CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS HOLDING COMPANY, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
residential and business customers. As of December 31, 1998, the Company
provided cable television services to customers in 22 states in the U.S.
The consolidated financial statements of CCHC for periods prior to December
24, 1998, are not presented herein since, as a result of the Paul Allen
Transaction and the application of push down accounting, the financial
information as of December 31, 1998, and for the period from December 24, 1998,
through December 31, 1998, is presented on a different cost basis than the
financial information as of December 31, 1997, and for the periods prior to
December 24, 1998. Such information is not comparable.
The accompanying financial statements have been retroactively restated to
include the accounts of Marcus beginning December 24, 1998, using historical
carrying amounts. Previously reported revenues and net loss of the Company,
excluding Marcus, was $13,713 and $4,432, respectively, for the period from
December 24, 1998, through December 31, 1998. Revenues and net loss of Marcus
for the period from December 24, 1998 through December 31, 1998, included in the
accompanying financial statements, was $9,737 and $4,292, respectively.
Previously reported members' equity of the Company, excluding Marcus, was $2.1
billion as of December 31, 1998.
The Company considers all highly liquid investments with original
maturities of three months or less to be cash equivalents. At December 31, 1998,
cash equivalents consist primarily of repurchase agreements. These investments
are carried at cost that approximates market value.
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
installations. The costs of disconnecting a customer are charged to expense in
the period incurred. Expenditures for repairs and maintenance are charged to
expense as incurred, and equipment replacement and betterments are capitalized.
Depreciation is provided on the straight-line basis over the estimated
useful lives of the related assets as follows:
Cable distribution systems.................................. 3-15 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 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 represent management's
estimate of fair value and are generally amortized using the straight-line
method over a period of 15 years.
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