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Sirius Posts a Profit

sirius-150x150 Sirius XM Radio’s latest quarter turned out to be a decent one for the satellite radio operator. Posting first-quarter earnings before market open today, the company reported a profit of $41.6 million, or one cent per share, compared with a year-earlier loss of $52.6 million, or seven cents a share. Revenue rose 13 percent to $663.8 million.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had expected the company to break even on revenue of $671 million. Sirius added 171,441 net subscribers during the period and reiterated its view that it expects to add more than 500,000 subscribers this year.

With quarterly net subscriber additions of 171,441, Sirius (SIRI) ended March with 18,944,199 subscribers. Quite an improvement over the year-ago quarter, when it lost 404,422 subscribers.

“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,” Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin said in a statement. “The continuing recovery of the automotive sector and expanding signs of increased consumer spending are encouraging signs for the company’s growth prospects.”

Still more good news for the company, which last week avoided delisting from Nasdaq. That said, at $1.14, Sirius shares are trading down 7.32 percent this morning. Evidently, the revenue miss didn’t go over too well with investors.


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