This excerpt taken from the SIRI 8-K filed Aug 1, 2006.
SIRIUS REPORTS STRONG SECOND QUARTER 2006 RESULTS
NEW YORK August 1, 2006 SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced that its second quarter 2006 revenue nearly tripled from the year-ago second quarter to more than $150 million. The company increased its 2006 guidance for total revenue to $615 million and for year-end subscribers to 6.3 million.
SIRIUS ended the second quarter with 4,678,207 subscribers, 158% higher than second quarter 2005 ending subscribers of 1,814,626. During the second quarter of 2006, SIRIUS added 600,460 net subscribers, a 64% increase over second quarter 2005 net subscriber additions of 365,931. For the third consecutive quarter, SIRIUS led the satellite radio industry in net subscriber additions, capturing a record 60% share of industry net additions in the second quarter.
Continued strong demand for SIRIUS products and programming gives us confidence to increase our revenue and subscriber guidance, said Mel Karmazin, CEO of SIRIUS. We continue to be excited about the growth prospects for satellite radio and remain pleased with our solid execution as we approach positive free cash flow.
Total revenue for the second quarter of 2006 increased to a record $150.1 million, nearly triple last years second quarter total revenue of $52.2 million. Average monthly revenue per subscriber (or ARPU) was $11.16 in the second quarter of 2006, up from $10.50 in the year-ago second quarter. ARPU for the second quarter of 2006 included a $0.62 contribution from net advertising revenue, compared with a $0.22 contribution from net advertising revenue in the second quarter of 2005. Average monthly churn was 1.8%, in line with the companys annual churn guidance, reflecting total churn from both retail and OEM channels. SAC per gross subscriber addition was $131 for the second quarter of 2006, an 18% improvement over second quarter 2005 SAC per gross subscriber addition of $160.
During the second quarter of 2006, SIRIUS added 276,294 net subscribers from its retail channel, a 13% increase over 244,985 retail net additions during the second quarter of 2005. The company also added 324,574 net subscribers from its automotive OEM channel, 167% more than second quarter 2005 OEM net subscriber additions of 121,664. Strong contributions by SIRIUS exclusive automotive partners, DaimlerChrysler and Ford, fueled OEM growth during the quarter.
SIRIUS reported a net loss of ($237.8) million, or ($0.17) per share, for the second quarter of 2006. The net loss in the second quarter of 2006 included a ($0.01) per share impact associated with the write-off of certain long-lead time parts purchased in 1999 that will no longer be needed in light of the companys new satellite contract.