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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form PREM14A on 06/26/2015
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sharing trusts, individual retirement accounts, or nonresident aliens who, when required, provide certification as to their status) or (ii) provides a certificate containing the holder’s name, address, correct federal taxpayer identification number and a statement that the holder is exempt from backup withholding. Backup withholding does not constitute an additional tax, and any amounts withheld from payments to a holder under the backup withholding rules will be allowed as a refund or credit against the holder’s U.S. federal income tax liability, provided the required information is timely furnished to the IRS.

Accounting Treatment

The mergers and BHN transactions will be accounted for using the acquisition method of accounting with Charter considered the accounting acquirer of TWC and Bright House. The acquisition method of accounting is based on Financial Accounting Standards Board, Accounting Standards Codification, which is referred to in this joint proxy statement/prospectus as ASC 805, “Business Combinations,” and uses the fair value concepts defined in ASC 820, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures,” which Charter has adopted as required. Charter will record assets acquired, including identifiable intangible assets, and liabilities assumed at their respective fair values at the date of completion of the transactions. Any excess of the purchase price (as described in the notes to the “Unaudited Pro Forma Financial Statements”) over the net fair value of such assets and liabilities will be recorded as goodwill.

The financial condition and results of operations of New Charter after completion of the mergers and BHN transactions will reflect TWC and Bright House after completion of the transactions but will not be restated retroactively to reflect the historical financial condition or results of operations of TWC or Bright House. The earnings of New Charter following completion of the mergers and BHN transactions will reflect acquisition accounting adjustments, including the effect of changes in the carrying value for assets and liabilities on depreciation and amortization expense and additional interest expense from debt used for financing. Indefinite-lived intangible assets, including franchises and goodwill, will not be amortized but will be tested for impairment at least annually, and all tangible and intangible assets including goodwill will be tested for impairment when certain indicators are present. If, in the future, New Charter determines that tangible or intangible assets (including goodwill) are impaired, New Charter would record an impairment charge at that time.

Listing of Shares of New Charter Class A Common Stock and Delisting and Deregistration of TWC Common Stock

Under the terms of the merger agreement and the Liberty agreements, Charter is required to use its reasonable best efforts to cause the shares of New Charter Class A common stock to be issued in the mergers and to Liberty Broadband to be approved for listing on NASDAQ, subject to official notice of issuance. It is a condition to the parties’ obligations to complete the mergers and certain of the Liberty transactions that such approval is obtained, subject to official notice of issuance. Accordingly, an application will be made to have the shares of New Charter Class A common stock to be issued in the mergers and to Liberty Broadband approved for listing on NASDAQ, where shares of Charter Class A common stock are currently traded.

If the mergers are completed, there will no longer be any publicly held shares of TWC common stock. Accordingly, TWC common stock will no longer be listed on the New York Stock Exchange and will be deregistered under the Exchange Act.

Litigation Relating to the Mergers

In connection with the proposed Comcast-TWC merger, eight putative class action complaints were filed on behalf of purported TWC stockholders in the New York Supreme Court (the “NY Actions”) and the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware. These complaints name as defendants TWC, the members of the TWC board of directors, Comcast and Comcast’s merger subsidiary. The complaints generally allege, among other things, that the members of the TWC board of directors breached their fiduciary duties to TWC stockholders during