|6 Months Ended|
Jun. 30, 2016
|Long-term Debt, Unclassified [Abstract]|
Debt is summarized as follows:
QVC Bank Credit Facilities
On March 9, 2015, QVC amended and restated its senior secured credit facility (the “Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement”) which was a multi-currency facility that provided for a $2.25 billion revolving credit facility with a $250 million sub-limit for standby letters of credit and $1.5 billion of uncommitted incremental revolving loan commitments or incremental term loans.
On June 23, 2016, QVC amended and restated its senior secured credit facility (the “Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement”) with zulily as co-borrower. The Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement is a multi-currency facility that provides for a $2.65 billion revolving credit facility, with a $300 million total sub-limit for standby letters of credit and $1.5 billion of uncommitted incremental revolving loan commitments or incremental term loans. The Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement includes a $400 million tranche that may be borrowed by QVC and zulily, as co-borrowers. The remaining $2.25 billion and any incremental loans may be borrowed only by QVC. The borrowers may elect that the loans extended under the senior secured credit facility bear interest at a rate per annum equal to the ABR or LIBOR, as each is defined in the senior secured credit facility agreement, plus a margin of 0.25% to 1.75% depending on various factors. Each loan may be prepaid in whole or in part without penalty other than customary breakage costs. No mandatory prepayments are required other than when borrowings and letter of credit usage exceed availability; provided that, if zulily ceases to be controlled by Liberty, all of its loans must be repaid and its letters of credit cash collateralized. Any amounts prepaid on the revolving facility may be reborrowed. The facility matures on June 23, 2021, except that $140 million of the $2.25 billion commitment available to QVC matures on March 9, 2020. Borrowings under the facility may be accelerated following certain customary events of default.
The payment and performance of the borrowers’ obligations (including zulily’s obligations) under the Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement are guaranteed by each of QVC’s Material Domestic Subsidiaries. Further, the borrowings under the Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement are secured, pari passu with QVC’s existing notes, by a pledge of all of QVC’s equity interests. The payment and performance of the borrowers’ obligations with respect to the $400 million tranche available to both QVC and zulily are also guaranteed by each of zulily’s Material Domestic Subsidiaries, if any, and are secured by a pledge of all of zulily’s equity interests.
The Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement contains certain affirmative and negative covenants, including certain restrictions on QVC and zulily and each of their restricted subsidiaries (subject to certain exceptions) with respect to, among other things: incurring additional indebtedness; creating liens on property or assets; making certain loans or investments; selling or disposing of assets; paying certain dividends and other restricted payments; dissolving, consolidating or merging; entering into certain transactions with affiliates; entering into sale or leaseback transactions; restricting subsidiary distributions; limiting QVC’s consolidated leverage ratio, which is defined in QVC’s senior secured credit facility as QVC’s consolidated total debt to Adjusted OIBDA ratio for the most recent four fiscal quarter period; and limiting the borrowers’ combined consolidated leverage ratio, which is defined in QVC’s senior secured credit facility as QVC and zulily’s combined debt to Adjusted OIBDA ratio for the most recent four fiscal quarter period. Liberty defines Adjusted OIBDA as revenue less cost of sales, operating expenses, and selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding stock-based compensation).
The interest rate on borrowings outstanding under the QVC Bank Credit Facilities was 1.9% at June 30, 2016. Availability under the Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement at June 30, 2016 was $975 million.
Ventures Margin Loan
On May 13, 2016, a wholly owned subsidiary attributed to the Ventures Group entered into a margin loan agreement which provides for $450 million of available borrowings. Pursuant to the margin loan agreement, approximately 5 million shares of Charter Communications, Inc. common stock was pledged as collateral. Interest on the margin loan accrues at a rate of 2.65% plus LIBOR. The margin loan matures on November 13, 2017. As of June 30, 2016, $375 million was outstanding under the margin loan.
Expedia Margin Loan
Subsequent to June 30, 2016, a wholly owned subsidiary attributed to the Ventures Group entered into a margin loan agreement which provides for $300 million of available borrowings. Pursuant to the margin loan agreement, Liberty’s shares of Expedia were pledged as collateral. Interest on the margin loan accrues at a rate of 2.60% plus LIBOR. The margin loan matures on the earlier of the Expedia Holdings split-off date or December 31, 2016.
Exchangeable Senior Debentures
Liberty has elected to account for the exchangeable senior debentures using the fair value option. Accordingly, changes in the fair value of these instruments are recognized as unrealized gains (losses) in the statements of operations. As of June 30, 2016 the balance of the 4% Exchangeable Senior Debentures due 2029, the 3.75% Exchangeable Senior Debentures due 2030 and the 3.5% Exchangeable Senior Debentures due 2031 have been classified as current because Liberty does not own shares to redeem the debentures. For the remaining exchangeables, Liberty reviews the terms of the debentures on a quarterly basis to determine whether a triggering event has occurred to require current classification of the exchangeables upon a call event. The 1% Exchangeable Senior Debentures due 2043 and 0.75% Exchangeable Senior Debentures are classified as current as of June 30, 2016.
During the six months ended June 30, 2016, holders exchanged, under the terms of the debentures, approximately $321 million principal of Liberty’s 0.75% Exchangeable Senior Debentures and Liberty made cash payments of approximately $540 million to settle the obligations. In addition, in conjunction with the Liberty Broadband transaction (see note 2), an extraordinary distribution of approximately $325 million was paid to holders of the 0.75% Exchangeable Senior Debentures. Subsequent to June 30, 2016, holders exchanged, under the terms of the debentures, approximately $148 million principal of Liberty’s 0.75% Exchangeable Senior Debentures and Liberty elected to make cash payments to settle the obligations of approximately $173 million.
Liberty has delivered a notice to holders of the 1% Exchangeable Senior Debentures due 2043 notifying them of their right to surrender their 1% Exchangeable Senior Debentures for purchase by Liberty pursuant to their purchase option under the indenture. The purchase option entitles each holder to require Liberty to purchase on October 5, 2016 all or any part of such holder’s 1% Exchangeable Senior Debentures at a purchase price equal to the adjusted principal amount per $1,000 original principal amount of debentures, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, October 5, 2016, plus any final period distribution.
Liberty, QVC and zulily are in compliance with all debt covenants at June 30, 2016.
Other Subsidiary Debt
Other subsidiary debt at June 30, 2016 is comprised of capitalized satellite transponder lease obligations and bank debt of certain subsidiaries.
Fair Value of Debt
Liberty estimates the fair value of its debt based on the quoted market prices for the same or similar issues or on the current rate offered to Liberty for debt of the same remaining maturities (Level 2). The fair value of Liberty's publicly traded debt securities that are not reported at fair value in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet at June 30, 2016 are as follows (amounts in millions):
Due to the variable rate nature, Liberty believes that the carrying amount of its other debt, not discussed above, approximated fair value at June 30, 2016.
The entire disclosure for information about short-term and long-term debt arrangements, which includes amounts of borrowings under each line of credit, note payable, commercial paper issue, bonds indenture, debenture issue, own-share lending arrangements and any other contractual agreement to repay funds, and about the underlying arrangements, rationale for a classification as long-term, including repayment terms, interest rates, collateral provided, restrictions on use of assets and activities, whether or not in compliance with debt covenants, and other matters important to users of the financial statements, such as the effects of refinancing and noncompliance with debt covenants.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef