FILE PHOTO: The Canadarm2 robotic arm, built by Canadian technology company MDA, is seen over the uncrewed SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft as it makes the first Commercial Crew vehicle to visit the International Space Station March 4, 2019. NASA/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo
(Reuters) – U.S. satellite imagery company Maxar Technologies Inc said on Monday it would sell its Canadian space robotics business to a consortium led by Northern Private Capital (NPC) for C$1 billion ($765 million), in a bid to ease its debt.
The company’s shares were up 16.2% in premarket trading.
Maxar will retain its U.S.-based space robotics division, which is responsible for developing the robotic hardwares used in NASA’s Mars 2020 rover.
“This transaction combined with the recently completed sale of real estate in Palo Alto reduces Maxar’s overall debt by more than $1 billion,” said Chief Financial Officer Biggs Porter. As of September, Maxar had a total debt