“NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Pandora Media (P_) shares were jumping more than 9% to $18.73 in afterhours trading after the biggest online radio service beat first-quarter revenue expectations. The company’s revenue outlook also topped expectations as its mobile advertising sales accelerated and the company added more subscribers during the quarter.
“Pandora continues to expand its mobile leadership,” stated CEO Joe Kennedy, who announced in March that he planned to step down after a successor was found. “Mobile listening hours and mobile ad revenue reached record highs, with growth in mobile ad revenue exceeding growth in mobile listening hours. During the quarter, we successfully implemented a mobile listening limit, enabling us to manage our content acquisition costs with minimal impact on listenership or revenue growth. Pandora’s subscriber base surpassed 2.5 million, adding more net new subscribers in the quarter than in all of fiscal 2013, giving Pandora the largest US streaming subscriber base of any music service.”
During the first quarter, mobile revenue grew 101% year-over-year to $86.7 million, outpacing mobile listener hour growth, which grew 47% year-over-year. Also, Pandora One subscribers surpassed 2.5 million, adding over 700,000 net new subscribers in the first quarter and growing 114% year-over-year. Total listener hours grew 35% to 4.18 billion…..”
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