XM Chairman Gary Parsons will keep his title after the merger, and Mel Karmazin, head of Sirius, will assume the CEO position. Current XM CEO Hugh Panero will continue in his role until the merger is finalized.
A combined XM-Sirius entity would boast 14 million subscribers, and analysts say a total of $7 billion would be saved annually between the two. "This combination is the next logical step in the evolution of audio entertainment," said Karmazin in a statement.
XM shares dropped to its lowest price since November on Friday and Sirius drew close to its 52-week low. Both companies saw overall gains on the day, however, as rumors spread that a possible merger might pass regulatory obstacles.
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