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AST SpaceMobile Provides Business Update and First Quarter 2024 Results
[May 15, 2024]

AST SpaceMobile Provides Business Update and First Quarter 2024 Results


AST SpaceMobile, Inc. ("AST SpaceMobile") (NASDAQ: ASTS), the company building the first and only space-based cellular broadband network accessible directly by everyday smartphones, and designed for both commercial and government applications, is providing its business update for the three months ended March 31, 2024.

"I am grateful for our global team's unwavering dedication and hard work as we prepare for the launch of our first five commercial satellites and initial commercial service," said Abel Avellan, Chairman and CEO of AST SpaceMobile. "We are set up for an exciting summer ahead as we push forward on all fronts of our business."

Business Update

  • On target for July or August delivery of 5 Block 1 satellites to Cape Canaveral
  • Signed milestone, 6-year definitive commercial agreement with AT&T for SpaceMobile Service
  • First 5 satellites allow U.S. nationwide non-continuous service with 5,600+ cells in premium low-band spectrum
  • Activities and discussions with government regulatory bodies, including FCC, are advancing as expected
  • Continue to advance discussions with additional strategic partners, following the blueprint of commercial payments alongside commercial agreements

First Quarter 2024 Financial Highlights

  • As of March 31, 2024, we had cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash of $212.4 million. We have additional liquidity of $51.5 million in gross proceeds available to draw under the Senior Secured Credit Facility, subject to certain conditions and approvals
  • Total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2024 were $56.0 million, including $24.9 million of depreciation and amortization and stock-based compensation expense. This represents a decrease of $4.9 million as compared to $60.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2023, due to a $6.5 million decrease in research and development costs and a $0.5 million decrease in engineering services costs, offset by a $1.7 million increase in general and administrative costs and a $0.4 million increase in depreciation and amortization expense
  • Total Adjusted operating expenses for the first quarter of 2024 were $31.1 million, a decrease of $7.5 million as compared to $38.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2023, due to a $6.5 million decrease in research and development costs, a $0.6 million decrease in Adjusted engineering services costs and a $0.4 million decrease in Adjusted general and administrative costs(1)
  • As of March 31, 2024, we have incurred approximately $326.4 million of gross capitalized property and equipment costs and accumulated depreciation and amortization of $81.1 million. The capitalized costs include costs of satellite materials for BlueBird satellites, advance launch payments, BlueWalker 3 satellite, assembly and integration facilities including assembly and test equipment, and ground antennas


(1) See reconciliation of Adjusted operating expenses to Total operating expenses, Adjusted engineering services costs to Engineering services costs and Adjusted general and administrative costs to General and administrative costs in the tables accompanying this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We refer to certain non-GAAP financial measures in this press release, including Adjusted operating expenses, Adjusted engineering services costs and Adjusted general and administrative costs. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful measures across time in evaluating our operating performance as we use these measures to manage the business, including in preparing our annual operating budget and financial projections. These non-GAAP financial measures that have no standardized meaning prescribed by U.S. GAAP, and therefore have limits in their usefulness to investors. Because of the non-standardized definitions, these measures may not be comparable to the calculation of similar measures of other companies and are presented solely to provide investors with useful information to more fully understand how management assesses performance. These measures are not, and should not be viewed as, a substitute for their most directly comparable GAAP measures. Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures and the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the tables accompanying this press release.

Conference Call Information

AST SpaceMobile will hold a quarterly business update conference call at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. The call will be accessible via a live webcast on the Events page of AST SpaceMobile's Investor Relations website at https://ast-science.com/investors/. An archive of the webcast will be available shortly after the call.

About AST SpaceMobile

AST SpaceMobile is building the first and only global cellular broadband network in space to operate directly with standard, unmodified mobile devices based on our extensive IP and patent portfolio, and designed for both commercial and government applications. Our engineers and space scientists are on a mission to eliminate the connectivity gaps faced by today's five billion mobile subscribers and finally bring broadband to the billions who remain unconnected. For more information, follow AST SpaceMobile on YouTube, X (Formerly Twitter), LinkedIn and Facebook. Watch this video for an overview of the SpaceMobile mission.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains "forward-looking statements" that are not historical facts, and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results of AST SpaceMobile to differ materially from those expected and projected. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the words "believes," "estimates," "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "may," "will," "would," "potential," "projects," "predicts," "continue," or "should," or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results. Most of these factors are outside AST SpaceMobile's control and are difficult to predict.

Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (i) expectations regarding AST SpaceMobile's strategies and future financial performance, including AST's future business plans or objectives, expected functionality of the SpaceMobile Service, anticipated timing of the launch of the Block 1 Bluebird satellites, anticipated demand and acceptance of mobile satellite services, prospective performance and commercial opportunities and competitors, the timing of obtaining regulatory approvals, ability to finance its research and development activities, commercial partnership acquisition and retention, products and services, pricing, marketing plans, operating expenses, market trends, revenues, liquidity, cash flows and uses of cash, capital expenditures, and AST's ability to invest in growth initiatives; (ii) the negotiation of definitive agreements with mobile network operators relating to the SpaceMobile service that would supersede preliminary agreements and memoranda of understanding and the ability to enter into commercial agreements with other parties or government entities; (iii) the ability of AST SpaceMobile to grow and manage growth profitably and retain its key employees and AST SpaceMobile's responses to actions of its competitors and its ability to effectively compete; (iv) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (v) the possibility that AST SpaceMobile may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; (vi) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against AST SpaceMobile; and (vii) other risks and uncertainties indicated in the Company's filings with the SEC, including those in the Risk Factors section of AST SpaceMobile's Form 10-K filed with the SEC on April 1, 2024.

AST SpaceMobile cautions that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. AST SpaceMobile cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. For information identifying important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Risk Factors incorporated by reference into AST SpaceMobile's Form 10-K filed with the SEC on April 1, 2024. AST SpaceMobile's securities filings can be accessed on the EDGAR section of the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Except as expressly required by applicable securities law, AST SpaceMobile disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

First Quarter Financial Results

AST SPACEMOBILE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

(Dollars in thousands, except share data)

 

 

 

March 31, 2024

 

 

December 31, 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

209,973

 

 

$

85,622

 

Restricted cash

 

 

2,467

 

 

 

2,475

 

Prepaid expenses

 

 

5,033

 

 

 

4,591

 

Other current assets

 

 

22,036

 

 

 

14,194

 

Total current assets

 

 

239,509

 

 

 

106,882

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

245,284

 

 

 

238,478

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

 

 

12,796

 

 

 

13,221

 

Other non-current assets

 

 

4,139

 

 

 

2,311

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$

501,728

 

 

$

360,892

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

14,528

 

 

$

20,575

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

 

15,593

 

 

 

23,926

 

Current operating lease liabilities

 

 

1,505

 

 

 

1,468

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

255

 

 

 

252

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

31,881

 

 

 

46,221

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warrant liabilities

 

 

11,746

 

 

 

29,960

 

Non-current operating lease liabilities

 

 

11,429

 

 

 

11,900

 

Long-term debt, net

 

 

160,827

 

 

 

59,252

 

Total liabilities

 

 

215,883

 

 

 

147,333

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' Equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A Common Stock, $.0001 par value; 800,000,000 shares authorized; 138,153,310 and 90,161,309 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively.

 

 

14

 

 

 

9

 

Class B Common Stock, $.0001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 39,747,447 and 50,041,757 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively.

 

 

4

 

 

 

5

 

Class C Common Stock, $.0001 par value; 125,000,000 shares authorized; 78,163,078 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively.

 

 

8

 

 

 

8

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

373,773

 

 

 

288,404

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income

 

 

121

 

 

 

227

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(209,392

)

 

 

(189,662

)

Noncontrolling interest

 

 

121,317

 

 

 

114,568

 

Total stockholders' equity

 

 

285,845

 

 

 

213,559

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

$

501,728

 

 

$

360,892

 

AST SPACEMOBILE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

 

For the Three Months ended
March 31,

 

 

 

2024

 

 

2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

$

500

 

 

$

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engineering services costs

 

 

19,511

 

 

 

16,483

 

General and administrative costs

 

 

12,287

 

 

 

9,857

 

Research and development costs

 

 

4,257

 

 

 

16,381

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

19,945

 

 

 

1,733

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

56,000

 

 

 

44,454

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gain on remeasurement of warrant liabilities

 

 

18,214

 

 

 

7,498

 

Interest (expense) income, net

 

 

(2,222

)

 

 

2,093

 

Other (expense) income, net

 

 

(2

)

 

 

(10,237

)

Total other income (expense), net

 

 

15,990

 

 

 

(646

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before income tax expense

 

 

(39,510

)

 

 

(45,100

)

Income tax expense

 

 

(294

)

 

 

(116

)

Net loss before allocation to noncontrolling interest

 

 

(39,804

)

 

 

(45,216

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

 

(20,074

)

 

 

(28,898

)

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

 

$

(19,730

)

 

$

(16,318

)

Net loss per share attributable to holders of Class A Common Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

$

(0.16

)

 

$

(0.23

)

Weighted-average shares of Class A Common Stock outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

 

121,447,138

 

 

 

71,845,206

 

AST SPACEMOBILE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS (UNAUDITED)

(Dollars in thousands)

 

 

 

For the Three Months ended
March 31,

 

 

 

2024

 

 

2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss before allocation to noncontrolling interest

 

$

(39,804

)

 

$

(45,216

)

Other comprehensive loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation adjustments

 

 

(216

)

 

 

(128

)

Total other comprehensive loss

 

 

(216

)

 

 

(128

)

Total comprehensive loss before allocation to noncontrolling interest

 

 

(40,020

)

 

 

(45,344

)

Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

 

(20,184

)

 

 

(28,980

)

Comprehensive loss attributable to common stockholders

 

$

(19,836

)

 

$

(16,364

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AST SPACEMOBILE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

(Dollars in thousands)

 

 

 

 

For the Three Months ended
March 31,

 

 

 

 

2024

 

 

2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss before allocation to noncontrolling interest

 

 

$

(39,804

)

 

$

(45,216

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss before noncontrolling interest to cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

19,945

 

 

 

1,733

 

Gain on remeasurement of warrant liabilities

 

 

 

(18,214

)

 

 

(7,498

)

Amortization of debt issuance costs

 

 

 

900

 

 

 

-

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

 

4,933

 

 

 

2,474

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

 

(8,306

)

 

 

(12,168

)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

 

 

(8,396

)

 

 

5,553

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets and operating lease liabilities

 

 

 

(8

)

 

 

6

 

Other assets and liabilities

 

 

 

828

 

 

 

17,383

 

Net cash used in operating activities

 

 

 

(48,122

)

 

 

(37,733

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property and equipment and advance launch payments

 

 

 

(39,568

)

 

 

(15,388

)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

 

(39,568

)

 

 

(15,388

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from debt

 

 

 

110,000

 

 

 

-

 

Repayments of debt

 

 

 

(62

)

 

 

(60

)

Payment for debt issuance costs

 

 

 

(5,162

)

 

 

-

 

Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of issuance costs

 

 

 

107,718

 

 

 

-

 

Issuance of equity under employee stock plan

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

96

 

Employee taxes paid for stock-based compensation awards

 

 

 

(314

)

 

 

-

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

 

 

212,180

 

 

 

36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

 

 

(147

)

 

 

(475

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

 

 

124,343

 

 

 

(53,560

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

 

 

 

88,097

 

 

 

239,256

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

 

 

$

212,440

 

 

$

185,696

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-cash transactions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment in accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

 

$

5,734

 

 

$

4,077

 

Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for operating lease liabilities

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

5,507

 

Cash paid for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest

 

 

$

2,205

 

 

$

52

 

Income taxes, net

 

 

 

710

 

 

 

282

 

AST SPACEMOBILE, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP REPORTED TO NON-GAAP ADJUSTED MEASURES (UNAUDITED)

(Dollars in thousands)

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2024

 

 

 

GAAP Reported

 

 

Stock-Based Compensation Expense

 

 

Adjusted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engineering services costs

 

$

19,511

 

 

$

(1,607

)

 

$

17,904

 

General and administrative costs

 

 

12,287

 

 

 

(3,326

)

 

 

8,961

 

Research and development costs

 

 

4,257

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,257

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

19,945

 

 

 

 

 

 

19,945

 

Total operating expenses

 

$

56,000

 

 

$

(4,933

)

 

$

51,067

 

Less: Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(19,945

)

Adjusted operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

31,122

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2023

 

 

 

GAAP Reported

 

 

Stock-Based Compensation Expense

 

 

Adjusted

 

Engineering services costs

 

$

19,992

 

 

$

(1,475

)

 

$

18,517

 

General and administrative costs

 

 

10,528

 

 

 

(1,219

)

 

 

9,309

 

Research and development costs

 

 

10,766

 

 

 

 

 

 

10,766

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

19,592

 

 

 

 

 

 

19,592

 

Total operating expenses

 

$

60,878

 

 

$

(2,694

)

 

$

58,184

 

Less: Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(19,592

)

Adjusted operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

38,592

 

Adjusted operating expenses, Adjusted engineering services costs and Adjusted general and administrative costs are alternative financial measures used by management to evaluate our operating performance as a supplement to our most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure. We define Adjusted operating expense as Total operating expenses adjusted to exclude amounts of stock-based compensation expense and depreciation and amortization expense and define Adjusted engineering services costs and Adjusted general and administrative costs as engineering services costs and general and administrative costs adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation expenses.

We believe Adjusted operating expenses, Adjusted engineering services costs and Adjusted general and administrative costs are useful measures across time in evaluating our operating performance as we use these measures to manage the business, including in preparing our annual operating budget and financial projections. Adjusted operating expenses, Adjusted engineering services costs, and Adjusted general and administrative costs are non-GAAP financial measures that have no standardized meaning prescribed by U.S. GAAP, and therefore have limits in their usefulness to investors. Because of the non-standardized definitions, these measures may not be comparable to the calculation of similar measures of other companies and are presented solely to provide investors with useful information to more fully understand how management assesses performance. These measures are not, and should not be viewed as, a substitute for their most directly comparable GAAP measure of Total operating expenses, Engineering services costs and General and administrative costs.


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