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During the global pandemic recovery, stocks for space-related companies recovered at a quicker rate than traditional stocks, as shown in this S-Network Space Index analysis.
In the fourth quarter of 2021, selected space-related stocks that were included in the S-Network Space Index for analysis did not perform as well as benchmark indexes.
In less than four years, the value of equity financing behind space-related investment increased more than fourfold.
Performance of space company stocks included in the S-Network Space Index for Q3 2021.
This chart shows how space companies included in the S-Network Space Index in Q3 2021 are represented by nation.
Virgin Galactic (-45%) had been trending upward in Q2 in anticipation of founder Richard Branson’s suborbital spaceflight as part of the first passenger flight by the company, which occurred near the beginning of Q3 on July 11. The momentary stock price peak following the successful flight, and its accompanying media fanfare, quickly disappeared as the company announced the issuance of $500 million in additional shares the following day.
At the end of Q2, U.S.-listed companies comprised 77.35% of the weight of the overall index, with France in second place at 9.94%, followed by Canada at 4.98%, Japan at 3.99%, the Netherlands at 2.62%, and Italy at 1.12%. Israel is not formally included because Gilat (4.5% of the index weight) is listed on Israeli and U.S. exchanges, and the U.S. listing is used for the index due to higher trading activity.
In the second quarter of 2021, the S-Network Space Index (SNET SPACE) outperformed other benchmark indexes, gaining 9.4%. This compares to an 8.2% increase for the S-Network U.S. Equity 3000 Index (SNET 3000), which tracks the 3,000 largest (by market capitalization) U.S. stocks.
On March19, 2021, the index underwent its quarterly rebalancing to maintain compliance with the index rules—adjusting the relative contributions of each of the constituent companies. In contrast with early 2020, which saw multiple out-of-cycle changes due to company bankruptcies, there were no changes to the constituents, and the index continued to track 31 companies.
Assessing the multi-year performance of the S-Network Space Index since live calculation began in May 2018, the outperformance in Q1 2021 was insufficient to close the substantial gap the SNET 3000 and SNET Global 2500 opened up in late 2019 and early 2020.