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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Form 10-K
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ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017
OR
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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the transition period from                     to                    
Commission file number 001-35961
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Liberty Global plc
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
England and Wales
 
98-1112770
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
Griffin House, 161 Hammersmith Rd, London, United Kingdom
 
W6 8BS
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: +44.208.483.6449 or 303.220.6600
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each Class
 
Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Liberty Global Class A Ordinary Shares, nominal value $0.01 per share
 
NASDAQ Global Select Market
Liberty Global Class B Ordinary Shares, nominal value $0.01 per share
 
NASDAQ Global Select Market
Liberty Global Class C Ordinary Shares, nominal value $0.01 per share
 
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The number of outstanding ordinary shares of Liberty Global plc as of February 7, 2018 was: 219,723,236 shares of class A ordinary shares, 11,102,619 shares of class B ordinary shares and 578,424,685 shares of class C ordinary shares.
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LIBERTY GLOBAL PLC
2017 ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 
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PART I
 
Item 1.
Item 1A.
Item 1B.
Item 2.
Item 3.
Item 4.
Mine Safety Disclosures
 
 
 
 
PART II
 
Item 5.
Item 6.
Item 7.
Item 7A.
Item 8.
Item 9.
Item 9A.
Item 9B.
 
 
 
 
PART III
 
Item 10.
Item 11.
Item 12.
Item 13.
Item 14.
 
 
 
 
PART IV
 
Item 15.
Item 16.
Form 10-K Summary





PART I
Item 1.    BUSINESS
Who We Are
We are Liberty Global plc (Liberty Global), the world's largest international television and broadband company. We are focused on building a strong convergence of fixed and mobile communication opportunities and we are constantly striving to enhance and simplify our customers’ lives through quality services and products that give them the freedom to connect, converse, work and be entertained anytime, anywhere they choose.

Liberty Global has consolidated operations in 12 European countries serving 22.0 million customers at December 31, 2017. Our primary business operations are listed below, all of which we consolidate, with the exception of the VodafoneZiggo JV (defined below).
Brand
 
Entity
 
Location
 
Ownership
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Virgin Media
 
United Kingdom & Ireland
 
100.0%
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Unitymedia
 
Germany
 
100.0%
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Telenet
 
Belgium & Luxembourg
 
57.4%
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UPC Holding
 
Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia
 
100.0%
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VodafoneZiggo
 
Netherlands
 
50.0%
General Development of Business
As a result of a series of mergers that were completed on June 7, 2013, Liberty Global became the publicly-held parent company of the successors by merger of Liberty Global, Inc. (the predecessor to Liberty Global) and Virgin Media Inc. (Virgin Media). In the following text, the terms “we”, “our”, “our company” and “us” may refer, as the context requires, to Liberty Global (or its predecessor) or collectively to Liberty Global (or its predecessor) and its subsidiaries. Unless otherwise indicated, convenience translations into United States (U.S.) dollars are calculated as of December 31, 2017, and operational data, including subscriber statistics and ownership percentages, are as of December 31, 2017.
On December 29, 2017, we effected the split-off of our LiLAC Group (the Split-off Transaction) by distributing 100% of the common shares of Liberty Latin America Ltd. (Liberty Latin America) to holders of our then LiLAC ordinary shares (the LiLAC Shares). The “LiLAC Group” consisted of our businesses, assets and liabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Cable & Wireless Communications Limited (C&W), VTR.com SpA, a 60% interest in Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico LLC (Liberty Puerto Rico) and related cash and cash equivalents and indebtedness. Just prior to the completion of the Split-off Transaction, all of the businesses, assets and liabilities of the LiLAC Group were transferred to Liberty Latin America, which was then a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Global. Following such distribution, the LiLAC Shares were redesignated as deferred shares (with virtually no economic rights) and Liberty Latin America became a separate publicly traded company. As a result, we no longer own Liberty Latin America and the former operations of the LiLAC Group. As a result of the Split-off Transaction, the entities attributed to the LiLAC Group are reflected as discontinued operations in our consolidated financial statements for all applicable periods presented. Unless otherwise noted, the below discussion of our business focuses on our continuing operations.

I-1



Expansion and Acquisitions

We have expanded our broadband footprint through new build projects and strategically selected acquisitions. Our new build projects consist of network extension programs pursuant to which we connect additional homes and businesses to our broadband communications network (Network Extensions). Our investment in Network Extensions is critical not only for our business to grow, but also for the countries and communities in which we operate. The Network Extensions, together with upgrades to our existing networks and next generation customer premises equipment, provide our customers the means to enter the gigaworld society. During 2015 and 2016, we initiated Network Extensions in the United Kingdom (U.K.), Germany, Ireland, Central and Eastern Europe and certain other markets. During 2017, through our Network Extensions, our continuing operations connected approximately 1,177,000 additional residential and commercial premises (excluding upgrades) to our two-way networks, including approximately 536,000 residential and commercial premises connected by Virgin Media in the U.K. and Ireland through Project Lightning. We expect to continue the Network Extensions in 2018. Depending on a variety of factors, however, including the financial and operations results of our new build programs, any Network Extensions may be continued, modified or cancelled at our discretion.

Over the past five years, we have also completed several strategic acquisitions. We made these acquisitions in order to deliver the scale that allows us to innovate effectively and invest in great content and the best products. This enables us to deliver quality services to our customers. Our significant acquisitions include:
On June 19, 2017, Telenet Group Holding N.V. (Telenet) acquired Coitel Brabant sprl, operating under the brand name SFR BeLux (SFR BeLux), which provided broadband operations in Belgium (Brussels and Wallonia) and Luxembourg.
On May 16, 2016, we acquired C&W, a provider of telecommunication services, including mobile and high-speed broadband, focused in Latin America and the Caribbean (the C&W Acquisition). In connection with the Split-off Transaction, we transferred C&W to Liberty Latin America.
On February 11, 2016, Telenet acquired BASE Company N.V. (BASE), the third-largest mobile network operator in Belgium.
On June 3, 2015, we acquired, together with investment funds affiliated with Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P., Choice Cable TV, a cable and broadband services provider in Puerto Rico, which was integrated into the operations of Liberty Puerto Rico. In connection with the Split-off Transaction, we transferred Liberty Puerto Rico to Liberty Latin America.
In November 2014, we gained control of Ziggo Holding B.V. (Ziggo), a provider of video, broadband internet, fixed-line telephony and mobile services in the Netherlands, and integrated Ziggo into our Netherlands broadband operations. This business was contributed to form the VodafoneZiggo JV (as defined below), a 50:50 joint venture, on December 31, 2016.
For additional information on our more recent acquisitions see note 4 to our consolidated financial statements included in Part II of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. In addition, we have completed various other smaller acquisitions in the normal course of business.
Pending Acquisitions
In October 2016, through a subsidiary of UPC Holding B.V. (UPC Holding), we entered into an agreement to acquire the cable business of Multimedia Polska S.A. (Multimedia), a broadband communications provider in Poland. We are currently uncertain as to the timing of closing this transaction.

For additional information on the above proposed acquisition, see note 4 to our consolidated financial statements included in Part II of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Dispositions