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S-4/A
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS CAPITAL CORP filed this Form S-4/A on 05/12/1999
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                          RENAISSANCE MEDIA GROUP LLC
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                               DECEMBER 31, 1998
                       (ALL DOLLAR AMOUNTS IN THOUSANDS)
 
5.  INTEREST RATE-CAP AGREEMENT
 
     The Company purchases interest-rate cap agreements that are designed to
limit its exposure to increasing interest rates and are designated to its
floating rate debt. The strike price of these agreements exceeds the current
market levels at the time they are entered into. The interest rate indices
specified by the agreements have been and are expected to be highly correlated
with the interest rates the Company incurs on its floating rate debt. Payments
to be received as a result of the specified interest rate index exceeding the
strike price are accrued in other assets and are recognized as a reduction of
interest expense (the accrual accounting method). The cost of these agreements
is included in other assets and amortized to interest expense ratably during the
life of the agreement. Upon termination of an interest-rate cap agreement, any
gain is deferred in other liabilities and amortized over the remaining term of
the original contractual life of the agreement as a reduction of interest
expense.
 
     On December 1, 1997, the Company purchased an interest-rate cap agreement
from Morgan Stanley Capital Services Inc. The carrying value as of December 31,
1998 was $47. The fair value of the interest-rate cap, which is based upon the
estimated amount that the Company would receive or pay to terminate the cap
agreement as of December 31, 1998, taking into consideration current interest
rates and the credit worthiness of the counterparties, approximates its carrying
value.
 
     The following table summarizes the interest-rate cap agreement:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
NOTIONAL                                        INITIAL
PRINCIPAL             EFFECTIVE   TERMINATION   CONTRACT   FIXED RATE
 AMOUNT      TERM       DATE         DATE         COST     (PAY RATE)
- ---------    ----     ---------   -----------   --------   ----------
<S>         <C>       <C>         <C>           <C>        <C>
$100,000    2 years    12/1/97      12/1/99       $100        7.25%
</TABLE>

 
6.  TAXES
 
     For the year ended December 31, 1998, the provision for income taxes has
been calculated on a separate company basis. The components of the provision for
income taxes are as follows:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                YEAR ENDED
                                                             DECEMBER 31, 1998
                                                             -----------------
<S>                                                          <C>
Federal:
  Current..................................................        $ --
  Deferred.................................................          --
State:
  Current..................................................         135
  Deferred.................................................          --
                                                                   ----
     Provision for income taxes............................        $135
                                                                   ====
</TABLE>

 
     The Company's current state tax liability results from its obligation to
pay franchise tax in Tennessee and Mississippi and tax on capital in New York.
 
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