Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX is in talks to raise new capital at a valuation of US$44-billion, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The company is in discussions with investors about raising about $1-billion at a price of $270/share, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. The round is unlikely to be completed within the next couple months and terms could change, one of the people said.
SpaceX didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Any new funding would follows a slew of earlier rounds. The most recent funding effort was for $500-million at a valuation of $36-billion, or $220/share, according to a CNBC report in March.
In a research report dated 20 July, Morgan Stanley said the company ultimately could be worth as much as $175-billion. The bank said it remains “focused on the needs and sources of capital for SpaceX as a potential catalyst to increase the relevance of space for public investors”.
Morgan Stanley said SpaceX has raised about $3.5-billion to date, and estimates about $50-billion of free cash flow burn from 2019 to 2032, before its satellite Internet business, Starlink first generates free cash flow in 2033.
SpaceX’s investors include Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, Google, Fidelity, Baillie Gifford and Valor Equity Partners.
Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. Nasa has been a key partner and customer for the Hawthorne, California-based company. In May, two US astronauts reached the space station on a SpaceX capsule, marking the first time humans have launched into orbit on a commercially developed craft. A cargo-only version of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule makes regular runs to the space station. — Reported by Gillian Tan and Katie Roof, (c) 2020 Bloomberg LP