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Elon Musk's SpaceX Valued at US$175b or More in Tender Offer — Sources

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Publish date: Fri, 08 Dec 2023, 09:01 AM
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TheEdge CEO Morning Brief

(Dec 7): Elon Musk’s SpaceX has initiated discussions about selling insider shares at a price that values the closely held company at US$175 billion (RM817.78 billion) or more, according to people familiar with the matter.

The most valuable US start-up is discussing a tender offer that could range from US$500 million to US$750 million, said some of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is confidential. SpaceX is weighing offering shares at about US$95 apiece, the people said.

Terms and the size of the tender offer could change depending on interest from both insider sellers and buyers.

A US$175 billion valuation is a premium to the US$150 billion valuation the company obtained through a tender offer this summer. The increase would make SpaceX one of the world’s 75 biggest companies by market capitalisation, on a par with T-Mobile USA Inc (US$179 billion), Nike Inc (US$177 billion) and China Mobile (US$176 billion), according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Representatives of SpaceX, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Hawthorne, California-based company dominates the market for commercial space launch services with its Falcon rockets. SpaceX also sends payloads to orbit for private-sector customers, as well as for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and other government agencies.

SpaceX also operates its internet-from-space Starlink service, anchored by a growing constellation of satellites in low-Earth orbit.

SpaceX is on track to book revenues of about US$9 billion this year across its rocket launch and Starlink businesses, Bloomberg News reported last month, with sales projected to rise to around US$15 billion in 2024. The company is also discussing an initial public offering for Starlink as soon as late 2024 — a bid to capitalise on robust demand for communications via space.

Source: TheEdge - 8 Dec 2023

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