SpaceX Could Hit $127 Billion Valuation With New Round of Funding

Dec 8, 2019 Hawthorne / Los Angeles / CA / USA - SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
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Elon Musk’s SpaceX company is looking to raise a new round of $1.7 billion in funding, which would bring its valuation to $127 billion, according to CNBC.

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The company’s goal of $1.7 billion in new funds would bring the price to $70 a share — a 25% increase — according to a company-wide email obtained by CNBC.

In February, SpaceX split its stock price 10-for-1 in February, reducing the stock price to $56 from $560, according to an earlier CNBC report.

“The split has no impact on the overall valuation of the company or on the overall value of your SpaceX holdings,” the company said at the time in an email obtained by CNBC.

In October, SpaceX’s valuation hit $100 billion, following a secondary share sale by investors, as GOBankingRates previously reported.

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SpaceX had an agreement with new and existing investors to sell up to $755 million in stock from insiders at $560 a share, which increased the company’s valuation to $100.3 billion, a 33% increase from SpaceX’s previous valuation of $74 billion at $419.99 a share in February when the company had raised nearly $1.2 billion.

This latest funding round would make SpaceX the highest valued U.S. startup on record, according to Bloomberg, which valued the round at $125 billion.

At the same time, SpaceX is conducting a secondary sale to employees, at the same price. Bloomberg reports that companies commonly conduct them in conjunction with a regular funding round.

The company conducts these often, to enable long-time stockholders to sell equity, as SpaceX remains private more than 20 years since its founding, CNBC added.

SpaceX’s valuation has ballooned in the last few years, raising billions to fund work on two capital-intensive projects: the next generation rocket Starship and its global satellite internet network Starlink, CNBC reported.

In December, Musk, speaking remotely at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Conference, said that it had been difficult to develop Starship — the next-generation vehicle the company plans to use to take humans to the Moon and Mars, as GOBankingRates reported at the time.

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Starship “absorbs more of my mental energy than probably any other single thing,” Musk said at the time, according to Bloomberg. “It is so preposterously difficult, there are times where I wonder whether we can actually do this.”

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And in November, Space Explored reported an email Musk sent to employees in which he said that “what it comes down to, is that we face a genuine risk of bankruptcy if we can’t achieve a Starship flight rate of at least once every two weeks next year.”

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About the Author

Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.

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