The Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) has unanimously approved $80.7 million (€71.2m) in financing for Spanish satellite operator Hispasat. This transaction will finance launch services and also launch and initial in-orbit insurance of Amazonas Nexus, scheduled for launch in 2022 on a SpaceX rocket.
The transaction is the first EXIM financing of a satellite-related export since 2015 and completes the financing of the space segment of this new mission of Hispasat Group. Previously, on May 2020, the operator signed €129 million financing agreements with BPI France and a pool of four financial entities to support the manufacture of the satellite.
According to Miguel Ángel Panduro, Hispasat CEO, the transaction is a sign of confidence in the financial strength of the company, supported by the financial soundness of its balance sheet. “Hispasat’s solid financial situation, with one of the lowest levels of indebtedness in the entire sector, has allowed us to successfully complete this financing operation, thanks to which we will be able to give the best response to the new needs of our clients,” he stated.
The Amazonas Nexus is a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) designed with an architecture that combines the Ku and Ka bands to optimise communications and multiply the capacity available for commercial use. The satellite will also feature a latest generation Digital Transparent Processor (DTP), a technological advance that will be able to process digitally the satellite’s received signals and increase its flexibility in orbit.
The new satellite, which will replace Amazonas 2 and is being built by Thales Alenia Space, will have coverage over the entire American continent, the North and South Atlantic corridors (both areas with major aerial and maritime traffic) and Greenland. The Amazonas Nexus will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and will be insured by a pool of international insurers highly specialised on the aerospace market.
Hispasat has reached several commercial agreements for long-term capacity leasing with operators and service providers in the governmental and airline connectivity segments. These agreements stand for almost 30 per cent of the capacity embarked on Amazonas Nexus.