A Fool Looks Back


Sirius XM Radio (NAS: SIRI) continues to justify its 11-figure valuation. The satellite-radio giant posted better-than-expected profitability and subscriber growth in its latest quarter.

There are now more than 21 million subscribers for the service that delivers dozens of premium content channels for $13 a month.

The quarter wasn't perfect. Revenue and average revenue per user came in a little light. However, both of those points are irrelevant, with Sirius XM insisting that it will raise its prices early next year.

Investors will naturally want to see whether churn holds up after the increase. The media company is also upgrading its platform later this year, introducing personalization and time-shifting features to a new breed of receivers.

It's not as if Sirius XM is toiling away in a hot niche. Terrestrial-radio stations aren't attracting a lot of investor interest these days. Pandora Media (NYS: P) is trading below its recent IPO price. Sirius XM has the grit of a survivor -- and disruptor.

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Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

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