Satellite, Internet and AM/FM Radios - Niche or Trend?

            Satellite, Internet and AM/FM Radios - Niche or Trend?

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, January 15, 2013

LONDON, January 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The broadcasting - radio industry has been garnering increased interest of
late, as companies with different radio delivery methods, such as Sirius XM
Radio Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI), Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE:P) and Emmis Communications
Corp. (NASDAQ:EMMS) have all been performing well. It remains to be seen if
AM/FM, Internet or satellite radio will end up dominating the other
broadcasting methods, but for now companies are doing what they can to get a
leg up on the competition. Some have been focusing their efforts on getting
their products into new vehicles, while others have been looking to reach out
to smartphone and tablet users. Creating or providing desirable content has
also been the focus of many in the industry of late. While a diverse range of
radio broadcasters have been excelling, competition remains fierce, and those
able to add new subscribers or listeners while still controlling margins could
be best positioned to perform well in the long-run. See how companies in this
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On the satellite side of things sits Sirius, the largest radio broadcaster in
the world based on revenue. Sirius had an outstanding 2012, and finished the
year just shy of 24 million subscribers, which included 2 million net
subscriber additions for the year. Sirius has done well for itself via the
auto industry, as many car makers are producing vehicles with
factory-installed Sirius receivers. If the auto industry continues to surge
forward like it did in 2012, Sirius could be well positioned to benefit. The
company has also been an innovator in terms of content, and its newly launched
"Town Hall" series is a good example of this. Sirius announced that its
exclusive new series will feature iconic musicians, entertainers and figures
taking part in Q&A sessions with studio fans and listeners. Sirius is one of
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Pandora is one of the major Internet radio players, and a company that is also
tapping into the automobile radio market. Pandora Media Inc. is now available
on over 1,000 integrations, which include automobiles and consumer
electronics. The company newly announced that Chrysler Group has been added to
the list of automobile brands that integrate Pandora in their vehicles. With
more than 85 different car models including Pandora and over 1 million
listeners to date having used Pandora via automotive integrations, the company
is certainly establishing itself in the automotive market. For the month of
December 2012, listener hours for Pandora increased 54% year-over-year to 1.39
billion. The company also managed to increase its share of total U.S. radio
listening in December, with figures coming in at 7.19%, as compared to 4.71%
in the prior year. 

Emmis Communications occupies a top position on the more traditional side of
radio. The company has 19 FM and 3 AM radio stations, making it the 9 ^th
biggest (in terms of total listeners), publicly traded radio portfolio in the
U.S. Emmis has also done a stellar job of late, as in its newly reported third
fiscal quarter domestic radio net revenues climbed 5%. The company has also
done a good job lowering its expenses, as its recent refinancing efforts have
led to a significant drop in interest expenses. Station operating income for
the quarter was also encouraging, as it came in at $13.8 million, compared to
$10 million during the same period last year. Find out what our financial
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While competition remains lively, at present there appears to be enough room
for companies that deliver radio across a diverse range of mediums to excel.
Keeping costs down will certainly play a factor in how companies are able to
grow their business moving forward. However, with sales increasing for many
industry players, the outlook is positive at this time. Interested investors
may want to keep an eye on new vehicle sales, as a decline there could have a
negative impact on certain companies.

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