At first glance, Mullen Automotive (Nasdaq: MULN) might seem like just another electric car startup. But, this EV maker has a pretty unique story that should make it incredibly interesting to stock market investors across the country. I’m honestly not sure why more people aren’t talking about it. That said, here’s everything you need to know about MULN stock – including whether or not you should buy it.

MULN Stock, a Quick History

Mullen Automotive is one of the least-talked-about, yet fascinating stock stories of the past few years. Mullen is a Southern California-based electric vehicle company that specializes in commercial trucks. But, what separates Mullen from a lot of other EV companies is its stock volatility. I say this because MULN stock was first listed at around $132,750 per share. Over the course of a few years, MULN stock has soared to a high of $362,925, before plummeting all the way down to just $4.55.

So, I know what you’re thinking – why would any long-term investor be interested in a company that’s this adept at value destruction. And the answer is: They wouldn’t be. I mean, Mullen Automotive lists these three risk factors at the beginning of its Form 10K:

  • We have incurred significant losses since inception, and we expect that we will continue to incur losses for the foreseeable future
  • We will require substantial additional financing to effectuate our business plan
  • We have not yet manufactured or sold a significant number of vehicles to customers. Many of our products are still on the development stage and we may never be able to mass-produce them

Yeah, after reading that, I’m sure investors are just lining up with their checkbooks open. But, short-term traders might be interested in MULN stock for the volatility. After all, there are not many companies whose stock prices can surge this widely in price. To get a better idea of why MULN stock is so volatile, we have to talk about Mullen’s financing strategies.

Mullen’s Financing Strategy

On its Form 10K, Mullen reported just $366,000 in sales for 2023, based on invoicing for 35 total cars. At the same time, it reported $215 million in administrative expenses and over $700 million in financing expenses. In total, the EV startup lost roughly $1,006,658,828. So, what happened?

The team over at InvestorPlace did some digging into these numbers and discovered a few interesting takeaways:

  1. Mullen’s enormous financing costs mainly stemmed from the company’s convertible notes.
  2. Mullen issued $150 million worth of convertible notes in June 2022 in addition to other promissory notes.  
  3. The kicker is that Mullen allowed bondholders to convert their notes at the closing price of common stock while also issuing 1.85 bonus warrants for every share converted. The result was that Mullen Automotive spent $427.5 million to raise $150 million in fresh capital.
  4. Mullen used this same strategy a second time, raising $145 million but costing the company $255 million in warrant liabilities and almost $100 million in share issuances. 

Mullen is required to report these non-cash charges as “real” expenses – even though they mainly exist on paper. The real cost is for shareholders, who experience dilutions in the value of their shares. In other words, Mullen kept releasing new shares to raise more money, which made existing shares less valuable. InvestorPlace estimates that if you owned 1% of the company in 2023, your stake would have been diluted 98.7% by year-end to an ownership stake of just 0.0133%. 

I’m genuinely not sure why the company did this. I can’t imagine that it was an accident. So, I’d assume that the company’s management was just doing everything and everything to keep the lights on. But, at the same time, the company paid CEO David Michery $48,879,463 in stock awards, along with a salary of $750,000 in 2023. 

MULN Stock Price

Another issue plaguing Mullen Automotive is that its stock price keeps tanking. A company’s stock is essentially a way for it to raise money. If the stock price is soaring then so will the company’s valuation, which makes it easier to raise more money (by issuing more shares) or borrow money at attractive rates. For example, the GameStop Short Squeeze actually helped reinvigorate the company.

However, the reverse happens when a company’s stock price is falling. A lower market valuation makes it harder for the company to attract investors or borrow money. The stock can even be delisted from exchanges if the stock price falls below a certain level.  It’s a bit of a doom spiral downward.

Should You Buy MULN Stock?

As mentioned, almost no rational investor would want to buy Mullen Automotive stock for the long term. This is mainly because the company has a proven history of diluting its stock price and destroying its value. But, the company’s stock price experiences crazy fluctuations, which means there may be some opportunity for traders.

Mullen Automotive’s stock is inherently volatile because it’s such a small company. It currently has a market cap of just under $30 million and an average volume of 740,000. In other words, the company is fairly cheap and there are not a lot of shares trading hands each day. This creates the opportunity for massive swings in the value of shares. 

It’s fairly common for share prices of smaller companies to swing 20%, 30%, or even more in a single day. But, these types of price swings almost never happen for bigger companies. For example, companies like Boeing (NYSE: BA) or McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) would rarely ever move more than 10% or more in a single day. 

With this in mind, you may be able to take advantage of dramatic changes in Mullen’s stock price, assuming you have information on the company that other investors don’t. If you know something that others don’t, then there might be an opportunity to buy/sell shares before the market reacts to the news. To do this, I’d recommend following along closely with the company on social media. You can sometimes hear about major updates that take place at the company before they are picked up by news outlets. This gives you the opportunity to arbitrage the information and make the corresponding trade.

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Disclaimer: This article is for general informational and educational purposes only. It should not be construed as financial advice as the author, Ted Stavetski, is not a financial advisor.