First Spaceflight from Spaceport America Expected to Occur Between November 19-23
Rollout of Second Spaceship Scheduled to Take Place in the First Quarter of 2021
Reopening Ticket Sales in 2021 Following Sir Richard Branson’s Spaceflight
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – November 5, 2020 – Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE) (“Virgin Galactic” or the “Company”), a vertically integrated aerospace and space travel company, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.
“During the quarter we made good progress completing the final steps to prepare for VSS Unity’s first rocket powered test flight from Spaceport America this November. This will be the first-ever human spaceflight conducted from New Mexico,” said Michael Colglazier, Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Galactic. “We also made meaningful progress on our second SpaceShipTwo vehicle, which we plan to unveil in the first quarter of 2021. During my first three months at the Company, I have been continually impressed with the team and the tremendous work that has gone into making the dream of commercial spaceflight a reality. As we continue to prepare for commercial launch, we will reopen ticket sales following Richard Branson’s flight in 2021. I am excited and confident in our ability to execute our vision and provide transformative experiences to people around the world.”
Third Quarter 2020 Business Highlights:
Completed the application of the thermal protection system on the Wing and Fuselage, progressed on systems installation, and successfully completed the initial Pilot Simulator evaluations of the second SpaceShipTwo vehicle, in preparation for its expected rollout in the first quarter of 2021.
Completed work on Spaceport America’s third floor astronaut training lounge and customer center.
Installed reclining seats, cabin cameras and download link hardware on VSS Unity for future live stream capability.
Implemented upgraded flight control system and upgraded horizontal stabilizers on VSS Unity to increase performance during the boost phase of the flight profile.
Unveiled the design of the SpaceShipTwo cabin interior via an exclusive virtual event, streamed live on YouTube.
Revealed initial design concept for high speed vehicle and announced non-binding memorandum of understanding with Rolls-Royce to collaborate in designing and developing engine propulsion technology for vehicle.
Third Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights:
Cash position remains strong, with cash and cash equivalents of $742 million as of September 30, 2020.
Net loss of $77 million, compared to a $63 million net loss in the second quarter of 2020.
GAAP selling, general, and administrative expenses of $31 million, compared to $26 million in the second quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses of $26 million in the third quarter of 2020, compared to $23 million in the second quarter of 2020.
GAAP research and development expenses of $46 million, compared to $37 million in the second quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP research and development expenses of $43 million in the third quarter of 2020, compared to $35 million in the second quarter of 2020.
Adjusted EBITDA totaled $(66) million, compared to $(54) million in the second quarter of 2020.
Cash paid for capital expenditures totaled $4 million, compared to $6 million in the second quarter of 2020.
Completed underwritten public offering of 23.6 million shares of common stock at a public offering price of $19.50 per share, resulting in net proceeds of over $440 million to be used for general corporate purposes and capital expenditures.
Expect first spaceflight from Spaceport America to occur between November 19-23, 2020. This flight will include revenue-generating payloads as part of the NASA flight opportunities program.
Entered into agreement with NASA and the Southwest Research Institute to fly planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern on SpaceShipTwo vehicle from Spaceport America to conduct experiments in space.
Total Future Astronauts remained at approximately 600, as of October 31, 2020.
Reopening ticket sales in 2021 after Sir Richard Branson’s flight.
Retiring “One Small Step” program on December 31, 2020. The pool of participants has now reached close to 900 participants, as of October 31, 2020.
Along with its third quarter 2020 financial results, Virgin Galactic also provided an update regarding the impact of COVID-19. The Company is continuing to experience ongoing delays to its business and operations due to COVID-19, which has led to accumulated impacts to both schedule and cost efficiency. This is expected to continue through the fourth quarter and in 2021, though the Company has continued to stay on track for its planned upcoming flights. The Company has implemented strict protocols to ensure employee safety, including enforcing staggered shifts to lower on-site density and re-working communications processes with engineers who are primarily working from home.
The Company continues to follow rigorous health and safety procedures and testing protocols for its employees, following guidelines from the CDC and state and local officials. Only those employees whose work requires them to be in Virgin Galactic’s facilities are working on-site in Mojave and New Mexico.
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 (778) 560-2846 and enter the conference ID number 1946019. 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 and space travel 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.`
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