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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D. C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2021

OR

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                to                

Commission File Number 001-36713

LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

State of Delaware

47-1211994

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

12300 Liberty Boulevard
Englewood, Colorado

80112

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (720875-5700

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Series A common stock

LBRDA

The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

Series C common stock

LBRDK

The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

Series A Cumulative Redeemable preferred stock

LBRDP

The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports) and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes     No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes     No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer," "smaller reporting company" and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large Accelerated Filer 

Accelerated Filer 

Non-accelerated Filer 

Smaller Reporting Company 

Emerging Growth Company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. Yes     No 

The number of outstanding shares of Liberty Broadband Corporation’s common stock as of October 31, 2021 was:

Series A

Series B

Series C

Liberty Broadband Corporation common stock

25,104,383

2,544,548

148,931,338

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Part I - Financial Information

f

Page No

Item 1. Financial Statements

LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)

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LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)

I-4

LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Earnings (Loss) (unaudited)

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LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)

I-6

LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION Condensed Consolidated Statements of Equity (unaudited)

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LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)

I-9

Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

I-29

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

I-43

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

I-44

Part II - Other Information

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

II-1

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

II-2

Item 6. Exhibits

II-3

SIGNATURES

II-4

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LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(unaudited)

September 30,

December 31,

2021

2020

 

amounts in thousands

 

Assets

    

    

    

    

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

319,415

 

1,417,802

Trade and other receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,265 and $10, respectively

245,562

349,256

Other current assets

 

177,470

 

79,453

Total current assets

 

742,447

 

1,846,511

Investment in Charter, accounted for using the equity method (note 5)

 

14,386,719

 

16,178,939

Property and equipment, net

1,043,831

1,098,512

Intangible assets not subject to amortization

Goodwill

762,084

745,577

Cable certificates

550,000

560,000

Other

37,112

21,500

Intangible assets subject to amortization, net (note 6)

589,227

674,049

Tax sharing receivable

110,836

94,549

Other assets, net

 

217,456

 

151,487

Total assets

$

18,439,712

 

21,371,124

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

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LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Continued)

(unaudited)

September 30,

December 31,

2021

2020

 

amounts in thousands,

 

except share amounts

Liabilities and Equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

228,230

 

97,933

Deferred revenue

 

28,028

 

24,926

Current portion of debt, including $30,105 and $26,350 measured at fair value, respectively (note 7)

34,797

31,026

Indemnification obligation (note 4)

393,578

344,643

Other current liabilities

82,490

113,234

Total current liabilities

 

767,123

 

611,762

Long-term debt, net, including $1,448,354 and $1,445,775 measured at fair value, respectively (note 7)

4,006,855

4,785,207

Obligations under finance leases and tower obligations, excluding current portion

89,648

92,840

Long-term deferred revenue

35,649

39,649

Deferred income tax liabilities

2,008,399

1,977,643

Preferred stock (note 8)

202,417

202,917

Other liabilities

198,234

146,687

Total liabilities

 

7,308,325

 

7,856,705

Equity

Series A common stock, $.01 par value. Authorized 500,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 25,785,742 and 26,495,249 at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

258

265

Series B common stock, $.01 par value. Authorized 18,750,000 shares; issued and outstanding 2,544,548 and 2,549,470 at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

25

25

Series C common stock, $.01 par value. Authorized 500,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 150,469,139 and 167,480,926 at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

1,505

1,675

Additional paid-in capital

7,593,816

10,319,754

Accumulated other comprehensive earnings, net of taxes

 

13,298

 

15,436

Retained earnings

 

3,510,849

 

3,165,504

Total stockholders' equity

11,119,751

13,502,659

Non-controlling interests

11,636

11,760

Total equity

 

11,131,387

 

13,514,419

Commitments and contingencies (note 10)

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

$

18,439,712

 

21,371,124

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

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LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(unaudited)

Three months ended 

Nine months ended

 

September 30,

September 30,

 

2021

    

2020

    

2021

2020

 

amounts in thousands, except per share amounts

Revenue

$

250,220

4,219

739,038

12,437

Operating costs and expenses

Operating, including stock-based compensation (note 9)

70,308

2,523

206,590

 

7,515

Selling, general and administrative, including stock-based compensation and transaction costs (note 9)

110,065

17,968

324,936

 

37,316

Depreciation and amortization

68,130

56

198,766

 

1,041

Litigation settlement, net of recoveries (note 10)

(23,520)

86,480

224,983

20,547

816,772

 

45,872

Operating income (loss)

25,237

(16,328)

(77,734)

 

(33,435)

Other income (expense):

Interest expense (including amortization of deferred loan fees)

(28,155)

(3,719)

(90,032)

(14,711)

Share of earnings (losses) of affiliates (note 5)

314,563

188,586

752,390

 

408,396

Gain (loss) on dilution of investment in affiliate (note 5)

(1,693)

(35,284)

(98,446)

 

(140,610)

Realized and unrealized gains (losses) on financial instruments, net (note 4)

(26,839)

(39,324)

(52,555)

 

(39,324)

Other, net

14,788

8

29,382

 

199

Earnings (loss) before income taxes

297,901

93,939

463,005

 

180,515

Income tax (expense) benefit

(61,073)

(24,979)

(117,784)

 

(47,183)

Net earnings (loss)

236,828

68,960

345,221

133,332

Less net earnings (loss) attributable to the non-controlling interests

(41)

(124)

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Liberty Broadband shareholders

$

236,869

68,960

345,345

 

133,332

Basic net earnings (loss) attributable to Series A, Series B and Series C Liberty Broadband shareholders per common share (note 2)

$

1.31

0.38

1.84

0.73

Diluted net earnings (loss) attributable to Series A, Series B and Series C Liberty Broadband shareholders per common share (note 2)

$

1.29

0.38

1.82

0.73

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

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LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Earnings (Loss)

(unaudited)

Three months ended 

Nine months ended

 

September 30,

September 30,

 

2021

    

2020

    

2021

2020

 

amounts in thousands

 

Net earnings (loss)

    

$

236,828

68,960

345,221

    

133,332

Other comprehensive earnings (loss), net of taxes:

Comprehensive earnings (loss) attributable to debt credit risk adjustments

1,428

(11,552)

(2,138)

 

(11,552)

Other comprehensive earnings (loss), net of taxes

1,428

(11,552)

(2,138)

(11,552)

Comprehensive earnings (loss)

238,256

57,408

343,083

 

121,780

Less comprehensive earnings (loss) attributable to the non-controlling interests

(41)

(124)

Comprehensive earnings (loss) attributable to Liberty Broadband shareholders

$

238,297

57,408

343,207

 

121,780

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

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LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(unaudited)

Nine months ended

September 30,

 

2021

2020

 

amounts in thousands

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

    

    

    

    

Net earnings (loss)

$

345,221

 

133,332

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

 

198,766

 

1,041

Stock-based compensation

 

31,016

 

5,736

Litigation settlement, net of recoveries

86,480

Share of (earnings) losses of affiliate, net

 

(752,390)

 

(408,396)

(Gain) loss on dilution of investment in affiliate

 

98,446

 

140,610

Realized and unrealized (gains) losses on financial instruments, net

 

52,555

 

39,324

Deferred income tax expense (benefit)

 

(10,613)

 

47,183

Other, net

 

(14,415)

 

1,070

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Current and other assets

 

158,035

 

244

Payables and other liabilities

 

(57,133)

 

3,044

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

 

135,968

 

(36,812)

Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(91,219)

(42)

Exercise of preemptive right to purchase Charter shares

(14,910)

Cash received for Charter shares repurchased by Charter

2,642,797

Other investing activities, net

17,312

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

2,568,890

(14,952)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Borrowings of debt

1,066,684

700,000

Repayments of debt, finance leases and tower obligations

(1,848,212)

Repurchases of Liberty Broadband common stock

(2,910,587)

(285,722)

Other financing activities, net

 

(1,115)

 

(11,970)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

(3,693,230)

 

402,308

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(988,372)

 

350,544

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

1,433,292

49,724

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$

444,920

400,268

The following table reconciles cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash reported in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets to the total amount presented in the accompanying condensed consolidated statement of cash flows:

September 30,

December 31,

2021

2020

amounts in thousands

Cash and cash equivalents

$

319,415

1,417,802

Restricted cash included in other current assets

125,505

15,490

Total cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

444,920

1,433,292

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Equity

(unaudited)

Accumulated

Noncontrolling

Additional

other

interest in

Common stock

paid-in

comprehensive

Retained

equity of

Series A

  

Series B

  

Series C

  

capital

earnings

earnings

subsidiaries

Total equity

amounts in thousands

Balance at January 1, 2021

    

$

265

25

1,675

10,319,754

    

15,436

    

3,165,504

11,760

    

13,514,419

Net earnings (loss)

 

 

345,345

(124)

 

345,221

Other comprehensive earnings (loss)

(2,138)

(2,138)

Stock-based compensation

30,779

30,779

Issuance of common stock upon exercise of stock options

2,351

2,351

Withholding taxes on net share settlements of stock-based compensation

(3,466)

(3,466)

Liberty Broadband stock repurchases

(7)

(170)

(2,910,410)

(2,910,587)

Noncontrolling interest activity at Charter and other

154,808

154,808

Balance at September 30, 2021

$

258

25

1,505

7,593,816

 

13,298

 

3,510,849

11,636

 

11,131,387

Accumulated

Noncontrolling

 

Additional

other

interest in

 

Common stock

paid-in

comprehensive

Retained

equity of

 

Series A

  

Series B

  

Series C

  

capital

earnings

earnings

subsidiaries

Total equity

 

amounts in thousands

 

Balance at June 30, 2021

$

265

25

1,551

8,530,684

11,870

3,273,980

11,677

11,830,052

Net earnings (loss)

236,869

(41)

236,828

Other comprehensive earnings (loss)

1,428

1,428

Stock-based compensation

10,508

10,508

Issuance of common stock upon exercise of stock options

1,427

1,427

Withholding taxes on net share settlements of stock-based compensation

(600)

(600)

Liberty Broadband stock repurchases

(7)

(46)

(953,504)

(953,557)

Noncontrolling interest activity at Charter and other

5,301

5,301

Balance at September 30, 2021

$

258

25

1,505

7,593,816

13,298

3,510,849

11,636

11,131,387

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Equity (continued)

(unaudited)

Accumulated

Additional

other

Common stock

paid-in

comprehensive

Retained

Series A

  

Series B

  

Series C

  

capital

earnings

earnings

Total equity

amounts in thousands

Balance at January 1, 2020

$

265

25

1,529

7,890,084

8,158

2,767,885

10,667,946

Net earnings (loss)

133,332

133,332

Other comprehensive earnings (loss)

(11,552)

(11,552)

Stock-based compensation

5,684

5,684

Issuance of common stock upon exercise of stock options

1

25

26

Withholding taxes on net share settlements of stock-based compensation

(2,121)

(2,121)

Liberty Broadband stock repurchases

(20)

(285,702)

(285,722)

Noncontrolling interest activity at Charter

(20,343)

(20,343)

Balance at September 30, 2020

$

265

25

1,510

7,587,627

(3,394)

2,901,217

10,487,250

Accumulated

 

Additional

other

 

Common stock

paid-in

comprehensive

Retained

 

Series A

  

Series B

  

Series C

  

capital

earnings

earnings

Total equity

 

amounts in thousands

 

Balance at June 30, 2020

    

$

265

25

1,530

7,878,499

8,158

2,832,257

10,720,734

Net earnings (loss)

 

68,960

68,960

Other comprehensive earnings (loss)

(11,552)

(11,552)

Stock-based compensation

1,979

1,979

Liberty Broadband stock repurchases

(20)

(285,702)

(285,722)

Noncontrolling interest activity at Charter

(7,149)

(7,149)

Balance at September 30, 2020

$

265

25

1,510

7,587,627

(3,394)

2,901,217

10,487,250

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

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LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

(unaudited)

(1) Basis of Presentation

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Liberty Broadband Corporation and its controlled subsidiaries (collectively, "Liberty Broadband," the "Company," “us,” “we,” or “our” unless the context otherwise requires).  Liberty Broadband Corporation is primarily comprised of a wholly owned subsidiary, GCI Holdings, LLC (“GCI Holdings”) (as of December 18, 2020) and an equity method investment in Charter Communications, Inc. (“Charter”).  

On December 18, 2020, pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of August 6, 2020, entered into by GCI Liberty, Inc. (“GCI Liberty”), Liberty Broadband, Grizzly Merger Sub 1, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Broadband (“Merger LLC”), and Grizzly Merger Sub 2, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Merger LLC (“Merger Sub”), Merger Sub merged with and into GCI Liberty (the “First Merger”), with GCI Liberty surviving the First Merger as an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Broadband (the “Surviving Corporation”), and immediately following the First Merger, GCI Liberty (as the Surviving Corporation in the First Merger) merged with and into Merger LLC (the “Upstream Merger”, and together with the First Merger, the “Combination”), with Merger LLC surviving the Upstream Merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Broadband.

As a result of the Combination, each holder of a share of Series A common stock and Series B common stock of GCI Liberty received 0.58 of a share of Series C common stock and Series B common stock, respectively, of Liberty Broadband.  Additionally, each holder of a share of Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock of GCI Liberty (“GCI Liberty Preferred Stock”) received one share of newly issued Liberty Broadband Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (“Liberty Broadband Preferred Stock”), which has substantially identical terms to GCI Liberty’s former Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, including a mandatory redemption date of March 9, 2039. Cash was paid in lieu of issuing fractional shares of Liberty Broadband stock in the Combination. No shares of Liberty Broadband stock were issued with respect to shares of GCI Liberty capital stock held by (i) GCI Liberty as treasury stock, (ii) any of GCI Liberty’s wholly owned subsidiaries or (iii) Liberty Broadband or its wholly owned subsidiaries.

The accompanying (a) condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2020, which has been derived from audited financial statements, and (b) interim unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X as promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation of the results for such periods have been included. The results of operations for any interim period are not necessarily indicative of results for the full year. Additionally, certain prior period amounts have been reclassified for comparability with current period presentation. These condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto contained in Liberty Broadband's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in the condensed consolidated financial statements.

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. The Company considers (i) the application of the equity method of accounting for its affiliates, (ii) non-recurring fair value measurements of non-financial instruments and (iii) accounting for income taxes to be its most significant estimates.

In December 2019, Chinese officials reported a novel coronavirus outbreak (“COVID-19”). COVID-19 has since spread through China and internationally. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization assessed COVID-19 as a global pandemic, causing many countries throughout the world to take aggressive actions, including imposing travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders, closing public attractions and restaurants, and mandating social distancing practices, which has caused a significant disruption to most sectors of the economy.

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LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

(unaudited)

We are not presently aware of any events or circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic that would require us to update our estimates or judgments or revise the carrying value of our assets or liabilities.  Our estimates may change, however, as new events occur and additional information is obtained, and any such changes will be recognized in the condensed consolidated financial statements. Actual results could differ from estimates, and any such differences may be material to our financial statements.

Through a number of prior years’ transactions, including the Combination, Liberty Broadband has acquired an interest in Charter.  Liberty Broadband holds an investment in Charter that is accounted for using the equity method. Liberty Broadband does not control the decision making process or business management practices of this affiliate. Accordingly, Liberty Broadband relies on the management of this affiliate to provide it with accurate financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP that the Company uses in the application of the equity method. In addition, Liberty Broadband relies on audit reports that are provided by the affiliate's independent auditor on the financial statements of such affiliate. The Company is not aware, however, of any errors in or possible misstatements of the financial information provided by its equity affiliate that would have a material effect on Liberty Broadband's condensed consolidated financial statements.

As described in note 5, we are currently participating in Charter’s share buyback program in order to maintain our fully diluted ownership percentage of 26%.  The primary use of those proceeds has been to repurchase Liberty Broadband Series A and Series C common stock pursuant to our authorized share repurchase programs.  On February 23, 2021, the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of $2.23 billion of Liberty Broadband Series A and Series C common stock.  Additionally, on August 5, 2021, the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of an additional $2.105 billion of Liberty Broadband Series A and Series C common stock.  During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, we repurchased 17.8 million Series A and Series C common stock for a total purchase price of $2.9 billion.  During the nine months ended September 30, 2020, we repurchased 2.0 million Series C common stock for a total purchase price of $285.7 million.  As of September 30, 2021, the amount authorized remaining under the authorized repurchase program is approximately $2,030 million.

Spin-Off Arrangements

During May 2014, the board of directors of Liberty Media Corporation and its subsidiaries (“Liberty”) authorized management to pursue a plan to spin-off to its stockholders common stock of a wholly owned subsidiary, Liberty Broadband, and to distribute subscription rights to acquire shares of Liberty Broadband’s common stock (the “Broadband Spin-Off”).  In connection with the Broadband Spin-Off, Liberty (for accounting purposes a related party of the Company) and Liberty Broadband entered into certain agreements in order to govern certain of the ongoing relationships between the two companies and to provide for an orderly transition, including a services agreement and a facilities sharing agreement.  Under the facilities sharing agreement, Liberty Broadband shares office space with Liberty and related amenities at Liberty’s corporate headquarters. Liberty Broadband will reimburse Liberty for direct, out-of-pocket expenses incurred by Liberty in providing these services which will be negotiated semi-annually.

Pursuant to the services agreement, Liberty provides Liberty Broadband with general and administrative services including legal, tax, accounting, treasury and investor relations support.  In December 2019, the Company entered into an amendment to the services agreement with Liberty in connection with Liberty’s entry into a new employment arrangement with Gregory B. Maffei, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Under the amended services agreement, components of his compensation would either be paid directly to him by each of the Company, Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc., GCI Liberty, and Qurate Retail, Inc. (“Qurate Retail”) (collectively, the “Service Companies”) or reimbursed to Liberty, in each case, based on allocations among Liberty and the Service Companies set forth in the amended services agreement, currently set at 18% for the Company but subject to adjustment on an annual basis upon the occurrence of certain events. Following the Combination, GCI Liberty no longer participates in the services agreement arrangement.

Additionally, in connection with a prior transaction, GCI Liberty and Qurate Retail (for accounting purposes a related party of the Company) entered into a tax sharing agreement, which was assumed by Liberty Broadband as a result of

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LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

(unaudited)

the Combination.  The tax sharing agreement provides for the allocation and indemnification of tax liabilities and benefits between Qurate Retail and Liberty Broadband and other agreements related to tax matters.

Under these various agreements, amounts reimbursable to Liberty were approximately $3.5 million and $1.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively, and $10.1 million and $3.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively.  Liberty Broadband had a tax sharing receivable with Qurate Retail of $110.8 million and $119.0 million as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively, of which zero and $24.4 million was in Other current assets as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.

(2) Earnings Attributable to Liberty Broadband Stockholders Per Common Share

Basic earnings (loss) per common share (“EPS”) is computed by dividing net earnings (loss) attributable to Liberty Broadband shareholders by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding (“WASO”) for the period. Diluted EPS presents the dilutive effect on a per share basis of potential common shares as if they had been converted at the beginning of the periods presented.  Excluded from diluted EPS for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 are zero and 14 thousand potential common shares, respectively, because their inclusion would have been antidilutive.  Excluded from diluted EPS for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 are zero and 14 thousand potential common shares, respectively, because their inclusion would have been antidilutive.

Liberty Broadband Common Stock

Three months

Three months

Nine months

Nine months

 

ended

ended

ended

ended

    

September 30, 2021

    

September 30, 2020

    

September 30, 2021

    

September 30, 2020

 

(numbers of shares in thousands)

Basic WASO

 

181,039

 

181,472

 

187,743

 

181,765

Potentially dilutive shares (1)

 

1,962

 

1,031

 

1,802

 

953

Diluted WASO

 

183,001

 

182,503

 

189,545

 

182,718

(1)   Potentially dilutive shares are excluded from the computation of diluted EPS during periods in which losses are reported since the result would be antidilutive.

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Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

(unaudited)

(3) Acquisition

On December 18, 2020, the Company completed the Combination with GCI Liberty.  The Company accounted for the Combination using the acquisition method of accounting.  

The following details the acquisition consideration as of December 18, 2020 (amounts in thousands), which is primarily based on level 1 inputs:

Fair value of newly issued Liberty Broadband Series C and B common stock 1

$

9,695,184

Fair value of newly issued Liberty Broadband Preferred Stock 2

202,944

Fair value of share-based payment replacement awards 3

104,683

Total fair value of consideration

10,002,811

Less: Fair value of Liberty Broadband shares attributable to share repurchase 4

(6,738,609)

Total fair value of consideration attributable to business combination

3,264,202

Less: Fair value of newly issued Liberty Broadband Preferred Stock2

(202,944)

Less: Fair value of share-based payment replacement awards accounted for as liability awards

(1,309)

Total fair value of acquisition consideration to be allocated

$

3,059,949

(1)The fair value of newly issued Series C and B Liberty Broadband common stock was calculated by multiplying (i) the outstanding shares of GCI Liberty Series A and B common stock as of December 18, 2020, (ii) the exchange ratio of 0.580 and (iii) the closing share price of Liberty Broadband Series C and B common stock on December 18, 2020. Liberty Broadband issued 61.3 million shares of Series C common stock and 98 thousand shares of Series B common stock.

(2)The fair value of the newly issued Liberty Broadband Preferred Stock was calculated by multiplying (i) the outstanding shares of GCI Liberty Preferred Stock as of December 18, 2020 and (ii) the closing share price of GCI Liberty Preferred Stock on December 18, 2020.  The GCI Liberty Preferred Stock was converted on a one to one ratio into Liberty Broadband Preferred Stock.  

(3)This amount represents the fair value of share-based payment replacement awards.

(4)GCI Liberty owned approximately 42.7 million shares of Liberty Broadband Series C common stock.  The acquisition of Liberty Broadband Series C common stock is accounted for as a share repurchase by Liberty Broadband.  This amount was calculated by multiplying (i) the number of shares of Liberty Broadband Series C common stock owned by GCI Liberty as of December 18, 2020 and (ii) the closing share price of Liberty Broadband Series C common stock on December 18, 2020.

The application of the acquisition method resulted in the assignment of purchase price to the GCI Liberty assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on preliminary estimates of their acquisition date fair values (primarily level 3). The determination of the fair values of the acquired assets and liabilities (and the determination of estimated lives of depreciable tangible and identifiable intangible assets) requires significant judgment.

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LIBERTY BROADBAND CORPORATION

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

(unaudited)

The preliminary acquisition purchase price allocation for GCI Liberty is as follows (amounts in thousands):

Cash and cash equivalents including restricted cash

    

$

592,240

Receivables

 

339,061

Property and equipment

 

1,108,588

Goodwill

 

755,587

Investment in Charter

3,493,677

Intangible assets not subject to amortization

 

586,500

Intangible assets subject to amortization

 

638,855

Other assets

 

302,569

Deferred revenue

 

(60,292)

Debt, including obligations under tower and finance leases

 

(2,772,147)

Indemnification liability

(336,141)

Deferred income tax liabilities

 

(1,026,596)

Preferred stock

 

(202,944)

Non-controlling interest

 

(11,771)

Other liabilities

 

(