Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Closed the business combination with Rotor Acquisition Corp. September 24, 2021, and listed on The Nasdaq Global Market on September 27, 2021

Ended the third quarter 2021 with $239 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents

Substantial progress on Guardian® XO® and Guardian® XTTM “Beta” unit development with no “showstoppers” on the horizon

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation (“Sarcos”) (NASDAQ: STRC and STRCW), a leader in the development of highly dexterous robotic systems that augment humans to enhance productivity and safety, today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.

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“We are delighted to share our first financial results as a public company,” said Ben Wolff, chairman and CEO, Sarcos. “Our merger with Rotor Acquisition Corp. has given us the liquidity we needed to further develop our unique, award-winning technology, and we believe it will be sufficient to bring our Guardian XO industrial exoskeleton and Guardian XT industrial robotic avatar systems to market. Like thousands of other companies across the country, we have experienced challenges with our supply chain and recruitment efforts as a result of the pandemic and other global trends. However, development of our products continues to progress and we still anticipate having our first commercial units ready to commence initial commercial production at the end of 2022,” said Wolff.

Third quarter 2021 financial results
Total revenue was $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared to $1.5 million during the third quarter of the previous year driven by the timing of product development contract revenue. As Sarcos develops its products and narrows its focus to accepting only those development contracts that are fully aligned with its product commercialization efforts, the company anticipates that development revenue may continue to be lower on a year-over-year basis during 2022.

Total operating expenses in the third quarter were $41.6 million, an increase from $8.4 million for Sarcos Corp. in the same quarter of 2020, mainly as a result of an increase in stock-based compensation expense and expenses arising from the business combination transaction with Rotor Acquisition Corp.

Net loss was $37.0 million, compared to a net loss of $6.9 million for Sarcos Corp. in the third quarter of the prior year primarily due to the expenses associated with the business combination.

Excluding certain items, non-GAAP net loss was $8.8 million or ($0.08) per diluted share. Reconciliation of net loss to non-GAAP net loss is included at the end of this press release.

Sarcos ended the third quarter with $239 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents on its balance sheet. Sarcos also had $2 million of restricted cash in escrow to cover repayment of its PPP loan in the event the loan is not forgiven.

Development outlook
In line with the guidance Sarcos gave at its Investor Day in August, the Company continues to expect the first Beta version of its Guardian XT robotic system to be built by the end of 2021, with extensive internal testing of the units during the first half of 2022. Sarcos expects to provide the Beta units to partners and customers for customer pilots in mid-2022. This timing is expected to allow Sarcos to commence initial product of the Guardian XT robotic system at the end of 2022.

The Guardian XO industrial exoskeleton has been impacted more severely by supply chain challenges and an XO Beta unit is now expected to be fully assembled in the first quarter of 2022. However, testing at subsystem and link levels of the Guardian XO Beta unit is well under way and key milestones are being achieved as expected. One notable milestone is the implementation of controls algorithms that enable the unit to balance on its own, a key development essential to addressing some of the safety aspects of the Guardian XO exoskeleton. Notwithstanding the near-term supply chain and staffing challenges, the team remains focused on commencing initial production of the Guardian XO exoskeleton by the end of 2022.

Sarcos will hold a conference call to discuss the third quarter 2021 financial results, along with management’s business outlook, at 8:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Interested investors can access the webcast at under the events section. A replay of the call will also be available at for one month after the call.

For more information on Sarcos, its leadership team, and its award-winning product portfolio, please visit

About Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation
Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation (NASDAQ: STRC and STRCW) is a leader in industrial robotic systems that augment human performance by combining human intelligence, instinct, and judgment with the strength, endurance, and precision of machines to enhance employee safety and productivity. Leveraging more than 30 years of research and development, Sarcos’ mobile robotic systems, including the Guardian® S, Guardian® GT, Guardian® XO®, and Guardian® XT™, are designed to revolutionize the future of work wherever physically demanding work is done. Sarcos is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, Sarcos’ product roadmap, including the expected timing of commercialization or new product releases, customer interest in Sarcos’ products, Sarcos’ plans to expand its product availability and Sarcos’ use of capital, including Sarcos’ ability to accomplish the initiatives outlined above. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Generally, statements that are not historical facts, including statements concerning possible or assumed future actions, business strategies, events, or results of operations, are forward-looking statements. These statements may be preceded by, followed by, or include the words “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “plans,” “scheduled,” “anticipates,” “intends” or “continue” or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events, results or performance to differ materially from those indicated by such statements. These forward-looking statements are based on Sarcos’ management’s current expectations and beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions concerning future events. However, there can be no assurance that the events, results, or trends identified in these forward-looking statements will occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and Sarcos is not under any obligation and expressly disclaims any obligation, to update, alter or otherwise revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers should carefully review the statements set forth in the reports which Sarcos has filed or will file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). In addition to factors previously disclosed in Sarcos’ reports filed with the SEC and those identified in this press release, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: Sarcos’ ability to execute on its business strategy, address staffing shortages and supply chain disruptions, launch its products within expected timelines, develop new products and services and enhance existing products and services; ability to respond rapidly to emerging technology trends; ability to compete effectively, recruit and retain qualified personnel and manage growth and costs; and other risks and uncertainties set forth in the section entitled “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in documents filed from time to time with the SEC. The documents filed by Sarcos with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at

(in thousands, except share data)

 As of 
 September 30, 2021 December 31, 2020 
 (Unaudited)  (Note 1) 
Current assets:     
Cash and cash equivalents$239,148  $33,664 
Restricted cash, current 108    
Accounts receivable 777   1,051 
Unbilled receivable 56   219 
Inventories 1,314   707 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,450   693 
Total current assets 242,853   36,334 
Restricted cash, net of current 1,932    
Property and equipment, net 5,236   1,425 
Other non-current assets 426   292 
Total assets$250,447  $38,051 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity     
Current liabilities:     
Accounts payable$1,933  $972 
Accrued liabilities 2,689   1,255 
Notes payable, current 108   1,328 
Total current liabilities 4,730   3,555 
Notes payable, net of current 1,892   1,066 
Warrant liabilities 5,265    
Deferred rent long term 1,819    
Other non-current liabilities 300   526 
Total liabilities 14,006   5,147 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 11)     
Stockholders' equity:     
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 990,000,000 and 133,312,415 shares authorized as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 137,589,275 and 104,039,354 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021, and December 31, 2020, respectively 13   10 
Additional paid-in capital 347,857   96,880 
Accumulated deficit (111,429)  (63,983)
Total Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation stockholders’ equity 236,441   32,907 
Noncontrolling interests    (3)
Total stockholders' equity 236,441   32,904 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$250,447  $38,051 

See Sarcos 10-Q filing dated November 9, 2021, for accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 2021 2020 2021  2020 
Revenue, net $1,129  $1,505 $4,071  $5,387 
Operating expenses:​           
Cost of revenue  929   1,044   2,807   3,537 
Research and development  4,529   4,606  11,398   11,249 
General and administrative  33,864   2,017  39,099   5,716 
Sales and marketing  2,295   732  4,114   2,023 
Total operating expenses  41,617   8,399  57,418   22,525 
Loss from operations  (40,488)  (6,894)  (53,347)  (17,138)
Interest (expense) income, net  (7)     (30)  58 
Gain on warrant liability  3,510      3,510    
Gain on forgiveness of notes payable        2,394    
Other income, net     1   28   31 
Loss before provision for income taxes  (36,985)  (6,893)  (47,445)  (17,049)
Provision for income taxes        1    
Net loss and comprehensive loss  (36,985)  (6,893) (47,446)  (17,049)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders $(36,985) $(6,893) $(47,446) $(17,049)
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders:           
Basic and diluted $(0.35) $(0.07)$(0.45) $(0.17)
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders           
Basic and diluted  106,614,893   103,506,165  104,922,111   98,862,683 

See Sarcos 10-Q filing dated November 9, 2021, for accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

(in thousands)

  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2021  2020 
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net loss $(47,446) $(17,049)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Share-based compensation  30,758   2,104 
Depreciation and amortization  326   345 
Change in fair value of warrant liability  (3,510)   
Gain on forgiveness of notes payable  (2,394)   
Changes in operating assets and liabilities      
Accounts receivable  274   384 
Unbilled receivable  163   673 
Inventories  (607)  164 
Other non-current assets  (134)  (192)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (331)  (86)
Accounts payable  930   (171)
Accrued liabilities  315   461 
Unearned revenue     297 
Deferred rent  831    
Other non-current liabilities  (83)  629 
Net cash used in operating activities  (20,908)  (12,441)
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Purchases of property and equipment  (3,039)  (804)
Net cash used in investing activities  (3,039)  (804)
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Proceeds from issuance of convertible preferred stock     39,867 
Proceeds from notes payable  2,000   2,394 
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  20   107 
Purchase of non-controlling interest  (200)   
Payment of obligations under capital leases  (3)  (2)
Proceeds from PIPE  220,000    
Proceeds from Merger  25,359    
Payments for transaction costs  (15,705)   
Net cash provided by financing activities  231,471   42,366 
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash  207,524   29,121 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period  33,664   9,195 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period $241,188  $38,316 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:      
Cash paid for interest $1  $1 
Cash paid for income taxes $2  $ 
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing activities:      
Issuance of common stock warrants $  $1,220 
Purchases of property and equipment included in accounts payable at period-end $232  $5 
Purchase of property and equipment under capital leases $  $386 
Vesting of founder shares subject to repurchase $  $75 
Leasehold improvements paid by lessor $988  $ 
Unpaid transaction costs $669  $ 
Assumption of warrant liabilities $8,774  $ 

Sarcos 10-Q filing dated November 9, 2021, for accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP and to provide investors with additional information regarding our financial results, we have presented in this release Non-GAAP net loss and Non-GAAP net loss per share, each of which are non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP net loss and Non-GAAP net loss per share are not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by GAAP and are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.

We define Non-GAAP net loss as our GAAP measured Net loss excluding the impact from stock-based compensation expense, gain on forgiveness of notes payable, gain or loss on change in fair value of derivative instruments and warrant liabilities, and one-time expenses related to our business combination. We define Non-GAAP net loss per share as non-GAAP net loss divided by weighted average outstanding shares.

The most directly comparable GAAP measure to Non-GAAP net loss is net loss. The most directly comparable GAAP measure to Non-GAAP net loss per share is net loss per share. We believe excluding the impact of these items in calculating Non-GAAP net loss can provide a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of our core operating performance. We monitor, and have presented in this release, Non-GAAP net loss and Non-GAAP net loss per share because they are each a key measure used by our management and board of directors to understand and evaluate our operating performance, to establish budgets and to develop operational goals for managing our business. We believe Non-GAAP net loss helps identify underlying trends in our business that could otherwise be masked by the effect of the expenses that we include in net loss. Accordingly, we believe Non-GAAP net loss provides useful information to investors, analysts and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results, enhancing the overall understanding of our past performance.

Non-GAAP net loss and Non-GAAP net loss per share are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered in isolation of, or as an alternative to, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. There are a number of limitations related to the use of Non-GAAP net loss rather than net loss, and Non-GAAP net loss per share rather than net loss per share, which are in each case the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the expenses and other items that we exclude in our calculations of Non-GAAP net loss may differ from the expenses and other items, if any, that other companies may exclude from Non-GAAP net loss when they report their operating results, limiting the usefulness of Non-GAAP net loss and Non-GAAP net loss per share for comparative purposes.

In addition, other companies may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of Non-GAAP net loss and Non-GAAP net loss per share as tools for comparison.

The following table reconciles Non-GAAP net loss to net loss, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP (in thousands, except share and per share data):

 Three Months Ended
September 30, (unaudited)
  Nine Months Ended
September 30, (unaudited)
 2021  2020  2021  2020 
Net loss$(36,985) $(6,893) $(47,446) $(17,049)
Non-GAAP adjustments:           
Stock-based compensation expense(1) 30,367  $717   30,758  $2,104 
Gain on forgiveness of notes payable       (2,394)   
Change in fair value of warrant liability (3,510)     (3,510)   
Expenses related to Business Combination(2) 1,322      1,794    
Non-GAAP net loss$(8,806) $(6,176) $(20,798) $(14,945)
Non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholder           
Basic and diluted$(0.08) $(0.06) $(0.20) $(0.15)
Weighted-average shares used in computing non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders           
Basic and diluted 106,614,893   103,506,165   104,922,111   98,862,683 
  1. Stock-based compensation associated with equity compensation plans, and for 2020, repurchase options related to Old Sarcos Class B common stock included in Part I, Item 1. “Financial Statements.”
  2. Expenses related to the Business Combination. These costs are included within General and administrative expenses within the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss.

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