|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2012
|LONG-LIVED ASSETS [Abstract]|
NOTE 2—LONG-LIVED ASSETS
Definite-lived Intangible Assets
The Company has definite-lived intangible assets which are amortized over the shorter of either the lives of the respective agreements or the period of time the assets are expected to contribute to the Company's future cash flows. The amortization is recognized on either a straight-line or expected cash flows basis.
The following table presents the changes in the gross carrying amount and accumulated amortization of definite-lived intangible assets for the nine months ended September 30, 2012:
During 2012, the Company recorded definite-lived intangible assets totaling $94.8 million, primarily related to client/vendor relationships and revenue-generating contracts associated with the April 2012 acquisition of Coppel, a concert promotion business in Australia and New Zealand, the May 2012 acquisition of Cream, an electronic festival promoter in the United Kingdom, the June 2012 acquisition of HARD, an electronic festival promoter in Los Angeles, and the purchase of rights to a festival held in Europe.
The 2012 additions to definite-lived intangible assets have weighted-average lives as follows:
The Company tests for possible impairment of definite-lived intangible assets whenever events or circumstances change, such as a significant reduction in operating cash flow or a change in the manner in which the asset is intended to be used which may indicate that the carrying amount of the asset may not be recoverable. During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company reviewed the carrying value of certain definite-lived intangible assets that management determined had an indicator that future operating cash flows may not support their carrying value, and it was determined that those assets were impaired since the estimated undiscounted operating cash flows associated with those assets were less than their carrying value. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company recorded impairment charges related to definite-lived intangible assets of $13.8 million as a component of depreciation and amortization. The impairment charges primarily related to intangible assets for revenue-generating contracts and client/vendor relationships in the Concerts segment. See Note 5—Fair Value Measurements for further discussion of the inputs used to determine the fair value.
Amortization expense from definite-lived intangible assets for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 was $40.8 million and $38.8 million, respectively, and for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 was $136.4 million and $120.7 million, respectively. The increase in amortization expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 is primarily driven by the impairment charge discussed above.
Amortization expense related to nonrecoupable ticketing contract advances for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 was $12.8 million and $9.3 million, respectively, and for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 was $31.5 million and $22.8 million, respectively.
As acquisitions and dispositions occur in the future and the valuations of intangible assets for recent acquisitions are completed, amortization expense may vary.
In 2011, the Company's reportable segments were Concerts, Ticketing, Artist Nation, eCommerce and Sponsorship. Beginning in 2012, the Company no longer presents eCommerce as a reportable segment and has changed the name of its Sponsorship segment to Sponsorship & Advertising. These changes were made to be consistent with how the four key components of the business are now being managed. The Company now includes the business previously reported in the eCommerce segment within the Ticketing and Sponsorship & Advertising segments. As a result of this change, the goodwill previously associated with the eCommerce reporting unit was reallocated to the reporting units that make up the Ticketing and Sponsorship & Advertising segments utilizing a fair value approach. When reallocating goodwill as part of a reorganization, the Company allocates goodwill based on the relative fair values similar to that used when a portion of a reporting unit is disposed of. The Company believes a common method used to determine the fair value of a business in its industry is a multiple of AOI. For the period presented, the Company reallocated the goodwill associated with the eCommerce segment using the relative fair values of the business being allocated to the Ticketing and Sponsorship & Advertising segments as a percentage of the total eCommerce segment AOI. Goodwill related to specific acquisitions was attributed to the respective new reporting units directly (specific allocation).
The following table presents the changes in the carrying amount of goodwill in each of the Company's segments for the nine months ended September 30, 2012:
Included in the current year acquisitions amount above is $63.4 million primarily related to the second quarter 2012 acquisitions of Coppel, Cream and HARD.
The Company is in the process of finalizing its acquisition accounting for recent acquisitions which could result in a change to the associated purchase price allocations, including goodwill.
Investments in nonconsolidated affiliates
The Company has investments in various affiliates which are not consolidated and are accounted for under the equity method of accounting. The Company records its investments in these entities in the balance sheet as investments in nonconsolidated affiliates. The Company's interests in these operations are recorded in the statement of operations as equity in earnings of nonconsolidated affiliates. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, one of the Company's investments, which is in a ticketing distribution services company, is considered significant. The Company owns a 33% interest in this company.
Summarized unaudited income statement information for the Company's significant nonconsolidated affiliates is as follows (at 100%):
Long-lived Asset Disposals
In January 2012, the Company completed the sale of an amphitheater in Ohio. In January 2011, the Company sold its 50% controlling interest in an artist management company. In May 2011, the Company completed the sale of the Selma amphitheater in San Antonio.
The table below summarizes the asset and liability values at the time of disposal and the resulting loss or gain recorded.
Certain agreements relating to disposals of businesses provide for future contingent consideration based on the financial performance of the businesses sold. The Company will record additional amounts related to such contingent consideration, with a corresponding adjustment to gain (loss) on sale of operating assets, if and when it is determinable that the applicable financial performance targets will be met. The aggregate of these contingent considerations, if all existing performance targets are met, would not significantly impact the results of operations of the Company. The last contingency period for which the Company has outstanding contingent consideration is for the year ended December 31, 2013.
The entire disclosure for the aggregate amount of long-lived assets, which may include long-lived assets to be held and used by an entity or disposed, goodwill and intangible assets.
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