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Elon Musk’s SpaceX Will Be the Third Most Valuable Private Company in the Country After a $500 Million Fundraising Round

Turns out this space stuff is pretty lucrative. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Turns out this space stuff is pretty lucrative. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Elon told you so.

Tim Fernholz writes: Elon Musk’s bet on the future of space transportation is set to be the third-biggest private tech company in the US, behind only Uber and Airbnb, and worth more than $27 billion.

SpaceX filed paperwork in Delaware to raise an additional $500 million in capital, according to Equidate, a stock market for private technology companies that tracks such filings. Once the fundraising round is completed, the company’s value will have increased by approximately 25% in the last nine months, according to Equidate COO Hari Raghavan. It has more than doubled since 2015.

It’s not clear yet which investors will provide the cash, but the company has preferred to retain old investors than add new ones. Fidelity is rumored to be leading the round, and Musk is supposedly set to put up more equity in the company he founded out of his own pocket in 2002.

SpaceX confirmed the fundraising round, but did not share any details about how the capital will be used.

But there are two obvious candidates: One is the sprawling space communications network envisioned by the company, which launched two test satellites earlier this year. Manufacturing thousands of satellites will require investment in a dedicated production facility. SpaceX is also current developing a new factory to produce its next rocket, known as BFR for “Big Falcon Rocket,” among other things. That build-out, too, could demand a capital boost … (read more)

Source: Quartz

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