I had told readers that a share buyback or dividend from SiriusXM could be announced at any time, once they made public the $1.25 billion credit facility.  Well, the company did not waste a moment.  SiriusXM has announced a special dividend as well as a share repurchase program!

SiriusXM announced that its Board of Directors has approved a $2 billion common stock repurchase program.  Shares of common stock may be purchased from time to time on the open market and in privately negotiated transactions.  Liberty Media Corporation, the beneficial owner of approximately 49.8% of the Company’s stock, has indicated that it will participate in the Company’s share repurchases on a pro rata basis so that its relative ownership interest will not be affected by the program.  The Company will fund the repurchases through cash on hand, future cash flow from operations and borrowings under its revolving credit facility.

The Board of Directors also declared a special cash dividend in the amount of $0.05 per share of common stock, payable on December 28, 2012 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 18, 2012.  The Company’s preferred stock will participate in the dividend on an as-converted basis in accordance with its terms.  The total amount of the cash dividend is expected to be approximately $325 million.

This could really serve to not only reduce the share count but may also bolster the stock price and keep it at higher levels.  In addition this could make things interesting regarding stock sales in anticipation of higher taxes next year.  Investors that may have been considering a stock sale may now stay in the equity a bit longer in order to participate.  Stay Tuned!

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