Earnings from Ford (F - Get Report) have continued to strengthen, and Chrysler recently said its first-quarter net income more than quadrupled year-over-year, which bodes well for Sirius' cash flow, as new car sales continue to be strong.
Customers have weathered the monthly price increase well, and new car sales are coming in slightly higher than 14 million, which Wunderlich Securities analyst Matthew Harrigan believes could suggest better-than-expected subscriber guidance, currently around 1.3 million. "We still believe SIRI has a superior pipe into the car, especially with non-music content dominance and the augmented Lynx radio capabilities," Harrigan wrote in his research note. He rates Sirius "hold" with a $2 price target.
Now that Sirius is generating significant amounts of free cash, it remains to be seen whether Malone and Liberty Media can exert significant pressure and get Sirius to return some of its excess cash to shareholders.
According to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, Sirius is expected to report earnings of 2 cents a share on $803.81 million in revenue. That's up from the first-quarter of 2011, when it earned a penny on $723.84 million in revenue.Shares of Sirius are higher in Monday trading, up 2.26% to $2.26. Interested in more on Sirius? See TheStreet Ratings' report card for this stock. Check out our new tech blog, Tech Trends. Follow TheStreet Tech on your wireless devices. -- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/commodity_bull. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org