Iridium Communications Inc. (formerly known as GHL Acquisition Corp.) was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware on November 2, 2007; completed its initial public offering on February 1, 2008; and initially listed its common stock, warrants and units on the NYSE AMEX under the symbols GHQ, GHQW and GHQU, respectively. On September 24, 2009, following shareholder approval of the acquisition by GHL Acquisition Corp. of Iridium Holdings LLC, GHL Acquisition Corp. began trading on NASDAQ under the IRDM trading symbol. At the closing of the acquisition on September 29, 2009, GHL Acquisition Corp. was renamed Iridium Communications Inc.
We provide voice and data communications services to businesses, the U.S. and foreign governments, non-governmental organizations and consumers. Our commercial end-user base, which we view as our primary growth engine, is diverse and includes markets such as emergency services, maritime, government, utilities, oil and gas, mining, leisure, forestry, construction and transportation. Many of our end-users view our products and services as critical to their daily operations and integral to their communications and business infrastructure. For example, multinational corporations in various sectors use our services for business telephony, e-mail and data transfer services and to provide mobile communications services for employees in areas inadequately served by terrestrial networks.
Please see Products for a comprehensive list of all our products and services.
We provide this information in our Annual Report. Please visit our SEC Filings Archive to refer to our most recent annual report.
On October 4, 2010, Iridium Satellite entered into the Coface Credit Facility with a syndicate of bank lenders. Ninety-five percent of the obligations under the Facility are insured by Compagnie Française d'Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur, or COFACE, the French export credit agency. The Facility consists of two tranches, with draws and repayments applied pro rata in respect of each tranche: Tranche A – $1,537,500,000 at a fixed rate of 4.96%; and Tranche B – $262,500,000 at a floating rate equal to the London Interbank Offer Rate, or LIBOR, plus 1.95%. Scheduled semi-annual principal repayments will begin six months after the earlier of (i) the successful deployment of a specified number of Iridium NEXT satellites or (ii) September 30, 2017. During this repayment period, interest will be paid on the same date as the principal repayments. Prior to the repayment period, interest payments will be due on a semi-annual basis beginning April 29, 2011. The Facility will mature seven years after the start of the repayment period. For more information, please visit our SEC Filings Archive to refer to our most recent annual report.
Our headquarters is located in McLean, Virginia, but we have offices and network facilities around the world including Alaska, Arizona, Canada and Norway.
As of December 31, 2016, we had 244 full-time employees. After the completion of the Boeing insourcing, as of January 3, 2017, we had 393 full-time employees.
Iridium’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM (common stock).
Our fiscal year ends on December 31. Our quarters end on March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31.
Most of Iridium's financial documents are available for viewing and download under the Financial Reports section on the Investor Relations site. If you would like a hard copy of our investor kit or any of these documents, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the request form at Contact Us.
We generally hold our Annual Meeting of Stockholders in the month of May. Additional information can be found in our proxy statement for the relevant year here.
No. Iridium does not currently have a direct stock purchase plan. You can purchase Iridium common stock through a registered brokerage or stock purchase service provider of your choice.
We have never declared or paid a cash dividend for our common stock, nor do we expect to pay any cash dividends for our common stock in the foreseeable future. Iridium maintains two series of preferred shares for which dividends are cumulative. On May 11, 2017, Iridium’s Board approved the suspension of cash dividends on each of its 7% Series A Cumulative Perpetual Convertible Preferred Stock and its 6.75% Series B Cumulative Perpetual Convertible Preferred Stock, with such suspension to last for five quarters beginning with the dividend payments payable on June 15, 2017.
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