AYRO Provides Incremental Corporate Update
AUSTIN, Feb. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AYRO, Inc. (Nasdaq: AYRO) (“AYRO” or the “Company”), a designer and manufacturer of electric, purpose-built delivery vehicles and solutions for micro distribution, micro mobility, and last-mile delivery, provides an update on recent corporate and strategic initiatives from CEO Thomas Wittenschlaeger:
Dear Shareholders and Investors,
In the business update I provided in mid-December at our Annual Shareholders Meeting, I highlighted a number of initiatives we are currently undertaking at AYRO. Now, in mid-February, with further accomplishments and additional initiatives underway, I wanted to provide investors with an update on some of these initiatives.
We continue to take steps to shift our supply chain structure away from Asia and to a North America-based strategy. Having more localized control of our supply chain will be critical to shortening our vehicle delivery time and lowering our unit costs. We will have more to discuss around this topic in future updates. For now, please note that this initiative continues to be at the cornerstone of our manufacturing strategy.
Customer interest in the low-speed vehicle (LSV) food delivery segment continues to be robust. In many urban areas, a LSV solution to food delivery is quite feasible and appropriate, and we believe our leadership position in the LSV segment should bode well for our competitive positioning. Moreover, our distribution partnerships with Club Car and Gallery Carts remain quite important in this segment and allow us to offer food box architecture and configuration solutions, which are necessary components of food delivery. We look forward to additional progress on this front and further honing our LSV strategy.
With respect to our cost structure and overhead expenses, we recently reduced our senior staff footprint and associated expenses by 40%, except for related one-time separation costs, with no discernible impact on ongoing operations. As I mentioned in our December update, every aspect of our operation must be justified, including personnel and outsourced services. Although our cash position is quite healthy at $77M as of September 30, 2021 and we have no debt, remaining vigilant on expense control must continue to be an essential part of our operations.
Given our strong financial condition, we are also evaluating other options for the strategic deployment of capital beyond our ongoing strategic initiatives. We believe there are potentially other segments of the electric vehicle (EV) market that could be additive to our planned suite of offerings and services. While we are not committed to this approach, we believe it prudent to assess the EV landscape for potential businesses that would allow us to accelerate our revenue growth and reach critical scale faster.
Lastly, I wish to underscore that we will recognize record revenue and record unit deliveries of the Club Car Current in the fourth quarter of 2021, even amid the unprecedented supply chain disruptions affecting all businesses. Additionally, we expect sequential revenue growth in each of the first two quarters of 2022.
Supporting this revenue outlook is Club Car’s recent introduction of the lithium-battery powered version of the Current. We are optimistic that buyers will find this version quite appealing, for not only does this lithium version bring inherent “green” advantages over the standard lead-acid battery version, but it also offers enhanced hill climbing performance and air conditioning for warmer climates.
In summary, we continue to make progress in positioning AYRO for sustainable success in the EV market, and specifically in the LSV segment of the EV market. The food delivery market represents an enormous market opportunity that goes beyond simply the vehicle component. We intend to capitalize on this distinction and will certainly share additional progress on this front in the future. We take expense control seriously and are adamant about being incredibly efficient with our capital. Furthermore, we will look to be opportunistic with our capital as well, and we are exploring potential partnerships and acquisitions that could be synergistic with our competitive stance in the market. Lastly, we do not want to give the impression that we have taken our eye off our need and ability to grow our revenue. We will report record revenue in the fourth quarter and, based on our current forecast, expect record revenue again in both the first and second quarters of 2022.
I would like to thank all of our loyal shareholders and look forward to providing additional updates in the future.
Thomas M. Wittenschlaeger
CEO – AYRO Corp.
About AYRO, Inc.
Texas-based AYRO, Inc. designs and produces all-electric, purpose-built vehicles that are powered by technology and usable by anyone. Driven by insight gained from partners, customers, and research, AYRO delivers profitable and sustainable e-delivery solutions that empower organizations to enable sustainable fleets that extend both their brand value and exceptional user experience throughout the delivery process. Founded in 2017 by entrepreneurs, investors, and executives with a passion for creating sustainable electric vehicle solutions, AYRO is focused on adaptable, eco-friendly solutions that can impact change in campus, micro distribution, micro mobility, and last-mile delivery. For more information, visit: www.ayro.com.
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Released February 17, 2022