The news is now a couple of weeks old, and perhaps overshadowed by Liberty’s interest in Barnes & Noble, but shareholders in Liberty Capital and Liberty Starz have approved a spin-off. Liberty’s stake in Sirius XM currently stands at about 39.596%, down from a 40.15% stake when they registered their preferred stake with the SEC. Liberty tracks their investment in Sirius XM in their Capital Group (LCAPA).
Liberty Media is seeking to spin off Liberty Starz and Liberty Capital as spin-offs that will include the companies formerly tracked by the individual groups (Starz and Capital).
“Starz Group” does not represent a separate legal entity, rather it represents those businesses, assets and liabilities which Liberty has attributed to that group. The Starz Group focuses primarily on video programming and development, acquisition and distribution of content and is comprised primarily of Starz, LLC (“Starz”) and $1,044 million (as of March 31, 2011) of cash, including subsidiary cash. The Starz Group will also include such other businesses, assets and liabilities that Liberty’s board of directors may in the future determine to attribute to the Starz Group, including such other businesses as Liberty may acquire for the Starz Group.
The term “Capital Group” also does not represent a separate legal entity, rather it represents all of Liberty’s businesses, assets and liabilities other than those which have been attributed to the Interactive Group or the Starz Group. The assets and businesses attributed to the Capital Group include Liberty’s subsidiaries: Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc. (“ANLBC”) and TruePosition, Inc. (“TruePosition”); and its interests in Sirius XM Radio Inc. (“SIRIUS XM”), Time Warner Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc., Sprint Nextel Corporation and Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (“Live Nation”). In addition, Liberty has attributed $1,154 million of cash, including subsidiary cash, and $750 million principal amount (as of March 31, 2011) of other parent debt to the Capital Group. The Capital Group will also include such other businesses, assets and liabilities that Liberty’s board of directors may in the future determine to attribute to the Capital Group, including such other businesses and assets as Liberty may acquire for the Capital Group.
The LCAPA spin-off includes the Liberty stake in Sirius XM.