Electric-vehicle maker Fisker said on Thursday that it does not have a bank guarantee with manufacturing partner Magna Steyr, the Austrian unit of Magna International, in response to a report by short-seller Fuzzy Panda Research.
Fisker said it intends "to take immediate and aggressive action to address the false and misleading claims made by Fuzzy Panda Research," adding that it owns the intellectual property for the Fisker Ocean platform.
In a report disclosing an unspecified short position earlier on Thursday, Fuzzy Panda Research said Fisker's access to its funds is limited by bank guarantees that set a minimum cash balance.
The short-seller added that nearly all of the $825 million Fisker has in cash "is tied up" in guarantees to Magna Steyr.
The guarantees include Fisker paying for Magna's tooling costs as well as manufacturing margins and direct manufacturing costs, the short seller said, citing interviews with former employees.
Magna did not immediately respond to a request for comment.