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QVC’s Parent To Report Third-Quarter Results Nov. 9

October 10, 2017

QVC’s parent company, John Malone’s Liberty Interactive Corp., will post its third-quarter earnings Nov. 9, the companies said Monday.

Liberty Interactive President and CEO Greg Maffei, will host a conference call to discuss results at 11 a.m.

Following prepared remarks, the company will host a brief Q&A session during which management will accept questions regarding both Liberty Interactive and Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings.

The third-quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live via the internet.

All interested participants should visit the Liberty Interactive website at http://www.libertyinteractive.com/events to register for the web cast.

Links to the press release and replays of the call will also be available on the Liberty Interactive website. The conference call will be archived on the website for one year after appropriate filings have been made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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HSN 2Q Sales Dip 4 Percent, To $532.2 Million

August 4, 2017

Looks like the second quarter another was a tough one for home shopping networks.

On Thursday HSN reported that its net sales for the quarter were $532.2 million, a 4 percent drop from the prior year. Sales grew in wellness and home, offset by decreases in electronics, beauty and jewelry.

The earnings press release talked about Liberty Interactive Corp.’s pending acquisition of HSN.

“We continue to focus on building our proprietary product pipeline which we believe will ultimately lead to growth in the business,” HSN Inc. Chief Financial Officer Rod Little said in a canned statement. “The continued strength of digital sales, and mobile sales in particular, has been very encouraging with digital sales now representing 55% of our total revenue. Mobile, which we see as our flagship, continues to be our fastest growing sales channel and a source of new customer acquisition.”

“As we prepare for the pending acquisition by Liberty, we remain committed to our strategies to improve performance both in the short and long term,” he said. “Our key priorities remain: acquiring and retaining customers via a robust and relevant product portfolio, optimizing our digital platforms and improving efficiencies throughout the business, all to drive consistent shareholder value creation.”

The No. 2 home shopping network said shipping revenue decline primarily due to the August 2016 changes in the standard shipping rates and increased promotions. The average price point decreased 7 percent, while units shipped increased 2 percent largely due to changes in product mix, according to the press release.

Gross profit decreased 5 percent to $186.8 million. Gross profit rate decreased 30 basis points to 35.1 percent, primarily due to a decrease in shipping revenue and higher shipping and fulfillment costs, partially offset by higher product margins and lower inventory reserves due to a change in accounting estimate.

The increase in shipping and fulfillment costs was primarily due to annual outbound rate increases and implementation costs associated with HSN’s ongoing supply-chain optimization initiative, the network said.

Operating expenses increased 4 percent to $147.6 million driven by about $3.7 million in transaction costs related to the merger agreement, an increase in employee-related costs, higher costs incurred as part of the supply-chain O initiative and an increase in bad debt expense, partially offset by lower stock-based compensation expense primarily due to the departure of CEO Mindy Grossman during the quarter.

Excluding non-cash charges and transaction costs, operating expenses increased 4 percent and were 25.6 percent as a percentage of net sales compared to 23.5 percent in the prior year.

Operating income decreased $15.9 million, or 29 percent, to $39.2 million. Adjusted EBITDA decreased $15.8 million, or 24 percent, to $50.5 million. The supply-chain implementation resulted in an additional $2.9 million of costs in the second quarter, which impacted gross profit and operating expenses.

HSN, QVC’s Parent To Report 2Q Earnings

July 15, 2017

HSN Inc., about to be swallowed up by QVC’s parent company, as well as that parent, Liberty Interactive Corp., will be releasing their second-quarter results early next month, both companies announced this week.

HSN will report its second-quarter earnings Aug. 3 at 8 a.m., before the market opens.

Chief Financial Officer Rod Little; Bill Brand, chief marketing officer of HSNi and president of HSN; and Judy Schmeling, chief operating officer of HSNi and president of Cornerstone Brands, “who together constitute the Office of the CEO,” will hold a conference call at 9 a.m. to review these results.

Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial 877-307-0246 or 224-357-2394 at least five minutes prior to the call. There will also be a simultaneous audio webcast available via the company’s website at http://www.hsni.com.

A replay of the conference call can be accessed until Aug. 17 by dialing 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, plus the pass code 54744987 and it will also be hosted on the company’s website for a limited time.

Liberty Interactive President and CEO Greg Maffei will host a conference call to discuss results for the second quarter Aug. 8, at 2:30 p.m.

Following prepared remarks, the company will host a brief Q&A session during which management will accept questions regarding both Liberty Interactive Corporation and Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings.

Maffei may discuss the financial performance and outlook of both companies, as well as the proposed acquisition of HSN.

The second-quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live via the internet. All interested participants should visit the Liberty website at http://www.libertyinteractive.com/events to register for the webcast.

Links to the press release and replays of the call will also be available on the website, and the conference call will be archived ror one year after appropriate filings have been made with the SEC.

What Does HSN’s Sale To QVC’s Parent Mean?

July 10, 2017

We’ve been busy at work, and in addition to that we wanted time to mull over Liberty Interactive Corp.’s purchase of HSN Inc. before we blogged in more detail about it.

For some reason we couldn’t find the conference call that Liberty and HSN honchos held on the deal last week, even though it was supposed to be archived on John Malone’s fiefdom’s website. But we did finally read through the slide-show presentation that went with the call.

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First of all, the initial press release on QVC’s parent paying $2.1 billion for HSN was unclear, in that it did not spell out that there were no plans to merge the nation’s two largest home shopping networks. The investor slide presentation did bring clarity, saying that QVC and HSN will be maintained as distinct brands, which means five channels — QVC, QVC2, BeautyiQ, HSN and HSN2.

The goal is to preserve the “unique identities, cultures and customer following” for the networks.

But at the same time, according to the presentation, the plan is to “optimize five U.S.- based networks (QVC, QVC2, BeautyiQ, HSN, HSN2) and create complementary programming.”

Okey-dokey. Sounds a little contradictory to us.

The other goals are, straight from the presentation, to:

Collaborate on best-in-class digital platforms (mobile, personalization, social, marketing) and next-gen shopping innovations

Extend HSN’s Shop by Remote platform to QVC

Strengthen brand portfolios

Extend top HSN brands to QVC International and Zulily,

Leverage Zulily as brand feeder with younger customers, utilize QVC global development
capabilities

Explore cross-marketing opportunities to better engage existing and potential customers

Share best practices and tools, leverage top talent and create new professional-growth opportunities

Pursue integration opportunities to enable combined company to operate more efficiently,
fund innovation and enhance customer value, including:

Combining technology platforms where appropriate

Leveraging enhanced scale of supply chain and customer service networks

Eliminating redundant corporate and support services

Reducing costs through purchasing synergies

So we can expect to see HSN brands expand globally and pop up on QVC’s numerous international channels.

There were some very interesting additional facts in the presentation, as well. QVC has 8 million customers, and 6 million of them don’t shop at HSN today, according to Liberty. We find that hard to believe, since we shop at both nets and Evine as well, but that’s what they said. HSN has 5 million customers.

By cross-marketing, QVC can try to get some of HSN’s customers to shop with it.

QVC has 29 on-air hosts, while HSN has 24, just FYI.

And of course, whenever one company buys another one there is always talk of synergies, which basically means people are going to lose their jobs. In this acquisition, there’s a lot of places where QVC and HSN have overlap and where cost-cutting can happen. A lot of it may be behind the scenes, however.

For example, cable networks have what are called affiliates sales departments, the executives and sales reps who negotiate the contracts for QVC and HSN to get carried on your cable system or by your DBS provider, be it Comcast or DirecTV. You won’t need two affiliate sales departments to handle that function.

And with QVC and HSN under one roof, whoever survives in affiliate sales will now have a bundle of five networks it can bring to cable companies. Just like a Discovery Communications with its many networks or a Viacom, the QVC-HSN affiliate sales reps can tell a Comcast that if it carries smaller startup channels like BeautyIQ, it will get a better deal on the larger channels, QVC and HSN.

There are other “synergies.” Some vendors supply goods to several home shopping networks. One of our readers recently reported that she had ordered bedding from Paula Deen’s line on Evine, but when the order came it was Northern Lights, as we recall, which is sold by QVC. The point is that one manufacturer is making items for both channels.

Vendors who manufacture goods for QVC and HSN might get squeezed, with Liberty trying to negotiate much cheaper deals because it has leverage as a major customer of such companies.

The big advantage of this merger, as everyone and their mother has pointed out, is that this will increase QVC’s and HSN’s scale as digital players, putting them in a better position to compete against giant Amazon. The digital sales of both those home shopping channels have soared over the past few years, and with distribution centers and those of their sister companies, Zulily and Cornerstone, they gain traction against the big “A.”

HSN and its Cornerstone unit have warehouses in cities such as Piney Flats, Tenn., Fontana, Calif., Roanoke, Va., Monroe, Ohio, and Scottsdale, Ariz.

For QVC and Zulily, there are fulfillment centers Rocky Mount, N.C., Florence, S.C., Suffolk, Va., Ontario, Calif., Lancaster and Bethlehem, Penn., McCarran, Nev., and Lockborne, Ohio.

Liberty needs a lot of distribution points to beat Amazon at its own quick-delivery game, but are all the above too many? We’ll see.

Liberty crowed about HSN in its presentation, saying that it brings a “rich legacy of innovation” to the QVC Group.

Liberty cited HSN’s “highly engaging programming and events, including movie tie-
Ins” and “American Dreams entrepreneur search series.”

There was also a shout-out to HSN’s leading brands, including Joy Mangano’s
Ingenious Designs, Andrew Lessman’s ProCaps Laboratories, IMAN Global Chic, Jennifer Flavin Stallone’s Serious Skincare, Wolfgang Puck Kitchen, Diane Gilman
Fashion and the Concierge Collection.

QVC’s top honcho, Mike George, will ride herd over the new and larger QVC Group.
But what will happen with the top management at HSN?

Former CEO Mindy Grossman has flown the coop, already starting her new gig at Oprah Winfrey’s Weight Watchers. Bill Brand is a very talented HSN honcho, and we hope he’s in line for a promotion to fill Grossman’s high-heels.

QVC To Buy HSN In $2.6 Billion Merger

July 6, 2017

You may have to kiss goodbye to a lot of your favorite hosts and vendors at the two top home shopping networks, because QVC’s parent company is buying HSN.

At first blush, it appears that Liberty Media Interactive Corp. will keep both QVC and HSN operating as two separate channels, but John Malone’s company anticipates cost savings, and that that usually translates to people losing jobs. Believe us, we know firsthand. But we have not listened to the conference call on the deal yet to be sure.

The huge news was announced Thursday morning, coincidentally just a day after HSN bigwig Mindy Grossman started her new gig at Oprah Winfrey’s Weight Watchers.

http://ir.libertyinteractive.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1032273

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/qvc-home-shopping-network-merge-20170706.html

The acquisition gives Liberty a portfolio of five domestic home shopping channel, namely QVC, QVC2, BeautyiQ, HSN and HSN2.

The all-stock deal is valued at $2.6 billion, with Liberty acquiring the 62 percent of HSN Inc. it doesn’t own. Liberty will offer compensation of $2.1 billion in shares, but the press release says there will be $2.6 billion of “total enterprise value,” whatever that means.

“We are excited to announce the acquisition of HSNi,” Liberty CEO Greg Maffei said in a canned statement.

“The addition of HSN will enhance QVC’s position as the leading global video eCommerce retailer. Every year they together produce over 55,000 hours of shoppable video content and have strong positions on multiple linear channels and OTT [over the top] platforms. The value of the combined QVC, HSNi and zulily will be further highlighted when later this year QVC Group becomes an asset-backed stock as part of the previously announced split-off of Liberty Ventures.”

Here’s what smiling QVC honcho Mike George had to say in the press release.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the HSNi team to our company,” he said.

“HSNi founded the industry 40 years ago and helped it grow with exciting initiatives like Shop By Remote and media integrations with leading content producers. By creating the leader in discovery-based shopping, we will enhance the customer experience, accelerate innovation, leverage our resources and talents to further strengthen our brands, and redeploy savings for innovation and growth. As the prominent global video commerce retailer and North America’s third largest mobile and eCommerce retailer, the combined company will be well-positioned to help shape the next generation of retailing.”

Here’s what Liberty says the benefits of the deal are: increase scale, enhancing the competitive position of QVC Group; meaningful synergies through cost reduction and revenue growth opportunities; increased development of eCommerce, mobile and OTT platforms; optimize programming across five U.S. networks; cross marketing to better engage existing and potential customers; financial optionality due to HSNi’s lower debt leverage.

HSNi consists of HSN and Cornerstone, which includes Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road and Improvements.

Post-closing of the deal, expected in the fourth quarter, HSNi headquarters will remain in St. Petersburg and will be overseen by George.

“Joining the QVC Group will give us instant access to global consumer markets, a leadership team with deep expertise and a global perspective, and the opportunity to further strengthen our content-based brand portfolios in a changing retail landscape,” said Arthur Martinez, HSN’s board chairman.

“We have both been innovators in a growing and dynamic retail environment with a unique vision of what shopping should be, and as new technologies continue to change our everyday lives, together we can develop the next generation of shopping for the next generation of consumers.”

Maffei and George discussed the transaction in a conference call this morning, which will be archived on Liberty’s website. To access the webcast go to http://www.libertyinteractive.com/events.

We can’t listen now, but will later and report back.

QVC’s Parent To Report First-Quarter Results May 9

April 12, 2017

Liberty Interactive Corp., parent of QVC, will post its first-quarter earnings on May 9, the company said on Tuesday.

President and CEO Greg Maffei will host a conference call to discuss the results at 10:30 a.m.

Following prepared remarks, the company will host a brief Q&A session when management will accept questions regarding both Liberty Interactive Corporation and Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings.

During the call, Maffei may discuss the financial performance and outlook of both companies, as well as other forward looking matters including the proposed acquisition of General Communication Inc., its combination with Liberty Ventures Group and the subsequent split-off of Liberty Interactive’s interest in the combined company, GCI Liberty.

Call ReadyTalk at (844) 307-2219 or (678) 509-7635 at least 10 minutes prior to the call.

In addition, the first-quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live online All interested participants should visit the Liberty Interactive website at http://www.libertyinteractive.com/events to register for the web cast.

Links to the press release and replays of the call will also be available on Liberty’s The conference call and related materials will be archived on the website for one year after appropriate filings have been made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

QVC’s 4Q Revenue Drops 7 Percent, To $1.9 Billion

March 1, 2017

The end of last year was tough going for home shopping networks.

On Tuesday QVC’s parent released fourth-quarter earnings, and the channel saw a dip in its sales, just like its rival HSN recently reported.

QVC’s U.S. revenue dropped 7 percent, to $1.9 billion in the fourth quarter and 2 percent, to $6.1 billion, in 2016, according to Liberty Interactive Corp.

“Internationally, QVC continues to perform well, while domestically we are focusing on strengthening a few merchandise categories that have been weak,” Liberty Interactive President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a canned statement.

HSN just had similar bad news to report. Its net sales dipped 1 percent, to $769.3 million, in the fourth quarter versus the prior year. In 2016, HSN’s sales were down 3 percent, to $2.5 billion.

QVC’s top honcho Mike George had a lot of ‘splaining to do. And he did.

“Our international segment generated strong results in the quarter with broad-based sales gains and margin expansion,” George said. “The sales trend in our U.S. business persisted from the third quarter primarily due to continued headwinds in select categories. We have strong action plans in place and are confident in our ability to return the US business to growth.”

“In 2016, we continued to significantly advance our digital platforms. eCommerce and mobile penetration grew approximately 260 and 800 basis points, respectively,” he said. “As we begin 2017, we are serving a large, engaged customer base, and we are creating competitive advantages as we further extend our reach across digital and next generation commerce platforms. We will leverage these strengths to build on our highly differentiated shopping experience.”

In the quarter, QVC’s average selling price per unit (“ASP”) decreased 8 percent to $56.78, units sold increased 1 percent, and returns as a percentage of gross product revenue improved 32 basis points. The U.S. experienced year-over-year declines in all categories except apparel.

For the year, ASP decreased 6 percent to $57, units sold increased 2 percent, and returns as a percentage of gross product revenue improved 104 basis points. Domestic QVC experienced year-over-year declines in jewelry, electronics and beauty, which were partially offset by gains in apparel, home and accessories.

E-commerce revenue decreased 1 percent to $1.1 billion and grew 326 basis points to 56 percent of total U.S. revenue in the quarter. For the year, e-commerce revenue increased 4 percent to $3.2 billion and rose 328 basis points to 52 percent of total U.S. revenue.

In the quarter, operating income decreased 15 percent to $303 million, operating income margin declined 143 basis points, adjusted OIBDA decreased 9 percent to $438 million and adjusted OIBDA margin declined 43 basis points, including the aforementioned cost allocations.

Excluding the cost allocations, adjusted OIBDA decreased 10 percent to $431 million and adjusted OIBDA margin declined about 80 basis points, primarily due to higher freight and warehouse expenses and lack of sales leverage.

For the year, operating income decreased 6 percent to $915 million, operating income margin declined 58 basis points, adjusted OIBDA decreased 2 percent to $1.4 billion and adjusted OIBDA margin was flat, including the aforementioned cost allocations.

Excluding the cost allocations, adjusted OIBDA decreased 4 percent to $1.4 billion and adjusted OIBDA margin decreased roughly 50 basis points, primarily due to lower product margins and higher bad debt, freight and warehouse expenses, which were partially offset by lower personnel expenses and favorable inventory obsolescence.

Beginning in the first quarter of 2016, QVC began allocating certain corporate costs for management reporting purposes differently, Liberty Interactive said in its press release.

Historically, QVC allocated these costs to the market from which the services were provided. As more of QVC’s costs support initiatives in multiple markets, QVC is allocating costs to the markets that will benefit from the expenditures. These management cost allocations are related to certain functions, such as merchandising, commerce platforms, information technology, human resources, legal, finance, brand and communications, corporate development and administration.

The cost allocations (from QVC U.S. to QVC International) totaled about $7 million in the fourth quarter and $31 million for 2016. As a result of the allocations, the U.S. segment’s operating income and adjusted OIBDA margins were each positively impacted approximately 35 basis points in the quarter and 50 basis points for the full year.

QVC’s Third-Quarter Sales Drop 6 Percent

November 8, 2016

Home shopping networks took a beating in the third quarter, with QVC seeing its revenue dive 6 percent, to $1.3 billion, just a day after HSN reported that its sales had slid.

The news about QVC, the dominant domestic shopping channel, was not surprising in at least one respect: Company honcho Mike George had warned in the second quarter that there revenue had slowed down and might take a tumble in the coming period.

HSN also had a rough go. Net sales for the third quarter were $569.7 million, a decrease of 3.5 percent from the prior year.

“The U.S. experienced declines in the electronics, beauty, jewelry and accessories categories, which were partially offset by gains in home and apparel,” QVC’s parent, Liberty Interactive Corp., said in a press release on Tuesday.

“eCommerce revenue increased 1 percent to $684 million and grew 342 basis points to 51 percent of total U.S. revenue,” the release said. “Operating income decreased 18 percent to $175 million, operating income margin declined 199 basis points, adjusted OIBDA decreased 8 percent to $308 million and adjusted OIBDA margin declined 43 basis points.”

Consolidated revenue for the QVC Group, which includes its domestic and international networks, was down 3 percent to $1.9 billion.

“We are benefiting from our diversified global model,” QVC President and CEO George said in a canned statement.

“While we are facing sales pressures in our U.S. business, we delivered local currency sales gains in every non-U.S. market in the quarter. We are responding to the immediate domestic challenges through a series of strategies to drive more balanced growth across our categories, consistently deliver exceptional customer experiences, offer outstanding values, accelerate new customer acquisition, and lower operating costs.”

He added, “And last week we were thrilled to launch Beauty iQ, the first multi-platform shopping network dedicated exclusively to beauty. These actions demonstrate our confidence in the long-term health of our unique retail model.”
QVC has now centralized many of its corporate functions in Poland, creating the network calls its “ONE Q organizational structure.

The goal is to “better leverage its global scale and capabilities, to enhance its competitive position and to create operational efficiencies,” the press release said.

Then it went on with this gobble-gook to explain the financial impact of this change. Maybe you can make heads or tails of it, cause we sure can’t.

Beginning in the first quarter of 2016, QVC began allocating certain corporate costs for management reporting purposes differently. Historically, QVC allocated these costs to the market from which the services were provided.

Now, as more of QVC’s costs support initiatives in multiple markets, QVC is allocating costs to the markets that will benefit from the expenditures. These management cost allocations are related to certain functions, such as merchandising, commerce platforms, information technology, human resources, legal, finance, brand and communications, corporate development and administration.

The cost allocations (from QVC U.S. to QVC International) totaled approximately $8 million in the third quarter and are expected to approximate $32 million in 2016.

As a result of the allocations, the US segment’s operating income and adjusted OIBDA margins were each positively impacted 60 basis points and the international segment’s operating income and adjusted OIBDA margins were negatively impacted 131 basis points in the third quarter.

There was no impact to consolidated operating income and adjusted OIBDA margins. With the completion of the ONE Q implementation, QVC’s financial disclosure is consistent with the way it evaluates its business performance and manages its operations.

Regarding domestic QVC, “The third quarter included the aforementioned cost allocations from ONE Q, which were mostly offset by approximately $7 million of severance expense. The results primarily reflect lower product margins and higher warehouse costs, which were partially offset by favorable inventory obsolescence and lower bonus and benefit expenses of approximately $10 and $8 million, respectively, and higher credit card income.”

Also for QVC domestic, the average selling price per unit (“ASP”) decreased 7 percent to $54.75, units sold decreased 1 percent, and returns as a percentage of gross product revenue improved 170 basis points.

QVC’s Parent To Webcast Nov. 11 Investor Meeting

October 11, 2016

For QVC customers who are really interested in the home shopping network’s inner workings — in other words, gluttons for punishment — the channel’s parent company will webcast its annual investor meeting Nov. 10.

Liberty Interactive Corp. announced the news on Tuesday.

The annual investor meeting will be held in New York City. If you are interested in attending, please register at https://reg.libertyexperience.com/.

The webcast will begin at 12:15 p.m. with presentations from Liberty Interactive and its units immediately followed by the annual investor meeting of Liberty Broadband Corp.

All interested persons should visit the Liberty Interactive website at http://www.libertyinteractive.com/events to register for the webcast. An archive of the webcast will also be available for one year after appropriate filings have been made with the SEC.

QVC will be one of the companies presenting in the afternoon.

QVC’s Parent To Release Third-Quarter Results Nov. 8

October 8, 2016

QVC’s parent company, Liberty Interactive Corp., will report third-quarter earnings Nov. 8, John Malone’s empire announced Friday.

Liberty President and CEO Greg Maffei will host a conference call to discuss results at noon that day.

Following prepared remarks, the company will host a brief Q&A session during which management will accept questions regarding both Liberty Interactive and Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings. This is when QVC honcho Mike George usually chimes in.

During the call, Maffei may discuss the financial performance and outlook of both companies, as well as other forward looking matters including the proposed split-off of Liberty Expedia Holdings Inc.

To those interested, call ReadyTalk at (844) 307-2219 or (678) 509-7635 at least 10 minutes prior to the call. Callers will need to be on a touch-tone telephone to ask questions. The conference administrator will provide instructions on how to use the polling feature.

In addition, the third-quarter conference call will be broadcast live online.

All interested participants should visit the Liberty Interactive website at http://www.libertyinteractive.com/events to register for the webcast. Links to the press release and replays of the call will also be available on the Liberty Interactive Corporation website.

The conference call and related materials will be archived on the website for one year after appropriate filings have been made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.