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Liberty Global Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

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Our Adjusted FCF, which primarily excludes costs associated with our Chilean wireless project, was ($26 million) for Q3 2012, as compared to $31 million for Q3 2011. For the 2012 nine-month period, we generated Adjusted FCF of $440 million, which represents a 4% increase over the comparable 2011 result. Consistent with prior years, we expect strong Adjusted FCF generation during the fourth quarter, helped in part by favorable working capital trends. Based on this expectation, we are confirming our 2012 guidance target for mid-teens Adjusted FCF growth.

Leverage and Liquidity

At September 30, 2012, we had total debt 11 of $26.5 billion and cash and cash equivalents of $3.3 billion. As compared to June 30, 2012, our reported debt and cash positions increased by $2.6 billion and $1.4 billion, respectively. Besides the impact of a stronger euro relative to the U.S. dollar during the quarter, the increase in both debt and cash was largely attributable to €1.95 billion ($2.51 billion) in principal value of bond financings that we completed in Q3 at Telenet, Unitymedia KabelBW and UPC Holding.

These bond financings resulted in an increase to our cash accounts of over €1.5 billion ($1.9 billion) after deducting amounts that were used to pay fees and repay €396 million ($510 million) principal amount of floating rate notes at Unitymedia KabelBW. With respect to our cash position, other factors which partially offset the incremental cash raised from our debt financings include the cash distribution to Telenet minority shareholders of approximately €181 million ($228 million) in August and continued repurchases of LGI equity during the quarter.

In terms of our overall liquidity at quarter-end, we had approximately $5.5 billion of consolidated liquidity, consisting of $3.3 billion of cash, including $2.1 billion at the parent level, 12 and $2.2 billion in aggregate borrowing capacity, as represented by the maximum undrawn commitment under each of our credit facilities. 13

With respect to our consolidated leverage ratios, we ended the third quarter with reported gross and net leverage ratios 14 of 5.4x and 4.7x, respectively. After excluding the $1.2 billion loan that is backed by the shares we hold in Sumitomo Corporation, our adjusted gross and net debt ratios decline to 5.2x and 4.5x, respectively, a modest increase from our second quarter levels. Of our total debt at September 30, 2012, over 95% was due in 2016 and beyond, while our fully-swapped borrowing cost 15 declined to approximately 7.5% at Q3 2012 from 7.8% at Q2 2012, due to a combination of lower costs associated with our derivative instruments and the attractive pricing of our recent financing transactions.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including our expectations with respect to our 2012 outlook and future growth prospects, including our expectations for continued organic growth in subscribers, our expectations with respect to our Adjusted FCF generation during the fourth quarter of 2012, the penetration of our advanced services, and our ARPU per customer; our assessment of the strength of our balance sheet, our liquidity and access to capital markets, including our borrowing availability, potential uses of our excess capital, including for acquisitions and continued stock buybacks, our ability to continue to do opportunistic refinancings and debt maturity extensions and the adequacy of our currency and interest rate hedges; our expectations with respect to the timing and impact of our expanded roll-out of advanced products and services, including Horizon TV; our insight and expectations regarding competitive and economic factors in our markets, the availability of accretive M&A opportunities and the impact of our M&A activity on our operations and financial performance and other information and statements that are not historical fact. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements. These risks and uncertainties include the continued use by subscribers and potential subscribers of the Company's services and willingness to upgrade to our more advanced offerings, our ability to meet challenges from competition and economic factors, the continued growth in services for digital television at a reasonable cost, the effects of changes in technology, law and regulation, our ability to obtain regulatory approval and satisfy the conditions necessary to close acquisitions and dispositions, our ability to achieve expected operational efficiencies and economies of scale, our ability to generate expected revenue and operating cash flow, control capital expenditures as measured by percentage of revenue, achieve assumed margins and control the phasing of our FCF, our ability to access cash of our subsidiaries and the impact of our future financial performance and market conditions generally, on the availability, terms and deployment of capital, fluctuations in currency exchange and interest rates, the continued creditworthiness of our counterparties, the ability of vendors and suppliers to timely meet delivery requirements, as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including our most recently filed Forms 10-K and 10-Q. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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