MARCUS CABLE COMPANY, L.L.C. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
settlement of specially designated Class B units in MCCLP ("EUnit") granted in
past periods by the general partner of MCCLP, and $24,000 of transaction fees
paid to certain equity partners for investment banking services. These
transaction costs have been included in the accompanying consolidated statement
of operations for the period from January 1, 1998 to April 22, 1998.
As a result of the Vulcan Acquisition and the application of purchase
accounting, financial information in the accompanying consolidated financial
statements and notes thereto for the period from April 23, 1998 to December 23,
1998 (the "Successor Period") are presented on a different cost basis than the
financial information as of December 31, 1997 and for the period from January 1,
1998 to April 22, 1998 and for the years ended December 31, 1997 and 1996 (the
"Predecessor Period"), and therefore, such information is not comparable.
Effective December 23, 1998, through a series of transactions, Paul G.
Allen acquired approximately 94% of Charter Communications, Inc. ("Charter").
In March 1999, Charter transferred all of its cable television operating
subsidiaries to a subsidiary, Charter Communications Holdings, LLC (Charter
Holdings) in connection with the issuance of Senior Notes and Senior Discount
Notes totaling $3.6 billion. These operating subsidiaries were then transferred
to Charter Communications Operating, LLC ("Charter Operating"). On April 7,
1999, the cable operations of the Company were transferred to Charter Operating
subsequent to the purchase by Paul G. Allen of the Minority Interest. The
transfer was accounted for as a reorganization of entities under common control
similar to a pooling of interests. For periods subsequent to December 23, 1998
(the date Paul G. Allen controlled both Charter and the Company), the accounts
of the Company will be included in the consolidated financial statements of
Charter Holdings at historical carrying amounts.
As a result of the combination of the Company and Charter, the Company
recognized severance and stay-on bonus compensation of $16,034, which is
included in Transaction and Severance Costs in the accompanying statement of
operations for the period from April 22, 1998 to December 23, 1998. As of
December 23, 1998, 35 employees and officers of the Company had been terminated
and $13,634 had been paid under severance and bonus arrangements. By March 31,
1999, an additional 50 employees will be terminated. The remaining balance of
$2,400 is to be paid by April 30, 1999 and an additional $400 in stay-on bonuses
will be recorded as compensation in 1999 as the related services are provided.
(2) SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
(a) CASH EQUIVALENTS
The Company considers all highly liquid investments with original
maturities of three months or less to be cash equivalents. At December 31, 1997,
cash equivalents consist of certificates of deposit and money market funds.
These investments are carried at cost which approximates market value.
(b) PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
Property, plant and equipment is recorded at cost, including all direct and
certain indirect costs associated with the construction of cable television
transmission and distribution facilities, and the cost of new customer
installation. The costs of disconnecting