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LIBERTY MEDIA CORP - 10-Q - Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

August 5, 2014

Certain statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding our business, product and marketing strategies; new service offerings; revenue growth and subscriber trends at SIRIUS XM Holdings, Inc. ("SIRIUS XM"); the recoverability of our goodwill and other long-lived assets; the performance of our equity affiliates; our projected sources and uses of cash; the proposed spin-off of Liberty Broadband Corporation; SIRIUS XM's stock repurchase program; and the anticipated non-material impact of certain contingent liabilities related to legal and tax proceedings and other matters arising in the ordinary course of business. Where, in any forward-looking statement, we express an expectation or belief as to future results or events, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that the expectation or belief will result or be achieved or accomplished. The following include some but not all of the factors (as they relate to our consolidated subsidiaries and equity affiliates) that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated: consumer demand for our products and services and our ability to adapt to

changes in demand;

competitor responses to our products and services;

uncertainties inherent in the development and integration of new business lines and business strategies; uncertainties associated with product and service development and market acceptance, including the development and provision of programming for satellite radio and telecommunications technologies;

significant dependence of one of our consolidated businesses upon automakers;

our ability to attract and retain subscribers at a profitable level in the future is uncertain; our future financial performance, including availability, terms and deployment of capital; our ability to successfully integrate and recognize anticipated efficiencies and benefits from the businesses we acquire; the ability of suppliers and vendors to deliver products, equipment, software and services; interruption or failure of our information technology and communication systems, including the failure of our satellites, could negatively impact our results and brand; royalties for music rights have increased and there can be no assurance they will not continue to increase in the future;

the outcome of any pending or threatened litigation;

availability of qualified personnel;

changes in, or failure or inability to comply with, government regulations, including, without limitation, regulations of the Federal Communications Commission, and adverse outcomes from regulatory proceedings; changes in the nature of key strategic relationships with partners, vendors and joint venturers; general economic and business conditions and industry trends including the current economic downturn; consumer spending levels, including the availability and amount of individual consumer debt;

rapid technological changes;

our indebtedness could adversely affect the operations and could limit the ability of our subsidiaries to react to changes in the economy or our industry; failure to protect the security of personal information about our customers, subjecting us to potentially costly government enforcement actions or private litigation and reputational damage; capital spending for the acquisition and/or development of telecommunications networks and services; the regulatory and competitive environment of the industries in which we, and the entities in which we have interests, operate; and threatened terrorist attacks and ongoing military action in the Middle East and other parts of the world and political unrest in international markets.

For additional risk factors, please see Part I, Item 1 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013. These forward-looking statements and such risks, uncertainties and other factors speak only as of the date of this Quarterly Report, and we expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein, to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto, or any other change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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The following discussion and analysis provides information concerning our results of operations and financial condition. This discussion should be read in conjunction with our accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013. Explanatory Note On January 18, 2013, Liberty settled a block transaction with a financial institution taking possession of an additional 50,000,000 common shares of SIRIUS XM as well as converting its remaining SIRIUS XM Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B-1, par value $0.001 per share, into 1,293,509,076 shares of SIRIUS XM Common Stock. As a result of these two transactions Liberty holds more than 50% of the capital stock of SIRIUS XM entitled to vote on any matter, including the election of directors. This resulted in the application of purchase accounting and the consolidation of SIRIUS XM in the first quarter of 2013 and the recognition of a $7.5 billion gain on the transaction. We note that our investment in SIRIUS XM, in periods prior to our acquisition of a controlling interest, was treated as an equity method affiliate. Overview We own controlling and non-controlling interests in a broad range of media, communications and entertainment companies. Our most significant operating subsidiary, which is also our principal reportable segment, is SIRIUS XM. SIRIUS XM provides a subscription based satellite radio service. SIRIUS XM broadcasts music, sports, entertainment, comedy, talk, news, traffic and weather channels as well as infotainment services in the United States on a subscription fee basis through their proprietary satellite radio systems. Subscribers can also receive their music and other channels, plus features such as SiriusXM On Demand and MySXM, over the internet, including through applications for mobile devices. SIRIUS XM is also a leader in providing connected vehicle applications and services. Its connected vehicle services are designed to enhance the safety, security and driving experience for vehicle owners while providing marketing and operational benefits to automakers and their dealers. Our "Corporate and Other" category includes our other consolidated subsidiaries, including the Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc. ("ANLBC"), TruePosition, Inc. ("TruePosition") and corporate expenses. ANLBC owns the Atlanta Braves, a major league baseball club, as well as certain of the Atlanta Braves' minor league clubs. In addition to the foregoing businesses, we hold an ownership interest in Charter Communications, Inc. ("Charter"), Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. ("Live Nation") and through SIRIUS XM, SIRIUS XM Canada, which we account for as equity method investments; and we continue to maintain investments and related financial instruments in public companies such as Time Warner, Inc., Time Warner Cable, Inc. and Viacom, Inc. which are accounted for at their respective fair market values and are included in corporate and other. I- 26


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