Nikola investors vote to release brand-new stock over Trevor Milton’s objection

Nikola Motor Company

Source: Nikola Motor Company

Electric truck maker Nikola has actually lastly won investor approval to release brand-new stock, the business stated on Tuesday. Nikola has actually been pursuing 2 months to win sufficient votes to conquer the objection of its since-departed creator, who formerly voted his 20% interest in Nikola versus the proposition.

The business stated it can now increase its overall shares exceptional from 600 million to 800 million, offering it versatility to raise money by releasing brand-new funds as required. More than 66% of the overall votes cast, or more than 211 million shares, favored the proposition, Nikola stated in a declaration.

The step needed approval by owners of a minimum of 50% of the business’s exceptional shares to pass.

The business’s June 1 yearly investors’ conference was adjourned after Nikola’s creator and previous CEO and chairman, Trevor Milton, voted versus the proposition. The conference briefly resumed on June 30, and once again on July 18, just to be adjourned once again on both celebrations as the overall votes in favor disappointed the required limit.

Milton, who established Nikola in 2014, left the business in September 2020 following accusations of scams. He stays the business’s biggest investor. Milton owns about 11% of Nikola’s stock outright and manages another 9% through a financial investment lorry that he co-owns, offering him efficient control of about 90 million shares of Nikola’s stock.

Milton was prosecuted by a federal grand jury on 4 counts of scams associated to representations he made to possible Nikola financiers. His trial is set up to start in September. Milton has actually rejected the accusations.

Nikola stated on Monday that it has actually consented to get battery-pack provider Romeo Power in a $144 million all-stock deal that will not need it to release brand-new shares. The truck maker is anticipated to report its second-quarter outcomes — and its prepare for the extra shares — prior to the U.S. markets open on Thursday.


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