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Intuitive Machines (LUNR) began trading on the Nasdaq on Tue 14 Feb 23

Commercial lunar lander company Intuitive Machines has completed its merger with Inflection Point Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) on Feb. 13, raising far less money than originally anticipated.
The company designs, manufactures, and operates space products and services in the United States.
It also offers aerospace engineering services to NASA and the aerospace industry. 

The companies announced the merger in September 2022, long after the mania surrounding SPACs has cooled both in the space industry and the overall market. Inflection Point had $301 million of cash in trust, and the companies said they had arranged an additional $55 million in investment from the SPAC’s sponsors and a founder of Intuitive Machines, along with $50 million CF Principal Investments LLC, an affiliate of Cantor Fitzgerald & Company. In an investor presentation linked to the merger announcement, the companies anticipated having more than $330 million in cash after transaction expenses.

However, in the Feb. 13 announcement that the merger had closed, the companies announced only $55 million of “committed capital from an affiliate of its sponsor and company founders.” The companies did not mention any proceeds of the SPAC itself, which could have been depleted by redemptions, where SPAC shareholders request their money back rather than hold stock in the merged company.

Despite raising less money than anticipated, company executives said the deal will help Intuitive Machines continue development of a series of commercial lunar landers and related infrastructure, like communications satellites in lunar orbit.

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