Liberty Media Corp (LMCA) Booms on Sirius XM Radio Inc (SIRI)

Media holdings company Liberty Media Corp (NASDAQ:LMCA), controlled by deal maker and billionaire John Malone, continues to outperform with a strong roster of assets. The biggest boost to the company’s most recent earnings report: perennial Fool favorite Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI). One thing that can concern investors and analysts, though, is the ability for conglomerates to continue delivering value after successful runs. Is Liberty Media Corp (NASDAQ:LMCA) readying for a new acquisition, a new spinoff, or both? Let’s take a look at recent earnings for clues about the future of the company.

Liberty Media Corp (LMCA)Earnings recap
For the first quarter, Liberty Media Corp (NASDAQ:LMCA) posted revenues of $789 million. In the year-ago quarter, that number was just $35 million, but investors need to note that this year’s figure includes $635 million worth of subscriber revenue — a figure absent from prior earnings.

Moving down the income statement, the company brought in $262 million in EBITDA, up 26% year over year. The company does not provide per-share figures.

Other highlights beyond the financial statements include the company’s new 27.3% stake in cable operator Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR). Liberty Media Corp (NASDAQ:LMCA) now represents four board seats at Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) and it is likely that Liberty Media Corp (NASDAQ:LMCA) will continue to build ownership of the company.

The most encouraging segment, by far, was Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI). Regardless of whether Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) investors were approving of its takeover or not, the company is performing at record levels. For the quarter, Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) gained 453,000 subscribers to bring the total to a company record of 24.4 million. Jim Meyer was named the new CEO of the satellite radio provider.

What now?
Liberty Media Corp (NASDAQ:LMCA) has had a strong run since its current incarnation debuted on the markets — up 11% since early January. The company recently spun off premium cable company Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA), which has had a phenomenal run of nearly 90% since November of last year and, according to Liberty CEO Greg Maffei, is in prime place to be acquired.

Investors should take note of the company’s recent debt financing of $1.4 billion. This allows the company not only to grow its stake in positions such as Charter, but to look elsewhere for new targets as well. John Malone is a deal master, and has no intention of stopping now that Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) is under his control.

At just over 10.5 times trailing earnings, and even cheaper looking a couple of years down the line, Liberty is a very reasonably priced stock with strong capital appreciation potential. I have faith in both Malone and Maffei as effective, shareholder-friendly leaders who will guide the company through more bolt-on acquisitions and, if necessary, spinoffs. Investors are wise to take notice of either.

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