Iridium and GHL complete transaction, will trade on NASDAQ

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Iridium Holdings and GHL Acquisition Corp. announced that, effective immediately, GHL Acquisition's new name is Iridium Communications Inc.

Additionally, Iridium announced the close of its offering of 16,000,000 newly issued shares of common stock.

It will trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbols IRDM, IRDMW and IRDMU.

"This is an important milestone in the life of Iridium, as we take the first critical step toward securing the funding required for development and launch of our next-generation satellite constellation, becoming a public company and establishing the transparency expected of a company that serves the critical interests of businesses globally," said Matthew J. Desch, chief executive officer of Iridium, in a statement.

"Iridium is a strong company and an innovative competitor," said Robert H. Niehaus, chairman of the board of directors of Iridium, in a statement. "Today, with the close of this transaction, Iridium has a market cap of more than $785 million and a strong balance sheet with substantial cash. It marks the beginning of a very exciting time in the life of this very dynamic company."

Bethesda, Md.-based Iridium is a provider of mobile satellite communications. Its products and related applications are installed in unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters, commercial aircrafts, marine vessels, and ground vehicles.

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