SIRIUS CLOSES $1.2 BILLION RECAPITALIZATION AND RAISES $200 MILLION
$635.7 Million of Debt Exchanged for New Common Stock
All $519 Million of Preferred Stock Exchanged for Common Stock and Warrants
Company Sells $200 Million in Common Stock
New York, NY - March 7, 2003 - SIRIUS (NASDAQ: SIRI), the premier satellite radio broadcaster and only service delivering uncompromised Coast-to-coast music and entertainment for your car and home, today announced that it has closed its previously announced recapitalization and financing.
At the closing of the recapitalization, the company accepted $635,689,000 of its debt securities in exchange for 545,012,162 shares of newly-issued common stock, and retired all of its outstanding preferred stock in exchange for 76,992,865 shares of newly-issued common stock and warrants to purchase 87,577,114 shares of common stock, and received $200 million in new investments from affiliates of OppenheimerFunds, Inc., Apollo Management, L.P. and The Blackstone Group L.P. in the form of common stock.
- SIRIUS will host a conference call to discuss the recapitalization on Tuesday, March 11th at 9:00 am EST for investors and analysts. Hosting the call will be Joseph P. Clayton, President and CEO, and John Scelfo, Executive Vice President and CFO.
- The dial-in number for the call is 888-942-8135 (International 630-395-0252).
- The pass code is: "it's on."
- The web conference ID is 2838338 and the pass code is: "its on."
- The conference call will also be replayed through April 1st at 6:00 pm EST. The domestic replay number is 888-568-0721 (International 402-998-1487). The replay pass-code is 8475.
SIRIUS is the only satellite radio service bringing listeners 100 streams of the best music and entertainment coast-to-coast. SIRIUS offers 60 music streams with no commercials, along with 40 world-class sports, news and entertainment streams for a monthly subscription fee of $12.95. Stream Jockeys create and deliver uncompromised music in virtually every genre to our listeners 24 hours a day. Satellite radio products bringing SIRIUS to listeners in the car, truck, home, RV and boat are manufactured by Kenwood, Panasonic, Clarion, Audiovox and Jensen, and are available at major retailers including Circuit City, Best Buy, Car Toys, Good Guys, Tweeter, Ultimate Electronics, Sears and Crutchfield. SIRIUS is the leading OEM satellite radio provider, with exclusive partnerships with DaimlerChrysler, Ford and BMW. Automotive brands currently offering SIRIUS radios in select new car models include BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, and Nissan. Automotive brands that have announced plans to start offering SIRIUS in select models include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Volvo, Mazda, Infiniti, MINI, Audi, Volkswagen, Land Rover and Aston Martin.
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Any statements that express, or involve discussions as to, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance with respect to SIRIUS Satellite Radio Inc. are not historical facts and may be forward-looking and, accordingly, such statements involve estimates, assumptions and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Accordingly, any such statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the factors discussed in our Registration Statement on Form S-4 (File No. 333-101317), and amendments thereto, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Among the key factors that have a direct bearing on our results of operations are: our dependence upon third parties to manufacture, distribute, market and sell SIRIUS radios and components for those radios; the unproven market for our service; our competitive position and any events which affect the useful life of our satellites.