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Sirius XM Holdings today announced that a definitive proxy statement/prospectus has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with SiriusXM's pending merger with Pandora Media.

Pandora's special meeting of stockholders to vote on the transaction is scheduled to be held on January 29, 2019. Stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 30, 2018 will be entitled to vote at the special meeting in person or by proxy. No vote of Sirius XM stockholders is required in connection with the merger.

The transaction has been unanimously approved by both the board of directors of SiriusXM and the independent directors of Pandora. The Pandora board of directors recommends that the Pandora stockholders vote " FOR " the merger agreement and " FOR " each of the other proposals described in the proxy statement/prospectus.

As previously announced, on September 23, 2018, SiriusXM and Pandora entered into an agreement and plan of merger and reorganization, pursuant to which SiriusXM will acquire Pandora and, at the closing of the acquisition, each holder of Pandora common stock will be entitled to receive 1.44shares of SiriusXM common stock for each share of Pandora common stock issued and outstanding immediately prior to the closing. Upon closing of the transaction, SiriusXM will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Pandora common stock.

The combination of SiriusXM and Pandora creates the world's largest audio entertainment company, with more than $7 billion in expected pro-forma revenue in 2018 and strong, long-term growth opportunities. The strategic transaction builds on SiriusXM's position as the leader in subscription radio and a critically-acclaimed curator of exclusive audio programming with the addition of the largest U.S. audio streaming platform. Pandora's powerful music platform will enable SiriusXM to significantly expand its presence beyond vehicles into the home and other mobile areas. Following the completion of the transaction, there will be no immediate change in listener offerings.

SiriusXM and Pandora also announced that the termination of the waiting period required under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 occurred on December 21, 2018.

SiriusXM and Pandora continue to expect that the transaction will close in early 2019, subject to approval by Pandora stockholders and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

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Publication:Radio and Television Business Report (RBR+TVBR)
Date:Dec 24, 2018
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