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Sirius Misses on Revenue

Other numbers are in line, though.
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Sirius (SIRI) - Get Sirius XM Holdings, Inc. Report missed first-quarter revenue estimates but maintained full-year guidance.

The New York-based satellite radio broadcaster lost $145 million, or a dime a share, for the quarter ended March 31, compared with the year-ago loss of $459 million, or 33 cents a share. Excluding stock-based pay costs, losses narrowed to 8 cents a share from 13 cents a year ago.

Revenue rose 61% from a year ago to $204 million, in line with the company's 61% gain in quarter-end subscribers to 6.58 million.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial were looking for an 11-cent-per-share loss on revenue of $212 million.

The news comes as the company tries to sell regulators and legislators in Washington on is proposed merger with rival

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During first quarter of 2007, Sirius added 556,490 net subscribers, consisting of 192,978 from the retail channel and 364,674 from automotive partners. Advertising revenue was $6.7 million in the latest quarter, and average monthly revenue per subscriber was $10.46. Average monthly subscriber churn was 2.3%, and was consistent with previously provided 2007 churn guidance. SAC per gross subscriber addition was $104.

Sirius said it expects to end the year with more than 8 million users and to post full-year revenue "approaching $1 billion."