Iridium: Nov. 4 is our export-credit independence day; compare our new financing with Inmarsat’s

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The scheduled Nov. 4 closing of Iridium’s $1.45-billion term loan and associated $100 million revolver will enable the company to free itself from its decade-old French export-credit loan.

While indispensable to Iridium’s survival in 2010, the loan from Bpifrance, then called Coface, included multiple restrictions including a requirement for a large cash reserve for debt service and other constraints on management.

The new loan, announced Oct. 21, was oversubscribed, with orders of $5 billion, discounted to . . .

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