Investments In Affiliates Accounted For Using The Equity Method
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2023
|Investments in Affiliates Accounted for Using the Equity Method|
|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, 2023 and the carrying amount at December 31, 2022:
The following table presents the Company's share of earnings (losses) of affiliates:
Sirius XM Canada
As of September 30, 2023, 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.
On March 15, 2022, Sirius XM Holdings and Sirius XM Canada entered into an amended and restated services and distribution agreement. Pursuant to the amended and restated services and distribution agreement, the fee payable by Sirius XM Canada to Sirius XM Holdings was modified from a fixed percentage of revenue to a variable fee, based on a target operating profit for Sirius XM Canada. Such variable fee is expected to be evaluated annually based on comparable companies. In accordance with the amended and restated services and distribution agreement, the fee is payable on a monthly basis, in arrears, beginning January 1, 2022.
Sirius XM Holdings recorded approximately $27 million and $29 million in revenue during the three months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively, and $78 million and $84 million in revenue during the nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively, associated with these various agreements. Sirius XM Canada paid gross dividends to Sirius XM Holdings of less than $1 million during the three months ended September 30, 2023 and $1 million and less than $1 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively.
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 ad sales representative in the U.S. and certain European countries. Through this arrangement, Pandora offers advertisers the ability to execute campaigns across the Pandora and SoundCloud platforms. Sirius XM Holdings recorded revenue share expense related to this agreement of $14 million and $13 million for the three months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively, and $39 million and $40 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively. Sirius XM Holdings also had related party liabilities of $19 million as of both September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022 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