Liberty Interactive Corporation Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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Liberty Interactive Corporation Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Liberty Interactive Corporation ("Liberty") (Nasdaq: LINTA, LINTB, LVNTA, LVNTB) today reported first quarter 2013 results. Highlights include(1):

Attributed to Liberty Interactive Group

  • Grew consolidated QVC revenue by 2% and adjusted OIBDA(2) by 4% in Q1
    • Grew QVC US revenue by 5% and adjusted OIBDA by 8%
      • US operating income grew by 5%
    • QVC.com revenue as a percent of total US revenue increased to 42%, a 3 point increase
    • QVC US mobile penetration was 27% of QVC.com orders
    • Consolidated operating income increased 1%
  • QVC issued 30-year and 10-year senior secured notes at 5.95% and 4.375%, respectively
  • eCommerce group grew revenue by 20% and adjusted OIBDA by 15%
    • Operating income grew by 27%
  • Repurchased $267 million of LINTA shares from February 1 to April 30

Attributed to Liberty Ventures Group

  • Called for redemption of the 3.125% exchangeable senior debentures due 2023
  • Issued new 0.75% exchangeable senior debentures due 2043

"QVC produced particularly strong results in the US, driven by solid operating performance and continued growth in eCommerce and mobile revenue. Our eCommerce companies showed marked improvement and returned to growth in adjusted OIBDA," stated Greg Maffei, Liberty President and CEO. "We accelerated our repurchases of Liberty Interactive stock and bought $267 million worth of shares. Attributable to Liberty Ventures, post quarter close, we redeemed the 3.125% exchangeable debentures and issued new 30-year exchangeable debentures at an interest rate of 0.75% in a cash and tax neutral manner."

LIBERTY INTERACTIVE GROUP - Liberty Interactive Group's revenue increased 5% to $2.4 billion in the first quarter, adjusted OIBDA increased 4% to $437 million and operating income was relatively flat at $260 million. The increase in revenue was due to 2% growth at QVC combined with favorable results at the eCommerce companies driven by the Easter holiday falling during the first quarter of 2013, increased marketing efforts driving additional traffic, greater conversion resulting from investments in site optimization, increased shipping charges, and broader inventory offerings. The increase in adjusted OIBDA for the quarter was due to the revenue growth at QVC and the eCommerce companies, offset by unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates.

QVC

QVC's consolidated net revenue increased 2% in the first quarter to $2.0 billion. During the same period, adjusted OIBDA increased 4% to $404 million and operating income increased 1% to $260 million. As 2012 was a leap year, the current period results include one less day versus the prior period.

"QVC's first quarter results were highlighted by strong revenue growth in the US and solid international performance," said Mike George, QVC President and CEO. "We are seeing our customers embracing QVC as a destination that is centered around community, entertainment and relationships as much as it is around shopping."

QVC's US revenue increased 5% to $1.3 billion in the first quarter primarily as a result of strength in the electronics and beauty categories. Average selling price per unit ("ASP") increased 6% from $57.01 to $60.51, while units sold declined 1% compared to the prior year first quarter. Returns as a percent of gross product revenue improved 65 basis points. In the same period, eCommerce revenue increased 13% to $544 million and grew to 42% from 39% as a percentage of total US net revenue. Adjusted OIBDA increased 8% to $291 million and adjusted OIBDA margin(2) increased 67 basis points in the first quarter. Adjusted OIBDA margin increased primarily due to favorable warehouse, freight and obsolescence expenses.

QVC's international revenue in US Dollars decreased 2% in the first quarter to $677 million. The first quarter results included the negative impact of the strengthening of the US Dollar against the Japanese Yen, and to a lesser extent, the UK Pound Sterling, which were somewhat offset by the weakening of the US Dollar against the Euro. Adjusted OIBDA decreased 6% to $113 million and adjusted OIBDA margin decreased 65 basis points in the first quarter. In constant currency, QVC's international revenue and adjusted OIBDA increased 4% and 1%, respectively.

QVC Japan's revenue grew 3% in local currency in the first quarter due to growth in all categories except home. QVC Japan's ASP in local currency increased 3% and units sold increased 3% in the first quarter. QVC Japan's first quarter returns as a percent of gross product revenue in local currency increased 97 basis points due primarily to higher return rates in jewelry, apparel and accessories. QVC Japan's adjusted OIBDA in local currency was relatively flat and adjusted OIBDA margin decreased 71 basis points in the first quarter. The decrease in adjusted OIBDA margin was primarily applicable to duplicate running costs and a lease cancellation accrual associated with the transition to its new headquarters in March 2013.

In US Dollars, QVC Japan's revenue and adjusted OIBDA decreased 11% and 14%, respectively. The decrease in revenue and adjusted OIBDA during the quarter was driven by a 14% decline in the Japanese Yen which created significant pressure on US Dollar denominated results.

QVC Germany's revenue increased 1% in local currency in the first quarter primarily due to sales growth in the beauty, apparel and accessories categories, partially offset by lower jewelry sales. QVC Germany's ASP in local currency remained flat, while units sold increased 4% in the first quarter. QVC Germany's first quarter return rate as a percent of gross product revenue in local currency increased 266 basis points from the prior year due primarily to changes in prior period estimates based on actual experience as well as higher returns in electronics and jewelry. QVC Germany's adjusted OIBDA in local currency decreased 7% and adjusted OIBDA margin decreased 142 basis points for the first quarter. Adjusted OIBDA margin decreased primarily due to an accrual made in connection with additional taxes and social security contributions expected to result from a potential reclassification of certain workers. Excluding this accrual, adjusted OIBDA would have increased 1%, consistent with revenue growth.

QVC UK's revenue grew 1% in local currency in the first quarter primarily due to sales in the home and beauty categories, partially offset by lower jewelry sales. QVC UK's ASP in local currency increased 4%, while units sold decreased 3% in the first quarter. QVC UK's first quarter return rate as a percent of gross product revenue in local currency decreased 97 basis points. UK's adjusted OIBDA in local currency decreased 6% and adjusted OIBDA margin decreased 72 basis points in the first quarter. The decrease in adjusted OIBDA margin was primarily due to lower product margins and inventory FX losses from a decline in the value of the UK Pound Sterling.

QVC Italy's revenue increased 90% in local currency in the first quarter. QVC Italy's sales were primarily from the cooking and dining, beauty and apparel product categories. QVC Italy's ASP in local currency increased 2% and units sold increased 87% in the first quarter. In the same period, the adjusted OIBDA deficit improved by 67%.

CNRS, QVC's joint venture in China, saw revenue increase 39% in local currency in the first quarter. In the same period, CNRS' adjusted OIBDA deficit improved by 41%. This joint venture is being accounted for as an equity method investment.

QVC's outstanding bank and bond debt was $3.5 billion at March 31, 2013, an increase of over $100 million since December 31, 2012. On March 1, 2013, QVC amended and restated its bank credit facility to, among other things, extend the maturity of the bank credit facility to March 1, 2018 and lower the interest rate on borrowings. On March 18, 2013, QVC issued $750 million principal amount of 4.375% Senior Secured Notes due 2023 and $300 million principal amount of 5.95% Senior Secured Notes due 2043. The net proceeds from the issuance of these instruments were used to reduce the outstanding principal under QVC's existing notes and bank credit facility, as well as for general corporate purposes. On March 18, 2013, QVC repurchased $124 million of its 7.125% Senior Secured Notes due 2017 and $231 million of its 7.5% Senior Secured Notes due 2019 via a tender offer. On April 17, 2013, QVC completed the redemption of the remaining $376 million principal amount of its 7.125% Senior Secured Notes due 2017, fully retiring these notes.

eCommerce Businesses

In the aggregate, Liberty Interactive Group's eCommerce businesses increased revenue 20% to $460 million for the first quarter. Adjusted OIBDA increased 15% to $39 million and operating income increased 27% to $19 million. The increase in revenue, adjusted OIBDA and operating income were the result of the Easter holiday falling during the first quarter of 2013, increased marketing efforts driving additional traffic, greater conversion resulting in site optimization, increased shipping charges, and broader inventory offerings. The decrease in adjusted OIBDA as a percentage of revenue was primarily due to an inventory reserve adjustment at one of our subsidiaries and lower product margins as a result of product discounts and promotions offered during the period.

Share Repurchases

From February 1, 2013 through April 30, 2013, Liberty repurchased approximately 12.6 million Series A Liberty Interactive shares at an average cost per share of $21.23 for total cash consideration of $267.1 million. Since the creation of the Liberty Interactive stock in May 2006, Liberty has repurchased approximately 196.8 million shares at an average cost per share of $19.16 for aggregate cash consideration of $3.8 billion. These repurchases represent approximately 28.1% of the shares outstanding at the time of creation of the Liberty Interactive stock. All repurchases up to August 9, 2012, the date on which the Liberty Interactive stock was recapitalized to create the Liberty Ventures stock, were comprised of shares of the combined stocks. The total remaining repurchase authorization for Liberty Interactive Group stock is approximately $929 million.

Liberty Interactive Group holds controlling interests in companies that are engaged in digital commerce, including QVC, Provide Commerce, Backcountry.com, Bodybuilding.com, Celebrate Interactive, CommerceHub, and also owns interests in HSN and Lockerz.

LIBERTY VENTURES GROUP - As of March 31, 2013, the fair value of the equity method securities and non-strategic AFS securities attributed to the Liberty Ventures Group was $1.8 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively. When compared to the value as of December, 31, 2012, the fair value of Liberty Ventures Group's equity method securities increased 2% and AFS securities increased 5%.

Share Repurchases

There were no repurchases of Liberty Ventures Group stock from February 1, 2013 through April 30, 2013. The Liberty Ventures Group does not have an outstanding stock repurchase authorization at this time.

The businesses and assets attributed to the Liberty Ventures Group are all of Liberty's businesses and assets other than those attributed to the Liberty Interactive Group and include its subsidiary TripAdvisor, its interest in Expedia, and minority interests in Time Warner and Time Warner Cable. TripAdvisor is a separate publicly traded company and additional information about TripAdvisor can be obtained through its website and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

FOOTNOTES

     1)  Liberty's President and CEO, Greg Maffei, will discuss these highlights and other matters in Liberty's earnings conference call which will begin at 11:45 a.m. (ET) on May 8, 2013. For information regarding how to access the call, please see "Important Notice" later in this document.
2)For a definition of adjusted OIBDA and applicable reconciliations and a definition of adjusted OIBDA margin, see the accompanying schedules.
 
             

LIBERTY INTERACTIVE GROUP FINANCIAL METRICS - QUARTER

 

(amounts in millions)

1Q12

1Q13% Change
Revenue
QVC
US$1,240$1,2975%
International 692  677 -2%
Total QVC Revenue 1,932 $1,974 2%
eCommerce businesses 382  460 20%
Total Liberty Interactive Group Revenue$2,314 $2,434 5%
 
Adjusted OIBDA
QVC
US$270$2918%
International 120  113 -6%
Total QVC Adjusted OIBDA 390  404 4%
eCommerce businesses343915%
Corporate and other (5) (6)-20%
Total Liberty Interactive Group Adjusted OIBDA$419 $437 4%
 
Operating Income
QVC
US$171$1805%
International 87  80 -8%
Total QVC Operating Income$258 $260 1%
eCommerce businesses151927%
Corporate and other (14) (19)-36%
Total Liberty Interactive Group Operating Income$259 $260 0%
                 
(amounts in millions)
LINT Shares Outstanding

4/30/2012

4/30/2013

Outstanding A and B shares559530
                 
(amounts in millions)
LINTA and LINTB Basic and Diluted Shares

Quarter ended

3/31/2012(1)

Quarter ended

3/31/2013

Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding ("WASO")572535
Potentially dilutive Shares 9  7 
Diluted WASO 581  542 
 
     (1)  Represents the basic and diluted WASO for Liberty Interactive Corporation prior to the recapitalization of Liberty Interactive Corporation into the Liberty Interactive Group and Liberty Ventures Group tracking stocks on August 9, 2012.
 
 
             

QVC OPERATING METRICS - QUARTER

 
(amounts in millions except average sale price amounts)1Q121Q13% Change
QVC - Consolidated(1)
Revenue$1,932$1,9742%
Adjusted OIBDA$390$4044%
Adjusted OIBDA margin20.19%20.47%28 bps
 

eCommerce and Mobile Metrics

eCommerce $ of total revenue$631$71513%
eCommerce % of total revenue32.66%36.22%356 bps
 
Mobile % of total eCommerce(2)18.49%27.73%924 bps
 
QVC - US(1)
Revenue$1,240$1,2975%
Adjusted OIBDA$270$2918%
Adjusted OIBDA margin21.77%22.44%67 bps
Average sale price (ASP)$57.01$60.516%
Units sold23.8823.53-1%
Return rate19.48%18.83%65 bps
 

eCommerce and Mobile Metrics

eCommerce $ of US revenue$481$54413%
eCommerce % of US revenue38.79%41.94%315 bps
 
Mobile % of US eCommerce(2) Read Full Story

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