founder Trevor Milton offered more shares in his former firm—once more, however this one doesn’t appear to be a conventional sale. And the unusual transfer appeared to drive down the electrical automobile maker’s inventory on Monday.
Milton offered 3.5 million shares at $13.89, a transaction valued at about $48.6 million, for “goods and services” from the customer—not money. “The reported disposition was made in exchange for non-cash consideration in the form of a credit to the account [Milton’s] with the purchaser for goods and services provided by the purchaser in the amount of $48,615,000,” reads a footnote within the Securities and Exchange Commission submitting, dated March 31.
Milton, primarily, bartered his shares. The purchaser wasn’t recognized. Nikola advised Barron’s that it doesn’t have any info on the transaction, and Milton didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark.
The sale nonetheless leaves Milton with greater than 79 million shares of Nikola inventory. He stays the corporate’s largest shareholder with roughly 20% of the shares excellent.
Milton’s stake began out at about 92 million shares. He has offered his stake down slowly with the newest sale, earlier than the barter transaction, coming in early March.
Milton resigned from the corporate after a negative report from a quick vendor was printed in September, claiming—amongst different issues— that Nikola administration misled traders. Nikola denied the claims twice. Then, in its annual report dated Feb. 25, Nikola listed nine statements by Milton that “were inaccurate in whole or in part, when made.” The report additionally famous that the quick vendor had made inaccurate statements as nicely.
Milton hasn’t commented to Barron’s concerning the disclosures within the annual report.
Nikola inventory is down about 75% from simply earlier than the quick vendor’s report was printed. The inventory is off about 13% yr so far.
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