Globalstar Raises $738M

Provider of mobile satellite voice and data services has completed a financing of approximately $738 million

July 1, 2009

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MILPITAS, Calif. -- Globalstar, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSAT - News), a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services to businesses, governments, and consumers, today announced that it has completed a financing of approximately $738 million. The total financing combines a previously announced $586 million credit facility and registered direct offering of convertible debt and warrants for $55 million plus a deposit by Thermo Funding, the majority shareholder of Globalstar, of $60 million into a contingent equity account, and funding of a debt service reserve account. The $738 million financing fully funds the manufacture, delivery and launch of the Company's Globalstar 2.0 second-generation network and ground facilities, plus certain long-lead items connected with the accelerated delivery of additional second-generation spare satellites, and provides the Company with working capital needed for current and future operations.

"This is a tremendous day for Globalstar, and I cannot express how pleased I am that the funding is now complete," said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar, Inc. Mr. Monroe added, "We can now move forward and re-focus all of our collective energies on growing the market for our comprehensive lineup of mobile satellite solutions for enterprise and retail consumers. Globalstar already has the mobile satellite industry's largest base of voice and data customers. We also have been recognized for launching the industry's first and only mainstream retail consumer product, the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger(tm). With this funding we have the resources needed to deploy a new constellation of satellites designed to last beyond 2025 and to build the supporting ground infrastructure that will position us to be first to market with a host of advanced IP-based mobile satellite services years ahead of our primary competition. The launch of our new constellation, expected to be completed in 2010, will pave the way for the return of the high quality and reliability historically provided to Globalstar's voice and duplex data subscribers.

"Once again I would like to thank all of those involved who worked tirelessly on this financing during what can only be described as the most challenging capital market environment in recent memory. I would like to acknowledge the dedication and diligent efforts of those at Coface, BNP Paribas, Societe Generale, Natixis, Calyon, CIC, Thales, Arianespace, Hughes, Brown Brothers Harriman and Lazard who share our vision of this Company's future."

With the funding now complete, Globalstar expects to be the first global mobile satellite voice and data company to deliver and deploy its second-generation satellites and the first to offer an IP (Internet Protocol)-based network. The Globalstar 2.0 next-generation network includes the second-generation satellite constellation, designed and manufactured by Thales Alenia Space, and the company's new ground segment developed by Hughes and Ericsson Federal. It is designed to provide Globalstar customers with high quality voice and data services beyond 2025 and increased data speeds of up to 256 kbps in a flexible all IP configuration. Products and services supported are expected to include push to talk and multicasting, advanced messaging capabilities such as multimedia messaging or MMS, mobile video applications, geo-location services, multi-band and multi-mode handsets and data devices with GPS integration. The financing will also facilitate the introduction of Globalstar's next-generation satellite interface chipsets being designed by Hughes Network Systems.

Globalstar Inc. (Nasdaq: GSAT)

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