|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2013
|Stockholders' Equity Attributable to Parent [Abstract]|
|Stockholders' Equity Note Disclosure [Text Block]||
Liberty's preferred stock is issuable, from time to time, with such designations, preferences and relative participating, optional or other rights, qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof, as shall be stated and expressed in a resolution or resolutions providing for the issue of such preferred stock adopted by Liberty's board of directors. As of December 31, 2013, no shares of preferred stock were issued.
Liberty's Series A common stock has one vote per share and Liberty's Series B common stock has ten votes per share. Each share of the Series B common stock is exchangeable at the option of the holder for one share of Series A common stock. The Series A and Series B common stock participate on an equal basis with respect to dividends and distributions.
As of December 31, 2013, there were 3.7 million shares of Series A common stock reserved for issuance under exercise privileges of outstanding stock options.
In addition to the Series A and Series B common stock there are 2 billion shares of Series C common stock authorized for issuance.
As discussed in note 4, on January 3, 2014, a proposal was made to SIRIUS XM that outlines the terms by which SIRIUS XM public shareholders would become shareholders of Liberty in a tax-free transaction in which each share of SIRIUS XM common stock would be converted into 0.0760 of a new share of Liberty Series C common stock, and, immediately prior to such conversion, Liberty intends to distribute, on a 2:1 basis, shares of Liberty's Series C common stock to all holders of record of Liberty's Series A and B common stock to create a liquid trading market for Liberty's Series C common stock. The transaction is subject to the approval of both the special committee and a majority of the public stockholders of SIRIUS XM, other than Liberty. Approval by the existing Liberty shareholders of the issuance of the Series C common shares in the proposed transaction is also required under applicable Nasdaq Stock Market requirements.
Purchases of Common Stock
As described in note 2, in November of 2011, Liberty converted each outstanding share of Liberty Starz common stock into 0.88129 of a share of the corresponding series of Liberty Capital common stock, with cash paid in lieu of any fractional shares.
During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company repurchased 5,229,166 shares of Series A Liberty common stock for aggregate cash consideration of $365 million and 1,534,200 shares of Series A Liberty Starz common stock for aggregate cash consideration of $100 million under the authorized repurchase program.
During the year ended December 31, 2012 the Company repurchased 3,591,271 shares of Series A Liberty common stock for aggregate cash consideration of $323 million under the authorized repurchase program.
During the year ended December 31, 2013 the Company repurchased 1,264,550 shares of Series A Liberty common stock for the aggregate cash consideration of $140 million under the authorized repurchase program. Additionally, Liberty obtained shares of Liberty Series A common stock on October 3, 2013, pursuant to a transaction in which a subsidiary of Comcast, Inc. exchanged approximately 6.3 million shares of Liberty's Series A common stock for a newly created subsidiary of Liberty which held Liberty's wholly owned subsidiary Leisure Arts, Inc., approximately $417 million in cash and Liberty's rights in and to a revenue sharing agreement relating to the carriage of CNBC ("CNBC Agreement"). Liberty recorded a gain of approximately $496 million determined based on the difference between the fair value of the shares obtained in the exchange transaction and the carrying value assets and businesses delivered. These exchange shares obtained were done so through special approval from the Company's Board of Directors and was not considered a repurchase of shares under the Company's formal share repurchase program. Liberty treated the transaction as a tax-free exchange. In January 2014, the IRS completed its review of the exchange and notified Liberty that it agreed with the non-taxable characterization of the transaction.
All of the foregoing shares obtained have been retired and returned to the status of authorized and available for issuance.
The entire disclosure for shareholders' equity, comprised of portions attributable to the parent entity and noncontrolling interest, if any, including other comprehensive income (as applicable). Including, but not limited to: (1) balances of common stock, preferred stock, additional paid-in capital, other capital and retained earnings; (2) accumulated balance for each classification of other comprehensive income and total amount of comprehensive income; (3) amount and nature of changes in separate accounts, including the number of shares authorized and outstanding, number of shares issued upon exercise and conversion, and for other comprehensive income, the adjustments for reclassifications to net income; (4) rights and privileges of each class of stock authorized; (5) basis of treasury stock, if other than cost, and amounts paid and accounting treatment for treasury stock purchased significantly in excess of market; (6) dividends paid or payable per share and in the aggregate for each class of stock for each period presented; (7) dividend restrictions and accumulated preferred dividends in arrears (in aggregate and per share amount); (8) retained earnings appropriations or restrictions, such as dividend restrictions; (9) impact of change in accounting principle, initial adoption of new accounting principle and correction of an error in previously issued financial statements; (10) shares held in trust for Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP); (11) deferred compensation related to issuance of capital stock; (12) note received for issuance of stock; (13) unamortized discount on shares; (14) description, terms, and number of warrants or rights outstanding; (15) shares under subscription and subscription receivables, effective date of new retained earnings after quasi-reorganization and deficit eliminated by quasi-reorganization and, for a period of at least ten years after the effective date, the point in time from which the new retained dates; and (16) retroactive effective of subsequent change in capital structure.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef