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BofA Cuts Virgin Galactic Target Following Latest Flight Delay

October 15, 2021 11:54 am
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BofA Cuts Virgin Galactic Target Following Latest Flight Delay

Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc (NYSE:SPCE) Thursday announced postponing Unity 23, its mission for the Italian Air Force scheduled for mid-October, to the second half of 2022 and delay its first commercial flight to the fourth quarter of 2022.

The latest announcement calls into question the company’s ability to forecast such a future, according to BofA Securities.

The Virgin Galactic Analyst: Ronald Epstein maintained an Underperform rating for Virgin Galactic Holdings while reducing the price target from $25 to $20.

The Virgin Galactic Thesis: There is lack of details around “an issue that will ultimately delay a mission by roughly one year,” Epstein said in the note to client.

“The company failed to outline how progress will be tracked and communicated to the public throughout the enhancement program,” he added.

“While there will be little progress toward commercialization within the next year, SPCE also no longer possesses a scarcity premium as the only publicly traded pure-play space company, which we think could also weigh on shares when coupled with the lack of development and technical information coming from the company,” the analyst wrote.

SPCE Price Action: Shares of Virgin Galactic Holdings had declined by 14.96% to $20.46 at the time of publication Friday.

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