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Organization and Business Operations

Organization and Business Operations
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2022
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Organization and Business Operations Organization and Business Operations
Virgin Orbit Holdings, Inc. (“Virgin Orbit”) and, together with, its wholly owned subsidiaries (the “Company,” “we,” “us” or “our”) are focused on the development, manufacture and related technologies of rockets for the purpose of conducting launch operations to place payloads into orbit. The Company is a vertically integrated aerospace company that provides customers with dedicated and rideshare small-satellite launch capabilities for various industries including government, research and education. We develop and manufacture our launch technology from a vertically-integrated manufacturing facility in Long Beach, California, with a testing facility in Mojave, California. As of the date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, we have successfully completed a total of four orbital launches since 2021, which we believe demonstrates the efficacy of our launch system. With the four completed orbital launches, we have delivered 33 satellites for commercial, civil and national security and defense customers to their desired orbits with high precision. Through our proprietary mobile launch system, we offer greater and more predictable access to space, enabling our vision of using space to drive positive and lasting change on Earth. The Company plans to conduct future commercial launches from other locations, including Cornwall in the UK later this year.

Since our founding in 2017, we have invested in research and development efforts to develop a unique air-launch system, comprised of Cosmic Girl, a modified Boeing 747 aircraft, and the LauncherOne rocket. Cosmic Girl serves as a reusable mobile launch pad, carrying LauncherOne aloft, and LauncherOne is a two-stage rocket that is the world’s first and only liquid-fueled, air-launched rocket to reach orbit successfully. This mobile system allows us to serve a broad array of applications and markets, providing customers with a highly differentiated solution to launch satellites relative to other existing small-satellite ground launch providers.

The Business Combination

The registrant was initially formed on January 11, 2021, as a Cayman Islands exempted company for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. The registrant was formed as NextGen Acquisition Corp. II (“NextGen”) and, at the time of the consummation of the transactions described in the following paragraph (the “Business Combination”), NextGen changed its name to Virgin Orbit Holdings, Inc.

On August 22, 2021, the registrant entered into a merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”) with Pulsar Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of the registrant (“Pulsar Merger Sub”), and Vieco USA, Inc. (“Vieco USA”). On December 29, 2021, as contemplated by the Merger Agreement and following approval by the registrant’s shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting held December 28, 2021, the registrant filed a notice of deregistration with the Cayman Islands Registrar of Companies, together with the necessary accompanying documents, and filed a certificate of incorporation and a certificate of corporate domestication with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware, under which the registrant was domesticated and continues as a Delaware corporation, changing its name to “Virgin Orbit Holdings, Inc.” (the “Domestication”). Virgin Investments Limited, a company limited by shares under the laws of the British Virgin Islands (“VIL”), is the holder of a majority of our outstanding common stock.

Upon the closing of the Business Combination (the “Transaction Close” or the “Closing”), holders of all issued and outstanding Vieco USA common stock received a total of 303,320,884 shares of common stock at a deemed value of $10.00 per share after giving effect to the exchange ratio of approximately 1.250301 (the “Exchange Ratio”) and all holders of issued and outstanding Vieco USA options received options to purchase shares of Virgin Orbit (“Virgin Orbit Options”), covering 10,704,645 shares of common stock after giving effect to the Exchange Ratio.

The Business Combination was accounted for as a reverse recapitalization in accordance with ASC 805, Business Combinations. Under this method of accounting, NextGen was treated as the “acquired” company for financial reporting purposes. Accordingly, for accounting purposes, the financial statements of Virgin Orbit represented a continuation of the financial statements of Vieco USA with the Business Combination treated as the equivalent of Vieco USA issuing shares for the net assets of NextGen, accompanied by a recapitalization. The net assets of NextGen are stated historical cost, with no goodwill or other intangible assets recorded. Operations prior to the Business Combination are those of Vieco USA in future reports of Virgin Orbit.
In accordance with guidance applicable to these circumstances, the equity structure has been recast in all comparative periods up to the Closing to reflect the number of shares of Virgin Orbit’s common stock, $0.0001 par value per share, issued to Virgin Orbit’s stockholders in connection with the Business Combination. As such, the shares and corresponding capital amounts and earnings per share related to Vieco USA common stock Vieco USA Options prior to the Business Combination have been retroactively recast as shares reflecting the Exchange Ratio.

Virgin Orbit common stock and warrants commenced trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) under the symbols “VORB” and “VORBW,” respectively, on December 29, 2021.

Liquidity and Going Concern

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared assuming the Company will continue as a going concern. The going concern basis of presentation assumes that the Company will continue in operation one year after the date these unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements are issued and will be able to realize its assets and discharge its liabilities and commitments in the normal course of business.

Management evaluated all relevant conditions and events that are reasonably known or reasonably knowable, in the aggregate, as of the date the condensed consolidated financial statements are issued and determined that substantial doubt exists about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The Company has not generated positive cash flows from operations or sufficient revenues to provide sufficient cash flows to enable the Company to finance its operations internally, and may not be able to raise sufficient capital to do so. We have incurred significant losses since our inception and had an accumulated deficit of $960.0 million as of September 30, 2022. In June 2022, we entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with YA II PN, Ltd. (the “Investor”), pursuant to which we sold a convertible debenture and raised gross proceeds of $50.0 million, as discussed in Note 11. Convertible Note. Our cash and cash equivalents were $71.2 million and $194.2 million as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively.

Pursuant to the requirements of ASC Topic 205-40, Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern, our management must evaluate whether there are conditions or events, considered in the aggregate, that raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern for one year from the date the unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are issued. This evaluation does not take into consideration the potential mitigating effect of management’s plans that have not been fully implemented or are not within our control as of the date the unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements are issued. When substantial doubt exists, management evaluates whether the mitigating effect of its plans sufficiently alleviates substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The mitigating effect of management’s plans, however, is only considered if both (1) it is probable that the plans will be effectively implemented within one year after the date that the unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements are issued, and (2) it is probable that the plans, when implemented, will mitigate the relevant conditions or events that raise substantial doubt about the entity’s ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date that the unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements are issued. In connection with the Company’s assessment of going concern considerations, management has determined that the liquidity condition raises substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. No adjustments have been made to the carrying amounts of assets or liabilities should the Company be required to liquidate within 12 months. The condensed financial statements do not include any adjustment that might be necessary if the Company is unable to continue as a going concern.

Management’s plans to mitigate an expected shortfall of capital to support future operations include expanding commercial operations, raising additional funds through borrowings or additional sales of securities or other sources, and managing our working capital. There is no assurance that additional financing will be available when needed or that management will be able to obtain financing on terms acceptable to the Company or whether the Company will become profitable and generate positive operating cash flow. If the Company is unable to raise substantial additional
capital, operations and production plans may be scaled back or curtailed. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.
COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to directly and indirectly impact the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition, including revenue, expenses, reserves and allowances. The Company continues to monitor developments that are highly uncertain, including supply chain disruptions and price increases, as well as the economic impact on domestic and international suppliers, customers, and markets. The Company assessed certain accounting matters that require consideration of forecasted financial information, including, but not limited to, its current expected credit losses, the carrying value of the Company's intangible assets and other long-lived assets, and valuation allowances in context with the information reasonably available to the Company and the unknown future impacts of COVID-19 as of September 30, 2022 and through the date of this report. As a result of these assessments, there were no impairments or material increases in expected credit losses or valuation allowances that impacted the Company's condensed financial statements as of and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021. However, the Company's future assessment of the magnitude and duration of COVID-19, as well as other factors, could result in material impacts to the condensed financial statements in future reporting periods.