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Liberty Global Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Stock quotes in this article: LBTYA, LBTYB, LBTYK

“We finished the third quarter with cash and equivalents in excess of $3 billion and total liquidity 6 of more than $5 billion. As we disclosed last week, we intend to continue with the tender offer for the minority shares of Telenet and expect to officially launch the offer shortly. We have the requisite capital to not only fund the Telenet tender offer, but also complete our $1 billion stock buyback target for 2012. At September 30, we had approximately $380 million of equity to repurchase before year end, and we intend to remain active buyers of our stock during Q4.”

Subscriber Statistics

At the end of Q3, we provided a total of 34.1 million services, consisting of 18.2 million video, 8.9 million broadband internet and 7.0 million telephony subscriptions to our 19.6 million unique customers. Our RGU growth during the third quarter was entirely organic, as we increased our subscriber base by 320,000 RGUs. Driven by the continued traction of our triple-play bundles, we had 45% of our customers subscribing to more than one product from us at September 30, 2012, which represents an increase of 24% (inclusive of acquisitions), as compared to our bundled customer base at September 30, 2011. As a result, our bundling ratio of 1.74 RGUs per customer has increased by 5% over the last twelve months. We still have a large single-play base of 10.8 million customers that we are focused on upselling to our advanced services.

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, we generated RGU additions of 320,000 and 1.1 million, respectively, reflecting a year-over-year decline of 2% for the three-month period and an increase of 39% for the nine-month period. Our RGU additions for the three- and nine-month periods included 22,000 and 62,000, respectively, relating to small office home office (“SOHO”) RGUs. 7

Our RGU development in the third quarter remained healthy overall, representing our second best third quarter ever. This performance was led by our German, Belgian, Hungarian and Swiss operations, which accounted for roughly 80% of our total additions in Q3. It’s worth noting that our Dutch business lost 3,000 RGUs in Q3, as compared to a gain of 38,000 in the prior year period, due largely to a reduction in the Dutch market’s combined broadband and telephony additions, which totaled 18,000 in Q3 2012, as compared to 56,000 in Q3 2011. The lower result in the Netherlands reflects in large part a combination of increasing competition and the impact of a price increase on triple-play bundles.

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