Nikola acquires struggling Romeo Power to secure battery supply

Nikola Corp. is acquiring struggling startup Romeo Power Inc. in a $144 million all-stock deal that Nikola says will assure its supply of battery packs critical to assembling electric trucks.

The transaction exchange ratio implies Romeo’s shares are worth 74 cents each, a 34% premium to its closing price Friday of 55 cents. Romeo shareholders get a 4.5% pro forma ownership of Nikola. The boards of both companies have approved the deal.

The deal potentially preserves up to 400 jobs at Romeo…

Nikola expects to save $350 million on battery costs by 2026 and reduce non-cell-related battery pack costs by 30%-40% by the end of 2023 because of the acquisition.

Nikola is providing Romeo $35 million to keep operating until the deal closes, expected at the end of October.