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Loral Provides Update on Strategic Alternatives for Telesat and Space Systems/Loral

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Loral Provides Update on Strategic Alternatives for Telesat and Space Systems/Loral05:00 EDT Thursday, August 04, 2011NEW YORK, Aug. 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Loral Space & Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:LORL) today provided an update on the previously announced initiatives to explore strategic alternatives for Telesat and Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). In 2010, Telesat initiated a process to explore strategic alternatives. Among other initiatives, potential purchasers participated in a process to explore a potential acquisition of all or a portion of the shareholders' interests in Telesat.  The process resulted in several acquisition offers; however, none of these offers was deemed to be acceptable, and, as a result, discussions with the potential purchasers were terminated.  Telesat and its shareholders are continuing to explore additional alternatives for Telesat, including potential recapitalization transactions. After having evaluated various strategic alternatives for its non-Telesat assets, Loral is now focusing primarily on a potential spin-off of SS/L, Loral's satellite manufacturing subsidiary. There can be no assurance whether or when any transaction involving Loral, Telesat or SS/L will occur.About Loral Space & Communications Loral Space & Communications is a satellite communications company.  It is a world-class leader in the design and manufacture of satellites and satellite systems for commercial and government applications including direct-to-home television, broadband communications, wireless telephony, weather monitoring and air traffic management.  Loral also owns 64 percent of Telesat Canada, a global operator of telecommunications and direct broadcast satellites used to distribute video entertainment programming, broadband data, and provide access to Internet services and other value-added communications services.  For more information, visit Loral's web site at www.loral.com. LORL-G This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words "believes," "expects," "plans," "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "anticipates," "estimates," "project," "intend" or "outlook" or other variations of these words or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information.  In addition, Loral Space & Communications Inc. or its representatives have made or may make forward-looking statements, orally or in writing, which may be included in, but are not limited to, various filings made from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and press releases or oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer of the company.  Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results as a result of certain risks and uncertainties which are described as "Risk Factors" and in the "Commitments and Contingencies" note to our financial statements in the current Form 10-Q and in Loral's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.  The reader is specifically referred to this document, as well as the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to (1) risks associated with financial factors, including swings in the global financial markets, financial covenants in SS/L's credit agreement, increases in interest rates and access to capital; (2) risks associated with satellite manufacturing, including competition, cyclicality of SS/L's end-user markets, contractual risks, creditworthiness of customers, performance of suppliers and management of our factory and personnel; (3) risks associated with satellite services, including dependence on large customers, launch delays and failures, in-orbit failures and competition; (4) regulatory risks, such as the effect of U.S. export control and economic sanction laws; and (5) other risks, including litigation. The foregoing list of important factors is not exclusive.  Furthermore, Loral operates in an industry sector where securities values may be volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond Loral's control.CONTACT: Wendy Lewis Tel: 650-852-5188 Email: lewisw@ssd.loral.com