Filed by Liberty Media Corporation pursuant to Rule 425 under the
Securities Act of 1933 and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-6(b) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Subject Company: Liberty Media Corporation
Commission File No. 001-35707
Subject Company: Sirius XM Holdings Inc.
Commission File No. 001-34295
Excerpts from the Transcript of Liberty Media Corporation
at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference held on March 4, 2014
Benjamin Swinburne, Analyst, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
Maybe you can update everybody here on the exchange offer process, and I know it came up on Friday on the earnings call, but your appetite for completing this exchange, has it changed at all now that Time Warner Cable/Comcast has been announced?
Gregory B. Maffei, President, Chief Executive Officer & Director, Liberty Media Corp.
Ill take the latter part first. No. We still believe that a roll-in of SiriusXM is attractive, both for Liberty and for the SiriusXM shareholders. Eliminates duplicity, eliminates two classes of stock, effectively more and more looking common. I mean, having common assets. So the logic for doing it still remains. That having been said, we control SiriusXM today. We dont need to do that deal. We have other ways to get capital. As youve noted, weve got other ways to address this over time.
Its not a case where were going to chase, through the exchange ratio, something thats unattractive. We already trade at a little discount, less than we have historically, but still a discount to NAV. So inherently, those shareholders are already receiving a premium though our stock. So the combination makes us, well be judicious.
And any update on timing for this process, special committee, all that stuff?
Gregory B. Maffei
As we are working with their advisors, no. We really havent gotten any response yet from them, and I dont mean to throw them under the bus, but theyre gathering their information, were answering questions, and well see how it goes.
And as you noted when you guys announced this, I guess back in January, buybacks have been a big part of the SIRI investment thesis. Its certainly encouraged by Liberty. Does the potential or appetite to buy back stock change if and when SIRI is absorbed within Liberty?
Gregory B. Maffei
No. As I think I noted earlier, we bought back, since [Liberty Media was created], we bought back over half the stock of Liberty Media. So its not as if were adverse, either at the SIRI level or the Liberty Media level, to return capital. What I do think will be different is, therell be a series of potential investments that well just make the decision. Is it more attractive to do share repurchase or to allocate capital elsewhere? I know theres appreciation for share repurchase, but I like to believe that we get some permission slip for having been good investors and that we are not going to allocate that capital to poor investments or what we believe are poor investments.
Were going to return it if we dont see an attractive option. Weve got no desire to build the empire. Were happy to shrink it if thats more attractive. But if we see something, we want to have flexibility, and the SIRI thing would make some of that easier.
On SIRIs fundamental outlook, Greg, youve been quite bullish on the business. Its done incredibly well, particularly executing on the merger. If you look at the guidance for 2014, they do suggest a slowdown in subscriber growth. Does that change how you think about the value of the asset or do you think theres something happening in the business or is it just law of large numbers?
Gregory B. Maffei
Well, I think theres some of the law of large numbers, theyre something that actually this is going to be a slower growth rate for SAR growth. This is also, theres a change in how with one big OEM we calculate car growth just because of a shifting of the relationship. No change in the underlying true relationship, but how its accounted for. So all of those factor into what our SAR growth, assuming what our new subscriber growth will be.
But I think there is an enormous group of customers. 250 million cars on the road, 200 million are probably driving. We dont need 100% share of those. Were sitting at 26 million-ish subscribers. Weve got lots of room to grow in that premium category and do very well and theres probably some elasticity, theres probably incremental services, theres incremental value we can offer them over time that I feel very good about.
What have been the changes that management has made, since you guys took control, changed the CEO, particularly around telematics, maybe DRM stuff that you think may have impacted the business?
Gregory B. Maffei
Well, I think Jim Meyer and his team are absolutely focused on how to build long-term value. And youve seen the investments they made in, first, in the used car market and how thats paying dividends today. Next in the telematics, where I think that growth is several years down the road, its a smallish business today but lots of upside and lots of interesting ways it opens up our business into the international markets far better, working through our OEM relationships. And then I think longer term, theyre very focused on, and rightly, the opportunity into the markets the cars, rather, that we have pre-installed with SiriusXM capability but do not have a relationship with. And by the end of 2018, thats going to be something like 100 million cars have SiriusXM capabilities.
If were sitting somewhere between 26 million and 30 million, pick your own number about how many subscribers, theres 70-million-plus cars on the road which we can either provide free content to, some amount of content to, use as a barker channel, figure out a way to monetize and some way or other provide valuable services to them because we already have a relationship through the radio but we dont have a relationship that generates any value for them or us. I think thats an enormous opportunity that theyre very focused on.
The connected car opportunity, threat, depending on your world view, is a big topic. With SIRI, Pandora is going to be here Thursday morning. Im sure theyll be talking about it. How do you see SIRI transitioning from satellite delivery towards IP and what that means for their economics and their competitive position?
Gregory B. Maffei
Well, having a back channel, having an opportunity to have two-way communication, is clearly valuable for lots of services, including SiriusXM. Will we lose some uniqueness because our satellite capacity today is a very powerful asset? Arguably. Well still have that asset to do lots of things, and if you think about the future with things like cheap storage and being able to push stuff down, I think thats very interesting.
If you think about our opportunity to create more of a two-way service and more valuable to our customers through a two-way connection, thats very interesting. And a lot of our differentiation, because were pre-installed, because we have an OEM relationship and, most of all, because we have unique differentiated content, is not going to change. So I think there will be a proliferation of services probably that increase because of the two-way connectivity. As I said, I think well get some value from that and well get ways we can add value to our customers. Again, 200 million cars on the road, we dont need every single car out there. And weve been able to show growth, even as some of these streaming services have grown, weve been able to continue to show growth that I think have a very durable franchise.
Theres different rights regimes that deal with satellite and IP delivery. Its pretty expensive to be in the streaming audio business. Do you look at changes in that as a risk to SIRIs position? Would you like to see it become cheaper to stream audio, in which case it will be a better economic model for SIRI? Or how do you look at that sort of barrier to entry versus [indiscernible]?
Gregory B. Maffei
Yeah. I think if you look at the reality of the marketplace, the one with the what most people choose is free terrestrial radio and theyre the ones that have no content costs, right? So to sit there and a little bit to discuss whether its better to be a streamer or satellite and what your content costs are misses the point that the biggest market thats still out there is free with free content costs and a regime that is far more attractive in terms of how content works for them.
So I think the bickering or the arguing about whether satellites treated better or streaming is treated better is missing the larger point, which is terrestrials treated very, very well, much better than either of us.
Audience Question and Answer
. . . Question going back to the SIRI buy-in, since you control that asset, it seems like its primarily, its not entirely a financial transaction. So I would guess your willingness to pay is a function of your need for capital and then your alternate source of capital. So...
Gregory B. Maffei
I think thats a good analysis.
Okay. Great. So could you help us think about those alternate sources of capital? If you needed to raise $2 billion, $3 billion, $4 billion ...
Gregory B. Maffei
What do you think is attractive?
Gregory B. Maffei
Well, I think you saw some of the things we did to raise capital in the latter half of 2013. We did a convert with a bond warrant that effectively made it up about 75% up off of about 148 spot something like that, 250 kind of conversion. Long-term, low-cost capital because the bond warrants deductible. It actually has a net negative cost in the interim. That was an example of attractive way to raise money. There are other ways we could raise money at a debt level or equity-linked debt at Liberty Media parent or potentially at any of its subs and have them drive capital. Frankly, youve seen us get capital out of Sirius through their share repurchase of our stock and them. Thats another source. And then depending on the project, weve had, for example, when it was potentially discussed that wed be out doing cable, we had many people approach us about co-investing alongside that.
And one other one, I guess, weve looked at is, should we have some kind of all you guys out there with the 2-and-20 kind of trade, should we have some other pool of capital that we could access that would be like that and maybe on a deal-by-deal basis, not a blind pool, but some way that we would be able to create a private pool alongside our public equities. Those are some examples.
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