Rocket Lab, the Long Beach company that has taken on SpaceX in the race to provide small satellite launches, is set to go public next week. Though it first announced its plans for an IPO back in March, its merger with Vector Acquisition Corp. was approved by shareholders on Friday, essentially putting the deal in motion. The company will trade on the NASDAQ beginning Aug. 25 under the ticker symbols RKLBW and RKLB.
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Rocket Lab's road to Wall Street has not been without its bumps. In an investor presentation filed Aug. 18, the Long Beach-based rocket company revealed just how tough it has been to sustain its reusable rocket, called Electron, and take on SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.
As the market for satellite launches gets more crowded, Rocket Lab has also had to overcome its losses over the last few years. The company lost $55 million last year and $30.4 million the year before. Its IPO could not come at a better time.
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Electric vehicle maker Xos, based in Atwater Village, made an underwhelming Wall Street debut on Friday, after shareholders approved its $2 billion merger this week with blank-check company NextGen Acquisition Corp.