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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS CAPITAL CORP filed this Form S-4 on 01/25/2000
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                       AVALON CABLE, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
 
4.  INCOME TAXES
 
     Upon the closure of the Mercom merger, Mercom was dissolved as a separate
taxable entity which resulted in a changed in tax status from a taxable entity
to a nontaxable entity. As a result, the Company recognized a tax benefit of
$1,362 in its results of operations and eliminated its deferred taxes, net in
the balance sheet.
 
5.  COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
 
     In connection with the acquisition of Mercom, former shareholders of Mercom
holding approximately 731,894 Mercom common shares or approximately 15.3% of all
outstanding Mercom common shares gave notice of their election to exercise
appraisal rights as provided by Delaware law. On July 2, 1999, former
shareholders of Mercom holding 535,501 shares of Mercom common stock filed a
petition for appraisal of stock in the Court of Chancery in the State of
Delaware. With respect to 209,893 of the total number of shares for which the
Company received notice, the Company received the notice of election from
beneficial holders of Mercom common shares and not from holders of record. The
Company believes that the notice with respect to the 209,893 shares did not
comply with Delaware law and is ineffective. The Company cannot predict at this
time the effect of the elections to exercise appraisal rights on the Company
since the Company does not know the extent to which these former shareholders
will continue to pursue appraisal rights under Delaware law or choose to abandon
these efforts and accept the consideration payable in the Mercom merger. If
these former shareholders continue to pursue their appraisal rights and if a
Delaware court were to find that the fair value of the Mercom common shares,
exclusive of any element of value arising from our acquisition of Mercom,
exceeded $12.00 per share, the Company would have to pay the additional amount
for each Mercom common share to the appraisal subject to the appraisal
proceedings together with a fair rate of interest. The Company could be ordered
by the Delaware court to pay reasonable attorney's fees and the fees and
expenses of experts for the shareholders. In addition, the Company would have to
pay their own litigation costs. The Company has already provided for the
consideration of $12.00 per Mercom common share due under the terms of our
merger with Mercom with respect to these shares but has not provided for any
additional amounts or costs. The Company can provide no assurance as to what a
Delaware court would find in any appraisal proceeding or when this matter will
be resolved. Accordingly, the Company cannot assure you that the ultimate
outcome would not have a material adverse effect on the Company.
 
     The Company is subject to the provisions of the Cable Television Consumer
Protection and Competition Act of 1992, as amended, and the Telecommunications
Act of 1996. The Company has either settled challenges or accrued for
anticipated exposures related to rate regulation; however, there is no assurance
that there will not be further additional challenges to its rates.
 
     In the normal course of business, there are various legal proceedings
outstanding. In the opinion of management, these proceedings will not have a
material adverse effect on the financial condition or results of operations of
the Company.
 
6.  PENDING MERGER
 
     In May 1999, the Company signed an agreement with Charter Communications,
Inc. ("Charter Communications") under which Charter Communications agreed to
purchase Avalon Cable LLC's cable television systems and assume some of their
debt. The acquisition by Charter Communication is subject to regulatory
approvals. The Company expects to consummate this transaction in the fourth
quarter of 1999.
 
     This agreement, if closed, would constitute a change in control under the
Indenture pursuant to which the Senior Subordinated Notes and the Senior
Discount Notes (collectively, the
 
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