Virgin Galactic’s Losses Mount as the Space Tourism Company Still Has Yet to Fly Passengers

Revenues plunge but Virgin Galactic says it is still on track to start customer flights in the second quarter of 2023.

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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic reports a net loss of nearly $150 million in the latest quarter.
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Virgin Galactic, the space tourism company owned by British billionaire Richard Branson, today (Nov. 3) posted a quarterly loss three times higher than last year due to higher research and development costs and lower revenue.

The company posted a net loss of $146 million for the three months ended Sept. 30, compared with a $48 million net loss in the same period last year. The widened loss was in part driven by increased research and development cost, which came at $97 million in the June-September quarter, three times higher than last year.

Quarterly revenue was only $767,000, down 70 percent from a year ago. Virgin Galactic hasn’t started commercial service of its suborbital spaceflight. The company currently makes money by taking deposits for future flights and providing engineering services to other companies.

Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier said in a statement today the company is still on track to start customer flights in the second quarter of 2023 as previously announced.

The company also reported a strong cash position, with $1.1 billion on hand at the end of September.

Virgin Galactic’s shares ticked up 2 percent in today’s after-hour trading. Virgin Galactic’s Losses Mount as the Space Tourism Company Still Has Yet to Fly Passengers