Qurate Retail, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2019 Financial Results

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Qurate Retail, Inc. (“Qurate Retail”) (Nasdaq: QRTEA, QRTEB) today reported fourth quarter and year end 2019 results. Headlines include (1):

Fourth quarter and full year 2019 operating results:

  • Total Qurate Retail revenue decreased 5% to $4.2 billion in Q4 and 4% to $13.5 billion in full year 2019

    • Revenue decreased 5% in Q4 and 4% in full year 2019 in constant currency(2)
    • eCommerce revenue of $2.6 billion or 62% of total revenue in Q4 and $8.0 billion or 60% of total revenue in full year 2019
  • Qurate Retail reported diluted EPS of $0.34 in Q4 and $(1.08) in full year 2019

    • Adjusted diluted EPS(3) of $0.68 in Q4 and $1.93 in full year 2019
  • QxH revenue decreased 3% in both Q4 and full year 2019
  • QVC International revenue increased 1% in Q4 and decreased 1% in full year 2019

    • Revenue increased 1% in Q4 and 1.5% in full year 2019 in constant currency
  • Zulily revenue decreased 18% in Q4 and 14% in full year 2019
  • Cornerstone revenue decreased 6% in Q4 and 7% in full year 2019

    • Revenue increased 1% in Q4 and was flat in full year 2019 excluding closed Improvements business

Corporate updates:

  • Repurchased approximately 112,000 of Liberty Interactive LLC’s 3.50% MSI exchangeable bonds in 2019 for $98 million

    • Hedged remaining MSI exposure through total return swaps
  • For full year 2019, repurchased 24 million QRTEA shares at an average price per share of $16.13 and total cost of $392 million
  • Completed QVC, Inc. bond issuances

    • $500 million 6.25% senior secured notes due 2068
    • $575 million 4.75% senior secured notes due 2027

“Our fourth quarter results were in line with full-year trends, notably we experienced pressure on revenue and margins from the investment in network optimization at QxH. Despite these challenges, we were encouraged with our ability to grow free cash flow in 2019 on an operating basis,” said Mike George, President and CEO of Qurate Retail. “We are accelerating the execution of our strategic priorities as we work to return to profitable growth. We continue to lead the curation of special products at compelling values across multiple platforms, providing customers an important third way to shop.”

Discussion of Results

Unless otherwise noted, the following discussion compares financial information for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019 to the same periods in 2018. During the first quarter of 2019, Qurate Retail changed its reportable segments to combine QVC US and HSN into one QxH reportable segment and is presenting prior period information in this press release to conform to this change.

FOURTH QUARTER 2019 FINANCIAL RESULTS

(amounts in millions)

4Q18

 

4Q19

 

% Change

 

% Change

Constant

Currency(a)

Revenue

 

QxH

$

2,789

 

$

2,692

 

(3

)%

 

QVC International(b)

 

766

 

 

775

 

1

%

1

%

Zulily

 

551

 

 

452

 

(18

)%

 

Cornerstone(c)

 

271

 

 

254

 

(6

)%

 

Intersegment eliminations

 

(1

)

 

 

NM

 

 

Total Qurate Retail Revenue

$

4,376

 

$

4,173

 

(5

)%

(5

)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QxH(d)

$

358

 

$

191

 

(47

)%

 

QVC International(b)

 

103

 

 

115

 

12

%

11

%

Zulily

 

(2

)

 

(13

)

(550

)%

 

Cornerstone

 

(13

)

 

3

 

123

%

 

Unallocated corporate cost

 

(11

)

 

(9

)

18

%

 

Total Qurate Retail Operating Income

$

435

 

$

287

 

(34

)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted OIBDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QxH

$

489

 

$

443

 

(9

)%

 

QVC International(b)

 

129

 

 

133

 

3

%

3

%

Zulily

 

34

 

 

16

 

(53

)%

 

Cornerstone

 

6

 

 

12

 

100

%

 

Unallocated corporate cost

 

(6

)

 

(4

)

33

%

 

Total Qurate Retail Adjusted OIBDA

$

652

 

$

600

 

(8

)%

 

________________
a)

For a definition of constant currency financial metrics, see the accompanying schedules.

b)

Includes QVC Japan, QVC Germany, QVC UK, QVC Italy and QVC France, which terminated its operations on March 13, 2019.

c)

Cornerstone revenue in the fourth quarter of 2018 includes $20 million from its Improvements catalog business, which was shut down effective December 2018.

d)

QxH incurred $30 million and $147 million non-cash impairment charges related to HSN’s tradename in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the fourth quarter of 2019, respectively.

 
FULL YEAR 2019 FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

(amounts in millions)

2018

 

2019

 

% Change

 

% Change

Constant

Currency(a)

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QxH

$

8,544

 

$

8,277

 

(3

)%

 

 

QVC International(b)

 

2,738

 

 

2,709

 

(1

)%

1.5

%

Zulily

 

1,817

 

 

1,571

 

(14

)%

 

 

Cornerstone(c)

 

970

 

 

901

 

(7

)%

 

 

Intersegment eliminations

 

(2

)

 

 

NM

 

 

 

Total Qurate Retail Revenue (pro forma)

$

14,067

 

$

13,458

 

(4

)%

(4

)%

Former Liberty Ventures corporate and other(d)

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Qurate Retail Revenue (as reported)

$

14,070

 

$

13,458

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QxH(e)

$

1,161

 

$

973

 

(16

)%

 

 

QVC International(b)

 

351

 

 

354

 

1

%

3

%

Zulily(f)

 

(95

)

 

(1,091

)

NM

 

 

 

Cornerstone

 

(33

)

 

(3

)

91

%

 

 

Unallocated corporate cost

 

(52

)

 

(49

)

6

%

 

 

Total Qurate Retail Operating Income (pro forma)

$

1,332

 

$

184

 

(86

)%

 

 

Former Liberty Ventures corporate and other(d)

 

(8

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Qurate Retail Operating Income (as reported)

$

1,324

 

$

184

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted OIBDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QxH

$

1,630

 

$

1,536

 

(6

)%

 

 

QVC International(b)

 

429

 

 

446

 

4

%

6

%

Zulily

 

108

 

 

48

 

(56

)%

 

 

Cornerstone

 

21

 

 

33

 

57

%

 

 

Unallocated corporate cost

 

(29

)

 

(34

)

(17

)%

 

 

Total Qurate Retail Adjusted OIBDA (pro forma)

$

2,159

 

$

2,029

 

(6

)%

 

 

Former Liberty Ventures corporate and other(d)

 

(5

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Qurate Retail Adjusted OIBDA (as reported)

$

2,154

 

$

2,029

 

 

 

 

 

________________

a)

For a definition of constant currency financial metrics, see the accompanying schedules.

b)

Includes QVC Japan, QVC Germany, QVC UK, QVC Italy and QVC France, which terminated its operations on March 13, 2019.

c)

Cornerstone revenue for the full year 2018 includes $68 million from its Improvements catalog business, which was shut down effective December 2018.

d)

Includes the results of the former Liberty Ventures Group consolidated in Qurate Retail’s results through March 9, 2018, prior to the split-off of GCI Liberty.

e)

QxH incurred $30 million and $147 million non-cash impairment charges related to HSN’s tradename in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the fourth quarter of 2019, respectively.

f)

In the third quarter of 2019, Zulily incurred a $1.0 billion non-cash impairment charge related to its tradename and goodwill.

 
FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2019 NET INCOME AND ADJUSTED NET INCOME(3)

(amounts in millions)

4Q18

4Q19

2018

2019

Net Income(a)

$

273

$

141

$

674

$

(456

)

Adjusted Net Income(b)

$

277

$

284

$

867

$

818

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic weighted average shares outstanding (“WASO”)

 

447

 

416

 

462

 

424

 

Potentially dilutive shares

 

2

 

 

3

 

 

Diluted WASO

 

449

 

416

 

465

 

424

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP EPS(a)

$

0.61

$

0.34

$

1.45

$

(1.08

)

Qurate Retail Adjusted EPS(b)

$

0.62

$

0.68

$

1.86

$

1.93

 

________________
a)

Represents net income and diluted net income per share from continuing operations attributable to Series A and Series B Qurate Retail common stockholders as presented in Qurate Retail’s financial statements.

b)

See reconciling schedule 3.

 

QxH

In the fourth quarter, QxH reported revenue declines in all categories. For the full year, QxH realized declines in all categories except Electronics. Operating income declined in the fourth quarter and full year primarily due to an increase in impairment charges at HSN, partially offset by the absence of transaction-related expenses incurred in 2018. Operating income included non-cash impairment charges related to the fair value of HSN’s tradename of $147 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 and $30 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.

For the quarter and full year, adjusted OIBDA margin(3) contracted primarily due to cost of sales pressure, which included higher fulfillment (freight and warehouse) expenses related to the network optimization plan and general freight rate increases as well as inventory management including costs associated with the exit from Ingenious Designs. For the full year, these headwinds were partially offset by a favorable product mix impact. Adjusted OIBDA margin benefited in the fourth quarter and full year from TV distribution commissions, which were partially offset by higher marketing expenses. The fourth quarter also benefited from lower incentive compensation. Lower TV distribution commissions were in part associated with the accounting treatment for certain renewed HSN carriage agreements (described below), as well as favorable renegotiated rates at HSN.

Beginning in the third quarter of 2018, HSN began renewing TV carriage agreements with certain distribution partners, which provided multi-year upfront payments that are amortized over the life of the agreements, versus its previous convention of expensing quarterly payments as incurred. In the quarter and full year, this accounting change had a positive impact on QxH’s adjusted OIBDA(3) with a corresponding increase in QxH’s amortization expense, which is neutral to operating income each period and cash neutral over the life of the agreements.

QVC International

For the quarter, US Dollar denominated results were essentially unaffected by exchange rate fluctuations, primarily due to the Dollar strengthening 2% versus the Euro, offset by the Dollar weakening 3% versus the Japanese Yen and British Pound. For the full year, US Dollar denominated results were negatively impacted by exchange rate fluctuations, primarily due to the Dollar strengthening 5% versus the Euro and 4% against the British Pound, partially offset by the Dollar weakening 1% versus the Japanese Yen. The financial metrics presented in this press release also provide a comparison of the percentage change in QVC International’s results in constant currency (where applicable) to the comparable figures calculated in accordance with US GAAP for the fourth quarter and full year 2019.

For the quarter and full year, QVC International constant currency revenue growth was driven primarily by Japan. For the quarter and full year, operating income and adjusted OIBDA margins expanded, reflecting the closure of operations in France, which was partially offset by lower product margins due to lower shipping and handling revenue and unfavorable returns, as well as higher inventory obsolescence expense. As previously announced, QVC closed its television and digital platforms in France on March 13, 2019, which benefited the fourth quarter and full year due to losses incurred in the prior year. The fourth quarter was also impacted by higher freight and fixed costs, which included expenses associated with centralizing certain elements of the QVC International operating model. Fourth quarter operating income benefited from the absence of transaction-related expenses incurred in the prior year. Full year operating income included higher depreciation for the disposition of long-lived assets in France, which was partially offset by lower transaction-related expenses.

Zulily

For the fourth quarter and full year, Zulily revenue declined primarily due to lower unit volume driven by a decrease in new customers and lower purchasing frequency from existing customers. Zulily’s results were also negatively affected by less efficient customer acquisition spend on certain digital marketing channels. For the fourth quarter and full year 2019, operating loss increased and adjusted OIBDA declined primarily due to the revenue decline combined with deleverage across the supply chain and fixed costs, partially offset by reduced marketing spend. Zulily’s operating loss for the full year was impacted by a $1.0 billion non-cash impairment charge related to its tradename and goodwill which was incurred in the third quarter of 2019.

Cornerstone

Cornerstone results presented in this press release include the Improvements catalog business until it was shut down effective December 2018. Excluding Improvements, revenue increased 1% in the fourth quarter and was essentially flat for the full year 2019, mainly due to strength at Ballard Designs and Grandin Road. Operating income and adjusted OIBDA improved primarily due to gross margin expansion in the home brands, as well as lower marketing expense and the absence of one-time costs related to the closure of Improvements incurred in the prior year.

FOURTH QUARTER 2019 SUPPLEMENTAL METRICS

(amounts in millions unless otherwise noted)

4Q18

 

4Q19

 

% Change

 

% Change

Constant

Currency(a)

QxH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of Sales % of Revenue

 

67.3

 

%

 

68.8

 

%

150

 

bps

 

 

Operating Income Margin (%)

 

12.8

 

%

 

7.1

 

%

(570

)

bps

 

 

Adjusted OIBDA Margin (%)

 

17.5

 

%

 

16.5

 

%

(100

)

bps

 

 

Average Selling Price

$

55.90

 

 

$

55.80

 

 

 

%

 

 

Units Sold

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3

)

%

 

 

Return Rate(b)

 

14.9

 

%

 

14.3

 

%

(60

)

bps

 

 

eCommerce Revenue(c)

$

1,645

 

 

$

1,610

 

 

(2

)

%

 

 

eCommerce % of Total Revenue

 

59.0

 

%

 

59.8

 

%

80

 

bps

 

 

Mobile % of eCommerce Revenue(d)

 

65.8

 

%

 

66.7

 

%

90

 

bps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QVC – International

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of Sales % of Revenue

 

63.8

 

%

 

63.5

 

%

(30

)

bps

 

 

Operating Income Margin (%)

 

13.4

 

%

 

14.8

 

%

140

 

bps

 

 

Adjusted OIBDA Margin (%)

 

16.8

 

%

 

17.2

 

%

40

 

bps

 

 

Average Selling Price

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

%

5

%

Units Sold

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3

)

%

 

 

eCommerce Revenue(c)

$

316

 

 

$

336

 

 

6

 

%

7

%

eCommerce % of Total Revenue

 

41.3

 

%

 

43.4

 

%

210

 

bps

 

 

Mobile % of eCommerce Revenue(d)

 

72.7

 

%

 

74.5

 

%

180

 

bps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zulily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of Sales % of Revenue

 

75.9

 

%

 

76.8

 

%

90

 

bps

 

 

Operating Income Margin (%)

 

(0.4

)

%

 

(2.9

)

%

(250

)

bps

 

 

Adjusted OIBDA Margin (%)

 

6.2

 

%

 

3.5

 

%

(270

)

bps

 

 

Mobile % of Total Orders

 

72.9

 

%

 

74.3

 

%

140

 

bps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornerstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income Margin (%)

 

(4.8

)

%

 

1.2

 

%

600

 

bps

 

 

Adjusted OIBDA Margin (%)

 

2.2

 

%

 

4.7

 

%

250

 

bps

 

 

eCommerce Revenue(c)

$

202

 

 

$

190

 

 

(6

)

%

 

 

eCommerce % of Total Revenue

 

74.5

 

%

 

74.8

 

%

30

 

bps

 

 

________________
a)

For a definition of constant currency financial metrics, see the accompanying schedules.

b)

Measured as returned sales over gross shipped sales.

c)

Based on net revenue.

d)

Based on gross US Dollar orders.

 
FULL YEAR 2019 SUPPLEMENTAL METRICS

(amounts in millions unless otherwise noted)

2018

2019

% Change

% Change

Constant

Currency(a)

QxH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of Sales % of Revenue

 

64.7

 

%

 

65.8

 

%

110

 

bps

 

 

Operating Income Margin (%)

 

13.6

 

%

 

11.8

 

%

(180

)

bps

 

 

Adjusted OIBDA Margin (%)

 

19.1

 

%

 

18.6

 

%

(50

)

bps

 

 

Average Selling Price

$

54.57

 

 

$

54.32

 

 

(0

)

%

 

 

Units Sold

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3

)

%

 

 

Return Rate(b)

 

16.5

 

%

 

16.3

 

%

(20

)

bps

 

 

eCommerce Revenue(c)

$

4,747

 

 

$

4,708

 

 

(1

)

%

 

 

eCommerce % of Total Revenue

 

55.6

 

%

 

56.9

 

%

130

 

bps

 

 

Mobile % of eCommerce Revenue(d)

 

64.6

 

%

 

67.4

 

%

280

 

bps

 

 

LTM Total Customers(e)

 

10.9

 

 

 

10.6

 

 

(3

)

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QVC – International

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of Sales % of Revenue

 

62.9

 

%

 

62.7

 

%

(20

)

bps

 

 

Operating Income Margin (%)

 

12.8

 

%

 

13.1

 

%

30

 

bps

 

 

Adjusted OIBDA Margin (%)

 

15.7

 

%

 

16.5

 

%

80

 

bps

 

 

Average Selling Price

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

%

5

%

Units Sold

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3

)

%

 

 

eCommerce Revenue(c)

$

1,050

 

 

$

1,114

 

 

6

 

%

9

%

eCommerce % of Total Revenue

 

38.3

 

%

 

41.1

 

%

280

 

bps

 

 

Mobile % of eCommerce Revenue(d)

 

71.5

 

%

 

74.9

 

%

340

 

bps

 

 

LTM Total Customers(e)

 

4.7

 

 

 

4.6

 

 

(2

)

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zulily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of Sales % of Revenue

 

74.1

 

%

 

75.0

 

%

90

 

bps

 

 

Operating Income Margin (%)

 

(5.2

)

%

 

(69.4

)

%

NM

 

 

 

 

Adjusted OIBDA Margin (%)

 

5.9

 

%

 

3.1

 

%

(280

)

bps

 

 

Mobile % of Total Orders

 

71.5

 

%

 

74.4

 

%

290

 

bps

 

 

LTM Total Customers(e)

 

6.6

 

 

 

5.4

 

 

(18

)

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornerstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income Margin (%)

 

(3.4

)

%

 

(0.3

)

%

310

 

bps

 

 

Adjusted OIBDA Margin (%)

 

2.2

 

%

 

3.7

 

%

150

 

bps

 

 

eCommerce Revenue(c)

$

703

 

 

$

655

 

 

(7

)

%

 

 

eCommerce % of Total Revenue

 

72.5

 

%

 

72.7

 

%

20

 

bps

 

 

________________
a)

For a definition of constant currency financial metrics, see the accompanying schedules.

b)

Measured as returned sales over gross shipped sales.

c)

Based on net revenue.

d)

Based on gross US Dollar orders.

e)

LTM: Last twelve months.

 

Taxes

Qurate Retail estimates that its average annual effective tax rate over the next three years will be in the range of 15% – 18% including federal, state and foreign taxes, net of tax credits generated by Qurate Retail’s green energy investments. This estimate excludes the impact of one-time items and is subject to adjustment. Qurate Retail’s book tax rate in 2019 was impacted by the tax loss generated by the sale of Qurate Retail’s investment in FTD in the second quarter, the goodwill impairment recognized at Zulily in the third quarter, which is not deductible for tax purposes, the U.S. tax write-off of its investment in QVC France in the fourth quarter and a change in Qurate Retail’s state tax rate used to measure its deferred tax liabilities in the fourth quarter. The goodwill impairment and state rate change have no impact on Qurate Retail’s current cash taxes.

Share Repurchases

Qurate Retail did not repurchase shares from November 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020. For the year ended December 31, 2019, Qurate Retail repurchased approximately 24.3 million shares of Series A common stock (Nasdaq: QRTEA) at an average cost per share of $16.13 for total cash consideration of $392 million. Since the creation of our existing common stock (including its predecessors, the QVC Group and the Liberty Interactive Group) in May 2006, Qurate Retail has repurchased shares for aggregate cash consideration of $9.0 billion, representing approximately 60% of the shares outstanding in May 2006. All repurchases up to August 9, 2012, the date on which the QVC Group stock was recapitalized to create the Liberty Ventures common stock, were comprised of shares of the combined stocks. The remaining repurchase authorization for Qurate Retail is approximately $497 million as of February 1, 2020.

FOOTNOTES

1)

Qurate Retail’s President and CEO, Mike George, and Executive Chairman, Greg Maffei will discuss these highlights and other matters on Qurate Retail’s earnings conference call which will begin at 8:30 a.m. (E.S.T.) on February 26, 2020. For information regarding how to access the call, please see “Important Notice” later in this document.

2)

For a definition of constant currency financial metrics, see the accompanying schedules. Applicable reconciliations can be found in the financial tables at the beginning of this press release.

3)

For definitions and applicable reconciliations of adjusted OIBDA, adjusted OIBDA margin, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS, see the accompanying schedules.

 

NOTES

Cash and Debt

The following presentation is provided to separately identify cash and debt information.

(amounts in millions)

 

9/30/2019

 

12/31/2019

Cash and Cash Equivalents (GAAP)

 

$

605

 

$

673

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indemnification Asset(a)

 

$

137

 

$

202

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less:

 

 

 

 

 

 

QVC senior secured notes(b)

 

$

3,375

 

$

3,875

QVC senior secured bank credit facility

 

 

1,777

 

 

1,235

Total Qurate Retail Group Debt

 

$

5,152

 

$

5,110

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior notes(b)

 

 

791

 

 

791

Senior exchangeable debentures(c)

 

 

1,499

 

 

1,447

Corporate Level Debentures

 

 

2,290

 

 

2,238

Total Qurate Retail, Inc. Debt

 

$

7,442

 

$

7,348

Unamortized discount, fair market value adjustment and deferred loan costs

 

 

98

 

 

64

Total Qurate Retail, Inc. Debt (GAAP)

 

$

7,540

 

$

7,412

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QVC, Inc. leverage(d)

 

 

2.3x

 

 

2.4x

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a)

Indemnity from GCI Liberty, pursuant to an indemnification agreement with respect to the 1.75% exchangeable debentures due 2046 (the “Charter exchangeable debentures”) issued by Liberty Interactive LLC (“LI LLC”), as described in this press release.

b)

Face amount of Senior Notes and Debentures with no reduction for the unamortized discount.

c)

Face amount of Senior Exchangeable Debentures with no reduction for the fair market value adjustment.

d)

As defined in QVC, Inc.’s credit agreement. Includes QxH, QVC International and Zulily.

 

Cash at Qurate Retail increased $68 million in the fourth quarter as cash from operations more than offset net debt reduction and capital expenditures. Total debt at Qurate Retail decreased by $94 million in the fourth quarter due to the partial repayment of QVC’s bank credit facility and the repurchase of a portion of Liberty Interactive LLC’s 3.50% MSI exchangeable bonds.

On November 26, 2019, QVC, Inc. completed a registered debt offering for $435 million of 6.25% senior secured notes due 2068. QVC granted an option for underwriters to purchase up to an additional $65 million of 2068 notes, which was exercised on December 6, 2019. Net proceeds from the offering were used to repay a portion of borrowings outstanding under QVC’s credit facility and for general corporate purposes.

Subsequent to quarter end, on February 4, 2020 QVC, Inc. issued $575 million of 4.75% senior secured notes due 2027. Net proceeds from the offering were used to repay a portion of the borrowings outstanding under QVC’s credit facility and for general corporate purposes.

Qurate Retail benefits from an indemnification agreement with GCI Liberty with respect to its Charter exchangeable debentures. The indemnification agreement compensates Qurate Retail for any payments made in excess of the adjusted principal amount of the debentures to any holder that exercises its exchange right on or before the put/call date of October 5, 2023. This indemnity is supported by a negative pledge in favor of Qurate Retail on the 1.0 million reference shares of Class A common stock of Charter held at GCI Liberty that underlie the Charter exchangeable debentures. The indemnification asset on Qurate Retail’s balance sheet is valued based on the estimated exchange feature in the Charter exchangeable debentures. As of December 31, 2019, a holder of the Charter exchangeable debentures has the ability to exchange and, accordingly, the indemnification asset is included as a current asset in our consolidated balance sheet as of that date. There is $332 million principal amount of the Charter exchangeable debentures outstanding as of December 31, 2019.

Important Notice: Qurate Retail, Inc. (Nasdaq: QRTEA, QRTEB) President and CEO, Mike George, and Executive Chairman, Greg Maffei, will discuss Qurate Retail’s earnings release on a conference call which will begin at 8:30 a.m. (E.S.T.) on February 26, 2020. The call can be accessed by dialing (800) 458-4121 or (720) 543-0206, passcode 8800238, at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. The call will also be broadcast live across the Internet and archived on our website. To access the webcast go to http://ir.qurateretail.com/events-and-presentations. Links to this press release and replays of the call will also be available on Qurate Retail’s website.

This press release includes certain forward-looking statements, including statements about business strategies and initiatives and their expected benefits, market potential, future financial prospects and performance, Qurate Retail’s estimated ongoing effective tax rate, market conditions, statements about the indemnification by GCI Liberty, the continuation of our stock repurchase program and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements involve many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including, without limitation, possible changes in market acceptance of new products or services, competitive issues, regulatory matters affecting our businesses, continued access to capital on terms acceptable to Qurate Retail, changes in law and government regulations that may impact the derivative instruments that hedge certain of our financial risks, the availability of investment opportunities and market conditions conducive to stock repurchases. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and Qurate Retail expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Qurate Retail’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

Contacts

Courtnee Chun

720-875-5420

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