Loral surges, Reuters reports company exploring sale, has hired CS

|About: Loral Space and Communications, Inc. (LORL)|By:, SA News Editor

Loral (LORL +2.9%) shares surged into the close after Reuters reported the company is exploring a sale. Word of a possible deal surfaced back in Oct., but the new report adds that Mark Rachesky's MHR Fund Management has retained Credit Suisse to prepare for the ball.

According to sources, Loral is also discussing a potential joint sale of Telesat with Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board. Although Loral holds a 62.8% economic interest, it possesses just 33.3% of the voting stock, making a sale dependent on PIB. The 2 had explored a sale 3 years ago and sought as much as $7B but could not agree on a price.