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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549 

FORM 10-K

(Mark One)
 
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2018
OR 
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the Transition Period from to  

Commission File Number 001-33117

 GLOBALSTAR, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter) 

Delaware
 
41-2116508
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 

1351 Holiday Square Blvd.
Covington, Louisiana 70433
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) 

Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code (985) 335-1500 

Securities registered pursuant to section 12(b) of the Act:
 
 
Title of each class
 
Name of exchange on which registered
Voting Common Stock
 
NYSE American

Securities registered pursuant to section 12(g) of the Act:
None

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.
Yes No

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.
Yes No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
Yes No

 Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).
Yes No

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein and will not be contained, to the best of registrant's knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. 

 Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer," "smaller reporting company," and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
 
Large accelerated filer
 
Accelerated filer
Non-accelerated filer
 
Smaller reporting company
 
 
Emerging growth company ☐

 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined by Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act)
Yes No
 
The aggregate market value of the registrant's common stock held by non-affiliates at June 30, 2018, the last business day of the Registrant's most recently completed second fiscal quarter, was approximately $283.0 million
 
As of February 22, 2019, 1,448,027,328 shares of voting common stock and no shares of nonvoting common stock were outstanding. Unless the context otherwise requires, references to common stock in this Report mean registrant's voting common stock.  
 
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
 
Portions of the registrant's Proxy Statement for the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders are incorporated by reference in Part III of this Report.




FORM 10-K
 
For the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2018
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 
Page
 
PART I
 
Item 1.
Business
Item 1A.
Risk Factors
Item 1B.
Unresolved Staff Comments
Item 2.
Properties
Item 3.
Legal Proceedings
Item 4.
Mine Safety Disclosures
 
PART II
 
Item 5.
Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Item 6.
Selected Financial Data
Item 7.
Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 7A.
Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 8.
Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
Item 9.
Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure
Item 9A.
Controls and Procedures
Item 9B.
Other Information
 
PART III
 
Item 10.
Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance
Item 11.
Executive Compensation
Item 12.
Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters
Item 13.
Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence
Item 14.
Principal Accounting Fees and Services
 
PART IV
 
Item 15.
Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules
Item 16.
Form 10-K Summary
Signatures
 
 


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PART I
 
Forward-Looking Statements 
 
Certain statements contained in or incorporated by reference into this Annual Report on Form 10-K (the "Report"), other than purely historical information, including, but not limited to, estimates, projections, statements relating to our business plans, objectives and expected operating results, and the assumptions upon which those statements are based, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words "believe," "project," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "strategy," "plan," "may," "should," "will," "would," "will be," "will continue," "will likely result," and similar expressions, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties which may cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, such as the statements regarding our ability to develop and expand our business (including our ability to monetize our spectrum rights), our anticipated capital spending, our ability to manage costs, our ability to exploit and respond to technological innovation, the effects of laws and regulations (including tax laws and regulations) and legal and regulatory changes (including regulation related to the use of our spectrum), the opportunities for strategic business combinations and the effects of consolidation in our industry on us and our competitors, our anticipated future revenues, our anticipated financial resources, our expectations about the future operational performance of our satellites (including their projected operational lives), the expected strength of and growth prospects for our existing customers and the markets that we serve, commercial acceptance of new products, problems relating to the ground-based facilities operated by us or by independent gateway operators, worldwide economic, geopolitical and business conditions and risks associated with doing business on a global basis and other statements contained in this Report regarding matters that are not historical facts, involve predictions. Risks and uncertainties that could cause or contribute to such differences include, without limitation, those in Item 1A. Risk Factors of this Report. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any of our forward-looking statements after the date of this Report to reflect actual results or future events or circumstances.

Item 1. Business
 
Globalstar, Inc. (“we,” “us” or the “Company”) provides Mobile Satellite Services (“MSS”) including voice and data communications services globally via satellite. By providing wireless communications services in areas not served or underserved by terrestrial wireless and wireline networks and in circumstances where terrestrial networks are not operational due to natural or man-made disasters, we seek to meet our customers' increasing desire for connectivity. We offer voice and data communication services over our network of in-orbit satellites and our active ground stations (“gateways”), which we refer to collectively as the Globalstar System.

We currently provide the following communications services via satellite. These services are available only with equipment designed to work on our network:
 
two-way voice communication and data transmissions using mobile or fixed devices, including our GSP-1700 phone, our Globalstar 9600TM hotspot, two generations of our Sat-Fi, and other fixed and data-only devices ("Duplex");
one-way or two-way communication and data transmissions using mobile devices, including our SPOT family of products, such as SPOT XTM, SPOT Gen3 and Trace, that transmit messages and the location of the device ("SPOT"); and
one-way data transmissions using a mobile or fixed device that transmits its location and other information to a central monitoring station, including our commercial Simplex products, such as our battery- and solar-powered SmartOne, STX-3 and STINGR ("Simplex").
 
Our constellation of Low Earth Orbit ("LEO") satellites includes second-generation satellites, which were launched and placed into service during the years 2010 through 2013 after a $1.1 billion investment, and certain first-generation satellites. We designed our second-generation satellites to last twice as long in space, have 40% greater capacity and be built at a significantly lower cost compared to our first-generation satellites. We achieved this longer life by increasing the solar array and battery capacity, using a larger fuel tank, adding redundancy for key satellite equipment, and improving radiation specifications and additional lot level testing for all susceptible electronic components, in order to account for the accumulated dosage of radiation encountered during a 15-year mission at the operational altitude of the satellites. The second-generation satellites use passive S-band antennas on the body of the spacecraft providing additional shielding for the active amplifiers which are located inside the spacecraft, unlike the first-generation amplifiers that were located on the outside as part of the active antenna array. Each satellite has a high degree of on-board subsystem redundancy, an on-board fault detection system and isolation and recovery for safe and quick risk mitigation.


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Due to the specific design of the Globalstar System (and based on customer input), we believe that our voice quality is the best among our peer group. We define a successful level of service for our customers by their ability to make uninterrupted calls of average duration for a system-wide average number of minutes per month. Our goal is to provide service levels and call success rates equal to or better than our MSS competitors so our products and services are attractive to potential customers. We define voice quality as the ability to easily hear, recognize and understand callers with imperceptible delay in the transmission. By this measure, we believe that our system outperforms geostationary (“GEO”) satellites used by some of our competitors. Due to the difference in signal travel distance, GEO satellite signals must travel approximately 42,000 additional nautical miles, which introduces considerable delay and signal degradation to GEO calls. For our competitors using cross-linked satellite architectures, which require multiple inter-satellite connections to complete a call, signal degradation and delay can result in compromised call quality as compared to that experienced over the Globalstar System.

We designed our second-generation ground network, when combined with our second-generation products, to provide our customers with enhanced future services featuring initial services up to 72 kbps as well as increased capacity. The second-generation ground network is an Internet protocol multimedia subsystem ("IMS") based solution providing such industry standard services as voice, Internet, email and short message services ("SMS"). As technological advancements are made, we explore opportunities to provide new services over our network to meet the needs of our existing and prospective customers.

We compete aggressively on price. We offer a range of price-competitive products to the industrial, governmental and consumer markets. We expect to retain our position as a cost-effective, high quality leader in the MSS industry. 
 
Our satellite communications business, by providing critical mobile communications to our subscribers, serves principally the following markets: recreation and personal; government; public safety and disaster relief; oil and gas; maritime and fishing; natural resources, mining and forestry; construction; utilities; and transportation.
 
Our products and services are sold through a variety of independent agents, dealers and resellers, and independent gateway operators (“IGOs”). We also have distribution relationships with a number of "Big Box" and other distribution channels.
 
Duplex Two-Way Voice and Data Products
 
Mobile Voice and Data Satellite Communications Services and Equipment
 
We provide mobile voice and data services to a wide variety of commercial, government and recreational customers for remote business continuity, recreational, emergency response and other applications. We offer our services for use only with equipment designed to work on our network. Subscribers typically pay an initial activation fee, a monthly usage fee for a fixed or unlimited number of minutes, and fees for additional services such as voicemail, call forwarding, short messaging, email, data compression and internet access. Extra fees may also apply for non-voice services, roaming and long-distance. We regularly monitor our service offerings in accordance with customer demands and market changes and offer pricing plans such as bundled minutes, annual plans and unlimited plans. 

We offer the GSP-1700 phone, which includes a user-friendly color LCD screen and a variety of accessories. We believe that the GSP-1700 is among the smallest, lightest and least-expensive satellite phones. We are the only MSS provider using Qualcomm Incorporated's ("Qualcomm") patented CDMA technology that we believe provides superior voice quality when compared to competitive handsets. We no longer manufacture the GSP-1700 phone. Instead, we sell refurbished GSP-1700 phones to new subscribers through our existing distribution channels. These phones are generally obtained through a buyback program that we have in place to purchase devices from deactivated subscribers in order to address demand for handsets.

Our most recent voice and data solution is Sat-Fi2TM, which is the next-generation model of our original Sat-Fi. Sat-Fi2TM is the first product to operate using our second-generation ground infrastructure, resulting in higher data speeds, enhanced applications and improved performance. With Sat-Fi2TM, our customers can use their Wi-Fi enabled smartphones and tablets to send and receive communications via the Globalstar System when traveling beyond cellular service, achieving a level of seamless connectivity not offered before. We believe Sat-Fi2TM is superior to other competitors' products released to date, providing the fastest, most affordable, mobile satellite data speeds and the clearest voice communications in the MSS industry. Through a convenient smartphone app that enables connectivity between a Wi-Fi-enabled device and the Sat-Fi satellite hot spot, subscribers can easily send and receive email and SMS messages and make voice calls from their own device any time they are in range of a Sat-Fi2TM device. We believe Sat-Fi2TM represents a major step forward in our desire to integrate seamlessly our mobile satellite capabilities into the communications services that people use on a daily basis.

We also offer the Globalstar 9600™, a first-generation Duplex accessory, that our customers can use with a smartphone app to pair seamlessly with their existing satellite phone to send and receive email over the Globalstar System. This affordable data

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hotspot is ideal for remote workforces in industries such as energy and construction to communicate via email, send status reports, download local weather and send pictures. Our marine customers also benefit from the ease of use and the ability to affordably send data and make voice calls beyond cellular.
 
Fixed Voice and Data Satellite Communications Services and Equipment
 
We provide fixed voice and data services in rural villages, at remote industrial, commercial and residential sites and on ships at sea, among other places, primarily with our GSP-2900 fixed phone. Fixed voice and data satellite communications services are in many cases an attractive alternative to mobile satellite communications services in environments where multiple users will access the service within a defined geographic area and cellular or ground phone service is not available. Our fixed units also may be mounted on vehicles, barges and construction equipment and benefit from the ability to have higher gain antennas. Our fixed voice and data service plans are similar to our mobile voice and data plans and offer similar flexibility.
 
Satellite Data Modem Services and Equipment
 
In addition to data utilization through fixed and mobile services described above, we offer data-only services through Duplex devices that have two-way transmission capabilities. Duplex asset-tracking applications enable customers to control directly their remote assets and perform complex monitoring activities. We offer asynchronous and packet data service in all of our Duplex territories. Customers can use our products to access the internet, corporate virtual private networks and other customer specific data centers. Our satellite data modems can be activated under any of our current pricing plans. Customers can access satellite data modems in every Duplex region we serve. We provide store-and-forward capabilities to customers who do not require real-time transmission and reception of data. Additionally, we offer a data acceleration and compression service to the satellite data modem market. This service increases web-browsing, email and other data transmission speeds without any special equipment or hardware. 
 
Direct Sales, Dealers and Resellers
 
Our sales group is responsible for conducting direct sales with key accounts and for managing indirect agent, dealer and reseller relationships in assigned territories in the countries in which we operate.
 
The reseller channel for Duplex equipment and service is comprised primarily of communications equipment retailers and commercial communications equipment rental companies that retain and bill clients directly, outside of our billing system. Many of our resellers specialize in niche vertical markets where high-use customers are concentrated. We have sales arrangements with major resellers to market our services, including some value added resellers that integrate our products into their proprietary end products or applications.
 
Our typical dealer is a communications services business-to-business equipment retailer. We offer competitive service and equipment commissions to our network of dealers to encourage sales.
 
In addition to sales through our distribution managers, agents, dealers and resellers, customers can place orders through our existing sales force and through our direct e-commerce website.
 
SPOT Consumer Retail Products
 
The SPOT product family has initiated over 6,000 rescues since its launch in 2007. Averaging nearly two rescues per day, SPOT delivers affordable and reliable satellite-based connectivity and real-time GPS tracking to hundreds of thousands of users, completely independent of cellular coverage. We are not aware of any other competitive offering that can match the life-saving record of our SPOT family of products. As we continue to innovate and grow the SPOT family of products, we are committed to providing affordable life-saving products to an expanding target market of millions of people globally.

We have differentiated ourselves from other MSS providers by offering affordable, high utility mobile satellite products that appeal to the mainstream consumer market. With the 2009 acquisition of satellite asset tracking and consumer messaging products manufacturer Axonn LLC (“Axonn”), we believe we are the only vertically integrated mobile satellite company, which results in decreased pre-production costs, quality assurance and shorter time to market for our retail consumer products. 
 

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SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger
 
We began commercial sales of the first SPOT products and services when we introduced the SPOT Personal Tracker in 2007. Since 2007, we continue to innovate this product and have released another three generations of our SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger to the market. The most recent generations of SPOT devices which we currently sell include SPOT Gen3 and SPOT XTM. Compared to earlier generations of our SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger, SPOT Gen3 offers enhanced functionality with more tracking features, improved battery performance and more power options, including rechargeable and USB direct line power. The product also enables users to transmit messages to a specific preprogrammed email address, phone or data device, including a request for assistance and an “SOS” message in the event of an emergency. SPOT XTM, which was launched in May 2018, has new keyboard functionality to allow subscribers to send and receive SMS messages along with improved tracking and SOS functions.

We target our SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger to recreational and commercial markets that require personal tracking, emergency location and messaging solutions that operate beyond the reach of terrestrial wireless and wireline coverage. Using our network and web-based mapping software, this device provides consumers with the ability to trace a path geographically or map the location of individuals or equipment. SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger products and services are available virtually everywhere through our product distribution channels and through our direct e-commerce website. 
  
SPOT Trace
 
SPOT Trace is a cost effective anti-theft and asset tracking device. SPOT Trace ensures cars, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles and other valuable assets are where they need to be, notifying owners via email or text when movement is detected anytime, using 100% satellite technology to provide location-based messaging and emergency notification for on or off the grid communications.

Product Distribution
 
We distribute and sell our SPOT products through a variety of distribution channels. We have distribution relationships with a number of "Big Box" retailers and other similar distribution channels, including Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, Fry's Electronics, REI, Sportsman's Warehouse, West Marine and Amazon. We also sell SPOT products and services directly using our existing sales force and through our direct e-commerce website, www.findmespot.com, as well as through certain of our IGOs.
 
Commercial Simplex One-Way Transmission Products
 
Simplex service is a one-way data service from a commercial Simplex device over the Globalstar System that can be used to track and monitor assets. Our subscribers currently use our Simplex devices for tracking, such as cargo containers and rail cars; to monitor utility meters; and to monitor oil and gas assets, as well as a host of other applications. At the heart of the Simplex service is a demodulator and RF interface, called an appliqué, which is located at a gateway and an application server located in our facilities. The appliqué-equipped gateways provide coverage over vast areas of the globe. The small size of the devices makes them attractive for use in tracking asset shipments, monitoring unattended remote assets, trailer tracking and mobile security. Current users include various governmental agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”), the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (“NOAA”), the U.S. Forest Service and the U.K. Ministry of Defence, as well as other organizations, including BP, Shell and The Salvation Army.
 
We designed our Simplex service to address the market for a small and cost-effective solution for sending data, such as geographic coordinates, from assets or individuals in remote locations to a central monitoring station. Customers are able to realize an efficiency advantage from tracking assets on a single global system as compared to several regional systems.
 
We offer small Satellite Transmitter chipsets, such as the STX-3 and STINGR, which enable an integrator’s products to access our Simplex network. We also offer complete products that utilize these transmitters. Our Simplex units, including the enterprise-grade SmartOne family of asset-ready tracking units, are used worldwide by industrial, commercial and government customers. These products provide cost-effective, low power, ultra-reliable, secure monitoring that help solve a variety of security applications and asset tracking challenges. Partnering with existing third party technology providers, we are developing IoT-focused Simplex products to connect existing and new users and accelerate deployment of a Globalstar IoT product suite. Launched in March 2018, our SmartOne Solar™ device is the first of these IoT-focused products. It is solar-powered and supports similar functionality to our SmartOne suite of products without the need to recharge batteries or line power the device, with an expected life of up to eight years. These features will result in a longer field life than existing devices. Solar-powered devices are also expected to take advantage of our network's ability to support multiple billions of daily transmissions assuming an average message size of 90 characters. We are also developing M2M products that support two-way communications allowing for both tracking and control of assets in our coverage footprint.

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The reseller channel for Simplex equipment and service is comprised primarily of value added resellers and commercial communications equipment companies that retain and bill clients directly, outside of our billing system. Many of our resellers specialize in niche vertical markets where high-use customers are concentrated. We have sales arrangements with major resellers to market our services, including some value added resellers that integrate our STX-3 and STINGR into their proprietary solutions designed to meet certain specialized niche market applications.

Other New Product Initiatives

We continue to explore opportunities to develop new products and provide new services over our network to meet the needs of our existing and prospective customers. New product initiatives are underway and expected to expand our satellite communications business by effectively leveraging our network capabilities and expanding distribution relationships. We are in the process of developing a two-way emergency messaging and tracking device for the automotive market, a derivative of Sat-Fi2TM specifically designed for the maritime industry and a miniaturized satellite-based tracking device.
 
Independent Gateway Operators
 
Our wholesale operations encompass primarily bulk sales of wholesale minutes to IGOs around the globe. IGOs maintain their own subscriber bases that are mostly exclusive to us and promote their own service plans. The IGO system allows us to expand in regions that hold significant growth potential but are harder to serve without sufficient operational scale or where local regulatory requirements do not permit us to operate directly.
 
Currently, 10 of the 23 gateways in our network are owned and operated by unaffiliated companies, some of whom operate more than one gateway. Except for Globalstar Asia Pacific, our joint venture in South Korea in which we hold a 49% equity interest, we have no financial interest in these IGOs and conduct business with them through arms’ length contracts for wholesale minutes of service.
 
Set forth below is a list of IGOs as of December 31, 2018:
 
Location
 
Gateway
 
Independent Gateway Operators
Argentina
 
Bosque Alegre
 
Tesacom
Australia
 
Dubbo
 
Pivotel Group PTY Limited
Australia
 
Mount Isa
 
Pivotel Group PTY Limited
Australia
 
Meekatharra
 
Pivotel Group PTY Limited
South Korea
 
Yeo Ju
 
Globalstar Asia Pacific
Mexico
 
San Martin
 
Globalstar de Mexico
Russia
 
Khabarovsk
 
GlobalTel
Russia
 
Moscow
 
GlobalTel
Russia
 
Novosibirsk
 
GlobalTel
Turkey
 
Ogulbey
 
Globalstar Avrasya

In December 2018, we entered into a binding asset purchase agreement with the owners of our IGO in Argentina whereby we will purchase certain fixed assets and related government authorizations in connection with the operation of this IGO. We expect the asset purchase to close in 2019, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions. Accordingly, we have included our IGO in Argentina in the table above as of December 31, 2018.
 
Other Services
 
We also provide engineering services to assist our commercial and government customers in developing new applications related to our system and to engineer and install new gateways that use our system. These services include hardware and software designs to develop specific applications operating over our network, as well as the installation of gateways and antennas.
 

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Our Spectrum and Regulatory Structure
 
We benefit from a world-wide allocation of radio frequency spectrum in the international radio frequency tables administered by the International Telecommunications Union (“ITU”). Access to this globally harmonized spectrum enables us to design satellites, networks and terrestrial infrastructure enhancements more cost effectively because the products and services can be deployed and sold worldwide. In addition, this broad spectrum assignment enhances our ability to capitalize on existing and emerging wireless and broadband applications.
 
First-Generation Constellation
 
In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") has authorized us to operate our first-generation satellites in 25.225 MHz of radio spectrum comprising two blocks of non-contiguous radio frequencies in the 1.6/2.4 GHz band commonly referred to as the "Big LEO" Spectrum Band. Specifically, the FCC has authorized us to operate between 1610-1618.725 MHz for “Uplink” communications from mobile earth terminals to our satellites and between 2483.5-2500 MHz for “Downlink” communications from our satellites to our mobile earth terminals. The FCC has also authorized us to operate our four domestic gateways with our first-generation satellites in the 5091-5250 and 6875-7055 MHz bands.
 
Three of our subsidiaries hold our FCC licenses. Globalstar Licensee LLC holds our MSS license. GUSA Licensee LLC (“GUSA”) is authorized by the FCC to distribute mobile and fixed subscriber terminals and to operate gateways in the United States. GUSA holds the licenses for our gateways in Texas, Florida and Alaska. Another subsidiary, GCL Licensee LLC (“GCL”), holds an FCC license to operate a gateway in Puerto Rico. GCL is also subject to regulation by the Puerto Rican regulatory agency.

Our prior Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit (“NGSO”) satellite constellation license issued by the FCC is valid until October 2024. This license applies only to our continued use of our first-generation satellites.
 
Second-Generation Constellation
 
We licensed and registered our second-generation satellites in France. We also obtained all authorizations necessary from the FCC to operate our domestic gateways with our second-generation satellites. In accordance with this authorization to operate the second-generation satellites, in early 2014, we completed the enhancements to the existing gateway operations in Aussaguel, France to include satellite operations and control functions. We have redundant satellite operation control facilities in Covington, Louisiana, Milpitas, California and Aussaguel, France.
 
The French National Frequencies Agency (“ANFR”) is representing us before the ITU for purposes of receiving assignments of orbital positions and conducting international coordination efforts to address any interference concerns. ANFR submitted the technical papers to the ITU on our behalf in July 2009. We have continued to pursue this process with the ITU through ANFR and have made significant progress in coordinating our spectrum assignments with other companies that use any portion of our spectrum bands. While we believe the coordination process is nearing completion, we are unable to predict when such process will be completed; however, we are able to use the frequencies during the coordination process in accordance with our national licenses.
 
Terrestrial Authority for Globalstar's Licensed 2.4 GHz Spectrum

In December 2016, the FCC unanimously adopted a Report and Order permitting us to seek modification of our existing MSS licenses to provide terrestrial broadband services over 11.5 MHz of our licensed Mobile Satellite Services spectrum at 2483.5 to 2495 MHz throughout the United States of America and its Territories, covering approximately 328 million people. In August 2017, the FCC modified Globalstar's MSS licenses, granting us authority to provide terrestrial broadband services over a portion of our satellite spectrum. Specifically, the FCC modified Globalstar's space station authorization and our blanket mobile earth station license to permit a network using 11.5 MHz of our authorized Big LEO mobile-satellite service spectrum. We will need to comply with certain conditions in order to provide terrestrial broadband service, including obtaining FCC certifications for our equipment that will utilize this spectrum authority.

We believe our MSS spectrum position provides potential for harmonized terrestrial authority across many international regulatory domains and have been seeking approvals in various international jurisdictions. To date, we have received terrestrial authorizations in certain countries. We expect this global effort to continue for the foreseeable future while we seek additional terrestrial approvals to internationally harmonize our S-band spectrum across the entire 16.5 MHz authority for terrestrial mobile broadband services.

We expect our terrestrial authority will allow future partners to develop high-density dedicated networks using the TD-LTE protocol for densification of cellular networks, as well as meeting the growing demand for stand-alone, private LTE networks by

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government and enterprise customers. We believe that our offering has competitive advantages over other conventional commercial spectrum allocations. Such other allocations must meet minimum population coverage requirements, which effectively prohibit the exclusive use of most carrier spectrum for dedicated small cell deployments. In addition, low frequency carrier spectrum is not physically well suited to high-density small cell topologies, and mmWave spectrum is subject to range and attenuation limitations. We believe that our licensed 2.4 GHz band holds physical, regulatory and ecosystem qualities that distinguish it from other current and anticipated allocations, and that it is well positioned to balance favorable range, capacity and attenuation characteristics.

In December 2018, we were successful in obtaining approval to create a new defined band class, Band 53, from the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) for our 2.4 GHz terrestrial spectrum. Band 53 can now be utilized in the U.S. as a standalone resource providing a pathway for our terrestrial spectrum to be integrated into handset and infrastructure ecosystems. Additional follow-on 3GPP specifications and approvals are expected in the future.

National Regulation of Service Providers
 
In order to operate gateways, applicable laws and regulations require the IGOs and our affiliates in each country to obtain a license or licenses from that country's telecommunications regulatory authority. In addition, the gateway operator must enter into appropriate interconnection and financial settlement agreements with local and interexchange telecommunications providers. All gateways operated by us and the IGOs are licensed by the appropriate regulatory authority.
 
Our subscriber equipment generally must be type certified in countries in which it is sold or leased. The manufacturers of the equipment and our affiliates or IGOs are jointly responsible for securing type certification. We have received type certification in multiple countries for each of our products. 
 
Ground Network
 
Our satellites communicate with a network of 23 gateways, each of which serves an area of approximately 700,000 to 1,000,000 square miles. We have designed the planes in which our satellites orbit so that generally at least one satellite is visible from any point on the earth's surface between 70° north latitude and 70° south latitude. A gateway must be within line-of-sight of a satellite and the satellite must be within line-of-sight of the subscriber to provide services. We have positioned our gateways to cover most of the world's land and population. We own 13 of these gateways and the rest are owned by IGOs. In addition, we have spare parts in storage, including antennas and gateway electronic equipment. We own and operate gateways in the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, France, Brazil, Singapore and Botswana.
 
Each of our gateways has multiple antennas that communicate with our satellites and pass calls seamlessly between antenna beams and satellites as the satellites traverse the gateways, thereby reflecting the signals from our users' terminals to our gateways. Once a satellite acquires a signal from an end-user, the Globalstar System authenticates the user and establishes the voice or data channel to complete the call to the public switched telephone network (“PSTN”), to a cellular or another wireless network or to the internet (for a data call including Simplex).
 
We believe that our terrestrial gateways provide a number of advantages over the in-orbit switching used by our main competitor, including better call quality, reduced call latency and convenient regionalized local phone numbers for inbound and outbound calling. We also believe that our network's design enables faster and more cost-effective system maintenance and upgrades because the system's software and much of its hardware are located on the ground. Our multiple gateways allow us to reconfigure our system quickly to extend another gateway's coverage to make up some or all of the coverage of a disabled gateway or to handle increased call capacity resulting from surges in demand.
 
Our ground network includes both our first-generation and second-generation ground equipment. Both our first-generation and second-generation ground network use Qualcomm's patented CDMA technology to permit communication to multiple satellites. Patented receivers in our handsets track the pilot channel or signaling channel as well as three additional communications channels simultaneously. Compared to other satellite and network architectures, we offer superior call clarity with virtually no discernible delay. Our system architecture provides full frequency re-use. This maximizes diversity (which maximizes quality) and capacity as we can reuse the assigned spectrum in every satellite beam in every satellite. In addition, we have developed a non-Qualcomm proprietary CDMA technology for our SPOT and Simplex services.

We have contracts with Hughes Network Systems, LLC ("Hughes") and Ericsson, Inc. ("Ericsson") for our second-generation ground network. Hughes designed, supplied and implemented the Radio Access Network ("RAN") network equipment and software upgrades for installation at a number of our gateways. Hughes also provided the satellite interface chips to be used in our various second-generation devices. Ericsson developed, implemented, and installed our ground interface, or core network, system at our

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gateways. The second-generation Ericsson core links our Hughes RANs to the PSTN, cellular networks and Internet. We have additional second-generation RANs that are not yet deployed; we will select locations for further deployment based on coverage optimization, including possible gateway acquisitions.
 
Industry
 
We compete in the MSS sector of the global communications industry. MSS operators provide voice and data services using a network of one or more satellites and associated ground facilities. Mobile satellite services are usually complementary to, and interconnected with, other forms of terrestrial communications services and infrastructure and are intended to respond to users' desires for connectivity at all times and locations. Customers typically use satellite voice and data communications in situations where existing terrestrial wireline and wireless communications networks are impaired or do not exist.
 
Worldwide, government organizations, military, natural disaster aid associations, event-driven response agencies and corporate security teams depend on mobile and fixed voice and data communications services on a regular basis. Global businesses with global operations require communications services when operating in remote locations around the world. MSS users span the forestry, maritime, government, oil and gas, mining, leisure, emergency services, construction and transportation sectors, among others.
 
Over the past two decades, the global MSS market has experienced significant growth. Increasingly, better-tailored, improved-technology products and services are creating new channels of demand for mobile satellite services. Growth in demand for mobile satellite voice services is driven by the declining cost of these services, the diminishing size and lower costs of the handsets, as well as heightened demand by governments, businesses and individuals for ubiquitous global voice and data coverage. Growth in mobile satellite data services is driven by the rollout of new applications requiring higher bandwidth, as well as low cost data collection and asset tracking devices and technological improvements permitting integration of mobile satellite services over smartphones and other Wi-Fi enabled devices.
 
Communications industry sectors that are relevant to our business include:
 
MSS, which provide customers with connectivity to mobile and fixed devices using a network of satellites and ground facilities;
fixed satellite services, which use geostationary satellites to provide customers with voice and broadband communications links between fixed points on the earth's surface; and
terrestrial services, which use a terrestrial network to provide wireless or wireline connectivity and are complementary to satellite services.

Within the major satellite sectors, fixed and MSS operators differ significantly from each other. Fixed satellite services providers, such as Intelsat Ltd., Eutelsat Communications and SES S.A., and aperture terminal companies, such as Hughes and Gilat Satellite Networks, are characterized by large, often stationary or "fixed," ground terminals that send and receive high-bandwidth signals to and from the satellite network for video and high speed data customers and international telephone markets. On the other hand, MSS providers, such as Globalstar, Inmarsat PLC (“Inmarsat”) and Iridium Communications Inc. (“Iridium”), focus more on voice and data services (including data services which track the location of remote assets such as shipping containers), where mobility or small sized terminals are essential. As mobile satellite terminals begin to offer higher bandwidth to support a wider range of applications, we expect MSS operators will increasingly compete with fixed satellite services operators.
 
LEO systems reduce transmission delay compared to a geosynchronous system due to the shorter distance signals have to travel. In addition, LEO systems are less prone to signal blockage and, consequently, we believe provide a better overall quality of service.
 
Competition
 
The global communications industry is highly competitive. We currently face substantial competition from other service providers that offer a range of mobile and fixed communications options. Our most direct competition comes from other global MSS providers. Our two largest global competitors are Inmarsat and Iridium. We compete primarily on the basis of coverage, quality, portability and pricing of services and products. In recent years, advancements in technology have also encouraged non-traditional companies to enter the market and request consideration from the FCC and international regulators to provide satellite communication services through a variety of constellations.
 
Inmarsat owns and operates a fleet of geostationary satellites. Due to its multiple-satellite geostationary system, Inmarsat's coverage area extends to and covers most bodies of water more completely than we do. Accordingly, Inmarsat is the leading

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provider of satellite communications services to the maritime sector. Inmarsat also offers global land-based and aeronautical communications services. We compete with Inmarsat in several key areas, particularly in our maritime markets. Inmarsat markets mobile handsets designed to compete with both Iridium’s mobile handset service and our GSP-1700 handset service.
 
Iridium owns and operates a fleet of low earth orbit satellites. Iridium provides voice and data communications to businesses, United States and foreign governments, non-governmental organizations and consumers. Iridium markets products and services that are similar to those marketed by us. Additionally, Garmin's inReach Explorer and inReach Mini devices provide two-way tracking with SOS capabilities, Honeywell Global Tracking has a personal tracking unit that enables a smartphone with satellite tracking and messaging capabilities and Somewear has a satellite hotspot; these products work on Iridium's satellite network.
 
We compete with regional mobile satellite communications services in several markets. In these cases, our competitors serve customers who require regional, not global, mobile voice and data services, so our competitors present a viable alternative to our services. All of these competitors operate geostationary satellites. Our principal regional MSS competitor in the Middle East and Africa is Thuraya.
 
In some of our markets, such as rural telephony, we compete directly or indirectly with very small aperture terminal (“VSAT”) operators that offer communications services through private networks using very small aperture terminals or hybrid systems to target business users. VSAT operators have become increasingly competitive due to technological advances that have resulted in smaller, more flexible and cheaper terminals.
 
We compete indirectly with terrestrial wireline (“landline”) and wireless communications networks. We provide service in areas that are inadequately covered by these ground systems. To the extent that terrestrial communications companies invest in underdeveloped areas, we will face increased competition in those areas.
 
Our SPOT products compete indirectly with Personal Locator Beacons (“PLB”s). A variety of manufacturers offer PLBs to an industry specification.
 
Our industry has significant barriers to entry, including the cost and difficulty associated with obtaining spectrum licenses and successfully building and launching a satellite network. In addition to cost, there is a significant amount of lead-time associated with obtaining the required licenses, designing and building the satellite constellation and synchronizing the network technology.
 
United States International Traffic in Arms Regulations and United States Export Administration Regulations

The United States International Traffic in Arms regulations under the United States Arms Export Control Act authorize the President of the United States to control the export and import of articles and services that can be used in the production of arms. The President has delegated this authority to the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. United States Export Administration Regulations enforced by the United States Bureau of Industry and Security, as well as regulations enforced by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control regulate the export of certain products, services, and associated technical data. Among other things, these regulations limit the ability to export certain articles and related technical data to certain nations. Some information involved in the performance of our operations falls within the scope of these regulations. As a result, we may have to obtain an export authorization or restrict access to that information by international companies that are our vendors or service providers. We have received and expect to continue to receive export licenses for covered articles and technical data shared with approved parties outside the United States. We also are subject to restrictions related to transactions with persons subject to United States or foreign sanctions. These regulations, enforced by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control, limit our ability to offer services and equipment to certain parties or in certain areas.
 
Environmental Matters
 
We are subject to various laws and regulations relating to the protection of the environment and human health and safety (including those governing the management, storage and disposal of hazardous materials). Some of our operations require continuous power supply. As a result, current and historical operations at our ground facilities, including our gateways, include storing fuel and batteries, which may contain hazardous materials, to power back-up generators. As an owner or operator of property and in connection with our current and historical operations, we could incur significant costs, including cleanup costs, fines, sanctions and third-party claims, as a result of violations of or in connection with liabilities under environmental laws and regulations.
 

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Customers
 
The specialized needs of our global customers span many markets. Our system is able to offer our customers cost-effective communications solutions in areas unserved or underserved by existing telecommunications infrastructures. Although traditional users of wireless telephony and broadband data services have access to these services in developed locations, our targeted customers often operate, travel to or live in remote regions or regions with under-developed telecommunications infrastructure where these services are not readily available or are not provided on a reliable basis.
 
Our top revenue generating markets in the United States and Canada are government (including federal, state and local agencies), public safety and disaster relief, recreation and personal and telecommunications. We also serve customers in the maritime and fishing, oil and gas, natural resources (mining and forestry), construction, utilities and transportation markets.
 
No one customer was responsible for more than 10% of our revenue in 2018, 2017 or 2016.
 
Foreign Operations
 
We supply services and products to a number of foreign customers. Although most of our sales are denominated in U.S. dollars, we are exposed to currency risk for sales in Canada, Europe, Brazil, Venezuela and other countries. In 2018, approximately 31% of our sales were generated in foreign countries, which generally are denominated in local currencies. See Note 2: Revenue in the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information regarding revenue by country. For more information about our exposure to risks related to foreign locations, see Item 1A: Risk Factors - We face special risks by doing business in international markets and developing markets, including currency and expropriation risks, which could increase our costs or reduce our revenues in these areas.
 
Intellectual Property
 
We hold various U.S. and foreign patents and patents pending that expire between 2019 and 2035. These patents cover many aspects of our satellite system, our global network and our user terminals. In recent years, we have reduced our foreign filings and allowed some previously-granted foreign patents to lapse based on (a) the significance of the patent, (b) our assessment of the likelihood that someone would infringe in the foreign country, and (c) the probability that we could or would enforce the patent in light of the expense of filing and maintaining the foreign patent which, in some countries, is quite substantial. We continue to maintain all of the patents in the United States, Canada and Europe that we believe are important to our business. Our intellectual property is pledged as security for our obligations under our senior secured credit facility agreement (the “Facility Agreement”).
 
Employees
 
As of December 31, 2018, we had 353 employees, 24 of whom were located in Brazil and subject to collective bargaining agreements. We consider our relationship with our employees to be good.
 
Seasonality
 
Usage on the network and, to some extent, sales are subject to seasonal and situational changes. April through October are typically our peak months for service revenues and equipment sales. We also experience event-driven revenue fluctuations in our business. Most notably, emergencies, natural disasters and other sizable projects where satellite-based communications devices are the only solution may generate an increase in revenue. In the consumer area, SPOT devices are subject to outdoor and leisure activity opportunities, as well as our promotional efforts.

Services and Equipment
 
Sales of services accounted for approximately 85%, 87% and 86% of our total revenues for 2018, 2017, and 2016, respectively. We also sell the related voice and data equipment to our customers, which accounted for approximately 15%, 13% and 14% of our total revenues for 2018, 2017, and 2016, respectively.
 
Additional Information

We file annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The SEC maintains an internet site that contains annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy and information statements and other information that issuers (including Globalstar) file electronically with the SEC. Our electronic SEC filings are available to the public at the SEC's internet site, www.sec.gov.

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We make available free of charge financial information, news releases, SEC filings, including our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to these reports as soon as reasonably practical after we electronically file such material with, or furnish it to, the SEC on our website at www.globalstar.com. The documents available on, and the contents of, our website are not incorporated by reference into this Report.
 
Item 1A. Risk Factors
 
You should carefully consider the risks described below, as well as all of the information in this Report and all of the other reports we file from time to time with the SEC, in evaluating and understanding us and our business. Additional risks not presently known or that we currently deem immaterial may also impact our business operations and the risks identified in this Report may adversely affect our business in ways we do not currently anticipate. Our business, financial condition or results of operations could be materially adversely affected by any of these risks.

Risks Related to Our Business
The implementation of our business plan and our ability to generate income from operations assume we are able to maintain a healthy constellation and ground network capable of providing commercially acceptable levels of coverage and service quality, which are contingent on a number of factors.
Our products and services are subject to the risks inherent in a large-scale, complex telecommunications system employing advanced technology. Any disruption to our satellites, services, information systems or telecommunications infrastructure could result in degrading or disrupting services to our customers for an indeterminate period of time.
Since we launched our first satellites in the 1990’s, most of our first-generation satellites have failed in orbit or have been retired, and we expect the remaining first-generation satellites to be retired in the future. Although we designed our second-generation satellites to provide commercial service over a 15-year life, we can provide no assurance as to whether any or all of them will continue in operation for their full 15-year design life. Satellites utilize highly complex technology and operate in the harsh environment of space and therefore are subject to significant operational risks while in orbit.
Further, our satellites may experience temporary outages or otherwise may not be fully functioning at any given time. There are some remote tools we use to remedy certain types of problems affecting the performance of our satellites, but the physical repair of satellites in space is not feasible. We do not insure our satellites against in-orbit failures after an initial period of six months, whether the failures are caused by internal or external factors. In-orbit failure may result from various causes, including component failure, solar array failures, telemetry transmitter failures, loss of power or fuel, inability to control positioning of the satellite, solar or other astronomical events, including solar radiation and flares, and collision with space debris or other satellites. These failures are commonly referred to as anomalies. Some of our satellites have had malfunctions and other anomalies in the past and may have anomalies in the future. Further, from time to time we move and relocate satellites within our constellation to improve coverage and service quality. Satellite repositioning may increase the risk of collision or damage to our satellites and may result in degraded service during the repositioning. Although we do not incur any direct cash costs related to the failure of a satellite, if a satellite fails, we record an impairment charge in our statement of operations to reduce the remaining net book value of that satellite, if any, to zero, and any such impairment charges could depress our net income (or increase our net loss) for the period in which the failure occurs. Additionally, human operators may execute improper implementation commands that may negatively impact a satellite's performance.
Prior to 2014 our ability to generate revenue and cash flow was impacted adversely by our inability to offer commercially acceptable levels of Duplex service due to the degradation of our first-generation constellation. As a result, we improved the design of our second-generation constellation to last twice as long in space and have 40% greater capacity compared to our first-generation constellation. Since we launched our first-generation satellites, most of our first-generation satellites have failed in orbit or have been retired, and we expect the remaining first-generation satellites to be retired in the future. Despite working closely with satellite manufacturers to determine the causes of anomalies and mitigate them in second-generation satellites and to provide for intrasatellite redundancies for certain critical components to minimize or eliminate service disruptions in the event of failure, anomalies are likely to be experienced in the future, whether due to the types of anomalies described above or arising from the failure of other systems or components, and intrasatellite redundancy may not be available upon the occurrence of such anomalies. There can be no assurance that, in these cases, it will be possible to restore normal operations. Where service cannot be restored, the failure could cause the satellite to have less capacity available for service, to suffer performance degradation, or to cease operating prematurely, either in whole or in part. We cannot guarantee that we could successfully develop and implement a solution to these anomalies.

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 In order to maintain commercially acceptable service long-term, we must obtain and launch additional satellites from time to time. We cannot provide any assurance that negotiations with satellite manufacturers will be successful or at commercially reasonable prices.
Our ground stations required upgrades to enable us to integrate our second-generation technology and services. We entered into various contracts to upgrade our ground network. During 2016 we completed this work according to the Hughes and Ericsson contracts. In connection with the 2018 launch of Sat-Fi2 TM, the first device to operate on our upgraded ground network, we placed into service the portion of the next-generation ground component (including associated developed technology and software upgrades), which represents the gateways currently capable of supporting commercial traffic. Certain other gateways around the world are expected to be placed into service in the coming months. The installation of RANs at additional sites outside the scope of the core Hughes contract will occur over time, and the completion of these upgrades may not be successful.
If we experience operational disruptions with respect to our gateways or operations center, we may not be able to provide service to our customers.
Our satellite network traffic is supported by 23 gateways distributed around the globe. We operate our satellite constellation from our Network Operations Control Centers at three locations (France, California and Louisiana) to provide geo-redundancy and ongoing coverage. Our gateway facilities are subject to the risk of significant malfunctions or catastrophic loss due to unanticipated events and would be difficult to replace or repair and could require substantial lead-time to do so. In North America, we have implemented contingency coverage which allows neighboring gateways to provide services in the event of a gateway failure. Material changes in the operation of these facilities may be subject to prior FCC approval, and the FCC might not give such approval or may subject the approval to other conditions that could be unfavorable to our business. Our gateways and operations center may also experience service shutdowns or periods of reduced service in the future as a result of equipment failure, delays in deliveries or regulatory issues. Any such failure would impede our ability to provide service to our customers, which could have a material impact on our business.
The actual orbital lives of our satellites may be shorter than we anticipate and we may be required to reduce available capacity on our satellite network prior to the end of their orbital lives.
We anticipate that our second-generation satellites will have 15 year orbital lives. A number of factors will affect the actual commercial service lives of our satellites, including:
the amount of propellant used in maintaining the satellite's orbital location or relocating the satellite to a new orbital location (and, for newly-launched satellites, the amount of propellant used during orbit raising following launch); 
the durability and quality of their construction; 
the performance of their components; 
conditions in space such as solar flares and space debris;
operational considerations, including operational failures and other anomalies; and 
changes in technology which may make all or a portion of our satellite fleet obsolete.
It is possible that the actual orbital lives of one or more of our existing satellites may also be shorter than originally anticipated. Further, on some of our satellites it is possible that the total available payload capacity may need to be reduced prior to the satellite reaching its end-of-orbital life. We periodically review the expected orbital life of each of our satellites using current engineering data. A reduction in the orbital life of any of our satellites could result in a reduction of the revenues generated by that satellite, the recognition of an impairment loss and an acceleration of capital expenditures. To the extent we are required to reduce the available payload capacity prior to the end of a satellite's orbital life, our revenues from the satellite would be reduced. The potential impact on our revenues from a reduction in the orbital life of one or more satellites may also vary depending on the satellite's orbital location as well as the type of device and service a customer is using.
Replacing a satellite upon the end of its service life will require us to make significant expenditures.
To ensure no disruption in our business and to prevent loss of customers, we may be required to commence a multi-year process to construct and launch replacement satellites prior to the expected end of service life of the satellites then in orbit. There can be no assurance that we will have sufficient cash, cash flow or be able to obtain third party or shareholder financing to fund such expenditures on favorable terms, if at all. Should we not have sufficient funds available to replace our satellites, it could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, business prospects and financial condition.

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The implementation of our business plan depends on increased demand for wireless communications services via satellite (including IoT applications) as well as via terrestrial mobile broadband networks, both for our existing services and products and for new services and products. If this increased demand does not occur, our revenues and profitability may not increase as we expect.
 Demand for wireless communication services may not grow, or may even shrink, either generally or in particular geographic markets, for particular types of services or during particular time periods. A lack of demand could impair our ability to sell our services and develop and successfully market new services, or could exert downward pressure on prices, or both. This, in turn, could decrease our revenues and profitability and adversely affect our ability to increase our revenues and profitability over time.
 We plan to introduce additional Duplex, SPOT and Simplex products and services (including further expansion in the IoT market) as well as low-power terrestrial mobile broadband services. However, we cannot predict with certainty the potential longer-term demand for these products and services or the extent to which we will be able to meet demand. Our business plan assumes growing our subscriber base beyond levels achieved in the past.
The success of our business plan will depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to: 
our ability to maintain the health, capacity and control of our satellites;
our ability to maintain the health of our ground network;
our ability to influence the level of market acceptance and demand for our products and services;
our ability to introduce new products and services that meet this market demand;
our ability to retain current customers and obtain new customers;
our ability to obtain additional business using our existing and future spectrum authority both in the United States and internationally;
our ability to control the costs of developing an integrated network providing related products and services, as well as our future terrestrial mobile broadband services;
our ability to market successfully our Duplex, SPOT and Simplex products and services;
our ability to develop and deploy innovative network management techniques to permit mobile devices to transition between satellite and terrestrial modes;
our ability to sell our current inventory;
the cost and availability of user equipment that operates on our network;
the effectiveness of our competitors in developing and offering similar products and services and in persuading our customers to switch service providers;
our ability to successfully predict market trends;
our ability to hire and retain qualified executives, managers and employees;
our ability to provide attractive service offerings at competitive prices to our target markets; and
our ability to raise additional capital on acceptable terms when required.
We incurred operating losses in the past three years, and these losses are likely to continue.
 We incurred operating losses of $47.4 million, $68.4 million and $63.3 million in 2018, 2017, and 2016, respectively. These losses resulted, in part, from depreciation expense related to our second-generation satellites, which were placed into service in 2010, 2011 and 2013, and ground infrastructure, which began to be placed into service in 2018. We designed our second-generation network to have a 15-year life, and we expect that we will continue to recognize high levels of depreciation expense commensurate with its estimated useful life.
Rapid and significant technological changes in the satellite communications industry may impair our competitive position and require us to make significant capital expenditures, which may require additional capital that has not been arranged.
 The space and communications industries are subject to rapid advances and innovations in technology. New technology could render our system obsolete or less competitive by satisfying consumer demand in more attractive ways or through the introduction of incompatible standards. Particular technological developments that could adversely affect us include the deployment by our competitors of new satellites with greater power, greater flexibility, greater efficiency or greater capabilities, as well as continuing improvements in terrestrial wireless technologies. We must continue to commit to make significant capital expenditures to keep up with technological changes and remain competitive. Customer acceptance of the services and products that we offer will continually be affected by technology-based differences in our product and service offerings. New technologies may be protected by patents and therefore may not be available to us. We expect to face competition in the future from companies using new technologies and new satellite systems.

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The hardware and software we utilize in operating our first-generation gateways were designed and manufactured over 20 years ago and portions have deteriorated. This original equipment may become less reliable as it ages and will be more difficult and expensive to service. It may be difficult or impossible to obtain all necessary replacement parts for the hardware before the new equipment and software is fully deployed. Some of the hardware and software we use in operating our gateways are significantly customized and tailored to meet our requirements and specifications and could be difficult and expensive to service, upgrade or replace. Although we maintain inventories of some spare parts, it nonetheless may be difficult, expensive or impossible to obtain replacement parts for the hardware due to a limited number of those parts being manufactured to our requirements and specifications. In addition, our business plan contemplates updating or replacing some of the hardware and software in our network as technology advances, but the complexity of our requirements and specifications may present us with technical and operational challenges that complicate or otherwise make it expensive or infeasible to carry out such upgrades and replacements. If we are not able to suitably service, upgrade or replace our equipment, our ability to provide our services and therefore to generate revenue could be harmed.
Our business is capital intensive, and we may not be able to raise adequate capital to finance our business strategies, or we may be able to do so only on terms that significantly restrict our ability to operate our business.
Implementation of our business strategy requires a substantial outlay of capital. As we pursue business strategies and seek to respond to developments in our business and opportunities and trends in our industry, our actual capital expenditures may differ from our expected capital expenditures. There can be no assurance that we will be able to satisfy our capital requirements in the future. In addition, if one of our satellites failed unexpectedly, there can be no assurance of insurance recovery or the timing thereof and we may need to obtain additional financing to replace the satellite. If we determine that we need to obtain additional funds through external financing and are unable to do so, we may be prevented from fully implementing our business strategy.
We have substantial contractual obligations, which may require additional capital, the terms of which have not been arranged. The terms of our Facility Agreement could complicate raising this additional capital.
As of December 31, 2018, our current sources of liquidity include cash on hand ($15.2 million), restricted cash ($60.3 million) and future cash flows from operations. Our operating expenses for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2018 were $177.5 million, which include a non-recurring recovery of $20.5 million related to the revision of our contract termination charge with Thales Alenia Space ("Thales") (see Note 9: Contingencies in our Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 of this Report for further discussion).
Our short-term and long-term liquidity requirements include primarily paying our debt service obligations and funding our operating costs. We may have other obligations of which the timing is unknown, including if any of our contingent liabilities crystallize, such as an award for plaintiffs’ legal fees and expenses related to the shareholder action (described in Note 9: Contingencies in our Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 of this Report) and additional legal fees and expenses that we will incur in connection with this matter. We are working with our insurance provider with respect to coverage under our insurance policy with regard to this matter, but cannot guarantee that our insurance provider will cover any or all amounts in excess of the $1.5 million retention under our insurance policy. We expect that our current sources of liquidity will be insufficient to meet our obligations for the next twelve months. Additionally, beyond the next twelve months, we expect that our future cash flows from operations may be insufficient to meet our longer-term obligations.
Restrictions in our Facility Agreement limit the types of financings we may undertake. In addition, the Facility Agreement provides that we must deposit at least 80% of the net cash proceeds received from equity issuances, subordinated indebtedness or any equity contribution to us or one of our subsidiaries through December 31, 2019 into a restricted deposit account which can be used only for paying down obligations under the Facility Agreement. This obligation significantly restricts our liquidity. See Note 5: Long-Term Debt and Other Financing Arrangements in our Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 of this Report for further discussion of our debt agreements. We cannot assure you that we will be able to obtain additional financing when required on reasonable terms or at all. If we cannot obtain it in a timely manner, we may be unable to execute our business plan and fulfill our financial commitments.
If we do not develop, acquire and maintain proprietary information and intellectual property rights, it could limit the growth of our business and reduce our market share. 
Our business depends on technical knowledge, and we believe that our future success will be based, in part, on our ability to keep up with new technological developments and incorporate them in our products and services. We own or have the right to use our patents, work products, inventions, designs, software, systems and similar know-how. Although we have taken diligent steps to protect that information, the information may be disclosed to others or others may independently develop similar information, systems and know-how. Protection of our information, systems and know-how may result in litigation, the cost of which could be substantial. Third parties may assert claims that our products or services infringe on their proprietary rights. Any such claims, if made, may prevent or limit our sales of products or services or increase our cost of sales.
We license much of the software we require to support critical gateway operations from third parties, including Hughes, Ericsson and Qualcomm. This software was developed or customized specifically for our use. We also license technical information

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for the design, manufacture and sale of our products. This intellectual property is essential to our ability to continue to operate our constellation and sell our services and devices. We also license software to support customer service functions, such as billing, from third parties that developed or customized it specifically for our use. If the third party licensors were to cease to support and service the software, or the licenses were no longer to be available on commercially reasonable terms, it might be difficult, expensive or impossible for us to obtain such services from alternative vendors. Replacing such software could be difficult, time consuming and expensive, and might require us to obtain substitute technology with lower quality or performance standards or at a greater cost.
We may in the future become subject to claims that our products violate the patent or intellectual property rights of others, which could be costly and disruptive to us.
We may become subject to claims that our products violate the patent or intellectual property rights of others, which could be costly and disruptive to us.
We operate in an industry that is susceptible to significant intellectual property litigation. As a result, we or our products may become subject to intellectual property infringement claims or litigation. The defense of intellectual property suits is both costly and time-consuming, even if ultimately successful, and may divert management's attention from other business concerns. An adverse determination in litigation to which we may become a party could, among other things:
subject us to significant liabilities to third parties, including treble damages; 
require disputed rights to be licensed from a third party for royalties that may be substantial; 
require us to cease using technology that is important to our business; or 
prohibit us from selling some or all of our products or offering some or all of our services.
We depend in large part on the efforts of third parties for the sale of our services and products. If these parties, including our IGOs, are unable to do this successfully, we will not be able to grow our business in those areas and our future revenue and profitability could decline.
 We derive a large portion of our revenue from products and services sold through independent agents, dealers and resellers, including, outside the United States, IGOs. Although we derive most of our revenue from sales to end users in the United States, Canada, a portion of Western Europe, Central America and portions of South America, either directly or through agents, dealers and resellers, we depend on IGOs to purchase, install, operate and maintain gateway equipment, to sell our products, and to market our services in other regions where these IGOs hold exclusive or non-exclusive rights.
Our objective is to establish a worldwide service network, either directly or through IGOs, but to date we have been unable to do so in certain areas of the world, and we may not succeed in doing so in the future. We have been unable to establish our own gateways or to find capable IGOs for several important regions and countries, including India, China, and certain parts of Southeast Asia. In addition to the lack of global service availability, cost-effective roaming is not yet available in certain countries because the IGOs have been unable to reach business arrangements with one another. Further, our IGOs could fail to perform as expected or cease business operations. This could reduce overall demand for our products and services and undermine our value for potential users who require service in these areas. 
Not all of the IGOs have been successful and, in some regions, they have not initiated service or sold as much usage as originally anticipated. Some of the IGOs are not earning revenues sufficient to fund their operating costs due to the operational issues we experienced with our first-generation satellites. Although we expect these IGOs to return to profitability, if they are unable to continue in business, we will lose the revenue we receive for selling equipment to them and providing services to their customers. Although we have implemented a strategy for the acquisition of certain IGOs when circumstances permit, we may not be able to continue to implement this strategy on favorable terms and may not be able to realize the additional efficiencies that we anticipate from this strategy. In some regions it is impracticable to acquire the IGOs either because local regulatory requirements or business or cultural norms do not permit an acquisition, because the expected revenue increase from an acquisition would be insufficient to justify the transaction, or because the IGO will not sell at a price acceptable to us. In those regions, our revenue and profits may be adversely affected if those IGOs do not fulfill their own business plans to increase substantially their sales of services and products. Any actions or failures to act by IGOs may result in liabilities for us.

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We have a limited supply of remaining Duplex handsets and rely on a limited number of key vendors for timely supply of equipment and services. If our key vendors fail to provide equipment and services to us, we may face difficulties in finding alternative sources and may not be able to operate our business successfully.
 We have a limited quantity of our Duplex handsets remaining in inventory and have not contracted with a manufacturer to produce additional phone inventory. We have initiated a "buy-back" program with former customers and we have seen meaningful success re-offering refurbished handsets into the market in an effort to mitigate the lack of new handset inventory. However, the number of devices received from the "buy-back" may not be sufficient to meet our customers' demand. Additionally, in some cases our contract manufacturers provide us with other equipment inventory and obtain FCC certification of the devices we sell. If these manufacturers do not take on future orders or fail to perform under our current contracts, we may be unable to continue to produce and sell this equipment to customers at a reasonable cost to us or there may be delays in production and sales.
Lack of availability of electronic components from the electronics industry, as needed in our retail products, our gateways and our satellites, could delay or adversely impact our operations.
 We rely upon the availability of components, materials and component parts from the electronics industry. The electronics industry is subject to occasional shortages in parts availability depending on fluctuations in supply and demand. Industry shortages may result in delayed shipments of materials or increased prices, or both. As a consequence, elements of our operation which use electronic parts, such as our retail products, our gateways and our satellites, could be subject to delays or cost increases, or both.
We face special risks by doing business in international markets and developing markets, including currency and expropriation risks, which could increase our costs or reduce our revenues in these areas.
 Although our most economically important geographic markets currently are the United States and Canada, we have substantial markets for our mobile satellite services in, and our business plan includes, developing countries or regions that are underserved by existing telecommunications systems, such as rural Venezuela, Brazil, Central America, Argentina and Africa. Developing countries are more likely than industrialized countries to experience market, currency and interest rate fluctuations and may have higher inflation. In addition, these countries present risks relating to government policy, price, wage and exchange controls, social instability, expropriation and other adverse economic, political and diplomatic conditions. For example, the Venezuelan government has frequently modified its currency laws over the past several years, resulting in significant devaluation of the bolivar, resulting in Venezuela being considered a highly inflationary economy.
Conducting operations outside the United States involves numerous special risks and, while expanding our international operations would advance our growth, it would also increase these risks. These risks include, but are not limited to:
difficulties in penetrating new markets due to established and entrenched competitors;
difficulties in developing products and services that are tailored to the needs of local customers;
lack of local acceptance or knowledge of our products and services;
lack of recognition of our products and services;
unavailability of or difficulties in establishing relationships with distributors;
significant investments, including the development and deployment of dedicated gateways, as some countries require physical gateways within their jurisdiction to connect the traffic coming to and from their territory;
instability of international economies and governments;
changes in laws and policies affecting trade and investment in other jurisdictions;
noncompliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, sanctions laws and export controls;
exposure to varying legal standards, including intellectual property protection in other jurisdictions, and other similar laws and regulations;
difficulties in obtaining required regulatory authorizations;
difficulties in enforcing legal rights in other jurisdictions;
variations in local domestic ownership requirements;
requirements that operational activities be performed in-country;
changing and conflicting national and local regulatory requirements; and
uncertainty in foreign currency exchange rates and exchange controls.
These risks could affect our ability to compete successfully and expand internationally. To the extent that the prices for our products and services are denominated in U.S. dollars, any appreciation of the U.S. dollar against other currencies will increase the cost of our products and services to our international customers and, as a result, may reduce the competitiveness of our international offerings and make it more difficult for us to grow internationally.  Limited availability of U.S. currency in some local markets or governmental controls on the export of currency may prevent our customers from making payments in U.S. dollars

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or delay the availability of payment due to foreign bank currency processing and approval. In addition, exchange rate fluctuations may affect our ability to control the prices charged for our independent gateway operators' services.
Our operations involve transactions in a variety of currencies. Sales denominated in foreign currencies involve primarily the Canadian dollar, the euro, and the Brazilian real. Accordingly, our operating results may be significantly affected by fluctuations in the exchange rates for these currencies. Approximately 31% and 32% of our total sales were to customers primarily located in Canada, Europe, Central America, and South America during 2018 and 2017, respectively. Our results of operations for 2018 and 2017 included net losses of $3.1 million and $2.2 million, respectively, on foreign currency transactions. We may be unable to offset unfavorable currency movements as they adversely affect our revenue and expenses. Our inability to do so could have a substantial negative impact on our operating results and cash flows.
Our global operations expose us to trade and economic sanctions and other restrictions imposed by the United States, the European Union and other governments and organizations.
The U.S. Departments of Justice, Commerce, State and Treasury and other federal agencies and authorities have a broad range of civil and criminal penalties they may seek to impose against corporations and individuals for violations of economic sanctions laws, export control laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the "FCPA") and other federal statutes and regulations, including those established by the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC"). Under these laws and regulations, as well as other anti-corruption laws, anti-money-laundering laws, export control laws, customs laws, sanctions laws and other laws governing our operations, various government agencies require export licenses, may seek to impose modifications to business practices, including cessation of business activities in sanctioned countries or with sanctioned persons or entities and modifications to compliance programs, which may increase compliance costs, and may subject us to fines, penalties and other sanctions. A violation of these laws or regulations could adversely impact our business, results of operations and financial condition.
Although we have implemented policies and procedures in these areas, we cannot assure you that our policies and procedures are sufficient or that directors, officers, employees, representatives, distributors, consultants, IGOs, dealers and resellers, JV partners, independent agents, vendors, customers or subscribers, have not engaged and will not engage in conduct for which we may be held responsible, nor can we assure you that our business partners have not engaged and will not engage in conduct that could materially affect their ability to perform their contractual obligations to us or even result in us being held liable for such conduct. Violations of the FCPA, OFAC restrictions or other export control, anti-corruption, anti-money-laundering and anti-terrorism laws or regulations may result in severe criminal or civil sanctions, and we may be subject to other liabilities, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, cash flows and results of operations.
The United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union could adversely impact our business, results of operations and financial condition.
We sell our products and services in the United Kingdom (the “UK”) and throughout Europe. In particular, the United Kingdom is the largest market in Europe for our SPOT product family. On June 23, 2016, the UK voted in an advisory referendum for the UK to leave the European Union (the “EU”) and, subsequently, on March 29, 2017, the UK government began the formal process of leaving the EU. The exit process (commonly referred to as “Brexit”) will involve the negotiation of new trade and other agreements.
Brexit creates legal, regulatory, and economic uncertainty that could have a negative impact on our business. If the UK changes the regulatory structure for telecommunications products, it is possible that we would not be able to comply or compliance would become cost prohibitive. Similarly, post-Brexit trade agreements could impose import taxes or other expenses on our products, which may increase the price of our products sold in the UK.
We also have currency exchange risk as a result of the Brexit vote. Although most of our sales are denominated in U.S. dollars, we also receive payments in international currencies, including the pound and the euro. We therefore incur currency translation risk when currency values fluctuate and the U.S. dollar is strong relative to other currencies. Furthermore, a strong U.S. dollar increases the price of our products in international markets, which could reduce demand in those markets for our products.
Although the future impacts of Brexit are unknown at this time, the UK’s vote to leave the EU has created legal, regulatory, and currency risk that may have a materially adverse impact on our business. Furthermore, this uncertainty could negatively impact the economies of other countries in which we operate.

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We face intense competition in all of our markets, which could result in a loss of customers, lower revenues and difficulty entering new markets.
Satellite-based Competitors
There are currently three other MSS operators providing services similar to ours on a global or regional basis: Iridium, Thuraya, and Inmarsat. ORBCOMM Inc. is also a competitor in the M2M market. The provision of satellite-based products and services is subject to downward price pressure when the capacity exceeds demand or as new competitors enter the marketplace with particular competitive pricing strategies. We also face competition on the basis of coverage and specialized industries, such as maritime and governmental.
Other providers of satellite-based products could introduce their own products similar to our SPOT, Simplex or Duplex products, which may materially adversely affect our business plan. In addition, we may face competition from new competitors or new technologies. With so many companies targeting many of the same customers, we may not be able to retain successfully our existing customers and attract new customers and as a result may not grow our customer base and revenue.
Terrestrial Competitors
In addition to our satellite-based competitors, terrestrial wireless voice and data service providers are continuing to expand into rural and remote areas, particularly in less developed countries, and providing the same general types of services and products that we provide through our satellite-based system. Many of these companies have greater resources, greater name recognition and newer technologies than we do. Industry consolidation could adversely affect us by increasing the scale or scope of our competitors and thereby making it more difficult for us to compete. We could lose market share and revenue as a result of increasing competition from the extension of land-based communication services.
Although satellite communications services and ground-based communications services are not perfect substitutes, the two compete in certain markets and for certain services. Consumers generally perceive cellular voice communication products and services as cheaper as and more convenient than satellite-based products and services.
Terrestrial Broadband Network Competitors
We also expect to compete with a number of other satellite companies that plan to develop terrestrial networks that utilize their MSS spectrum. DISH Network received FCC approval to offer terrestrial wireless services over the MSS spectrum that previously belonged to TerreStar and ICO Global. Further, Ligado Networks (formerly LightSquared) continues its regulatory initiative to receive final FCC approval to build out a wireless network utilizing its MSS spectrum. Any of these competitors could deploy terrestrial mobile broadband networks before we do, could combine with existing terrestrial networks that provide them with greater financial or operational flexibility than we have, or could offer wireless services, including mobile broadband services, that customers prefer over ours.
We have a substantial amount of indebtedness, which may adversely affect our cash flow and our ability to operate our business, including our ability to incur additional indebtedness.
As of December 31, 2018, the principal balance of our debt obligations was $510.5 million, consisting of $389.4 million under the Facility Agreement, $119.7 million outstanding under the Loan Agreement with Thermo and $1.4 million under the 8.00% Convertible Senior Notes Issued in 2013 (the "2013 8.00% Notes"). Our significant indebtedness could have several consequences, including: increasing our vulnerability to adverse economic, industry or competitive developments; requiring a substantial portion of cash flow from operations to be dedicated to the payment of principal and interest on our indebtedness, therefore reducing our ability to use our cash flow to fund our operations, capital expenditures, return of capital to shareholders, and future business opportunities; restricting us from making strategic acquisitions; limiting our ability to obtain additional financing for working capital, capital expenditures, product development, debt service requirements, acquisitions and general corporate or other purposes; restricting us from paying dividends to our shareholders and limiting our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in our business or the industry in which we operate, placing us at a competitive disadvantage compared to our competitors who are not as highly leveraged as us and who, therefore, may be able to take advantage of opportunities that our leverage prevents us from exploiting. Additionally, even though our debt agreements place limits on our ability to incur additional debt, we may incur additional debt in the future which could further exacerbate these risks.

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Restrictive covenants in our Facility Agreement may limit our operating and financial flexibility and our inability to comply with these covenants could have significant implications.
Our Facility Agreement contains a number of significant restrictions and covenants. See Note 5: Long-Term Debt and Other Financing Arrangements in our Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 of this Report for further discussion of our debt covenants. Complying with these restrictive covenants, as well as the financial and other non-financial covenants in the Facility Agreement and certain of our other debt obligations, as well as those that may be contained in any agreements governing future indebtedness, may impair our ability to finance our operations or capital needs or to take advantage of other favorable business opportunities. The Facility Agreement includes a limitation on capital expenditures at any time in connection with spectrum rights to the lesser of (1) $20 million and (2) 20% of proceeds from equity raises from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019, which may prohibit us from making certain capital expenditures that we consider accretive to our business and would otherwise make. In addition, we needed an Equity Cure Contribution to maintain compliance with financial covenants under the Facility Agreement for the measurement period ended December 31, 2018. We anticipate that we will also need Equity Cure Contributions for periods thereafter, subject to the provisions of the Facility Agreement. The source of funds for these Equity Cure Contributions has not yet been arranged. Our ability to comply with these covenants will depend on our future performance, which may be affected by events beyond our control. Our failure to comply with these covenants would be an event of default. An event of default under the Facility Agreement would permit the lenders to accelerate the indebtedness under the Facility Agreement. That acceleration would permit holders of our obligations under other agreements that contain cross-acceleration provisions to accelerate that indebtedness. See Part II, Item 7. Managements' Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Liquidity and Capital Resources of this Report for further discussion.
Pursuing strategic transactions may cause us to incur additional risks.
We may pursue acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships or other strategic transactions on an opportunistic basis. We may face costs and risks arising from any such transactions, including integrating a new business into our business or managing a joint venture. These may include legal, operational, financial and other costs and risks. For instance, in 2018, we incurred approximately $11.2 million for consultants and other advisors related to the now-terminated merger (and related litigation) discussed in Note 11: Related Party Transactions and Note 9: Contingencies to our Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 of this Report.
In addition, if we were to choose to engage in any major business combination or similar strategic transaction, we may require significant external financing in connection with the transaction. Depending on market conditions, investor perceptions of us, and other factors, we may not be able to obtain capital on acceptable terms, in acceptable amounts or at appropriate times to implement any such transaction. Our Facility Agreement and other debt obligations contain covenants which limit our ability to engage in specified forms of capital transactions without lender consent, which may be impossible to obtain. Any such financing, if obtained, may further dilute our existing stockholders.
Our networks and those of our third-party service providers may be vulnerable to security risks, and our use of personal information could give rise to liabilities or additional costs as a result of laws, governmental regulations and evolving views of personal privacy rights.
Our network and those of our third-party service providers and our customers may be vulnerable to unauthorized access, computer viruses and other security problems. Persons who circumvent security measures could wrongfully obtain or use information on the network or cause interruptions, delays or malfunctions in our operations, any of which could harm our reputation, cause demand for our products and services to fall or compromise our ability to pursue our business plans. A number of significant, widespread security breaches have occurred that have compromised network integrity for many companies and governmental agencies. In some cases, these breaches originated from outside the United States. We may be required to expend significant resources to protect against the threat of security breaches or to alleviate problems, including reputational harm and litigation, caused by any breaches. In addition, our customer contracts may not adequately protect us against liability to third parties with whom our customers conduct business.
We collect and store data, including our customers' personal information. In jurisdictions around the world, personal information is becoming increasingly subject to legislation and regulations intended to protect consumers’ privacy and security, including the EU's General Data Protection Regulation that became effective in 2018. The interpretation of privacy and data protection laws and regulations regarding the collection, storage, transmission, use and disclosure of such information in some jurisdictions is unclear and evolving. These laws may be interpreted and applied in conflicting ways from country to country and in a manner that is not consistent with our current data protection practices. Complying with these varying international requirements could cause us to incur additional costs and change our business practices. Because our services are accessible in many foreign jurisdictions, some of these jurisdictions may claim that we are required to comply with their laws, even where we have no local entity, employees or infrastructure. We could be forced to incur significant expenses if we were required to modify our products, our services or our existing security and privacy procedures in order to comply with new or expanded regulations. In addition, we could have liability to end users that allege that their personal information is not collected, stored, transmitted, used or disclosed appropriately or in

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accordance with our privacy policies or applicable laws, including claims and litigation resulting from such allegations. Any failure on our part to protect information pursuant to applicable regulations could result in a loss of user confidence, reputation and the loss of customers which could materially impact our results of operations and cash flows.
We may be unable to obtain and maintain our insurance coverages, and the insurance we obtain may not cover all liabilities to which we may become subject. As a result, we may incur material uninsured or under-insured losses.
The price, terms and availability of insurance have fluctuated significantly since we began offering commercial satellite services. The cost of obtaining insurance can vary as a result of either satellite failures or general conditions in the insurance industry. Higher premiums on insurance policies would increase our cost. In addition to higher premiums, insurance policies may provide for higher deductibles, shorter coverage periods and additional policy exclusions. Our insurance could become more expensive and difficult to maintain and may not be available in the future on commercially reasonable terms, if at all. Our failure to maintain sufficient insurance could also be an event of default under our Facility Agreement.
Our insurance may not adequately cover losses related to claims brought against us, which could be material. For instance, in connection with the Action (described in Note 9: Contingencies in our Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 of this Report), the Plaintiff's claims for damages from us are limited to the payment of certain attorneys' fees and costs for bringing the Action and also in connection with a demand to inspect certain of our books and records.  We have incurred legal fees and expenses in connection with these matters and we may incur additional legal fees and expenses in the future. We expect that these costs will be at least partially covered by our directors and officers insurance policy, subject to the $1.5 million retention and other limits provided in the policy; however, we cannot guarantee that our insurance provider will agree. 
Product Liability Insurance and Product Replacement or Recall Costs
We are subject to product liability and product recall claims if any of our products and services are alleged to have resulted in injury to persons or damage to property. If any of our products proves to be defective, we may need to recall and/or redesign them. In addition, any claim or product recall that results in significant adverse publicity may negatively affect our business, financial condition or results of operations. In addition, we do not maintain any product recall insurance, so any product recall we are required to initiate could have a significant impact on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows. We regularly investigate potential quality issues as part of our ongoing effort to deliver quality products to our customers.
 Because consumers use SPOT products and services in isolated and, in some cases, dangerous locations, we cannot predict whether users of the device who suffer injury or death may seek to assert claims against us alleging failure of the device to facilitate timely emergency response. Although we will seek to limit our exposure to any such claims through appropriate disclaimers and liability insurance coverage, we cannot assure investors that the disclaimers will be effective, claims will not arise or insurance coverage will be sufficient.
General Liability Insurance In-Orbit Exposures
Our liability policy, covers amounts up to €70 million per occurrence (with a €70 million annual limit) that we and other specified parties may become liable to pay for bodily injury and property damages to third parties related to processing, maintaining and operating our satellite constellation. Our current policy has a one-year term, which expires in October 2019. Our current in-orbit liability insurance policy contains, and we expect any future policies would likewise contain, specified exclusions and material change limitations customary in the industry. These exclusions may relate to, among other things, losses resulting from in-orbit collisions, acts of war, insurrection, terrorism or military action, government confiscation, strikes, riots, civil commotions, labor disturbances, sabotage, unauthorized use of the satellites and nuclear or radioactive contamination, as well as claims directly or indirectly occasioned as a result of noise, pollution, electrical and electromagnetic interference and interference with the use of property.
Our in-orbit insurance does not cover losses that might arise as a result of a satellite failure or other operational problems affecting our constellation, or damage that may result from de-orbiting a satellite. As a result, a failure of one or more of our satellites or the occurrence of equipment failures and other related problems or collision damage that may result during the de-orbiting process could constitute an uninsured loss and could materially harm our financial condition.
Our satellites may collide with space debris which could adversely affect the performance of our constellation.
Although we have some ability to maneuver our satellites to avoid potential collisions with space debris, this ability is limited by, among other factors, uncertainties and inaccuracies in the projected orbit location of and predicted conjunctions with debris objects tracked and cataloged by the U.S. government. Additionally, some space debris is too small to be tracked and therefore its orbital location is completely unknown; nevertheless, this debris is still large enough to potentially cause severe damage or a failure of one of our satellites should a collision occur. If our constellation experiences satellite collisions with space debris, our service could be impaired. Any such collision could potentially expose us to significant losses.

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Changes in tax rates or adverse results of tax examinations could materially increase our costs.
We operate in various U.S. and foreign tax jurisdictions. The process of determining our anticipated tax liabilities involves many calculations and estimates which are inherently complex. We believe that we have complied, in all material respects, with our obligations to pay taxes in these jurisdictions. However, our position is subject to review and possible challenge by the taxing authorities of these jurisdictions. If the applicable taxing authorities were to challenge successfully our current tax positions, or if there were changes in the manner in which we conduct our activities, we could become subject to material unanticipated tax liabilities. We may also become subject to additional tax liabilities as a result of changes in tax laws, which could in certain circumstances have a retroactive effect.
As a result of our acquisition of an IGO in Brazil during 2008, we are exposed to potential pre-acquisition tax liabilities, for which we have been indemnified by the previous owners. As of December 31, 2018, and 2017, we recorded a tax liability of $0.4 million and $1.4 million, respectively, to the foreign tax authorities with an offsetting tax receivable from the previous owners.
We continuously monitor these contingencies and work with the Brazilian tax authority to settle any remaining unpaid contingencies. We may also be exposed to other pre-acquisition liabilities for which we may not be fully indemnified by the seller, or the seller may fail to perform its indemnification obligations.
Our revenues are subject to changes in global economic conditions and consumer sentiment and discretionary spending.
Financial markets continue to be uncertain and could significantly adversely impact global economic conditions. These conditions could lead to further reduced consumer spending in the foreseeable future, especially for discretionary travel and related products. A substantial portion of the potential addressable market for our consumer retail products and services relates to recreational users, such as mountain climbers, campers, kayakers, sport fishermen and wilderness hikers. These potential customers may reduce their activities or their spending due to economic conditions, which could adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and liquidity.
We are exposed to trade credit risk in the ordinary course of our business activities.
We are exposed to risk of loss in the event of nonperformance by our customers. Some of our customers may be highly leveraged and subject to their own operating and regulatory risks. Many of our customers finance their activities through cash flow from operations, the incurrence of debt or the issuance of equity. From time to time, the availability of credit is more restrictive. The combination of reduction of cash flow resulting from declines in commodity prices and the lack of availability of debt or equity financing may result in a significant reduction in our customers' liquidity and ability to make payments or perform on their obligations to us. Even if our credit review and analysis mechanisms work properly, we may experience financial losses in our dealings with other parties. Any increase in the nonpayment or nonperformance by our customers could reduce our cash flows.
For instance, our Simplex business is heavily concentrated in the oil and gas industry and was negatively impacted by the downturn in this industry in recent years. For example, our largest customer during 2017 and 2018 is a reseller to oil and gas companies. Concentrations of customers in other industries may further increase trade credit risk of our business.
Our variable rate indebtedness subjects us to interest rate risk, which could cause our debt service obligations to increase significantly.
Borrowings under our Facility Agreement bear interest at a variable rate. In order to mitigate a portion of our variable rate interest risk, we entered into a ten-year interest rate cap agreement. The interest rate cap agreement reflects a variable notional amount at interest rates that provide coverage to us for exposure resulting from escalating interest rates over the term of the Facility Agreement. The interest rate cap provides limits on the six-month Libor rate (“Base Rate”) used to calculate the coupon interest on outstanding amounts on the Facility Agreement. Our interest rate is capped at 5.5% if the Base Rate does not exceed 6.5%. Should the Base Rate exceed 6.5%, our Base Rate will be 1% less than the then six-month Libor rate. Regardless of our attempts to mitigate our exposure to interest rate fluctuations through the interest rate cap, we still have exposure for the uncapped amounts of the facility, which remain subject to a variable interest rate. As a result, an increase in interest rates could result in a substantial increase in interest expense, especially as the capped amount of the term loan decreases over time.
Additionally, in July 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom ("FCA") announced the phase out the Libor rate, no longer requiring financial institutions to make Libor submissions after 2021. Our Facility Agreement provides for a fallback rate in the event Libor is unable to be determined. At this time, we cannot provide assurance of the impact this Libor phase out will have on our financial statements and internal processes.

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The loss of skilled management and personnel could impair our operations.
Our performance is substantially dependent on the performance and institutional knowledge of our senior management and key scientific and technical personnel. The loss of the services of any member of our senior management, scientific or technical staff or the inability to attract key employees may significantly delay or prevent the achievement of business objectives by diverting management’s attention to retention matters and could have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition.
A natural disaster could diminish our ability to provide communications service.
Natural disasters could damage or destroy our ground stations resulting in a disruption of service to our customers. In addition, the collateral effects of disasters such as flooding may impair the functioning of our ground equipment. If a natural disaster were to impair or destroy any of our ground facilities, we might be unable to provide service to our customers in the affected area for a period of time. Even if our gateways are not affected by natural disasters, our service could be disrupted if a natural disaster damages the public switch telephone network or terrestrial wireless networks or our ability to connect to the public switch telephone network or terrestrial wireless networks. Additionally, there are inherent dangers and risk associated with our satellite operations, including the risk of increased radiation. Any such failures or service disruptions could harm our business and results of operations. 
We have been in the past from time to time, and may be in the future, subject to litigation and investigations that could have a substantial, adverse impact on our business.
From time to time we are subject to litigation, including claims related to our business activities. We have also been in the past from time to time, and may be in the future, subject to investigations by regulators and governmental agencies, including from the United States Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Irrespective of its merits, litigation and investigations may be both lengthy and disruptive to our operations and could cause significant expenditure and diversion of management attention. In our opinion there is no pending litigation, investigation, dispute or claim that could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or liquidity. However, we may be wrong in this assessment. Additionally, in the future we may become subject to additional litigation that could have a material adverse effect on our financial position and operating results, on the trading price of our securities and on our ability to access the capital markets.
We have had material weaknesses in our internal controls in the past and we cannot assure you that in the future additional material weaknesses will not recur, exist or otherwise be identified.
Our internal control processes, regardless of how well designed, operated and evaluated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that their objectives will be met. Therefore, we have had material weaknesses in our internal controls in the past, and we cannot assure you that in the future additional material weaknesses will not recur, exist or otherwise be identified. We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of our processes, procedures and controls and will make changes as management determines appropriate. Effective internal controls are necessary for us to produce reliable financial reports. If we cannot produce reliable financial reports, our business and operating results may be adversely affected, investors may lose confidence in our reported financial information, there may be a negative effect on our stock price, and we may be subject to civil or criminal investigations and penalties, litigation, regulatory or enforcement actions by the SEC and the NYSE American.
Wireless devices' radio frequency emissions are the subject of regulation and litigation concerning their environmental effects, which includes alleged health and safety risks. As a result, we may be subject to new regulations, demand for our services may decrease, and we could face liability based on alleged health risks.
There has been adverse publicity concerning alleged health risks associated with radio frequency transmissions from portable hand-held telephones that have transmitting antennas. Lawsuits have been filed against participants in the wireless industry alleging a number of adverse health consequences, including cancer, as a result of wireless phone usage. Other claims allege consumer harm from failures to disclose information about radio frequency emissions or aspects of the regulatory regimes governing those emissions. Although we have not been party to any such lawsuits, we may be exposed to such litigation in the future. While we comply with applicable standards for radio frequency emissions and power and do not believe that there is valid scientific evidence that use of our devices poses a health risk, courts or governmental agencies could determine otherwise. Any such finding could reduce our revenue and profitability and expose us and other communications service providers or device sellers to litigation, which, even if frivolous or unsuccessful, could be costly to defend.
If consumers' health concerns over radio frequency emissions increase, they may be discouraged from using wireless handsets. Further, government authorities might increase regulation of wireless handsets as a result of these health concerns. Any actual or perceived risk from radio frequency emissions could reduce the number of our subscribers and demand for our products and services.

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Risks Related to Government Regulations
Our business is subject to extensive government regulation, which mandates how we may operate our business and may increase our cost of providing services, slow our expansion into new markets and subject our services to additional competitive pressures.
Our ownership and operation of an MSS system are subject to significant regulation in the United States by the FCC and in foreign jurisdictions by similar authorities. Additionally, our use of our licensed spectrum globally is subject to coordination by the ITU. Our second-generation constellation has been licensed and registered in France. The rules and regulations of the FCC or these foreign authorities may change and may not continue to permit our operations as currently conducted or as we plan to conduct them. Further, certain foreign jurisdictions may decide to allow additional uses within our ITU-allocation of spectrum that may be incompatible with our continued provision of MSS.
Failure to provide services in accordance with the terms of our licenses or failure to operate our satellites, ground stations, or other terrestrial facilities (including those necessary to provide ancillary terrestrial component "ATC" services) as required by our licenses and applicable government regulations could result in the imposition of government sanctions against us, up to and including cancellation of our licenses.
Our system requires regulatory authorization in each of the markets in which we or the IGOs provide service. We and the IGOs may not be able to obtain or retain all regulatory approvals needed for operations. Regulatory changes, such as those resulting from judicial decisions or adoption of treaties, legislation or regulation in countries where we operate or intend to operate, may also significantly affect our business. Because regulations in each country are different, we may not be aware if some of the IGOs and/or persons with which we or they do business do not hold the requisite licenses and approvals.
Our current regulatory approvals could now be, or could become, insufficient in the view of foreign regulatory authorities. Furthermore, any additional necessary approvals may not be granted on a timely basis, or at all, in all jurisdictions in which we wish to offer services, and applicable restrictions in those jurisdictions could become unduly burdensome.
Our operations are subject to certain regulations of the United States State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (the export of satellites and related technical data), United States Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (financial transactions and transactions with sanctioned persons or countries) and the United States Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (export of satellites and related technical data, our gateways and phones) and as well as other similar foreign regulations. These U.S. and foreign obligations and regulations may limit or delay our ability to offer products and services in a particular country. We may be required to provide U.S. and some foreign government law enforcement and security agencies with call interception services and related government assistance, in respect of which we face legal obligations and restrictions in various jurisdictions. These regulations may limit or delay our ability to operate in a particular country or engage in transactions with certain parties and may impose significant compliance costs. As new laws and regulations are issued, we may be required to modify our business plans or operations. If we fail to comply with these regulations in any country, we could be subject to sanctions that could affect, materially and adversely, our ability to operate in that country. Failure to obtain the authorizations necessary to use our assigned radio frequency spectrum and to distribute our products in certain countries could have a material adverse effect on our ability to generate revenue and on our overall competitive position.

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Spectrum values historically have been volatile, which could cause the value of our business to fluctuate.
Our business plan includes forming strategic partnerships to maximize the use and value of our spectrum, network assets and combined service offerings in the United States and internationally. Value that we may be able to realize from these partnerships will depend in part on the value ascribed to our spectrum. Historically, valuations of spectrum in other frequency bands have been volatile, and we cannot predict the future value that we may be able to realize for our spectrum and other assets. In addition, to the extent that the FCC takes action that makes additional spectrum available or promotes the more flexible use or greater availability (e.g., via spectrum leasing or new spectrum sales) of existing satellite or terrestrial spectrum allocations, the availability of such additional spectrum could reduce the value that we may be able to realize for our spectrum.
Our business plan to use our licensed MSS spectrum to provide terrestrial wireless services depends upon action by third parties, which we cannot control.
Our business plan includes utilizing approximately 11.5 MHz of our licensed MSS spectrum to provide terrestrial wireless services, including mobile broadband applications, around the world. In support of these plans, in December 2016, the FCC adopted a Report and Order establishing rules that permit us to offer such services. In August 2017, the FCC modified Globalstar's MSS licenses, granting it authority to provide terrestrial broadband services over its satellite spectrum at 2483.5 MHz to 2495.0 MHz. Globalstar’s MSS licenses, including its terrestrial authority, are valid through various terms, which we expect to renew. In addition, we will need to comply with certain conditions in order to provide terrestrial broadband service under its MSS licenses, including obtaining FCC certifications for our equipment that will utilize this spectrum authority. We are seeking similar approvals in various foreign jurisdictions, including applying for licenses and commencing due diligence efforts. We cannot guarantee that such efforts will be successful. We are currently engaged in the process of selecting a strategic partner (or multiple partners) for operating these spectrum licenses. If we encounter delays in engaging one or more partners or other delays or obstacles in implementing our business plan to use licensed MSS spectrum to provide terrestrial wireless services, our anticipated future revenues and profitability could be reduced. We can provide no assurance that that we will be successful in monetizing the value of these licenses.
Other future regulatory decisions could reduce our existing spectrum allocation or impose additional spectrum sharing agreements on us, which could adversely affect our services and operations.
Under the FCC's plan for MSS in our frequency bands, we must share frequencies in the United States with other licensed MSS operators. To date, there are no other authorized CDMA-based MSS operators and no pending applications for authorization. However, the FCC or other regulatory authorities may require us to share spectrum with other systems that are not currently licensed by the United States or any other jurisdiction. On February 11, 2013, Iridium filed its own petition for rulemaking seeking to have the FCC reallocate 2.725 MHz of "Big LEO" spectrum from 1616-1618.725 MHz to Iridium’s exclusive use. Subsequently, Iridium modified its petition, requesting the ability to share additional spectrum licensed to Globalstar at 1616-1618.725 MHz. On November 1, 2017, Iridium withdrew its petition for rulemaking without prejudice. There can be no assurance, however, that Iridium will not file a similar petition for rulemaking in the future that requests either the redesignation of some amount of our 1.6 GHz spectrum to Iridium’s exclusive use or the sharing of additional spectrum licensed to us. An adverse result in this proceeding could materially affect our ability to provide both Duplex and Simplex mobile satellite services. 
We registered our second-generation constellation with the ITU through France rather than the United States. The French radio frequency spectrum regulatory agency, ANFR, submitted the technical papers filing to the ITU on our behalf in July 2009. As with the first-generation constellation, the ITU requires us to coordinate our spectrum assignments with other administrators and operators that use any portion of our spectrum frequency bands. We are actively engaged in but cannot predict how long the coordination process will take; however, we are able to use the frequencies during the coordination process in accordance with our national licenses. 
In March 2014, the FCC adopted an order related to the 5 GHz band which, among other things, expanded the use of unlicensed terrestrial mobile broadband services within our C-band Forward Link (Earth Station to Satellite) which operates at 5091-5250 MHz. As part of this order, the FCC adopted certain technical requirements for the expanded unlicensed use within our licensed spectrum which were intended to protect our services from harmful interference. However, since the FCC order has been adopted, we have identified a noticeable increase in the ambient level of interference in the 5 GHz band. Although this increase does not currently affect the quality of our service to customers, should the noise floor rise above a certain level, we could experience a significant reduction in our satellite downlink capacity, resulting in degradation of quality of our service to customers. In May 2018, we petitioned the FCC to open a Notice of Inquiry to assess the potential future effects of continuing to allow unlicensed use of the 5 GHz band. Furthermore, other regulatory jurisdictions internationally may also consider similar expanded unlicensed use in the 5 GHz band that may have a significant adverse impact on our ability to provide mobile satellite services.

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If the FCC revokes, modifies or fails to renew or amend our licenses, our ability to operate may be curtailed.
We hold FCC licenses for the operation of certain of our satellites, our U.S. gateways and other ground facilities, and our mobile earth terminals that are subject to revocation if we fail to satisfy specified conditions or to meet prescribed milestones. The FCC licenses are also subject to modification by the FCC. There can be no assurance that the FCC will renew the FCC licenses we hold. If the FCC revokes, modifies or fails to renew or amend the FCC licenses we hold, or if we fail to satisfy any of the conditions of our respective FCC licenses, we may not be able to continue to provide mobile satellite communications services.
If our French regulator, or any other regulator, revokes, modifies or fails to renew or amend our licenses, our ability to operate may be curtailed.
We hold licenses issued by, and are subject to the continued regulatory jurisdiction of, the French Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Employment, French Ministry in charge of Space Activities ("MESR") and ARCEP, the French independent administrative authority of post and electronic communications regulations, for the operation of our second-generation satellites.  These licenses are subject to revocation if we fail to satisfy specified conditions or to meet prescribed milestones. These licenses are also subject to modification by the French regulators. There can be no assurance that the French regulators will renew the licenses we hold. If the MESR and ARCEP or other French regulators revoke, modify or fail to renew or amend the licenses we hold, or if we fail to satisfy any of the conditions of our respective French licenses, we may not be able to continue to provide mobile satellite communications services which would have a material adverse effect on our business and operations.
 Similarly, we hold certain licenses in each country within which we have ground infrastructure located.  If we fail to maintain such licenses within any particular country, we may not be able to continue to operate the ground infrastructure located within that country which could prevent us from continuing to provide mobile satellite communications services within that region.
Furthermore, if we operate in any country without a valid license, we could face regulatory fines and criminal sanctions. For example, ANATEL, the national telecommunications agency of Brazil, imposed a fine because we operated our gateway stations in Brazil without a valid license while we were working on renewing such license. In October 2018, this matter was referred to the Brazil federal authorities, who are currently performing an investigation, and could result in criminal sanctions. This investigation is at an early stage and we cannot predict the outcome of this investigation at this time.
Changes in international trade regulations and other risks associated with foreign trade could adversely affect our sourcing.
 We source our products primarily from foreign contract manufacturers, with the largest concentration being in China. The adoption of regulations related to the importation of product, including quotas, duties, taxes and other charges or restrictions on imported goods, and changes in U.S. customs procedures could result in an increase in the cost of our products. Recently, the U.S. imposed increased tariffs on certain imports from China. While the current tariffs have not had a material impact on goods that we currently import from China, the current U.S. administration has proposed additional tariffs on a list of thousands of categories of products that may be imposed imminently and expressed a willingness for further tariffs on goods imported from China, including on additional items that we purchase. While it is too early to predict how the recently enacted, proposed and any future tariffs or any other trade restrictions will impact our business, such trade restrictions may result in lower gross margin on impacted products. 
Additionally, delays in customs clearance of goods or the disruption of international transportation lines used by us could result in our inability to deliver goods to customers in a timely manner or the potential loss of sales altogether. Current or future social and environmental regulations or critical issues, such as those relating to the sourcing of conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or the need to eliminate environmentally sensitive materials from our products, could restrict the supply of components and materials used in production or increase our costs. Any delay or interruption to our manufacturing process or in shipping our products could result in lost revenue, which would adversely affect our business, financial condition or results of operations.
Risks Related to Our Common Stock
Our common stock is traded on the NYSE American but could be delisted in the future, which may impair our ability to raise capital.
Our common stock is listed on the NYSE American under the symbol “GSAT.” Broker-dealers may be less willing or able to sell and/or make a market in our common stock if delisting were to occur, which may make it more difficult for shareholders to dispose of, or to obtain accurate quotations for the price of, our common stock. Removal of our common stock from listing on the NYSE American may also make it more difficult for us to raise capital through the sale of our securities. 
Additionally, if our common stock is not listed on a U.S. national stock exchange or approved for quotation and trading on a national automated dealer quotation system or established automated over-the-counter trading market, holders of our 2013 8.00% Notes will have the option to require us to repurchase the notes, which we may not have sufficient financial resources to do.

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Restrictive covenants in our Facility Agreement do not allow us to pay dividends on our common stock for the foreseeable future. 
We do not expect to pay cash dividends on our common stock. Our Facility Agreement currently prohibits the payment of cash dividends. Any future dividend payments are within the discretion of our board of directors and will depend on, among other things, our results of operations, working capital requirements, capital expenditure requirements, financial condition, contractual restrictions, business opportunities, anticipated cash needs, provisions of applicable law and other factors that our board of directors may deem relevant. We may not generate sufficient cash from operations in the future to pay dividends on our common stock.
The market price of our common stock is volatile and there is a limited market for our shares.
 The trading price of our common stock is subject to wide fluctuations. Factors affecting the trading price of our common stock may include, but are not limited to: 
actual or anticipated variations in our operating results;
failure in the performance of our current or future satellites;
changes in financial estimates by research analysts, or any failure by us to meet or exceed any such estimates, or changes in the recommendations of any research analysts that elect to follow our common stock or the common stock of our competitors;
actual or anticipated changes in economic, political or market conditions, such as recessions or international currency fluctuations;
actual or anticipated changes in the regulatory environment affecting our industry;
actual or anticipated sales of common stock by our controlling stockholder or others;
changes in the market valuations of our industry peers; and
announcement by us or our competitors of significant acquisitions, strategic partnerships, divestitures, joint ventures or other strategic initiatives.
The trading price of our common stock may also decline in reaction to events that affect other companies in our industry even if these events do not directly affect us. Our stockholders may be unable to resell their shares of our common stock at or above the initial purchase price. Additionally, because we are a controlled company there is a limited market for our common stock, and we cannot assure our stockholders that a trading market will develop further or be maintained. In periods of low trading volume, sales of significant amounts of shares of our common stock in the public market could lower the market price of our stock.
The future issuance of additional shares of our common stock could cause dilution of ownership interests and adversely affect our stock price.
We may issue our previously authorized and unissued securities, resulting in the dilution of the ownership interests of our current stockholders. We are authorized to issue 1.9 billion shares of common stock (400 million are designated as nonvoting) and 100 million shares of preferred stock. As of December 31, 2018, approximately 1.4 billion shares of voting common stock and no shares of nonvoting common stock were issued and outstanding. As of December 31, 2018, there were 553.2 million shares available for future issuance (of which 100 million are designated as preferred and 400 million are designated as nonvoting), of which approximately 177.9 million shares were contingently issuable upon the exercise of stock options, the conversion of convertible notes and the vesting of restricted stock awards. We currently do not have sufficient authorized and unissued shares of voting common stock available to satisfy all possible exercises, conversions and vestings; we expect to be required to authorize additional shares of voting common stock. The potential issuance of additional shares of common stock may create downward pressure on the trading price of our common stock and may increase the potential for dilution of ownership interest of current shareholders. We may issue additional shares of our common stock or other securities that are convertible into or exercisable for common stock for capital raising or other business purposes. Future sales of substantial amounts of common stock, or the perception that sales could occur, could have a material adverse effect on the price of our common stock. 
We have issued and may issue shares of preferred stock or debt securities with greater rights than our common stock.
Our certificate of incorporation authorizes our board of directors to issue one or more series of preferred stock and set the terms of the preferred stock without seeking any further approval from holders of our common stock. Currently, there are 100 million shares of preferred stock authorized. Any preferred stock that is issued may rank ahead of our common stock in terms of dividends, priority and liquidation premiums and may have greater voting rights than holders of our common stock. 

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If persons engage in short sales of our common stock, the price of our common stock may decline. 
Selling short is a technique used by a stockholder to take advantage of an anticipated decline in the price of a security. A significant number of short sales or a large volume of other sales within a relatively short period of time can create downward pressure on the market price of a security. Further sales of common stock could cause even greater declines in the price of our common stock due to the number of additional shares available in the market, which could encourage short sales that could further undermine the value of our common stock. Holders of our securities could, therefore, experience a decline in the value of their investment as a result of short sales of our common stock. 
Provisions in our charter documents and Facility Agreement and Delaware corporate law may discourage takeovers, which could affect the rights of holders of our common stock and convertible notes. 
Provisions of Delaware law and our amended and restated certificate of incorporation (after giving effect to the changes required by the Settlement Agreement discussed in Note 9: Contingencies in our Consolidated Financial Statements), amended and restated bylaws and our Facility Agreement and indenture could hamper a third party's acquisition of us or discourage a third party from attempting to acquire control of us. These provisions include: 
the election of our Minority Directors by a plurality of the vote of our stockholders other than Thermo;
the requirement that (i) any extraordinary corporate transaction, such as a merger, reorganization or liquidation, involving us or any of our subsidiaries and (ii) any sale or transfer of a material amount of assets of Globalstar or any sale or transfer of assets of any of our subsidiaries which are material to us has to be approved by the Strategic Review Committee until such time as Thermo no longer beneficially owns at least 45% of our common stock;
the ability of our board of directors to issue preferred stock with voting rights or with rights senior to those of the common stock without any further vote or action by the holders of our common stock;
the division of our board of directors into three separate classes serving staggered three-year terms;
the ability of our stockholders, at such time when Thermo does not own a majority of our outstanding capital stock entitled to vote in the election of directors, to remove our directors only for cause by the holders of at least 66 2/3% of the outstanding shares of capital stock entitled to vote in the election of directors;
prohibitions, at such time when Thermo does not own a majority of our outstanding capital stock entitled to vote in the election of directors, on our stockholders acting by written consent;
prohibitions on our stockholders calling special meetings of stockholders or filling vacancies on our board of directors;
the requirement, at such time when Thermo does not own a majority of our outstanding capital stock entitled to vote in the election of directors, that our stockholders must obtain a super-majority vote to amend or repeal our amended and restated certificate of incorporation or bylaws;
change of control provisions in our Facility Agreement, which provide that a change of control will constitute an event of default and, unless waived by the lenders, will result in the acceleration of the maturity of all indebtedness under that agreement;
change of control provisions relating to our 2013 8.00% Notes, which provide that a change of control will permit holders of those notes to demand immediate repayment; and
change of control provisions in our 2006 Equity Incentive Plan, which provide that a change of control may accelerate the vesting of all outstanding stock options, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock.
We also are subject to Section 203 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, which, subject to certain exceptions, prohibits us from engaging in any business combination with any interested stockholder, as defined in that section, for a period of three years following the date on which that stockholder became an interested stockholder. This provision does not apply to Thermo, which became our principal stockholder prior to our initial public offering. 
These provisions also could make it more difficult for you and our other stockholders to take other corporate actions, and could limit the price that investors might be willing to pay in the future for shares of our common stock. 
We are controlled by Thermo, whose interests may conflict with yours. 
As of December 31, 2018, Thermo owned approximately 57% of our outstanding common stock. Additionally, Thermo owns convertible notes that may be converted into additional shares of common stock. Although (after giving effect to the changes required by the Settlement Agreement discussed in Note 9: Contingencies in our Consolidated Financial Statements) extraordinary corporate transactions, material sales of assets and certain transactions with related parties must be approved by the Strategic Review Committee, to the extent these and other matters are also subject to a vote of our shareholders, Thermo is able to control such vote. These matters include the election of certain members of our board of directors and numerous other matters, including changes of control and other significant corporate transactions, so long as these transactions are not between Thermo and Globalstar and until such time as Thermo shall no longer be the beneficial owner of 45% or more of our outstanding common stock. 

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We have depended substantially on Thermo to provide capital to finance our business. In 2006 and 2007, Thermo purchased an aggregate of $200 million of common stock at prices substantially above market. On December 17, 2007, Thermo assumed all of the obligations and was assigned all of the rights (other than indemnification rights) of the administrative agent and the lenders under our amended and restated credit agreement. To fulfill the conditions precedent to our Facility Agreement, in 2009, Thermo converted the loans outstanding under the credit agreement into equity and terminated the credit agreement. In addition, Thermo and its affiliates deposited $60.0 million in a contingent equity account to fulfill a condition precedent for borrowing under the Facility Agreement, purchased $20.0 million of our 5.0% Notes, which were subsequently converted into shares of common stock in 2013, purchased $11.4 million of our 2013 8.00% Notes, loaned us $37.5 million to fund our debt service reserve account under the Facility Agreement, and funded a total of $65.0 million during 2013 pursuant to the terms of the Equity Commitment, Restructuring and Consent Agreement, the Common Stock Purchase Agreement, and the Common Stock Purchase and Option Agreement. In June 2017, Thermo purchased $33.0 million of our common stock to provide funds required by our lenders to obtain an amendment to our Facility Agreement. In October 2017 and December 2018, Thermo purchased $43.3 million and $49.3 million, respectively, of our common stock in connection with our public stock offerings.
Thermo is controlled by James Monroe III, our Executive Chairman. Through Thermo, Mr. Monroe holds equity interests in, and serves as an executive officer or director of, a diverse group of privately-owned businesses not otherwise related to us. We reimburse Thermo and Mr. Monroe for certain third party, documented, out of pocket expenses they incur in connection with our business. 
The interests of Thermo may conflict with the interests of our other stockholders. Thermo may take actions it believes will benefit its equity investment in us or loans to us even though such actions might not be in your best interests as a holder of our common stock.

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments
 
Not Applicable

Item 2. Properties
 
As of December 31, 2018, our principal headquarters are located in Covington, Louisiana, where we currently lease approximately 31,000 square feet of office space. We own or lease the facilities described in the following table (in approximate square feet): 
Location
 
Country
 
Square Feet

 
Facility Use
 
Owned/Leased
Covington, Louisiana
 
USA
 
31,433

 
Corporate Offices
 
Leased
Milpitas, California
 
USA
 
12,375

 
Satellite and Ground Control Center
 
Leased
Managua
 
Nicaragua
 
10,900

 
Gateway
 
Owned
Clifton, Texas
 
USA
 
10,000

 
Gateway
 
Owned
Los Velasquez, Edo Miranda
 
Venezuela
 
9,700

 
Gateway
 
Owned
Mississauga, Ontario
 
Canada
 
9,502

 
Canada Office
 
Leased
Sebring, Florida
 
USA
 
9,000

 
Gateway
 
Leased
Aussaguel
 
France
 
7,502

 
Satellite Control Center and Gateway
 
Leased
Smith Falls, Ontario
 
Canada
 
6,500

 
Gateway
 
Owned
High River, Alberta
 
Canada
 
6,500

 
Gateway
 
Owned
Barrio of Las Palmas, Cabo Rojo
 
Puerto Rico
 
6,000

 
Gateway
 
Owned
Wasilla, Alaska
 
USA
 
5,000

 
Gateway
 
Owned
Seletar Satellite Earth Station
 
Singapore
 
4,500

 
Gateway
 
Leased
Petrolina
 
Brazil
 
2,500

 
Gateway
 
Owned
Rio de Janeiro
 
Brazil
 
2,120

 
Brazil Office
 
Leased
Gaborone
 
Botswana
 
2,000

 
Gateway
 
Leased
Manaus
 
Brazil
 
1,900

 
Gateway
 
Owned
Presidente Prudente
 
Brazil
 
1,300

 
Gateway
 
Owned
Dublin
 
Ireland
 
1,280

 
Ireland Office
 
Leased
Panama City
 
Panama
 
1,100

 
Panama Office
 
Leased
Gaborone
 
Botswana
 
270

 
Botswana Office
 
Leased

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 Our owned properties in Clifton, Texas and Wasilla, Alaska are encumbered by liens in favor of the administrative agent under our Facility Agreement for the benefit of the lenders thereunder. See Part II, Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Liquidity and Capital Resources - Contractual Obligations and Commitments in this Report. 
Effective February 2019, we moved into a new corporate office due to the expiration of our former lease agreement. The new location remains in Covington, Louisiana and is approximately 66,180 square feet.

Item 3. Legal Proceedings
 
For a description of our material pending legal and regulatory proceedings and settlements, see Note 9: Contingencies in our Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 of this Report. 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures
 
Not Applicable


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PART II
 
Item 5. Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
 
Common Stock Information
 
Our common stock trades on the NYSE American under the symbol "GSAT".
 
As of February 22, 2019, 1,448,027,328 shares of our voting common stock were outstanding, held by 249 holders of record. The number of holders of record is based upon the actual number of holders registered at such date and does not include holders of shares in street name or persons, partnerships, associates, corporations or other entities in security position listings maintained by depositories.
 
Dividend Information
 
We have never declared or paid any cash dividends on our common stock. Our Facility Agreement prohibits us from paying dividends. We currently intend to retain any future earnings and do not expect to pay any dividends in the foreseeable future. See Note 5: Long-Term Debt and Other Financing Arrangements in our Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion.


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Item 6. Selected Financial Data
 
The following table presents our selected consolidated financial data for the periods indicated. We derived the historical data from our audited Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
You should read the data set forth below together with our Consolidated Financial Statements and the related notes thereto included in Part II, Item 8 of this Report and the discussion in Part II, Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in this Report.

Effective January 1, 2018, we adopted Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 606, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers” (“ASC 606”). We adopted this standard using the modified retrospective method and, as such, prior period amounts reflected in the tables and discussion below have not been adjusted.

Effective January 1, 2018, we adopted ASU No. 2017-07, Compensation—Retirement Benefits: Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost. We adopted this standard retrospectively and, as such, we reclassified a portion of net periodic benefit cost from marketing, general and administrative expense to other income (expense) for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016. Financial data for the periods ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 have not been recast.
  
 
December 31,
 (in thousands)
2018
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
Statement of Operations Data (year ended):
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Revenue
$
130,113

 
$
112,660

 
$
96,861

 
$
90,490

 
$
90,064

Operating loss
(47,379
)
 
(68,446
)
 
(63,253
)
 
(66,604
)
 
(95,895
)
Other income (expense)
40,988

 
(20,438
)
 
(75,936
)
 
140,318

 
(366,090
)
Income (loss) before income taxes
(6,391
)
 
(88,884
)
 
(139,189
)
 
73,714

 
(461,985
)
Net income (loss)
(6,516
)
 
(89,074
)
 
(132,646
)
 
72,322

 
(462,866
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance Sheet Data (end of period):
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Cash and cash equivalents
15,212

 
41,644

 
10,230

 
7,476

 
7,121

Property and equipment, net
882,695

 
971,119

 
1,039,719

 
1,077,560

 
1,113,560

Total assets
1,045,482

 
1,129,265

 
1,132,614

 
1,175,015

 
1,268,420

Current maturities of long-term debt
96,249

 
79,215

 
75,755

 
32,835

 
6,450

Long-term debt, less current maturities
367,202

 
434,651

 
500,524

 
548,286

 
623,640

Stockholders’ equity
358,945

 
291,224

 
161,819

 
237,131

 
78,916


Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
 
The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with our Consolidated Financial Statements and applicable notes to our Consolidated Financial Statements and other information included elsewhere in this Report, including risk factors disclosed in Part I, Item IA. Risk Factors. The following information contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, our actual results may differ from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. See “Forward-Looking Statements” at the beginning of this Report.


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Performance Indicators
 
Our management reviews and analyzes several key performance indicators in order to manage our business and assess the quality and potential variability of our earnings and cash flows. These key performance indicators include:
 
total revenue, which is an indicator of our overall business growth;
subscriber growth and churn rate, which are both indicators of the satisfaction of our customers;
average monthly revenue per user, or ARPU, which is an indicator of our pricing and ability to obtain effectively long-term, high-value customers. We calculate ARPU separately for each type of our Duplex, Simplex, SPOT and IGO revenue;
operating income and adjusted EBITDA, both of which are indicators of our financial performance; and
capital expenditures, which are an indicator of future revenue growth potential and cash requirements.

Comparison of the Results of Operations for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017
 
Revenue:
 
During 2018, total revenue increased $17.4 million to $130.1 million from $112.7 million in 2017. This increase was due primarily to a $12.6 million increase in service revenue, which is attributable to increases in ARPU across all core business lines and growth in our total average subscriber base. Also contributing to the increase in total revenue was an increase of $4.8 million in revenue generated from subscriber equipment sales during 2018, which resulted primarily from Simplex and SPOT products, offset by a lower volume and pricing of Duplex units sold.
 
Effective January 1, 2018, we adopted ASC 606. We adopted this standard using the modified retrospective method and, as such, prior period amounts reflected in the tables and discussion below have not been adjusted.

The following table sets forth amounts and percentages of our revenue by type of service (dollars in thousands).
 
 
Year Ended
December 31, 2018
 
Year Ended
December 31, 2017
 
Revenue
 
% of Total
Revenue
 
Revenue
 
% of Total
Revenue
Service Revenue:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Duplex
$
41,223

 
32
%
 
$
37,635

 
33
%
SPOT
52,363

 
40
%
 
45,427

 
40
%
Simplex
13,459

 
10
%
 
10,946

 
10
%
IGO
932

 
1
%
 
1,068

 
1
%
Other
3,112

 
2
%
 
3,397

 
3
%
Total Service Revenue
$
111,089

 
85
%
 
$
98,473

 
87
%
 
The following table sets forth amounts and percentages of our revenue generated from equipment sales (dollars in thousands).
 
 
Year Ended
December 31, 2018
 
Year Ended
December 31, 2017
 
Revenue
 
% of Total
Revenue
 
Revenue
 
% of Total
Revenue
Equipment Revenue:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Duplex
$
2,016

 
2
%
 
$
2,754

 
2
%
SPOT
8,046

 
6
%
 
5,394

 
5
%
Simplex
8,330

 
7
%
 
5,243

 
5
%
IGO
498

 
%
 
779

 
1
%
Other
134

 
%
 
17

 
%
Total Equipment Revenue
$
19,024

 
15
%
 
$
14,187

 
13
%

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The following table sets forth our average number of subscribers and ARPU by type of revenue.
 
December 31,
 
2018
 
2017
Average number of subscribers for the year ended:
 

 
 

Duplex
65,501

 
72,443

SPOT
291,289

 
285,683

Simplex
354,678

 
313,553

IGO
31,537

 
37,165

Other
1,140

 
1,478

Total
744,145

 
710,322

 
 
 
 
ARPU (monthly):
 
 
 

Duplex
$
52.45

 
$
43.29

SPOT
14.98

 
13.25

Simplex
3.16

 
2.91

IGO
2.46

 
2.39

  
The numbers reported in the above table are subject to immaterial rounding inherent in calculating averages.

During 2018, gross Duplex and SPOT subscriber additions were 11,589 and 69,607, respectively. During 2017, gross Duplex and SPOT subscriber additions were 14,660 and 74,830, respectively. Duplex gross subscriber additions were higher in 2017 as we experienced higher demand due to lower service plan prices in effect and higher availability of new phone inventory. SPOT gross subscriber activities were higher in 2017 driven primarily by promotions in place during the year that did not recur at the same levels in 2018; also driving a decrease in SPOT gross subscriber activations during 2018 was a reduction in legacy SPOT device sales in anticipation of the launch of our new SPOT XTM device in May 2018. Because our Simplex subscribers are able to activate and deactivate their units several times during the year, gross Simplex subscriber additions are not considered to be a meaningful metric.

We count "subscribers" based on the number of devices that are subject to agreements that entitle them to use our voice or data communications services rather than the number of persons or entities who own or lease those devices. 

Other service revenue includes revenue generated primarily from sources which are not subscriber driven, such as engineering services. Accordingly, we do not present ARPU for other service revenue in the table above.
 
Service Revenue
 
Duplex service revenue increased 10% in 2018 due to an increase in ARPU, offset partially by a decline in average subscribers. ARPU increased 21% in 2018 compared to 2017, contributing $7.2 million to the total Duplex service revenue increase. The increase in ARPU was driven primarily by price increases for certain of our legacy rate plans to align our rate plans with our service levels. Subscribers activating on rate plans higher than our 2017 blended ARPU also contributed to the increase in ARPU year over year. A decrease in average subscribers of 10% during 2018 offset partially the increase in ARPU. This decrease was due to lower gross activations resulting from fewer equipment sales over the last twelve months. The decline in the average subscriber base negatively impacted Duplex service revenue by $3.6 million in 2018.
 
SPOT service revenue increased 15% in 2018 due to increases in both ARPU and the average subscriber base. ARPU increased 13% in 2018 compared to 2017, contributing $6.0 million to the total increase in SPOT service revenue. Higher ARPU was primarily driven by rate plan increases. The blend of subscribers in the SPOT base also impacts ARPU. For instance, rate plans for new subscribers activating our SPOT Gen3 and SPOT XTM devices are higher than our current blended ARPU, whereas SPOT Trace subscribers activate on rate plans lower than current ARPU levels. The average number of SPOT subscribers increased 2% in 2018 compared to 2017 driven in part by the launch of SPOT XTM in 2018. The increase in our SPOT subscriber base contributed $0.9 million to the total SPOT service revenue increase.
 

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Simplex service revenue increased 23% in 2018 due primarily to a 13% increase in average subscribers, which contributed $1.4 million to the increase. The increase in average subscribers was driven by higher Simplex equipment sales during the last twelve months, primarily in North America due to the 2018 launch of SmartOne SolarTM as well as strong sales of legacy Simplex equipment. An increase in ARPU of 9% contributed $1.1 million to the Simplex service revenue increase during 2018 driven by higher usage as well as the mix of rate plans on which subscribers are activating.
 
Other service revenue decreased $0.3 million, or 9%, in 2018. The decrease in other service revenue was due primarily to a $0.2 million decrease in revenue generated from government contracts, which was driven by the timing and amount of revenue recognized for contracts awarded to us. Other smaller items also contributed to the decrease year over year.
 
Subscriber Equipment Sales
 
Revenue from Duplex equipment sales decreased $0.7 million, or 27%, in 2018. The decrease was due to a decline in the volume and pricing of our GSP-1700 phones and related accessories sold as we continue to deplete our remaining inventory. The decrease in revenue from GSP-1700 devices was offset partially by sales of Sat-Fi2TM, our new second-generation Duplex device, which launched in April 2018. Sales of this device were slower than expected as we focused on improving usability and solving mass production issues.
 
Revenue from SPOT equipment sales increased $2.7 million, or 49%, in 2018. The increase was driven primarily by sales of our new SPOT XTM product, which launched in May 2018. Sales of SPOT XTM were negatively impacted by certain production issues during 2018 that have been substantially resolved. Offsetting this increase was a decline in volume and pricing of our Gen3 and Trace devices; this decline primarily driven by the fact that in 2018 we did not repeat certain sales promotions we offered in 2017.
 
Revenue from Simplex equipment sales increased $3.1 million, or 59%, in 2018. This increase was attributable to the recognition of $4.3 million of revenue during 2018 in connection with the launch of our new SmartOne SolarTM device in March 2018. This increase was offset partially by a non-recurring $1.3 million sale of our SmartOne tracking device to support disaster recovery efforts related to hurricane activity in 2017.
 
Operating Expenses:
 
Total operating expenses decreased $3.6 million, or 2%, to $177.4 million in 2018 from $181.1 million in 2017. As discussed further below, the decrease in total operating expenses was driven primarily by a $20.5 million revision to our contract termination charge with Thales during 2018 as well as a reduction in value of long-lived assets of $17.0 million during 2017 that did not recur in 2018. Partially offsetting this reduction to expense were increases in depreciation, amortization and accretion expense as well as legal and advisor costs incurred related to the proposed merger (and related litigation) (see Note 11: Related Party Transactions and Note 9: Contingencies to our Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion).
 
Cost of Services
 
Cost of services increased $0.6 million, or 2%, to $37.6 million in 2018 from $37.0 million in 2017. The increase was due primarily to maintenance, support costs and related technology amortization associated with our ground network of $1.1 million and higher personnel and contractor costs of $0.4 million due to the timing and scope of capital projects; these increases were offset by lower research and development costs of $0.8 million due to the release of new products in 2018 in all of our core equipment categories. Other smaller items contributed to the remaining change in cost of services during the year.
 
Cost of Subscriber Equipment Sales
 
Cost of subscriber equipment sales increased by $4.5 million, or 45%, to $14.4 million in 2018 from $9.9 million in 2017. Consistent with the increase in equipment revenue, sales of the new products launched in 2018, particularly our SPOT XTM and SmartOne SolarTM, drove nearly all of the increase in costs.
  

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Cost of Subscriber Equipment Sales - Reduction in the Value of Inventory

During 2017, we recorded $0.8 million after adjusting for changes in net realizable value for certain products, particularly in certain international locations, compared to the carrying value of the inventory, as well as for a reduction in the value of prepaid inventory due to design changes for products under development. A similar inventory reserve was not required during 2018.

Marketing, General and Administrative
 
Marketing, general and administrative expenses increased $16.6 million, or 43%, to $55.4 million in 2018 from $38.8 million in 2017. This increase was driven primarily by costs incurred for consultant and other advisors related to strategic opportunities, including the proposed merger (and related litigation) discussed in Note 11: Related Party Transactions and Note 9: Contingencies to our Consolidated Financial Statements, the monetization of our spectrum and other business development efforts. In total, these items contributed to an increase in expense of $12.6 million, of which the majority was directly associated with the proposed merger and subsequent litigation. Higher subscriber acquisition costs of $1.4 million also contributed to the increase in expense, driven by efforts supporting the launch of three new products during 2018 as well as the timing of certain promotions and event sponsorships as we continue to expand our global consumer footprint. We also had an increase in personnel costs and stock based compensation of $2.7 million; the increase in stock based compensation resulted from additional grants to certain employees during the fourth quarter of 2018 and the increase in personnel costs was driven by increased headcount particularly at the senior management level. Other smaller items contributed to the remaining change.

Reduction in the Value of Long-Lived Assets

During 2017, we recorded a reduction in the carrying value of long-lived assets of $17.0 million related to purchase and procurement costs for prepaid long-lead items ("LLI") to reflect the fair value of these assets on our consolidated balance sheet. See Note 2: Property and Equipment to our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K for further discussion. Similar reserves specific to the carrying value of long-lived assets were not required in 2018.

Revision to Contract Termination Charge

In May 2018, the statute of limitations for Thales to enforce the arbitration award pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act expired. Accordingly, we believe that payment of the contract termination charge is not probable, and we removed this liability from our consolidated balance sheet during the second quarter of 2018, resulting in a reduction in operating expenses of €17.5 million, or $20.5 million. See Note 9: Contingencies in our Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion.

Depreciation, Amortization and Accretion
 
Depreciation, amortization, and accretion expense increased $12.9 million to $90.4 million in 2018 compared to $77.5 million in 2017. During 2018, we placed into service approximately $208 million of construction in progress (including capitalized interest) associated with our next-generation upgrades to our ground infrastructure. The costs placed into service represent the gateways capable of supporting commercial traffic from the recently launched Sat-Fi2TM, the first device to work on our upgraded network. We expect depreciation expense for these assets to be approximately $3.5 million per quarter for an estimated life of fifteen years.

As of December 31, 2018, we had $18.1 million in construction in progress related primarily to the remaining costs (including capitalized interest) associated with our next-generation upgrades to our ground infrastructure in certain regions around the world. In January 2019, we placed into service approximately $7.9 million of costs associated with two RANs that were deployed in Brazil in connection with the technology upgrade and associated release of Sat-Fi2TM to this region. The remaining costs in construction in progress will be placed into service when the assets are deployed.

Other Income (Expense):
 
Loss on Extinguishment of Debt
 
We recorded a non-cash loss on extinguishment of debt of $6.3 million during 2017 due to the conversion of a significant portion of our 2013 8.00% Notes. During the third quarter of 2017, holders of $16.0 million principal amount of 2013 8.00% Notes converted their notes, resulting in the issuance of 26.4 million shares of our common stock. The fair value of these shares exceeded the derivative liability and principal amount written off due to the conversions, resulting in a loss on extinguishment of debt. See Note 3: Long-Term Debt and Other Financing Arrangements, Note 4: Derivatives and Note 5: Fair Value Measurements to our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K for further discussion. Similar transactions did not occur in 2018.


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Gain on Equity Issuance
 
Gain on equity issuance was $2.7 million during 2017 driven primarily by downside protection features included in certain of our contracts relating to payment of consideration with our common stock in lieu of cash. As discussed in Note 6: Commitments to our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K, we had an agreement with Hughes whereby it exercised its right to receive a pre-payment of certain payment milestones in shares of our common stock at a 7% discount to the market value in lieu of cash. In connection with this agreement, we provided Hughes downside protection through June 30, 2017. In April 2017, Hughes sold all remaining shares of our common stock recognizing the required proceeds under the agreement. As a result of changes in the estimated value of this option between initial issuance and settlement in April 2017, we recorded non-cash gains and losses during each reporting period. This liability is no longer outstanding. There was no gain or loss on equity issuance during 2018.

 Interest Income and Expense
 
Interest income and expense, net, increased $8.8 million to expense of $43.6 million for 2018 compared to expense of $34.8 million for 2017. This increase was driven by a reduction in capitalized interest of $9.5 million due primarily to the reduction in our construction in progress balance related to our ground network, which results in lower interest eligible to be capitalized. As discussed above, we placed approximately $208.0 million of assets into service during 2018, which decreased our construction in progress balance. Gross interest costs increased $0.5 million due to an increase in interest expense on our Facility Agreement from a higher LIBOR-based interest rate and a higher principal balance outstanding on our Loan Agreement with Thermo offset by lower interest related to our 2013 8.00% Notes as the principal balance decreased significantly due to conversions in 2017. The increase in interest expense was offset by an increase in interest income of $0.8 million, resulting primarily from a higher balance in our restricted cash account. Other smaller items contributed to the remaining variance year over year.
 
Derivative Gain (Loss)
 
We recorded derivative gains of $81.1 million and $21.2 million in 2018 and 2017, respectively. We recognize gains or losses due to the change in the value of certain embedded features within our debt instruments that require standalone derivative accounting. Although fluctuation in our stock price is the most significant cause for the change in value of these derivative instruments, other inputs can impact the value including stock price volatility, discount rate, maturity date and changes in the principal amount of notes outstanding. See Note 7: Fair Value Measurements to our Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion of computation of the fair value computations of our derivatives. 

Gain on Legal Settlement
    
In May 2018, we concluded the settlement of a business economic loss claim in which we will receive proceeds of $7.4 million, net of legal fees. We received the first installment of $3.7 million in January 2019; the final installment is expected to be received in January 2020. During the second quarter of 2018, we recorded $6.8 million, the present value of such proceeds, as other income in our consolidated statement of operations. See Note 9: Contingencies to our Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion.
 
Other
 
Other expense increased slightly to $3.3 million in 2018 compared to $3.2 million in 2017. Changes in other income (expense) are due primarily to foreign currency gains and losses recognized during the respective periods given the significant financial statement items we have denominated in foreign currencies, including primarily the Brazilian real, euro and Canadian dollar. We also record the non-operating components of net periodic benefit cost to other income (loss), which did not fluctuate significantly during the respective periods.

Comparison of the Results of Operations for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016
 
Revenue:
 
During 2017, total revenue increased $15.8 million to $112.7 million from $96.9 million in 2016. This increase was due primarily to a $15.4 million increase in service revenue, which is attributable to increases in ARPU across all core business lines and growth in our total average subscriber base. Also contributing to the increase in total revenue was an increase of $0.4 million in revenue generated from subscriber equipment sales during 2017, which resulted primarily from a higher volume of Simplex units sold and higher selling prices for SPOT units, offset by a lower volume of Duplex units sold.
 

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The following table sets forth amounts and percentages of our revenue by type of service (dollars in thousands).
 
 
Year Ended
December 31, 2017
 
Year Ended
December 31, 2016
 
Revenue
 
% of Total
Revenue
 
Revenue
 
% of Total
Revenue
Service Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duplex
$
37,635

 
33
%
 
$
31,848

 
33
%
SPOT
45,427

 
40
%
 
38,157

 
40
%
Simplex
10,946

 
10
%
 
10,005

 
10
%
IGO
1,068

 
1
%
 
907

 
1
%
Other
3,397

 
3
%
 
2,152

 
2
%
Total Service Revenues
$
98,473

 
87
%
 
$
83,069

 
86
%
 
The following table sets forth amounts and percentages of our revenue generated from equipment sales (dollars in thousands).
 
 
Year Ended
December 31, 2017
 
Year Ended
December 31, 2016
 
Revenue
 
% of Total
Revenue
 
Revenue
 
% of Total
Revenue
Equipment Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duplex
$
2,754

 
2
%
 
$
3,877

 
4
%
SPOT
5,394

 
5
%
 
5,321

 
5
%
Simplex
5,243

 
5
%
 
3,765

 
4
%
IGO
779

 
1
%
 
843

 
1
%
Other
17

 
%
 
(14
)
 
%
Total Equipment Revenues
$
14,187

 
13
%
 
$
13,792

 
14
%
 
The following table sets forth our average number of subscribers and ARPU by type of revenue.
 
December 31,
 
2017
 
2016
Average number of subscribers for the year ended:
 
 
 
Duplex
72,443

 
75,925

SPOT
285,683

 
272,006

Simplex
313,553

 
300,055

IGO
37,165

 
38,618

Other
1,478

 
2,215

Total
710,322

 
688,819

 
 
 
 
ARPU (monthly):
 
 
 
Duplex
$
43.29

 
$
34.96

SPOT
13.25

 
11.69

Simplex
2.91

 
2.78

IGO
2.39

 
1.96

  
The numbers reported in the above table are subject to immaterial rounding inherent in calculating averages.


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During 2017, gross Duplex and SPOT subscriber additions were 14,660 and 74,830, respectively. During 2016, gross Duplex and SPOT subscriber additions were 20,169 and 75,163, respectively. Gross subscriber additions were higher in 2016 as we experienced higher demand due to lower service plan prices in effect and higher availability of new phone inventory. Because our Simplex subscribers are able to activate and deactivate their units several times during the year, gross Simplex subscriber additions are not considered to be a meaningful metric.

We count "subscribers" based on the number of devices that are subject to agreements that entitle them to use our voice or data communications services rather than the number of persons or entities who own or lease those devices. 

Other service revenue includes revenue generated primarily from sources which are not subscriber driven, such as engineering services. Accordingly, we do not present ARPU for other service revenue in the table above. Effective April 1, 2016, we began classifying activations fees with the service revenue to which they relate.
 
Service Revenue
 
Duplex service revenue increased 18% in 2017 due to an increase in ARPU. ARPU increased 24% in 2017 compared to 2016, contributing $7.6 million to the total Duplex service revenue increase. Higher ARPU was due primarily to rate plan changes and increased revenue from prepaid, usage-based plans. We increased prices for certain of our legacy rate plans beginning in 2016 to align our rate plans with our service levels and prospective rate plans for future products. Additionally, approximately half of our new subscribers select our prepaid, usage-based plans. These plans generally result in higher service revenue recognized when unused minutes expire on the anniversary date of the customer's contract. This accounting practice changed effective January 1, 2018 upon adoption of ASC 606 and will be reflected in prospective financial results. A decrease in average subscribers of 5% during 2017 offset partially the increase in ARPU. This decrease was due to lower gross activations resulting from fewer equipment sales over the last twelve months. The decline in the average subscriber base negatively impacted Duplex service revenue by $1.8 million in 2017.
 
SPOT service revenue increased 19% in 2017 due to increases in both ARPU and the average subscriber base. ARPU increased 13% in 2017 compared to 2016, contributing $5.1 million to the total increase in SPOT service revenue. Higher ARPU was primarily driven by rate plan increases beginning in 2016 and continuing throughout 2017. The average number of SPOT subscribers increased 5% in 2017 compared to 2016 driven by gross subscriber additions of approximately 75,000 offset partially by churn. The increase in our SPOT base contributed $2.2 million to the total SPOT service revenue increase.
 
Simplex service revenue increased 9% in 2017 due to a 4% increase in average subscribers and a 5% increase in ARPU. During 2016, the oil and gas industry downturn affected some of our largest customers and impacted our Simplex business. A combination of expansion into new markets as well as price increases contributed to the increase in total Simplex service revenue in 2017.
 
Other service revenue increased $1.2 million, or 56%, in 2017. The increase in other service revenue was due primarily to a $1.7 million increase in revenue generated from government contracts, which was driven by an increase in the volume and value of contracts awarded to us. The increase from government contracts was offset partially by the reclassification of activation fees from other revenue to Simplex and Duplex service revenue beginning in 2016, which resulted in a $0.3 million decrease. Lower revenue generated from third party sources also contributed $0.2 million to the total decrease in other service revenue.
 
Subscriber Equipment Sales
 
Revenue from Duplex equipment sales decreased $1.1 million, or 29%, in 2017. As discussed above, we experienced higher demand in 2016 due to lower service plan prices in effect and higher availability of new phone inventory. We continue to deplete our remaining inventory of GSP-1700 phones in advance of the launch of a new second-generation Duplex device.
 
Revenue from SPOT equipment sales increased $0.1 million, or 1%, in 2017. This increase resulted primarily from higher selling prices during the year due to changes in and the success of sales promotions from 2016 to 2017, offset partially by lower volume compared to the prior year period.
 
Revenue from Simplex equipment sales increased $1.5 million, or 39%, in 2017. During the third quarter of 2017, we sold a significant volume of our SmartOne asset-ready tracking device to support disaster recovery efforts related to the hurricane activity. This sale represented the majority of the increase during the year.
 

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Operating Expenses:
 
Total operating expenses increased $20.9 million, or 13%, to $181.4 million in 2017 from $160.5 million in 2016, due primarily to a $17.0 million reduction in the value of long-lived assets recorded in the fourth quarter of 2017 (see further discussion below) as well as an increase in cost of services, offset by lower and marketing, general and administrative costs.
 
Cost of Services
 
Cost of services increased $5.1 million, or 16%, to $37.0 million in 2017 from $31.9 million in 2016. These increases were due primarily to maintenance and support costs related to our ground network, which increased $2.6 million from 2016. Also contributing to the increase year over year were higher research and development costs of $2.0 million driven by new products and technology being developed internally and through external partners as well as higher personnel costs of $0.9 million due to the timing of capital projects, which increased net payroll expense when compared to 2016. These increases were offset by lower telecom service costs of $0.6 million due to cost saving initiatives implemented over the past year. Other smaller items contributed to the remaining fluctuation in cost of services during the year.
 
Cost of Subscriber Equipment Sales
 
Cost of subscriber equipment sales remained flat at $9.9 million in both 2017 and 2016. Although revenue from subscriber equipment sales increased year over year, costs remained flat. The timing of sales promotions in 2016 and 2017 impacted our revenue from subscriber equipment sales. We sold both SPOT and Duplex hardware at higher prices in 2017 compared to 2016, resulting in higher margins. Volume and mix of products sold during the respective periods as well as price variances across our worldwide markets also contribute to fluctuations in margins.
  
Cost of Subscriber Equipment Sales - Reduction in the Value of Inventory

Cost of subscriber equipment sales - reduction in the value of inventory was $0.8 million in 2017. We recognized this charge after adjusting for changes in net realizable value for certain products, particularly in certain international locations, compared to the carrying value of the inventory, as well as for a reduction in the value of prepaid inventory due to design changes for products under development. A similar inventory reserve was not required during 2016.

Marketing, General and Administrative
 
Marketing, general and administrative expenses decreased $1.9 million, or 5%, to $39.1 million in 2017 from $41.0 million in 2016. This decrease was driven primarily by lower subscriber acquisition costs of $2.3 million and professional and legal fees of $0.6 million; partially offsetting these decreases was higher stock compensation expense of $0.3 million and personnel costs of $0.6 million. Subscriber acquisition costs were down due to changes in sales strategies during the respective periods, including lower rebates and co-op marketing credits given to our resellers. The reduction in professional fees and legal expenses was driven primarily by a $1.1 million accrual recorded in the second quarter of 2016 for the settlement of litigation related to one of our international operations. This settlement was paid through the issuance of shares of our common stock in October 2016. Partially offsetting the legal settlement expense fluctuation year over year were higher costs incurred with certain contractors and advisers related to our domestic spectrum authority.

Reduction in the Value of Long-Lived Assets

As discussed in Note 2: Property and Equipment, we recorded a reduction in the carrying value of long-lived assets of $17.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2017 related to purchase and procurement costs for prepaid long-lead items ("LLI") to reflect the fair value of these assets on our consolidated balance sheet.

Reduction in the value of long-lived assets was $0.4 million in 2016. Certain of our intangible assets consist of costs associated with the efforts related to our petition to the FCC to use our licensed MSS spectrum to provide terrestrial wireless services. In November 2016, we revised our original proposal to the FCC to request terrestrial use of only our 11.5 MHz of licensed spectrum in the 2.4 GHz band. For the year ended December 31, 2016, we recorded an impairment of $0.4 million related to the portion of our efforts specific to our original proposed rules.


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Depreciation, Amortization and Accretion
 
Depreciation, amortization, and accretion expense increased $0.1 million to $77.5 million in 2017 compared to $77.4 million in 2016.

As of December 31, 2017, we had $227.2 million in construction in progress related to costs (including capitalized interest) associated with our contracts with Hughes and Ericsson to complete next-generation upgrades to our ground infrastructure. We will begin depreciating these assets when the second-generation gateways are placed into service.

Other Income (Expense):
 
Loss on Extinguishment of Debt
 
We recorded a non-cash loss on extinguishment of debt of $6.3 million during 2017 due to the conversion of a significant portion of our 2013 8.00% Notes. During the third quarter of 2017, holders of $16.0 million principal amount of 2013 8.00% Notes converted their notes, resulting in the issuance of 26.4 million shares of our common stock. The fair value of these shares exceeded the derivative liability and principal amount written off due to the conversions, resulting in a loss on extinguishment of debt. See Note 3: Long-Term Debt and Other Financing Arrangements, Note 4: Derivatives and Note 5: Fair Value Measurements to our consolidated financial statements for further discussion. Similar transactions did not occur in 2016.

Gain (Loss) on Equity Issuance
 
Gain (loss) on equity issuance was a gain of $2.7 million during 2017 and a gain of $2.4 million during 2016. This change was driven primarily by downside protection features included in certain of our contracts relating to payment of consideration with our common stock in lieu of cash.

As discussed in Note 6: Commitments to our consolidated financial statements, we had an agreement with Hughes whereby it exercised its right to receive a pre-payment of certain payment milestones in shares of our common stock at a 7% discount to the market value in lieu of cash. In connection with this agreement, we provided Hughes downside protection through June 30, 2017. In April 2017, Hughes sold all remaining shares of our common stock recognizing the required proceeds under the agreement. As a result of changes in the estimated value of this option between initial issuance and settlement in April 2017, we recorded non-cash gains and losses during each reporting period. During 2017 and 2016, we recorded a gain resulting from changes in fair value of the liability of $2.7 million and $2.8 million, respectively. This liability is no longer outstanding.

In October 2016, we settled litigation related to our Brazilian subsidiary. In connection with this settlement, we agreed to provide downside protection for the difference between the total settlement amount of 4.5 million reais and the total amount of gross proceeds the counterparty received from the sale of these shares. We accrued a total of 1.3 million reais, or $0.4 million, as of December 31, 2016 related to this downside protection. In March 2017, we settled the liability through the final payment of approximately 0.3 million shares of our common stock. We recorded this non-cash loss of $0.4 million and less than $0.1 million, during the fourth quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017, respectively.

 Interest Income and Expense
 
Interest income and expense, net, decreased $1.2 million to expense of $34.8 million for 2017 compared to expense of $36.0 million for 2016. This fluctuation is due primarily to an increase in gross interest costs of $3.0 million from 2016 to 2017, resulting primarily from a higher LIBOR-based interest rate on our Facility Agreement and a higher principal balance outstanding on our Loan Agreement with Thermo. The increase in gross interest expense was offset by an increase in capitalized interest of $3.9 million from 2016 to 2017, due primarily to an increase in our construction in progress balance related to our ground network, which result in higher interest eligible to be capitalized.
 
Derivative Gain (Loss)
 
Derivative gain (loss) fluctuated by $62.7 million to a gain of $21.2 million in 2017 compared to a loss of $41.5 million in 2016. We recognize gains or losses due to the change in the value of certain embedded features within our debt instruments that require standalone derivative accounting. Although fluctuation in our stock price is the most significant cause for the change in value of these derivative instruments, other inputs can impact the value including volatility, discount rate, maturity date and changes in the principal amount of notes outstanding. Our stock price fluctuated significantly during 2017 and 2016, resulting in material non-cash derivative gains and losses in these periods. See Note 5: Fair Value Measurements to our Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion of computation of the fair value computations of our derivatives. 

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Other
 
Other income (expense) fluctuated by $2.5 million to an expense of $2.9 million in 2017 from expense of $0.4 million in 2016. Changes in other income (expense) are due primarily to foreign currency gains and losses recognized during the respective periods given the significant financial statement items we have denominated in foreign currencies, including primarily the Brazilian real, euro and Canadian dollar.

Income Tax Benefit (Expense)

Income tax benefit (expense) fluctuated $6.7 million to an expense of $0.2 million in 2017 compared to a benefit of $6.5 million in 2016. As a result of the expiration of the statute of limitations associated with the tax position of one of our foreign subsidiaries during the third quarter of 2016, we removed $6.3 million in unrecognized tax positions, inclusive of cumulative interest and penalties, from our non-current liabilities resulting in a corresponding tax benefit. Similar activity did not recur in 2017.

As discussed in Note 11: Taxes in our Consolidated Financial Statements, on December 22, 2017, the U.S. enacted significant changes to the U.S. tax law. The Tax Act included significant changes to existing tax law, including a permanent reduction to the U.S. federal corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%. In connection with the Tax Act, we have remeasured our deferred tax assets with the new rate. As our deferred tax assets have a full valuation allowance, we have not recorded any income statement impact during the year ended December 31, 2017.

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Liquidity and Capital Resources
 
Our principal liquidity requirements include paying our debt service obligations and funding our operating costs, including certain contractual obligations discussed in the "Contractual Obligations and Commitments" section below. Our principal sources of liquidity include cash on hand and cash flows from operations, including funds from the settlement of a business economic loss claim (as previously discussed). We expect sources of liquidity to include funds from other debt or equity financings that have not yet been arranged. See below for further discussion. See Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors in this Report for a description of risks, some of which are beyond our control, affecting our ability to fulfill our liquidity requirements.
 
Cash Flows for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016
 
The following table shows our cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities (in thousands):
  
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
Statements of Cash Flows
 
2018
 
2017
 
2016
Net cash provided by operating activities
 
$
5,920

 
$
13,857

 
$
8,813

Net cash used in investing activities
 
(17,401
)
 
(20,776
)
 
(24,551
)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
 
(18,196
)
 
63,790

 
18,502

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
 
(112
)
 
195

 
55

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
 
$
(29,789
)
 
$
57,066

 
$
2,819

 
Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities
 
Cash provided by operations includes primarily cash receipts from subscribers related to the purchase of equipment and satellite voice and data services. We use cash in operating activities primarily for personnel costs, inventory purchases and other general corporate expenditures. Net cash provided by operating activities was $5.9 million during 2018 compared to $13.9 million during 2017. This decrease was due to unfavorable changes in certain operating assets and liabilities, primarily resulting from the timing of prepaid assets. These unfavorable changes were offset by higher net income, after adjusting for non-cash items, driven in part by price increases for our Duplex and SPOT subscribers, coupled with higher Simplex and SPOT equipment sales (as described in more detail in the Performance Indicators section of Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations).
 
Net cash provided by operating activities was $13.9 million during 2017 compared to $8.8 million during 2016. This increase was due to higher net income, after adjusting for non-cash items, offset by unfavorable changes in certain operating assets and liabilities, primarily resulting from higher inventory purchases in 2017.  

Cash Flows Used in Investing Activities
 
Net cash used in investing activities was $17.4 million during 2018 compared to $20.8 million during 2017. This decrease was driven by lower second-generation network additions in 2018 as we substantially completed the deployment of our next-generation ground infrastructure. This decrease was offset partially by higher property and equipment additions during 2018 as we incurred costs to bring our newly developed products into production, including software and other back-office efforts.

Net cash used in investing activities was $20.8 million during 2017 compared to $24.6 million during 2016. This decrease was driven by higher property and equipment and second-generation network additions in the prior year, offset partially by an increase in intangible assets in 2017 related to our domestic and international spectrum efforts.
 
Cash Flows Provided (Used in) by Financing Activities
 
Net cash used in financing activities was $18.2 million in 2018 compared to cash provided by financing activities of $63.8 million in 2017. The change in financing activities was driven primarily by lower cash proceeds from equity financings in 2018, resulting in a decline of cash provided to us of $100.9 million, offset partially by lower debt service payments due primarily by the payment of a $20.8 million debt restructuring fee in 2017 that did not recur in 2018.


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Net cash provided by financing activities was $63.8 million in 2017 compared to $18.5 million in 2016. This increase was due primarily to higher proceeds from equity financings, including primarily the public offering of our common stock in October 2017 of $115.0 million, offset by higher debt service payments of $63.7 million.

Overview
 
As of December 31, 2018, we held cash and cash equivalents of $15.2 million and restricted cash of $60.3 million, consisting of the balance in our debt service reserve account under our Facility Agreement. The Facility Agreement restricts the use of these funds to making principal and interest payments under the Facility Agreement. See below for further discussion. As of December 31, 2017, we held cash and cash equivalents of $41.6 million and had $63.6 million in restricted cash.
 
As of December 31, 2018, we also had a reserve of $2.3 million held with our credit card processor to address any liability arising from potential charge-backs given the growth in both volume and amount of our annual service subscriptions, among other factors. We expect that the total cash required to be withheld will increase to the required reserve balance of $5.0 million by the third quarter of 2019. The reserve amount is recorded in prepaid and other current assets on our consolidated balance sheet. We are in discussions with our senior lenders to evaluate how this reserve impacts the terms of our Facility Agreement.

The carrying amount of our current and long-term debt outstanding was $96.2 million and $367.2 million, respectively, at December 31, 2018, compared to $79.2 million and $434.7 million, respectively, at December 31, 2017. The current portion of our debt outstanding at these dates represents primarily principal payments under our Facility Agreement scheduled to occur within 12 months. At December 31, 2018, this current debt balance also included the total outstanding amount of our 2013 8.00% Notes because we currently intend on redeeming such notes in the near future if our stock price exceeds the conversion price of the notes. Accordingly, any such redemption is expected to result in the conversion of the notes by the holders in lieu of cash payment by us at par value. The $50.5 million net decrease in our total debt balance was due primarily to principal payments of $77.9 million for the Facility Agreement in June and December 2018. This decrease was offset partially by a higher carrying value of the Loan Agreement with Thermo due to interest accruing on that debt as well as accretion of the debt discount associated with the Loan Agreement with Thermo and a higher carrying value of the Facility Agreement due to accretion of debt financing costs.
 
Indebtedness and Available Credit

Facility Agreement
 
We entered into the Facility Agreement in 2009, which was amended and restated in July 2013, August 2015 and June 2017. The Facility Agreement is scheduled to mature in December 2022.

The Facility Agreement contains customary events of default and requires that we satisfy various financial and non-financial covenants. The compliance calculations of the financial covenants of the Facility Agreement permit us to include certain cash funds we receive from the issuance of our common stock and/or subordinated indebtedness before or immediately after the calculation date. We refer to these funds as "Equity Cure Contributions" and we may include them in calculating compliance with financial covenants through December 2019, subject to the conditions set forth in the Facility Agreement. If we violate any covenants and are unable to obtain a sufficient Equity Cure Contribution or a waiver, or are unable to make payments to satisfy our debt obligations under the Facility Agreement and are unable to obtain a waiver, we would be in default under the Facility Agreement, and the lenders could accelerate payment of the indebtedness. The acceleration of our indebtedness under one agreement may permit acceleration of indebtedness under other agreements that contain cross-acceleration provisions. We needed an Equity Cure Contribution to maintain compliance with financial covenants under the Facility Agreement for the measurement period ending December 31, 2018. We anticipate that we will also need Equity Cure Contributions for periods thereafter, subject to the provisions of the Facility Agreement. The source of funds for these Equity Cure Contributions has not yet been arranged. As of December 31, 2018, we were in compliance with respect to the covenants of the Facility Agreement, except for one matter. In February 2019, we were made aware that we had not complied with an administrative provision within the Facility Agreement. Prior to the issuance of these financial statements, this noncompliance was remedied within the applicable grace period in order to avoid an event of default.

The Facility Agreement also requires that we maintain a debt service reserve account that is pledged to secure all of our obligations under the Facility Agreement. We may use the debt service reserve account funds only to make principal and interest payments under the Facility Agreement. The balance in the debt service reserve account must equal the total amount of principal and interest payable on the next payment date. As of December 31, 2018, the balance in the debt service reserve account was $60.3 million and classified as restricted cash on our consolidated balance sheet.


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Our indebtedness under the Facility Agreement bears interest at a floating rate of LIBOR plus 3.75% through June 2019, increasing by an additional 0.5% each year thereafter to a maximum rate of LIBOR plus 5.75%. Interest on the Facility Agreement is payable semi-annual in arrears in June and December of each calendar year. Ninety-five percent of our obligations under the Facility Agreement are guaranteed by Bpifrance Assurance Export S.A.S. ("BPIFAE") (formerly COFACE). Our obligations under the Facility Agreement are guaranteed on a senior secured basis by all of our domestic subsidiaries and are secured by a first priority lien on substantially all of our assets and our domestic subsidiaries (other than their FCC licenses), including patents and trademarks, 100% of the equity of our domestic subsidiaries and 65% of the equity of certain foreign subsidiaries. 

See Note 5: Long-Term Debt and Other Financing Arrangements to our Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion of the Facility Agreement.

Thermo Loan Agreement
 
We have an amended and restated loan agreement with Thermo (the “Loan Agreement”). Our obligations to Thermo under the Loan Agreement are subordinated to all of our obligations under the Facility Agreement.  

Amounts outstanding under the Loan Agreement accrue interest at 12% per annum, which we capitalize and add to the outstanding principal in lieu of cash payments. We will make payments to Thermo only when permitted by the Facility Agreement. Principal and interest under the Loan Agreement become due and payable six months after the obligations under the Facility Agreement have been paid in full, or earlier if there is a change in control or any acceleration of the maturity of the loans under the Facility Agreement occurs. As of December 31, 2018, the principal amount outstanding was $119.7 million, including $76.2 million of interest that had accrued since 2009 under the Loan Agreement.

As part of the July 2013 amendment and restatement of the Loan Agreement, conversion features were added to the Loan Agreement consistent with those features in the 2013 8.00% Notes. The Loan Agreement is convertible into shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.69 (as adjusted) per share of common stock.

See Note 5: Long-Term Debt and Other Financing Arrangements in our Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion of the Thermo Loan Agreement.
 
8.00% Convertible Senior Notes Issued in 2013
 
Our 2013 8.00% Notes are convertible into shares of our common stock at a conversion price of $0.69 (as adjusted) per share of common stock. As of December 31, 2018, the principal amount outstanding of the 2013 8.00% Notes was $1.4 million. The 2013 8.00% Notes will mature on April 1, 2028, subject to various call and put features, as discussed further below. Interest on the 2013 8.00% Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on April 1 and October 1 of each year. We pay interest in cash at a rate of 5.75% per annum and by issuing additional 2013 8.00% Notes at a rate of 2.25% per annum.

A holder of 2013 8.00% Notes has the right, at the holder’s option, to require us to purchase some or all of the 2013 8.00% Notes on each of April 1, 2018 and April 1, 2023 at a price equal to the principal amount of the 2013 8.00% Notes to be purchased plus accrued and unpaid interest. The remaining holders did not exercise this option on April 1, 2018.

The indenture governing the 2013 8.00% Notes provides for customary events of default. If there is an event of default, the Trustee may, at the direction of the holders of 25% or more in aggregate principal amount of the 2013 8.00% Notes, accelerate the maturity of the 2013 8.00% Notes. As of December 31, 2018, we were in compliance under the terms of the 2013 8.00% Notes and the Indenture. 

See Note 5: Long-Term Debt and Other Financing Arrangements in our Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion of the 2013 8.00% Notes.  


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Public Offering of Common Stock

In December 2018, we entered into an underwriting agreement (the "2018 Underwriting Agreement") with Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., as the sole book-running manager, relating to the sale of 171.4 million shares of common stock, at a public offering price of $0.35 per share. Under the terms of the 2018 Underwriting Agreement, we granted the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase an additional 25.7 million shares of our common stock. This option was not exercised.

We received approximately $59.1 million in net proceeds from the sale of our common stock during the 2018 offering. Eighty percent of the net proceeds from the 2018 offering was deposited into our debt service reserve account. We used the funds from the 2018 offering, together with cash on hand, to fund the principal and interest payment due in December 2018 under our Facility Agreement. The funds raised in the 2018 offering also qualified as an Equity Cure Contribution, allowing us to remain in compliance with the covenants under our Facility Agreement as of December 31, 2018.

Contractual Obligations and Commitments
 
Contractual obligations at December 31, 2018 are as follows (in thousands):  
Contractual Obligations:
 
2019
 
2020
 
2021
 
2022
 
2023
 
Thereafter
 
Total
Debt obligations (1)
 
$
96,280

 
$
100,000

 
$
100,000

 
$
94,520

 
$
206,351

 
$

 
$
597,151

Interest on long-term debt (2)
 
25,525

 
20,160

 
13,473

 
5,719

 

 

 
64,877

Network purchase obligations (3)
 
5,522

 
5,820

 
5,820

 

 

 

 
17,162

Inventory purchase obligations (4)
 
15,870

 

 

 

 

 

 
15,870

Operating lease obligations (5)
 
766

 
694

 
495

 
404

 
408

 
2,730

 
5,497

Pension obligations
 
1,023

 
1,025

 
1,026

 
1,052

 
1,070

 
5,623

 
10,819

Total (6)
 
$
144,986

 
$
127,699

 
$
120,814

 
$
101,695

 
$
207,829

 
$
8,353

 
$
711,376

 
(1)
These amounts include principal payments and payment in kind ("PIK") interest. Interest on the 2013 8.00% Notes is payable semi-annually in cash at a rate of 5.75% per annum and in additional notes at a rate of 2.25% per annum. The maturity date of the 2013 8.00% Notes is April 1, 2028. For purposes of this schedule, we show these notes as due in 2019 because we expect to redeem the notes in the near future; amounts also include expected PIK interest through 2019. Interest on the Loan Agreement with Thermo accrues at 12% per annum and is capitalized and added to the total outstanding principal in lieu of cash payments. Principal and interest under the Loan Agreement with Thermo become due and payable six months after the maturity of the Facility Agreement. For purposes of this schedule, we show the Loan Agreement with Thermo as due in 2023. PIK interest for the 2013 8.00% Notes and the Loan Agreement with Thermo is shown as due in the year the underlying debt is due or may be redeemed. The table above does not consider other potential conversions as we cannot predict the amount, if any, of the notes that may be converted.

(2)
Amounts include projected interest payments to be made in cash. Debt outstanding under our Facility Agreement bears interest at a floating rate and, accordingly, we estimated our interest costs in future periods. Amounts also include projected cash interest to be paid on the 2013 8.00% Notes through December 31, 2019 (see further discussion above).

(3)
We have purchase commitments with certain vendors related to the procurement, deployment and maintenance of our second-generation network, including gateway acquisitions. We intend to continue to purchase maintenance and warranties for our second-generation network. However, there is no contractual obligation at this time for future annual payments; therefore, we have excluded maintenance and warranty payments for these contracts in the table above.

Amounts in the table above include the minimum purchase commitment of prototype and production LEO tracking antennas. Additionally, in connection with this contract, we are obligated to incur additional costs for auxiliary equipment at each installation site as well as costs for installing the antennas at each of our gateways; these amounts are not included in the table above as we can perform some of the work internally or through other vendors. The additional installation costs above and beyond the minimum purchase commitment are approximately $0.8 million in each of 2019, 2020 and 2021.

See Note 8: Commitments in our Consolidated Financial Statements for discussion on our contractual commitments.

(4)
Amounts include obligations for non-cancelable purchase orders for inventory as of December 31, 2018. This amount is reflected in 2019 based on current forecasted equipment sales.


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(5)
As of December 31, 2018, the leases for our current headquarters and our gateway in Singapore expired and converted into month to month leases. We moved into a new headquarter location in Covington, LA in February 2019. As our former headquarters lease had a remaining term of less than one year and our new lease was not signed as of December 31, 2018, amounts for both headquarters locations are not reflected in the table above. The new commercial lease agreement is with Thermo Covington, LLC. We obtained independent valuation reports for similar properties in Covington, Louisiana in order to determine the terms of the commercial lease agreement with Thermo Covington, LLC and to ensure that the lease complied with applicable rules and policies governing related-party transactions. Our new headquarters lease will have a term of ten years with annual base rental payments of approximately $1.4 million, increasing at a compounding rate of 2.5% per year. We renewed our lease agreement with our gateway in Singapore in February 2019; as this lease agreement had a remaining term of less than one year and our new lease was not signed as of December 31, 2018, amounts for this gateway location are not reflected in the table above. The Singapore gateway lease will have a total lease term of two years with annual base lease payments of approximately $0.5 million per year.

(6)
In December 2018, we entered into a Settlement Agreement, pursuant to which we are liable for plaintiffs’ legal fees and expenses in connection with the shareholder action in an amount to be determined by the Chancery Court of the State of Delaware. We expect that these costs will be at least partially covered by our directors and officers insurance policy, subject to the $1.5 million retention provided in the policy. Further discussion of the shareholder action and the Settlement Agreement is discussed in Note 9: Contingencies to our Consolidated Financial Statements. See also Item 1A: Risk Factors - We have substantial contractual obligations, which may require additional capital, the terms of which have not been arranged. The terms of our Facility Agreement could complicate raising this additional capital.

 Off-Balance Sheet Transactions 
 
We have no material off-balance sheet transactions.
 
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
 
For a discussion of recent accounting guidance and the expected impact that the guidance could have on our Consolidated Financial Statements, see Note 1: Summary of Significant Accounting Policies in our Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
 
Our discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations are based on our Consolidated Financial Statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in our Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying notes. Note 1: Summary of Significant Accounting Policies in our Consolidated Financial Statements contains a description of the accounting policies used in the preparation of our financial statements as well as the consideration of recently issued accounting standards and the estimated impact these standards will have on our financial statements. We evaluate our estimates on an ongoing basis, including those related to revenue recognition; property and equipment; income taxes; and derivative instruments. We base our estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that we believe are reasonable under the circumstances. Actual amounts could differ significantly from these estimates under different assumptions and conditions.
 
We define a critical accounting policy or estimate as one that is both important to our financial condition and results of operations and requires us to make difficult, subjective or complex judgments or estimates about matters that are uncertain. We believe that the following are the critical accounting policies and estimates used in the preparation of our Consolidated Financial Statements. In addition, there are other items within our Consolidated Financial Statements that require estimates but are not deemed critical as defined in this paragraph.


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Revenue Recognition
 
Our primary types of revenue include (i) service revenue from two-way voice communication and data transmissions and one-way data transmissions between a mobile or fixed device and (ii) subscriber equipment revenue primarily from the sale of fixed and mobile devices as well as other products and accessories. Additionally, we generate revenue by providing engineering and support services to certain customers.

Unless otherwise disclosed, service revenue is recognized over a period of time (consistent with the customer's receipt and consumption of the benefits of our performance) and revenue from the sale of subscriber equipment is recognized at a point in time (consistent with the transfer of risks and rewards of ownership of the hardware). We record customer payments received in advance of the corresponding service period as deferred revenue. We provide Duplex, SPOT and Simplex services directly to customers and indirectly through resellers and IGOs. Credits granted to customers are expensed or charged against revenue or accounts receivable over the remaining term of the customer contract. Subscriber acquisition costs primarily include dealer and internal sales commissions and certain other costs, including but not limited to, promotional costs, cooperative marketing credits and shipping and fulfillment costs. We capitalize incremental costs to obtain a contract to the extent we expect to recover them; these costs include internal and external initial activation commissions. All other subscriber acquisitions costs are expensed at the time of the related sale.

Duplex Service Revenue
 
We recognize revenue for monthly access fees in the period services are rendered.  Access fees represent the minimum monthly charge for each line of service based on its associated rate plan. We also recognize revenue for airtime minutes and data in excess of the monthly access fees in the period such minutes or data are used. Under certain annual plans whereby a customer prepays for a predetermined amount of minutes and data, revenue is recognized consistent with the customer's expected pattern of usage based on historical experience because we believe that this method most accurately depicts the satisfaction of our obligation to the customer. For annual plans where the customer is charged an annual fee to access our system, we recognize revenue on a straight-line basis over the term of the plan.
 
SPOT Service Revenue
 
We sell SPOT services as monthly, annual or multi-year plans and recognize revenue on a straight-line basis over the service term, beginning when the service is activated by the customer.
 
Simplex Service Revenue

We sell Simplex services as monthly, annual or multi-year plans and recognize revenue ratably over the service term or as service is used, beginning when the service is activated by the customer.

IGO Service Revenue
 
We earn a portion of our revenues through the sale of airtime minutes or data on a wholesale basis to IGOs. Revenue from services provided to IGOs is recognized based upon airtime minutes or data packages used by customers of the IGO and in accordance with contractual fee arrangements.
 
Other Service Revenue
 
We also provide certain engineering services to assist customers in developing new applications related to our system. We generally recognize the revenues associated with these services when the services are rendered and our obligation to the customer is satisfied.

Equipment Revenue
 
Subscriber equipment revenue represents the sale of fixed and mobile user terminals, SPOT and Simplex products, and accessories to these products. We recognize revenue upon shipment provided control has transferred to the customer. We sell equipment designed to work on our network through various channels.
 

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Multiple-Element Arrangement Contracts

At times, we sell subscriber equipment through multiple-element arrangement contracts with services. When we sell subscriber equipment and services in bundled arrangements and determine that we have separate performance obligations, we allocate the bundled contract price among the various performance obligations based on relative stand-alone selling prices at contract inception of the distinct goods or services underlying each performance obligation and recognizes them when, or as, each performance obligation is satisfied.
 
Property and Equipment
 
We capitalize costs associated with the design, manufacture, test and launch of our low earth orbit satellites. We track capitalized costs associated with our satellites by fixed asset category and allocate them to each asset as it comes into service. For assets that are sold or retired, including satellites that are de-orbited and no longer providing services, we remove the estimated cost and accumulated depreciation. We recognize a loss from an in-orbit failure of a satellite equal to its net book value, if any, in the period it is determined that the satellite is not recoverable.
 
We depreciate satellites over their estimated useful lives, beginning on the date each satellite is placed into service. We evaluate the appropriateness of estimated depreciable lives assigned to our property and equipment and revise such lives to the extent warranted by changing facts and circumstances.
 
We capitalize costs associated with the design, manufacture and test of our ground stations and other capital assets. We track capitalized costs associated with our ground stations and other capital assets by fixed asset category and allocate them to each asset as it comes into service.
 
We review the carrying value of our assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the recorded value may not be recoverable. We look to current and future undiscounted cash flows, excluding financing costs, as primary indicators of recoverability. If we determine that impairment exists, we calculate any related impairment loss based on fair value.

Income Taxes
 
We use the asset and liability method of accounting for income taxes. This method takes into account the differences between financial statement treatment and tax treatment of certain transactions. We recognize deferred tax assets and liabilities for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax basis. We measure deferred tax assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. Our deferred tax calculation requires us to make certain estimates about our future operations. Changes in state, federal and foreign tax laws, as well as changes in our financial condition or the carrying value of existing assets and liabilities, could affect these estimates. We recognize the effect of a change in tax rates as income or expense in the period that the rate is enacted; however, as we have a full valuation allowance on our deferred tax assets, there is no impact to the consolidated statements of operations and balance sheets.
 
GAAP requires us to assess whether it is more likely than not that we will be able to realize some or all of our deferred tax assets. If we cannot determine that deferred tax assets are more likely than not to be recoverable, GAAP requires us to provide a valuation allowance against those assets. This assessment takes into account factors including: (a) the nature, frequency, and severity of current and cumulative financial reporting losses; (b) sources of estimated future taxable income; and (c) tax planning strategies. We must weigh heavily a pattern of recent financial reporting losses as a source of negative evidence when determining our ability to realize deferred tax assets. Projections of estimated future taxable income exclusive of reversing temporary differences are a source of positive evidence only when the projections are combined with a history of recent profitable operations and can be reasonably estimated. Otherwise, GAAP requires that we consider projections inherently subjective and generally insufficient to overcome negative evidence that includes cumulative losses in recent years. If necessary and available, we would implement tax planning strategies to accelerate taxable amounts to utilize expiring carryforwards. These strategies would be a source of additional positive evidence supporting the realization of deferred tax assets.
 
Derivative Instruments
 
We recognize all derivative instruments as either assets or liabilities on the balance sheet at their respective fair values. We record recognized gains or losses on derivative instruments in the consolidated statements of operations.
 

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We estimate the fair values of our derivative financial instruments using various techniques that are considered to be consistent with the objective of measuring fair values. In selecting the appropriate technique, we consider, among other factors, the nature of the instrument, the market risks that embody it and the expected means of settlement. There are various features embedded in our debt instruments that require bifurcation from the debt host. For the conversion options and the contingent put features in the Loan Agreement with Thermo and the 2013 8.00% Notes, we use a Monte Carlo simulation model to determine fair value. Valuations derived from these models are subject to ongoing internal and external verification and review. Estimating fair values of derivative financial instruments requires the development of significant and subjective estimates that may, and are likely to, change over the duration of the instrument with related changes in internal and external market factors. Our financial position and results of operations may vary materially from quarter-to-quarter based on conditions other than our operating revenues and expenses.
 
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
 
Our services and products are sold, distributed or available in over 120 countries. Our international sales are denominated primarily in Canadian dollars, Brazilian reais and euros. In some cases, insufficient supplies of U.S. currency may require us to accept payment in other foreign currencies. We reduce our currency exchange risk from revenues in currencies other than the U.S. dollar by requiring payment in U.S. dollars whenever possible and purchasing foreign currencies on the spot market when rates are favorable. We currently do not purchase hedging instruments to hedge foreign currencies. We are obligated to enter into currency hedges with the lenders to the Facility Agreement no later than 90 days after any fiscal quarter during which more than 25% of revenues is denominated in a single currency other than U.S. or Canadian dollars. Otherwise, we cannot enter into hedging agreements other than interest rate cap agreements or other hedges described above without the consent of the agent for the Facility Agreement, and with that consent the counterparties may only be the lenders to the Facility Agreement.

We also have operations in Venezuela. Since 2010, the Venezuelan government's frequent modifications to its currency laws have caused the bolivar to devalue significantly and resulted in Venezuela being considered a highly inflationary economy. We continue to monitor the significant uncertainty surrounding current Venezuela exchange mechanisms.

Our interest rate risk arises from our variable rate debt under our Facility Agreement, under which loans bear interest at a floating rate based on the LIBOR. In order to reduce the interest rate risk, we completed an arrangement with the lenders under the Facility Agreement to limit the interest to which we are exposed. The interest rate cap provides limits on the 6-month Libor rate (Base Rate) used to calculate the coupon interest on outstanding amounts on the Facility Agreement to be capped at 5.50% should the Base Rate not exceed 6.5%. Should the Base Rate exceed 6.5%, our Base Rate will be 1% less than the then 6-month LIBOR rate. We have $389.4 million in principal outstanding under the Facility Agreement. A 1.0% change in interest rates would result in a change to interest expense of approximately $3.9 million annually.

See Note 7: Fair Value Measurements in our Consolidated Financial Statements for discussion of our financial assets and liabilities measured at fair market value and the market factors affecting changes in fair market value of each.


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Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
 
INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
 
Page
Audited Consolidated Financial Statements of Globalstar, Inc.
Report of Crowe LLP, independent registered public accounting firm
Consolidated balance sheets at December 31, 2018 and 2017
Consolidated statements of operations for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016
Consolidated statements of comprehensive income (loss) for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016
Consolidated statements of stockholders’ equity for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016
Consolidated statements of cash flows for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements


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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Stockholders and the Board of Directors of Globalstar, Inc.
Covington, Louisiana

Opinions on the Financial Statements and Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Globalstar, Inc. (the "Company") as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income (loss), stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2018, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the "financial statements"). We also have audited the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2018, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework: (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO).

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2018 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2018, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework: (2013) issued by COSO.

Basis for Opinions

The Company's management is responsible for these financial statements, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting, and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Item 9A - Management's Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company's financial statements and an opinion on the Company's internal control over financial reporting based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) ("PCAOB") and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud, and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects.

Our audits of the financial statements included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

Definition and Limitations of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

A company's internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company's internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company's assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

/s/ Crowe LLP

We have served as the Company's auditor since 2006.

Oak Brook, Illinois
February 28, 2019 

53



GLOBALSTAR, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except par value and share data)
 
 
December 31,
 
2018
 
2017
ASSETS
 

 
 

Current assets:
 

 
 

Cash and cash equivalents
$
15,212

 
$
41,644

Restricted cash
60,278

 
63,635

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $3,382 and $3,610, respectively
19,327

 
17,113

Inventory
14,274

 
7,273

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
13,410

 
6,745

Total current assets
122,501

 
136,410

Property and equipment, net
882,695

 
971,119

Intangible and other assets, net of accumulated amortization of $7,930 and $7,314, respectively
40,286

 
21,736

Total assets
$
1,045,482

 
$
1,129,265

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 

 
 

Current liabilities:
 

 
 

Current portion of long-term debt
$
96,249

 
$
79,215

Accounts payable
6,995

 
6,048

Accrued contract termination charge

 
21,002

Accrued expenses
23,085

 
20,754

Payables to affiliates
656

 
225

Derivative liabilities
757

 
1,326

Deferred revenue
31,938

 
31,747

Total current liabilities
159,680

 
160,317

Long-term debt, less current portion
367,202

 
434,651

Employee benefit obligations
4,489

 
4,389

Derivative liabilities
146,108

 
226,659

Deferred revenue
5,692

 
6,052

Other non-current liabilities
3,366

 
5,973

Total non-current liabilities
526,857

 
677,724

 
 
 
 
Commitments and contingent liabilities (Notes 8 and 9)


 


 
 
 
 
Stockholders’ equity:
 

 
 

Preferred Stock of $0.0001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized and none issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively

 

Series A Preferred Convertible Stock of $0.0001 par value; one share authorized and none issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively

 

Voting Common Stock of $0.0001 par value; 1,500,000,000 shares authorized; 1,446,783,645 and 1,261,949,123 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively
145

 
126

Nonvoting Common Stock of $0.0001 par value; 400,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively

 

Additional paid-in capital
1,937,364

 
1,869,339

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(3,839
)
 
(6,939
)
Retained deficit
(1,574,725
)
 
(1,571,302
)
Total stockholders’ equity
358,945

 
291,224

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
1,045,482

 
$
1,129,265

See accompanying notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

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GLOBALSTAR, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
2018
 
2017
 
2016
Revenue:
 

 
 

 
 

Service revenue
$
111,089

 
$
98,473

 
$
83,069

Subscriber equipment sales
19,024

 
14,187

 
13,792

Total revenue
130,113

 
112,660

 
96,861

Operating expenses:
 

 
 

 
 

Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation, amortization and accretion shown separately below)
37,648

 
37,022

 
31,908

Cost of subscriber equipment sales
14,441

 
9,944

 
9,907

Cost of subscriber equipment sales - reduction in the value of inventory

 
843

 

Marketing, general and administrative
55,443

 
38,759

 
40,559

Reduction in the value of long-lived assets

 
17,040

 
350

Revision to contract termination charge
(20,478
)
 

 

Depreciation, amortization and accretion
90,438

 
77,498

 
77,390

Total operating expenses
177,492

 
181,106

 
160,114

Loss from operations
(47,379
)
 
(68,446
)
 
(63,253
)
Other income (expense):
 

 
 

 
 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 
(6,306
)
 

Gain on equity issuance

 
2,670

 
2,400

Interest income and expense, net of amounts capitalized
(43,612
)
 
(34,771
)
 
(35,952
)
Derivative gain (loss)
81,120

 
21,182

 
(41,531
)
Gain on legal settlement
6,779

 

 

Other
(3,299
)
 
(3,213
)
 
(853
)
Total other income (expense)
40,988

 
(20,438
)
 
(75,936
)
Loss before income taxes
(6,391
)
 
(88,884
)
 
(139,189
)
Income tax expense (benefit)
125

 
190

 
(6,543
)
Net loss
$
(6,516
)
 
$
(89,074
)
 
$
(132,646
)
Loss per common share:
 

 
 

 
 

Basic
$
(0.01
)
 
$
(0.08
)
 
$
(0.12
)
Diluted
(0.01
)
 
(0.08
)
 
(0.12
)
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
 

 
 

 
 

Basic
1,269,548

 
1,166,581

 
1,064,443

Diluted
1,269,548

 
1,166,581

 
1,064,443

 
See accompanying notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 


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GLOBALSTAR, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(In thousands)
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
2018
 
2017
 
2016
Net loss
$
(6,516
)
 
$
(89,074
)
 
$
(132,646
)
Other comprehensive income (loss):
 

 
 

 
 

Defined benefit pension plan liability adjustment
(64
)
 
384

 
221

Net foreign currency translation adjustment
3,164

 
(1,945
)
 
(766
)
Total other comprehensive income (loss)
3,100

 
(1,561
)
 
(545
)
Total comprehensive loss
$
(3,416
)
 
$
(90,635
)
 
$
(133,191
)
  
See accompanying notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 


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GLOBALSTAR, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
(In thousands)
 
Common
Shares
Common
Stock
Amount
Additional
Paid-In
Capital
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)
Retained
Deficit
Total
Balances - December 31, 2015
1,038,457

$
103

$
1,591,443

$
(4,833
)
$
(1,349,582
)
$
237,131

Net issuance of restricted stock awards and recognition of stock-based compensation
3,246


4,136



4,136

Contribution of services


548



548

Issuance of stock for employee stock option exercises
177


97



97

Issuance of stock through employee stock purchase plan
723


1,086



1,086

Issuance of stock to Thermo from exercise of warrants
13,620

2

2,615



2,617

Issuance of stock to Terrapin
49,072

5

47,995



48,000

Issuance of stock for legal settlement
1,316


1,395



1,395

Other comprehensive loss



(545
)

(545
)
Net loss




(132,646
)
(132,646
)
Balances – December 31, 2016
1,106,611

$
110

$
1,649,315

$
(5,378
)
$
(1,482,228
)
$
161,819

Net issuance of restricted stock awards and recognition of stock-based compensation
3,088

1

4,040



4,041

Contribution of services


548



548

Issuance of stock for employee stock option exercises
102


71



71

Issuance of stock through employee stock purchase plan
775


1,151



1,151

Issuance of stock to Terrapin
8,867

1

11,999



12,000

Issuance of stock to Thermo from exercise of warrants
24,571

2

243



245

Issuance of stock to Thermo for equity financing
17,838

2

32,998



33,000

Common stock issued in connection with conversions of 2013 8.00% Notes
26,411

3

53,614



53,617

Issuance of stock for legal settlement
321


453



453

Issuance of stock for public offering
73,365

7

114,986



114,993

Stock offering issuance costs


(300
)


(300
)
Investment in business


221



221

Other comprehensive loss



(1,561
)

(1,561
)