- $28.2 million first quarter 2023 revenues, up 115% year over year
- Over $2.5 billion and with a record 360 satellites in backlog as of quarter end
- Announcing a new $87 million constellation order
- Guiding FY2023 revenue in excess of $250 million
BOCA RATON, Fla., May 15, 2023 – Terran Orbital Corporation (NYSE: LLAP) (“Terran Orbital” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of satellite products primarily serving the aerospace and defense industries, today announced financial results and operational highlights for the three months ended March 31, 2023.
First Quarter 2023 Highlights
- Generated $28.2 million of revenue with contribution from over 20 programs
- Backlog of over $2.5 billion represents over 1,300% increase since December 31, 2022
- Expansion of capacity on track – commissioning new 50 Tech facility
- Net loss of $54.4 million improved from net loss of $71.4 million in 1Q22
- Received initial milestone payment under contract with Rivada Space Networks
- Awarded $87 million, 16 satellite order from a new customer
Marc Bell, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, said, “I am excited to announce our record recent awards and solid operational progress. Our momentum in new constellation awards and over 30 programs on contract today sets the stage for us to harvest the benefits of our strategic investments in capacity ahead of the market’s explosion of demand. We are building a new satellite production system that will have a level of scale, vertical integration, and automation not available today. Our production system is designed to deliver satellites at mass scale at the speed and quality our customers desire, at a price point to stimulate new markets, and at margins to reward our shareholders. Our newest expansion will be coming online in the next few weeks and our next capacity increase is on schedule for a fall 2024 opening.”
Results for the First Quarter 2023
Revenue for the first quarter of 2023 was $28.2 million, up 115% compared to $13.1 million for the same quarter in 2022. The increase in revenue was primarily due to the continued and increased level of progress made in satisfying our customer contracts and reflects the ongoing favorable impact from significant contract wins and modifications in recent periods. First quarter revenue was positively impacted by an estimated $0.8 million of EAC adjustments on certain firm fixed price programs during the first quarter of 2023. EAC adjustments represent net changes during the period in our aggregate program contract values, estimated costs at completion and other program estimates and changes, and include the impact of cost overruns and recognition of loss reserves.
Cost of sales for the first quarter of 2023 was $29.6 million compared to $16.0 million in the same quarter in 2022. The increase in cost of sales was primarily due to an increase of $14.4 million in labor, materials, third-party services, overhead, launch costs, and other direct costs incurred in satisfying our customer contracts. Cost of sales included an estimated positive impact of $0.8 million due to EAC adjustments on certain programs during the first quarter of 2023.
Gross loss was $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2023, compared to $2.8 million in the same quarter in 2022. Excluding share-based compensation and depreciation and amortization included in cost of sales, Adjusted Gross Profit(1) in the first quarter was $2.3 million, compared to Adjusted Gross Loss of $0.2 million in the same quarter in 2022. EAC adjustments positively impacted gross loss and Adjusted Gross Profit by an estimated $1.5 million during the first quarter of 2023.
Selling, general, and administrative expenses were $32.5 million in the first quarter of 2023, compared to $30.2 million for the same quarter in 2022. The increase was primarily driven by higher research and development activities, labor and benefits, and other costs as a result of our growth initiatives offset by a decrease in share-based compensation expense.
Our net loss for the first quarter of 2023 was $54.4 million compared to a net loss of $71.4 million for the same period in the prior year. The decrease in net loss for the quarter was primarily driven by the absence of the non-recurring loss on extinguishment of debt recorded in the first quarter of 2022 and a decrease in losses from changes the fair values of warrant and derivative liabilities, partially offset by higher interest expense.
Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $(22.6) million for the first quarter of 2023, compared to $(14.7) million in the same quarter of 2022. The decrease in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to an increase in selling, general, and administrative expenses related to higher research and development activities, labor and benefits, and other costs as a result of our growth initiatives, partially offset by an increase in Adjusted Gross Profit.
Capital expenditures totaled $3.2 million in the first quarter. Cash at the end of the quarter was $57.4 million.
Backlog represents the estimated dollar value of executed contracts, including both funded (firm orders for which funding is authorized and appropriated) and unfunded portions of such contracts, for which work has not been performed.
As of March 31, 2023, the Company’s backlog totaled over $2.5 billion, driven primarily by the Company’s $2.4 billion contract with Rivada Space Networks. The Company’s first quarter backlog includes over 360 satellites of which the majority are expected to be completed in the next 3 years.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
As of March 31, 2023, Terran Orbital had $57.4 million of cash on hand and approximately $305.3 million in gross debt obligations. The Company’s debt includes $22.5 million in connection with an obligation under one of its PIPE investment subscription agreements, all of which is payable in cash or equity at the Company’s option, subject to certain requirements.
In order to proceed with our strategic business plan, we continue to explore raising additional funds in the future through the issuance of additional debt or equity, or through other commercial arrangements, which may not be available to us when needed or on terms that we deem to be favorable.
On April 27, 2023, Terran Orbital announced the receipt of a further milestone payment alongside completion of the screening of the industrial partners as well as trade studies that will support the acquisition process and system engineering for the $2.4 billion contract with Rivada Space Networks.
On May 15, 2023, Terran Orbital announced a $87 million award to manufacture 16 satellites for a new customer.
The timing and execution of our new contract work with Rivada and our other new customer constellation are variables for our full year 2023 results but are the building blocks for a higher revenue base in 2024. Given our current view of our steep ramp ahead, we anticipate in excess of $250m in revenue in 2023. Upside beyond this level is possible depending on our successful execution of our customer commitments. We expect gross margins to demonstrate year-over-year improvement, but the pace of improvement may be variable given timing impacts. Capex is expected to be less than $30m.
(1) This is a non-GAAP financial measure. Definitions of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release and reconciliations of such measures to their nearest GAAP measures are included below.
Conference Call Information
As previously announced, Terran Orbital’s first quarter earnings call is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET today. The live webcast will be accessible on the Terran Orbital Investor Relations website at investors.terranorbital.com. The call can also be accessed by dialing 833-470-1428 within the U.S. and by dialing 404-975-4839 outside of the U.S. The passcode for both is 653839. A replay will be available by accessing the same link as listed above.
About Terran Orbital
Terran Orbital Corporation is a leading manufacturer of satellite products primarily serving the aerospace and defense industries. Terran Orbital provides end-to-end satellite solutions by combining satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations, and on-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil, and commercial customers. Learn more at www.terranorbital.com.
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