SIRIUS XM Radio Reports First Quarter 2010 Results

Pro Forma Revenue of $670.6 Million, Up 11% Year Over Year – Record Pro Forma Adjusted Income From Operations, up 45% Year Over Year to $157.8 Million – Net Income Per Common Share of $0.01 Versus ($0.07) a Year Ago

NEW YORK, NY – May 4, 2010 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – SIRIUS XM Radio (NasdaqGS: SIRI) today announced first quarter 2010 financial and operating results, including $670.6 million in pro forma revenue, up 11% over first quarter 2009 pro forma revenue of $605.5 million; and $157.8 million in first quarter 2010 pro forma adjusted income from operations, an increase of 45% over first quarter 2009 pro forma adjusted income from operations of $108.8 million.

“Continued positive subscriber growth, double-digit growth in revenue, and a sharp focus on costs resulted in the highest quarterly adjusted operating income in the company’s history,” said Mel Karmazin, Chief Executive Officer, SIRIUS XM Radio. “As the leader in audio entertainment, these results show the tremendous appeal of our service and the strength of our business model. The continuing recovery of the automotive sector and expanding signs of increased consumer spending are encouraging signs for the company’s growth prospects.”

SIRIUS XM ended first quarter 2010 with 18,944,199 subscribers, up 344,765 from 18,599,434 subscribers at the end of first quarter 2009. Net subscriber additions of 171,441 in the first quarter of 2010 improved significantly from a loss of 404,422 subscribers in the first quarter of 2009. In the first quarter 2010, pro forma average revenue per subscriber (ARPU), which includes the U.S. Music Royalty Fee, was $11.48, an increase of 10% from pro forma ARPU of $10.48 in the first quarter 2009. The company’s self-pay monthly customer churn rate was 2.0% in the first quarter 2010, as compared with self-pay monthly customer churn of 2.2% in the first quarter 2009.

Free cash flow in the first quarter 2010 was ($127.2) million compared to ($3.6) million in the first quarter of 2009. Net Income plus non cash operating activities increased by $43.7 million, or 89%, to $93 million in the first quarter of 2010 from $49.3 million in the first quarter of 2009. This increase was offset by changes in operating assets and liabilities as a result of the early repayment of approximately $61 million deferred in 2009 that was scheduled to be repaid, at 15% interest, in monthly installments from April 2010 through March 2011, a lump sum programming payment in the first quarter of 2010 that was paid over the course of the year in 2009 and the payment of 2009 bonuses in cash as opposed to stock in the prior year resulting in an increase in net cash used in operating activities of $104.6 million. In addition, capital expenditures in the first quarter of 2010 increased by $28 million over the prior quarter period primarily due to increased satellite spending.

The company previously announced it will redeem all of the remaining $114 million of XM’s outstanding 10% Senior PIK Secured Notes due 2011 on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. “Our strong cash position, strong year-to-date subscriber growth and the improving outlook for the economy have put us in position to retire $175 million of high cost obligations a year ahead of schedule,” said David Frear, SIRIUS XM’s Chief Financial Officer. “The early retirement of the PIK Notes and the deferred payments will reduce interest expense and increase our free cash flow.”

On a GAAP basis, first quarter 2010 revenue was $663.8 million, and first quarter 2010 net income was $41.6 million, or $0.01 per share.

2010 OUTLOOK

SIRIUS XM continues to project net subscriber additions of over 500,000 for the full year. The company continues to expect to record over $2.7 billion of pro forma revenue in 2010 and to achieve pro forma adjusted income from operations of approximately $550 million. Free cash flow is expected to remain positive for the full year.

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SOURCE: Market Watch

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