Pandora Reports First Profits

Pandora reported its first profits last week of $638,000 on revenues of $75 million for its third quarter of this year. This beats most analyst’s expectations and dashes last year’s losses for the same period of $1.77 million.

Pandora streamed 2.1 billion hours of programmimg -twice the numbers of last year same quarter. According to Chief Executive Officer Joe Kennedy, About half of Pandora’s $66 million in third-quarter advertising sales came from mobile users, a “triple-digit” increase from a year ago.

“Rapid growth of 104% year-over-year in listener hours and record Internet radio market share growth to 66% illustrates the strong demand for personalized radio,” stated Joe Kennedy, Chairman, President & CEO of Pandora. “Our growing scale and powerful, multi-product advertising platform is enabling Pandora to increasingly penetrate areas that were once solely served by terrestrial radio. Our momentum in transforming the radio industry is stronger than ever.”

For third quarter of fiscal 2012, total revenue was $75.0 million, a 99% year-over-year increase. Advertising revenue was $66.0 million, a 102% year-over-year increase. Subscription and other revenue was $9.0 million, an 80% year-over-year increase.

This news came a week after the Radio Advertising Bureau released third quarter revenues reporting $190 million in digital revenues for US based radio broadcasters in addition to modest growth in spot revenues.

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