SiriusXM Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results

– Full Year Net Income of $131 Million; Diluted EPS of $0.03 or $0.25, Excluding $976 Million Non-Cash Impairment Charge

NEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — SiriusXM today announced fourth quarter and full year 2020 operating and financial results, including revenue of $2.19 billion and $8.04 billion, respectively, an increase of 6% and 3%, respectively, compared to the prior year periods.  The company recorded a net loss of $677 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 while full year net income totaled $131 million, down from $914 million for the full year in 2019.  The decrease in net income was a result of a $976 million non-cash impairment charge associated with Pandora.  Net income per diluted common share was $0.03 for the full year, compared to $0.20 in the prior year period. 

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Full year net income, excluding the effect of the impairment, was approximately $1.11 billion, or $0.25 per diluted common share.  Adjusted EBITDA grew to $2.58 billion in 2020, an increase of approximately 6% from $2.43 billion in 2019.

“SiriusXM turned in strong operating and financial results in 2020: we grew SiriusXM self-pay subscribers, revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow despite the pandemic.  Our new car penetration reached approximately 80% in the fourth quarter and is set to rise above 80% this year, and the incorporation of 360L, our next generation in-car entertainment platform, is accelerating,” said Jennifer Witz, Chief Executive Officer of SiriusXM.  Ms. Witz became CEO of SiriusXM on January 1, 2021, succeeding Jim Meyer upon his retirement.

“SiriusXM, Pandora and Stitcher, together with our investment in SoundCloud, now reach an audience of more than 150 million people.  We are bolstering our position as North America’s leading audio entertainment company with new innovative talk shows and podcasts, streaming music channels targeting younger audiences, and extended deals with major media brands, such as NBCUniversal News Group.  We signed an exclusive audio agreement with The Masters and secured additional digital sports rights with the NFL and NBA to benefit our streaming products.  We are also thrilled Howard Stern extended his agreement to continue live broadcasts of his amazing show,” added Witz.

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL UPDATE

“The tremendous reach of SiriusXM’s platforms, the company’s unique business model, and the quality of its people attracted me to join the company last fall as CFO.  All of these attributes have been affirmed in the past three months since I came on board, and it has been a pleasure to partner with Jennifer as she made the transition to CEO,” said Sean Sullivan, Chief Financial Officer of SiriusXM.  Mr. Sullivan became CFO of SiriusXM on October 26, 2020.

“SiriusXM returned approximately $1.81 billion to stockholders in 2020, including $1.57 billion of share repurchases and $237 million of dividends.  As previously announced, we increased the regular quarterly dividend by 10% in November for the fourth consecutive year.  During the fourth quarter, we opportunistically accelerated the pace of common stock repurchases to $680 million and closed on our acquisition of Stitcher.  At the end of the fourth quarter, SiriusXM’s debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio was 3.3x, and we have tremendous liquidity to continue investing in the business and returning capital to stockholders,” added Sullivan.

2021 GUIDANCE

The company reiterated its 2021 guidance for SiriusXM self-pay net subscriber additions, revenue, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow originally issued on January 7, 2021:

  • SiriusXM self-pay net subscriber additions of approximately 800,000,
  • Total revenue of approximately $8.35 billion,
  • Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $2.575 billion, and
  • Free cash flow of approximately $1.6 billion.

FULL YEAR 2020 HIGHLIGHTS

SiriusXM operates two complementary audio entertainment businesses — our SiriusXM business and our Pandora business.  Further information regarding these two segments will be contained in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.  The pro forma financial and operating highlights below exclude the impact of legal settlements and reserves and share-based payment expense.

SIRIUSXM SEGMENT

  • Self-Pay Subscribers Nearly 30.9 Million.  SiriusXM added 909,000 net new self-pay subscribers for the full year to end 2020 with nearly 30.9 million self-pay subscribers.  Self-pay monthly churn for the full year was 1.7%, an improvement of 7 basis points compared to 2019 and marking the fourth consecutive year of improving self-pay churn.  Total SiriusXM subscribers were 34.7 million at the end of 2020, down approximately 1% from 34.9 million at the end of 2019.  Paid promotional subscribers decreased due to lower auto sales, a decrease in vehicle shipments by automakers offering paid trial subscriptions, and a reduction in trial lengths at certain automakers.  The total trial funnel stood at approximately 8.4 million at the end of 2020, down from approximately 8.9 million at the end of the third quarter.
       
  • SiriusXM Revenue Increased 2% to $6.35 Billion.  Full year 2020 revenue grew 2% to $6.35 billion, with growth in subscriber revenue offsetting a decline in advertising revenue.  This growth was driven by a 2% increase in SiriusXM’s average revenue per user (ARPU) to $14.10 in 2020 compared to the year ago period.  Excluding advertising revenue, SiriusXM ARPU grew 3% in 2020 compared to 2019.
     
  • Gross Profit and Margin Steady.  Total cost of services at SiriusXM increased by 2% to $2.43 billion for the full year, resulting in $3.92 billion of gross profit, a 3% increase over 2019.  Gross profit margin was 62%,  unchanged compared to 2019.
     
  • New Car Penetration Rises; Howard Stern Agreement Extended, Launch of Exclusive Podcasting on SiriusXM.  SiriusXM’s new car penetration rate climbed to approximately 80% in the fourth quarter 2020, an increase of roughly 500 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2019.  For the full year 2020, new car penetration was approximately 78% compared to 73% in 2019.  In the fourth quarter of 2020, the company extended its live broadcast agreement with Howard Stern and introduced podcasts on SiriusXM’s mobile app, including a slate of SiriusXM original podcasts and exclusive new podcasts from Marvel Entertainment, and others.

PANDORA SEGMENT

  • Advertising Revenue Declined 1% to $1.18 Billion.  Full year ad revenue at Pandora, which includes off-platform results such as the company’s AdsWizz business, declined just 1% year-over-year to $1.18 billion, despite significant weakness in the advertising market resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic earlier in 2020.  Monetization of $79.24 per thousand hours at Pandora was down just 1% year-over-year.  Fourth quarter 2020 ad revenue jumped 22% to $425 million compared to the prior year quarter.
     
  • Total Ad Supported Listener Hours of 12.5 Billion.  Monthly Active Users (MAUs) at Pandora were 58.9 million at the end of 2020, down from 63.5 million at the end of 2019.  Total ad supported listener hours were 12.50 billion in 2020, down from 13.44 billion in 2019.
       
  • Self-Pay Net Adds of 133,000.  Pandora added 133,000 net new self-pay subscribers to its Pandora Plus and Pandora Premium services in 2020, ending with nearly 6.3 million self-pay subscribers to those services.
     
  • Gross Profit Declined 8%.  Subscriber revenue decreased by 2%, advertising revenue decreased by 1% and total cost of services increased by 2%, resulting in gross profit at Pandora of $571 million, down 8% from 2019.  Gross margin at Pandora for 2020 was 34%, down from 36% in 2019.
     
  • Growing Adoption of Modes; Innovative Ad Tech.  The popularity of Pandora’s Modes feature, which lets Pandora users fine-tune their music stations using selectable “modes,” has continued to accelerate.  Modes users nearly doubled in the second half of 2020, and new Modes continue to roll out across popular Pandora music stations such as on UNINTERRUPTED Radio’s new curated “All Pro Mode” before this week’s big game.  And, as a longtime leader in audio advertising technology, the company will introduce a new, full-service podcast advertising solution for brands later this year.
     
  • Stitcher Acquisition Closed.  SiriusXM closed its acquisition of Stitcher in October 2020.  Stitcher reported record quarterly ad revenue in the fourth quarter, and it extended sales and distribution rights to popular podcasts including WTF With Marc Maron and Hidden Brain.  Stitcher has some of the most popular podcasts available today including Freakonomics, My Favorite Murder and Office Ladies, which was recently named Podcast of the Year at the iHeartMedia Podcast Awards.

Subscriber acquisition costs declined by 15% to $362 million in 2020 driven by a lower subscriber acquisition costs (SAC) per install and a reduction in auto sales in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Sales and marketing costs remained flat at $889 million.  Engineering, design and development costs fell 9% to $220 million, and general and administrative expenses decreased by 2% to $443 million in 2020.

With pro forma revenue up 2% and total cash operating expenses down 1%, excluding depreciation and amortization, share-based payment expenses, and legal settlements and reserves, adjusted EBITDA in 2020 was up 6%.  Free cash flow was $1.66 billion in 2020, relatively unchanged from 2019.

SiriusXM also confirmed that, in connection with its annual impairment assessment of goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible assets, the company recorded an impairment of $976 million related to the Pandora reporting unit.  The impairment is a result of the anticipated operating performance of Pandora, primarily its royalty cost structure.  The impairment is non-cash and is excluded from adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP metric, in accordance with the company’s definition of adjusted EBITDA.

FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2020 RESULTS

SIRIUS XM HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the Three Months Ended December 31,

For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in millions, except per share data)

2020

2019

2020

2019

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Revenue:

Subscriber revenue

$

1,615

$

1,569

$

6,372

$

6,120

Advertising revenue

474

403

1,340

1,336

Equipment revenue

60

46

173

173

Other revenue

40

44

155

165

Total revenue

2,189

2,062

8,040

7,794

Operating expenses:

Cost of services:

Revenue share and royalties

662

607

2,421

2,291

Programming and content

130

124

481

462

Customer service and billing

122

123

481

475

Transmission

48

53

177

170

Cost of equipment

6

9

19

29

Subscriber acquisition costs

105

114

362

427

Sales and marketing

293

289

957

937

Engineering, design and development

67

74

263

280

General and administrative

154

145

511

524

Depreciation and amortization

125

124

506

468

Acquisition and restructuring costs

4

1

28

84

Impairment charges

976

976

Total operating expenses

2,692

1,663

7,182

6,147

Income from operations

(503)

399

858

1,647

Other (expense) income:

Interest expense

(97)

(99)

(394)

(390)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(40)

(57)

Other income (expense)

(4)

(1)

6

(3)

Total other (expense) income

(101)

(100)

(428)

(450)

Income before income taxes

(604)

299

430

1,197

Income tax expense

(73)

(56)

(299)

(283)

Net income

$

(677)

$

243

$

131

$

914

Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of tax

15

5

7

14

Total comprehensive income

$

(662)

$

248

$

138

$

928

Net income per common share:

Basic

$

(0.16)

$

0.05

$

0.03

$

0.20

Diluted

$

(0.16)

$

0.05

$

0.03

$

0.20

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

Basic

4,220

4,419

4,330

4,501

Diluted

4,220

4,541

4,429

4,616

Dividends declared per common share

$

0.01464

$

0.01331

$

0.05457

$

0.04961

SIRIUS XM HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

As of December 31,

(in millions, except per share data)

2020

2019

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

71

$

106

Receivables, net

672

670

Inventory, net

10

11

Related party current assets

20

22

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

194

194

Total current assets

967

1,003

Property and equipment, net

1,629

1,626

Intangible assets, net

3,340

3,467

Goodwill

3,122

3,843

Related party long-term assets

531

452

Deferred tax assets

111

153

Operating lease right-of-use assets

427

466

Other long-term assets

206

139

Total assets

$

10,333

$

11,149

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

1,223

$

1,151

Accrued interest

174

160

Current portion of deferred revenue

1,721

1,930

Current maturities of debt

1

2

Operating lease current liabilities

48

46

Related party current liabilities

4

Total current liabilities

3,167

3,293

Long-term deferred revenue

118

130

Long-term debt

8,499

7,842

Deferred tax liabilities

266

70

Operating lease liabilities

419

456

Other long-term liabilities

149

94

Total liabilities

12,618

11,885

Stockholders’ equity (deficit):

Common stock, par value $0.001 per share; 9,000 shares authorized; 4,176 and 4,412 shares issued; 4,173 and 4,412 shares outstanding at December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

4

4

Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax

15

8

Additional paid-in capital

395

Treasury stock, at cost; 3 and 0 shares of common stock at December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

(19)

Accumulated deficit

(2,285)

(1,143)

Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)

(2,285)

(736)

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)

$

10,333

$

11,149

SIRIUS XM HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in millions)

2020

2019

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

131

$

914

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

506

468

Impairment charges

976

Non-cash interest expense, net of amortization of premium

20

17

Provision for doubtful accounts

60

53

Amortization of deferred income related to equity method investment

(3)

(3)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

40

57

Loss on unconsolidated entity investments, net

16

21

Dividend received from unconsolidated entity investment

2

2

Loss on restructuring

24

(Gain) loss on other investments

(3)

(3)

Share-based payment expense

223

250

Deferred income taxes

238

259

Amortization of right-of-use assets

56

56

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Receivables

(36)

(137)

Inventory

(2)

11

Related party, net

(10)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

14

10

Other long-term assets

(61)

7

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

42

109

Accrued interest

13

32

Deferred revenue

(223)

(58)

Operating lease liabilities

(53)

(47)

Other long-term liabilities

38

9

Net cash provided by operating activities

2,018

2,017

Cash flows from investing activities:

Additions to property and equipment

(350)

(363)

Purchases of other investments

(8)

(7)

Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired

(300)

313

Sale of short-term investments

73

Investments in related parties and other equity investees

(94)

(19)

Repayment from related party

11

Net cash used in investing activities

(741)

(3)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

8

Taxes paid from net share settlements for stock-based compensation

(114)

(150)

Revolving credit facility, net of deferred financing costs

649

(439)

Proceeds from long-term borrowings, net of costs

1,481

2,715

Proceeds from sale of capped call security

3

Principal payments of long-term borrowings

(1,507)

(1,666)

Payment of premiums on redemption of debt

(31)

(45)

Common stock repurchased and retired

(1,555)

(2,159)

Dividends paid

(237)

(226)

Net cash used in financing activities

(1,314)

(1,959)

Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(37)

55

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period (1)

120

65

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period (1)

$

83

$

120

(1)

The following table reconciles cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash per the statement of cash flows to the balance sheet. The restricted cash balances are primarily due to letters of credit which have been issued to the landlords of leased office space. The terms of the letters of credit primarily extend beyond one year.

(in millions)

December 31, 2020

December 31, 2019

December 31, 2018

Cash and cash equivalents

$

71

$

106

$

54

Restricted cash included in Other long-term assets

12

14

11

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

83

$

120

$

65

Unaudited Pro Forma Results
Set forth below are our pro forma results of operations for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 compared with the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019.  Legal settlements and reserves and share-based payment expense have been excluded from cost of services line items and presented as their own line items in the table below, as this is consistent with how the segments are evaluated on a regular basis.  These pro forma results are based on estimates and assumptions, which we believe are reasonable.  They are not the results that would have been realized had the Pandora Acquisition actually occurred on January 1, 2018 and are not indicative of our consolidated results of operations in future periods.  The pro forma results primarily include adjustments related to amortization of acquired intangible assets, depreciation of property and equipment, acquisition costs, fair value gain or loss on the Pandora investment and associated tax impacts.  Pro forma adjustments are not included for the acquisitions of Simplecast and Stitcher.  Please refer to the Footnotes to Results of Operations.

2020 vs 2019 Change

For the Three Months Ended December 31,

For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,

Three Months

Twelve Months

2020

2019

2020

2019

Amount

%

Amount

%

Revenue

(Pro Forma)

(Pro Forma)

(Pro Forma)

Sirius XM:

Subscriber revenue

$

1,485

$

1,448

$

5,857

$

5,644

$

37

3

%

$

213

4

%

Advertising revenue

49

56

157

205

(7)

(13)

%

(48)

(23)

%

Equipment revenue

60

46

173

173

14

30

%

%

Other revenue

40

46

161

172

(6)

(13)

%

(11)

(6)

%

Total Sirius XM revenue

1,634

1,596

6,348

6,194

38

2

%

154

2

%

Pandora:

Subscriber revenue

130

126

515

527

4

3

%

(12)

(2)

%

Advertising revenue

425

348

1,183

1,200

77

22

%

(17)

(1)

%

Total Pandora revenue

555

474

1,698

1,727

81

17

%

(29)

(2)

%

Total consolidated revenue

2,189

2,070

8,046

7,921

119

6

%

125

2

%

Cost of services

Sirius XM:

Revenue share and royalties

384

366

1,484

1,431

18

5

%

53

4

%

Programming and content

112

109

420

415

3

3

%

5

1

%

Customer service and billing

101

101

388

394

%

(6)

(2)

%

Transmission

32

33

119

108

(1)

(3)

%

11

10

%

Cost of equipment

6

9

19

29

(3)

(33)

%

(10)

(34)

%

Total Sirius XM cost of services

635

618

2,430

2,377

17

3

%

53

2

%

Pandora:

Revenue share and royalties (1)

278

244

959

945

34

14

%

14

1

%

Programming and content

10

6

30

16

4

67

%

14

88

%

Customer service and billing

19

21

87

85

(2)

(10)

%

2

2

%

Transmission

14

16

51

57

(2)

(13)

%

(6)

(11)

%

Total Pandora cost of services

321

287

1,127

1,103

34

12

%

24

2

%

Total consolidated cost of services

956

905

3,557

3,480

51

6

%

77

2

%

Subscriber acquisition costs

105

114

362

427

(9)

(8)

%

(65)

(15)

%

Sales and marketing

275

268

889

892

7

3

%

(3)

%

Engineering, design and development

55

62

220

241

(7)

(11)

%

(21)

(9)

%

General and administrative (2)

138

134

443

454

4

3

%

(11)

(2)

%

Depreciation and amortization

125

124

506

483

1

1

%

23

5

%

Acquisition and restructuring costs

4

28

4

nm

28

nm

Impairment charges

976

976

976

nm

976

nm

Legal settlements and reserves

(16)

25

nm

(41)

(164)

%

Share-based payment expense (3)

58

58

223

240

%

(17)

(7)

%

Total operating expenses

2,692

1,665

7,188

6,242

1,027

62

%

946

15

%

Income from operations

(503)

405

858

1,679

(908)

(224)

%

(821)

(49)

%

Other (expense) income:

Interest expense

(97)

(99)

(394)

(392)

2

(2)

%

(2)

1

%

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(40)

(57)

%

17

(30)

%

Other income (expense)

(4)

(1)

6

(2)

(3)

300

%

8

(400)

%

Total other (expense) income

(101)

(100)

(428)

(451)

(1)

1

%

23

(5)

%

Income before income taxes

(604)

305

430

1,228

(909)

(298)

%

(798)

(65)

%

Income tax expense

(73)

(58)

(299)

(290)

(15)

26

%

(9)

3

%

Net income

$

(677)

$

247

$

131

$

938

$

(924)

(374)

%

$

(807)

(86)

%

Adjusted EBITDA

$

660

$

587

$

2,575

$

2,427

$

73

12

%

$

148

6

%

Gross Profit – Sirius XM

$

999

$

978

$

3,918

$

3,817

$

21

2

%

$

101

3

%

Gross Margin % – Sirius XM

61

%

61

%

62

%

62

%

%

%

%

%

Gross Profit – Pandora

$

234

$

187

$

571

$

624

$

47

25

%

$

(53)

(8)

%

Gross Margin % – Pandora

42

%

39

%

34

%

36

%

3

%

8

%

(2)

%

(6)

%

nm – not meaningful

(1)

For the year ended December 31, 2020, revenue share and royalties excludes a reversal of a pre-acquisition reserve of $16 for royalties.

(2)

For the year ended December 31, 2019, general and administrative excludes a one-time $25 legal settlement associated with Do-Not-Call litigation.

(3)

Allocation of share-based payment expense:

For the Three Months Ended December 31,

For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in millions)

2020

2019

2020

2019

Programming and content – Sirius XM

$

7

$

7

$

29

$

29

Customer service and billing – Sirius XM

2

1

6

4

Transmission – Sirius XM

1

4

4

Programming and content – Pandora

1

2

2

2

Transmission – Pandora

1

4

3

6

Sales and marketing

18

21

68

81

Engineering, design and development

12

12

43

53

General and administrative

16

11

68

61

Total share-based payment expense

$

58

$

58

$

223

$

240

Key Financial and Operating Metrics

A full glossary defining our key financial and operating metrics can be found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Subscribers and subscription related revenues and expenses associated with our connected vehicle services and Sirius XM Canada are not included in Sirius XM’s subscriber count or subscriber-based operating metrics.

Set forth below are our subscriber balances as of December 31, 2020 compared to December 31, 2019:

As of December 31,

2020 vs 2019 Change

(subscribers in thousands)

2020

2019

Amount

%

Sirius XM

Self-pay subscribers

30,887

29,978

909

3

%

Paid promotional subscribers

3,827

4,931

(1,104)

(22)

%

Ending subscribers

34,714

34,909

(195)

(1)

%

Traffic users

9,301

9,334

(33)

%

Sirius XM Canada subscribers

2,622

2,707

(85)

(3)

%

Pandora

Monthly active users – all services

58,882

63,508

(4,626)

(7)

%

Self-pay subscribers

6,298

6,165

133

2

%

Paid promotional subscribers

43

49

(6)

(12)

%

Ending subscribers

6,341

6,214

127

2

%

The following table contains our Non-GAAP pro forma financial and operating performance measures which are based on our adjusted results of operations for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019:

2020 vs 2019 Change

For the Three Months
Ended December 31,

For the Twelve Months
Ended December 31,

Three Months

Twelve Months

(subscribers in thousands)

2020

2019

2020

2019 (1)

Amount

%

Amount

%

Sirius XM

Self-pay subscribers

407

341

909

1,063

66

19

%

(154)

(14)

%

Paid promotional subscribers

(128)

14

(1,104)

(193)

(142)

(1,014)

%

(911)

(472)

%

Net additions

279

355

(195)

870

(76)

(21)

%

(1,065)

(122)

%

Weighted average number of subscribers

34,651

34,708

34,523

34,314

(57)

%

209

1

%

Average self-pay monthly churn

1.6

%

1.7

%

1.7

%

1.7

%

(0.1)

%

(6)

%

%

%

ARPU (2)

$

14.33

$

14.03

$

14.10

$

13.82

$

0.30

2

%

$

0.28

2

%

SAC, per installation

$

14.61

$

23.74

$

18.65

$

22.91

$

(9.13)

(38)

%

$

(4.26)

(19)

%

Pandora

Self-pay subscribers

(63)

(92)

133

251

29

(32)

%

(118)

(47)

%

Paid promotional subscribers

4

(6)

(707)

(4)

(100)

%

701

99

%

Net additions

(63)

(88)

127

(456)

25

(28)

%

583

128

%

Weighted average number of subscribers

6,418

6,280

6,315

6,654

138

2

%

(339)

(5)

%

ARPU

$

6.67

$

6.76

$

6.76

$

6.61

$

(0.09)

(1)

%

$

0.15

2

%

Ad supported listener hours (in billions)

2.96

3.21

12.50

13.44

(0.25)

(8)

%

(0.94)

(7)

%

Advertising revenue per thousand listener hours (RPM)

$

112.71

$

94.55

$

79.24

$

80.41

$

18.16

19

%

$

(1.17)

(1)

%

Licensing costs per thousand listener hours (LPM)

$

46.67

$

42.20

$

40.14

$

38.94

$

4.47

11

%

$

1.20

3

%

Licensing costs per paid subscriber (LPU)

$

4.21

$

4.04

$

4.14

$

4.06

$

0.17

4

%

$

0.08

2

%

Total Company

Adjusted EBITDA

$

660

$

587

$

2,575

$

2,427

$

73

12

%

$

148

6

%

Free cash flow (4)

$

448

$

408

$

1,660

$

1,647

$

40

10

%

$

13

1

%

(1)

Includes Pandora’s results for the twelve month period, inclusive of pre-acquisition results for the period January 1, 2019 through January 31, 2019.

(2)

ARPU for Sirius XM excludes subscriber revenue from our connected vehicle services of $44 and $43 for the years and $174 and $159 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

(3)

Free cash flow has not been adjusted for Pandora’s pre-acquisition results.

Reconciliation from GAAP Net income to Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA:

For the Three Months Ended December 31,

For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in millions)

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net income:

$

(677)

$

243

$

131

$

914

Add back items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA:

Legal settlements and reserves

(16)

25

Acquisition and restructuring costs (1)

4

1

28

84

Share-based payment expense

58

58

223

229

Depreciation and amortization

125

124

506

468

Impairment charges

976

976

Interest expense

97

99

394

390

Loss on extinguishment of debt

40

57

Other (income) expense

4

1

(6)

3

Income tax expense

73

56

299

283

Purchase price accounting adjustments:

Revenues

8

6

13

Operating expenses

(3)

(6)

(14)

Pro forma adjustments (2)

(25)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

660

$

587

$

2,575

$

2,427

(1)

Acquisition and restructuring costs include $21 of share-based compensation expense for the year ended December 31, 2019.

(2)

Pro forma adjustment for year ended December 31, 2019 includes Pandora’s Net income for the year ended December 31, 2019 of $(44) plus Depreciation and amortization of $6, Share-based payment expense of $11, Acquisition and other related costs of $1, and Interest expense of $2, offset by Other income of $1. 

 Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow:

For the Three Months Ended December 31,

For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in millions)

2020

2019

2020

2019

Cash Flow information

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

568

$

532

$

2,018

$

2,017

Net cash used in investing activities

$

(397)

$

(129)

$

(741)

$

(3)

Net cash used in financing activities

$

(132)

$

(373)

$

(1,314)

$

(1,959)

Free Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

568

$

532

$

2,018

$

2,017

Additions to property and equipment

(120)

(124)

(350)

(363)

Purchases of other investments

(8)

(7)

Free cash flow

$

448

$

408

$

1,660

$

1,647

Reconciliation of SAC, per installation:

For the Three Months Ended December 31,

For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(costs in millions and installs in thousands)

2020

2019

2020

2019

Subscriber acquisition costs, excluding connected vehicle services

$

105

$

114

$

362

$

427

Less: margin from sales of radios and accessories, excluding connected vehicle services

(54)

(38)

(154)

(144)

$

51

$

76

$

208

$

283

Installations

3,476

3,202

11,091

12,355

SAC, per installation (a)

$

14.61

$

23.74

$

18.65

$

22.91

(a)

Amounts may not recalculate due to rounding.

About SiriusXM

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is the leading audio entertainment company in North America, and the premier programmer and platform for subscription and digital advertising-supported audio products. Pandora, a subsidiary of SiriusXM, is the largest ad-supported audio entertainment streaming service in the U.S. SiriusXM and Pandora’s properties reach more than 150 million listeners, the largest addressable audience in the U.S., across all categories of digital audio – music, sports, talk, and podcasts. SiriusXM’s acquisitions of Stitcher and Simplecast, alongside industry-leading ad tech company AdsWizz, make it a leader in podcast hosting, production, distribution, analytics and monetization. SiriusXM, through Sirius XM Canada Holdings, Inc., also offers satellite radio and audio entertainment in Canada. In addition to its audio entertainment businesses, SiriusXM offers connected vehicle services to automakers. For more about SiriusXM, please go to: www.siriusxm.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This communication contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to future operations, products and services; and other statements identified by words such as “will likely result,” “are expected to,” “will continue,” “is anticipated,” “estimated,” “believe,” “intend,” “plan,” “projection,” “outlook” or words of similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond our control. Actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements.

The following factors, among others, could cause actual results and the timing of events to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements:  the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is adversely impacting our business; our substantial competition that is likely to increase over time; our efforts to attract and retain subscribers and listeners, or convert listeners into subscribers, which may not be successful, and may adversely affect our business; our Pandora ad-supported business has suffered a loss of monthly active users, which may adversely affect our Pandora business; privacy and data security laws and regulations may hinder our ability to market our services, sell advertising and impose legal liabilities; we engage in extensive marketing efforts and the continued effectiveness of those efforts are an important part of our business; consumer protection laws and our failure to comply with them could damage our business; a substantial number of our Sirius XM subscribers periodically cancel their subscriptions and we cannot predict how successful we will be at retaining customers; our ability to profitably attract and retain subscribers to our Sirius XM service as our marketing efforts reach more price-sensitive consumers is uncertain; our failure to convince advertisers of the benefits of our Pandora ad-supported service could harm our business; if we are unable to maintain revenue growth from our advertising products, particularly in mobile advertising, our results of operations will be adversely affected; if we fail to accurately predict and play music, comedy or other content that our Pandora listeners enjoy, we may fail to retain existing and attract new listeners; if we fail to protect the security of personal information about our customers, we could be subject to costly government enforcement actions and private litigation and our reputation could suffer; interruption or failure of our information technology and communications systems could impair the delivery of our service and harm our business; we rely on third parties for the operation of our business, and the failure of third parties to perform could adversely affect our business; our business depends in part upon the auto industry; our Pandora business depends in part upon consumer electronics manufacturers; the market for music rights is changing and is subject to significant uncertainties; our ability to offer interactive features in our Pandora services depends upon maintaining licenses with copyright owners; the rates we must pay for “mechanical rights” to use musical works on our Pandora service have increased substantially and these new rates may adversely affect our business; failure of our satellites would significantly damage our business; our Sirius XM service may experience harmful interference from wireless operations; failure to comply with FCC requirements could damage our business; economic conditions, including advertising budgets and discretionary spending, may adversely affect our business and operating results; if we are unable to attract and retain qualified personnel, our business could be harmed; we may not realize the benefits of acquisitions or other strategic investments and initiatives, including the acquisition of Pandora; our use of pre-1972 sound recordings on our Pandora service could result in additional costs; we may from time to time modify our business plan, and these changes could adversely affect us and our financial condition; we have a significant amount of indebtedness, and our debt contains certain covenants that restrict our operations; our facilities could be damaged by natural catastrophes or terrorist activities; the unfavorable outcome of pending or future litigation could have an adverse impact on our operations and financial condition; failure to protect our intellectual property or actions by third parties to enforce their intellectual property rights could substantially harm our business and operating results; some of our services and technologies may use “open source” software, which may restrict how we use or distribute our services or require that we release the source code subject to those licenses; rapid technological and industry changes and new entrants could adversely impact our services; existing or future laws and regulations could harm our business; we may be exposed to liabilities that other entertainment service providers would not customarily be subject to; our business and prospects depend on the strength of our brands; we are a “controlled company” within the meaning of the NASDAQ listing rules and, as a result, qualify for, and rely on, exemptions from certain corporate governance requirements; while we currently pay a quarterly cash dividend to holders of our common stock, we may change our dividend policy at any time; and our principal stockholder has significant influence, including over actions requiring stockholder approval, and its interests may differ from the interests of other holders of our common stock. Additional factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 30, 2020, which are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and available at the SEC’s Internet site (http://www.sec.gov). The information set forth herein speaks only as of the date hereof, and we disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this communication.

Source: SiriusXM

Contact for SiriusXM:

Hooper Stevens
212-901-6718
[email protected]

Patrick Reilly
212-901-6646
[email protected]

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