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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form S-1 on 07/28/1999
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  Stock-based compensation
     The Company applies Accounting Principles Board Opinion No.
25 -- "Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees" ("APB 25") in accounting for
its stock plans. The Company has adopted the disclosure-only provisions of
Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123 -- "Accounting for
Stock-Based Compensation" ("SFAS 123").
  Earnings (loss) per share
     The Company has adopted statement of Financial Accounting Standards No.
128 -- "Earnings Per Share" ("SFAS 128"). Basic earnings (loss) per share is
computed based on net income (loss) divided by the weighted average number of
shares of common stock outstanding during the period.
     Diluted earnings (loss) per share is computed based on net income (loss)
divided by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding
during the period after giving effect to convertible securities considered to be
dilutive common stock equivalents. The conversions of stock options during
periods in which the Company incurs a loss from continuing operations is not
assumed since the effect is anti-dilutive. The number of stock options which
would have been converted in 1997 and in 1998 and had a dilutive effect if the
Company had income from continuing operations are 55,602 and 45,531,
     For periods prior to October 1, 1997, during which the Company was a wholly
owned subsidiary of C-TEC, earnings (loss) per share was calculated by dividing
net income (loss) by one-fourth the average common shares of C-TEC outstanding,
based upon a distribution ratio of one share of Company common stock for each
four shares of C-TEC common equity owned.
  Income taxes
     The Company and Mercom file separate consolidated federal income tax
returns. Prior to the Distribution, income tax expense was allocated to C-TEC's
subsidiaries on a separate return basis except that C-TEC's subsidiaries receive
benefit for the utilization of net operating losses and investment tax credits
included in the consolidated tax return even if such losses and credits could
not have been used on a separate return basis. The Company accounts for income
taxes using Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 109 -- "Accounting
for Income Taxes". The statement requires the use of an asset and liability
approach for financial reporting purposes. The asset and liability approach
requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected
future tax consequences of temporary differences between financial reporting
basis and tax basis of assets and liabilities. If it is more likely than not
that some portion or all of a deferred tax asset will not be realized, a
valuation allowance is recognized.
     Certain amounts have been reclassified to conform with the current year's
     The Agreement between Avalon Cable of Michigan Holdings, Inc. and the
Company permitted the Company to agree to acquire the 1,822,810 shares
(approximately 38% of the outstanding stock) of Mercom that it did not own (the
"Mercom Acquisition"). On September 10, 1998 the Company and Mercom entered into
a definitive agreement (the "Mercom Merger Agreement") providing for the
acquisition by the Company of all of such shares at a price of $12.00 per share.
The Company completed this acquisition in March 1999. The total