|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2015
|Stockholders' Equity Attributable to Parent [Abstract]|
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, 2015, no shares of preferred stock were issued.
As discussed in note 1, on July 23, 2014, holders of Series A and Series B common stock received a dividend of two shares of Series C common stock for each share of Series A or Series B common stock held by them as of July 7, 2014.
Liberty's Series A common stock has one vote per share, Liberty's Series B common stock has ten votes per share and Liberty’s Series C common stock has no 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. All series of our common stock participate on an equal basis with respect to dividends and distributions.
As of December 31, 2015, there were 2.4 million shares of Series A and 10.6 million shares of Series C common stock reserved for issuance under exercise privileges of outstanding stock options.
Purchases of Common Stock
During the year ended December 31, 2013 the Company repurchased 1,264,550 shares of Series A Liberty common stock for 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.
There were no repurchases of Liberty common stock made pursuant to the Company’s authorized repurchase program during the year ended December 31, 2014.
During the year ended December 31, 2015, the Company repurchased 9.2 million shares of Liberty Media Series A and Series C common stock for aggregate cash consideration of $350 million under the authorized repurchase program.
All of the foregoing shares obtained have been retired and returned to the status of authorized and available for issuance.
Potential Recapitalization of Tracking Stock Groups
During November 2015, Liberty’s board of directors authorized management to pursue a reclassification of the Company’s common stock into three new tracking stock groups, one to be designated as the Liberty Braves tracking stock, one to be designated as the Liberty Media tracking stock and one to be designated as the Liberty SiriusXM tracking stock, and to cause to be distributed subscription rights related to the Liberty Braves tracking stock following the creation of the new tracking stocks.
In connection with the creation of the new tracking stocks, each outstanding share of Liberty’s Series A, Series B and Series C common stock would be cancelled and reclassified by exchanging each such share for newly issued shares of the corresponding series of Liberty Braves tracking stock, Liberty Media tracking stock and Liberty SiriusXM tracking stock. Cash will be paid in lieu of the issuance of any fractional shares. In addition, following the creation of the new tracking stocks, Liberty would distribute to holders of its Liberty Braves tracking stock subscription rights to acquire shares of Series C Liberty Braves tracking stock. The record dates, distribution dates, and distribution ratios for the creation of the new tracking stocks and the distribution of subscription rights will be announced at a later date.
The subscription rights to acquire shares of Series C Liberty Braves tracking stock are expected to be issued to raise capital to repay the Intergroup Note and for working capital purposes. The subscription rights would enable the holders to acquire shares of Series C Liberty Braves tracking stock at a 20% discount to the market price of the Series C Liberty Braves tracking stock. Liberty expects the subscription rights to be publicly traded, once the exercise price has been established and the rights offering to expire twenty trading days following its commencement.
Liberty expects that the Series A, Series B and Series C Liberty Braves Group common stock will trade under the symbols BATRA/B/K respectively, that the Series A, Series B and Series C Liberty Media Group common stock will trade under the symbols LMCA/B/K, respectively, and that the Series A, Series B and Series C Liberty SiriusXM Group common stock will trade under the symbols LSXMA/B/K, respectively. Liberty expects that Series A and Series C of each of the Liberty Braves tracking stock and the Liberty Media tracking stock will trade on the Nasdaq Stock Market and that Series B of each of these stocks will trade on the OTC Markets. In addition, Liberty expects that each series (Series A, Series B and Series C) of the Liberty SiriusXM tracking stock will trade on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
The creation of the new tracking stocks will be subject to various conditions, including the requisite approval of the holders of Liberty’s common stock at a stockholders’ meeting and the receipt of the opinion of tax counsel. Liberty expects to complete the creation of the new tracking stocks in the first half of 2016. The rights offering will also be subject to various conditions, including the creation of the new tracking stocks.
The entire disclosure for shareholders' equity comprised of portions attributable to the parent entity and noncontrolling interest, including other comprehensive income. Includes, but is not limited to, balances of common stock, preferred stock, additional paid-in capital, other capital and retained earnings, accumulated balance for each classification of other comprehensive income and amount of comprehensive income.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef