VORB Stock Up 70% in Pre-market, Virgin Orbit to Receive $200M Investment from Matthew Brown

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by Ibukun Ogundare · 3 min read
VORB Stock Up 70% in Pre-market, Virgin Orbit to Receive $200M Investment from Matthew Brown
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Virgin Orbit stock is up over 73% in the pre-market while yesterday it closed down almost 15%.

Aircraft engineering company Virgin Orbit (NASDAQ: VORB) is about to close a deal with venture capital investor Matthew Brown. Reuters reported the news referring to a term sheet that reveals that the company is nearing an agreement with the investor via a private share placement. Meanwhile, Virgin Orbit is moving toward filing for bankruptcy if it does not secure capital as soon as possible. The space technology company has been in a financial mess, being the most challenging funds matter since its inception.

Words on the street were that the company which provides launch services for small satellites was in talks with two firms for financing. The said restructuring firms are Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) and Ducera. However, the latest news on potential financial backing from Matthew Brown could help Virgin Orbit survive these challenging times. Virgin Orbit posted a loss of almost $44 million in Q3. During the three-month period, its cash reserves were reduced from 122 million to $71 million. The company saw its market valuation plunge to a record low of $15 million about 24 hours ago. Meanwhile, it boasted of over $4 billion market cap when it went public via a SPAC deal in 2021. The high competition in the space startup market also contributed to the company’s recent losses.

Virgin Orbit Nears Deal to Receive $200M from Matthew Brown

According to the term sheet, Virgin Orbit and Matthew Brown are looking to close the agreement on Friday. Upon the initial deal, there would still be a need for a final agreement. A person with direct knowledge of the ongoing discussion with Matthew Brown said executives of Virgin Orbit agreed to the deal during a meeting on Tuesday, the same day the company recorded its lowest market cap since its public debut.

Per the agreement with Virgin Orbit, Matthew Brown will have access to convert his investment in preferred shares into common shares. The conversion will be based on the volume-weighted average price within 30 days before the deal is concluded and signed. The converted shares will also have the same voting rights as the common stock.

Prior to entering an agreement with Mathew Brown, Virgin orbit was exploring strategic options to stay afloat in the sinking water. The satellite launch company recently announced a staff furlough, affecting almost all its workers. The news caused its shares to drop more than 43%. The same shares jumped more than X2 as Reuters reported news of incoming funding. At press time, Virgin Orbit Holdings trades up 73.26% to $0.77, having closed down almost 15%. Market data shows no signs of gains for the past year. Instead, the company has lost 93.91% in the last twelve months.

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