2020. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses over the first quarter of 2019 was mainly attributed to less employee compensation due to the reduced number of employees and more efficient promotional activities during the outbreak of the COVID-19.Loss from OperationsLoss from operations was RMB1,570.3 million (US$221.8 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 44.4% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 40.0% from the same quarter of 2019. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted loss from operations (non-GAAP) was RMB1,537.9 million (US$217.2 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 44.6% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 38.4% from the same quarter of 2019.Share-based Compensation ExpensesShare-based compensation expenses in the first quarter of 2020 were RMB32.4 million (US$4.6 million), representing a decrease of 36.8% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 72.9% from the same quarter of 2019. The decrease in share-based compensation expenses over the fourth quarter of 2019 was primarily attributed to the continuous decline in the number of employees, and the impact of part of the share-based compensation expenses being recognized by using the accelerated method previously.Net Loss and Earnings Per ShareNet loss was RMB1,691.8 million (US$238.9 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 40.9% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 35.5% from the same quarter of 2019. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) was RMB1,659.4 million (US$234.4 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 41.0% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 33.7% from the same quarter of 2019.Net loss attributable to NIO’s ordinary shareholders was RMB1,722.8 million (US$243.3 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 40.5% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and a decrease of 35.0% from the same quarter of 2019. Excluding share-based compensation expenses and accretion on redeemable non-controlling interests to redemption value, adjusted net loss attributable to NIO’s ordinary shareholders (non-GAAP) was RMB1,658.9 million (US$234.3 million).Basic and diluted net loss per ADS were both RMB1.66 (US$0.23) in the first quarter of 2020. Excluding share-based compensation expenses and accretion on redeemable non-controlling interests to redemption value, adjusted basic and diluted net loss per ADS (non-GAAP) were both RMB1.60 (US$0.22).Balance SheetsBalance of cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investment was RMB2,397.4 million (US$338.6 million) as of March 31, 2020. The Company operates with continuous loss and negative equity. The Company’s cash balance is not adequate to provide the required working capital and liquidity for continuous operation in the foreseeable future. The Company’s continuous operation depends on the successful implementation of the management’s plans which considers the improvements in its operating cash flows and the consummation of the Investments in NIO China. Based on its evaluation, the Company believes that its existing working capital, the funds from the Investments in NIO China and available loan facilities will be sufficient to support the Company’s continuous operations and developments in the next twelve months.Business OutlookFor the second quarter of 2020, the Company expects:Deliveries of the vehicles to be between 9,500 and 10,000 vehicles, representing an increase of approximately 147.5% to 160.6% from the first quarter of 2020, and an increase of approximately 167.4% to 181.5% from the second quarter of 2019.
Total revenues to be between RMB3,368.4 million (US$475.7 million) and RMB3,534.2 million (US$499.1 million), representing an increase of approximately 145.5% to 157.6% from the first quarter of 2020, and an increase of approximately 123.3% to 134.3% from the second quarter of 2019.This business outlook reflects the Company’s current and preliminary view on the business situation and market condition, which is subject to change.Conference CallThe Company’s management will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on May 28, 2020 (8:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong Time on May 28, 2020) to discuss financial results and answer questions from investors and analysts. Listeners may register in advance of the conference using the link provided below and dial in 10 minutes prior to the call, using participant dial-in numbers, Direct Event passcode and unique registrant ID which would be provided upon registering.http://apac.directeventreg.com/registration/event/8574289Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.nio.com.A replay of the conference call will be accessible by phone approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live call at the following numbers, until June 5, 2020 09:59 AM ET:About NIO Inc.NIO Inc. is a pioneer in China’s premium smart electric vehicle market. Founded in November 2014, NIO’s mission is to shape a joyful lifestyle by offering premium smart electric vehicles and being the best user enterprise. NIO designs, jointly manufactures, and sells smart and connected premium electric vehicles, driving innovations in next generation technologies in connectivity, autonomous driving and artificial intelligence. Redefining the user experience, NIO provides users with comprehensive, convenient and innovative charging solutions and other user-centric services. NIO began deliveries of the ES8, a 7-seater high-performance premium electric SUV in China in June 2018, and its variant, the 6-seater ES8, in March 2019. NIO officially launched the ES6, a 5-seater high-performance premium electric SUV, in December 2018 and began the first deliveries of the ES6 in June 2019. NIO officially launched the EC6, a 5-seater smart premium electric coupe SUV, in December 2019 and plans to commence deliveries in 2020.Safe Harbor StatementThis press release contains statements that may constitute “forward-looking” statements pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “aims,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “likely to” and similar statements. Among other things, quotations from management in this announcement, as well as NIO’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. NIO may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about NIO’s beliefs, plans and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: NIO’s strategies; NIO’s future business development, financial condition and results of operations; NIO’s ability to develop and manufacture a car of sufficient quality and appeal to customers on schedule and on a large scale; its ability to grow manufacturing in collaboration with partners; its ability to provide convenient charging solutions to its customers; its ability to satisfy the mandated safety standards relating to motor vehicles; its ability to secure supply of raw materials or other components used in its vehicles; its ability to secure sufficient reservations and sales of the ES8 and ES6; its ability to control costs associated with its operations; its ability to build the NIO brand; general economic and business conditions globally and in China and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in NIO’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and NIO does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.Non-GAAP DisclosureThe Company uses non-GAAP measures, such as adjusted cost of sales (non-GAAP), adjusted research and development expenses (non-GAAP), adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses (non-GAAP), adjusted loss from operations (non-GAAP), adjusted net loss (non-GAAP), adjusted net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders (non-GAAP), adjusted basic and diluted net loss per share (non-GAAP) and adjusted basic and diluted net loss per ADS (non-GAAP), in evaluating its operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes. By excluding the impact of share-based compensation expenses and accretion on redeemable non-controlling interests to redemption value, the Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures help identify underlying trends in its business and enhance the overall understanding of the Company’s past performance and future prospects. The Company also believes that the non-GAAP financial measures allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by the Company’s management in its financial and operational decision-making.The non-GAAP financial measures are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP methods of accounting and reporting used by other companies. The non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and when assessing the Company’s operating performance, investors should not consider them in isolation, or as a substitute for net loss or other consolidated statements of comprehensive loss data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company encourages investors and others to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.The Company mitigates these limitations by reconciling the non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable U.S. GAAP performance measures, all of which should be considered when evaluating the Company’s performance.For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned “Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” set forth at the end of this press release.Exchange RateThis announcement contains translations of certain Renminbi amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise stated, all translations from Renminbi to U.S. dollars were made at the rate of RMB7.0808 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on March 31, 2020 in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the Renminbi or U.S. dollars amounts referred could be converted into U.S. dollars or Renminbi, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.Statement Regarding Preliminary Unaudited Financial InformationThe unaudited financial information set out in this earnings release is preliminary and subject to potential adjustments. Adjustments to the consolidated financial statements may be identified when audit work has been performed for the Company’s year-end audit, which could result in significant differences from this preliminary unaudited financial information.For more information, please visit: http://ir.nio.com.Contacts:NIO Inc.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgSource: NIO
NIO INC.Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets
NIO INC.Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets
NIO INC.Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
_____________________________________________i All translations from RMB to USD for the first quarter of 2020 were made at the rate of RMB7.0808 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on March 31, 2020 in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board.
ii Vehicle margin is the margin of vehicle sales, which is calculated based on revenues and cost of sales derived sales only.iii Each ADS represents one ordinary share.iv Except for gross margin and vehicle margin, where absolute changes instead of percentage changes are calculated.
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