Rock and Roll or chamber music? Intelsat to decide whether to commit major capex or play it safe to prepare for merger/sale

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — Satellite fleet operator Intelsat, less than two years into its post-Chapter 11 emergence as a company with a manageable debt load and modestly improving revenue, is about to decide what to do next: All-ahead-full with an investment in a $1-billion-plus MEO constellation or stick with tuck-in investments including user-terminal manufacturers and a direct-to-device play?

The answer may lie in whether Intelsat’s bondholders and equity owners have the stomach for a risky capex commitment at a time when the company is . . .

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