Vertical Aerospace announces $205M in additional funding

Vertical Aerospace announces $205M in additional funding

1-Nov-2021 Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (“Vertical”), a global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero-emissions aviation, announces over $200 million in additional financing to support its path to scale production and certification of the VA-X4 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Vertical is targeting the highest global certification for its VA-X4, which is expected to achieve the equivalent safety standard of a passenger jet by 2024 (based on the expected standards promulgated by the CAA and EASA).

Mudrick Capital Management, LP (“Mudrick Capital”), a global investment firm focused on special situation investing, will invest $200 million in Vertical through convertible senior secured notes. In addition, Kouros SA, a firm specializing in investments to decarbonize transport and energy production, will invest $5 million in Vertical’s PIPE alongside American Airlines, Avolon, Honeywell, Microsoft’s M12 and Rolls-Royce.

Stephen Fitzpatrick, CEO and Founder of Vertical, said “We are delighted to welcome Mudrick Capital and Kouros as new partners to Vertical Aerospace. Their investments are more expert validation of our technology and approach to the exciting future of zero emissions flight. We look forward to working together in the years to come to bring Urban Air Mobility to cities all over the world.”

Jason Mudrick. Founder and CIO of Mudrick Capital, said “We are very excited to be partnering with Vertical Aerospace as it executes on its well-defined plan to certify and produce eVTOL aircraft. The company is led by an exceptional team, developing an innovative aircraft, that has created an unrivalled partner ecosystem, with what we believe is the largest announced conditional pre-order book in the industry. With this investment, the company now has the proper capitalization to bring electric flight into commercial operation by the middle of this decade and move towards high-scale production. Vertical is on the right side of the movement towards Net Zero – cutting carbon by reducing reliance on short-haul flights and other modes of transport. This is essential and it is a key consideration in our investment.”

Florent Bergeret, Head of Strategy and Investments of Kouros France, said “Kouros SA is thrilled to invest in Vertical Aerospace, a pioneer company leading the way to electric aviation.”

$200 Million Convertible Funding

Vertical has raised $200 million through convertible senior secured notes funded by Mudrick Capital (the “Notes”). The Notes are subject to completion of customary closing conditions including the completion of the proposed business combination with Broadstone Acquisition Corp (NYSE: BSN) (“Broadstone”), which will provide financing through Broadstone’s trust account and a $94 million fully committed PIPE. The investor group in the PIPE has recently expanded to include Kouros SA, a firm specialising in investments to decarbonize transport and energy production. Other PIPE investors also include American Airlines, Avolon, Honeywell, Microsoft’s M12, Rolls-Royce and 40 North.

Capital Required to Certification

The net funding requirement to certify the VA-X4, develop a manufacturing facility, build out Vertical’s commercial platform and scale production is expected to be circa $250 million. After the completion of the business combination with Broadstone and the issuance of the convertible senior secured notes, Vertical expects to have liquidity in excess of this requirement.

Large conditional eVTOL Pre-Orderbook

Vertical’s top-tier global customers include American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Avolon, Bristow Group, Iberojet and Marubeni Corporation. Through Avolon’s placements, airlines GOL and JAL have also committed to pre-ordering VA-X4 aircraft. As a result of these relationships, Vertical has conditional pre-orders for up to 1,350 aircraft worth $5.4 billion; which is what we believe is the largest announced orderbook in the industry, by a significant margin. Vertical’s eVTOL aims to be an industry leader in safety, being on track to be certified to the highest global standards and matching the safety performance of airline passenger jets (based on the expected standards promulgated by the CAA and EASA).

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