Astra Announces Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Astra Space, Inc. ("Astra") (Nasdaq: ASTR) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2022.
Astra announces that after two of its four Rocket 3.3 flights were successful, the Company will transition to the next version of its launch system and is working with customers to re-manifest all payloads onto the new launch system, designed for higher capacity, reliability, and production rate.
"We have increased the design point of our new launch system to deliver up to 600-kilogram satellites to mid-inclination low Earth orbit over the course of the product lifecycle, which we believe will allow us to service over 75% of the small satellite market, including many of the new mega-constellations," said Chris Kemp, Astra Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO.
Astra announced that the base bulk launch price for dedicated launches is expected to remain under five million dollars.
"We have made substantial changes to our operating plan to concentrate and focus our investments on the development and introduction of the upgraded version of our launch system and the increased production of the Astra Spacecraft EngineTM," said CFO, Kelyn Brannon. "Furthermore, the $100 million Committed Equity Facility with B. Riley Principal Capital provides improved financial flexibility as we execute on these objectives."
Recent Business Highlights
Second Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights:
For the three months ended June 30, 2022:
Third Quarter 2022 Outlook
As of August 4, 2022, we are providing guidance for the third quarter 2022 based on current market conditions and expectations and given the dedication of our launch resources to the development of Launch System 2.0. We emphasize that the guidance is subject to various important cautionary factors referenced in the section entitled "Forward-Looking Statements" below and our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, including risks and uncertainties associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as the Russia, Ukraine conflict and their potential impact on our business.
For the third quarter ending September 30, 2022, we currently expect:
Conference Call Information
In conjunction with this announcement, Astra will host a conference call for investors at 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET) today to discuss second quarter results and our outlook for the third quarter ending September 30, 2022. The live webcast and a replay of the webcast will be available on the Investor Relations section of Astra's website: https://investor.astra.com/news-and-events/events-and-presentations
About Astra Space, Inc.
Astra's mission is to improve life on Earth from space by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Today, Astra offers one of the lowest cost-per-launch dedicated orbital launch services of any operational launch provider in the world, and one of the industry's first flight-proven electric propulsion systems for satellites, Astra Spacecraft EngineTM. Astra delivered its first commercial launch to low Earth orbit in 2021, making it the fastest company in history to reach this milestone, just five years after it was founded in 2016. Astra (NASDAQ: ASTR) was the first space launch company to be publicly traded on Nasdaq. Visit astra.com to learn more about Astra.
Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements made in this press release are "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "estimate", "plan", "outlook", and "project" and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements reflect the current analysis of existing information and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. As a result, caution must be exercised in relying on forward-looking statements. Due to known and unknown risks, actual results may differ materially from Astra's expectations or projections, including the following factors, among others: (i) the failure to meet projected development and launch targets, including as a result of the decisions of governmental authorities or other third parties not within our control, weather and other suboptimal conditions that may it difficult to perform a launch attempt, as well as those driven by the dedication of our launch resources to the development of Launch System 2.0; (ii) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (iii) the ability of Astra to meet its financial and strategic goals, due to, among other things, competition; (iv) the ability of Astra to pursue a growth strategy and manage growth profitability; (v) the possibility that Astra may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; (vi) the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Astra, (vii) the ability to manage its cash outflows during its business operations and (vii) other risks and uncertainties described herein, as well as those risks and uncertainties discussed from time to time in other reports and other public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Astra.
Explanation of Non-GAAP (or Adjusted) Financial Measures
This press release includes information about Free Cash Flow, Adjusted Gross Loss, Adjusted Net Loss and Adjusted EBITDA (collectively the "non-GAAP financial measures"), all of which are non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures are measurements of financial performance that are not prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and computational methods may differ from those used by other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures and should be read only in conjunction with Astra's condensed consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled to their most comparable GAAP measures in the table set forth in this release.
We believe that both management and our investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. Specifically, our management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in planning, monitoring and evaluating our financial and operational decision making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. Our management recognizes that the non-GAAP financial measures have inherent limitations because of the excluded items described below.
We believe that providing the non-GAAP financial measures, together with the reconciliation to GAAP measures, helps investors make comparisons between Astra and other companies in our industry. In making any comparisons to other companies in our industry, investors need to be aware that companies use different non-GAAP measures to evaluate their financial performance. Investors should pay close attention to the specific definition being used and to the reconciliation between such measure and the corresponding GAAP measure provided by each company under applicable SEC rules.
We define Free Cash Flow as cash used in operating activities including cash used for capital expenditures.
Adjusted Gross Loss differs from GAAP Gross Loss in that it excludes inventory and deferred launch cost write-downs related to discontinuance of production of our current version of launch system.
Adjusted Net Loss differs from GAAP Net Loss in that it excludes the following items: (a) stock-based compensation, (b) loss on change in fair value of contingent consideration, (c) cash earnout compensation cost related to the acquisition of Apollo Fusion, (d) inventory write-downs related to discontinuance of production of our current version of launch system, (e) deferred launch costs write-downs related to discontinuance of production of our current version of launch system, and (f) other special items. During the second quarter, other special items primarily related to amortization of licensed intellectual property and employee COVID-19 testing expenses.
We define Adjusted EBITDA as Adjusted Net Loss, excluding the following items: (a) interest expense and interest income, (b) income tax expense, (c) loss on marketable securities, and (d) depreciation and amortization. We are unable to predict with reasonable certainty the ultimate outcome of these exclusions without unreasonable effort.