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AST SpaceMobile Launches $100 Million Stock Offering Amid Strategic Tech Investments
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AST SpaceMobile Launches $100 Million Stock Offering Amid Strategic Tech Investments
by Clarence Oxford
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 19, 2024

AST SpaceMobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTS), a pioneering company in space-based cellular broadband technology, has recently made two significant announcements that mark a substantial leap in its quest to deliver global connectivity. The company has launched a public offering of $100 million of its Class A common stock and secured a strategic investment from industry giants AT&T, Google, and Vodafone.

AST SpaceMobile announced the launch of a public offering of $100 million of its Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share. This move is strategically aimed at bolstering the company's financial foundation for general corporate purposes. In a gesture of confidence, the underwriter is granted a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional $15 million of Class A Common Stock at the public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions.

The offering is facilitated by UBS Investment Bank and Barclays as joint book-running managers, alongside Deutsche Bank Securities, B. Riley Securities, and Scotiabank. This offering comes on the back of a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which was declared effective on November 10, 2022.

Strategic Investment from AT&T, Google, and Vodafone
In a separate but equally significant development, AST SpaceMobile has secured a strategic investment from AT&T, Google, and Vodafone, totaling an impressive $206.5 million in gross proceeds. This includes a $155 million strategic investment and an option to draw up to $51.5 million from the company's existing senior-secured credit facility.

AT&T and Google, new investors, along with existing investor Vodafone, have recognized the potential of AST SpaceMobile's unique space-based cellular direct-to-device market. The investment is a strong endorsement of the company's technology and leadership in an emerging field that aims to extend connectivity to the approximately 5.5 billion cellular devices worldwide.

AST SpaceMobile currently operates the BlueWalker 3 satellite, the largest-ever commercial communications array in low Earth orbit. This achievement underlines the company's leadership in space-based cellular communications, having demonstrated capabilities in 2G, 4G LTE, and 5G, achieving up to 14 Mbps download speeds per 5 Mhz channels. This technology is expected to transform the future of cellular broadband, offering borderless connectivity.

Comments from Industry Leaders
Abel Avellan, Chairman and CEO of AST SpaceMobile, emphasized the significance of the strategic investment. "Our vision at AST SpaceMobile has always been to chart a course of collaborative innovation and integration with the world's leading wireless companies," he stated. Avellan highlighted that the investment not only brings capital but also invaluable expertise and strategic partnerships.

Chris Sambar, Executive Vice President, Head of Network at AT&T, expressed excitement about deepening their relationship with AST SpaceMobile. "We're excited to deepen our relationship with this investment as we continue to drive a first-of-its-kind innovation forward and work together to achieve this shared vision of space-based connectivity for consumers, businesses, and first responders all around the globe," said Sambar.

Margherita Della Valle, Vodafone Group chief executive, also remarked on the collaboration's potential to extend mobile connectivity services across Europe and Africa, especially in remote areas.

Investment Details and Future Prospects
The strategic investment includes $110 million of 10-year subordinated convertible notes with a conversion price of $5.75 per share, a 39% premium to the trading price on January 16, 2024. Additionally, AT&T and Vodafone have committed $20 million and $25 million, respectively, contingent on the launch and operation of AST SpaceMobile's first 5 commercial satellites.

Furthermore, the investment sets a precedent for non-dilutive commercial payments by customers of the SpaceMobile network, creditable against future service revenue. This innovative model offers a path for other wireless companies to participate in the rollout of SpaceMobile service.

AST SpaceMobile's alliances extend beyond financial investments. Vodafone and AT&T have placed orders for network equipment to support the planned commercial service. Meanwhile, Google and AST SpaceMobile will collaborate on product development for Android devices.

In conclusion, AST SpaceMobile's recent strategic investments and stock offering represent significant milestones in its journey to provide universal connectivity. With over 3,100 patent and patent-pending claims and partnerships with more than 40 mobile network operators globally, the company is well-positioned to lead the charge in bridging the world's connectivity gaps.

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