Investments In Affiliates Accounted For Using The Equity Method
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2021
|Investments In Affiliates Accounted For Using The Equity Method||
(6) 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 of the more significant investments in affiliates at September 30, 2021 and the carrying amount at December 31, 2020:
The following table presents the Company's share of earnings (losses) of affiliates:
Sirius XM Canada
As of September 30, 2021, 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 $121 million as of September 30, 2021. 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.
Sirius XM Holdings also entered into a Services Agreement and an Advisory Services Agreement with Sirius XM Canada. Each agreement has a thirty year. 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 has approximately $10 million in related party current assets as of September 30, 2021. Sirius XM Holdings recorded approximately $26 million and $25 million in revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively, and $76 million and $73 million in revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively, associated with these various agreements. Sirius XM Canada paid gross dividends to Sirius XM Holdings of less than $1 million during both of the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, and $1 million during both of the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020.
In February 2020, Sirius XM Holdings completed a $75 million investment in Series G Membership Units of SoundCloud Holdings, LLC (“SoundCloud”). 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 $15 million and $13 million during the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively, and $42 million and $36 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. Sirius XM Holdings also had related party liabilities of $19 million as of September 30, 2021 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