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EchoStar Notches First Quarterly Profit

7/19/2001 11:50:00 AM Eastern

Littleton, Colo. - Satellite TV supplier EchoStar Communications enjoyed a net profit of $2.2 million in the second quarter, compared with a loss of $132.9 million in the year-ago second quarter. Operating income hit $64 million, compared with a loss of $86.2 million in the same quarter last year.

This was the first quarter EchoStar posted net and operating income since the inception of its DISH Network.

EchoStar reported a 49.5 percent increase in revenue in the second quarter, reaching $966.3 million in the period, compared with $646.1 million in the same three months in 2000.

The company added about 350,000 net new subscribers in the second quarter, reaching 6.07 million. This is a 41 percent increase over the 4.3 million subscribers on board at the same time in 2000, and 6 percent better than the first quarter of 2001.

For the six months, EchoStar recorded a net loss of $164.8 million, down from the $318 million reported in the year-ago six months. Total revenue for the six months was $1.8 billion, compared with $1.2 billion in the same six months last year.

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