CABLE MICHIGAN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
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in the future or what they would have been had the Company been an independent,
public company during the reporting periods. All material intercompany
transactions and balances have been eliminated.
RCN's corporate services group has historically provided substantial
support services such as finance, cash management, legal, human resources,
insurance and risk management. Prior to the Distribution, the corporate office
of C-TEC allocated the cost for these services pro rata among the business units
supported primarily based on assets; contribution to consolidated earnings
before interest, depreciation, amortization, and income taxes; and number of
employees. In the opinion of management, the method of allocating these costs is
reasonable; however, such costs are not necessarily indicative of the costs that
would have been incurred by the Company on a stand-alone basis.
CTE, RCN and the Company have entered into certain agreements subsequent to
the Distribution, and governing various ongoing relationships, including the
provision of support services between the three companies, including a
distribution agreement and a tax-sharing agreement.
The fee per year for support services from RCN will be 4.0% of the revenues
of the Company plus a direct allocation of certain consolidated cable
administration functions of RCN. The direct charge for customer service along
with the billing service and the cable guide service will be a pro rata share
(based on subscribers) of the expenses incurred by RCN to provide such customer
service and to provide such billing and cable guide service for RCN and the
CTE has agreed to provide or cause to be provided to RCN and the Company
certain financial data processing services for a transitional period after the
Distribution. The fees for such services will be an allocated portion (based on
relative usage) of the cost incurred by CTE to provide such financial data
processing services to all three groups.
2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
Use of estimates
The preparation of financial statements, in conformity with generally
accepted accounting principles, requires management to make estimates and
assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and
disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial
statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the
reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
Cash and temporary cash investments
For purposes of reporting cash flows, the Company considers all highly
liquid investments purchased with an original maturity of three months or less
to be temporary cash investments. Temporary cash investments are stated at cost,
which approximates market.
Property, plant and equipment and depreciation
Property, plant and equipment reflects the original cost of acquisition or
construction, including payroll and related costs such as taxes, pensions and
other fringe benefits, and certain general administrative costs.