Why Kandi Technologies (KNDI) Is Lower on Wednesday

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Kandi Technologies (KNDI) is slipping on Wednesday after announcing it has entered into a securities purchase agreement with two institutional investors.

Before the bell, shares had taken off 5.2% to $20.06.

The electrical vehicle (EV) developer said it intends to raise around $11 with the direct placement of 606k shares of common stock at a price of $18.24 per share.

The China-based business also said it would issue warrants to the investors for 90.9k worth of common stock at $22.80 a share. The warrants have a term of 18 months from their issue date.

Kandi Technologies said the net proceeds would be used for general working capital purposes. The offering is expected to occur around March 24, pursuant to customary closing conditions.

Earlier in the week, the company reported fourth-quarter revenue of $50.6 million, a 92.2% year-over-year increase, and adjusted net income of $4.6 million.

In its 10-K filing with the SEC, Kandi also noted it has been part of an SEC investigation since November and that, if prolonged, it would have a significant financial impact.

"A protracted investigation could impose substantial costs and distractions, regardless of its outcome. There can be no assurance that any final resolution of this investigation will not have a material and adverse effect on the company's financial condition and results of operations," the company said in the filing.

Reasons for the SEC's investigation were not disclosed.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates KANDI TECHNOLOGIES GROUP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. The team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate KANDI TECHNOLOGIES GROUP (KNDI) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity."

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