This excerpt taken from the SIRI 10-Q filed Nov 12, 2008.
Debt of Consolidated Variable Interest Entity
On February 13, 2007, XM entered into a sale-leaseback transaction with respect to the transponders on its XM-4 satellite. XM sold the XM-4 transponders to Satellite Leasing (702-4) LLT (Trust), a third-party trust formed solely for the purpose of facilitating the sale-leaseback transaction. The Trust pooled the funds used to purchase the transponders from a $57,700 investment by an equity investor and the $230,800 in proceeds from the issuance of its 10% senior secured notes due 2013 (Debt of consolidated variable interest entity). XM accounted for the sale and leaseback of the transponders under sale-leaseback accounting with a capital lease, pursuant to SFAS No. 13, Accounting for Leases, as amended. XM also determined that the Trust was a variable interest entity, as that term is defined under FIN No. 46(R), and that XM was the primary beneficiary of the Trust. Pursuant to FIN No. 46(R), XM consolidated the Trust into its consolidated financial statements.
XM sold the XM-4 transponders to the Trust owned by Satellite Leasing (702-4) LLC (Owner Participant) for $288,500. XM leased the transponders for a term of nine years. These lease payment obligations, which were unconditional and guaranteed by XM Holdings, were senior unsecured obligations and ranked equally in right of payment with existing and future senior unsecured obligations. Under the terms of the lease, XM was obligated to make payments that total $437,400, of which $126,600 was interest, over the nine-year base lease term.
XM was obligated to provide credit support to the Owner Participant. To provide this credit support, XM retired the existing mortgages on its headquarters and data center properties in Washington, D.C. and put into place new mortgages on those properties in favor of the Owner Participant.
XM repurchased the transponders on its XM-4 satellite in connection with the Merger and terminated this sale leaseback arrangement.