Liberty Media Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Liberty Media Corporation ("Liberty Media") (Nasdaq: LMCA, LMCB) today reported third quarter 2012 results. Highlights include(1):

  • Increased STARZ and ENCORE subscriptions by 9% and 5%, respectively
  • Launched STARZ PLAY and ENCORE PLAY authenticated online services
  • Raised $500 million of 5%, 7-year senior unsecured bonds at Starz
  • Filed Form 10 with the SEC in connection with the separation of Liberty Media and Starz, LLC
  • Purchased additional shares of SiriusXM increasing our ownership to 49.2%, based on shares outstanding as of October 25, 2012, and filed an application with the FCC for de jure control

"Starz again posted impressive subscriber gains and raised debt at a very attractive rate in September. We launched the STARZ PLAY and ENCORE PLAY authenticated online services," said Greg Maffei, President and CEO of Liberty Media. "We made progress on the separation of Liberty Media and Starz, with the filing of our Form 10 with the SEC, and are still targeting the end of the year for completion."


"We continued to increase our ownership of SiriusXM and have stated our intention to go over 50% if we receive approval from the FCC on our pending application for de jure control," Maffei continued. "Live Nation continues to post solid results and make substantial progress in the areas of social and mobile. We are pleased that Barnes & Noble and Microsoft completed their strategic partnership in NOOK Media and are excited about the launch of the new NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ which began shipping last week."

Liberty Media

Liberty Media's revenue increased 3% to $555 million and adjusted OIBDA(2) increased 6% to $137 million in the third quarter. Operating income was flat for the quarter at $111 million. The increase in revenue was primarily due to an increase at Starz and ANLBC. The increase in adjusted OIBDA was primarily due to increases at ANLBC.

Starz, LLC

"As Starz prepares for the upcoming separation from Liberty Media, we are pleased with the investments we have made in quality original programming. The combination of epic originals and terrific theatrical film product helped propel us to yet another set of record highs for STARZ and ENCORE subscribers in the third quarter with 20.8 million and 34.3 million respectively," said Chris Albrecht, Starz, LLC, CEO. "The value proposition for our premium subscription services was fortified last month with the debut of the STARZ PLAY and ENCORE PLAY TV Everywhere services. Launched first with Cox Communications, we are eager to add more features and functionality, increase device support, launch MOVIEPLEX PLAY, and sign up more distribution partners in the months ahead. On programming, Spartacus: War of the Damned, Da Vinci's Demons, Magic City and The White Queen give us a strong pipeline of exclusive STARZ Originals that will kick off early next year."

Starz's revenue increased 3% to $400 million for the third quarter. Revenue increased for the Starz Distribution business and remained flat for both the Starz Channels and Starz Animation businesses. Starz's adjusted OIBDA increased 1% to $108 million for the third quarter and operating income decreased 2% to $99 million.

Share Repurchases

From August 1, 2012 through October 31, 2012, 0.2 million shares of Series A Liberty Capital common stock (NAS: LMCA) were purchased at an average cost per share of $105.72 for total cash consideration of $22.3 million. Since the reclassification of the original Liberty Capital tracking stock on March 4, 2008 through October 31, 2012, 57.7 million shares have been repurchased at an average cost per share of $31.60 for total cash consideration of $1.8 billion. These repurchases represent 44.7% of the shares outstanding at the time of the introduction of the original Liberty Capital stock. Liberty Media has approximately $918 million remaining under its current stock repurchase authorization.

Liberty Media Corporation owns interests in a broad range of media, communications and entertainment businesses. Those interests include its subsidiaries Starz, LLC, Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc. and TruePosition, Inc., interests in SiriusXM and Live Nation and minority equity investments in Barnes & Noble, Time Warner Inc. and Viacom.

FOOTNOTES

1)         Liberty Media's President and CEO, Gregory B. Maffei, will discuss these highlights and other matters in Liberty Media's earnings conference call which will begin at 11:45 a.m. (ET) on November 6, 2012. For information regarding how to access the call, please see "Important Notice" later in this document.
2) For a definition of adjusted OIBDA and applicable reconciliations see the accompanying schedules.

NOTES

Unless otherwise noted, the foregoing discussion compares financial information for the three months ended September 30, 2012 to the same period in 2011.

The following financial information is intended to supplement Liberty Media's condensed consolidated balance sheet and statement of operations to be included in its Form 10-Q.

Fair Value of Public Holdings

           
(amounts in millions)   6/30/2012 9/30/2012
SiriusXM debt and equity(1) $ 5,283 8,429
Live Nation debt and equity(2) 384 444
Barnes & Noble investment(3) 277 223
Non-strategic public holdings(4)   1,219 1,265
Total Liberty Media $ 7,163 10,361
(1)       Represents the fair value of Liberty Media's debt and equity investments in SiriusXM. The fair value of Liberty Media's convertible preferred stock is calculated on an as-if-converted basis into common stock. In accordance with GAAP, Liberty Media accounts for its equity investment in SiriusXM using the equity method of accounting and includes this in its consolidated balance sheet at historical carrying value of $80 million and $2,656 million at June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012, respectively.
(2) Represents the fair value of Liberty Media's debt and equity investments. In accordance with GAAP, Liberty Media accounts for its investment in the equity of Live Nation using the equity method of accounting and includes it in its consolidated balance sheet at its historical carrying value of $349 million and $412 million at June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012, respectively.
(3) Represents the carrying value of Liberty Media's preferred equity investment in Barnes & Noble, which is accounted for at fair value.
(4) Represents Liberty Media's non-strategic public holdings which are accounted for at fair value.

Cash and Debt

The following presentation is provided to separately identify cash and liquid investments and debt information.

(amounts in millions)         6/30/2012       9/30/2012
Cash and liquid investments(1) $ 1,813 1,179
Less: Short-term marketable securities   10 10
Total Liberty Media Cash (GAAP) $ 1,803 1,169
 
Debt:
Starz bank facility 505 5
Starz 5% senior notes -- 500
Other   38 36
Total Liberty Media Debt (GAAP) $ 543 541
(1)       Includes $10 million of short-term marketable securities with an original maturity greater than 90 days as of June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012.

Total Liberty Media group cash and liquid investments decreased $634 million, primarily as a result of investment activities associated with SiriusXM. These outflows were partially offset by cash provided by operating activities and proceeds received from the disposition of securities. Total Liberty Media debt decreased by $2 million, as a result of capital lease payments.

Important Notice: Liberty Media Corporation (Nasdaq: LMCA, LMCB) President and CEO, Gregory B. Maffei will discuss Liberty Media's earnings release in a conference call which will begin at 11:45 a.m. (ET) on November 6, 2012. The call can be accessed by dialing (888) 602-6363 or (719) 325-2457 at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Replays of the conference call can be accessed until 1:45 p.m. (ET) November 13, 2012, by dialing (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 plus the pass code 5834108#. The call will also be broadcast live across the Internet and archived on our website. To access the webcast go to http://www.libertymedia.com/events. Links to this press release will also be available on the Liberty Media website.

This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements about business strategies, market potential, future financial prospects, new service and product launches including original content programming, new distribution platforms for our programming, the continuation of our stock repurchase plans, the proposed separation from Starz, LLC including the potential benefits flowing therefrom and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements involve many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including, without limitation, possible changes in market acceptance of new products or services, competitive issues, regulatory matters affecting our businesses, continued access to capital on terms acceptable to Liberty Media, changes in law, market conditions conducive to stock repurchases and the satisfaction or waiver, by our board of directors, in its sole discretion, of the conditions to the separation from Starz, LLC. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and Liberty Media expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Liberty Media's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. Please refer to the publicly filed documents of Liberty Media, including the most recent Forms 10-Q and 10-K, for additional information about Liberty Media and about the risks and uncertainties related to Liberty Media's business which may affect the statements made in this press release.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

As a supplement to Liberty Media's condensed consolidated statements of operations, to be included in its Form 10-Q, the following is a presentation of quarterly financial information and operating metrics on a stand-alone basis for the largest privately held business (Starz, LLC) owned by Liberty Media at September 30, 2012, which Liberty Media has identified as a reportable segment.

Please see below for the definition of adjusted OIBDA and a discussion of why management believes the presentation of adjusted OIBDA provides useful information for investors. Schedule 2 to this press release provides a reconciliation of adjusted OIBDA for Starz, LLC to its operating income for the same period, as determined under GAAP.

QUARTERLY SUMMARY

                             
(amounts in millions) 3Q11 4Q11 1Q12 2Q12 3Q12
Starz, LLC
Revenue $ 389 432 405 403 400
Adjusted OIBDA 107 93 127 108 108
Operating income 101 87 120 100 99
Subscription units - Starz 19.0 19.6 20.1 20.7 20.8
Subscription units - Encore   32.8 33.2 33.6 34.2 34.3

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

This press release includes a presentation of adjusted OIBDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, for Liberty Media and Starz LLC, together with a reconciliation to that entity's operating income, as determined under GAAP. Liberty Media defines adjusted OIBDA as revenue less operating expenses, and selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding stock and other equity-based compensation) and excludes from that definition depreciation and amortization, restructuring and impairment charges and legal settlements that are included in the measurement of operating income pursuant to GAAP.

Liberty Media believes adjusted OIBDA is an important indicator of the operational strength and performance of its businesses, including each business' ability to service debt and fund capital expenditures. In addition, this measure allows management to view operating results and perform analytical comparisons and benchmarking between businesses and identify strategies to improve performance. Because adjusted OIBDA is used as a measure of operating performance, Liberty Media views operating income as the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Adjusted OIBDA is not meant to replace or supersede operating income or any other GAAP measure, but rather to supplement such GAAP measures in order to present investors with the same information that Liberty Media's management considers in assessing the results of operations and performance of its assets. Please see the attached schedules for applicable reconciliations.

SCHEDULE 1

The following table provides a reconciliation of adjusted OIBDA for Liberty Media to operating income calculated in accordance with GAAP for the three months ended September 30, 2011, December 31, 2011, March 31, 2012, June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012, respectively.

QUARTERLY SUMMARY

                             
(amounts in millions) 3Q11 4Q11 1Q12 2Q12 3Q12
Liberty Media
Adjusted OIBDA $ 129 323 110 126 137
Depreciation and amortization (15 ) (13 ) (13 ) (15 ) (16 )
Stock compensation expense (3 ) (8 ) (8 ) (10 ) (10 )
Gain (loss) on legal settlement   --   (9 ) --   --   --  
Operating Income $ 111   293   89   101   111  

SCHEDULE 2

The following table provides a reconciliation of adjusted OIBDA for Starz, LLC to its operating income calculated in accordance with GAAP for the three months ended September 30, 2011, December 31, 2011, March 31, 2012, June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012, respectively.

QUARTERLY SUMMARY

                             
(amounts in millions) 3Q11 4Q11 1Q12 2Q12 3Q12
Starz, LLC
Adjusted OIBDA $ 107 93 127 108 108
Depreciation and amortization (4 ) (5 ) (4 ) (5 ) (5 )
Stock compensation expense   (2 ) (1 ) (3 ) (3 ) (4 )
Operating Income $ 101   87   120   100   99  
 
 
LIBERTY MEDIA CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (unaudited)
 
      12/31/2011         9/30/2012
amounts in millions
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,070 1,169
Trade and other receivables, net 288 308
Program rights 442 459
Short term marketable securities 299 10
Restricted cash 709 17
Financial instruments 51
Deferred income tax assets 61 50
Other current assets 45     64    
Total current assets 3,914     2,128    
 
Investments in available-for-sale securities and other cost investments 1,859 1,774
Investments in affiliates, accounted for using the equity method 567 3,221
 
Property and equipment, at cost 504 506
Accumulated depreciation (289 )   (307

)

 

215     199    
Intangible assets not subject to amortization 475 475
Intangible assets subject to amortization, net 135 122
Program rights 320 285
Other assets, at cost, net of accumulated amortization 238     221    
Total assets $ 7,723     8,425    
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 15 12
Accrued liabilities 313 293
Current portion of debt 754 4
Deferred revenue 63 71
Other current liabilities 85     91    
Total current liabilities 1,230     471    

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