Liberty Media Q4 up on SiriusXM buy


liberty-mediaLiberty Media’s revenue increased $981 million to $1.0 billion in Q4 and $3.6 billion to $4.0 billion for the year. Adjusted OIBDA increased $343 million to $319 million for the quarter and $1.3 billion to $1.3 billion for the year. Operating income increased $249 million to $189 million for Q4 and $894 million to $814 million for the year. The increase in revenue, adjusted OIBDA and operating income was primarily due to the acquisition of a controlling interest in SiriusXM.

Speaking of SiriusXM, as previously reported, the satcaster reported record revenue of $1.0 billion and $3.8 billion in Q4 and FY, respectively, were each up 12%.  Net income for the quarter and full-year were $65 million and $377 million, respectively, or $0.01 and $0.06 per diluted common share, respectively.

Income from operations was $245 million and $1.0 billion in the fourth quarter and full-year 2013, respectively.  Adjusted EBITDA increased 41% in the fourth quarter to a record $326 million.  Full-year 2013 adjusted EBITDA was $1.17 billion, an increase of 27% from $920 million in 2012.

Total subscriber acquisition costs were $124 million in the quarter, or just 12% of adjusted revenue, the lowest percentage in the company’s history.  The improvement in SAC was driven by lower subsidy rates per vehicle.  SAC per gross addition was $44, a record low, a decline of 19% versus the fourth quarter of 2012.

Self-pay subscriber net additions were 411,484 in the fourth quarter, resulting in an all-time high self-pay subscriber base of 21.1 million at year end, up 8% year-over-year.  Paid promotional subscribers declined from the third quarter by 434,240 as a major OEM shifted to unpaid trials during the period, resulting in the one-time decline.

Total net subscriber additions for the full-year were 1,658,974, taking total paid subscribers to 25.6 million at year-end, up 7% from 23.9 million subscribers at year-end 2012.

“SiriusXM again posted record results for the fourth quarter and full year 2013. Jim and his team continue to execute on the core business while addressing new customer segments and offering enhanced services,” said Greg Maffei, President and CEO of Liberty Media. “In January, we announced a proposal to acquire the rest of the SiriusXM equity not owned by Liberty. We believe this combination will simplify the capital structure, further align management and provide ultimate strategic and financial flexibility. We are responding to requests for information from the representatives of SiriusXM’s special committee.”

Liberty Media acquired its controlling interest in SiriusXM on January 18, 2013 and has applied purchase accounting and consolidated the results of SiriusXM since that date.