Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) Jumps As Board approves $2 billion share buyback programme and Special dividend

Satellite radio services provider Sirius XM Radio Inc(NASDAQ:SIRI) on Thursday approved a $2 billion share buyback programme and also issued a special dividend of 5 cents a share.

Its biggest Liberty Media, which is also seeking to get management control over Sirius, got a substantial pay-out from the dividend.

Liberty Media, which owns 49.8 percent of the company said that it wold also participate in the share buyback programme but in a way that would not affect its ownership interest.

The special dividend announced by the company will be payable on December 28 to shareholders as of December 18. The company expects to pay about $325 million in cash dividends.

The company had $556.27 million in cash and cash equivalents for the quarter ended September 30.

Though the company announced the buyback, it did not reveal the timing of the buyback. Analysts have speculated that the program would be implemented in 2013.

It may be recalled that when Sirius was strapped for cash and was on the verge of bankruptcy, it was Liberty Media which had stepped in with a $530 million in lieu of a 40 percent stake in it.

However Liberty Media Corp (Capital)(NASDAQ:LMCA) is now planning to acquire control of the company and has been buying shares from the market to take its holding to 50 percent.

Sirius XM shares rose 6 cents or 2 percent to $2.83 while Liberty Media Corp shares rose $1.69 or 1.6 percent to $108.02 in early trading.

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