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Liberty Media Corp. Interactive Common S Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 23, 2012 | About:
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Liberty Media Corp. Interactive Common S (LINTA) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Liberty M Int-a has a market cap of $10.12 billion; its shares were traded at around $18.39 with a P/E ratio of 15.2 and P/S ratio of 1.1. Liberty M Int-a had an annual average earning growth of 22% over the past 10 years.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Revenue. Our consolidated revenue increased 7.7% and 7.5% for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively, as compared to the corresponding prior year periods. The current year and prior year increases were the result of increased revenue at QVC ($461 million and $455 million, respectively) and the E-commerce companies ($223 million and $172 million, respectively). See "Results of Operations - Businesses" below for a more complete discussion of the results of operations of certain of our subsidiaries.

Retail Related Adjustments and Allowances. QVC records adjustments and allowances for sales returns, inventory obsolescence and uncollectible receivables. Each of these adjustments is estimated based on historical experience. Sales returns are calculated as a percent of sales and are netted against revenue in our consolidated statement of operations. For the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009, sales returns represented 19.4%, 18.9% and 18.7% of QVC's gross product revenue, respectively. The inventory obsolescence reserve is calculated as a percent of QVC's inventory at the end of a reporting period based on among other factors, the average inventory balance for the preceding 12 months and historical experience with liquidated inventory. The change in the reserve is included in cost of goods sold in our consolidated statements of operations. At December 31, 2011, QVC's inventory is $906 million, which is net of the obsolescence adjustment of $90 million. QVC's allowance for doubtful accounts is calculated as a percent of accounts receivable at the end of a reporting period, and the change in such allowance is recorded as bad debt expense in our consolidated statements of operations. At December 31, 2011, QVC's trade accounts receivable are $1,020 million, net of the allowance for doubtful accounts of $79 million. Each of these estimates requires management judgment and may not reflect actual results.

QVC's consolidated net revenue increased 5.9% and 6.2% for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively, as compared to the corresponding prior year. The 2011 increase in net revenue was comprised of $478 million due to a 5.6% increase in average selling price per unit ("ASP") and a $167 million increase due to net favorable foreign currency rates in all markets. These increases were partially offset by a $123 million decrease due to an increase in estimated product returns, a $56 million decrease due to a 1% decline in units sold and a $5 million decrease due to a decline in shipping and handling revenue. Returns

QVC's SG&A expenses include personnel, information technology, provision for doubtful accounts, credit card income and marketing and advertising expenses. Such expenses increased $84 million and as a percent of net revenue from 5.3% to 6.0% for the year ended December 31, 2011 as a result of a variety of factors. Italy's SG&A expenses increased $13 million and net credit card operations income decreased $13 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 (see note below). In addition, foreign exchange rates and a weakening dollar contributed $12 million of an increase in SG&A expense period over period. The remainder of QVC's SG&A expense increased $46 million or 9.8% primarily as the result of increased online marketing expense of $17 million, increased bad debt expense of $11 million, increased outside services of $7 million, increased personnel expense of $5 million, increased software expense of $3 million and increased charitable contributions of $2 million related to Japan relief efforts. The increase in bad debt compared to the prior year was due to increased penetration of product offerings on our Easy Pay installment program as a percent of overall sales as well as an increase in our overall experience rate of bad debt. The increase in outside services for the year ended December 31, 2011 was due primarily to legal services related to (i) the defense of alleged infringement matters and (ii) the prosecution and defense of certain other intellectual property claims.

E-commerce businesses. Our e-commerce businesses are comprised primarily of Provide, Backcountry, Bodybuilding and Celebrate. Revenue for the e-commerce businesses is seasonal due to certain holidays, which drive a significant portion of the e-commerce businesses' revenue. The third quarter is generally lower, as compared to the other three quarters, due to fewer holidays. Revenue increased $223 million and $172 million for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively, as compared to the corresponding prior year periods. Each of our respective e-commerce businesses reported an increase in revenue for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, as compared to the corresponding prior year periods. Such increases are the result of acquisitions, increased marketing efforts driving additional traffic and greater conversion due to site optimization and broader inventory offerings. Adjusted OIBDA for the e-commerce businesses increased $20 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 and decreased $9 million for the year ended December 31, 2010. Adjusted OIBDA as a percentage of revenue was 9.1% and 9.2% and 11.8% for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009 respectively. The decrease in Adjusted OIBDA conversion was primarily the result of further investment in marketing, personnel and technology to sustain continued growth for each of the consolidated businesses. The significant decrease from December 31, 2009 was primarily driven by the decision made in 2010 to change the offering of third party discount services that resulted in significantly lower commission revenue.

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