MARCUS CABLE COMPANY, L.L.C. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
a customer are charged to expense in the period incurred. Expenditures for
maintenance and repairs are charged to expense as incurred and equipment
replacements and betterments are capitalized.
Depreciation is provided by the straight-line method over the estimated
useful lives of the related assets as follows:
Cable distribution systems............. 3-10 years
Buildings and leasehold improvements... 5-15 years
Vehicles and equipment................. 3-5 years
Costs incurred in obtaining and renewing cable franchises are deferred and
amortized over the estimated lives of the franchises. Costs relating to
unsuccessful franchise applications are charged to expense when it is determined
that the efforts to obtain the franchise will not be successful. Franchise
rights acquired through the purchase of cable television systems, including the
Vulcan Acquisition, represent the excess of the cost of properties acquired over
the amounts assigned to net tangible and identifiable intangible assets at date
of acquisition and are amortized using the straight-line method over a period of
15 years. Accumulated amortization was $264,600 at December 31, 1997.
The historical cost of $37,274 and the related accumulated amortization of
$9,959 for the going concern value of acquired cable television systems as of
December 31, 1997 has been reflected in the caption "Franchises" in the
accompanying consolidated balance sheet. This asset was amortized in the
Predecessor Period using the straight-line method over a period of up to 15
(d) NONCOMPETITION AGREEMENTS
Noncompetition agreements are amortized using the straight-line method over
the term of the respective agreements. Accumulated amortization was $19,144 at
December 31, 1997.
(e) OTHER ASSETS
Debt issuance costs were amortized to interest expense over the term of the
related debt. Debt issuance costs associated with debt outstanding at the Vulcan
Acquisition date were eliminated in connection with pushdown accounting.
(f) IMPAIRMENT OF ASSETS
If facts and circumstances suggest that a long-lived asset may be impaired,
the carrying value is reviewed. If a review indicates that the carrying value of
such asset is not recoverable based on projected undiscounted cash flows related
to the asset over its remaining life, the carrying value of such asset is
reduced to its estimated fair value.
Cable television revenues from basic and premium services are recognized
when the related services are provided.
Installation revenues are recognized to the extent of direct selling costs
incurred. The remainder, if any, is deferred and amortized to income over the
estimated average period that customers are expected to remain connected to the
cable television system. As of