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Xpeng Gains Ground on Cost Cuts

Xpeng (NYSE:XPEV) expects cost cuts and its Volkswagen partnership to narrow the firm’s losses, the Chinese EV maker told the media on Monday.

On Friday, the firm logged its biggest quarterly loss since its U.S. listing in August 2020. Its second-quarter net loss was 2.8 billion yuan, larger
than the 2.13 billion yuan loss expected according to a Refinitiv consensus estimate. Its U.S.-listed shares closed 4.28% lower on Friday. On Monday afternoon, Xpeng’s Hong Kong-listed shares were trading more than 2% higher.

Xpeng’s second-quarter deliveries totaled 23,205, a 32.58% drop from 34,422 deliveries in the same period a year ago.

On Friday, CEO He Xiaopeng said the company is cutting costs across the business and that should “substantially drive gross margin improvement in 2024.”

In April, Bloomberg reported the company was planning to trim manufacturing costs, including saving 50% on intelligent driving features by the end of 2024.

“From an expense perspective, we went through a very significant business reorganization as well as changes that we have made. We start to see the regaining of the growth momentum that we have in our business,” Brian Gu, vice chairman and co-president of Xpeng, told reporters on Monday.

XPEV began the day and the week up $1.14, or 7.7%, to $16.12.

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