This Week in Sirius XM Radio

Satellite radio is always on the move with Sirius XM.

Jul 19, 2014 at 12:30PM

Things never get dull for the country's lone satellite-radio provider. Shares of Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) moved higher on the week, climbing 1.8% to close at $3.44. The move was a lot better than the Nasdaq's 0.4% gain. 

There was more going on beyond the share-price gyrations, though. Sirius XM beefed up its buyback efforts. On the streaming front, Spotify announced that it has no intentions of following Pandora (NYSE:P) into becoming a public company anytime soon. 

Let's take a closer look.

Buy curious
Sirius XM has printed billions of shares over the years to facilitate a major acquisition and sidestep bankruptcy, but it has been working hard over the past two years to reverse part of those actions. This week it took another step to eat away at its gargantuan share count, with its board authoring the repurchase of another $2 billion worth of stock. This is the third time in the past 19 months that Sirius XM has authorized $2 billion in buybacks.

Sirius XM is good for the money. It expects to generate nearly $1.1 billion in free cash flow this year, and its improving fundamentals make it easier to line up financing on the cheap. 

It's not going to dive into the latest $2 billion buyback overnight. In fact, at the end of March it was only $2.3 billion into the $4 billion in repurchases that the board had authorized several months earlier. However, it has proven that these board moves aren't mere lip service, and that will be good news down the line when Sirius XM's expanding profitability improves on a per-share basis because the fully diluted share count is shrinking. 

Spotify doesn't want to you to be its master
Pandora has learned the hard way that it's not always easy being a public company. In fact, it recently stopped providing the monthly performance metrics that it used to dish out. Pandora will now stick to the required quarterly reports to offer insights about its operations. 

Spotify is in no hurry to follow Pandora into becoming a publicly traded company. 

"The primary thing for us is just growing the business," Spotify CEO Daniel Elk said at Fortune magazine's Brainstorm conference this week, zapping the chatter about the streaming music darling going public. "I personally don't understand the quarterly capitalism of Wall Street."

If Elk isn't fond of Mr. Market's game of making sure that companies keep producing every three months, it's unlikely that Spotify will be public anytime soon. Then again, with 40 million users worldwide and a quarter of them on board as paying customers it wouldn't be a surprise if a tech giant acquires Spotify before it ever goes through with its IPO.

Warren Buffett's worst auto-nightmare (Hint: It's not Elon Musk)
A major technological shift is happening in the automotive industry. Most people are skeptical about its impact. Warren Buffett isn't one of them. He recently called it a "real threat" to one of his favorite businesses. An executive at one car giant called the technology "fantastic." The beauty for investors is that there is an easy way to ride this megatrend. Click here to access our exclusive report on this stock.

Rick Munarriz has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Pandora Media and owns shares of Pandora Media and Sirius XM Radio. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Money to your ears - A great FREE investing resource for you

The best way to get your regular dose of market and money insights is our suite of free podcasts ... what we like to think of as “binge-worthy finance.”

Feb 1, 2016 at 5:03PM

Whether we're in the midst of earnings season or riding out the market's lulls, you want to know the best strategies for your money.

And you'll want to go beyond the hype of screaming TV personalities, fear-mongering ads, and "analysis" from people who might have your email address ... but no track record of success.

In short, you want a voice of reason you can count on.

A 2015 Business Insider article titled, "11 websites to bookmark if you want to get rich," rated The Motley Fool as the #1 place online to get smarter about investing.

And one of the easiest, most enjoyable, most valuable ways to get your regular dose of market and money insights is our suite of free podcasts ... what we like to think of as "binge-worthy finance."

Whether you make it part of your daily commute or you save up and listen to a handful of episodes for your 50-mile bike rides or long soaks in a bubble bath (or both!), the podcasts make sense of your money.

And unlike so many who want to make the subjects of personal finance and investing complicated and scary, our podcasts are clear, insightful, and (yes, it's true) fun.

Our free suite of podcasts

Motley Fool Money features a team of our analysts discussing the week's top business and investing stories, interviews, and an inside look at the stocks on our radar. The show is also heard weekly on dozens of radio stations across the country.

The hosts of Motley Fool Answers challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves.

David Gardner, co-founder of The Motley Fool, is among the most respected and trusted sources on investing. And he's the host of Rule Breaker Investing, in which he shares his insights into today's most innovative and disruptive companies ... and how to profit from them.

Market Foolery is our daily look at stocks in the news, as well as the top business and investing stories.

And Industry Focus offers a deeper dive into a specific industry and the stories making headlines. Healthcare, technology, energy, consumer goods, and other industries take turns in the spotlight.

They're all informative, entertaining, and eminently listenable. Rule Breaker Investing and Answers are timeless, so it's worth going back to and listening from the very start; the other three are focused more on today's events, so listen to the most recent first.

All are available for free at

If you're looking for a friendly voice ... with great advice on how to make the most of your money ... from a business with a lengthy track record of success ... in clear, compelling language ... I encourage you to give a listen to our free podcasts.

Head to, give them a spin, and you can subscribe there (at iTunes, Stitcher, or our other partners) if you want to receive them regularly.

It's money to your ears.


Compare Brokers