Liberty Media Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results
August 05, 2022 at 08:15 AM EDT
Liberty Media Corporation ("Liberty Media" or “Liberty”) (NASDAQ: LSXMA, LSXMB, LSXMK, FWONA, FWONK, BATRA, BATRK) today reported second quarter 2022 results. Headlines include(1):
“SiriusXM generated impressive financial results despite the challenges in the auto market. Live Nation continues to capitalize very well on the exceptional consumer demand for live experiences. Formula 1 is making the most of our growing worldwide popularity as evidenced by race attendance, TV viewership and engagement across platforms,” said Greg Maffei, Liberty Media President and CEO. “The Braves have played excellent baseball the past two months and have successfully driven attendance growth compared to 2019 off of an already high base.”
Discussion of Results
Unless otherwise noted, the following discussion compares financial information for the three months ended June 30, 2022 to the same period in 2021.
LIBERTY SIRIUSXM GROUP – The following table provides the financial results attributed to Liberty SiriusXM Group for the second quarter of 2022. In the second quarter, approximately $7 million of corporate level selling, general and administrative expense (including stock-based compensation expense) was allocated to the Liberty SiriusXM Group.
SiriusXM is a separate publicly traded company and additional information about SiriusXM can be obtained through its website and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. SiriusXM reported its stand-alone second quarter results on July 28, 2022. For additional detail on SiriusXM’s financial results for the second quarter, please see SiriusXM’s earnings release posted to its Investor Relations website. For presentation purposes on page one of this release, we include the results of SiriusXM, as reported by SiriusXM, without regard to the purchase accounting adjustments applied by us for purposes of our financial statements. Liberty Media believes the presentation of financial results as reported by SiriusXM is useful to investors as the comparability of those results is best understood in the context of SiriusXM's historical financial presentation.
The businesses and assets attributed to Liberty SiriusXM Group consist primarily of Liberty Media’s interests in SiriusXM, which includes its subsidiary Pandora, and Live Nation.
FORMULA ONE GROUP – The following table provides the financial results attributed to the Formula One Group for the second quarter of 2022. In the second quarter, the Formula One Group incurred approximately $11 million of corporate level selling, general and administrative expense (including stock-based compensation expense).
“The Formula 1 2022 season continues to set records, as we’ve seen exciting action and unpredictable outcomes on the track. We are attracting fans in person and across all our platforms,” said Stefano Domenicali, Formula 1 President and CEO. “We are making meaningful progress working with all of our stakeholders including our teams, race promoters, the FIA and business partners towards our goal to hit net-zero carbon by 2030.”
The following table provides the operating results of Formula 1 (“F1”).
Primary F1 revenue represents the majority of F1’s revenue and is derived from (i) race promotion revenue, (ii) media rights fees and (iii) sponsorship fees.
There were seven races held in the second quarters of both 2022 and 2021. Throughout 2021 and particularly in the first half of the season, attendance at races was limited due to the pandemic, and the Paddock Club did not operate in the first half. F1 does not expect its results in 2022 to be impacted by such capacity limitations, though fan attendance continues to be assessed by relevant government authorities on a race-by-race basis. Throughout the first half of the 2022 season, F1 has experienced record attendance in both grandstands and the Paddock Club. There are currently 22 events scheduled for the 2022 race calendar.
Primary F1 revenue increased in the second quarter with growth across race promotion, media rights and sponsorship. Race promotion revenue increased due to higher fees generated from the different mix of events held and contractual increases in fees. Media rights increased due to growth in F1 TV subscription revenue and increased fees under new and renewed contractual agreements. Sponsorship revenue increased due to the recognition of revenue from new sponsors and higher race-specific revenue generated from the different mix of events held. There is a slightly higher proportionate recognition of season-based media rights and sponsorship income recognized during the quarter as 7/22 of revenue was recognized in the second quarter of 2022 compared to 7/23 of revenue recognized in the second quarter of 2021 before the reduction of the 2021 race calendar to 22 races was confirmed.
Other F1 revenue increased in the second quarter primarily due to an increase in freight revenue driven by the increased number of events held outside of Europe and inflation in underlying costs, as well as higher hospitality revenue generated from the Paddock Club, which F1 operated at 5 races in the second quarter of 2022 but was unable to operate in the prior year period.
Operating income and adjusted OIBDA increased in the second quarter. Cost of F1 revenue increased compared to the prior year due to the higher pro rata recognition of team payments across the race season with costs recognized over 22 races compared to 23 races in the prior year period. Other cost of F1 revenue is largely variable in nature and mostly relates to revenue opportunities. These costs increased in the second quarter driven by higher freight costs as well as the impact of a greater scope of activities able to be undertaken compared to the pandemic-affected second quarter of 2021, including operating the Paddock Club. Selling, general and administrative expense increased in the second quarter due to higher personnel and IT costs and increased legal and other advisory fees.
The Liberty SiriusXM Group holds an approximate 2.2% intergroup interest (5.3 million notional shares) in the Formula One Group as of July 31, 2022. These shares are not included in the outstanding share count of Formula One Group in Liberty Media’s most recent Form 10-Q. Assuming the issuance of the shares underlying this intergroup interest, the Formula One Group outstanding share count as of July 31, 2022 would have been 238 million.
The businesses and assets attributed to the Formula One Group consist of Liberty Media’s subsidiary F1, its interest in Liberty Media Acquisition Corporation, other minority investments and an inter-group interest in the Braves Group.
BRAVES GROUP - The following table provides the financial results attributed to the Braves Group for the second quarter of 2022. In the second quarter, approximately $2 million of corporate level selling, general and administrative expense (including stock-based compensation expense) was allocated to the Braves Group.
The following table provides the operating results of Braves Holdings, LLC (“Braves”).
Baseball revenue is comprised of (i) ballpark operations (ticket sales, concessions, corporate sales, retail, suites, premium seat fees and postseason), (ii) local broadcast rights and (iii) shared Major League Baseball revenue streams, including national broadcast rights and licensing. Development revenue is derived from the Battery Atlanta mixed-use facilities and primarily includes rental income.
There were 41 home games played in the second quarter of 2022, compared to 42 played in the prior year period. The first Braves game of the 2022 regular season was played on April 7th at full capacity. The 2021 regular season began with fans in attendance at 33% capacity for the first home game beginning April 9th, which increased to 50% capacity beginning April 23rd and further expanded to full capacity beginning May 7th. A full 162 game schedule is expected to be played in 2022.
Baseball revenue increased in the second quarter due to increased capacity and ticket demand at both regular season and Spring Training games, as well as additional special events held at the ballpark compared to the period year period. Development revenue increased during the second quarter due to a reduction in deferred payment arrangements and increases in rental income from various new lease commencements.
Operating income and adjusted OIBDA increased in the second quarter. Revenue growth more than offset increased operating costs due to higher player salaries, more normalized levels of facility and game day expenses, increased revenue sharing expenses and increases in personnel costs. Selling, general and administrative expense increased primarily due to increased special event expenses, increased marketing initiatives and higher personnel costs.
The Formula One Group holds an approximate 11.0% intergroup interest (6.8 million notional shares) and the Liberty SiriusXM Group holds an approximate 3.7% intergroup interest (2.3 million notional shares) in the Braves Group as of July 31, 2022. These shares are not included in the outstanding share count of the Braves Group in Liberty Media’s most recent Form 10-Q. Assuming the issuance of the shares underlying these intergroup interests, the Braves Group outstanding share count as of July 31, 2022 would have been 62 million.
The businesses and assets attributed to the Braves Group consist primarily of Liberty Media’s subsidiary the Braves, which indirectly owns the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball Club and certain assets and liabilities associated with the Braves’ ballpark and mixed-use development project.
From May 1, 2022 through July 31, 2022, Liberty SiriusXM Group repurchased approximately 1.6 million Series C Liberty SiriusXM shares (Nasdaq: LSXMK) at an average cost per share of $38.64 for total cash consideration of $62 million and repurchased approximately 793 thousand Series A Liberty SiriusXM shares (Nasdaq: LSXMA) at an average cost per share of $39.26 for total cash consideration of $31 million.
The total remaining repurchase authorization for Liberty Media as of August 1, 2022 is $1.1 billion and can be applied to repurchases of common shares of any of the Liberty Media Corporation tracking stocks.
The following financial information with respect to Liberty Media's equity affiliates and available for sale securities is intended to supplement Liberty Media's condensed consolidated balance sheet and statement of operations to be included in its Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2022.
Fair Value of Corporate Public Holdings
Fair Value of Intergroup Assets and Liabilities
The intergroup interests represent quasi-equity interests which are not represented by outstanding shares of common stock; rather, the Formula One Group and Liberty SiriusXM Group have attributed interests in the Braves Group, which are generally stated in terms of a number of shares of Liberty Braves common stock, and the Liberty SiriusXM Group also has an attributed interest in the Formula One Group, which is generally stated in terms of a number of shares of Liberty Formula One common stock. Each reporting period, the notional shares representing the intergroup interests are marked to fair value. The changes in fair value are recorded in the unrealized gain (loss) on the intergroup interest line item in the unaudited attributed condensed consolidated statements of operations. The intergroup interests will remain outstanding until the redemption of the outstanding interests, at the discretion of Liberty Media’s Board of Directors, through transfer of securities, cash and/or other assets from the Braves Group or Formula One Group, respectively, to the respective tracking stock group.
Cash and Debt
The following presentation is provided to separately identify cash and debt information.
Liberty Media, SiriusXM, Formula 1 and Braves Holdings are in compliance with their debt covenants as of June 30, 2022.
Total cash and cash equivalents attributed to Liberty SiriusXM Group decreased $216 million in the second quarter as cash from operations and net borrowings at SiriusXM were more than offset by return of capital at both SiriusXM and Liberty SiriusXM Group and net debt repayment at Liberty SiriusXM Group. Included in the cash and cash equivalents balance attributed to Liberty SiriusXM Group at June 30, 2022 is $126 million held at SiriusXM. Although SiriusXM is a consolidated subsidiary, it is a separate public company with a non-controlling interest, therefore Liberty Media does not have ready access to SiriusXM’s cash balance. Liberty SiriusXM Group received $70 million of dividends from SiriusXM during the quarter.
Total debt attributed to Liberty SiriusXM Group decreased $222 million during the quarter due to net debt repayment at Liberty SiriusXM Group as the balance on the Live Nation margin loan was fully repaid. On May 9, 2022, the Live Nation margin loan was amended, replacing the delayed draw term loan with a $400 million revolving line of credit and extending the maturity to May 9, 2025, among other modifications. Nine million shares of Live Nation common stock remain pledged as collateral to the margin loan.
Total cash and cash equivalents attributed to the Formula One Group decreased $321 million during the quarter as cash from operations at F1 was more than offset by the $241 million land purchase at the Formula One Group in support of the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix and net debt repayment. Total debt at Formula One Group decreased $148 million in the second quarter. Liberty repurchased $146 million face value of 1% FWONK cash convertible notes due 2023, effectively repurchasing 3.95 million shares of FWONK underlying the retired bonds for approximately $240 million.
Total cash and cash equivalents attributed to the Braves Group decreased $104 million during the quarter as cash from operations was more than offset by net debt repayment, increases in restricted cash and capital expenditures for the continued expansion of the mixed-use development. Total debt attributed to the Braves Group decreased $76 million in the quarter driven by debt repayment under the MLB league wide credit facility.
Important Notice: Liberty Media Corporation (Nasdaq: LSXMA, LSXMB, LSXMK, FWONA, FWONK, BATRA, BATRK) will discuss Liberty Media's earnings release on a conference call which will begin at 10:00 a.m. (E.D.T.) on August 5, 2022. The call can be accessed by dialing (800) 458-4121 or (720) 543-0206, passcode 9770830 at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. The call will also be broadcast live across the Internet and archived on our website. To access the webcast go to https://www.libertymedia.com/investors/news-events/ir-calendar. Links to this press release will also be available on the Liberty Media website.
This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements about business strategies, market potential, future financial performance and prospects, subscriber and financial guidance, Formula 1’s race calendar and new races, capacity limitations, plans regarding stock repurchases, the Battery Atlanta mixed-use development and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements involve many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including, without limitation, possible changes in market acceptance of new products or services, regulatory matters affecting our businesses, the unfavorable outcome of pending or future litigation, the failure to realize benefits of acquisitions, rapid technological and industry change, continued access to capital on terms acceptable to Liberty Media, changes in law, including consumer protection laws, and their enforcement, the impact of COVID-19, including on general market conditions, the ability of Formula 1, the Braves and Live Nation to hold live events and fan attendance at such events and market conditions conducive to stock repurchases. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and Liberty Media expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Liberty Media's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. Please refer to the publicly filed documents of Liberty Media, including the most recent Forms 10-K and 10-Q, for additional information about Liberty Media and about the risks and uncertainties related to Liberty Media's business which may affect the statements made in this press release.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES AND SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES
To provide investors with additional information regarding our financial results, this press release includes a presentation of Adjusted OIBDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, for the Liberty SiriusXM Group, the Braves Group and the Formula One Group, together with reconciliations to operating income, as determined under GAAP. Liberty Media defines Adjusted OIBDA as operating income (loss) plus depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, separately reported litigation settlements, restructuring, acquisition and other related costs and impairment charges.
Liberty Media believes Adjusted OIBDA is an important indicator of the operational strength and performance of its businesses by identifying those items that are not directly a reflection of each business’ performance or indicative of ongoing business trends. In addition, this measure allows management to view operating results and perform analytical comparisons and benchmarking between businesses and identify strategies to improve performance. Because Adjusted OIBDA is used as a measure of operating performance, Liberty Media views operating income as the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Adjusted OIBDA is not meant to replace or supersede operating income or any other GAAP measure, but rather to supplement such GAAP measures in order to present investors with the same information that Liberty Media's management considers in assessing the results of operations and performance of its assets.
The following table provides a reconciliation of Adjusted OIBDA for Liberty Media to operating income calculated in accordance with GAAP for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2022, respectively.
This press release also includes a presentation of adjusted EBITDA of SiriusXM, which is a non-GAAP financial measure used by SiriusXM, together with a reconciliation to SiriusXM's stand-alone net income, as determined under GAAP. SiriusXM defines adjusted EBITDA as net income before interest expense, income tax expense and depreciation and amortization. SiriusXM adjusts EBITDA to exclude the impact of other expense (income) as well as certain other charges discussed below. Adjusted EBITDA is a Non-GAAP financial measure that excludes or adjusts for (if applicable): (i) loss on extinguishment of debt, (ii) share-based payment expense, (iii) impairment, restructuring and acquisition costs, (iv) legal settlements/reserves and (v) other significant operating expense (income) that do not relate to the on-going performance of SiriusXM’s business. SiriusXM believes adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure of the underlying trend of its operating performance, which provides useful information about its business apart from the costs associated with its capital structure and purchase price accounting. SiriusXM believes investors find this Non-GAAP financial measure useful when analyzing past operating performance with current performance and comparing SiriusXM’s operating performance to the performance of other communications, entertainment and media companies. SiriusXM believes investors use adjusted EBITDA to estimate current enterprise value and to make investment decisions. As a result of large capital investments in SiriusXM’s satellite radio system, its results of operations reflect significant charges for depreciation expense. SiriusXM believes the exclusion of share-based payment expense is useful as it is not directly related to the operational conditions of its business. SiriusXM also believes the exclusion of the legal settlements and reserves, impairment, restructuring and acquisition related costs, and loss on extinguishment of debt, to the extent they occur during the period, is useful as they are significant expenses not incurred as part of its normal operations for the period.
Adjusted EBITDA has certain limitations in that it does not take into account the impact to SiriusXM’s statements of comprehensive income of certain expenses, including share-based payment expense. SiriusXM endeavors to compensate for the limitations of the Non-GAAP measure presented by also providing the comparable GAAP measure with equal or greater prominence and descriptions of the reconciling items, including quantifying such items, to derive the Non-GAAP measure. Investors that wish to compare and evaluate operating results after giving effect for these costs, should refer to net income as disclosed in SiriusXM’s unaudited consolidated statements of comprehensive income. Since adjusted EBITDA is a Non-GAAP financial performance measure, SiriusXM’s calculation of adjusted EBITDA may be susceptible to varying calculations; may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies; and should not be considered in isolation, as a substitute for, or superior to measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. The reconciliation of net income to the adjusted EBITDA is calculated as follows:
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