Investments In Affiliates Accounted For Using The Equity Method
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2020
|Investments In Affiliates Accounted For Using The Equity Method||
(7) Investments in Affiliates Accounted for Using the Equity Method
Liberty has various investments accounted for using the equity method. The following table includes the Company’s carrying amount and percentage ownership and market value (Level 1) of the more significant investments in affiliates at December 31, 2020, and the carrying amount at December 31, 2019:
The following table presents the Company’s share of earnings (losses) of affiliates:
Sirius XM Canada
As of December 31, 2020, Sirius XM Holdings holds a 70% equity interest and 33% voting interest in Sirius XM Canada Holdings, Inc. (“Sirius XM Canada”). Sirius XM Canada is accounted for as an equity method investment as Sirius XM Holdings does not have the ability to direct the most significant activities that impact Sirius XM Canada’s economic performance.
Sirius XM Holdings has a loan to Sirius XM Canada in the aggregate amount of $123 million as of December 31, 2020. The loan is denominated in Canadian dollars and is considered a long-term investment with any unrealized gains or losses reported within Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income. Such loan has a term of fifteen years, bears interest at a rate of 7.62% per annum and includes customary covenants and events of default, including an event of default relating to Sirius XM Canada’s failure to maintain specified leverage ratios.
Sirius XM Holdings also entered into a Services Agreement and an Advisory Services Agreement with Sirius XM Canada. Each agreement has a thirty year term. Pursuant to the Services Agreement, Sirius XM Canada currently pays Sirius XM Holdings 25% of its gross revenue on a monthly basis and pursuant to the Advisory Services Agreement, Sirius XM Canada pays Sirius XM Holdings 5% of its gross revenue on a monthly basis.
Sirius XM Holdings had approximately $20 million and $22 million in related party current assets as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. At December 31, 2019, Sirius XM Holdings had approximately $4 million in related party liabilities, which are recorded in other current liabilities in the consolidated balance sheet. Sirius XM Holdings recorded approximately $97 million, $98 million and $97 million in revenue for the years ended December 31, 2020, 2019 and 2018, respectively, associated with these various agreements. Sirius XM Canada paid dividends to Sirius XM Holdings of $2 million during each of the years ended December 31, 2020, 2019 and 2018.
In February 2020, Sirius XM Holdings completed a $75 million investment in Series G Membership Units of SoundCloud Holdings, LLC (“SoundCloud”). The Series G Units are convertible at the option of the holders at any time into shares of ordinary membership units of SoundCloud at a ratio of one ordinary membership unit for each Series G Unit. The investment in SoundCloud is accounted for as an equity method investment as Sirius XM Holdings does not have the ability to direct the most significant activities that impact SoundCloud's economic performance.
In addition to Sirius XM Holdings’ investment in SoundCloud, Pandora has an agreement with SoundCloud to be its exclusive U.S. ad sales representative. Through this arrangement, Pandora offers advertisers the ability to execute campaigns in the U.S. across the Pandora and SoundCloud listening platforms. Sirius XM Holdings recorded revenue share expense related to this agreement of $55 million and $40 million during years ended December 31, 2020, and 2019, respectively. Sirius XM Holdings also had related party liabilities of $24 million as of December 31, 2020 related to this agreement.
The entire disclosure for equity method investments and joint ventures. Equity method investments are investments that give the investor the ability to exercise significant influence over the operating and financial policies of an investee. Joint ventures are entities owned and operated by a small group of businesses as a separate and specific business or project for the mutual benefit of the members of the group.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/disclosureRef