Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Policies)
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2018
|Summary of Significant Accounting Policies|
|Recent Accounting Pronouncements||
Recently Adopted Revenue Recognition Guidance
In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (the "FASB") issued new accounting guidance on revenue from contracts with customers. The new guidance requires an entity to recognize the amount of revenue to which it expects to be entitled for the transfer of promised goods or services to customers. This new guidance also requires additional disclosure about the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from customer contracts, including significant judgments and changes in judgments and assets recognized from costs incurred to obtain or fulfill a contract. In March 2016, the FASB issued additional guidance which clarifies principal versus agent considerations, and in April 2016, the FASB issued further guidance which clarifies the identification of performance obligations and the implementation guidance for licensing. The updated guidance replaced most existing revenue recognition guidance in GAAP. The Company adopted the new guidance, which established Accounting Standards Codification Topic 606 (“ASC 606” or the “new revenue standard”), effective January 1, 2018 under the modified retrospective transition method. Results for reporting periods beginning after January 1, 2018 are presented under ASC 606, while prior period amounts are not adjusted and continue to be reported in accordance with the Company’s historic accounting under ASC 605.
As part of adopting the new revenue standard under the modified retrospective transition method, the Company elected to utilize certain practical expedients as permitted under ASC 606. The Company elected to apply the guidance from ASC 606 only to contracts that were not completed as of January 1, 2018. Completed contracts are those contracts for which substantially all of the revenue had been recognized under ASC 605. The Company also elected to utilize the practical expedient for contract modifications. For modified contracts, the Company did not separately evaluate the effects of each contract modification that occurred prior to January 1, 2018. Instead, the Company reflected the aggregate effect of all contract modifications (on a contract-by-contract basis) that occurred prior to January 1, 2018 by identifying the satisfied and unsatisfied performance obligations and allocating the transaction price to such performance obligations.
Sales, value add, and other taxes when collected concurrently with revenue producing activities are excluded from revenue. Incremental costs of obtaining a contract are expensed when the amortization period of the asset is one year or less. To the extent the incremental costs of obtaining a contract relate to a period greater than one year, the Company amortizes such incremental costs in a manner that is consistent with the transfer to the customer of the goods or services to which the asset relates. If, at contract inception, we determine the time period between when we transfer a promised good or service to a customer and when the customer pays us for that good or service is one year or less, we do not adjust the promised amount of consideration for the effects of a significant financing component.
The cumulative effect of the changes made to the consolidated balance sheet as of January 1, 2018 for the adoption of ASC 606 are as follows:
In accordance with the new revenue standard requirements, the following table illustrates the impact on our reported results in the condensed consolidated statements of operations assuming we did not adopt the new revenue standard on January 1, 2018. Other than previously discussed, upon the adoption of the revenue standard on January 1, 2018, there were no additional material adjustments to our condensed consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2018.
Our customers generally pay for services in advance of the performance obligation and therefore these prepayments are recorded as deferred revenue. The deferred revenue is recognized as revenue in our unaudited condensed consolidated statement of operations as the services are provided. Changes in the contract liability balance for SIRIUS XM during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 were not materially impacted by other factors. The opening and closing balances for our deferred revenue related to Formula 1 and Braves Holdings was approximately $59 million and $286 million, respectively. The primary cause for the increase related to the receipt of cash from our customers in advance of satisfying our performance obligations.
As the majority of SIRIUS XM contracts are one year or less, SIRIUS XM utilized the optional exemption under ASC 606 and has not disclosed information about the remaining performance obligations for contracts which have original expected durations of one year or less. As of September 30, 2018, less than ten percent of the SIRIUS XM total deferred revenue balance related to contracts that extended beyond one year. These contracts primarily include prepaid data trials which are typically provided for three to five years as well as for self-pay customers who prepay for their audio subscriptions for up to three years in advance. These amounts will be recognized on a straight-line basis as SIRIUS XM’s services are provided.
Significant portions of the transaction prices for Formula 1 and Braves Holdings are related to undelivered performance obligations that are under contractual arrangements that extend beyond one year. The Company anticipates recognizing revenue from the delivery of such performance obligations of approximately $381 million for the remainder of 2018, $1,882 million in 2019, $1,659 million in 2020, $4,391 million in 2021 through 2026, and $403 million thereafter, primarily recognized through 2035. We have not included any amounts in the undelivered performance obligations amounts for Formula 1 and Braves Holdings for those performance obligations that relate to a contract with an original expected duration of one year or less.
Below is a summary of the impacts of the new revenue standard on SIRIUS XM, Formula 1 and Braves Holdings.
The following table disaggregates SIRIUS XM’s revenue by source:
The new revenue standard primarily impacts how SIRIUS XM accounts for revenue share payments as well as other immaterial impacts.
SIRIUS XM previously recorded revenue share related to paid-trials as Revenue share and royalties expense. Under the new guidance, SIRUS XM has recorded these revenue share payments as a reduction to revenue as the payments do not transfer a distinct good or service to SIRIUS XM. Prior to the adoption, a portion of deferred revenue was for the revenue share related to paid trials. Under the new revenue standard, SIRIUS XM reclassified the revenue share related to paid-trials existing as of the date of adoption from current portion of deferred revenue to accounts payable and accrued liabilities. For new paid-trials, the net amount of the paid trial is recorded as deferred revenue and the portion of revenue share is recorded to accounts payable and accrued liabilities.
Activation fees were previously recognized over the expected subscriber life using the straight-line method. Under the new guidance, the activation fees have been recognized over a one month period from activation as the activation fees are non-refundable and they do not convey a material right. Loyalty payments to major automakers (“OEMs”) were previously expensed when incurred as subscriber acquisition costs. Under the new guidance, these costs have been capitalized in other current assets as costs to obtain a contract and these costs will be amortized to subscriber acquisition costs over an average self-pay subscriber life of that OEM. These changes do not have a material impact to the condensed consolidated financial statements.
The following is a description of principal activities from which SIRIUS XM generates its revenue - including from subscribers, advertising, and sales of equipment.
Subscriber revenue. Subscriber revenue consists primarily of subscription fees and other ancillary subscription based revenues. Revenue is recognized on a straight line basis when the performance obligations to provide each service for the period are satisfied, which is over time as SIRIUS XM’s subscription services are continuously transmitted and can be consumed by customers at any time. Consumers purchasing or leasing a vehicle with a factory-installed satellite radio typically receive between a three and twelve month subscription to SIRIUS XM’s service. In certain cases, the subscription fee for these consumers are prepaid by the applicable automaker. Prepaid subscription fees received from certain automakers or directly from consumers are recorded as deferred revenue and amortized to revenue ratably over the service period which commences upon sale and activation. Activation fees are recognized over one month as the activation fees are non-refundable and do not provide for a material right to the customer. There is no revenue recognized for unpaid trial subscriptions. In some cases, SIRIUS XM pays a loyalty fee to the OEM when it receives a certain amount of payments from self-pay customers acquired from that OEM. These fees are considered incremental costs to obtain a contract and are therefore recognized as an asset and amortized to Subscriber acquisition costs over an average subscriber life of that OEM. Revenue share and loyalty fees paid to the OEM offering a paid trial are accounted for as a reduction of revenue as the payment does not provide a distinct good or service.
Advertising revenue. SIRIUS XM recognizes revenue from the sale of advertising as performance obligations are satisfied upon airing of the advertising; therefore, revenue is recognized at a point in time when each advertising spot is transmitted. Agency fees are calculated based on a stated percentage applied to gross billing revenue for SIRIUS XM’s advertising inventory and are reported as a reduction of advertising revenue. Additionally, SIRIUS XM pays certain third parties a percentage of advertising revenue. Advertising revenue is recorded gross of such revenue share payments as SIRIUS XM controls the advertising service including the ability to establish pricing and SIRIUS XM is primarily responsible for providing the service. Advertising revenue share payments are recorded to revenue share and royalties during the period in which the advertising is transmitted.
Equipment revenue. Equipment revenue and royalties from the sale of satellite radios, components and accessories are recognized when the performance obligation is satisfied and control is transferred, which is generally upon shipment. Revenue is recognized net of discounts and rebates.
Music Royalty and Other revenue. Music royalty and other revenue primarily consists of U.S. music royalty fees ("MRF"). The related costs SIRIUS XM incurs for the right to broadcast music and other programming are recorded as revenue share and royalties expense. Fees received from subscribers for the MRF are recorded as deferred revenue and amortized to revenue ratably over the service period as the royalties relate to the subscription services which are continuously delivered to SIRIUS XM’s customers.
The following table disaggregates Formula 1’s revenue by source:
The new revenue standard has an immaterial interim period timing impact to revenue recognition for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 such that the timing on a full year basis will not be impacted as compared to how revenue was historically recorded. The immaterial difference in timing of revenue recognition for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 under the new revenue standard is the result of recognizing revenue as the performance obligations are satisfied over time with respect to certain advertising and sponsorship arrangements.
Upon entering into a new arrangement, Formula 1 occasionally incurs certain incremental costs of obtaining a contract. These incremental costs relate to commission amounts that will be paid over the life of the contract for which the recipient does not have any substantive future performance requirement to earn such commission. Accordingly, the commission costs will be capitalized and amortized over the life of the contract. Upon adoption of the new revenue standard, Formula 1 recorded a contract cost asset and a corresponding commission payable.
The following is a description of principal activities from which Formula 1 generates its revenue.
Primary revenue. Formula 1 derives the majority of its revenue from race promotion, broadcasting and advertising and sponsorship arrangements. Revenue derived from broadcasting and advertising arrangements is (i) recognized on an event by event basis for those performance obligations associated with a specific event based on the fees within the underlying contractual arrangement and (ii) recognized over time for those performance obligations associated with a period of time that is greater than a single specific event (for example, over the entire race season or calendar year) based on the fees within the underlying contractual arrangement. Revenue from granting rights to host, stage and promote events is recognized upon the occurrence of the event.
Other revenue. Formula 1 also earns revenue from teams and other parties for administering the shipment of cars and equipment to and from the events outside of Europe, revenue from the sale of tickets to the Formula One Paddock Club event-based hospitality, various TV production and post-production activities, and revenue from other licensing of the Formula 1 brand. To the extent such revenue relates to services provided or rights associated with a specific event, the revenue is recognized upon occurrence of the related event and to the extent such revenue relates to services provided or rights associated over a longer period of time, the revenue is recognized over time.
The following table disaggregates Braves Holdings’ revenue by source:
The new revenue standard primarily impacted Braves Holdings revenue recognition related to broadcast rights revenue. Under the old revenue standard, Braves Holdings recognized revenue from its broadcast rights arrangements limited to the amounts that were not contingent on the provision of future goods or services, which resulted in revenue recognition approximating the cash received. Upon adoption of the new revenue standard, Braves Holdings is required to estimate the entire transaction price of the contractual arrangements and recognize revenue allocated to each of the performance obligations within the contractual arrangements as those performance obligations are satisfied. Such performance obligations are typically satisfied over time and result in differences between revenue recognized and cash received, dependent on how far into a contractual arrangement Braves Holdings is at any given reporting period. The result of the new revenue standard is an immaterial change in revenue recognized during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and an immaterial effect to the condensed consolidated balance sheet as compared to the old revenue standard.
The following is a description of principal activities from which Braves Holdings generates its revenue.
Baseball revenue. Revenue for Braves Holdings ticket sales, signage and suites are recognized on a per game basis during the baseball season based on a pro rata share of total revenue earned during the entire baseball season to the total number of home games during the season. Broadcasting rights are recognized on a per game basis during the baseball season based on the pro rata number of games played to date to the total number of games during the season. Prior to 2016, concession revenue was recognized as commissions were earned from the sale of food and beverage at the stadium in accordance with agreements with Braves Holdings’ concessions vendors. Beginning in 2016, Braves Holdings brought its retail operations in-house and engaged a new concessions operator. As a result, concession revenue is recognized on a per game basis during the baseball season. Major League Baseball (“MLB”) revenue is earned throughout the year based on an estimate of revenue generated by MLB on behalf of the 30 MLB clubs. Sources of MLB revenue include distributions from the MLB Central Fund, distributions from MLB Properties and revenue sharing income, if applicable.
Development revenue. Revenue from Braves Holdings’ minimum rents are recognized on a straight‑line basis over the terms of their respective lease agreements. Some retail tenants are required to pay overage rents based on sales over a stated base amount during the lease term. Overage rents are only recognized when each tenant’s sales exceed the applicable sales threshold. Tenants reimburse Braves Holdings for a substantial portion of Braves Holdings operating expenses, including common area maintenance, real estate taxes and property insurance. Braves Holdings accrues reimbursements from tenants for recoverable portions of all these expenses as revenue in the period the applicable expenditures are incurred. Braves Holdings recognizes differences between estimated recoveries and the final billed amounts in the subsequent year. These differences were not material in any period presented. Sponsorship revenue is recognized on a straight-line basis over each annual period.
Other Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements
In January 2016, the FASB issued new accounting guidance that is intended to improve the recognition and measurement of financial instruments. The new guidance requires equity investments with readily determinable fair values (except those accounted for under the equity method of accounting or those that result in consolidation) to be measured at fair value with changes in fair value recognized in net income and simplifies the impairment assessment of equity investments without readily determinable fair values by requiring a qualitative assessment to identify impairment. In addition, for financial liabilities for which the fair value option has been elected, entities are required to present separately in other comprehensive income the portion of the total changes in the fair value of the liability resulting from a change in the instrument-specific credit risk. The new standard is effective for the Company for fiscal years and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2017. The Company adopted this guidance effective January 1, 2018. As the Company has historically measured its investments in equity securities with readily determinable fair values at fair value and recognized changes in fair value in net income, the new guidance had no impact on the accounting for these instruments. The Company has elected the measurement alternative for its equity securities without readily determinable fair values and will perform a qualitative assessment of these instruments to identify potential impairments. The adoption of this guidance with respect to the Company’s equity securities without readily determinable fair values did not have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements. See notes 7 and 8 for information related to the Company’s equity securities. The Company has elected the fair value option for its exchangeable debt. Prior to the adoption of this new guidance, the Company recognized all changes in the fair value of its exchangeable debt in realized and unrealized gains (losses) on financial instruments in the condensed consolidated statements of operations. Upon adoption, the Company recorded an immaterial adjustment to beginning retained earnings to reflect the amount of comprehensive earnings related to the changes in the instrument-specific credit risk related to the Company’s exchangeable debt.
In November 2016, the FASB issued a new accounting standard which requires that the statement of cash flows include restricted cash and cash equivalents when reconciling beginning and ending cash. The guidance is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2017. The Company adopted this new guidance effective January 1, 2018. Upon adoption, the Company added restricted cash to the reconciliation of beginning and ending cash and cash equivalents and included a reconciliation of total cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash to the balance sheet for each period presented in the unaudited consolidated statements of cash flows. The following table reconciles cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash reported in our condensed consolidated balance sheets to the total amount presented in our condensed consolidated statements of cash flows:
In August 2016, the FASB issued new accounting guidance which addresses eight specific cash flow issues to reduce the diversity in practice for appropriate classification on the statement of cash flows. The Company adopted this guidance during the first quarter of 2018, and there was no significant effect of the standard on its condensed consolidated financial statements.
In October 2016, the FASB issued new accounting guidance on income tax accounting associated with intra-entity transfers of assets other than inventory. This accounting update, which is part of the FASB's simplification initiative, is intended to reduce diversity in practice and the complexity of tax accounting, particularly for those transfers involving intellectual property. This new guidance requires an entity to recognize the income tax consequences of an intra-entity transfer of an asset other than inventory when the transfer occurs. The guidance is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2017. Upon adoption, an entity may apply the new guidance only on a modified retrospective basis through a cumulative-effect adjustment directly to retained earnings as of the beginning of the period of adoption. The Company adopted this guidance effective January 1, 2018. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements.
In June 2018, the FASB issued new accounting guidance which expands the scope of existing accounting guidance for stock-based compensation to include share-based payments made to nonemployees. The new guidance substantially aligns the accounting for payments made to nonemployees and employees. Upon adoption, equity classified share-based awards to nonemployees will be measured at fair value on the grant date of the awards, entities will need to assess the probability of satisfying performance conditions if any are present and awards will continue to be classified according to existing accounting guidance upon vesting, which eliminates the need to reassess classification upon vesting, consistent with awards granted to employees. The guidance is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years, and early adoption is permitted. SIRIUS XM, the Company’s only subsidiary with nonemployee share-based payment arrangements, elected to early adopt this guidance effective July 1, 2018. SIRIUS XM recorded a $4 million increase in opening accumulated deficit as of January 1, 2018, resulting in a $3 million decrease in the Company’s opening retained earnings and $1 million decrease in the Company’s noncontrolling interest in equity of subsidiaries as of January 1, 2018. In addition, the previously liability-classified awards were reclassified to equity.
New Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted
In February 2016, the FASB issued new accounting guidance on lease accounting. This guidance requires a company to recognize lease assets and lease liabilities arising from operating leases in the statement of financial position. Additionally, the criteria for classifying a lease as a finance lease versus an operating lease are substantially the same as the previous guidance. The amendments in this update are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years, and early adoption is permitted. We plan to adopt this guidance on January 1, 2019 and expect to elect certain practical expedients under the transition guidance. Additionally, the Company plans elect the optional transition method that allows for a cumulative-effect adjustment in the period of adoption and does not plan to restate prior periods. The Company is currently working with its consolidated subsidiaries to evaluate the impact of the adoption of this new guidance on our consolidated financial statements, including identifying the population of leases, evaluating technology solutions and collecting lease data.
Braves Holdings is evaluating the impact of the new guidance with respect to its baseball stadium, which is accounted for as a financing obligation under the current build-to-suit lease guidance. The transition guidance for a build-to-suit lease arrangement requires the lessee to derecognize the assets and liabilities that were recognized solely as a result of a transaction’s build-to-suit designation under the current guidance, with any difference recorded as an adjustment to equity as of the adoption date. Braves Holdings will then apply the general lessee guidance under the new standard to the baseball stadium lease, including classifying it as either a finance or operating lease, and record a right-of-use asset and lease liability on the balance sheet, which will be initially measured at the present value of the remaining lease payments over the lease term.
In February 2018, the FASB issued new accounting guidance on comprehensive income to provide an option for an entity to reclassify the stranded tax effects of the Tax Act that was passed in December of 2017 from accumulated other comprehensive income directly to retained earnings. The stranded tax effects result from the remeasurement of deferred tax assets and liabilities which were originally recorded in comprehensive income but whose remeasurement is reflected in the income statement. The guidance is effective for interim and fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, with early adoption permitted. The Company does not expect this new guidance will have a material impact to its consolidated financial statements or related disclosures.
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