JOBY AVIATION, INC.

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JOBY AVIATION, INC. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. (form 10-Q)

11/15/2021 | 06:34am EDT

The following discussion and analysis provides information that our management believes is relevant to an assessment and understanding of our consolidated results of operations and financial condition. The discussion should be read together with the historical unaudited interim statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, and the related notes that are included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, The following discussion and analysis includes forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Please see the section of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q titled "Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements."

Overview

We have spent more than a decade designing and testing a piloted all-electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically, while cruising like a traditional airplane. The aircraft is quiet when taking off, near silent when flying overhead and is designed to transport a pilot and four passengers at speeds of up to 200 mph, with a maximum range of 150 miles on a single charge. The low noise enabled by the all-electric powertrain will allow the aircraft to operate around dense, urban areas while blending into the background noise of cities. With more than 1,000 successful test flights already completed, and the first electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developer to receive a G-1 certification basis to date, we believe our aircraft will be the first of its kind to earn airworthiness certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

We do not intend to sell these aircraft to third parties or individual consumers. Instead, we will manufacture, own and operate our aircraft, building a vertically integrated transportation company that will deliver a convenient app-based aerial ridesharing service directly to end-users, beginning commercial passenger service in 2024. We believe this business model will generate the greatest economic returns, while providing us with end-to-end control over the customer experience to optimize for customer safety, comfort and value.

Since our inception in 2009, we have been primarily engaged in research and development of eVTOL aircraft. We have incurred net operating losses and negative cash flows from operations in every year since our inception. As of September 30, 2021, we had an accumulated deficit of $481.7 million. We have funded our operations primarily with proceeds from the issuance of redeemable convertible preferred stock and the proceeds from the Merger described below.

The Merger

We completed the Merger on August 10, 2021. Legacy Joby survived and became a wholly owned subsidiary of RTP, which was renamed Joby Aviation, Inc.

The Merger is accounted for as a reverse capitalization in accordance with GAAP. Under this method of accounting, RTP is treated as the "acquired" company for financial reporting purposes. Accordingly, for accounting purposes, the financial statements of Joby Aviation represent a continuation of the financial statements of Legacy Joby, with the Merger being treated as the equivalent of Joby Aviation issuing stock for the net assets of RTP, accompanied by a recapitalization. Operations prior to the Merger are presented as those of Joby Aviation. The Merger, which raised $1,067.9 million, has significantly impacted and will continue to significantly impact our capital structure and operating results, supporting our product development, manufacturing and commercialization.

As a result of becoming an SEC-registered and NYSE-listed company, we will need to hire additional personnel and implement procedures and processes to address public company regulatory requirements and customary practices. We expect to incur additional annual expenses as a public company for, among other things, directors' and officers' liability insurance, director fees, and additional internal and external accounting, legal and administrative resources.

All shares and per share amounts of Legacy Joby for all presented periods have been retrospectively adjusted using the exchange ratio that was established in accordance with the Merger Agreement (the "Exchange Ratio").

Key Factors Affecting Operating Results

See the section entitled "Risk Factors" for a further discussion of these considerations.





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Development of the Urban Air Mobility market

Our revenue will be directly tied to the continued development of short distance aerial transportation. While we believe the market for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) will be large, it remains undeveloped and there is no guarantee of future demand. We anticipate commercialization of our service beginning in 2024, and our business will require significant investment leading up to launching passenger services, including, but not limited to, final engineering designs, prototyping and testing, manufacturing, software development, certification, pilot training, infrastructure and commercialization.

We believe one of the primary drivers for adoption of our aerial ridesharing service is the value proposition and time savings offered by aerial mobility relative to traditional ground-based transportation. Additional factors impacting the pace of adoption of our aerial ridesharing service include but are not limited to: perceptions about eVTOL quality, safety, performance and cost; perceptions about the limited range over which eVTOL may be flown on a single battery charge; volatility in the cost of oil and gasoline; availability of competing forms of transportation, such as ground or air taxi or ride-hailing services; the development of adequate infrastructure; consumers' perception about the safety convenience and cost of transportation using eVTOL relative to ground-based alternatives; and increases in fuel efficiency, autonomy, or electrification of cars. In addition, macroeconomic factors could impact demand for UAM services, particularly if end-user pricing is at a premium to ground-based transportation alternatives or more permanent work-from-home behaviors persist following the COVID pandemic. We anticipate initial operations in selected high-density metropolitan areas where traffic congestion is particularly acute and operating conditions are suitable for early eVTOL operations. If the market for UAM does not develop as expected, this would impact our ability to generate revenue or grow our business.

Competition

We believe that the primary sources of competition for our service are ground-based mobility solutions, other eVTOL developers/operators and local/regional incumbent aircraft charter services. While we expect to be first to market with an eVTOL facilitated aerial ridesharing service, we expect this industry to be dynamic and increasingly competitive; it is possible that our competitors could get to market before us, either generally or in specific markets. Even if we are first to market, we may not fully realize the benefits we anticipate, and we may not receive any competitive advantage or may be overtaken by other competitors. If new or existing aerospace companies launch competing solutions in the markets in which we intend to operate and obtain large-scale capital investment, we may face increased competition. Additionally, our competitors may benefit from our efforts in developing consumer and community acceptance for eVTOL aircraft and aerial ridesharing, making it easier for them to obtain the permits and authorizations required to operate an aerial ridesharing service in the markets in which we intend to launch or in other markets. In the event we do not capture the first mover advantage that we anticipate, it may harm our business, financial condition, operating results and prospects.

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