Billionaire Richard Branson's cash-strapped Virgin Orbit Holdings will extend an unpaid furlough for most of its employees as talks seeking new funding continue, the company's chief executive said in an email to employees on Monday. "Our investment discussions have been very dynamic over the past few days, they are ongoing, and not yet at a stage where we can provide a fulsome update," Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart wrote in the email seen by Reuters. Virgin Orbit declined further comment.
Virgin Galactic didn't enter the public markets the normal way, with an initial public offering (IPO). It was bought by a special purpose acquisition corporation, or SPAC, in late 2019. A SPAC has already issued shares to the public and is sitting on a pile of cash that has been entrusted to management for future investment.
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