What Happened: Asia-focused private equity firm Hillhouse Capital bought 127,000 shares of Nio in the first quarter, a 13F filing by the firm revealed. Hillhouse’s stake in Nio at the end of the quarter was valued at $4.958 million.
Incidentally, the private equity firm sold off its position in Nio in the fourth quarter.
In the third quarter of 2020, the firm held 2.412 million shares of Nio, valued at $51.18 million.
Hillhouse also bought 658,595 shares of Nio‘s Chinese EV peer XPeng Inc ((NYSE: XPEV)) in the first quarter. The stake was valued at $24.05 million. The firm had no position in XPeng in the fourth quarter.
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Why It’s Important: Nio and XPeng are two prominent players in the growing Chinese EV market. These companies have capitalized on the momentum with product lineups, particularly with respect to technology and customer service.
Both Nio and XPeng are planning overseas expansion. XPeng has already started sexporting its vehicles to Norway, while Nio recently announced its entry into Norway by setting up an office and service infrastructure in the European country.
Nio and XPeng are likely to benefit from the acceleration that is expected in EV adoption. If these companies can match their vision with execution, in all likelihood, their shares could emerge as attractive investment options.
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