Nikola plans 1-for-30 reverse stock split to comply with Nasdaq listing rules

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(Reuters) - Nikola on Thursday announced a 1-for-30 reverse stock split to comply with Nasdaq listing rules.

The stock will begin trading on a split-adjusted basis starting June 25, the company said.


Through a reverse stock split, a company can shore up its stock price by drastically reducing the number of shares outstanding, helping it to avoid being delisted from an exchange.


Nikola missed Wall Street expectations for first-quarter revenue in May as it delivered fewer hydrogen fuel cell trucks. Its cash and cash equivalents at the end of the three-month period ended March 31 stood at $345.6 million, down from $464.7 million in the prior three months.


The number of authorized shares will be reduced from 1.6 billion to 1 billion after the split.

The company had 1.36 billion shares outstanding and its market capitalization stood at around $652 million, as of last close.


Nikola's shares fell more than 15% to a record low of 40 cents on Thursday, after tumbling about 45% this year, up to last close.

(Reporting by Akash Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)