Liberty Media Acquisition Corporation
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2022
|Liberty Media Acquisition Corporation.|
|Liberty Media Acquisition Corporation.||
(9) Liberty Media Acquisition Corporation
In November 2020, the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Liberty Media Acquisition Sponsor, LLC (the “Sponsor”), formed LMAC and ultimately purchased approximately 14.4 million shares of LMAC Series F common stock (“Founder Shares”) for $25,000.
On January 26, 2021, LMAC consummated its initial public offering (“IPO”) of 57.5 million units (the “Units”), including 7.5 million Units sold pursuant to the full exercise of the underwriters’ overallotment option. Each Unit consists of one share of Series A common stock of LMAC and -fifth of one redeemable warrant of LMAC. Each whole warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one share of Series A common stock for $11.50 per share, subject to adjustment, following the later of 30 days after the completion of LMAC's initial business combination and 12 months from the closing of the IPO (“Public Warrants”). The Units were sold at a price of $10.00 per Unit, generating gross proceeds to LMAC of $575 million, which were placed in a U.S.-based trust account (Level 1) which is included in other assets in the condensed consolidated balance sheet. Substantially concurrent with the IPO, LMAC completed the private placement of 10 million warrants to the Sponsor, generating gross proceeds of $15 million (“Private Placement Warrants”). Each Private Placement Warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one share of LMAC’s Series A common stock for $11.50 per share, subject to adjustment, following the later of 30 days after the completion of LMAC’s initial business combination and 12 months from the closing of the IPO. The Sponsor has committed to acquire $250 million of forward purchase units (each consisting of one share of LMAC’s Series B common stock and -fifth of one redeemable warrant to purchase one share of LMAC’s Series A common stock), at a price of $10.00 per unit, pursuant to a forward purchase agreement that will close substantially concurrently with the consummation of LMAC’s initial business combination.
LMAC intends to search for a target in the media, digital media, music, entertainment, communications, telecommunications and technology industries, but may seek to complete a business combination with an operating company in any industry, sector or geographic region.
The Company, through the Sponsor’s ownership of the Founder Shares, owns 20% of LMAC’s issued and outstanding common stock. The Founder Shares have certain governance rights which allow the Company to control LMAC’s affairs, policies and operations through the initial business combination and therefore the Company continues to consolidate LMAC post IPO. LMAC also entered into services and facilities sharing agreements with the Company for shared office
space, services and personnel based on a flat fee. The Company’s interest in LMAC is attributed to the Formula One Group. Transactions and ownership interests with the Sponsor eliminate upon consolidation.
LMAC’s Series A common stock, issued as part of the Units in the IPO, has certain provisions which allow the holder to put back the stock to LMAC upon an initial business combination at their election. This conditional redemption feature requires the Company to account for those shares that are subject to potential redemption as redeemable noncontrolling interests which requires temporary equity classification (outside of permanent equity).
The changes in the components of redeemable noncontrolling interests were as follows (in millions):
The Public Warrants, issued as part of the Units in the IPO, have certain provisions which require LMAC to account for these instruments at fair value as a liability. Therefore, the proceeds from the IPO were bifurcated between the warrants and the Series A common stock. At the IPO date, approximately $20 million was recorded as a warrant liability within Other Liabilities, net of IPO costs. At September 30, 2022, the value of the liability was zero based on the fair market value of the Public Warrants.
On April 15, 2021, the Sponsor entered into an agreement to provide up to $2.5 million to LMAC for working capital purposes. During the three months ended March 31, 2022, the agreement was amended to increase the aggregate principal available for borrowing to $4 million. As of September 30, 2022, LMAC had borrowed $3.3 million under the loan. The working capital loan will either be repaid upon consummation of the initial business combination or the deadline for LMAC to complete an initial business combination, without interest, or, at the Sponsor’s discretion, up to $2.5 million of such loan may be convertible into warrants of the post-business combination entity at a price of $1.50 per warrant. The warrants would be identical to the Private Placement Warrants. In the event that a business combination does not close, LMAC may use funds outside of the trust account to repay the working capital loan, but funds in the trust account would not be used to repay the working capital loan.
On October 11, 2022, LMAC filed a Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A (the “Proxy Statement”) relating to a special meeting of stockholders that will be held on November 14, 2022 to approve an amendment to LMAC’s certificate of incorporation (the “Amendment”) which would, if implemented, allow LMAC to unwind and redeem all of its outstanding public shares prior to December 30, 2022, in advance of the contractual termination date of January 26, 2023. Since its IPO, LMAC has employed a broad set of search criteria for potential target business combinations, however, LMAC’s management has observed what it believes were high valuations in 2021, a declining IPO market in 2022, and significant public and private market volatility, which have prevented LMAC from securing an opportunity that it believes will offer a compelling return on investment for its stockholders. In light of these circumstances, LMAC has determined that it is not feasible to complete an initial business combination (or enter into an agreement in principle with respect to an initial business combination) by January 26, 2023. In addition, recent changes in U.S. tax law could create corporate-level tax liabilities in connection with stockholder redemptions following year end. As a result, LMAC has determined to seek the approval of its stockholders to complete an early unwind in 2022.
The entire disclosure for the information summarizing investments in and advances to majority-owned subsidiaries, other controlled companies, and other affiliates. It reflects specified information about ownership, financial results from, and financial position in such entities.
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