Investments In Affiliates Accounted For Using The Equity Method
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2016
|Investments in Affiliates Accounted for Using the Equity Method|
|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, 2016 and the carrying amount at December 31, 2015:
The following table presents the Company's share of earnings (losses) of affiliates:
SIRIUS XM Canada
SIRIUS XM has entered into agreements to provide Sirius XM Canada Holdings Inc. (“SIRIUS XM Canada”) with the right to offer SIRIUS XM satellite radio service in Canada. The various license and services agreements with SIRIUS XM Canada will expire in 2017 and 2020. SIRIUS XM receives a percentage based royalty of 10% and 15% for certain types of subscription revenue earned by SIRIUS XM Canada for the distribution of Sirius and XM platforms, respectively, royalties for activation fees and premium services and reimbursement for other charges. At September 30, 2016, SIRIUS XM has approximately $3 million and $9 million in current and noncurrent related party liabilities, respectively, related to these agreements described above with SIRIUS XM Canada which are recorded in current and noncurrent other liabilities, respectively, in the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheet. Additionally, SIRIUS XM has approximately $5 million in current related party assets at September 30, 2016 due to activation fees and streaming and chipset costs for which SIRIUS XM Canada reimburses SIRIUS XM that are recorded in other current assets in the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheet. SIRIUS XM recorded approximately $12 million and $18 million in revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively, and $32 million and $44 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively, associated with these various agreements in the other revenue line in the condensed consolidated statements of operations. SIRIUS XM Canada declared dividends to SIRIUS XM of $4 million during the three months ended September 30, 2015 and $8 million and $12 million during each of the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively. No dividends were declared during the three months ended September 30, 2016.
On May 12, 2016, a subsidiary of SIRIUS XM, Sirius XM Radio Inc. (“Sirius XM Radio”), entered into an arrangement agreement (the “Arrangement Agreement”) with SIRIUS XM Canada. Pursuant to the Arrangement Agreement, SIRIUS XM Radio and certain Canadian shareholders will form a new company to acquire shares of SIRIUS XM Canada not already owned by them pursuant to a plan of arrangement (the “Transaction”). In connection with the Transaction, SIRIUS XM Canada’s shareholders will be entitled to elect to receive, for each share of SIRIUS XM Canada held, C$4.50 (U.S.$3.50 as of May 12, 2016) in (i) cash, (ii) shares of SIRIUS XM’s common stock, (iii) a security exchangeable for shares of SIRIUS XM’s common stock, or (iv) a combination thereof; provided that no more than 50% of the total consideration in the Transaction (or up to 35 million shares) will be issued in SIRIUS XM common stock and exchangeable shares. All of the obligations of SIRIUS XM Radio under the Arrangement Agreement are guaranteed by SIRIUS XM.
Following the Transaction, SIRIUS XM Radio is expected to hold a 70% economic interest and 33% voting interest in SIRIUS XM Canada, with the remainder of the voting power and economic interest held by Slaight Communications and Obelysk Media, two of SIRIUS XM Canada’s current Canadian shareholders. SIRIUS XM Radio expects to contribute to SIRIUS XM Canada approximately U.S. $275 million in connection with the Transaction (assuming that all shareholders elect to receive cash in connection with the Transaction), which amount is expected to be used to pay the cash consideration to SIRIUS XM Canada’s shareholders and will be decreased proportionately if shareholders elect to receive consideration in shares of SIRIUS XM common stock or securities exchangeable for SIRIUS XM common stock.
The Transaction has been approved by the shareholders of SIRIUS XM Canada and the required court approval. The Transaction remains subject to receipt of Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission approval. Pending receipt of all necessary approvals, the Transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016.
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/presentationRef