Qurate Retail Group, Inc. (QRTEA) Declares $1.50 Special Dividend; 14.8% Yield

August 21, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

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Qurate Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRTEA) declared a special dividend of $1.50 per share.

The dividend will be payable on September 14, 2020, to stockholders of record on August 31, 2020, with an ex-dividend date of August 28, 2020.

The annual yield on the dividend is 14.8 percent.


Qurate Retail, Inc. ("Qurate Retail") (Nasdaq: QRTEA, QRTEB) today announced that an authorized committee of its Board of Directors declared a special dividend on each outstanding share of its common stock consisting of (i) a special cash dividend in the amount of $1.50 per common share, for an aggregate cash dividend of approximately $633 million, and (ii) a special dividend of 0.03 shares of newly issued 8.0% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (the “Preferred Shares”), having an initial liquidation price of $100 per Preferred Share, with cash to be paid in lieu of fractional shares.

The distribution ratio for the Preferred Share dividend is equivalent to $3.00 in initial liquidation preference per common share, for an aggregate issuance of approximately $1.3 billion aggregate liquidation preference. Holders of the Preferred Shares are entitled to receive quarterly cash dividends at a rate of 8.0% per annum on a cumulative basis, beginning December 15, 2020 and thereafter on each March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15 during the term. The Preferred Shares will be non-voting, except in limited circumstances as required by law, will be subject to mandatory redemption on March 15, 2031 and are expected to trade separately from the common shares on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol QRTEP following the date of distribution. The distribution of the Preferred Shares is intended to be tax-free to shareholders, other than any cash paid in lieu of fractional shares. John Malone and Greg Maffei, each a member of Qurate Retail’s board of directors, have indicated their intention to be long-term holders of the preferred, which will collectively represent approximately 8% of the Preferred Shares expected to be outstanding on the distribution date.

The committee of the Board of Directors has declared a record date of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 31, 2020 for the dividend and set a distribution date of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on September 14, 2020. The distribution of the Preferred Shares remains subject to the satisfaction or waiver, as applicable, of the following conditions: registration of the Preferred Shares under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, approval for listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, receipt of an opinion of tax counsel, and no revocation of the dividend prior to the distribution date.

Additional detail regarding the special dividend are expected to be announced by press release at a later date, including details on the ex-dividend date and when-issued trading.

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