Malone Selling IAC Stock To Avoid Violating Debt Covenant (LINTA)

A reader from the securities industry tells us the reason Liberty Media- owner John Malone has been busy selling off nearly $18 million worth IAC (IACI) shares is that a Liberty Media (LINTA) company QVC is $5.2 billion in debt and “will come close to violating the 4.0 leverage covenant in 2009.” Explains our reader:

The IAC stock (and various spin-offs such as TKTM) are held at the LINTA tracking stock, which also holds the QVC business. He is selling the IAC stock to paydown the QVC debt which now stands at $5.2 billion, and they will come close to violating the 4.0 leverage covenant in 2009 because of downturn in QVC (like all retailers). The total IAC stocks are worth about $1.5 billion, so that is the  preferred method for paying off the QVC debt until that business turns around in a better economy.

QVC in debt? We don’t follow the home-shopping industry that well, so we had no idea! Fortunately, there’s lots of help out there on getting out of debt quick. Two of the best articles we found:

  • Is QVC Evil? | Get Out of Debt – Free Help
  • QVC Equals Debt Not Friendship.

See Also:
Why Did John Malone Just Sell $17.5 Million Of IAC? (IACI)

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