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Why Gogo, Inc. Stock Dropped 25.4% in June

By Steve Symington - Jul 13, 2016 at 3:20PM

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The in-flight entertainment specialist fell after a competitor won an enviable contract.

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What: Shares of Gogo Inc. (GOGO -0.35%) fell 25.4% in the month of June, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence, after its competitor ViaSat (VSAT 0.25%) secured a coveted deal.

So what: The news broke with a press release from ViaSat early in the month, driving shares of Gogo down nearly 15% on June 3 alone. That release stated ViaSat would utilize its award-winning Ka-band satellite system to provide high-speed onboard Wi-Fi on American Airlines' 737 MAX fleet, with the first planes scheduled to go into service in September 2017.

But that's not to say Gogo was entirely left out of the loop. American Airlines also signed an amended agreement with Gogo to provide in-flight wireless internet on roughly 560 aircraft in its domestic fleet, including equipment and service purchases to transition almost 140 mainline aircraft from Gogo's ATD/ATG-4 technology to its newer 2Ku technology. However, it didn't help that all of those aircraft were already covered under a previous contract with Gogo. And Gogo elaborated that 550 Gogo-installed mainline aircraft currently under contract are "subject to deinstallation at any time at American's option."

What's more, this was a big letdown for investors considering Gogo shares had only just skyrocketed more than 16% in late May after it opted not to proceed with an offering of $525 million in aggregate principle of 12% senior secured notes due in 2020 -- which was meant to repay existing debt and provide working capital -- after receiving a seemingly promising "proposal from a major airline customer." We now know that proposal was the aforementioned expanded deal with American, and Gogo has since resumed its efforts to raise capital, later pricing and launching a $500 million senior secured notes offering due 2022. 

Now what: Gogo also later announced a separate agreement with Delta Air Lines subsidiary Delta Private Jets (DPJ), though that involves DPJ's much more modest plans to equip its fleet of 70 aircraft with Gogo's Biz 4G technology. But in the end, it wasn't enough to offset the buildup and subsequent disappointment of the underwhelming American Airlines deal for Gogo, and it's no surprise shares fell so hard last month.

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