Investments In Affiliates Accounted For Using The Equity Method
|9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
|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, 2017 and the carrying amount at December 31, 2016:
The following table presents the Company's share of earnings (losses) of affiliates:
SIRIUS XM Canada
On May 25, 2017, SIRIUS XM completed a recapitalization of SIRIUS XM Canada Holdings Inc. (“SIRIUS XM Canada”), which is now a privately held corporation.
SIRIUS XM now holds a 70% equity interest and 33% voting interest in SIRIUS XM Canada, with the remainder of the voting power and equity interest held by two of SIRIUS XM Canada’s previous shareholders. The total consideration from SIRIUS XM to SIRIUS XM Canada, excluding transaction costs, during the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was $309 million, which included $130 million in cash and SIRIUS XM issued 35 million shares of its common stock with an aggregate value of $179 million to the holders of the shares of SIRIUS XM Canada acquired in the transaction. SIRIUS XM received common stock, non-voting common stock and preferred stock of SIRIUS XM Canada. SIRIUS XM owns approximately 591 million shares of preferred stock of SIRIUS XM Canada, which has a liquidation preference of one Canadian dollar per share. SIRIUS XM Canada is accounted for as an equity method investment as SIRIUS XM does not have the ability to direct the most significant activities that impact SIRIUS XM Canada's economic performance.
SIRIUS XM also made a contribution in the form of a loan to SIRIUS XM Canada in the aggregate amount of $131 million on May 25, 2017. 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. Such loan has a term of fifteen years, bears interest at a rate of 7.62% per annum and includes customary covenants and events of default, including an event of default relating to SIRIUS XM Canada’s failure to maintain specified leverage ratios. In addition, the terms of the loan require SIRIUS XM Canada to prepay a portion of the outstanding principal amount of the loan within sixty days of the end of each fiscal year in an amount equal to any cash on hand in excess of C$10 million at the last day of the financial year if all target dividends have been paid in full.
SIRIUS XM also entered into a Services Agreement and an Advisory Services Agreement with SIRIUS XM Canada. Each agreement has a thirty year term. Pursuant to the Services Agreement, SIRIUS XM Canada will pay SIRIUS XM 25% of its gross revenue on a monthly basis through December 31, 2021 and 30% of its gross revenue on a monthly basis thereafter. Pursuant to the Advisory Services Agreement, SIRIUS XM Canada will pay SIRIUS XM 5% of its gross revenue on a monthly basis. These agreements supersede and replace the existing agreements between SIRIUS XM Canada and its predecessors and SIRIUS XM.
Under the legacy agreement, as of December 31, 2016, SIRIUS XM’s related party current assets balance primarily consisted of activation fees and streaming and chipset costs for which it was reimbursed. SIRIUS XM has approximately $12 million in related party current assets as of September 30, 2017 which includes amounts due under the new services arrangements and certain amounts due related to transactions outside of the scope of the new services arrangements. At September 30, 2017, SIRIUS XM has approximately $3 million and $7 million in current and noncurrent related party liabilities, respectively, related to the legacy agreements with SIRIUS XM Canada which are recorded in current and noncurrent other liabilities, respectively, in the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheet. SIRIUS XM recorded approximately $23 million and $11 million in revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively, and $63 million and $32 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively, associated with these various agreements in the Other revenue line item in the condensed consolidated statements of operations. SIRIUS XM Canada paid dividends to SIRIUS XM of $4 million and $8 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.