CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED-PARTY TRANSACTIONS
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2012
|CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED-PARTY TRANSACTIONS [Abstract]|
|CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS||
NOTE 7—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 Company has a non-employee director as of September 30, 2012 who is also a director and executive officer of Clear Channel. 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. Additionally, as of September 30, 2012, the Company has an employee director who is also a director of Clear Channel. 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 has a non-employee director as of September 30, 2012 who is also a director and executive officer of MSG and Cablevision. 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 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 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.
The following table sets forth expenses incurred and revenue earned from the transactions noted above:
Transactions Involving Executives
ATC Aviation, Inc. ("ATC"), which is owned by Irving Azoff, owns an aircraft. Irving Azoff is the Company's Executive Chairman and Chairman of the board of directors. An aircraft management and charter company, unrelated to either the Company or ATC, manages and operates the aircraft on ATC's behalf and charges market rates for the use of the aircraft when used by Mr. Azoff or other executives on Company business, a portion of which is paid to ATC. For the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, the Company made payments totaling $0.1 million and $0.6 million, respectively, and for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, the Company made payments totaling $1.2 million in each of the respective periods.
Irving Azoff has a minority ownership interest in an entity that subleases office space from the Company. Rent charged by the Company totaled $0.2 million for each of the three month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 and totaled $0.6 million for each of the nine month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011.
In January 2011, pursuant to the provisions of a then effective stockholders' agreement, 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 Azoff Trust received a pro rata portion of this dividend totaling $3.0 million. In connection with the January 2011 dividend, Mr. Azoff received a contractual gross-up payment of $0.6 million. Prior to the payment of the dividend, FLMG made a loan to Front Line principally to fund the dividend, evidenced by a promissory note from Front Line to FLMG with a principal amount of $20.7 million and bearing interest at a rate of 4.5%, payable no later than December 31, 2011. This loan was repaid in the first quarter of 2012.
Other Related Parties
During the nine months ended September 30, 2011, the Company paid $6.8 million of deferred consideration due in connection with an acquisition of a company owned by various members of management of one of the Company's subsidiaries. The acquired company holds the lease of a venue. There were no such deferred consideration payments made during the nine months ended September 30, 2012.
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 September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the Company has a receivable balance of $12.3 million and $13.3 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