SiriusXM Reports 1% Increase in Revenues Year on Year

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SiriusXM has announced third quarter 2020 operating and financial results, including revenue of $2.025 billion, up 1% compared to the prior year period.

The Company’s net income increased 11% to $272 million in the third quarter from $246 million a year prior. Net income per diluted common share was $0.06 in the third quarter 2020, compared to $0.05 in the prior year period.

Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter totaled $661 million, an increase of approximately 1% from $657 million in the prior year period.

SiriusXM maintains strong momentum heading into year end, and we are increasing all of our full-year subscriber and financial guidance today. Our talented people and our powerful business model have delivered stellar results during a challenging year for our company and country,” said Jim Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, SiriusXM.

“Our commitment to having the best possible audio content from top talent, as well as leading media and sports brands, has never wavered. First, we are making significant progress in extending our relationship with Howard Stern.

“We reached a new agreement with Kevin Hart for more content, with LeBron James and Maverick Carter we launched UNINTERRUPTED Radio from the NBA bubble on Pandora, and we debuted our fulltime channel with the members of U2 on SiriusXM.

“Pat McAfee joined our sports lineup, and we returned to live sports across the MLB, NBA and NFL. And we brought our listeners special moments like the recent interview between Paul McCartney and Alec Baldwin honoring John Lennon’s 80th birthday on The Beatles Channel,” added Meyer.

As previously announced, Jim Meyer will retire as Chief Executive Officer of SiriusXM on December 31, 2020 and become Vice Chairman of SiriusXM’s Board of Directors.

Jennifer Witz, the Company’s President, Sales, Marketing and Operations, is slated to become Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2021. Sean S. Sullivan has been appointed Chief Financial Officer and is starting in his new position on October 26, 2020.

“This will be my last earnings period as SiriusXM’s CEO, and the numbers we are reporting today reflect the incredible progress our team has made during my tenure. It has been an honor to lead SiriusXM for the past eight years, and I’m thrilled to be passing the baton at year end to a leader as capable as Jennifer Witz,” Meyer continued.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to assume the role of CEO in January and to welcome Sean Sullivan to our team. Our goals are clear: we will maintain our track record of consistent execution and subscriber growth, and continue to drive higher OEM penetration and invest in our 360L platform, streaming efforts, podcasting, and more to ensure our place as the leader in digital audio entertainment and enable the next phase of our growth,” said Jennifer Witz.

“The steady churn of 1.7% we saw in the third quarter was outstanding, particularly against a backdrop of rebounding auto sales and the vehicle-related churn which results from higher sales. Our new guidance implies that we will finish the year with self-pay net additions close to 90% of what we originally projected – an extraordinary performance in this year’s environment. And the team delivered terrific results by driving a sequential jump of 46% in our advertising revenue in the third quarter,” added Witz.

Third Quarter Highlights


Self-Pay Subscribers Nearly 30.5 Million: SiriusXM added approximately 169,000 net new self-pay subscribers in the third quarter. Self-pay monthly churn for the third quarter was unchanged from prior year at 1.7%. Total net subscriber additions were 186,000, resulting in 34.4 million total SiriusXM subscribers at the end of the period. Paid promotional subscribers increased due to higher shipments from automakers offering paid trial subscriptions with the purchase or lease of a vehicle. The total trial funnel stood at approximately 8.9 million at the end of the third quarter, up from approximately 8.1 million at the end of the second quarter as sales from automakers offering unpaid trials also increased.
SiriusXM Revenue Increased 1% to $1.6 Billion: Third quarter revenue was up 1% to $1.6 billion with growth in subscriber revenue offsetting declines in advertising revenue. Monthly ARPU climbed 2% in the third quarter compared to the year ago period despite the reduction in advertising revenue per user, with the subscription component of ARPU rising 3% compared to the year ago period. Higher ARPU and a larger self-pay subscriber base versus the year ago period drove revenue increases and offset the effects of a lower paid trial subscriber base compared to the third quarter of 2019.
Gross Profit and Margins Steady: Total cost of services at SiriusXM increased by 2% to $610 million in the third quarter, resulting in $979 million of gross profit, a 1% increase over the third quarter of 2019. Gross profit margin was 62%, nearly unchanged compared to the prior year quarter.
New Car Penetration Rises; OEM Agreements Extended, 360L Deployments Confirmed: SiriusXM’s new car penetration rate climbed to approximately 78% in the third quarter 2020, an increase of over 500 basis points from the third quarter of 2019. The Company extended agreements with BMW, GM and KIA and confirmed planned rollouts this year of its 360L platform at a variety of automakers including Audi, BMW, FIAT Chrysler, Ford, GM’s Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, GMC brands and Volkswagen.


Advertising Revenue Declined 3% to $306 million: Third quarter ad revenue at Pandora, which includes off-platform results such as the Company’s AdsWizz business, declined 3% year-over-year to $306 million. Monetization of $84 per thousand hours at Pandora was down just 1% year-over-year.
Total Ad Supported Listener Hours of 3.1 Billion: Monthly Active Users (MAUs) at Pandora were 58.6 million in the third quarter, down from 63.1 million in the prior year period. Total ad supported listener hours were 3.12 billion in the period, down from 3.32 billion in the third quarter of 2019. Average monthly listening hours per active ad-supported user increased 1.8% to 19.5 in the third quarter of 2020 versus 19.1 in the third quarter of 2019.
Self-Pay Net Adds of 105,000: Pandora added 105,000 net new self-pay subscribers to its Pandora Plus and Pandora Premium services in the third quarter to end the period with nearly 6.4 million self-pay subscribers to those services. Paid promotional subscribers remained near 43,000, roughly unchanged from the prior year period.
Gross Profit Declined 4%: The decline in advertising revenue exceeded the 1% reduction in costs of services during the quarter, resulting in gross profit at Pandora of $162 million, down 4% over the third quarter of 2019. Gross margin for the quarter was 37%, down from 38% in the third quarter of 2019.