Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Tracking Stocks

Tracking Stocks
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2012
Tracking Stocks  
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Tracking Stocks
Tracking stock is a type of common stock that the issuing company intends to reflect or "track" the economic performance of a particular business or "group," rather than the economic performance of the company as a whole. Immediately following the Split-Off, Liberty had two tracking stocks—Liberty Starz common stock and Liberty Capital common stock, which were intended to track and reflect the economic performance of the businesses and assets attributed to the Starz Group and Capital Group, respectively. On November 28, 2011, Liberty completed the conversion of each outstanding share of Liberty Starz common stock for 0.88129 of a share of the corresponding series of Liberty Capital common stock, with cash paid in lieu of any fractional shares (the "Conversion"). As a result of the Conversion there are no outstanding shares of Liberty Starz tracking stock at December 31, 2011. The Liberty Capital common stock previously traded under the LCAPA and LCAPB ticker symbols; at the date of conversion the ticker symbols changed to LMCA and LMCB.
While the Starz Group and the Capital Group had separate collections of businesses, assets and liabilities attributed to them, no group was a separate legal entity and therefore no group could own assets, issue securities or enter into legally binding agreements. Holders of the tracking stocks had no direct claim to the group's stock or assets and were not represented by separate boards of directors. Instead, holders of tracking stock were stockholders of the Company, with a single board of directors and subject to all of the risks and liabilities of the Company.
Prior to the Split-Off, during the time that Liberty Interactive had separate tracking stocks outstanding, the following changes in attribution were made between the respective tracking stock groups which impacted the attributed results of the tracking stock groups in those historical periods and the consolidated results of Liberty.
On February 25, 2010, Liberty Interactive announced that its board of directors had resolved to effect the following changes in attribution between its Capital Group and its Interactive Group, effective on that date (the "February Reattribution"):
the change in attribution from its Interactive Group to its Capital Group of a 14.6% ownership interest in Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.;
the change in attribution from its Capital Group to its Interactive Group of the following debt securities:
$469 million in principal amount of 4% Exchangeable Senior Debentures due 2029 (the "2029 Exchangeables");
$460 million in principal amount of 3.75% Exchangeable Senior Debentures due 2030 (the "2030 Exchangeables"); and
$492 million in principal amount of 3.5% Exchangeable Senior Debentures due 2031 (the "2031 Exchangeables", and together with the 2029 Exchangeables and the 2030 Exchangeables, the "Exchangeable Notes");
the change in attribution from its Capital Group to its Interactive Group of approximately $830 million in net taxable income to be recognized ratably in tax years 2014 through 2018 as a result of the cancellation in April 2009 of $400 million in principal amount of 2029 Exchangeables and $350 million in principal amount of 2030 Exchangeables; and
the change in attribution from the Capital Group to the Interactive Group of $807 million in cash.
On September 16, 2010, Liberty Interactive's board of directors approved a change in attribution of its interest in Starz Media, LLC along with $15 million in cash from its Capital Group to its Starz Group, effective September 30, 2010 (the "Starz Media Reattribution"). As a result of the Starz Media Reattribution, an intergroup payable of approximately $55 million owed by the Capital Group to the Starz Group was extinguished, and the Starz Group became attributed with approximately $54 million in bank debt, interest rate swaps and any shutdown costs associated with the winding down of the Overture Films business. Notwithstanding the Starz Media Reattribution, certain tax benefits relating to the operation of the Starz Media, LLC business during the time it was attributed to the Capital Group that may be realized from any future sale or other disposition of that business by the Starz Group were attributed to the Capital Group. The Starz Media Reattribution had no impact on the consolidated results of Liberty.
On February 9, 2011, Liberty Interactive's board approved a change in attribution of $1,138 million of the 3.125% Exchangeable Senior Debentures due 2023, the stock into which such debt is exchangeable (approximately 22 million shares of Time Warner, Inc., 5 million shares of Time Warner Cable Inc. and 2 million shares of AOL, Inc. with an aggregate carrying value of $1,215 million at the time of the reattribution) and cash of $264 million from its Capital Group to its Interactive Group (the "TWX Reattribution").
As discussed in note 1, the Liberty Interactive tracking stock businesses and assets remained with Liberty Interactive Corporation in the Split-Off. Liberty has reflected these reattributions discussed above prospectively for the results attributed to the tracking stock groups in prior periods. In each case, the assets and liabilities were reattributed at their book values rather than the estimated fair values of those assets and liabilities that were considered by our board of directors, among other factors, in approving the applicable reattribution. As a result, on a book value basis a change in attribution is reflected as a transfer of net assets between the tracking stocks. The principal reasons for the difference between fair value and book value is (i) the deferred tax liabilities under GAAP are required to be carried at the gross undiscounted basis difference multiplied by the company's effective tax rate whereas on a fair value basis, these future tax liabilities are not expected to be incurred for many years and therefore their present discounted value is substantially less, and (ii) certain of the senior exchangeable debentures are expected to continue to generate interest deductions for tax purposes in excess of the annual cash coupon over their remaining life, the present value of which is not reflected in the book values of the reattributed assets and liabilities.