Virgin Galactic Results Missed Expectations. Why Its Shares Are Rising Anyway.

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VSS Unity's 7th Glide Flight successful Mojave, CA connected Jan. 11, 2018.

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Space tourism pioneer Virgin Galactic reported a larger-than-expected 2nd 4th nonaccomplishment Thursday evening. But net don’t substance for the pre-sales start-up. Investors are focused connected other things—new formation pricing being main among them. Shares are rising successful Friday premarket trading.

Virgin Galactic (ticker: SPCE) banal is up 3.5% successful premarket trading. S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are some up astir 0.1%.

Galactic lost 39 cents a stock from an insignificant level of sales. Wall Street was looking for a 33-cent loss. But net don’t substance astatine this signifier of the company’s beingness and a batch happened during the 2nd quarter. The institution finished a cardinal trial flight, received its commercial license from the FAA and took Sir Richard Branson to abstraction successful the company’s archetypal crewed flight.

Third-quarter enactment is going to beryllium important too. “Leveraging the surge successful user involvement pursuing the Unity 22 flight, we are excited to denote the reopening of income effectual today, opening with our Spacefarer community,” said CEO Michael Colglazier successful the company’s quality release. “We are delighted to unfastened the doorway to an wholly caller manufacture and user experience.”

It’s going to beryllium adjacent much costly to alert though. The caller pricing constituent for a spot connected a formation to abstraction volition beryllium $450,000. It’s a immense fig for mean people, but bully for the banal if Galactic tin capable its spacecraft.

Cowen expert Oliver Chen wrote Thursday that the higher prices talk to the spot of the company’s brand. He rates shares Buy and has a $51 terms people for the stock.

Canaccord expert Austin Moeller besides rates shares Buy. His terms people is $48. Moeller pointed retired successful his study that the institution is transitioning to its caller Delta-class ships and is besides offering caller income options specified arsenic the quality to charter an full flight.

Investors privation to spot guardant advancement with caller companies, and that’s what they got with Galactic’s second-quarter report.

Investors person been connected a wild ride with the banal recently. Virgin Galactic banal is down astir 50% from its February 52-week precocious and up much than 120% from its May 52-week low. Year-to-date, the banal is up astir 33% coming into Friday trading.

Write to Al Root at allen.root@dowjones.com

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