VinFast loses more than $140 billion in market cap in two weeks after week-long nosedive for EV maker

VinFast’s stock is on pace for a seven-day losing streak

Electric-vehicle startup VinFast Auto has seen its market capitalization plunge in the past two weeks.


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Electric-vehicle startup VinFast Auto Ltd. has seen its market capitalization fall more than $140 billion in less than two weeks, weighed down by a six-day losing streak for the company’s stock.  

Shares of VinFast VFS, -26.57% soared last month after the company went public through a special-purpose acquisition company deal, taking its market cap to an eye-watering $231.3 billion on Aug. 25 — easily surpassing established automakers such as Ford Motor Co. F, -0.91% and General Motors Co. GM, -0.76%.

VinFast is on pace to extend its losing streak to seven days. Shares of the low-float company fell 26.3% Thursday, taking VinFast’s market cap to $85 billion, according to FactSet data. Ford’s market cap is $47.7 billion and GM’s is $44.5 billion, FactSet data show.

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The EV maker is a majority-owned affiliate of Vietnamese conglomerate Vingroup, one of the largest publicly traded companies in Vietnam. VinFast said that as of June 30, 2023, the company has delivered close to 19,000 EVs.

About 99% of VinFast shares are controlled by Vingroup chair and VinFast founder Pham Nhat Vuon, making only a small portion available to investors.

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VinFast is importing its vehicles into the U.S. and is also ramping up its North American presence. In July, the company broke ground on an electric-vehicle manufacturing site within the Triangle Innovation Point in Chatham County, N.C. The startup says the plant will eventually have the capacity to make 150,000 vehicles a year.