Terran Orbital going public through SPAC at $1.8 billion valuation

Small satellite tv for pc builder and operator Terran Orbital is getting ready to go public, making it the newest in a flurry of house corporations to announce a SPAC merger this 12 months.

Terran is merging with particular goal acquisition firm Tailwind Two Acquisition Corp., a SPAC which trades beneath the ticker TWNT. The deal offers Terran a $1.8 billion fairness valuation and is predicted to shut within the first quarter of 2022, leading to Terran itemizing on the New York Inventory Alternate beneath ticker LLAP.

A SPAC or particular goal acquisition firm raises capital in an preliminary public providing and makes use of the proceeds to buy a non-public agency and take it public.

“Terran Orbital is the most important independently-owned producer of small satellites in the USA,” Terran Orbital co-founder and CEO Marc Bell stated in a press release. “With our excessive quantity, revolutionary manufacturing of small satellites, we will ship rising applied sciences to house sooner, extra affordably and with higher reliability than anybody.”

Shares of Tailwind Two rose 1% in buying and selling from its earlier shut of $9.89.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, the corporate final month introduced plans to develop a 660,000 sq. foot manufacturing facility close to Cape Canaveral, Florida. Terran says the power will value $300 million to construct, and can be capable of produce over 1,000 spacecraft per 12 months as soon as operational.

The deal is predicted so as to add about $330 million in money for Terran’s development, with funds coming via these raised by Tailwind Two in addition to a $50 million PIPE spherical – or personal funding in public fairness – which included traders AE Industrial Companions, Seashore Level Capital and Lockheed Martin.

Terran additionally plans to construct its personal system of earth imagery satellites, with 96 spacecraft in orbit. The corporate plans to launch the primary two of its satellites subsequent 12 months, and have the complete constellation in orbit by 2026.

The corporate had $25 million in income final 12 months, all from its satellite tv for pc options unit, and expects that to rise to $35 million this 12 months. The corporate expects to be worthwhile on an adjusted EBITDA foundation by 2023, and tasks $2.6 billion in income by 2026 – with $918 million coming from satellite tv for pc options and $1.7 billion from its earth imagery enterprise.

Terran joins a pattern of house corporations going public via SPAC offers, with Virgin Galactic the primary of the current technology in 2019. A number of have closed and begun buying and selling – together with Astra, AST SpaceMobile, Rocket Lab, Spire International, BlackSky, Momentus, and Redwire – with others having merger agreements in place – together with Planet Labs, Virgin Orbit and Satellogic.

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