Astra Space to Lay Off 16 Percent of Employees, Reports $199 Million 3rd Quarter Loss

Astra Space, which has experience more launch failures than successes, has announced plans to lay off 16 percent of its staff in the first quarter of next year as the company reported a third quarter net loss of $199.1 million.

“Given the challenging macroeconomic environment, we made the difficult but prudent decision to reduce our operating expenses to support our primary near-term objectives,” said Chairman and CEO Chris Kemp.

Shares of Astra (ASTR) were down more than 10 percent to $0.52 in trading on Wednesday. The company received a letter from Nasdaq in October saying the stock would be delisted if it could not get its share price to at least $1 for 10 consecutive business days within 180 calendar days.

Astra reported a third quarter net loss of $199.1 million, and an adjusted EBITDA loss of $41.4 million. For the fourth quarter, the company said it expects an adjusted EBITDA loss of between $42.0 million and $45.0 million. Astra had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaling $150.5 million as of Sept. 30.

“We have prioritized the careful execution of our strategic plan as we enter a new stage of growth for our business,” CFO Axel Martinez said. “The refinement of this plan includes a reduction of our existing headcount by approximately 16%. Savings from headcount reductions are expected to be realized beginning in Q1 2023. We are also reducing our near-term investments in developing Space Services to direct our resources to support the growth of our core Launch Services and Space Products businesses. We continue to explore opportunities to develop or partner in the development of our Space Services offerings as it remains a significant part of our long-term business strategy.”

Astra has struggled to break into the small launcher sector. The company’s Rocket 3 launcher had a record of two successes, five failures and one booster destroyed by a fire on the launch pad. Astra decided to abandon the rocket after losing two NASA satellites in a launch failure in June.

Astra is now developing a larger booster, Rocket 4, that will be capable of launching 600 kg (1,323 lb) into orbit. Rocket 3.3’s payload capacity was 150 kg (331 lb). Officials said they expected Rocket 4 to begin flight tests during the latter part of 2023.

One bright spot was the sale of Astra’s spacecraft engines, from which it earned $2.8 million in revenues during the quarter.

“We continue to focus on executing our long-term strategic plan. Specifically, a successful test flight of Rocket 4 and scaling delivery of our Astra Spacecraft Engines™ are our primary near-term objectives. We have completed the build-out of our rocket production facility in Alameda, CA, including the provisioning of test infrastructure for the development of Launch System 2. We are also excited to welcome Airbus OneWeb Satellites, Maxar Technologies, and Astroscale as Astra Spacecraft Engine™ customers, among others,” said Chris Kemp, Astra Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO.

The company’s announcement and quarterly numbers are below.

Astra Announces Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

ALAMEDA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 8, 2022– Astra Space, Inc. (“Astra”) (Nasdaq: ASTR) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Astra also announced 2371 cumulative committed orders of the Astra Spacecraft Engine™, an increase of 130% since June 30, 2022, and that it has completed delivery of two full programs.

In addition, Astra continues to make progress on development for Rocket 4 in anticipation of test flights expected to commence in the later part of 2023.

“We continue to focus on executing our long-term strategic plan. Specifically, a successful test flight of Rocket 4 and scaling delivery of our Astra Spacecraft Engines™ are our primary near-term objectives. We have completed the build-out of our rocket production facility in Alameda, CA, including the provisioning of test infrastructure for the development of Launch System 2. We are also excited to welcome Airbus OneWeb Satellites, Maxar Technologies, and Astroscale as Astra Spacecraft Engine™ customers, among others,” said Chris Kemp, Astra Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO.

“Given the challenging macroeconomic environment, we made the difficult but prudent decision to reduce our operating expenses to support our primary near-term objectives,” continued Kemp.

“We have prioritized the careful execution of our strategic plan as we enter a new stage of growth for our business,” said incoming CFO, Axel Martinez. “The refinement of this plan includes a reduction of our existing headcount by approximately 16%. Savings from headcount reductions are expected to be realized beginning in Q1 2023. We are also reducing our near-term investments in developing Space Services to direct our resources to support the growth of our core Launch Services and Space Products businesses. We continue to explore opportunities to develop or partner in the development of our Space Services offerings as it remains a significant part of our long-term business strategy.”

Q3 2022 represented the first quarter in which Astra reported a positive GAAP gross profit, driven by deliveries of Astra Spacecraft Engines™.

1 Measured from July 1, 2021, through November 8, 2022, and includes committed orders for 14 units acquired as part of the Apollo Fusion acquisition on July 1, 2021.

Recent Business Highlights:

  • Completed the first design loop for Launch System 2, including Rocket 4, ground system, and software and published an update on our progress
  • Provisioned core rocket test infrastructure, including upgrades to the first stage engine test stand and commissioning of new launch system valve test stands
  • Designed and released tooling required to manufacture Rocket 4 propellant tanks
  • Successfully delivered two full programs of the Astra Spacecraft Engine™
  • Finalizing the build-out of Astra’s 60,000 square foot Astra Spacecraft Engine™ manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, CA, targeted to be completed in Q1 2023

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights:

For the three months ended September 30, 2022:

  • GAAP Gross Profit was $1.7 million
  • GAAP Net Loss was $199.1 million
  • Adjusted Net Loss* was $45.2 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA Loss* was $41.4 million
  • Additions for capital expenditures during the quarter totaled $5.5 million
  • Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $150.5 million

*Denotes Non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to “Explanation of Adjusted (or Non-GAAP) Financial Measures” later in this press release for reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP financial measures.

Fourth Quarter 2022 Outlook

As of November 8, 2022, we are providing guidance for the fourth quarter 2022 based on current market conditions, our focus on the development of Launch System 2, and our ongoing investments to scale our Space Products business in Q1 2023. 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, and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the periods June 30, 2022, and September 30, 2022, including risks and uncertainties associated with geopolitical conditions and their potential impact on our business as well as our ability to continue operating as a going concern.

For the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2022, we currently expect:

  • adjusted EBITDA loss* to be between $42.0 million and $45.0 million,
  • basic shares outstanding to be between 268 million and 270 million shares, and
  • capital additions to be between $5.0 million and $7.0 million

*Denotes Non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to “Explanation of Adjusted (or Non-GAAP) Financial Measures” later in this press release for reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP financial measures.

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 third quarter results and our outlook for the fourth quarter ending December 31, 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 Engine™. 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, delivery and launch targets, including as a result of the decisions of governmental authorities or other third parties not within our control; (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 and the dedication of our launch resources to the development of Launch System 2 and its ability to continue operating as a going concern; (iv) the ability of Astra to pursue a growth strategy and manage growth profitability without additional funding; (v) the possibility that Astra may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; (vi) the ability to manage its cash outflows related to its business operations, (vii) the ability of Astra to develop its space services offering as part of its long-term business and growth strategy and (viii) 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 Adjusted Gross Profit (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.

Adjusted Gross Profit (Loss) differs from GAAP Gross Profit (Loss) in that it excludes inventory adjustments related to Rocket 3.

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 Launch System 1, (e) capitalized launch costs write-downs related to discontinuance of production of Launch System 1 (f) impairment charge, (g) employee retention credit, (h) PPP loan forgiveness, and (i) other special items, including related to employee safety and licensed technology.

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.

Astra Space, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited, in thousands except per share data)

 Three Months Ended September 30, 2022 Three Months Ended September 30, 2021Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021
Revenues  
Launch services$$$5,899$
Space products 2,777  3,471 
Total revenues 2,777  9,370 –
Cost of revenues  
Launch services   28,193 
Space products 1,071  1,337 
Total cost of revenues 1,071  29,530
Gross profit (loss) 1,706  (20,160) 
Operating expenses  
Research and development 32,821 21,724 111,546 44,159
Sales and marketing 4,052 1,090 13,452 2,229
General and administrative 19,222 19,730  60,816 50,712
Impairment expense 75,116   75,116 
Goodwill impairment 58,251   58,251 
Loss on change in fair value of contingent consideration 11,949   29,249 
Total operating expenses 201,411 42,544  348,430 97,100
Operating loss (199,705) (42,544) (368,590) (97,100)
Interest income (expense), net 616 18  1,146 (1,194)
Other income (expense), net (25) 25,895  314 25,177
Loss on extinguishment of convertible notes     (131,908)
Loss on extinguishment of convertible notes attributable to related parties     (1,875)
Loss before taxes (199,114) (16,631) (367,130) (206,900)
Income tax (benefit) provision  (383)  (383)
Net loss$(199,114)$(16,248)$(367,130)$(206,517)
Adjustment to redemption value on Convertible Preferred Stock     (1,011,726)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders$(199,114)$(16,248)$(367,130)$(1,218,243)
   
Basic and diluted loss per share   
Weighted average basic and diluted shares – Class A 210,788 201,080  209,317 79,785
Loss per share$(0.75)$(0.06)$(1.39)$(9.39)
Weighted average basic and diluted shares – Class B 55,539 56,239  55,539 49,970
Loss per share$(0.75)$(0.06)$(1.39)$(9.39)

Astra Space, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited, in thousands)

September 30, 2022  December 31, 2021
 
Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$67,608$325,007
Marketable securities 82,936 
Trade accounts receivable 4,923 1,816
Inventories 5,174 7,675
Prepaid and other current assets 7,609 12,238
Total current assets 168,250 346,736
Property, plant and equipment, net 20,048 66,316
Right-of-use asset 14,909 9,079
Goodwill  58,251
Intangible assets, net 10,699 17,921
Other non-current assets 1,999 721
Total assets$215,905$499,024
  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity: 
Accounts payable$9,347$9,122
Operating lease obligation, current portion 3,903 1,704
Contingent consideration, current portion 32,420 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 27,382 29,899
Total current liabilities 73,052 40,725
Operating lease obligation, net of current portion 10,974 7,180
Contingent consideration, net of current portion 10,530 13,700
Other non-current liabilities 7,277 899
Total liabilities 101,833 62,504
 
Total stockholders’ equity 114,072 436,520
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$215,905$499,024

Astra Space, Inc.
Summary Cash Flow Data:
(Unaudited, in thousands)

Three Months Ended September 30, 2022Three Months Ended September 30, 2021Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021
Summary Cash Flow Data:
Cash used in operating activities$(42,753)$(44,921)$(134,615)$(79,576)
Capital expenditures (7,979) (9,924) (40,043) (18,720)
Free cash flow (non-GAAP) (50,732) (54,845) (174,658) (98,296)
Cash used in investing activities 5,559 (29,284) (124,088) (41,280)
Cash provided by financing activities 487 470 1,304 488,897

Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Measures to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(in thousands)

 Three Months Ended September 30, 2022 Three Months Ended September 30, 2021Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021
Revenues 
Launch services$$$5,899$
Space products 2,777  3,471 
Total revenues 2,777  9,370 
Cost of revenues  
Launch services$$$28,193$
Space products 1,071  1,337 
Total cost of revenues 1,071  29,530 
GAAP gross profit (loss)$1,706$$(20,160)$
GAAP gross margin 61%  (215)% 
Inventory adjustments   10,200 
Capitalize launch costs write downs   2,213 
Adjusted gross profit (loss)$1,706$$(7,747)$
Adjusted gross margin 61%  (83)% 
   
GAAP net loss$(199,114)$(16,248)$(367,130)$(206,517)
Stock-based compensation 13,748 2,688 43,580 20,465
Fair value of warrant liabilities  (20,447)  (20,447)
Loss on change in fair value of contingent consideration 11,949  29,249 
Apollo cash earnout compensation (1,900) 1,362 675 1,362
Inventory write downs 1,012  11,212 
Capitalized launch cost write downs   2,213 
Loss on extinguishment of convertible notes    133,783
Impairment expense 75,116  75,116 
Goodwill impairment 58,251  58,251 
Employee retention credit (4,283)  (4,283) 
PPP loan forgiveness  (4,850)  (4,850)
Other special items 18 3,030 2,796 3,780
Adjusted net loss$(45,203)$(34,465)$(148,321)$(72,424)
Interest (income) expense, net (616) (18) (1,146) 1,194
Income tax (benefit) expense  (383)  
Realized Gain/Loss on Investment (9)  123 
Depreciation and amortization 4,425 1,978 12,058 3,896
Adjusted EBITDA$(41,403)$(32,888)$(137,286)$(67,334)