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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form 8-K on 07/27/2017
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On an actual basis, net income attributable to Charter shareholders totaled $139 million during the second quarter of 2017, compared to $3.1 billion in the second quarter of 2016. The decrease in net income was primarily due to an income tax benefit in the second quarter of 2016 related to the reduction of substantially all of Charter's historical valuation allowance associated with its deferred tax assets, and higher interest expense, partly offset by higher income from operations as a result of the Transactions. Actual net income per basic common share attributable to Charter shareholders totaled $0.53 in the second quarter of 2017 compared to $16.73 during the same period last year. The decrease was primarily the result of the factors described above, and a 43.7% increase in weighted average shares outstanding versus the prior year period, also a result of the Transactions.
    
Capital Expenditures

Property, plant and equipment expenditures totaled $2.148 billion in the second quarter of 2017, compared to $2.075 billion, on a pro forma basis, during the second quarter of 2016. The pro forma year-over-year increase in capital expenditures was driven by an increase in CPE spending related to higher customer connect volumes driven by the launch of Spectrum pricing and packaging in Legacy TWC and Legacy Bright House and the related higher set-top box placement rate per Spectrum connect, and CPE inventory. The decrease in scalable infrastructure was related to the timing of spend. Transition capital expenditures accounted for $86 million of capital expenditures in the second quarter of 2017, versus $111 million in the second quarter of 2016. Excluding transition-related expenditures, second quarter 2017 capital expenditures totaled $2.062 billion, compared to $1.964 billion, on a pro forma basis, during the same period last year.

On an actual basis, second quarter 2017 capital expenditures increased by $888 million as compared to the prior year, due to the Transactions.

Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow

During the second quarter of 2017, net cash flows from operating activities totaled $2.9 billion, compared to $1.6 billion in the second quarter of 2016. The year-over-year increase in net cash flows from operating activities was primarily due to higher Adjusted EBITDA, partly offset by higher cash paid for interest in the second quarter of 2017 versus the second quarter of 2016, following the close of the Transactions.

Free cash flow for the second quarter of 2017 totaled $1.1 billion, compared to $524 million during the same period last year. The increase was related to higher net cash flows from operating activities in the second quarter of 2017 versus the second quarter of 2016, given the close of the Transactions, partly offset by higher actual capital expenditures.

Liquidity & Financing

As of June 30, 2017, total principal amount of debt was $61.8 billion and Charter's credit facilities provided approximately $2.8 billion of additional liquidity in excess of Charter's $694 million cash position.

In April, Charter redeemed Time Warner Cable, LLC's 5.850% senior secured notes due 2017.

Also in April, CCO Holdings, LLC and CCO Holdings Capital Corp. issued $1.25 billion of 5.125% senior unsecured notes due 2027, which form part of the same series of senior unsecured notes that were originally issued on February 6, 2017, and Charter Communications Operating, LLC ("Charter Operating") and Charter Communications Operating Capital Corp. issued $1.25 billion of 5.375% senior secured notes due 2047. The net proceeds were used to pay related fees and expenses and for general corporate purposes, including buybacks of Charter Class A common stock or common units of Charter Communications Holdings, LLC.

In July, Charter Operating and Charter Communications Operating Capital Corp. issued $1.0 billion of 3.75% senior secured notes due 2028, and an additional $500 million of 5.375% senior secured notes

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