Amersfoort, March 10, 2017 -- Mars One Ventures AG announced that the share capital increased by 478,887,500 shares for the takeover. The Swiss Commercial Register has approved the capital increase based on an independent valuation report by a Swiss auditor, valuing Mars One at US$ 389,300,000 (which is the equivalent to € 368,742,600 at the current EUR/USD exchange rate of 1.06).
"We're pleased that the capital increase of Mars One Ventures AG was carried out, completing the transaction for the takeover and actually thrilled with the valuation of our company" Bas Lansdorp, CEO and co-founder of Mars One, said today. "The valuation is based on an independent review of our revenue projections, based on previous results, and results in a value per share of about €0.74, which is well above the current share price at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange."
Over the last years, the whole space industry has benefited from the increased interest in Mars exploration and because of that Mars One, has experienced a significant increase in interest for its mission to Mars. An important factor in the increase of public interest are the efforts of upcoming space countries, including India’s successful orbit insertion in 2014 at a fraction of the costs of previous Mars mission, and UAE’s plans to launch a Mars spacecraft in 2020. Other important factors include the significant technical achievements of several private space companies such as SpaceX and Blue Origin, the successes of movies and TV series, such as ‘The Martian’, and National Geographic's 'Mars' Series. Finally there is the continued interest in existing Mars missions like ESA’s ExoMars mission and NASA’s active orbiters and rover missions. “The increased interest in Mars programs has a major positive impact on the business potential of Mars One Ventures, as it is based on the public interest for and therefore commercial value of Mars One’s mission to Mars,” explains Lansdorp.
About Mars One
Mars One aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Before carefully selected and trained crews will depart to Mars, several unmanned missions will be completed, establishing a habitable settlement waiting for the first astronauts to arrive.
Mars One consists of two entities: the not-for-profit Mars One Foundation and the publicly trading Mars One Ventures AG [FRA: KCC], ISIN: CH0132106482. The Mars One Foundation implements, and manages the mission and owns the mission hardware. It also selects and trains the crews, and is building an ever growing community of experts and supporters that follow the progress of the mission and contribute to it.
Mars One Ventures holds the exclusive monetization rights around the Mars One mission. There are many revenue possibilities around the mission to Mars: merchandise, ads on video content, broadcasting rights, partnerships, Intellectual Property, events, games, apps, and many more.
For more information about Mars One, please visit www.mars-one.com.