CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED-PARTY TRANSACTIONS
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2013
|Related Party Transactions [Abstract]|
|CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS||
CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED-PARTY TRANSACTIONS
Agreements with Liberty Media
In connection with a stockholder agreement, Liberty Media exercised its right to nominate two members to the Company’s board of directors. In February 2011, the Company entered into a subscription agreement with Liberty Media. Pursuant to the subscription agreement, in February and June 2011, the Company sold to Liberty Media 1.8 million and 5.5 million shares, respectively, of the Company’s common stock for aggregate cash consideration of $18.8 million and $57.7 million, respectively.
Transactions Involving Directors
The following table sets forth revenue earned and expenses incurred from the transactions noted below:
Relationship with Clear Channel
For purposes of governing certain of the ongoing relationships between Clear Channel and Live Nation at and after the Separation, Clear Channel and Live Nation entered into a tax matters agreement, among other agreements.
The Company has a non-employee director who was also a director and executive officer of Clear Channel until July 2013. This director receives directors’ fees, stock options and restricted stock awards on the same basis as other non-employee members of the Company’s board of directors. From time to time, the Company purchases advertising from Clear Channel and its subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business on an arms-length basis. The Company also has various lease and licensing agreements with Clear Channel for office space. These transactions are included in the table above through July 2013.
Transactions with MSG
The Company had a non-employee director until February 2013 who is also a director and executive officer of MSG and Cablevision Systems Corporation. This director received directors’ fees, stock options and restricted stock awards on the same basis as other non-employee members of the Company’s board of directors. From time to time, the Company promotes events at venues owned and/or operated by MSG and pays rental fees and co-promote fees to MSG and its subsidiaries. In addition, the Company provides ticketing services for venues and sports franchises owned and/or operated by MSG and pays royalty fees to MSG and its subsidiaries. The Company also receives transaction fees from MSG and its subsidiaries for tickets MSG sells using the Company’s ticketing software. Finally, the Company purchases advertising from Cablevision Systems Corporation and its subsidiaries from time to time. All of these transactions are entered into in the ordinary course of business on an arms-length basis and are included in the table above through February 2013.
Transactions Involving Executives
ATC Aviation, Inc. (“ATC”), which was owned by the Company’s former Executive Chairman who resigned on December 31, 2012, owned an aircraft. The Company was charged market rates for the use of the aircraft when used by the former executive or other executives on Company business, a portion of which was paid to ATC. These arrangements are no longer in effect following the executive’s departure from the Company. For the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 the Company made payments totaling $1.9 million and $1.7 million, respectively.
As of December 31, 2012, the former executive noted above had a minority ownership interest in an entity that subleases office space from the Company. Rent charged by the Company for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 totaled $0.7 million for each respective period.
The Trust was a party to the Second Amended and Restated Stockholders’ Agreement of Front Line dated as of June 9, 2008, as amended (the “Front Line Stockholders’ Agreement”). The Front Line Stockholders’ Agreement governed certain matters related to Front Line and the ownership of securities of Front Line, including board designation rights, transaction approval requirements, share transfer provisions, and put and call rights. The Front Line Stockholders’ Agreement also provided for an annual pro rata dividend to be paid to the stockholders as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of each fiscal year. The Front Line Stockholders’ Agreement was terminated in connection with the first quarter 2011 acquisition of the remaining equity interests in Front Line. See Note 3—Acquisitions for further discussion of this 2011 transaction.
In January 2011, the board of directors of Front Line declared a dividend payable in cash to the holders of record of Front Line common stock. This dividend was paid in January 2011 and totaled $20.1 million of which the Company received $15.0 million. The Trust received a pro rata portion of this dividend totaling $3.0 million. In connection with the January 2011 dividend, the former executive mentioned above received a gross-up payment of $0.6 million.
For the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company recorded $11.7 million of acquisition expenses related to the Trust Note as a component of corporate expenses. The Trust Note was paid in full in December 2012 in connection with the resignation of the executive affiliated with the trust that held the Trust Note.
Transactions Involving Equity Method Investees
The Company conducts business with certain of its equity method investees in the ordinary course of business. Transactions relate to venue rentals, management fees and sponsorship revenue. Revenue of $2.6 million, $2.3 million and $1.3 million were earned in 2013, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and expenses of $7.5 million, $6.8 million and $4.8 million were incurred in 2013, 2012 and 2011, respectively, from these equity investees for services rendered or provided in relation to these business ventures.
Other Related Parties
During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company paid $6.8 million for deferred consideration due in connection with the acquisition of a company owned by various members of management of one of the Company’s subsidiaries. This company holds a venue lease and the agreement was paid in full in 2011.
In January 2011, the Company sold a 49.9% noncontrolling interest in its clubs and theaters venue promotion business in Boston to a company partially owned by two employees of one of the Company’s subsidiaries in exchange for assets and cash valued at $12.6 million.
The Company conducts certain transactions in the ordinary course of business with companies that are owned, in part or in total, by various members of management of the Company’s subsidiaries or companies over which it has significant influence. These transactions primarily relate to venue rentals, concession services, equipment rentals, ticketing, marketing and other services. As of December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, the Company has a receivable balance of $13.5 million and $12.2 million, respectively, from certain of these companies. The following table sets forth expenses incurred and revenue earned from these companies for services rendered or provided in relation to these business ventures. None of these transactions were with directors or executive officers of the Company.
The entire disclosure for related party transactions. Examples of related party transactions include transactions between (a) a parent company and its subsidiary; (b) subsidiaries of a common parent; (c) and entity and its principal owners; and (d) affiliates.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef