Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Bloomberg.com: U.S.

Bloomberg.com: U.S.:
"Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.'s agreement to buy rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. for $4.57 billion in stock is a bet that U.S. regulators will alter rules that bar the only two pay-radio companies from combining.

Shares of XM may rise on the agreement, announced yesterday when U.S. markets were closed for a holiday. The terms value Washington-based XM at $17.02 a share, 22 percent more than its $13.98 close on Feb. 16. New York-based Sirius closed at $3.70.

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin said a merger combining the only two satellite radio services will face a thorough review"
It will be interesting to see the definition of market. Is it all satellite radio? or all radio? Or all entertainment options?

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