Swedish electric carmaker Polestar to go public


STOCKHOLM: Electric car maker Polestar, controlled by Sweden’s Volvo Cars and its Chinese owner Geely, said on Monday it plans to go public in a stock market debut that could value it at around $20 billion (17 billion euros).

Polestar, a European competitor to Tesla, said in a statement it would be used to “help fund significant investment in the expansion of its products, operations and markets to create a leading company in the rapidly growing global premium electric vehicle market.”

While Polestar — whose shareholders include US film star Leonardo DiCaprio — has only produced two models since being set up in 2017, its market capitalisation would place it just behind giant Nissan, and ahead of carmakers Renault and Subaru.

Tesla is the highest-valued carmaker in the world, with a market capitalisation of more than $750 billion — more than three times that of Toyota or Volkswagen, which both sell many more cars.

The listing will be carried out by combining Polestar with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), Gores Guggenheim, set up by US investment firms The Gores Group and Guggenheim Capital and is expected in the first half of 2022.

The newly formed company will be named Polestar Automotive Holding UK Limited.

Founded by Volvo and Geely four years ago, Polestar sold only 10,000 vehicles in 2020, but is targeting annual unit sales of around 290,000 by 2025.

Its current model is the Polestar 2, with plans to launch the Polestar 3 next year.

The $20-billion market capitalisation is equivalent to three times the targeted revenue in 2023 and 1.5 times expected sales in 2024, the company said.

That compares with a market capitalisation of $40 billion for US start-up Lucid Motors and around $30 billion for China’s Xpeng.

Together with battery maker Northvolt, the company is the Swedish flagship in the electric car sector.