05 May 2020

Virgin Galactic Announces First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

  • Signed Pioneering NASA Space Act Agreement to Enable the Development of High Speed

  • Point-to-Point Technologies

  • Over 400 Participants Paid Deposits to Enroll in “One Small Step” Program

  • Successfully Completed First VSS Unity Glide Flight from Spaceport America, New Mexico

MOJAVE, Calif. – May 5, 2020 – Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE) (“Virgin Galactic” or “the Company”), a vertically integrated aerospace company, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.“In the first quarter we made significant progress toward our goal of opening access to space in a safe and responsible way,” said George Whitesides, Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Galactic. “We are encouraged by the response to our ‘One Small Step’ initiative, with over 400 refundable deposit payments received from individuals from 44 countries, representing over $100 million of potential future revenue upon full ticket payment. We believe this response to our ‘One Small Step’ initiative demonstrates the appetite for our product offering among new potential Future Astronauts, complementing the strength and ongoing support of our existing customer base of 600 Future Astronauts who already have reservations on our spaceflights. The COVID-19 outbreak led to an unprecedented situation for companies and individuals across the world, but I am encouraged by the commitment displayed by our team in helping to support relief efforts while making program progress. We remain focused on our strategic goals and our path to commercial launch.” 

First Quarter 2020 Business Highlights:

  • Launched “One Small Step” initiative, enabling prospective customers to secure their place at the front of the line for future ticket reservations when ticket sales re-open.

  • Completed five VMS Eve carrier aircraft flights and a captive carry flight to ferry VSS Unity from Mojave, CA to Spaceport America, as well as significant preparations for the first glide flight of VSS Unity from Spaceport America.

  • Cleared four new FAA Verification and Validation provisos, bringing the total number of provisos cleared to date to 24 out of 29.

  • Achieved “Weight on Wheels” milestone, completed numerous structural and mechanical installations, commenced assembly of flight control systems and began preparing for Integrated Vehicle Ground Testing on second spaceship.

  • Relocated VSS Unity to Spaceport America in New Mexico.

  • Completed the first and second floors at Spaceport America and continued to build out the third floor, which will be used for astronaut training and flight preparation activities.

  • Appointed Enrico Palermo as Chief Operating Officer.

 First Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights:

  • Strong cash position, with cash and cash equivalents of $419 million as of March 31, 2020.

  • Revenue of $238,000, generated by providing engineering services.

  • Net loss of $60 million, narrowed from a $73 million net loss in fourth quarter of 2019.

  • GAAP selling, general, and administrative expenses of $27 million, compared to $37 million in fourth quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses of $23 million in the first quarter of 2020.

  • GAAP research and development expenses of $34 million, compared to $37 million in fourth quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP research and development expenses of $33 million in first quarter of 2020.

  • Adjusted EBITDA totalled $(53) million, compared to $(55) million in fourth quarter of 2019.

  • Cash paid for capital expenditures totalled $4 million, compared to $6 million in fourth quarter of 2019.

  • Completed the redemption of all outstanding public warrants on a cashless basis on April 13, 2020, in accordance with the Warrant Agreement. All public warrants and units ceased trading at 5:00pm Eastern Time on April 13, 2020. 

Recent Business Highlights:

  • Entered into Space Act Agreement with NASA to facilitate the development of high speed technologies.

  • Strong interest in the “One Small Step” initiative, with over 400 deposit payments received from individuals from 44 countries as of April 29, 2020. If Virgin Galactic can convert all of these customers, that would represent over $100 million of future business, depending on ticket price.

  • Registrations of interest in flight reservations increased by approximately 1,200 as of April 29, 2020, a 15% increase since February 23, 2020.

  • Completed transition of all Virgin Galactic operations personnel from Mojave, California to Spaceport America, bringing current total number of staff in New Mexico to 178.

  • Completed glide flight of VSS Unity from Spaceport America on May 1, 2020, marking the spaceship’s first flight from a new home base and in new airspace.

Impact of COVID-19 and Support in the Community

Along with its first quarter 2020 financial results, Virgin Galactic also provided an update regarding the impact of COVID-19 on its business and operations. The full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s full year financial results and test flight program will depend on future developments, such as the ultimate duration and scope of the outbreak, the timing and impact of future stay-at-home orders and other government mandates, and the pace at which the Company can resume normal course operations. Virgin Galactic continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and will provide updates as appropriate.Virgin Galactic has been assisting with COVID-19 relief efforts in its communities and has partnered with NASA to develop innovative solutions to the problems facing healthcare workers on the frontlines, including developing negative pressure enclosures and low-cost breathing hoods (PPB Hoods) that provide oxygen-rich positive pressure to patients in need. In addition, the Company has donated medical supplies from its stocks to communities in California and New Mexico, including masks, suits and gloves, and has donated Powered Air Purifying Respirators to local hospitals. 

Conference Call Information

 Virgin Galactic will host a conference call to discuss the results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) today. To access the conference call, parties should dial (833) 968-2325 and enter theconference ID number 8115418. The live audio webcast along with supplemental information will be accessible on the Company’s Investor Relations website at investors.virgingalactic.com. A recording of the webcast will also be available following the conference call. 

About Virgin Galactic Holdings

 Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. is a vertically integrated aerospace company, pioneering human spaceflight for private individuals and researchers, as well as a manufacturer of advanced air and space vehicles. Using its proprietary and reusable technologies and supported by a distinctive, Virgin-branded customer experience, it is developing a spaceflight system designed to offer customers a unique, multi-day, transformative experience. This culminates in a spaceflight that includes views of Earth from space and several minutes of weightlessness that will launch from Spaceport America, New Mexico. Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company believe that one of the most exciting and significant opportunities of our time lies in the commercial exploration of space and the development of technology that will change the way we travel across the globe in the future. Together we are opening access to space to change the world for good. 

Forward-Looking Statements

 This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws with respect to Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”), including statements regarding the Company’s spaceflight systems, markets and expected performance. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by words such as “believe,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “strategy,” “future,” “opportunity,” “plan,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “would,” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are predictions, projections and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this presentation, including but not limited to the factors, risks and uncertainties regarding the Company’s business described in the documents filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and, except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation and does not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.For media inquiries please contact:VirginGalacticPress@virgingalactic.comUK, Middle East, Asia, Africa – Ollie Bailey-Pratt, FTI ConsultingUS, Canada, South America, Australia – Antonia Gray, FTI ConsultingVirginGalacticFin@fticonsulting.comFor investor relations inquiries please contact:VirginGalactic-SVC@sardverb.com

First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Use of Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresThis press release references certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP selling, general, and administrative expense and non-GAAP research and development expense. The Company defines adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest expense, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, and certain other items the Company believes are not indicative of its core operating performance. It defines non-GAAP selling, general, and administrative expenses as selling, general, and administrative expenses other than stock-based compensation and non-capitalized transaction costs, and non-GAAP research and development expenses as research and development expenses other than stock-based compensation. None of these non-GAAP financial measures is a substitute for or superior to measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP) and should not be considered as an alternative to any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP.The Company believes that presenting these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplemental information to investors about the Company in understanding and evaluating its operating results, enhancing the overall understanding of its past performance and future prospects, and allowing for greater transparency with respect to key financial metrics used by its management in financial and operational-decision making. However, there are a number of limitations related to the use of non-GAAP measures and their nearest GAAP equivalents. For example, other companies may calculate non-GAAP measures differently, or may use other measures to calculate their financial performance, and therefore any non-GAAP measures the Company uses may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively, are set forth below:




George T. Whitesides is the Chair of the Space Advisory Board, where he is responsible for bringing together aerospace leaders to advise the Virgin Galactic senior management team on the journey towards regular commercial spaceflight, developing the next generation vehicles and exploring new opportunities. Previously, George served as the Chief Space Officer of Virgin Galactic, spearheading the development of future technologies, including high speed, point-to-point travel and orbital flight, after stepping down as CEO in 2020.

George joined Virgin Galactic in 2010 as Chief Executive Officer. During George’s 10 years with the Company, he built the company from 30 people to a workforce of over 900, successfully guiding Virgin Galactic through its human space flight R&D and flight test program, culminating in two space flights. These historic flights saw the first humans launched into space from US soil since the retirement of the Space Shuttle, as well as the first woman to fly on a commercial space vehicle. George led the transition of operations from Mojave, California to Spaceport America, New Mexico, and oversaw the company’s successful public listing making it a multi-billion dollar company and creating the world’s first publicly traded human spaceflight venture.

Prior to Virgin Galactic, George served as Chief of Staff for NASA. Upon departure from the American space agency, he received the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award the agency confers.

George’s volunteer service includes Caltech’s Space Innovation Council, Princeton University’s Advisory Council for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the Antelope Valley Economic Development & Growth Enterprise. He is a fellow of the UK Royal Aeronautical Society and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

He previously served as Vice Chair of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, chair of the Reusable Launch Vehicle Working Group for the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of Virgin Galactic, a member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton University, co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Space Technologies, and the Board of Virgin Unite USA. George has testified on American space policy before the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and the President’s Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy. An honors graduate of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, George later earned a master’s degree in geographic information systems and remote sensing from the University of Cambridge, and a Fulbright Scholarship to Tunisia. George is a licensed private pilot and certified parabolic flight coach.

He resides in California with his wife Loretta and two children.




Colonel Chris Hadfield is a heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and test pilot who has commanded the International Space Station. Formerly NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia and veteran of three spaceflights, Hadfield’s many awards include the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. Hadfield is a three-time NYT bestselling author, a renowned musician, an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo, chair of the board of the Open Lunar Foundation, and host of several internationally acclaimed television series. In addition, Hadfield leads the space stream at the Creative Destruction Lab, one of the world’s top tech incubators.




Dr. Sandra H. “Sandy” Magnus is the Principal at AstroPlanetview, LLC. Most recently she served as the Deputy Director of Engineering in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for the Undersecretary of Research and Engineering. In that role she served as the “Chief Engineer” for the Department of Defense establishing engineering policy, propagating best practices and working to connect the engineering community across the department.

Dr. Magnus is the former Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Prior to leading AIAA, she was a member of the NASA Astronaut Corps for 16 years. During her time at NASA she flew in space on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, in 2011. In addition, she flew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in November 2008, served as flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18, and returned home on STS-119 after four and a half months on board.

Following her assignment on Station, she served at NASA Headquarters in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Her last duty at NASA, after STS-135, was as the deputy chief of the Astronaut Office.

While at NASA, Dr. Magnus worked extensively with the international community, including the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), as well as with Brazil on facility-type payloads. She also spent time in Russia developing and integrating operational products and procedures for the International Space Station.

Before joining NASA, Dr. Magnus worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company as a stealth engineer. While at McDonnell Douglas, she worked on internal R&D and on the Navy’s A-12 Attack Aircraft program.

Dr. Magnus has received numerous awards, including the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the 40 at 40 Award (given to former collegiate women athletes to recognize the impact of Title IX).




Dr. David A. Whelan is the SVP Chief-Scientist of Cubic Corporation. Dr. Whelan retired from Boeing in 2017, as the Vice President, Engineering (BDS) and Board of Directors for HRL Laboratories. Whelan served as Director of the Tactical Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and began his career at Northrop as designer of the B-2 Stealth Bomber. Whelan is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Physical Society and IEEE. He earned his Ph.D. Physics from UCLA; He holds over 75 US patents.