IRDM Iridium Communications

Iridium Communications, Inc. is a mobile voice and data satellite communications network. Its satellite network provides communication where terrestrial wireless or wireline networks do not exist or are limited. The company's principal lines of business include Land Mobile, Maritime, Aviation, and Government. The Land Mobile business engages in the provision of mobile satellite communications services to the land mobile sector, providing handset services to areas not served or inconsistently served by existing terrestrial communications networks. The Maritime business provides broadband terminals, embedded devices and handsets. Its market space includes merchant shipping, fishing, research vessels and specialized water craft. The Aviation business provides mobile satellite communications services to the aviation sector. Its services are used in commercial and global government aviation applications, principally by corporate jets, corporate and government helicopter fleets, specialized general aviation fleets, such as medevac companies and fire suppression fleets, and high-end personal aircraft. The Government business line involves in the provision of mobile satellite communications services to the U.S. government, principally the Department of Defense. Its voice products are used for a variety of primary and backup communications solutions, including tactical operations, logistical, administrative, morale and welfare, and emergency communications. The firm's commercial services include: Postpaid Mobile Voice and Data Satellite Communications, Prepaid Mobile Voice Satellite Communications, Iridium PTT, Broadband Data, and Machine-to-Machine services. Iridium Communications was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in McLean, VA.

Company profile

Matthew Desch
Fiscal year end
Former names
GHL Acquisition Corp.
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IRDM stock data



31 Mar 21
16 Apr 21
31 Dec 21
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Cash burn rate (estimated) Burn method: Change in cash Burn method: Operating income/loss Burn method: FCF (opex + capex)
Last Q Avg 4Q Last Q Avg 4Q Last Q Avg 4Q
Cash on hand (at last report) 237.18M 237.18M 237.18M 237.18M 237.18M 237.18M
Cash burn (monthly) (positive/no burn) (positive/no burn) 5.96M 5.55M (positive/no burn) (positive/no burn)
Cash used (since last report) n/a n/a 21.15M 19.66M n/a n/a
Cash remaining n/a n/a 216.03M 217.51M n/a n/a
Runway (months of cash) n/a n/a 36.2 39.2 n/a n/a

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Date Owner Security Transaction Code Indirect 10b5-1 $Price #Shares $Value #Remaining
1 Apr 21 Leon Anthony Frazier Common Stock Grant Aquire A No No 40.2 933 37.51K 4,042
1 Apr 21 Leon Anthony Frazier Common Stock Grant Aquire A No No 0 3,109 0 3,109
18 Mar 21 Barry West Common Stock Sell Dispose S No No 40.5 10,000 405K 42,860.7
11 Mar 21 Timothy Kapalka Common Stock Sell Dispose S No No 41.99 383 16.08K 25,552
11 Mar 21 Scott Scheimreif Common Stock Sell Dispose S No No 41.65 65,737 2.74M 105,071
11 Mar 21 Scott Scheimreif Common Stock Option exercise Aquire M No No 6.08 65,737 399.68K 170,808
11 Mar 21 Scott Scheimreif Employee Stock Option Common Stock Option exercise Dispose M No No 6.08 65,737 399.68K 0

Data for the last complete 13F reporting period. To see the most recent changes to ownership, click the ownership history button above.

83.5% owned by funds/institutions
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Current Prev Q Change
Total holders 255 240 +6.3%
Opened positions 45 27 +66.7%
Closed positions 30 22 +36.4%
Increased positions 73 94 -22.3%
Reduced positions 81 71 +14.1%
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Total value 4.48B 2.78B +61.0%
Total shares 112.04M 108.81M +3.0%
Total puts 286K 452.4K -36.8%
Total calls 417.2K 341.2K +22.3%
Total put/call ratio 0.7 1.3 -48.3%
Largest owners
Shares Value Change
BLK Blackrock 17.87M $702.56M +4.0%
Bamco 12.9M $507.25M -0.4%
Vanguard 12.25M $481.63M +5.9%
ARK Investment Management 6.97M $274.1M +58.4%
Capital International Investors 6.82M $268.31M +6.8%
Dimensional Fund Advisors 4.91M $192.92M -4.8%
Van Berkom & Associates 4.41M $173.52M -0.5%
Capital World Investors 3.87M $152.34M 0.0%
STT State Street 3.74M $147.03M +1.1%
IVZ Invesco 2.96M $116.38M -9.7%
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ARK Investment Management 6.97M +2.57M +58.4%
FMR 624.42K -1.38M -68.9%
Norges Bank 1.16M +1.16M NEW
Select Equity 0 -875.23K EXIT
BLK Blackrock 17.87M +694.83K +4.0%
Vanguard 12.25M +678.05K +5.9%
GS Goldman Sachs 1.07M +504.46K +89.7%
Capital International Investors 6.82M +434.15K +6.8%
Kerrisdale Advisers 18.41K -336.73K -94.8%
JPM JPMorgan Chase & Co. 465.04K +318.3K +216.9%

Financial report summary

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  • Our satellites may experience operational problems, which could affect our ability to provide an acceptable level of service to our customers.
  • Our products could fail to perform or could perform at reduced levels of service because of technological malfunctions or deficiencies, regulatory compliance issues, or events outside of our control, which would seriously harm our business and reputation.
  • We do not maintain in-orbit satellite insurance for our satellites, as a result of which we may be subject to increased costs.
  • Our satellites have a limited life and may fail prematurely, which could cause our network to be compromised and materially and adversely affect our business, prospects and profitability, or cause us to incur additional expense to launch replacement satellites.
  • If operations at our commercial gateways or operations center were to be disrupted, we may experience interruptions in our ability to provide service to our customers.
  • Our customized hardware and software may be difficult and expensive to service, upgrade or replace.
  • Rapid and significant technological changes in the satellite communications industry may impair our competitive position and require us to make significant additional capital expenditures.
  • Our networks and those of our third-party service providers may be vulnerable to security risks.
  • Our satellites may collide with space debris or another spacecraft, which could adversely affect the performance of our constellation.
  • The space debris created by the February 2009 satellite collision may cause damage to other spacecraft positioned in a similar orbital altitude.
  • Our business has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, actions taken to mitigate the pandemic, and economic disruptions that have resulted, but we are unable to predict the full extent or nature of these impacts at this time.
  • Aireon, our primary hosted payload customer, has been negatively affected by reduced air traffic as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could reduce or eliminate the value of our agreements with, and ownership interest in, Aireon.
  • Our business plan depends on increased demand for mobile satellite services, among other factors.
  • Our agreements with U.S. government customers, particularly the Department of Defense, which represent a significant portion of our revenue, are subject to termination.
  • We are dependent on intellectual property licensed from third parties to operate our constellation and sell our devices and for the enhancement of our existing devices and services.
  • Our failure to effectively manage the expansion of our portfolio of products and services could impede our ability to execute our business plan, and we may experience increased costs or disruption in our operations.
  • We could lose market share and revenue as a result of increasing competition from companies in the wireless communications industry, including cellular and other satellite operators, and from the extension of land-based communications services.
  • We depend on third parties to market and sell our products and services, and their inability to do so effectively could impair our revenue and our reputation.
  • We rely on a limited number of key vendors for supply of equipment and services, the loss of any of which could cause us to incur additional costs and delays in the production and delivery of our products.
  • Conducting and expanding our operations outside the United States creates numerous risks, which may harm our operations and compromise our ability to expand our international operations.
  • Pursuing strategic transactions may cause us to incur additional risks.
  • Spectrum values historically have been volatile, which could cause the value of our business to fluctuate.
  • We may be negatively affected by global economic conditions.
  • Our ability to operate our company effectively could be impaired if we lose members of our senior management team or key technical personnel.
  • We have a considerable amount of debt, which may limit our ability to fulfill our obligations and/or to obtain additional financing.
  • If we do not generate sufficient cash flows, we may be unable to service all of our indebtedness.
  • The credit agreement governing our Term Loan contains cross-default or cross-acceleration provisions that may cause all of the debt issued under that instrument to become immediately due and payable because of a default under an unrelated debt instrument.
  • Adverse changes in our credit ratings or withdrawal of the ratings assigned to our debt securities by rating agencies may negatively affect us.
  • If we default under the Term Loan, the lenders may require immediate repayment in full of amounts borrowed or foreclose on our assets.
  • Certain provisions in the credit agreement governing our Term Loan limit our financial and operating flexibility.
  • The LIBOR calculation method may change, and LIBOR is expected to be phased out after 2021.
  • The market price of our common stock may be volatile.
  • We may not pay dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future.
  • Our business is subject to extensive government regulation, which mandates how we may operate our business and may increase our cost of providing services and slow our expansion into new markets.
  • Repurposing of satellite spectrum by adjacent operators of L-band spectrum for terrestrial services could interfere with our services.
  • If the FCC revokes, modifies or fails to renew our licenses, or fails to grant a new license or modification, our ability to operate will be harmed or eliminated.
  • As we and our distributors expand our offerings to include more consumer-oriented devices, we are more likely to be subject to product liability claims, recalls or litigation, which could adversely affect our business and financial performance.
  • The collection, storage, transmission, use and disclosure of user data and personal information could give rise to liabilities or additional costs as a result of laws, governmental regulations, and evolving views of personal privacy rights and information security standards.
  • We have been and may in the future become subject to claims that our devices or services violate the patent or intellectual property rights of others, which could be costly and disruptive to us.
  • We may be unable to offer one or more services in important regions of the world due to regulatory requirements, which could limit our growth.
  • Security and emergency services regulations in the U.S. and other countries may affect our ability to operate our system and to expand into new markets.
  • We may be unable to obtain and maintain contractually required liability insurance, and the insurance we obtain may not cover all liabilities to which we may become subject.
  • Wireless devices’ radio frequency emissions are the subject of regulation and litigation concerning their environmental effects, which includes alleged health and safety risks. As a result, we may be subject to new regulations, demand for our services may decrease, and we could face liability based on alleged health risks.
  • Our ability to use our net operating loss carryforwards to offset future taxable income may be subject to certain limitations.
  • We could be subject to adverse determinations by taxing authorities or changes to tax laws.
  • Changes in tax laws could increase our worldwide tax rate and materially affect our financial position and results of operations.
  • If we fail to maintain proper and effective internal controls, our ability to produce accurate financial statements on a timely basis could be impaired.
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