Money raised to connect billions of people in the equatorial belt
The UK company Sky and Space Global has received signed binding commitments for raising $12m in a two-tranche share placement to investors as part of its $15m fundraising effort. The placement is priced at $0.03 per share and is conditioned on the lodgement of the prospectus. The funds are to be used to facilitate the launching of the first batch of the company’s Pearls constellation nano-satellites network.
The launch with Virgin Orbit is due to take place by mid-2019 and is the initial stage of the company’s plan to operate a network of 200 nano-satellites to provide around the clock affordable voice, data, instant messaging, M2M and IoT communications to the equatorial belt.
SAS services will also bring to the equatorial region a huge range of life saving services like search and rescue, disaster management, emergency response, security alarms and recreational tracking. This is in addition to a whole range of traditional services including cellphone applications, offshore communications, smart farming, interactive TV, airplane, vessel and animal tracking, water and electric metering, grid monitoring, and ATM.
The company also plans to conduct a fully underwritten priority offer (PO) to raise a further $3m, with an option to accept a further $1m on the same terms in the event the offer is oversubscribed and in accordance with shareholder approved under ASX Listing Rule 7.1.
“We have undertaken this round of financing at a crucial time for the company, as we prepare to launch our first batch of Pearls nano-satellites into space,” said Meir Moalem, Sky and Space Global Managing Director and CEO. “The support we have received is indicative of the confidence the market has in our ability to deliver on milestones and achieve the objectives we have set out for the company."
The offering has received the backing of existing SAS investors as well as several new institutional and professional investors. In addition, SAS chairman Michael Malone, Meir Moalem and other directors will be investing $710,000 in the placement, subject to shareholder approval. The move underscores management's support and confidence in the company. Existing eligible shareholders will also be given the opportunity to participate in the offering for up to $15,000 on the same terms.
Placement proceeds will be used mainly for capex payments to suppliers, completion of first Pearl launch activities, for operational working capital and for general administration costs. This will enable Sky and Space Global’s Pearl nano-satellites network to progress to the next stage and lead to the generating of revenue by late 2019 as a result of the $15m in new capital raised along with additional financing initiatives currently in progress. These include raising debt from US banks and the management of key supplier contracts that are currently in place.
The current annualised revenues based on contracts from the first batch of 16 Pearl nano-satellites are conservatively estimated at A$10 to A$12m (risked at ~50%), with the gross risk-free value of these three binding contracts put at $21 to $46m.