Despite elevating risks for companies listed in China, Nio (NYSE:NIO) stock is holding up well.
NIO stock is not facing the same volatility as that of Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), as investors focus on its shipments and outlook.
Optimism for Nio’s electric vehicles in China remains high. The company forecasts weaker deliveries for the third quarter while shipments fell in August.
The company posted deliveries of 5,880 in August, up 48.3% year-over-year but down sequentially by 25.9%. The comparison to July’s 7,931 is more relevant because the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 exaggerates the yearly increase. Still, Nio recorded all-time high new orders, driven by the strong interest in ES6 and EC6.
In the month, Nio delivered 1,738 ES8s, its six-seater model and 2,342 ES6s, a five-seater premium sports coupe SUV.
Looking ahead, continued uncertainty and volatility from semiconductor supply are disrupting production. As a result, Nio’s management adjusted its delivery outlook for the third quarter.
It expects vehicle production and deliveries in the range of 22,500 to 23,500 vehicles.
Nio Stock Buying Opportunity
Nio stock briefly dipped after the monthly delivery report but promptly recovered. Markets rewarded investors for buying the dip. Since the stock is trading far from its 52-week high of $66.99, investors are betting on renewed growth.
Analysts are also forecasting smaller losses.
For example, analysts call for estimated earnings per share loss of 7 cents in the third quarter. This is a sharp improvement from the Q3/2020 loss of 14 cents a share and matches the 7-cent loss in Q2/2021.
As shown in the seasonal performance against the S&P 500 above, Nio usually under-performs in September. From October through to February, the stock will out-perform the index.
Investors could use this as a guide from the Stock Rover research to buy shares soon. As the stock pulls back this month on worries of weak demand, Nio will fall to a better buying price.
Next month, markets will overcome concerns about growing EV competition, and once Nio posts stronger monthly deliveries, the stock will rebound.
Nio has positive consumer buying interest and strong orders to grow its market share as Tesla struggles further.
Risks and Upside
This mid-cycle facelift negatively affected production in August. This month, the start of G3i deliveries could pressure Nio. Nio also delivered fewer units than XPeng in July.
Fortunately, Nio has a network of 2,025 battery swap stations. This keeps the prices of Nio vehicles low and is a source of recurring subscription revenue. Competitors cannot match the offering nor may it sell EVs that exclude the cost of the battery.
The chip shortage hurting the entire EV market shows no signs of improving. Nio may adjust its quarterly delivery forecast lower. Others may do the same, forcing investors to accept another loss for the next few quarters.
On Wall Street, the average analyst has a price target on Nio stock at $66, according to Tipranks. This interactive five-year discounted cash flow revenue exit model validates the analyst price target.
The model uses a revenue exit multiple to calculate the terminal value after five years. Readers may adjust the multiples and the revenue growth rate to re-calculate the fair value in the mid-$65 range.
Investors are still willing to hold Nio shares even as it loses money. The chip shortage will delay Nio’s path to profitability.
If stock markets are bullish, shareholders will ignore the losses for now. Conversely, market sentiment may shift unexpectedly. That would pressure Nio’s stock performance to the downside.
Seasonal patterns may repeat, which suggests that a drop is a good buying opportunity for investors not holding Nio. Wait for another downtrend in the stock this month and start an initial position. The company’s prospects are still strong. Investors with a long-term time horizon will come out ahead.
On the date of publication, Chris Lau did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.
Chris Lau is a contributing author for InvestorPlace.com and numerous other financial sites. Chris has over 20 years of investing experience in the stock market and runs the Do-It-Yourself Value Investing Marketplace on Seeking Alpha. He shares his stock picks so readers get original insight that helps improve investment returns.