General Motors Co.’s vertical integration capabilities and the conversion of its massive customer base to electric vehicles over the coming years represents a transformational opportunity for the legacy automaker, according to Wedbush Securities.
The GM Analyst
Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives maintained an “Outperform” rating on General Motors with a price target of $85 per share.
The GM Thesis
Ives, who has been a long-time Tesla Inc. bull, believes that GM’s EV transformation story heading into 2022 is starting to get recognized by Wall Street investors, with an electric-vehicle driven re-rating of the automaker’s stock currently in process.
Despite headwinds in the form of near-term supply and chip shortage issues, GM has a “golden opportunity” to ultimately convert 20 percent of its installed customer base to EVs by 2026 and covert over 50 percent of its customer base by 2030, as per the analyst.
“We believe in a bull case scenario GM’s stock could hit $100 over the next 12 to 18 months as the EV vision begins to take shape,” Ives wrote in a research note.
GM is in a great position to take advantage of a $5 trillion market emerging over the next decade as the automaker develops “game-changing” battery technology under the Ultium Platform, Ives added.
Why It Matters
GM, known for its big trucks and sports utility vehicles, plans to spend $35 billion through 2025 to accelerate its switch to electric vehicles.
The Mary Barra-led automaker aims to have 40 percent of its U.S. portfolio to be battery electric vehicles by the end of 2025 and transition to an all-electric portfolio by 2035.
Apart from GM, legacy rivals such as Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG are also setting aside more investments into electric vehicles as they play catch up in the market disrupted by Tesla.
The electric vehicle sector is seeing high interest from investors amid the growing appetite for electric vehicles and as market leader Tesla recently surpassed a market capitalization of $1 trillion.
General Motors’ shares closed almost 2.6 percent higher in Friday’s regular trading session at $63.40 and further rose almost 0.2 percent in the after-hours session to $63.50.
By Madhukumar Warrier
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