Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SiriusXM Reports Strong Subscriber Growth, Profit Doubles

  • Revenue Increases 10% to a Record $1.1B
  • Net Income of $136M, Up 117%
  • Adjusted EBITDA Climbed 29% to a Record $381M
  • Share Repurchases Total Nearly $2.1B Y2D
 Sirius XM Holdings Inc. said its third-quarter profit more than doubled as it added more subscribers.

The company raised its revenue outlook for the year again, now expecting $4.15 billion, up from its previous forecast of $4.1 billion.

Sirius XM had 26.7 million total subscribers at the end of the period, up nearly 5% from a year ago. During the quarter, the company added a net 432,817. Monthly churn edged up to 1.9% from 1.8%.

Overall, the company posted a profit of $136.2 million up from $62.9 million a year ago.

"We are very pleased with the performance of SiriusXM in the third quarter, and we are entering the fourth quarter with tremendous momentum. So far this year we have added nearly 1.2 million subscribers, grown our Adjusted EBITDA margin by more than five percentage points, and increased free cash flow by 32%," said Jim Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, SiriusXM.

Additional third quarter 2014 financial and operating highlights:
  • Strong subscriber growth. Net subscriber additions in the third quarter were 432,817, bringing total subscribers up nearly 5% to 26.7 million. Self-pay net subscriber additions in the third quarter were 379,598, bringing the self-pay subscriber base up nearly 7% to 22.0 million.  Total trials underway at the end of the third quarter of 2014 were approximately 7.4 million, the largest in SiriusXM's history, up from approximately 6.9 million at the end of the third quarter of 2013.
  • Subscriber acquisition costs fall. Subscriber acquisition costs, per installation, fell 22% from $45 in the third quarter of 2013 to $35 in the third quarter of 2014.
  • Tight expense management. Adjusted cash operating expenses grew just 1.5% in the third quarter of 2014 to $677.6 million from $667.6 million in the third quarter of 2013.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margins reach new record high. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue climbed approximately 530 basis points, from 30.7% in the third quarter of 2013 to 36.0% in the third quarter of 2014, which is the highest in the company's history.
  • Free cash flow per share climbs. Following a 9% increase in free cash flow and a 5% reduction in weighted average diluted common shares outstanding, free cash flow per diluted share climbed 15% to 4.5 cents in the third quarter 2014 from 3.9 cents in the third quarter of 2013.
"Share repurchases in 2014 total almost $2.1 billion, 2.5 times the $825 million of free cash flow we generated in the first nine months of the year.  With the company's leverage at 3.4 times before the anticipated conversion of our 7% Exchangeable Notes in early December and over $1 billion of undrawn capacity under our revolving credit facility, we retain substantial balance sheet flexibility to continue our capital returns and to capitalize on strategic opportunities that may arise," said David Frear, Chief Financial Officer, SiriusXM.

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