Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Basis Of Presentation

Basis Of Presentation
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2014
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Basis of Presentation

(1)Basis of Presentation

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Liberty Interactive Corporation (formerly known as Liberty Media Corporation) and its controlled subsidiaries (collectively, "Liberty" or the "Company" unless the context otherwise requires). All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

Liberty, through its ownership of interests in subsidiaries and other companies, is primarily engaged in the video and on-line commerce industries in North America, Europe and Asia.

As further discussed in note 5, on August 27, 2014, Liberty completed the spin-off to holders of its Liberty Ventures common stock shares of its former wholly-owned subsidiary, Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc. (“TripAdvisor Holdings”) (the “TripAdvisor Holdings Spin-Off”). TripAdvisor Holdings is comprised of Liberty’s former 22% economic and 57% voting interest in TripAdvisor, Inc. (“TripAdvisor”) as well as BuySeasons, Inc. (“BuySeasons”), Liberty’s former wholly-owned subsidiary, and a corporate level net debt balance of $350 million. In connection with the TripAdvisor Holdings Spin-Off during August 2014, TripAdvisor Holdings drew down $400 million in margin loans and distributed approximately $350 million to Liberty. This transaction has been recorded at historical cost due to the pro rata nature of the distribution. Following the completion of the TripAdvisor Holdings Spin-Off, Liberty and TripAdvisor Holdings operate as separate, publicly traded companies, and neither has any stock ownership, beneficial or otherwise, in the other. The consolidated financial statements of Liberty have been prepared to reflect TripAdvisor Holdings as discontinued operations. Accordingly, the assets and liabilities, revenue, costs and expenses, and cash flows of the businesses, assets and liabilities owned by TripAdvisor Holdings at the time of the TripAdvisor Holdings Spin-Off have been excluded from the respective captions in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets, statements of operations, comprehensive earnings (loss) and cash flows in such consolidated financial statements.

Additionally, on October 3, 2014, Liberty announced that its board of directors approved the change in attribution from the Interactive Group (which we refer to as the QVC Group) to the Ventures Group of its Digital Commerce companies (defined below) and cash. The reattributed Digital Commerce companies are comprised of Liberty’s subsidiaries, Inc. (“Backcountry”),, LLC (“Bodybuilding”), CommerceHub, Evite, Inc. (“Evite”), Provide Commerce, Inc. (“Provide”) and LMC Right Start, Inc. (“Right Start”) (collectively, the “Digital Commerce” companies). See note 2 for additional information on the reattribution.

On December 31, 2014, Liberty announced the closing of the acquisition by FTD Companies, Inc. ("FTD") of Provide (the “FTD Transaction”). Under the terms of the transaction, Liberty received approximately 10.2 million shares of FTD common stock representing approximately 35% of the combined company and approximately $145 million in cash. We recognized a gain of $75 million as a result of this transaction, which is included in the Gains (losses) on transactions, net line item in the consolidated statement of operations. Subsequent to completion of the transaction, Liberty accounts for FTD as an equity-method affiliate based on the ownership level and board representation. The FTD Transaction resulted in a non-cash investing addition of $355 million to the investments in affiliates, accounted for using the equity method line item within the consolidated balance sheets. Given our significant continuing involvement with FTD, Provide is not presented as a discontinued operation in the consolidated financial statements of Liberty. As of December 31, 2013, the assets and liabilities subject to the sale are comprised of the following (amounts in millions):









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These net assets are not deemed material for isolated presentation as assets and liabilities held for sale in our consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2013. Accordingly, these net assets are included in the above captions in the consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2013.

On September 23, 2011, Liberty completed the split-off of a wholly owned subsidiary, Liberty Media Corporation ("LMC") (formerly known as Liberty CapStarz, Inc. and prior thereto known as Liberty Splitco, Inc.) (the "LMC Split-Off").  Prior to the LMC Split-Off, Liberty's equity was structured into three separate tracking stocks, Liberty Interactive common stock, Liberty Starz common stock and Liberty Capital common stock, which were intended to track and reflect the economic performance of the separate businesses, assets and liabilities attributed to each group.  These attributed businesses, assets and liabilities were not separate legal entities and therefore no group could own assets, issue securities or enter into legally binding agreements.  Holders of the tracking stocks did not have direct claim to the group's stock or assets and were not represented by separate boards of directors. At the time of the LMC Split-Off, LMC owned all the assets, businesses and liabilities previously attributed to the Liberty Capital and Liberty Starz tracking stock groups.  The LMC Split-Off was effected by means of a redemption of all of the Liberty Capital common stock and Liberty Starz common stock of Liberty in exchange for the common stock of LMC.  This transaction was accounted for at historical cost due to the pro rata nature of the distribution.

Following the LMC Split-Off, Liberty and LMC operate as separate, publicly traded companies, and neither has any stock ownership, beneficial or otherwise, in the other.  In connection with the LMC Split-Off, Liberty and LMC entered into certain agreements in order to govern certain of the ongoing relationships between the two companies after the LMC Split-Off and to provide for an orderly transition. These agreements include a Reorganization Agreement, a Services Agreement, a Facilities Sharing Agreement and a Tax Sharing Agreement.

The Tax Sharing Agreement provides for the allocation and indemnification of tax liabilities and benefits between Liberty and LMC and other agreements related to tax matters.  Liberty is party to on-going discussions with the IRS under the Compliance Assurance Process audit program.  The IRS may propose adjustments that relate to tax attributes allocated to and income allocable to LMC in the LMC Split-Off.  Any potential outcome associated with any proposed adjustments would be covered by the Tax Sharing Agreement and are not expected to have any impact on Liberty's financial position.  Pursuant to the Services Agreement, LMC will provide Liberty with  general and administrative services including legal, tax, accounting, treasury and investor relations support. Liberty will reimburse LMC for direct, out-of-pocket expenses incurred by LMC in providing these services and for Liberty's allocable portion of costs associated with any shared services or personnel based on an estimated percentage of time spent providing services to Liberty. Under the Facilities Sharing Agreement, Liberty will share office space with LMC and related amenities at LMC's corporate headquarters.  Under these various agreements approximately $11 million, $15 million and $12 million of these allocated expenses were reimbursed from Liberty to LMC for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.