Press Release

Loral Announces Filing of Registration Statement for Space Systems/Loral IPO

By SpaceRef Editor
June 10, 2010
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Loral Announces Filing of Registration Statement for Space Systems/Loral IPO

Loral Space & Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:LORL) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Space Systems/Loral, Inc. (SS/L) has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering. The filing contemplates the registration and offer to the public of up to 19.9 percent of SS/L’s common stock; upon completion of the offering, Loral will continue to own the remainder of SS/L’s common stock. Funds raised in the offering will be used by SS/L for working capital and other general corporate purposes, including to finance further growth and expansion of SS/L’s business.

SS/L is a leading designer, manufacturer, and integrator of satellites and satellite systems for commercial and government applications, including broadband internet service to the home, mobile video and internet service, broadcast feeds for television and radio distribution, phone service, civil and defense communications, direct-to-home television broadcast, satellite radio, telecommunications backhaul and trunking, weather and environment monitoring and air traffic control.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy these securities be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such State.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. are joint book running lead managers for the offering. The public offering will be made only by means of a prospectus which, when available, may be obtained by writing or calling the prospectus department at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Prospectus Department, One Madison Avenue, Level 1B, New York, NY 10010, telephone 800-221-1037 or J.P. Morgan, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Ave., Edgewood, NY 11717, telephone 866-803-9204.

Loral Space & Communications is a satellite communications company. In addition to its ownership interest in SS/L, Loral also owns 64 percent of Telesat Canada, a global operator of telecommunications and direct broadcast satellites used to distribute video entertainment programming, broadband data, and provide access to Internet services and other value-added communications services. For more information, visit Loral’s Web site at LORL-F

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words “believes,” “expects,” “plans,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “project,” “intend” or “outlook” or other variations of these words or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. In addition, Loral Space & Communications Inc. or its representatives have made or may make forward-looking statements, orally or in writing, which may be included in, but are not limited to, various filings made from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and press releases or oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer of the company. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results as a result of certain risks and uncertainties which are described as “Risk Factors” and in the “Commitments and Contingencies” note to the financial statements in Loral’s most recent Form 10-Q filed on May 10, 2010 and in its 2009 annual report on Form 10-K. The reader is specifically referred to these documents, as well as the Company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to (1) risks associated with financial factors and our investment in Telesat, including global economic conditions, our history of losses, financial covenants in SS/L’s credit agreement, the structure of our investment in Telesat, Telesat’s leverage and volatility in Canadian/U.S. exchange rates; (2) risks associated with satellite manufacturing, including competition, contractual risks, creditworthiness of customers, performance of suppliers and management of our factory and personnel; (3) risks associated with satellite services, including dependence on large customers, launch delays and failures, in-orbit failures and competition; (4) regulatory risks, such as the effect of U.S. export control and economic sanction laws and U.S., Canadian and foreign government regulation of satellite services; and (5) other risks, including possible conflicts of interest with our significant shareholder, litigation and market risks. The foregoing list of important factors is not exclusive. Furthermore, Loral operates in an industry sector where securities values may be volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond Loral’s control.

SpaceRef staff editor.