Loral and MDA Receive Approval for SS/L Sale From the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

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NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 20, 2012) - Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL) today announced that Loral and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) were notified today by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) that CFIUS had concluded its review and investigation of the proposed sale of Space Systems/Loral, Inc. (SS/L) by Loral to a subsidiary of MDA and determined that there are no unresolved national security concerns with respect to the transaction.

The transaction remains subject to the receipt of certain other regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2012.

About Loral Space & Communications Inc.
Loral Space & Communications is a satellite communications company. Through its Space Systems/Loral subsidiary, the company 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, one of the world's largest providers of satellite services. Telesat operates a fleet of telecommunications satellites used to broadcast video entertainment programming, distribute direct-to-home video and broadband data services, and other value-added communications services. On June 26, 2012, Loral announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to sell Space Systems/Loral to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA). The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory and other customary closing conditions. For more information, visit Loral's web site at www.loral.com. LORL-F

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 the financial statements in the current Form 10-K and in Loral's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The reader is specifically referred to these documents, 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; (5) risks related to the proposed sale of SS/L, including the effect on the business of SS/L prior to the consummation of the sale and the ability to satisfy the contractual conditions to closing the sale, including the receipt of regulatory approval; and (6) 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.

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