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EchoStar Q1 Revenue Increases 28%

5/02/2002 09:06:00 AM Eastern

Littleton, Colo. - EchoStar Communications, provider of the DISH Network direct broadcast satellite television system, enjoyed a 28 percent increase in revenue during the first quarter, hitting $1.1 billion, up from $861.9 billion in the same three months in 2001.

EchoStar reduced its net loss to $38.6 million in the first quarter, ended March 31, down from a loss of $169.9 million in the year-ago period.

EchoStar's DISH Network added about 335,000 net new subscribers during the first quarter. As of the end of the first three months, Dish Network had about 7.2 million subscribers, an increase of about 25 percent over the $5.7 million subscribers on board at the end of the year-ago first quarter.

Operating income for the first quarter reached $95.3 million, up from an operating loss of $15.2 million in the same three months in 2001.

In the first quarter, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) totaled $178.5 million, up from $51.1 million year over year. EBITDA improvement resulted primarily from increased subscribers, resulting in revenue sufficient to support the cost of new and existing subscribers.

EBITDA is often used as a fairer financial measurement of satellite companies such as EchoStar, because it excludes expenses associated with its capital-intensive business.

EchoStar currently is seeking regulatory approval for its takeover bid of rival Hughes Electronics, which provides DirecTV satellite television.

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