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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS CAPITAL CORP filed this Form S-4 on 01/25/2000
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             CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
                   NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
                             (DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS)
 
1.  SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
 
ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
 
     Charter Communications Holdings, LLC (Charter Holdings), a Delaware limited
liability company, was formed in February 1999 as a wholly owned subsidiary of
Charter Investment, Inc. (Charter), formerly Charter Communications, Inc.
Charter, through its wholly owned cable television operating subsidiary, Charter
Communications Properties, LLC (CCP), commenced operations with the acquisition
of a cable television system on September 30, 1995.
 
     Effective December 23, 1998, through a series of transactions, Paul G.
Allen acquired approximately 94% of Charter for an aggregate purchase price of
$211 million, excluding $214 million in debt assumed (the "Paul Allen
Transaction"). In conjunction with the Paul Allen Transaction, Charter acquired
100% of the interests it did not already own in CharterComm Holdings, LLC
(CharterComm Holdings) and CCA Group (comprised of CCA Holdings Corp., CCT
Holdings Corp. and Charter Communications Long Beach, Inc.), all cable
television operating companies, for $2.0 billion, excluding $1.8 billion in debt
assumed from unrelated third parties for fair value. Charter previously managed
and owned minority interests in these companies. These acquisitions were
accounted for using the purchase method of accounting, and accordingly, results
of operations of CharterComm Holdings and CCA Group are included in the
financial statements from the date of acquisition. In February 1999, Charter
transferred all of its cable television operating subsidiaries to a wholly owned
subsidiary of Charter Holdings, Charter Communications Operating, LLC (Charter
Operating). Charter Holdings is a wholly owned subsidiary of Charter
Communications Holding Company (Charter Holdco). This transfer was accounted for
as a reorganization of entities under common control similar to a pooling of
interests.
 
     As a result of the change in ownership of CCP, CharterComm Holdings and CCA
Group, Charter Holdings has applied push-down accounting in the preparation of
the consolidated financial statements. Accordingly, Charter Holdings increased
its members' equity by $2.2 billion to reflect the amounts paid by Paul G. Allen
and Charter. The purchase price was allocated to assets acquired and liabilities
assumed based on their relative fair values, including amounts assigned to
franchises of $3.6 billion. The allocation of the purchase price is based, in
part, on preliminary information which is subject to adjustment upon obtaining
complete valuation information of intangible assets. The valuation information
is expected to be finalized in the fourth quarter of 1999. Management believes
that finalization of the purchase price will not have a material impact on the
results of operations or financial position of Charter Holdings.
 
     On April 23, 1998, Paul G. Allen and a company controlled by Paul G. Allen,
(the "Paul G. Allen Companies") purchased substantially all of the outstanding
partnership interests in Marcus Cable Company L.L.C. (Marcus Cable) for $1.4
billion, excluding $1.8 billion in assumed liabilities. The owner of the
remaining partnership interest retained voting control of Marcus Cable. In
February 1999, Marcus Cable Holdings, LLC (Marcus Holdings) was formed and Mr.
Allen's interests in Marcus Cable were transferred to Marcus Holdings on March
15, 1999. On March 31, 1999, Paul G. Allen purchased the remaining partnership
interests in Marcus Cable, including voting control. On April 7, 1999, Marcus
Holdings was merged into Charter Holdings and Marcus Cable was transferred to
Charter Holdings. For financial reporting purposes, the merger was accounted for
as an acquisition of Marcus Cable effective March 31, 1999, the date Paul G.
Allen obtained voting control of Marcus Cable. Accordingly, the results of
operations of Marcus Cable have not been included in the financial statements
for the period ended December 31, 1998.
 
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