|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2014
|Tracking Stock [Abstract]|
(2) Tracking Stocks
On August 9, 2012 Liberty completed the approved recapitalization of its common stock through the creation of the Liberty Interactive common stock and Liberty Ventures common stock as tracking stocks. In the recapitalization, each holder of Liberty Interactive Corporation common stock remained a holder of the same amount and series of Liberty Interactive common stock and received 0.05 of a share of the corresponding series of Liberty Ventures common stock, by means of a dividend, with cash issued in lieu of fractional shares of Liberty Ventures common stock.
At the time of issuance of the Liberty Ventures common stock, cash of $1,346 million was reattributed to the Ventures Group from the QVC Group. The QVC Group borrowed funds under QVC's credit facility just prior to the completion of the recapitalization in order for Liberty to have an appropriate amount of cash available to be attributed to each tracking stock group. The reattribution of cash between the tracking stock groups had no consolidated impact on Liberty.
On February 27, 2014, Liberty's board approved a two for one stock split of Series A and Series B Liberty Ventures common stock, effected by means of a dividend. The stock split was done in order to bring Liberty into compliance with a Nasdaq listing requirement regarding the minimum number of publicly held shares of the Series B Liberty Ventures common stock. In the stock split, a dividend was paid on April 11, 2014 of one share of Series A or Series B Liberty Ventures common stock to holders of each share of Series A or Series B Liberty Ventures common stock, respectively, held by them as of 5:00 pm, New York City time, on April 4, 2014. The stock split has been recorded retroactively for all periods presented for comparability purposes.
As discussed in note 1, on October 3, 2014, Liberty announced that its board of directors approved the change in attribution from the QVC Group to the Ventures Group its Digital Commerce companies and cash, which was provided by QVC as a result of a draw-down of QVC’s credit facility. The reattribution of the Digital Commerce companies is presented on a prospective basis from the date of the reattribution in Liberty’s consolidated financial statements and attributed financial information, with October 1, 2014 used as a proxy for the date of the reattribution.
In exchange for the Digital Commerce companies and $970 million of cash (collectively, the "Reattributed Assets"), an inter-group interest in the Ventures Group was created in favor of the QVC Group. This inter-group interest was represented as a number of shares of Liberty Ventures common stock issuable to the QVC Group, which we refer to as the "Inter-Group Interest Shares" (as calculated below). Immediately following the reattribution on October 3, 2014, Liberty's board declared a dividend of the Inter-Group Interest Shares to the holders of Series A and Series B Liberty Interactive common stock in full elimination of the inter-group interest. In connection with the payment of the dividend, typical antidilution adjustments were made to outstanding options of Liberty Interactive common stock equity incentive awards, and the Liberty board has reattributed cash commensurate with the fair value of options assumed (outside of the Reattributed Assets) to the Ventures Group relating to its assumption of liabilities related to those awards.
In the dividend, the Inter-Group Interest Shares were allocated, pro-rata, to the outstanding shares of Series A and Series B Liberty Interactive common stock at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on October 13, 2014, the record date for the dividend, such that each holder of Liberty Interactive common stock received 0.14217 of a share of the corresponding series of Liberty Ventures common stock for each share of Liberty Interactive common stock held as of the record date, with cash paid in lieu of fractional shares. The distribution date for the dividend was on October 20, 2014, and the Liberty Interactive common stock began trading ex-dividend on October 15, 2014. The distribution resulted in 67,671,232 shares of combined Series A and Series B Liberty Ventures common stock being issued. The Inter-Group Interest Shares were allocated such that the number of shares of Series A Liberty Ventures common stock and shares of Series B Liberty Ventures common stock issued in the dividend were in the same proportion as the shares of Series A Liberty Interactive common stock and Series B Liberty Interactive common stock outstanding on the record date, with each share of Series A Liberty Interactive common stock and each share of Series B Liberty Interactive common stock receiving the same fraction of a share of Series A or Series B Liberty Ventures common stock, as the case may be.
In connection with the reattribution, the Liberty Interactive tracking stock trading symbol “LINTA” was changed to "QVCA" and the "LINTB" trading symbol to "QVCB," effective October 7, 2014. Other than the issuance of Liberty Ventures shares in the fourth quarter of 2014, the reattribution of tracking stock groups has no consolidated impact on Liberty.
Tracking stock is a type of common stock that the issuing company intends to reflect or "track" the economic performance of a particular business or "group," rather than the economic performance of the company as a whole. Liberty has two tracking stocks—Liberty Interactive common stock and Liberty Ventures common stock, which are intended to track and reflect the economic performance of the QVC Group and Ventures Group, respectively. While the QVC Group and the Ventures Group have separate collections of businesses, assets and liabilities attributed to them, no group is a separate legal entity and therefore cannot own assets, issue securities or enter into legally binding agreements. Holders of tracking stock have no direct claim to the group's stock or assets and are not represented by separate boards of directors. Instead, holders of tracking stock are stockholders of the parent corporation, with a single board of directors and subject to all of the risks and liabilities of the parent corporation.
The term "Ventures Group" does not represent a separate legal entity, rather it represents those businesses, assets and liabilities that have been attributed to that group. Following the reattribution, the Ventures Group is comprised primarily of our interests in Expedia, Inc., Interval Leisure Group, Inc., LendingTree, our Digital Commerce companies, investments in Time Warner Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc., as well as cash in the amount of approximately $1,884 million (at December 31, 2014), including subsidiary cash. The Ventures Group also has attributed to it certain liabilities related to our Exchangeable Debentures and certain deferred tax liabilities. The Ventures Group is primarily focused on the maximization of the value of these investments and investing in new business opportunities.
The term "QVC Group" does not represent a separate legal entity, rather it represents those businesses, assets and liabilities that have been attributed to that group. The QVC Group is primarily comprised of our merchandise-focused televised-shopping programs, Internet and mobile application businesses. Following the reattribution, the QVC Group has attributed to it the remainder of our businesses and assets, including our wholly-owned subsidiary QVC and our 38% interest in HSN, Inc. as well as cash in the amount of approximately $422 million (at December 31, 2014), including subsidiary cash.
See Exhibit 99.1 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K for unaudited attributed financial information for Liberty's tracking stock groups.
Tabular disclosure of quantitative and qualitative information related to target or tracking stock issued, including, but not limited to, pricing of transactions and cost allocation method used.
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