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Virgin Orbit Expects 2022 Revenue Between $30M to $40M

By | August 16, 2022

Virgin Orbit’s Cosmic Girl plane ahead of the Jan. 13 launch “Above the Clouds.” Photo: Virgin Orbit

Virgin Orbit reported just $5,000 in revenue for the second quarter of 2022, as the company’s most recent launch on July 5 fell on the first day of the third quarter. Virgin Orbit will recognize $12 million in revenue from that launch in its third quarter results.

Net loss for the quarter was $33 million. The cost of revenue was $3.4 million, selling, general and administrative expenses totaled about $28 million, and R&D costs were $9 million.

The launcher expects to perform four launches this year. Two launches have been completed — in January and July — and the next launch is set for Cornwall in the United Kingdom, and there are plans for a fourth quarter launch from California.

Virgin Orbit is increasing its revenue per launch. The company made about $2.5 million for each of its three early development launches, and $12 million for the most recent launch. The launcher expects revenue between $6 million to $12 million for upcoming near-term launches. Revenue per launch “will vary depending on the customer, spaceport, and mission specific requirements,” CFO Brita O’Rear said on the company’s Aug. 12 call with investors.

The company’s manufacturing costs are decreasing as well. CEO Dan Hart said on the investor call that for the most recent mission, manufacturing labor hours were reduced by approximately 25% compared to the previous rocket.

Revenue for 2022 is projected between $30 million to $40 million, because of increasing revenues per launch. The company said this is “driven by higher value missions through our differentiated capabilities.”

Virgin Orbit also expects to recognize revenue from its spaceport activities as the company executes on various feasibility studies around the world and support systems for local launches, O’Rear said.

The smallsat launcher reports $582 million in backlog, up from $419 million at the end of the first quarter — yet only $163 million of the backlog is in binding contracts.