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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS CAPITAL CORP filed this Form S-4 on 01/25/2000
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            AVALON CABLE OF MICHIGAN HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                  (DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)
                               DECEMBER 31, 1998
 
  Income taxes
 
     The Company and Mercom file separate consolidated federal income tax
returns. The Company accounts for income taxes using Statement of Financial
Accounting Standards No. 109 -- "Accounting for Income Taxes". The statement
requires the use of an asset and liability approach for financial reporting
purposes. The asset and liability approach requires the recognition of deferred
tax assets and liabilities for the expected future tax consequences of temporary
differences between financial reporting basis and tax basis of assets and
liabilities. If it is more likely than not that some portion or all of a
deferred tax asset will not be realized, a valuation allowance is recognized.
 
3. MERGER AND ACQUISITIONS
 
     The Merger was accounted for using the purchase method of accounting.
Accordingly, the consideration was allocated to the net assets acquired based on
their fair market values at the date of the Merger. The purchase price was
allocated as follows: current assets and liabilities at fair values of $470,
approximately $94,000 to property, plant and equipment, $315,000 to cable
franchises and the excess of consideration paid over the fair market value of
the net assets acquired, or goodwill, of $81,705, offset by deferred taxes, net
of $60,000.
 
     The Merger agreement between the Company and Avalon Michigan permitted
Avalon Michigan to agree to acquire the 1,822,810 shares (approximately 38% of
the outstanding stock) of Mercom that it did not own (the "Mercom Acquisition").
On September 10, 1998 Avalon Michigan and Mercom entered into a definitive
agreement (the "Mercom Merger Agreement") providing for the acquisition by
Avalon Michigan of all of such shares at a price of $12.00 per share. Avalon
Michigan completed this acquisition in March 1999. The total estimated
consideration payable in conjunction with the Mercom Acquisition, excluding fees
and expenses was $21,900.
 
     On May 29, 1998, the Company acquired certain assets of Amrac Clear View, A
Limited Partnership ("Amrac") for consideration of $8,124, including acquisition
costs of $589. The acquisition was accounted for using the purchase method of
accounting. Accordingly, the consideration was allocated to the net assets
acquired based on the fair market values at the date of acquisition as
determined through the use of an independent appraisal. The excess of the
consideration paid over the estimated fair market value of the net assets
acquired, or goodwill, was $256.
 
     On July 21, 1998, the Company acquired certain assets and liabilities from
Pegasus Cable Television, Inc. and Pegasus Cable Television of Connecticut, Inc.
(collectively, "Pegasus") for consideration of $30,467, including acquisition
costs of $175. The acquisition was accounted for using the purchase method of
accounting. Accordingly, the consideration was allocated to the net assets
acquired based on the fair market values at the date of acquisition as
determined through use of an independent appraisal. The excess of the
consideration paid over the estimated fair market value of the net assets
acquired, or goodwill, was $977.
 
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