The interview starts off with Payne asking Michery about Mullen’s recent lawsuit against several broker-dealers and John Doe defendants. Christian Attar Senior Partner Wes Christian was also present at the interview and alleged that the defendants “illegally violated Rule 15 c3-3, which is the customer protection rule, as well as Rule 14 B-1, both of which stem out of them […] short selling shares illegally by not having a proper borrow. Why? Because they were using customers accounts which violates Rule 15 c3-3.”
Payne then went on to share a comment from Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW), which stated that the lawsuit “spins an outlandish conspiracy theory” that blames it for MULN stock’s poor performance.
MULN Stock: Charles Payne Hosts David Michery Interview
However, the interview took a turn after Payne questioned Michery about his salary and Mullen’s losses and general and administrative (G&A) spending. Last quarter, the electric vehicle (EV) company reported $31.77 million of G&A expenses.
“People are saying you’ve taken a lot of money, you’ve paid yourself a lot of money, and this kind of spending it just doesn’t make sense for a small company like yours,” said Payne.
Michery responded that bringing a vehicle to market is very expensive, to which Payne quipped back that those expenses belong in research and development (R&D). Michery then brought up awards and compensation and then stopped talking. Payne explained that audio issues interfered with Michery’s response, concluding the interview.
Afterwards, Mullen released a press release to address the question. In the release, the company states that it spent $46.1 million in operating expenses for the recent quarter, which does not include non-cash expenses such as $4.1 million in stock-based compensation (SBC).
“If you compare our operating cash flows to our competitors, you will see that we operate very efficiently. Mullen also has a strong balance sheet with $352 million in stockholders’ equity, $560 million in total assets and total notes payable of only $7.3 million,” said Mullen.
The competitors that Mullen compares itself to in the release are Canoo (NASDAQ:GOEV), Nikola (NASDAQ:NKLA) and Workhorse (NASDAQ:WKHS). This isn’t exactly a compelling comparison, as all three companies have lost at least 50% of their value so far this year. Overall, the written response seems quite dodgy, as Mullen does not directly answer why it has $31.77 million in G&A expenses.
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