Lunar tech organization Intuitive Machines to go public through SPAC at near $1 billion valuation
Lunar-focused space organization Intuitive Machines declared Friday it will go public by means of a SPAC in a deal that values the endeavor at about $1 billion.
The consolidation with particular reason acquisition organization Inflection Point is supposed to shut in the first quarter. Intuitive Machines will be listed on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol “LUNR.”
“As the United States plans its return to the Moon after a 50-year absence, Intuitive Machines is excited to play a critical role in providing technologies and services to establish long-term lunar infrastructure and commerce,” Intuitive Machines co-founder and Executive Chairman Kam Ghaffarian said in a statement.
The deal expects to add as much as $338 million in cash to Intuitive Machines balance sheet, albeit that is subject to shareholder reclamations.
Intuitive Machines is the most recent space organization to go public through a SPAC. The declaration comes after a respite for quite a bit of this current year after a flurry of space stock debuts in 2020 and 2021. A considerable lot of those recently public stocks have gotten destroyed, with a few down half or more this year, as investors begin to view the once-hot SPAC craze as excessively dangerous.
Established in 2013, Houston-based Intuitive Machines has around 140 employees.
This year, the organization hopes to acquire $102 million in revenue. Estimating number to increment to about $291 million in 2023. Intuitive had created an agreement backlog worth $188 million as of June and projects it will become beneficial in two to three years.
The organization has four business units: Lunar Access Services, Lunar Data Services, Orbital Services, and Space Products and Infrastructure. Together, Intuitive Machines is dealing with various technologies that incorporate propulsion and lunar vehicles.
The organization assesses its complete addressable market is about $120 billion through 2030, with by far most of that approaching through lunar services.
One significant line of Intuitive’s business is three NASA contracts won under the Commercial Lunar Payload Services program, worth $233 million consolidated.
The first mission, known as IM-1, is scheduled for the first quarter of 2023 and would deliver a combination of science and technology payloads to the moon’s surface with the organization’s Nova-C lunar lander. Intuitive plans annual cargo flights to the moon by means of agreements with SpaceX to launch with Falcon 9 rockets.