Liberty Media Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Liberty Media Corporation (“Liberty Media” or “Liberty”) (NASDAQ: LSXMA, LSXMB, LSXMK, FWONA, FWONK, BATRA, BATRK) today reported second quarter 2020 results. Headlines include(1):

  • Attributed to Liberty SiriusXM Group

    • SiriusXM reported second quarter 2020 financial results

      • Self-pay net subscriber additions of 264,000 in second quarter
      • Second quarter revenue of $1,874 million
      • Second quarter net income of $243 million; diluted eps of $0.05
      • Adjusted EBITDA(2) roughly unchanged at $615 million in the second quarter
      • Strengthened podcasting platform with acquisition of Simplecast and agreement to acquire Stitcher
      • SiriusXM offered new 2020 subscriber and financial guidance on July 30th
      • SiriusXM buyback authorization expanded by $2 billion
    • Completed rights offering and issued 29.6 million LSXMK shares to rights holders on June 16th

      • Proceeds used to fully repay intergroup loan owed to Formula One Group
    • Liberty Media’s ownership of SiriusXM stood at 72.9% as of July 28th
    • Corporate level liquidity as of June 30th: $1.0 billion cash, cash equivalents and undrawn margin loan capacity (excluding liquidity at SiriusXM)
  • Attributed to Formula One Group

    • F1 season began weekend of July 3rd with 15 to 18 races still targeted this season
    • Announced multi-year broadcast agreements in Germany, Austria and Russia
    • Amended F1 term loan and revolving credit facility, waiving testing of the net leverage ratio until March 31, 2022
    • Liquidity as of June 30th: $2.3 billion cash, cash equivalents and revolver capacity (including $824 million of liquidity at F1)
  • Attributed to Braves Group

    • Regular season scheduled for 60 games in 2020 with opening day July 24th
    • Aloft hotel opened end of July; remainder of phase two development continues on-time and on-budget
    • Liquidity as of June 30th: $329 million cash, restricted cash, cash equivalents and revolver capacity (including $251 million liquidity at Braves)

“Our employees and management teams have demonstrated strong leadership navigating the health and financial challenges presented by COVID-19. We saw the highly anticipated returns to racing at Formula 1 and to the field for the Atlanta Braves, while SiriusXM posted solid results and Live Nation completed a credit agreement amendment which enhanced flexibility,” said Greg Maffei, Liberty Media President and CEO.

Note on COVID-19

Liberty Media continues to monitor and assess the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations, wholly-owned businesses and various investments. The global spread of COVID-19 prompted many countries throughout the world to take aggressive actions, including imposing travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders, closing public attractions and restaurants, and mandating social distancing practices. As a result, the start of the 2020 Formula 1 (“F1”) season was delayed until the beginning of July 2020 and the Major League Baseball season was delayed until the end of July 2020. Fans were not able to attend when the seasons resumed, and their attendance at future events is currently under review. In addition, in mid-March 2020, Live Nation suspended all large-scale live entertainment events. Liberty Media and our portfolio companies will continue to comply with the recommendations of various government agencies and focus on the safety of our employees, partners and customers.

Liberty Media, SiriusXM and Formula 1 are in compliance with all debt covenants as of June 30, 2020. Braves Holdings is expected to be out of compliance with certain debt covenants as of June 30, 2020, and is in ongoing discussions with counterparties to its operating credit facilities and debt related to ballpark funding to obtain waivers and covenant modifications.

Corporate Updates

On April 22, 2020, Liberty Media completed the reattribution of certain assets and liabilities between the Liberty SiriusXM Group and the Formula One Group (the “Reattribution”). Detailed information can be found in the press release and slide presentation issued April 23, 2020. The Reattribution is reflected in Liberty Media’s second quarter financial results on a prospective basis beginning April 22, 2020.

On June 16, 2020, Liberty completed a rights offering of Series C Liberty SiriusXM (“LSXMK”) common stock. The rights offering was fully subscribed, with 29.6 million LSXMK shares issued to those rights holders exercising basic and, if applicable, oversubscription privileges. The proceeds from the rights offering, which aggregated approximately $754 million, were used to repay the outstanding balance and accrued interest on the intergroup loan owed by the Liberty SiriusXM Group to the Formula One Group (the “Intergroup Loan”).

Discussion of Results

Unless otherwise noted, the following discussion compares financial information for the three months ended June 30, 2020 to the same period in 2019.

LIBERTY SIRIUSXM GROUP – The following table provides the financial results attributed to Liberty SiriusXM Group for the second quarter of 2020. In the second quarter, approximately $15 million of corporate level selling, general and administrative expense (including stock-based compensation expense) was allocated to the Liberty SiriusXM Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q19

 

2Q20

 

% Change

 

 

amounts in millions

 

 

 

Liberty SiriusXM Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SiriusXM

 

$

1,977

 

 

$

1,874

 

 

(5)

%

Total Liberty SiriusXM Group

 

$

1,977

 

 

$

1,874

 

 

(5)

%

Operating Income (Loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SiriusXM

 

 

421

 

 

 

398

 

 

(5)

%

Corporate and other

 

 

(8

)

 

 

(15

)

 

(88)

%

Total Liberty SiriusXM Group

 

$

413

 

 

$

383

 

 

(7)

%

Adjusted OIBDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SiriusXM

 

 

622

 

 

 

615

 

 

(1)

%

Corporate and other

 

 

(4

)

 

 

(12

)

 

(200)

%

Total Liberty SiriusXM Group

 

$

618

 

 

$

603

 

 

(2)

%

SiriusXM is a separate publicly traded company and additional information about SiriusXM can be obtained through its website and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. SiriusXM reported its stand-alone second quarter results on July 30, 2020. For additional detail on SiriusXM’s financial results for the second quarter, please see SiriusXM’s earnings release posted to its Investor Relations website. For presentation purposes on page one of this release, we include the results of SiriusXM, as reported by SiriusXM, without regard to the purchase accounting adjustments applied by us for purposes of our financial statements. Liberty Media believes the presentation of financial results as reported by SiriusXM is useful to investors as the comparability of those results is best understood in the context of SiriusXM’s historical financial presentation.

The businesses and assets attributed to Liberty SiriusXM Group consist primarily of Liberty Media’s interests in SiriusXM, which includes its subsidiary Pandora, and Live Nation.

FORMULA ONE GROUP – The following table provides the financial results attributed to the Formula One Group for the second quarter of 2020. In the second quarter, the Formula One Group incurred approximately $13 million of corporate level selling, general and administrative expense (including stock-based compensation expense).

“We were excited to return to the track in July and have now completed five races of what we expect will be a 15 to 18 race season,” said Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1. “During the break we continued to move the business forward with a reduced cost cap for the 2021 season, and announced new broadcast and sponsorship deals. We reengaged with added purpose and determination, announcing our #WeRaceAsOne platform, underpinning our sustainability, diversity & inclusion and community strategies. #WeRaceAsOne was launched as an initiative to further our sustainability efforts, to stand united against racism, in fight against COVID-19 and to further address inequality and diversity in Formula 1. We are thankful to the FIA, teams, promoters, our employees and other key partners that made this return to racing possible.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q19

 

2Q20

 

 

amounts in millions

Formula One Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

Formula 1

 

$

620

 

 

$

24

 

Total Formula One Group

 

$

620

 

 

$

24

 

Operating Income (Loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Formula 1

 

$

26

 

 

$

(122

)

Corporate and other

 

 

(12

)

 

 

(14

)

Total Formula One Group

 

$

14

 

 

$

(136

)

Adjusted OIBDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Formula 1

 

$

145

 

 

$

(16

)

Corporate and other

 

 

(9

)

 

 

(10

)

Total Formula One Group

 

$

136

 

 

$

(26

)

The following table provides the operating results of Formula 1 (“F1”).

F1 Operating Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q19

 

2Q20

 

% Change

 

amounts in millions

 

 

 

Primary Formula 1 revenue

$

531

 

 

$

12

 

 

(98

)

%

Other Formula 1 revenue

 

89

 

 

 

12

 

 

(87

)

%

Total Formula 1 revenue

$

620

 

 

$

24

 

 

(96

)

%

Operating expenses (excluding stock-based compensation included below):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team payments

 

(335

)

 

 

 

 

100

 

%

Other cost of Formula 1 revenue

 

(106

)

 

 

(16

)

 

85

 

%

Cost of Formula 1 revenue

$

(441

)

 

$

(16

)

 

96

 

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

(34

)

 

 

(24

)

 

29

 

%

Adjusted OIBDA

$

145

 

 

$

(16

)

 

(111

)

%

Stock-based compensation

 

(6

)

 

 

(4

)

 

33

 

%

Depreciation and Amortization

 

(113

)

 

 

(102

)

 

10

 

%

Operating income

$

26

 

 

$

(122

)

 

(569

)

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of races in period

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primary F1 revenue is comprised of (i) race promotion fees, (ii) broadcasting fees and (iii) advertising and sponsorship fees. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, there were no F1 races held in the second quarter of 2020. The 2020 F1 season commenced the weekend of July 3rd and is expected to continue through December with a target calendar of 15 to 18 races. F1 and its partners are currently evaluating plans for a reduced number of fans to safely return to certain races in some capacity in 2020.

Since there were no events held during the second quarter of 2020, revenue recognition was limited, with recognized primary F1 revenue in the period consisting only of the elements of sponsorship contracts associated with non-race related rights. No race promotion fees nor broadcasting fees were recognized. Similarly, other F1 revenue decreased due to zero revenue being generated from the Paddock Club and other event-based and television production activities.

Operating loss increased and Adjusted OIBDA(2) decreased in the second quarter. There was no team payment expense recorded, since such payments are recognized on a pro-rata basis as races take place on the calendar. Other cost of F1 revenue is largely variable in nature and mostly relates directly to revenue opportunities. These costs decreased primarily due to no races taking place and the deferral of non-critical expenses. Selling, general and administrative expense decreased due to lower personnel costs and lower discretionary marketing expenditures, partially offset by the effects of foreign exchange related losses. F1 implemented certain cost cutting measures in the second quarter, including the elimination or deferral of non-essential expenditures, salary reductions and lower bonus accruals. F1 also utilized UK government-supported furloughs in respect of approximately 50% of its employee base for varying periods between April 3, 2020 and June 30, 2020. Personnel costs are expected to return to more normalized levels in the third quarter as most furloughed staff returned to work in advance of the F1 season commencement.

The Liberty SiriusXM Group holds an approximate 2.2% intergroup interest (5.3 million notional shares) in the Formula One Group as of July 31, 2020. These shares are not included in the outstanding share count of Formula One Group in Liberty Media’s most recent Form 10-Q. Assuming the issuance of the shares underlying this intergroup interest, the Formula One Group outstanding share count as of July 31, 2020 would have been 237 million.

The businesses and assets attributed to the Formula One Group consist of Liberty Media’s subsidiary F1 and other minority investments, including AT&T, and an inter-group interest in the Braves Group.

BRAVES GROUP – The following table provides the financial results attributed to the Braves Group for the second quarter of 2020. In the second quarter, approximately $3 million of corporate level selling, general and administrative expense (including stock-based compensation expense) was allocated to the Braves Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q19

 

2Q20

 

 

amounts in millions

Braves Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate and other

 

$

208

 

$

11

 

Operating Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate and other

 

$

34

 

$

(33

)

Adjusted OIBDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate and other

 

$

61

 

$

(28

)

The following table provides the operating results of Braves Holdings, LLC (“Braves”).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q19

 

2Q20

 

% Change

 

amounts in millions

 

 

 

Baseball revenue

$

198

 

 

$

5

 

 

(97

)

%

Development revenue

 

10

 

 

 

6

 

 

(40

)

%

Total revenue

 

208

 

 

 

11

 

 

(95

)

%

Operating expenses (excluding stock-based compensation included below):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other operating expenses

 

(129

)

 

 

(24

)

 

81

 

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

(17

)

 

 

(13

)

 

24

 

%

Adjusted OIBDA

$

62

 

 

$

(26

)

 

(142

)

%

Stock-based compensation

 

(5

)

 

 

16

 

 

420

 

%

Depreciation and Amortization

 

(21

)

 

 

(20

)

 

5

 

%

Operating income

$

36

 

 

$

(30

)

 

(183

)

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of home games in period

 

41

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball revenue is comprised of (i) ballpark operations (ticket sales, concessions, corporate sales, retail, suites, premium seat fees and postseason), (ii) local broadcast rights and (iii) national broadcast rights, licensing and other shared MLB revenue streams. Development revenue is derived from the Battery Atlanta mixed-use facilities and primarily includes rental income. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, MLB postponed the start of the 2020 season until late July. The regular season is scheduled for 60 games, with the Braves opening game played on July 24th. It is currently unknown if fans will be allowed to attend at any point during the season.

Baseball revenue decreased in the second quarter of 2020 driven by the postponement of the 2020 season and a corresponding reduction to all primary sources of revenue, including the delay in recognizing local and national broadcasting revenue. The decrease in development revenue was primarily driven by the deferral of rental income from certain tenants at the mixed-use development.

Operating income and Adjusted OIBDA decreased in the second quarter due to lower revenue, partially offset by decreased operating expenses. With the postponement of the 2020 season, operating expense decreased primarily due to the delay in recognition of player salaries and reductions in other facility and game day expenses. Selling, general and administrative expense decreased due to the delay in certain marketing initiatives.

The Formula One Group holds an approximate 11.3% intergroup interest (6.8 million notional shares) and the Liberty SiriusXM Group holds an approximate 3.8% intergroup interest (2.3 million notional shares) in the Braves Group as of July 31, 2020. These shares are not included in the outstanding share count of the Braves Group in Liberty Media’s most recent Form 10-Q. Assuming the issuance of the shares underlying these intergroup interests, the Braves Group outstanding share count as of July 31, 2020 would have been 60 million.

The businesses and assets attributed to the Braves Group consist primarily of Liberty Media’s subsidiary the Braves, which indirectly owns the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball Club, six minor league baseball clubs and certain assets and liabilities associated with the Braves’ ballpark and mixed-use development project.

Share Repurchases

Liberty Media did not repurchase shares from May 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020. The total remaining repurchase authorization for Liberty Media as of August 1, 2020 is approximately $1.2 billion and can be applied to repurchases of Series A and Series C shares of any of the Liberty Media Corporation tracking stocks.

FOOTNOTES

1)

Liberty Media’s President and CEO, Greg Maffei, will discuss these headlines and other matters on Liberty Media’s earnings conference call which will begin at 10:00 a.m. (E.D.T.) on August 10, 2020. For information regarding how to access the call, please see “Important Notice” later in this document.

2)

For definitions of Adjusted OIBDA (as defined by Liberty Media) and adjusted EBITDA (as defined by SiriusXM) and applicable reconciliations see the accompanying schedules.

NOTES

The following financial information with respect to Liberty Media’s equity affiliates and available for sale securities is intended to supplement Liberty Media’s condensed consolidated balance sheet and statement of operations to be included in its Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2020. Financial information as of June 30, 2020 reflects the impact of the Reattribution which was completed on April 22, 2020.

Fair Value of Corporate Public Holdings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(amounts in millions)

 

3/31/2020

 

6/30/2020

 

Liberty SiriusXM Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live Nation Investment(1)

 

 

NA

 

$

3,087

 

iHeart(2)

 

$

51

 

 

58

 

Total Liberty SiriusXM Group(3)

 

$

51

 

$

3,145

 

Formula One Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live Nation Investment(1)

 

$

3,166

 

 

NA

 

Other Public Holdings(4)

 

 

180

 

 

187

 

Total Formula One Group

 

$

3,346

 

$

187

 

Braves Group

 

 

NA

 

 

NA

 

Total Liberty Media

 

$

3,397

 

$

3,332

 

 

(1)

 

Represents the fair value of the equity investment in Live Nation, which was reattributed from Formula One Group to Liberty SiriusXM Group in the Reattribution. 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 condensed consolidated balance sheet at $637 million and $453 million as of March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020, respectively.

(2)

 

Includes fair value of iHeart shares and warrants which are included in other long-term assets.

(3)

 

Excludes Braves Group and Formula One Group intergroup interests. 

(4)

 

Represents the carrying value of other public holdings which are accounted for at fair value. Excludes Braves Group intergroup interest.

Cash and Debt

The following presentation is provided to separately identify cash and liquid investments and debt information. Financial information as of June 30, 2020 reflects the impact of the Reattribution which was completed on April 22, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(amounts in millions)

 

3/31/2020

 

6/30/2020

 

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liberty SiriusXM Group(1)(2)

 

$

398

 

$

1,935

 

Formula One Group(3)

 

 

1,094

 

 

1,767

 

Braves Group(2)

 

 

343

 

 

329

 

Total Consolidated Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash (GAAP)

 

$

1,835

 

$

4,031

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debt:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SiriusXM senior notes(4)

 

$

7,750

 

$

9,250

 

Pandora convertible senior notes

 

 

194

 

 

194

 

1.375% cash convertible notes due 2023(5)(6)

 

 

NA

 

 

1,000

 

2.125% SiriusXM exchangeable senior debentures due 2048(5)

 

 

400

 

 

400

 

2.25% Live Nation exchangeable senior debentures due 2048(5)(6)

 

 

NA

 

 

385

 

2.75% SiriusXM exchangeable senior debentures due 2049(5)

 

 

604

 

 

604

 

SiriusXM margin loan

 

 

350

 

 

750

 

Live Nation margin loan(6)

 

 

NA

 

 

 

Other subsidiary debt(7)

 

 

 

 

 

Total Attributed Liberty SiriusXM Group Debt

 

$

9,298

 

$

12,583

 

Unamortized discount, fair market value adjustment and deferred loan costs

 

 

(227)

 

 

(115)

 

Total Attributed Liberty SiriusXM Group Debt (GAAP)

 

$

9,071

 

$

12,468

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.375% cash convertible notes due 2023(5)(6)

 

 

1,000

 

 

NA

 

1% cash convertible notes due 2023(5)

 

 

450

 

 

450

 

2.25% AT&T exchangeable senior debentures due 2046(5)

 

 

207

 

 

206

 

2.25% Live Nation exchangeable senior debentures due 2048(5)(6)

 

 

385

 

 

NA

 

Live Nation margin loan(6)

 

 

 

 

NA

 

Formula 1 term loan and revolving credit facility

 

 

3,377

 

 

2,902

 

Other corporate level debt

 

 

31

 

 

77

 

Total Attributed Formula One Group Debt

 

$

5,450

 

$

3,635

 

Fair market value adjustment and deferred loan costs

 

 

(72)

 

 

37

 

Total Attributed Formula One Group Debt (GAAP)

 

$

5,378

 

$

3,672

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atlanta Braves debt

 

 

698

 

 

718

 

Total Attributed Braves Group Debt

 

$

698

 

$

718

 

Deferred loan costs

 

 

(4)

 

 

(4)

 

Total Attributed Braves Group Debt (GAAP)

 

$

694

 

$

714

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Liberty Media Corporation Debt (GAAP)

 

$

15,143

 

$

16,854

 

 

(1)

 

Includes $52 million and $1.8 billion of cash, liquid investments and restricted cash held at SiriusXM as of March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020, respectively, and prior to the redemption of $1.5 billion aggregate principal amount of debt at SiriusXM that was completed on July 9, 2020.

(2)

 

Includes restricted cash held in reserves pursuant to the terms of various financial obligations.

(3)

 

Includes $1.0 billion and $324 million of cash and liquid investments held at Formula 1 as of March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020, respectively. 

(4)

 

Outstanding principal amount of Senior Notes with no reduction for the net unamortized discount.

(5)

 

Face amount of the cash convertible notes and exchangeable debentures with no fair market value adjustment.

(6)

 

Debt reattributed from Formula One Group to Liberty SiriusXM Group in the Reattribution.

(7)

 

Includes SiriusXM revolving credit facility, undrawn as of March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020.

Total cash, liquid investments and restricted cash attributed to Liberty SiriusXM Group increased $1.5 billion in the second quarter as cash from operations at SiriusXM, cash generated from the LSXMK rights offering and additional borrowings at both SiriusXM and Liberty SiriusXM more than offset return of capital at SiriusXM, capital expenditures and cash reattributed to the Formula One Group in the Reattribution (including the repayment of the Intergroup Loan). Included in the cash, liquid investments and restricted cash balance attributed to Liberty SiriusXM Group at June 30, 2020 is $1.8 billion held at SiriusXM, prior to the redemption of $1.5 billion aggregate principal amount of debt that was completed on July 9, 2020 (described below). Although SiriusXM is a consolidated subsidiary, it is a separate public company with a significant non-controlling interest, therefore Liberty Media does not have unfettered access to SiriusXM’s cash balances. Liberty SiriusXM Group received $42 million of dividends from SiriusXM during the quarter.

Total debt attributed to Liberty SiriusXM Group increased $3.3 billion during the quarter driven by new debt issuance at SiriusXM, additional borrowing under the SiriusXM margin loan and the impact of the Reattribution. Subsequent to quarter end, on July 9, 2020, SiriusXM used the net proceeds from their new debt issuance, together with cash on hand, to redeem $500 million aggregate principal amount of their outstanding 4.625% Notes due 2023 and $1.0 billion aggregate principal amount of their outstanding 5.375% Notes due 2025.

Total cash and liquid investments attributed to the Formula One Group increased $673 million during the quarter. Corporate cash at Formula One Group increased $1.4 billion due to cash received in the Reattribution. Cash at F1 decreased $687 million during the quarter primarily due to the repayment of F1’s revolving credit facility, cash used in operations and cash paid for interest.

Total debt at Formula One Group decreased $1.8 billion in the quarter due to the repayment of F1’s revolving credit facility and the impact of the Reattribution, partially offset by additional debt incurred for corporate activity.

On June 29, 2020, Liberty announced an amendment to F1’s $2.9 billion first lien term loan and the $500 million first lien revolving credit facility. The amendment provides that, subject to compliance by F1 with certain additional conditions, the net leverage financial covenant will not apply until the quarter ending March 31, 2022. The maximum allowable net financial leverage had previously been 8.

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