SIRIUS XM Radio Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results

2008-08-07 06:00:00

SIRIUS XM Radio Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results

              - Revenue of $283 Million, Up 25% Year Over Year

    - Total Subscribers of More Than 8.9 Million, Up 25% Year Over Year

                  - Record Second Quarter Gross Additions

        - Adjusted Loss from Operations Improves 70% Year Over Year



    NEW YORK, Aug. 7 /EMWNews/ -- SIRIUS XM Radio (Nasdaq:

SIRI) today announced stand alone SIRIUS Satellite Radio second quarter

2008 financial results, including a 25% increase in revenue to $283.0

million, total subscribers in excess of 8.9 million and a 70% decrease in

the adjusted loss from operations.



    



    "Second quarter stand-alone SIRIUS results once again demonstrated that

we achieved strong revenue growth and solid cost control," said Mel

Karmazin, CEO of SIRIUS. "Despite a tough economy and weak auto sales,

gross additions set a new second quarter record. In the second quarter both

revenue and subscribers grew 25% as compared with last year, while cash

costs remained essentially flat leading to a 70% reduction in our second

quarter EBITDA loss."



    "The combined company now has an annualized revenue run-rate of over

$2.4 billion, making SIRIUS XM Radio one of the fastest growing and best

positioned subscription media businesses. With rapid integration efforts

underway, we started realizing synergies on Day 1. We expect to realize

$400 million in synergies next year and see this figure growing

substantially beyond 2009."



    SIRIUS ended the second quarter 2008 with 8,924,139 subscribers up 25%

from 7,142,538 subscribers at the end of the second quarter 2007. Retail

subscribers increased 7% in the second quarter 2008 to 4,676,814 from

4,364,646 at the end of the second quarter 2007. OEM subscribers increased

53% in the second quarter 2008 to 4,247,325 from 2,777,892 at the end of

second quarter 2007. During the second quarter 2008, SIRIUS added 279,820

net subscribers.



    Total revenue for the second quarter 2008 increased to $283.0 million,

up 25% from second quarter 2007 total revenue of $226.4 million. Second

quarter 2008 average monthly self-pay customer churn rate was 1.6%. The

second quarter 2008 conversion rate was approximately 48%. SAC per gross

subscriber addition was $78 in the second quarter 2008, an improvement of

27% over second quarter 2007 SAC per gross subscriber addition of $107.



    RESULTS OF OPERATIONS



    The discussion of operating expenses below excludes the effects of

stock-based compensation. SIRIUS believes this presentation improves the

transparency of disclosure and is consistent with the way operating results

are evaluated by management.



    SECOND QUARTER 2008 VERSUS SECOND QUARTER 2007



    For the second quarter of 2008, SIRIUS recognized total revenue of

$283.0 million compared to $226.4 million for the second quarter of 2007.

This 25%, or $56.6 million, increase in revenue was driven by a $56.9

million increase in subscriber revenue resulting from the net increase in

subscribers of 1,781,601 from the second quarter of 2007.



    The company's adjusted loss from operations decreased $55.5 million to

($23.8) million for the second quarter of 2008 from ($79.3) million for the

second quarter of 2007 (refer to the reconciliation table of net loss to

adjusted loss from operations). This decrease was primarily driven by the

increase in total revenue of $56.6 million and a $24.3 million improvement

in subscriber acquisition costs which more than offset an increase in

revenue share and royalties.



    Satellite and transmission expenses for the second quarter 2008

remained consistent with the second quarter of 2007 at $6.7 million.



    Programming and content expenses increased $1.0 million to $54.1

million for the second quarter of 2008 from $53.1 million for the second

quarter of 2007. The increase was primarily attributable to license fees

associated with new programming and higher compensation-related costs for

additions to headcount.



    Revenue share and royalties increased $19.9 million to $49.7 million

for the second quarter of 2008 from $29.8 million for the second quarter of

2007. The increase was attributable to the determination by the Copyright

Royalty Board in January 2008 of the royalty rate under the statutory

license covering the performance of sound recordings. The 25% growth in the

company's revenues also contributed to the increase in revenue share and

royalties.



    Customer service and billing expenses increased $1.2 million to $22.6

million for the second quarter of 2008 from $21.4 million for the second

quarter of 2007. The increase was primarily attributable to call center

operating costs necessary to accommodate the increase in our subscriber

base and respective transaction fees. Customer service and billing

expenses, as adjusted, per average subscriber declined 18% to $0.86 for the

second quarter of 2008 from $1.05 for the second quarter of 2007, due to

efficiencies across a larger subscriber base.



    Sales and marketing expenses increased $2.7 million to $46.7 million

for the second quarter of 2008 from $44.0 million for the second quarter of

2007. This increase was primarily attributable to equipment related

retention costs associated with efforts to retain existing subscribers that

we believe will result in higher revenue and lower churn. This was offset

by lower consumer advertising and reduced cooperative marketing spend with

the company's channel partners.



    Subscriber acquisition costs (SAC) decreased $24.3 million or 23% to

$81.4 million for the second quarter of 2008 from $105.7 million for the

second quarter of 2007. This decrease was primarily attributable to lower

retail and OEM subsidies due to better product economics.



    SAC per gross subscriber addition decreased 27% to $78 for the second

quarter of 2008 from $107 for the second quarter of 2007. This decrease was

primarily attributable to lower retail and OEM subsidies due to better

product economics.



    General and administrative expenses increased $3.7 million to $31.0

million for the second quarter of 2008 from $27.3 million for the second

quarter of 2007. The increase was primarily the result of higher litigation

costs and compensation-related costs to support the growth of the business.



    Engineering, design and development expenses decreased $2.3 million to

$8.0 million for the second quarter of 2008 from $10.3 million for the

second quarter of 2007. This decrease was attributable to reduced OEM and

product developments costs.



    SIRIUS reported a net loss of ($83.9) million, or ($0.06) per share,

for the second quarter of 2008, compared to a net loss of ($134.1) million,

or ($0.09) per share, in the second quarter of 2007. The adjusted net loss

per share, or net loss per share excluding stock-based compensation was

($0.05) in the second quarter of 2008 as compared to an adjusted net loss

per share of ($0.08) in the second quarter of 2007 (refer to the

reconciliation table of net loss per share to adjusted net loss per share).



    SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2008 VERSUS SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2007



    For the six months ended June 30, 2008, SIRIUS recognized total revenue

of $553.4 million compared with $430.5 million for the six months ended

June 30, 2007. This 29%, or $122.9 million increase in revenue, was

primarily driven by a $121.7 million increase in subscriber revenue,

resulting from the net increase in subscribers of 1,781,601 from the end of

the second quarter of 2007.



    The company's adjusted loss from operations decreased $100.1 million to

($63.2) million for the six months ended June 30, 2008 from ($163.3)

million for the six months ended June 30, 2007 (refer to the reconciliation

table of net loss to adjusted loss from operations). This decrease was

driven by a 29%, or $122.9 million, increase in total revenue which more

than offset the 3%, or $21.9 million, increase in operating expenses.



    Satellite and transmission expenses decreased $0.3 million to $13.7

million for the six months ended June 30, 2008 from $14.0 million for the

six months ended June 30, 2007.



    Programming and content expenses increased $2.8 million to $113.0

million for the six months ended June 30, 2008 from $110.2 million for the

six months ended June 30, 2007. The increase was primarily attributable to

license fees associated with new programming and higher

compensation-related costs for additions to headcount.



    Revenue share, royalties and residuals increased $35.0 million to $92.0

million for the six months ended June 30, 2008 from $57.0 million for the

six months ended June 30, 2007.



    The increase was attributable to the determination by the Copyright

Royalty Board in January 2008 of the royalty rate under the statutory

license covering the performance of sound recordings. The 29% growth in the

company's revenues also contributed to the increase in revenue share and

royalties.



    Customer service and billing expenses increased $6.1 million to $49.2

million for the six months ended June 30, 2008 from $43.1 million for the

six months ended June 30, 2007. The increase was primarily attributable to

call center operating costs necessary to accommodate the increase in our

subscriber base. Customer service and billing expenses, as adjusted, per

average subscriber declined 13% to $0.96 for the six months ended June 30,

2008 from $1.10 for the six months ended June 30, 2007, due to efficiencies

across a larger subscriber base.



    Sales and marketing expenses increased $0.5 million to $79.9 million

for the six months ended June 30, 2008 from $79.4 million for the six

months ended June 30, 2007.



    This increase was primarily attributable to equipment related retention

costs associated with efforts to retain existing subscribers that we

believe will result in higher revenue and lower churn. This was offset by

lower consumer advertising and reduced cooperative marketing spend with the

company's channel partners.



    Subscriber acquisition costs (SAC) decreased $32.7 million to $171.2

million for the six months ended June 30, 2008 from $203.9 million for the

six months ended June 30, 2007. This decrease was primarily attributable to

lower retail and OEM subsidies due to better product economics.



    SAC per gross subscriber addition decreased 19% to $84 for the six

months ended June 30, 2008 from $104 for the six months ended June 2007.

This decrease was primarily driven by lower retail and OEM subsidies due to

better product economics.



    General and administrative expenses increased $17.1 million to $67.8

million for the six months ended June 30, 2008 from $50.7 million for the

six months ended June 30, 2007. The increase was primarily a result of

higher litigation related costs and compensation-related costs to support

the growth of the business.



    Engineering, design and development expenses decreased $6.2 million to

$15.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2008 from $21.7 million for

the six months ended June 30, 2007. This decrease was attributable to

reduced OEM and product developments costs.



    SIRIUS reported a net loss of ($188.0) million, or ($0.13) per share,

for the six months ended June 30, 2008, compared with a net loss of

($278.9) million, or ($0.19) per share, for the six months ended June 30,

2007. The adjusted net loss per share, or net loss per share excluding

stock-based compensation was ($0.10) for the six months ended June 30, 2008

compared with an adjusted net loss per share excluding stock based

compensation of ($0.16) for the six months ended June 30, 2007 (refer to

the reconciliation table of net loss per share to adjusted net loss per

share).




SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES SUBSCRIBER DATA, METRICS AND OTHER NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (Dollars in thousands, unless otherwise stated) (Unaudited) Subscriber Data: For the Three Months For the Six Months Ended June 30, Ended June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Beginning subscribers 8,644,319 6,581,045 8,321,785 6,024,555 Net additions 279,820 561,493 602,354 1,117,983 Ending subscribers 8,924,139 7,142,538 8,924,139 7,142,538 Retail 4,676,814 4,364,646 4,676,814 4,364,646 OEM 4,231,428 2,758,639 4,231,428 2,758,639 Hertz 15,897 19,253 15,897 19,253 Ending subscribers 8,924,139 7,142,538 8,924,139 7,142,538 Retail 33,599 129,843 36,105 322,821 OEM 244,610 434,955 565,796 799,629 Hertz 1,611 (3,305) 453 (4,467) Net additions 279,820 561,493 602,354 1,117,983 Metrics: For the Three Months For the Six Months Ended June 30, Ended June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Gross subscriber additions 1,029,287 1,002,145 2,032,709 1,990,603 Deactivated subscribers 749,467 440,652 1,430,355 872,620 Average monthly churn (1)(6) 2.8% 2.1% 2.8% 2.2% SAC per gross subscriber addition (2)(6) $78 $107 $84 $104 Customer service and billing expenses per average subscriber (3)(6) $0.86 $1.05 $0.96 $1.10 Total revenue $283,017 $226,427 $553,367 $430,464 Free cash flow (4)(6) $(31,087) $(80,031) $(217,622) $(226,746) Monthly ARPU: (5)(6) Average monthly subscriber revenue per subscriber before the effects of Hertz subscribers and rebates $10.14 $10.24 $10.12 $10.26 Effects of Hertz subscribers 0.06 0.05 0.05 0.05 Effects of rebates (0.03) (0.03) (0.04) (0.13) Average monthly subscriber revenue per subscriber 10.17 10.26 10.13 10.18 Average monthly net advertising revenue per subscriber 0.32 0.45 0.32 0.41 ARPU $10.49 $10.71 $10.45 $10.59 SIRIUS XM RADIO INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES SUBSCRIBER DATA, METRICS AND OTHER NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES - CONTINUED (Dollars in thousands, unless otherwise stated) (Unaudited) Adjusted Loss from Operations: For the Three Months For the Six Months Ended June 30, Ended June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Net loss $(83,899) $(134,147) $(188,017) $(278,892) Depreciation 27,113 26,284 54,019 53,070 Stock-based compensation 17,151 17,017 39,413 41,277 Other income and expense 15,307 10,992 30,258 20,137 Income tax expense 543 555 1,086 1,110 Adjusted loss from operations (7) $(23,785) $(79,299) $(63,241) $(163,298) Adjusted Net Loss and Adjusted Net Loss per Share: For the Three Months For the Six Months Ended June 30, Ended June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Net loss $(83,899) $(134,147) $(188,017) $(278,892) Stock-based compensation 17,151 17,017 39,413 41,277 Adjusted net loss $(66,748) $(117,130) $(148,604) $(237,615) Net loss per share (basic and diluted) $(0.06) $(0.09) $(0.13) $(0.19) Stock-based compensation 0.01 0.01 0.03 0.03 Adjusted net loss per share (basic and diluted) (8) $(0.05) $(0.08) $(0.10) $(0.16) Weighted average common shares outstanding (basic and diluted) 1,499,723 1,462,362 1,487,610 1,459,701 SIRIUS XM RADIO INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES SUBSCRIBER DATA, METRICS AND OTHER NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES - CONTINUED (Dollars in thousands, unless otherwise stated) (Unaudited) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations: For the Three Months For the Six Months Ended June 30, Ended June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Total revenue $283,017 $226,427 $553,367 $430,464 Operating expenses (excludes depreciation and stock-based compensation shown separately below): Satellite and transmission 6,692 6,716 13,719 14,046 Programming and content 54,087 53,096 112,991 110,159 Revenue share and royalties 49,723 29,841 92,043 56,975 Customer service and billing 22,600 21,440 49,245 43,094 Cost of equipment 6,647 7,386 14,234 13,843 Sales and marketing 46,669 44,015 79,895 79,368 Subscriber acquisition costs 81,392 105,658 171,202 203,895 General and administrative 31,010 27,308 67,790 50,711 Engineering, design and development 7,982 10,266 15,489 21,671 Depreciation 27,113 26,284 54,019 53,070 Stock-based compensation 17,151 17,017 39,413 41,277 Total operating expenses 351,066 349,027 710,040 688,109 Loss from operations (68,049) (122,600) (156,673) (257,645) Other income (expense) (15,307) (10,992) (30,258) (20,137) Loss before income taxes (83,356) (133,592) (186,931) (277,782) Income tax expense (543) (555) (1,086) (1,110) Net loss $(83,899) $(134,147) $(188,017) $(278,892) SIRIUS XM RADIO INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In Thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) For the Three Months For the Six Months Ended June 30, Ended June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Revenue: Subscriber revenue, including effects of rebates $266,518 $209,635 $522,158 $400,431 Advertising revenue, net of agency fees 8,332 9,177 16,740 15,898 Equipment revenue 7,956 6,255 14,019 10,926 Other revenue 211 1,360 450 3,209 Total revenue 283,017 226,427 553,367 430,464 Operating expenses (excludes depreciation shown separately below) (1): Cost of services: Satellite and transmission 7,451 7,337 15,275 15,323 Programming and content 55,247 54,311 116,939 114,309 Revenue share and royalties 49,723 29,841 92,043 56,975 Customer service and billing 22,865 21,618 49,786 43,471 Cost of equipment 6,647 7,386 14,234 13,843 Sales and marketing 49,133 46,864 87,598 87,861 Subscriber acquisition costs 81,392 105,665 171,216 205,782 General and administrative 42,467 38,471 91,246 73,814 Engineering, design and development 9,028 11,250 17,684 23,661 Depreciation 27,113 26,284 54,019 53,070 Total operating expenses 351,066 349,027 710,040 688,109 Loss from operations (68,049) (122,600) (156,673) (257,645) Other income (expense): Interest and investment income 1,425 4,753 4,227 10,795 Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized (16,745) (15,750) (34,421) (30,942) Other income 13 5 (64) 10 Total other income (expense) (15,307) (10,992) (30,258) (20,137) Loss before income taxes (83,356) (133,592) (186,931) (277,782) Income tax expense (543) (555) (1,086) (1,110) Net loss $(83,899) $(134,147) $(188,017) $(278,892) Net loss per share (basic and diluted) $(0.06) $ (0.09) $(0.13) $(0.19) Weighted average common shares outstanding (basic and diluted) 1,499,723 1,462,362 1,487,610 1,459,701 (1) Amounts related to stock-based compensation included in other operating expenses were as follows: Satellite and transmission $759 $621 $1,555 $1,277 Programming and content 1,160 1,215 3,949 4,150 Customer service and billing 265 178 541 377 Sales and marketing 2,464 2,849 7,704 8,493 Subscriber acquisition costs - 7 14 1,887 General and administrative 11,457 11,163 23,455 23,103 Engineering, design and development 1,046 984 2,195 1,990 Total equity granted to third parties and employees $17,151 $17,017 $39,413 $41,277 SIRIUS XM RADIO INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES BALANCE SHEET DATA (In Thousands) As of June 30, December 31, 2008 2007 (Unaudited) Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities $220,598 $439,289 Restricted investments 56,000 53,000 Working capital (822,338) (394,989) Total assets 1,456,485 1,694,149 Total debt 1,279,867 1,314,418 Total liabilities 2,363,604 2,486,886 Accumulated deficit (4,586,989) (4,398,972) Stockholders' deficit (907,119) (792,737) SIRIUS XM RADIO, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (In Thousands) (Unaudited) For the Three Months For the Six Months Ended June 30, Ended June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Cash flows from operating activities: Net loss $(83,899) $(134,147) $(188,017) $(278,892) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities: Depreciation 27,113 26,284 54,019 53,070 Non-cash interest expense 967 805 1,971 1,559 Provision for doubtful accounts 2,488 2,266 5,048 4,354 (Gain) loss on disposal of assets - 110 - 106 Stock-based compensation 17,151 17,017 39,413 41,277 Deferred income taxes 543 555 1,086 1,110 Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (6,931) (12,029) 11,834 (5,390) Inventory 1,728 (6,962) 5,921 (7,435) Receivables from distributors (1,114) (5,943) (11,102) (13,512) Prepaid expenses and other current assets 338 18,752 14,594 9,579 Other long-term assets 2,143 (11,855) 5,399 (14,779) Accounts payable and accrued expenses 19,278 (3,300) (97,463) (51,111) Accrued interest 11,938 12,466 53 703 Deferred revenue 12,163 38,538 26,875 60,269 Other long-term liabilities 4,305 1,543 (712) 9,245 Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 8,211 (55,900) (131,081) (189,847) Cash flows from investing activities: Additions to property and equipment (34,473) (24,131) (73,698) (36,589) Sales of property and equipment - 1 - 97 Purchases of restricted and other investments - - (3,000) (310) Sale of investments - - 5,000 - Merger related costs (4,825) - (14,843) - Sales of available-for-sale securities (4) (4) 4 10,846 Net cash (used in) investing activities (39,302) (24,134) (86,537) (25,956) Cash flows from financing activities: Long term borrowings (625) 250,000 (1,250) 250,000 Debt issuance costs - (4,801) - (4,801) Proceeds from exercise of stock options (659) 422 181 1,932 Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (1,284) 245,621 (1,069) 247,131 Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (32,375) 165,587 (218,687) 31,328 Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of period 252,508 259,162 438,820 393,421 Cash and cash equivalents at the end of period $220,133 $424,749 $220,133 $424,749 FOOTNOTES TO PRESS RELEASE AND TABLES FOR NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES This press release, including the selected financial information above, includes the following non-GAAP financial measures: average monthly churn; SAC per gross subscriber addition; customer service and billing expenses per average subscriber; free cash flow; average monthly revenue per subscriber, or ARPU; adjusted loss from operations; adjusted net loss; and adjusted net loss per share. The definitions and usefulness of such non-GAAP financial measures are as follows (dollars in thousands, unless otherwise stated): (1) SIRIUS defines average monthly churn as the average amount of deactivations for the quarter divided by the average subscriber balance for the quarter. (2) SIRIUS defines SAC per gross subscriber addition as subscriber acquisition costs and margins from the direct sale of SIRIUS radios and accessories, excluding stock-based compensation, divided by the number of gross subscriber additions for the period. SAC per gross subscriber addition is calculated as follows:
For the Three Months For the Six Months Ended June 30, Ended June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Subscriber acquisition costs $81,392 $105,665 $171,216 $205,782 Less: stock-based compensation - (7) (14) (1,887) Add: margin from direct sales of SIRIUS radios and accessories (1,309) 1,131 215 2,917 SAC $80,083 $106,789 $171,417 $206,812 Gross subscriber additions 1,029,287 1,002,145 2,032,709 1,990,603 SAC per gross subscriber $78 $107 $84 $104 (3) SIRIUS defines customer service and billing expenses per average subscriber as total customer service and billing expenses, excluding stock-based compensation, divided by the daily weighted average number of subscribers for the period. Customer service and billing expenses per average subscriber is calculated as follows:
For the Three Months For the Six Months Ended June 30, Ended June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Customer service and billing expenses $22,865 $21,618 $49,786 $43,471 Less: stock-based compensation (265) (178) (541) (377) Customer service and billing expenses, as adjusted $22,600 $21,440 $49,245 $43,094 Daily weighted average number of subscribers 8,739,766 6,811,750 8,593,054 6,554,943 Customer service and billing expenses, as adjusted, per average subscriber $0.86 $1.05 $0.96 $1.10 (4) SIRIUS defines free cash flow as cash flow from operating activities, capital expenditures and restricted and other investment activity. Free cash flow is calculated as follows:
For the Three Months For the Six Months Ended June 30, Ended June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $8,211 $(55,900) $(131,081) $(189,847) Additions to property and equipment (34,473) (24,131) (73,698) (36,589) Merger related costs (4,825) - (14,843) - Sales of investments - - 5,000 - Restricted and other investment activity - - (3,000) (310) Free cash flow $(31,087) $(80,031) $(217,622) $(226,746) (5) SIRIUS defines ARPU as the total earned subscriber revenue and net advertising revenue divided by the daily weighted average number of subscribers for the period. ARPU is calculated as follows:
For the Three Months For the Six Months Ended June 30, Ended June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Subscriber revenue $266,518 $209,635 $522,158 $400,431 Net advertising revenue 8,332 9,177 16,740 15,898 Total subscriber and net advertising revenue $274,850 $218,812 $538,898 $416,329 Daily weighted average number of subscribers 8,739,766 6,811,750 8,593,054 6,554,943 ARPU $10.49 $10.71 $10.45 $10.59 (6) SIRIUS believes average monthly churn; SAC per gross subscriber addition; customer service and billing expenses per average subscriber; free cash flow; and ARPU provide meaningful information regarding operating performance and liquidity and are used for internal management purposes; when publicly providing the business outlook; as a means to evaluate period-to- period comparisons; and to compare the company's performance to that of its competitors. SIRIUS also believes that investors use current and projected metrics to monitor performance of the business and make investment decisions. SIRIUS believes the exclusion of stock-based compensation expense in the calculations of SAC per gross subscriber addition and customer service and billing expenses per average subscriber is useful given the significant variation in expense that can result from changes in the fair market value of SIRIUS common stock, the effect of which is unrelated to the operational conditions that give rise to variations in the components of subscriber acquisition costs and customer service and billing expenses. Specifically, the exclusion of stock-based compensation expense in the calculation of SAC per gross subscriber addition is critical in being able to understand the economic impact of the direct costs incurred to acquire a subscriber and the effect over time as economies of scale are reached. These non-GAAP financial measures are used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. These non- GAAP financial measures may be susceptible to varying calculations; may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies; and should not be considered in isolation for, or superior to measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. (7) SIRIUS refers to net loss before taxes; other income (expense) -- including interest and investment income, interest expense, depreciation; and stock-based compensation expense as adjusted loss from operations. Adjusted loss from operations is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP. The company believes adjusted loss from operations is a useful measure of its operating performance. The company uses adjusted loss from operations for budgetary and planning purposes; to assess the relative profitability and on- going performance of consolidated operations; to compare performance from period to period; and to compare performance to that of its competitors. The company also believes adjusted loss from operations is useful to investors to compare operating performance to the performance of other communications, entertainment and media companies. The company believes that investors use current and projected adjusted loss from operations to estimate the current or prospective enterprise value and make investment decisions. Because the company funds and builds-out its satellite radio system through the periodic raising and expenditure of large amounts of capital, results of operations reflect significant charges for interest and depreciation expense. The company believes adjusted loss from operations provides useful information about the operating performance of the business apart from the costs associated with the capital structure and physical plant. The exclusion of interest expense and depreciation is useful given fluctuations in interest rates and significant variation in depreciation expense that can result from the amount and timing of capital expenditures and potential variations in estimated useful lives, all of which can vary widely across different industries or among companies within the same industry. The company believes the exclusion of taxes is appropriate for comparability purposes as the tax positions of companies can vary because of their differing abilities to take advantage of tax benefits and because of the tax policies of the various jurisdictions in which they operate. The company also believes the exclusion of stock-based compensation expense is useful given the significant variation in expense that can result from changes in the fair market value of the company's common stock. To compensate for the exclusion of taxes, other income (expense), depreciation, and stock- based compensation expense, the company separately measures and budgets for these items. There are material limitations associated with the use of adjusted loss from operations in evaluating the company compared with net loss, which reflects overall financial performance, including the effects of taxes, other income (expense), depreciation, and stock-based compensation expense. The company uses adjusted loss from operations to supplement GAAP results to provide a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting the business than GAAP results alone. Investors that wish to compare and evaluate the operating results after giving effect for these costs, should refer to net loss as disclosed in the unaudited consolidated statements of operations. Since adjusted loss from operations is a non-GAAP financial measure, the calculation of adjusted loss from operations may be susceptible to varying calculations; may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies; and should not be considered in isolation, as a substitute for, or superior to measures of financial performance in accordance with GAAP. (8) SIRIUS refers to adjusted net loss as net loss per share excluding stock-based compensation expense. Adjusted net loss is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP. The company believes adjusted net loss is useful to investors to compare its operating performance to the performance of other communications, entertainment and media companies. The company also believes the exclusion of stock-based compensation expense is useful given the significant variation in expense that can result from changes in the fair market value of the company's common stock. There are material limitations associated with the use of adjusted net loss in evaluating the company compared with net loss, which reflects overall financial performance, including the effects of stock-based compensation expense. The company uses adjusted net loss to supplement GAAP results to provide a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting the business than GAAP results alone. Investors that wish to compare and evaluate the operating results after giving effect for these costs, should refer to net loss as disclosed in the unaudited consolidated financial statements of operations. Since adjusted net loss is a non-GAAP financial measure, the calculation of adjusted net loss may be susceptible to varying calculations; may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies; and should not be considered in isolation, as a substitute for, or superior to measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

    About SIRIUS XM Radio



    SIRIUS XM Radio is America's satellite radio company delivering the

"The Best Radio on Radio" to more than 18 million subscribers, including

100% commercial free music, and premier sports, news, talk, entertainment,

traffic and weather.



    SIRIUS XM Radio has exclusive content relationships with an array of

personalities and artists, including Howard Stern, Oprah, Martha Stewart,

Jimmy Buffett, Elvis, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters, Frank Sinatra, Opie &

Anthony, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Dale Earnhardt Jr.,

Tom Petty, and Bob Edwards. SIRIUS XM Radio is the leader in sports

programming as the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, Major

League Baseball, NASCAR, NHL, and PGA Tour, and broadcasts major college

sports.



    SIRIUS XM Radio has exclusive arrangements with every major automaker.

SIRIUS XM Radio products are available at shop.sirius.com and

shop.xmradio.com, and at retail locations nationwide, including Best Buy,

Circuit City, RadioShack, Target, Sam's Club, and Wal-Mart.



    SIRIUS XM Radio also offers SIRIUS Backseat TV, the first ever live

in-vehicle rear seat entertainment featuring Nickelodeon, Disney Channel

and Cartoon Network; XM NavTraffic service for GPS navigation systems

delivers real-time traffic information, including accidents and road

construction, for more than 80 North American markets.



    The guidance contained herein are based upon a number of assumptions

and estimates that, while considered reasonable by us when taken as a

whole, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and

competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our

control. In addition, the guidance is based upon specific assumptions with

respect to future business conditions, some or all of which will change.

The guidance, like any forecast, is necessarily speculative in nature and

it can be expected that the assumptions upon which the guidance is based

will not prove to be valid or will vary from actual results. Actual results

will vary from the guidance and the variations may be material.

Consequently, the guidance should not be regarded as a representation by

SIRIUS or any other person that the synergies, adjusted EBITDA and free

cash flow will actually be achieved. You are cautioned not to place undue

reliance on this information.



    This communication contains "forward-looking statements" within the

meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such

statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits

of the business combination transaction involving Sirius Satellite Radio

Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., including potential synergies

and cost savings and the timing thereof, future financial and operating

results, the combined company's plans, objectives, expectations and

intentions with respect to future operations, products and services; and

other statements identified by words such as "anticipate," "believe,"

"plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "will," "should," "may," or words

of similar meaning. Such forward- looking statements are based upon the

current beliefs and expectations of SIRIUS' and XM's management and are

inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive

uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are difficult to predict and

generally beyond the control of SIRIUS and XM. Actual results may differ

materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking

statements.



    The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to

differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations

expressed in the forward-looking statement: general business and economic

conditions; the performance of financial markets and interest rates; the

ability to obtain governmental approvals of the transaction on a timely

basis; the failure to realize synergies and cost-savings from the

transaction or delay in realization thereof; the businesses of SIRIUS and

XM may not be combined successfully, or such combination may take longer,

be more difficult, time-consuming or costly to accomplish than expected;

and operating costs and business disruption following the merger, including

adverse effects on employee retention and on our business relationships

with third parties, including manufacturers of radios, retailers,

automakers and programming providers. Additional factors that could cause

SIRIUS' and XM's results to differ materially from those described in the

forward-looking statements can be found in SIRIUS' and XM's Annual Reports

on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, which are filed with the

Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and available at the SEC's

Internet site (http://www.sec.gov). The information set forth herein speaks

only as of the date hereof, and SIRIUS and XM disclaim any intention or

obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of

developments occurring after the date of this communication.




E-SIRI Contact Information for Investors and Financial Media: Paul Blalock SIRIUS XM Radio 212 584 5174 pblalock@siriusradio.com Hooper Stevens SIRIUS XM Radio 212 901 6718 hstevens@siriusradio.com

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