The Evolution of Qurate Retail, Inc.
For purposes of the summary below, “Old Liberty” refers to Liberty Media Corporation (including its predecessors), which changed its name to Liberty Interactive Corporation on September 22, 2011 and subsequently changed its name to Qurate Retail, Inc. on April 9, 2018. “New Liberty” refers to Liberty CapStarz, Inc., which changed its name to Liberty Media Corporation on September 22, 2011.
March 28, 1991
Old Liberty trades publicly for the first time on NASDAQ under the symbols LBTYA and LBTYB.
August 4, 1994
Old Liberty merges with Tele-Communications, Inc.
August 10, 1995
Tele-Communications, Inc. issues Liberty Media Group tracking stock to stockholders. The tracking stock trades on NASDAQ under the same symbols LBTYA and LBTYB.
November 19, 1998
Tele-Communications International, Inc. (NASDAQ: TINTA/B) merges with Liberty Media Group.
March 9, 1999
TCI Ventures, Inc. (NASDAQ: TCIVA/B) merges with Liberty Media Group.
March 9, 1999
Tele-Communications, Inc. and AT&T merge. As a result, Liberty Media Group becomes a tracking stock of AT&T. Liberty Media Group tracking stock begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols LMG.A and LMG.B.
August 10, 2001
Old Liberty splits from AT&T and begins trading as a separate company on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols LMC.A and LMC.B.
January 1, 2002
Old Liberty Series A common stock begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol L. Old Liberty Series B common stock continues to trade under the symbol LMC.B.
July 1, 2003
Old Liberty and Ascent Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGIA) (formerly known as Liberty Livewire Corporation) merge.
NOVEMBER 12, 2003
Old Liberty and Liberty Satellite & Technology, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: LSTTA/B) merge.
JUNE 7, 2004
Old Liberty completes the spin-off of its international businesses into a separately traded company, Liberty Media International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LBTYA/B). The stock of Liberty Media International, Inc. is distributed to existing Old Liberty stockholders as a dividend.
July 21, 2005
Old Liberty and Ascent Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGIA) (formerly known as Liberty Livewire Corporation) merge.Click Here For Basis Allocation
May 9, 2006
Old Liberty completes its restructuring and issues two new tracking stocks, Liberty Capital Group and Liberty Interactive Group (NASDAQ: LCAPA/B and LINTA/B, respectively).Click Here For Basis Allocation
March 4, 2008
Old Liberty completes its reclassification of the Liberty Capital Group tracking stock and issues a new tracking stock for the Liberty Entertainment Group (NASDAQ: LMDIA/B).
November 20, 2009
Old Liberty completes the split-off of Liberty Entertainment, Inc. and business combination with DIRECTV (NASDAQ: DTV). The remaining businesses, assets and liabilities not held by Liberty Entertainment, Inc. remain with Old Liberty and are redesignated as the Liberty Starz Group (NASDAQ: LSTZA/B).
September 23, 2011
Old Liberty completes the split-off of New Liberty, which held the businesses, assets and liabilities formerly attributed to Old Liberty’s Liberty Capital Group and Liberty Starz Group.View Press Release
October 3, 2014
Liberty Interactive Corporation reattributed from the Liberty Interactive Group to the Liberty Ventures Group its digital commerce companies, and $1 billion in cash, in exchange for shares of Liberty Ventures common stock. Following the reattribution, the Liberty Interactive Group was renamed the QVC Group.View Press Release
October 1, 2015
Liberty Interactive acquired all of the outstanding shares of Zulily, Inc. for consideration of approximately $2.3 billion (attributed to the QVC Group).View Press Release
May 18, 2016
Liberty Interactive completed its $2.4 billion investment in Liberty Broadband Corporation upon the closing of the merger of legacy Charter Communications, Inc. and Time Warner Cable and the concurrent acquisition of Bright House Networks (attributed to the Liberty Ventures Group).View Press Release
December 29, 2017
Liberty Interactive acquired the remaining 62% of HSNi not already owned in all equity transaction (attributed to the QVC Group). HSNi shareholders received fixed consideration of 1.65 shares of QVCA for every share of HSNi held.View Press Release
March 9, 2018
Liberty Interactive Corporation acquired a controlling interest in GCI Liberty (formerly known as General Communication, Inc.) and contributed certain assets and liabilities from its Liberty Ventures Group tracking stock to GCI Liberty. Liberty Interactive Corporation reattributed the remaining assets and liabilities from Liberty Ventures Group to QVC Group, including its stakes in ILG and FTD, portfolio of green energy investments and certain exchangeable bonds as described in its definitive proxy filed with the SEC on December 29, 2018. Liberty Interactive then effected a tax-free separation of its interest in GCI Liberty and distributed its interest in GCI Liberty to Liberty Ventures Group shareholders, and fully redeemed the Liberty Ventures Group stock. Subsequently, Liberty Interactive Corporation’s remaining tracking stock, QVC Group, became an asset-backed stock and was renamed Qurate Retail Group.Click Here For Basis Allocation
April 9, 2018
Liberty Interactive Corporation was renamed Qurate Retail, Inc.
With respect to transactions after September 23, 2011 related to New Liberty, please see New Liberty’s website at libertymedia.com.
August 21, 2020
Qurate Retail, Inc. announces that an authorized committee of its Board of Directors has declared a special dividend on each outstanding share of QRTEA and QRTEB consisting of (i) a special cash dividend in the amount of $1.50 per common share, for an aggregate cash dividend of approximately $633 million, and (ii) a special dividend of 0.03 shares of newly issued 8.0% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (NASDAQ: QRTEP) having an initial liquidation price of $100 per share, with cash to be paid in lieu of fractional shares, in each case, with a record date of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 31, 2020 and a distribution date of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on September 14, 2020.View Press Release
November 20, 2020
Qurate Retail, Inc. announces that its Board of Directors has declared a special cash dividend of $1.50 per share of QRTEA and QRTEB, for an aggregate dividend of approximately $626 million, payable in cash on December 7, 2020 to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 30, 2020.View Press Release
November 4, 2021
Qurate Retail, Inc. announces that its Board of Directors has declared a special cash dividend of $1.25 per share of QRTEA and QRTEB, for an aggregate dividend of approximately $495 million, payable in cash on November 22, 2021 to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 15, 2021.View Press Release