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Virgin Galactic stocks go public on October 28

Buyer beware: With the official completion of a merger of Virgin Galactic with the venture capital company Social Capital Hedosophia this week, it will be possible to buy stock in the company as early as Monday, October 28.

The space-tourism company run by billionaire Sir Richard Branson has been approved to merge with Social Capital Hedosophia, a venture capital firm that helps technology companies list on public markets, according to a Wednesday SEC filing from the company.

The merger is expected to close Friday. On Monday, Social Capital’s ticker, “IPOA,” will become Virgin Galactic’s, and trade under “SPCE.”

As I say, buyer beware. Virgin Galactic has spent fifteen years spending a lot of investment capital without achieving what it promised to do years ago, fly tourists on suborbital space flights. Along the way we’ve seen Richard Branson make a lot of exciting announcements about how he is about to fly in space, none of which ever happened. Instead, they crashed their spaceship, killing one pilot.

If you want to invest money in this company you should be aware of their so far poor track record.

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Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!

 

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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2 comments

  • Dick Eagleson

    In a sense, Branson, et al, seem to be taking that old bit of boilerplate warning verbiage from financial services ads – “past performance is no guarantee of future results” – and trying to turn it into a weird sort of sales pitch.

  • Willi

    A few days of IPOA activity:
    10/25/2019 $11.79 6,461,498 $10.75 $11.81 $10.66
    10/24/2019 $10.60 2,224,608 $10.72 $10.805 $10.52
    10/23/2019 $10.50 1,777,669 $10.62 $10.62 $10.25
    10/22/2019 $10.52 1,677,444 $10.46 $10.92 $10.4211
    10/21/2019 $10.38 980,081 $10.41 $10.41 $10.36
    10/18/2019 $10.38 3,283,877 $10.38 $10.39 $10.34
    10/17/2019 $10.35 3,075,058 $10.36 $10.39 $10.35
    10/16/2019 $10.36 2,322,148 $10.42 $10.42 $10.35

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