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Intuitive Machines Reports Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Announces Expected Launch of First Lunar Mission

  • Received launch manifest date for first lunar mission, November 15th to 20th .
  • Completed lunar lander full assembly with expected readiness for shipment to Cape Canaveral, Florida, by September 15th.
  • Submitted more than $3 billion in proposals since the first quarter, including diverse product lines across the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and NASA.
  • Started internal transition execution for NASA’s five-year $719 million Omnibus Multi-Engineering Services (“OMES”) III contract award to deliver on-orbit services to the Joint Polar Satellite System.
  • Validated the Company’s Nuclear in-space venture with NASA Space Technology and Mission Directorate (“STMD”) Tipping Point initiative award in July for the development of a Radioisotope Power System (“RPS”) that may enable assets to survive and operate during the lunar night.

HOUSTON, Aug. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intuitive Machines, Inc. (Nasdaq: LUNR, “Intuitive Machines,” or the “Company”), a leading space exploration, infrastructure, and services company, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023.

Intuitive Machines CEO Steve Altemus said, “During the second quarter, we were laser-focused on the final assembly process in preparing IM-1 for launch. Our lunar lander is complete and will be prepared for delivery in September. The Company has secured a launch window from pad 39A, preserving a six-day launch window starting on November 15th.”

Mr. Altemus continued, “Progress continues throughout the Company; we’re building the primary IM-2 structure, integrating payloads and mechanisms to the second lander; while the Company transitions into its new Lunar Production and Operations Center at the Houston Spaceport. The City of Houston and the Houston Airport System helped finance the Company’s $40 million facility, designed to support NASA’s $93 billion Artemis program and growing commercial demand for space products and infrastructure, orbital services, lunar access services, and lunar data services.”

Operational Highlights

  • Completed main engine vibration and main propulsion system acceptance testing to certify Nova-C’s, IM-1 lunar mission spacecraft flight-ready status.
  • Completed a comprehensive spacecraft test, including an engine test firing on IM-1.
  • Integrated NASA’s TRIDENT lunar ice drill to the IM-2 lunar lander.
  • Completed payload deployment mechanisms for IM-2 with the anticipated completion of our rocket-fueled drone, Micro Nova, in September.
  • Expected grand opening of the Company’s Lunar Production and Operations Center at the Houston Spaceport is planned for September 29, 2023.
  • Submitted proposal for NASA’s Near Space Network Services (NSNS) to provide Lunar distance communications to and from earth as well as data relay services around the Moon.
  • Submitted proposal for NASA’s Lunar Terrain Vehicle Services (“LTVS”) bid as the Moon Reusable Autonomous Crewed Exploration Rover (“RACER”) Team to develop NASA’s next-generation Lunar Terrain Vehicle for exploration and development of the south pole region of the Moon.

Second Quarter 2023 Financial and Business Highlights

  • Contracted backlog of $137.3 million at quarter-end.
  • Second quarter 2023 revenue of $18.0 million, driven primarily by three NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative contracts within the Company’s lunar access services, compared to $19.2 million in the prior year end.
  • Second quarter 2023 operating loss of $(13.2) million versus $(2.2) million in the prior year period.
  • Ending cash balance of $39.1 million as of the end of the second quarter.
  • Appointed Nicole Seligman to the Intuitive Machines Board of Directors. Ms. Seligman’s distinguished career has included senior leadership roles in global public companies.

2023 Outlook

Given delays to government customer acquisition timelines, U.S. federal budget uncertainty and the uncertain cadence of new contractual awards, we are withdrawing our previously issued financial guidance for full year 2023. This is not a result of the loss of any anticipated material government customer commitments or contract awards.

Mr. Altemus stated, “While we continue to work toward our milestones, the Company is taking steps to positively mitigate the effects of outside-controlled program delays and higher-priority launch pad congestion while retaining the integrity of our long-term growth plan. Concurrently, we are also pursuing opportunities to diversify the Company’s revenue streams. We have submitted more than $3 billion in proposals spread across the aerospace and defense sectors, including human spaceflight.”

Conference Call Information

Intuitive Machines will host a conference call today, August 14, 2023, at 4:30 pm Eastern Time to discuss these results. Participants may access the call at 1-877-451-6152, international callers may use 1-201-389-0879, and request to join the Intuitive Machines earnings call. A link to the live webcast of the earnings conference call will be made available on the investors portion of the Intuitive Machines’ website at

Following the conference call, participants may access the telephonic replay at 1-844-512-2921, international callers may use 1-412-317-6671, and enter access code 13740192. A webcast replay will be available through the same link on the investors portion of the Intuitive Machines’ website at

Key Business Metrics and Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the GAAP financial measures set forth in this press release, the Company has included certain financial measures that have not been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and constitute “non-GAAP financial measures” as defined by the SEC. This includes adjusted EBITDA (“Adjusted EBITDA”).

Adjusted EBITDA is a key performance measure that our management team uses to assess the Company’s operating performance and is calculated as net income (loss) excluding results from non-operating sources including interest income, interest expense, gain on extinguishing of debt, share based compensation, change in fair value instruments, depreciation, and provision for income taxes. Intuitive Machines has included Adjusted EBITDA because we believe it is helpful in highlighting trends in the Company’s operating results and because it is frequently used by analysts, investors, and other interested parties to evaluate companies in our industry.

Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical measure, and investors should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. Other companies, including companies in Intuitive Machines’ industry, may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently, which reduces its usefulness as a comparative measure. Because of these limitations, you should consider Adjusted EBITDA alongside other financial performance measures, including various cash flow metrics, net income (loss) and our other GAAP results. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is included below under the heading “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measure.”

The Company has also included contracted backlog, which is defined as the total estimate of the revenue the Company expects to realize in the future as a result of performing work on awarded contracts, less the amount of revenue the Company has previously recognized. Intuitive Machines monitors its backlog because we believe it is a forward-looking indicator of potential sales which can be helpful to investors in evaluating the performance of its business and identifying trends over time.

About Intuitive Machines

Intuitive Machines is a diversified space company focused on space exploration. Intuitive Machines supplies space products and services to support sustained robotic and human exploration to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Intuitive Machines’ products and services are offered through its four business units: Lunar Access Services, Orbital Services, Lunar Data Services, and Space Products and Infrastructure. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “strive,” “would,” “strategy,” “outlook,” the negative of these words or other similar expressions, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. These forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements regarding: our expectations and plans relating to our first mission to the Moon, including the expected timing of launch for our first mission and our progress in preparation thereof; our expectations with respect to, among other things, demand for our product portfolio, our submission of bids for contracts; our expectations regarding protests of government contracts awarded to us; our operations, our financial performance and our industry; our business strategy, business plan, and plans to drive long-term sustainable shareholder value. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s predictions, projections, or expectations based upon currently available information and data. Our actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, and you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The following important factors and uncertainties, among others, could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements in this press release: our reliance upon the efforts of our Board and key personnel to be successful; our limited operating history; our failure to manage our growth effectively; competition from existing or new companies; unsatisfactory safety performance of our spaceflight systems or security incidents at our facilities; failure of the market for commercial spaceflight to achieve the growth potential we expect; any delayed launches, launch failures, failure of our satellites or lunar landers to reach their planned orbital locations, significant increases in the costs related to launches of satellites and lunar landers, and insufficient capacity available from satellite and lunar lander launch providers; our customer concentration; risks associated with commercial spaceflight, including any accident on launch or during the journey into space; risks associated with the handling, production and disposition of potentially explosive and ignitable energetic materials and other dangerous chemicals in our operations; our reliance on a limited number of suppliers for certain materials and supplied components; failure of our products to operate in the expected manner or defects in our products; counterparty risks on contracts entered into with our customers and failure of our prime contractors to maintain their relationships with their counterparties and fulfill their contractual obligations; failure to successfully defend protest from other bidders for government contracts; failure to comply with various laws and regulations relating to various aspects of our business and any changes in the funding levels of various governmental entities with which we do business; our failure to protect the confidentiality of our trade secrets and know how; our failure to comply with the terms of third-party open source software our systems utilize; our ability to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting, and to address and remediate existing material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting; the U.S. government’s budget deficit and the national debt, as well as any inability of the U.S. government to complete its budget process for any government fiscal year, and our dependence on U.S. government contracts; our failure to comply with U.S. export and import control laws and regulations and U.S. economic sanctions and trade control laws and regulations; uncertain global macro-economic and political conditions (including as a result of a failure to raise the “debt ceiling”) and rising inflation; our history of losses and failure to achieve profitability and our need for substantial additional capital to fund our operations; the fact that our financial results may fluctuate significantly from quarter to quarter; our holding company status; the risk that our business and operations could be significantly affected if it becomes subject to any securities litigation or stockholder activism; our public securities’ potential liquidity and trading; and other factors detailed under the section titled Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 31, 2023, the section titled Part I, Item 2, Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and the section titled Part II. Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2023 to be filed with the SEC, and in our subsequent filings with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC's website at and the Investors section of our website at

These forward-looking statements are based on information available as of the date of this press release and current expectations, forecasts, and assumptions, and involve a number of judgments, risks, and uncertainties. Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date, and we do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.


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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
 June 30,
 December 31,
Current assets   
Cash and cash equivalents$39,087  $25,764 
Restricted cash 62   62 
Trade accounts receivable, net 2,269   1,302 
Contract assets 4,707   6,979 
Prepaid and other current assets 4,399   6,885 
Total current assets 50,524   40,992 
Property and equipment, net 40,761   21,176 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 4,471   4,829 
Deferred income taxes 7   7 
Total assets$95,763  $67,004 
Current liabilities   
Accounts payable$16,053  $6,081 
Accounts payable - affiliated companies 1,002   442 
Current maturities of long-term debt 19,975   16,098 
Contract liabilities, current 40,654   56,656 
Operating lease liabilities, current 765   725 
Other current liabilities 30,134   15,178 
Total current liabilities 108,583   95,180 
Long-term debt, net of current maturities    3,863 
Contract liabilities, non-current    2,188 
Operating lease liabilities, non-current 4,742   5,078 
Simple Agreements for Future Equity ("SAFE Agreements")    18,314 
Earn-out liabilities 55,254    
Other long-term liabilities 3    
Total liabilities 168,582   124,623 
Commitments and contingencies   
Series A preferred stock subject to possible redemption 26,823    
Redeemable noncontrolling interests 578,630    
Common units    1 
Class A common stock 2    
Class B common stock     
Class C common stock 7    
Treasury Stock (12,825)   
Paid-in capital    14,967 
Accumulated deficit (665,456)  (72,587)
Total shareholders’ deficit (678,272)  (57,619)
Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and shareholders’ deficit$95,763  $67,004 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands)
 Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
Revenue$17,993  $19,217  $36,229  $37,688 
Operating expenses:       
Cost of revenue (excluding depreciation) 22,481   17,660   45,607   37,403 
Depreciation 319   259   615   507 
General and administrative expense (excluding depreciation) 8,376   3,517   17,153   6,497 
Total operating expenses 31,176   21,436   63,375   44,407 
Operating loss (13,183)  (2,219)  (27,146)  (6,719)
Other (expense) income, net:       
Interest expense, net (274)  (127)  (553)  (253)
Change in fair value of earn-out liabilities 28,756      25,030    
Change in fair value of SAFE Agreements    151   (2,353)  436 
Other income (expense), net (50)  (5)  39   (5)
Total other income, net 28,432   19   22,163   178 
Income (loss) before income taxes 15,249   (2,200)  (4,983)  (6,541)
Income tax benefit (expense) 3,528   (354)  313   (355)
Net income (loss) 18,777   (2,554)  (4,670)  (6,896)
Net loss attributable to Intuitive Machines, LLC prior to the Business Combination    (2,554)  (5,751)  (6,896)
Net income for the period February 13, 2023 through June 30, 2023 18,777      1,081    
Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest (10,744)     (19,080)   
Net income attributable to the Company 29,521      20,161    
Less: Cumulative preferred dividends (655)     (983)   
Net income attributable to Class A common shareholders$28,866  $  $19,178  $ 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
 Six Months Ended June 30,
 2023 2022
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net loss$(4,670) $(6,896)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:   
Depreciation 615   507 
Bad debt expense 124    
Loss on disposal of property and equipment    6 
Share-based compensation expense 1,192   240 
Change in fair value of SAFE Agreements 2,353   (436)
Change in fair value of earn-out liabilities (25,030)   
Other 18    
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Trade accounts receivable, net (1,091)  (13,219)
Contract assets 2,272   (13,999)
Prepaid expenses (2,154)  (1,079)
Other assets, net 358   (245)
Accounts payable 13,373   12,878 
Accounts payable – affiliated companies 559   1,288 
Contract liabilities – current and long-term (18,190)  9,493 
Other liabilities 14,497   322 
Net cash used in operating activities (15,774)  (11,140)
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Purchase of property and equipment (20,200)  (5,405)
Net cash used in investing activities (20,200)  (5,405)
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Proceeds from Business Combination 8,055    
Proceeds from Series A Preferred Stock 26,000    
Transaction costs (9,371)   
Proceeds from borrowings    3,711 
Repayment of loans    (108)
Member distributions (4,263)   
Proceeds from stock option exercises 22    
Forward purchase agreement termination 12,730    
Warrants exercised 16,124    
SAFE Agreements    4,250 
Net cash provided by financing activities 49,297   7,853 
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 13,323   (8,692)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of the period 25,826   29,351 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of the period 39,149   20,659 
Less: restricted cash 62   62 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period$39,087  $20,597 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measure

Adjusted EBITDA

The following table presents a reconciliation of net loss, the most directly comparable financial measure presented in accordance with GAAP, to Adjusted EBITDA.

 Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands)2023
Net income (loss)$18,777  $(2,554) $(4,670) $(6,896)
Adjusted to exclude the following:       
Taxes (3,528)  354   (313)  355 
Depreciation 319   259   615   507 
Interest expense, net 274   127   553   253 
Share-based compensation expense 985   124   1,192   240 
Change in fair value of earn-out liabilities (28,756)     (25,030)   
Change in fair value of SAFE Agreements    (151)  2,353   (436)
Other income (expense), net 50   5   (39)  5 
Adjusted EBITDA$(11,879) $(1,836) $(25,339) $(5,972)

Free Cash Flow

We define free cash flow as net cash (used in) provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment. We believe that free cash flow is a meaningful indicator of liquidity that provides information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated from operations that, after purchases of property and equipment, can be used for strategic initiatives, including continuous investment in our business and strengthening our balance sheet.

Free Cash Flow has limitations as a liquidity measure, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our cash flows as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • Free Cash Flow is not a measure calculated in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.
  • Free Cash Flow may not be comparable to similarly titled metrics of other companies due to differences among methods of calculation.
  • Free Cash Flow may be affected in the near to medium term by the timing of capital investments, fluctuations in our growth and the effect of such fluctuations on working capital and changes in our cash conversion cycle.

The following table presents a reconciliation of net cash used in operating activities, the most directly comparable financial measure presented in accordance with GAAP, to free cash flow:

 Six Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands)2023
Net cash used in operating activities(15,774) (11,140)
Purchases of property and equipment(20,200) (5,405)
Free cash flow(35,974) (16,545)


The following table presents our backlog as of the periods indicated:

(in thousands) June 30, 2023 December 31, 2022
Backlog $137,331 $201,946

Backlog decreased by $64.6 million as of June 30, 2023 compared to December 31, 2022, primarily due to continued performance on existing contracts of $36.2 million, decreases related to contract value adjustments of $36.9 million primarily related to certain time and materials and other contracts. The decrease was partially offset by new awards of $8.5 million to be manifested on the IM-1 and IM-3 missions.

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