Sirius XM In The Midst Of Possible Bankruptcy

The stock for Sirius XM Radio Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI) has plummeted to below 2 cents per share.  About a year ago, the company stock was hanging on to about $3.19 per share and dropped rapidly.  Mel Karmazin the current CEO of the combined satellite companies said he was planning on cutting costs for Americans to acess the service for $0.43 per day. “Forty-three cents a day — it’s not even vending machine coffee,”stated Karmazin at the time.

Sirius is now hiring advisers in preparation for a possible bankruptcy according to sources at the NYT.  This is bad news for celebrities who currently depend on Sirius XM to broadcast content such as Eminem’s Shade45 and Howard Stern.  A bankruptcy may cause Sirius XM to cancel contracts with celebrities.

If Sirius goes bankrupt, it would be the second largest Chapter 11 of the year.  The company has $5 billion in assets including the satellite technologies.  That is shortly behind Smurfit-Stone, a company with $7 billion in assets.  Sirius XM has never seen a profit even when both companies were independent of each other.  Now they have $3.25 billion in debt.

The automotive industry taking a hit has a direct correlation with Sirius’ failure.  Many of the new cars on the market are Sirius XM-ready.  If consumers aren’t buying them, they won’t have access to the satellite radio unless buying the peripheral device.

“Sirius XM hired Joseph A. Bondi of Alvarez & Marsal and Mark J. Thompson, a bankruptcy lawyer with Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, to help prepare a Chapter 11 filing,” stated the NYT.  “Documents and analysis are close to completion and a filing could come in days.”

EchoStar, a TV company may end up pushing the takeover Sirius as they already have bought some of the satellite radio company’s debt at $400 million worth.  Once Pulse 2.0 finds out more, we’ll report it in the coming weeks.

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This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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