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Innoviz raises $65 million on Wall Street at deep discount

The LiDAR developer’s worrying rate of cash burn prompted the decision to raise funds at a 20% discount compared to the stock price on the eve of the announcement

Innoviz Technologies, which develops LiDAR sensors and perception software, has raised $65 million on Wall Street. The upsized underwritten public offering was concluded at a price of $2.50 per share, reflecting a discount of over 20% compared to the stock price on the eve of the fundraising announcement.
Innoviz shares fell by 8% during trading in New York on Wednesday and dropped an additional 17% after hours.
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Innoviz executives
Innoviz executives
Innoviz executives.
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Innoviz has also granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to 3.9 million additional ordinary shares at the public offering price less the underwriting discount and commissions. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is acting as lead book-runner and representative of the underwriters for the offering.
This fundraising effort comes in close proximity to a series of significant announcements by Innoviz, but also on the back of financial reports that revealed a larger-than-expected loss. On a positive note, Innoviz has announced that it is expanding its collaboration with the BMW Group, starting a B-sample development phase on a new generation of LiDAR. Under the new development agreement, following BMW requirements, Innoviz will develop these B-Samples based on its second generation InnovizTwo LiDAR sensor.

In light of these announcements, Innoviz has revised its annual revenue forecast from $12-15 million to $15-20 million.
However, in the second quarter, Innoviz recorded revenues of only $1.5 million, following on from revenues of just $1 million in the previous quarter. Therefore, the expectation is for a significant increase in revenues in the second half of the year. Operating expenses actually rose by 6% compared to the corresponding quarter, reaching a total of $30 million. The majority of Innoviz's expenses are attributed to research and development costs, which amounted to $23.8 million in the second quarter.
The worrying rate of cash burn prompted the decision to raise funds at a discount. The company had $129 million remaining in cash reserves at the close of the second quarter.