Why Is Virgin Orbit (VORB) Stock Down 43% Today?


  • Virgin Orbit (VORB) stock is sliding alongside news of a senior convertible note sale.
  • This comes as the company has failed to secure significant funding.
  • VORB will use the money from the note to cover severance costs for employees.
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Virgin Orbit (NASDAQ:VORB) stock is falling on Friday after the struggling space company had to sell a senior convertible note.

Virgin Orbit sold this note, worth $10.9 million, to Virgin Investments Limited. This note is convertible into shares of VORB stock, or into qualified securities. The annual interest rate on this note is 12% or 16% in the case of default. Its maturity date is Nov. 4, 2024.

Virgin Orbit already has a use for the funds from the senior convertible note. The company says it will use the money from this deal to cover the severance costs of employees that have been laid off.

According to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, Virgin Orbit is cutting 675 jobs, which represents 85% of its workforce. It expects to suffer charges of $15 million in connection to these job cuts.

What’s Behind the Job Cuts?

Virgin Orbit has been in a tough spot and was seeking out funding from a lender to keep its business going. However, things have turned south as the company has failed to secure the financing it needs to continue operations unhindered.

With today’s news comes heavy trading of VORB stock. As of this writing, some 11 million shares of the stock have changed hands. That’s already above the company’s daily average trading volume of about 5 million shares.

VORB stock is down 42.7% as of Friday morning.

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