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Canoo, an Electric Vehicle Company, Faces Investor Concerns over CEO’s Private Jet Expenses and Financial Health

BySamantha Jones

Apr 4, 2024
Canoo’s CEO’s Jet Costs Double What the Company Earned Last Year

In 2022, Canoo, an electric vehicle company, showcased a prototype of its EV at the CES technology trade show in Las Vegas. However, despite the display, the company faced scrutiny for spending $1.7 million on CEO Tony Aquila’s private jet bills, which was twice the revenue it generated in 2023. The spending raised concerns among investors who were worried about the financial health of the struggling company.

Canoo’s CEO, Tony Aquila, received $1.7 million in “aircraft reimbursements” for his private jet expenses in 2022 while the company only had $886,000 in revenue. Aquila also received $1.3 million for air travel expenses in 2022 and owns approximately 14% of Canoo. Despite producing passenger vehicles, delivery vans for Walmart and crew transport vehicles for NASA since its establishment in 2017, Canoo is still struggling to generate profits and faces cash flow issues while trying to scale up production.

The lack of sufficient cash flow has forced Canoo to consider raising additional funds to sustain its operations. This challenge coupled with several executive departures in 2022 has contributed to a 26% stock decline following the company’s earnings report. When businesses like Canoo overspend on private jet usage, shareholders and investors become concerned about the company’s financial health and management decisions.

Similar cases such as WeWork purchasing a luxury jet and General Electric’s former CEO Jack Immelt’s extravagant travel accommodations have also faced backlash for their excessive spending practices.

Overall, companies need to be mindful of their spending habits especially when they are facing financial difficulties. Excessive spending can lead to negative consequences such as lower profit margins and reduced investor confidence.

By Samantha Jones

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