Liberty Global Reports Preliminary Fiscal 2012 Results

Liberty Global Reports Preliminary Fiscal 2012 Results

Record Subscriber Additions for Q4 and Full-Year 2012

Achieved 2012 Guidance Targets

Repurchased Approximately $1 Billion of Equity in 2012

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Liberty Global, Inc. ("Liberty Global," "LGI," or the "Company") (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK), today announces its preliminary unaudited consolidated financial and operating results for the year and three months ("Q4") ended December 31, 2012. We expect to publish our final consolidated results for 2012 on February 13, 2013 after market close and conduct our 2012 earnings call on February 14, 2013. In addition, Liberty Global announced today that it had signed an agreement to acquire Virgin Media. The details regarding this acquisition are described in a separate press release issued today by Liberty Global and Virgin Media.

Highlights for the full year and Q4 compared to the same period for 2011 (unless noted), include:1

  • Organic RGU2 additions increased 34% to 1.6 million in 2012, including 465,000 in Q4
  • Revenue of $10.31 billion, including $2.73 billion in Q4
    • 2012 rebased3 revenue growth of 5.8%, including 6.5% in Q4
  • Operating Cash Flow ("OCF")4 of $4.87 billion in 2012, including $1.25 billion in Q4
    • 2012 rebased OCF growth of 4.1%, including 5.6% in Q4
    • Excluding VTR Wireless,5 2012 rebased OCF growth was 5.2% and Q4 rebased OCF growth was 6.5%
  • Operating income increased 9% to $1.98 billion for 2012 and 23% to $501 million for Q4
  • Capital expenditures as a percentage of revenue of 16% for Q4 and 18% for 2012, both reflecting significant declines over the corresponding prior year periods
  • 2012 Adjusted Free Cash Flow ("Adjusted FCF")6 of $1.03 billion, including $594 million in Q4
    • Reflects year-over-year growth of 31% for 2012 and 62% for Q4

Key Subscriber Statistics7

   Organic Net Adds
Q4 2012          FY 2012
in thousands
Telephony243.8 971.4 
Total465.1 1,594.0 
FY 2011FY 2012
Total RGUs:in thousands


6,225.3 7,281.7 
Total32,790.1 34,834.5 

Homes Passed

2-Way Homes Passed31,023.032,190.4
Customer Relationships19,538.219,788.2

Summary of Debt, Capital Lease Obligations and Cash and Cash Equivalents

The following table9 details the U.S. dollar equivalent balances of our third-party consolidated debt, capital lease obligations and cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2012:

      Capital   Debt and   Cash
LeaseCapital Leaseand Cash


in millions
LGI and its non-operating subsidiaries$1,243.4$13.6$1,257.0$701.3
UPC Holding (excluding VTR Group)12,627.532.912,660.441.6
Unitymedia KabelBW6,841.6937.17,778.726.7
Liberty Puerto Rico663.90.6664.52.4

VTR Group11

Other operating subsidiaries 0.4  0.4 26.6
Total LGI$26,134.9$1,389.6$27,524.5 2,038.9

Restricted cash for LGI Telenet Tender released on 2/1/1312

Adjusted Cash Position 3,107.9

Unused Borrowing Capacity13

Total Consolidated Liquidity$5,345.4

Summary of Consolidated Liquidity and Leverage Ratios

The following table highlights our consolidated leverage ratios14 at December 31, 2012:

   Gross          Net
Consolidated Leverage Ratios5.5x4.9x
Adjusted Consolidated Leverage Ratios5.3x4.6x

Operating Cash Flow Reconciliation

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2012   20112012   2011
in millions
Total segment operating cash flow from continuing operations$1,254.4$1,099.5$4,869.6$4,482.3
Stock-based compensation expense(21.9)(25.6)(112.4)(131.3)
Depreciation and amortization(681.4)(618.7)(2,691.1)(2,457.0)
Impairment, restructuring and other operating items, net (50.4) (47.1) (83.0) (75.6)
Operating income$500.7 $408.1 $1,983.1 $1,818.4 

Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow Reconciliation

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2012   20112012   2011
in millions
Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations$1,033.5$837.6$2,858.5$2,562.7

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation15

Cash payments for direct acquisition costs16

Capital expenditures(432.9)(511.3)(1,883.6)(1,927.0)
Principal payments on vendor financing obligations(44.8)(6.6)(104.7)(10.0)
Principal payments on certain capital leases (8.1) (3.2) (17.5) (11.4)
FCF$565.5 $323.5 $893.7 $671.6 

Payments associated with Old Unitymedia's pre-acquisition capital structure17

FCF deficit of VTR Wireless 28.3  44.1  139.8  106.5 
Adjusted FCF$593.8 $367.6 $1,033.5 $791.0 

Capital Expenditures

The table below highlights the categories of our property and equipment additions for the indicated periods and reconciles those additions to the capital expenditures that we present in our consolidated statements of cash flows:

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Year ended

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2012   20112012   2011
in millions, except % amounts
Property and equipment additions$638.4$674.1$2,274.1$2,131.6
Assets acquired under capital-related vendor financing arrangements(94.2)(42.7)(246.5)(101.4)
Assets acquired under capital leases(17.6)(11.5)(63.1)(38.2)
Changes in current liabilities related to capital expenditures (93.7) (108.6) (80.9) (65.0)

Total capital expenditures18

$432.9 $511.3 $1,883.6 $1,927.0 
Property and equipment additions as % of revenue23.4%28.0%22.1%