Wednesday, February 15, 2006

XM Satellite Reaches 6 Million Subscribers, Acquisition Costs Rise in Q4

XM Satellite Radio Holdings ended 2005 with 5,932,957 subscribers, an increase of 84 percent over 2004. XM achieved net subscriber additions of 898,315. Later than expected activations from strong holiday sales brought the total to more than six million during the first week of January.



XM said it hopes to exceed nine million subscribers and reach cash glow break-even by year-end 2006.



For the fourth quarter of 2005, XM reported quarterly total revenue of $177 million, an increase of 113 percent over the $83.1 million total revenue reported in fourth quarter of 2004. XM's full year 2005 total revenue was $558.3 million, an increase of 128 percent over the $244.4 million total revenue recorded in 2004. These quarterly and annual increases in revenue were driven by our significant subscriber growth and increases in average revenue per subscriber in connection with our price increase implemented in the second quarter of 2005.



For the fourth quarter, subscriber acquisition cost (SAC), a component of cost per gross addition (CPGA) was $89 compared to $64 in the same period last year. CPGA in the fourth quarter was $141 compared to $104 in the same period last year. These increases were primarily due to higher marketing expenses to meet a one-time competitive event in the fourth quarter. For full year 2005, SAC was $64, a slight increase from $62 in 2004, and CPGA was $109, compared to $100 in 2004. In the first quarter of 2006, XM expects a more normalized market environment and projects that SAC and CPGA will decrease in 2006.



XM reported an EBITDA loss of ($199.4) million for the fourth quarter of 2005, including $25.3 million in de-leveraging charges, compared to an EBITDA loss of ($139.7) million for the fourth quarter of 2004, which included $41.6 million in de-leveraging charges. The full year EBITDA loss was ($434.3) million, including $27.6 million in de-leveraging charges, compared to a 2004 EBITDA loss of ($388.4) million which included $76.6 million of de-leveraging charges. The increased EBITDA loss primarily resulted from our increase in subscribers as well as the higher fourth quarter marketing expenses.



XM's net loss for the fourth quarter of 2005 was ($268.3) million as compared to a net loss of ($188.2) million in the fourth quarter of 2004. For the full year 2005, XM's net loss was ($666.7) million, compared to a net loss of ($642.4) million in 2004.




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