Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
Business Combinations [Abstract]  

0(4)  Acquisitions



On December 29, 2017, Qurate Retail acquired the approximately 62% of HSN it did not already own in an all-stock transaction making HSN a wholly-owned subsidiary, attributed to the QVC Group. HSN shareholders (other than Qurate Retail) received fixed consideration of 1.65 shares of Series A QVC Group common stock (“QVCA”) for each share of HSN common stock. Qurate Retail issued 53.6 million shares QVCA common stock to HSN shareholders. In conjunction with application of acquisition accounting, we recorded a full step up in basis of HSN which resulted in a $409 million gain. The fair market value of our ownership interest previously held in HSN ($605 million) was determined based on the trading price of QVCA common stock on the date of the acquisition (Level 1) less a control premium. The market value of the shares of QVCA common stock issued to HSN shareholders ($1.3 billion) was determined based on the trading price of QVCA common stock on the date of the acquisition. The total equity value of the transaction was $1.9 billion. With the exception of $43 million of severance-related costs incurred on December 30, 2017, HSN’s results of operations are not included in our consolidated operating results for the year ended December 31, 2017, as the final two days of the period were considered immaterial.

The purchase price allocation for HSN is as follows (amounts in millions):






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Goodwill is calculated as the excess of the consideration transferred over the identifiable net assets acquired and represents the future economic benefits expected to arise from other intangible assets acquired that do not qualify for separate recognition, including assembled workforce, value associated with future customers, continued innovation and noncontractual relationships. Intangible assets acquired during 2017 were comprised of customer relationships of $421 million with a weighted average life of approximately 9 years, capitalized software of $16 million with a weighted average life of approximately 1 year, and technology of $161 million with a weighted average life of approximately 7 years. None of the acquired goodwill is expected to be deductible for tax purposes. Subsequent to December 31, 2017, the preliminary purchase price allocation was adjusted, resulting in an increase of $6 million to property and equipment, $20 million to other assets, $4 million to accounts payable and accrued liabilities, $7 million to debt, $1 million to other liabilities assumed, and corresponding decreases of $14 million to goodwill, $4 million to deferred tax liabilities and $4 million to intangible assets subject to amortization.  As of December 31, 2018, the valuation related to the acquisition of HSN and the acquisition price allocation are final.

Included in net earnings (loss) from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2017 is $43 million related to HSN’s operations since the date of acquisition, which is primarily related to severance cost post acquisition. Of the $43 million, $38 million related to HSN ($8 million of which related to stock-based compensation expense and is included in Selling, general and administrative, including stock-based compensation expense in the consolidated statements of operations) and $5 million related to Cornerstone.

The pro forma revenue and net earnings from continuing operations of Qurate Retail, prepared utilizing the historical financial statements of HSN, giving effect to purchase accounting related adjustments made at the time of acquisition, as if the transaction discussed above occurred on January 1, 2016, are as follows:











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The pro forma information is not representative of Qurate Retail’s future financial position, future results of operations or future cash flows nor does it reflect what Qurate Retail’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows would have been as if the transaction had happened previously and Qurate Retail controlled HSN during the periods presented. The pro forma information includes a nonrecurring adjustment for transaction costs incurred as a result of the acquisition.