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|CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form PREM14A on 06/26/2015|
Bright House Networks, LLC
Bright House is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Entertainment-Advance/Newhouse (TWE-A/N). TWE-A/N is a partnership between A/N and a subsidiary of TWC. The Bright House systems are managed on a day to day basis by A/N, which is entitled to 100% of the economic benefits of Bright House. TWC and its affiliates provide Bright House with certain programming, engineering and technology services through a services agreement between the parties.
Bright House is a cable operator providing services in the United States with approximately 2.5 million residential and commercial customers as of March 31, 2015. Bright Houses business is concentrated in Florida with smaller operations in Michigan, Alabama, Indiana and California. Bright House provides its subscribers with video, Internet and voice services. Bright House also sells local advertising on cable networks.
Bright House was formed as a Delaware limited liability company on July 9, 2002. Bright Houses principal executive offices are located at 5823 Widewaters Parkway, East Syracuse, New York 13057. Bright Houses telephone number is (315) 463-7675, and its website is accessible at www.brighthouse.com.
The Mergers (See Page [●])
The merger agreement provides for three mergers, following which both Charter and TWC will become wholly owned subsidiaries of New Charter. In the first merger (referred to in the merger agreement as the First Company Merger), Merger Subsidiary One will merge with and into TWC, with TWC continuing as the surviving corporation. Immediately following the completion of the first merger, in the second merger (referred to in the merger agreement as the Second Company Merger), TWC will merge with and into Merger Subsidiary Two, with Merger Subsidiary Two continuing as the surviving entity. Immediately following the completion of the second merger, in the third merger (referred to in the merger agreement as the Parent Merger), Charter will merge with and into Merger Subsidiary Three, with Merger Subsidiary Three continuing as the surviving entity. After giving effect to the three mergers, New Charter will be the new public company parent that will hold the operations of the combined companies.
Upon completion of the mergers, TWC common stock will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange and deregistered under the Exchange Act.
A copy of the merger agreement is attached as Annex A to this joint proxy statement/prospectus. You should read the merger agreement carefully because it is the legal document that governs the mergers.
The BHN Transactions (See Page [●])
On March 31, 2015, Charter, New Charter, Charter Holdings, A/N and A/NPC Holdings LLC entered into the BHN contribution agreement, which was amended on May 23, 2015 in connection with the execution of the merger agreement. Pursuant to the BHN contribution agreement, at the closing of the transactions contemplated by that agreement, A/N will contribute to Charter Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Charter, the membership interests of BHN and any property, assets or other rights (other than certain excluded assets and liabilities and non-operating cash) that primarily relate to BHNs business of directly or indirectly owning and operating cable and/or communication systems that provide customers with video, Internet and voice services and other cable communications and/or voice services in specified geographic areas and other revenue-generating activities of BHN and its subsidiaries, including any local news networks (collectively, the BHN business), or that are otherwise reflected on BHNs audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 or the notes thereto. At the closing, Charter Holdings will pay to A/N approximately $2.0 billion in cash and issue to A/N convertible preferred units of Charter Holdings with a face amount of $2.5 billion, which will pay a 6% coupon, and, if the mergers have not been consummated prior to the consummation