- dispose of assets or merge;
- incur additional debt;
- issue equity;
- repurchase or redeem equity interests and debt;
- create liens; and
- make certain investments or acquisitions.
Furthermore, in accordance with our credit facilities, we are required to
maintain specified financial ratios and meet financial tests. The ability to
comply with these provisions may be affected by events beyond our control. The
breach of any of these covenants will result in a default under the applicable
debt agreement or instrument.
IF WE DEFAULT UNDER OUR CREDIT FACILITIES, WE MAY NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE
PAYMENTS ON THE NOTES, WHICH WOULD PLACE US IN DEFAULT UNDER OUR INDENTURES.
SUCH DEFAULTS MAY ADVERSELY AFFECT US.
In the event of a default under our credit facilities, lenders could elect
to declare all amounts borrowed, together with accrued and unpaid interest and
other fees, to be due and payable. In any event, when a default exists under our
credit facilities, funds may not be distributed by our subsidiaries to Charter
Holdings to pay interest or principal on the notes. If the amounts outstanding
under our credit facilities are accelerated, thereby causing an acceleration of
amounts outstanding under the notes, we may not be able to repay such amounts or
the notes. In addition, under the terms of our credit facilities, if the 8.250%
notes are not refinanced at least six months prior to the date of their
maturity, the entire amount due under such credit facilities will become due and
payable and we may not have the ability to make such payment. Any default under
any of our credit facilities or our indentures may adversely affect our growth,
our financial condition and our results of operations.
THE NOTES ARE THE OBLIGATIONS OF A HOLDING COMPANY WHICH HAS NO OPERATIONS AND
DEPENDS ON ITS OPERATING SUBSIDIARIES FOR CASH. OUR SUBSIDIARIES MAY BE LIMITED
IN THEIR ABILITY TO MAKE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THE PAYMENT OF AMOUNTS DUE UNDER
As a holding company, Charter Holdings does not hold substantial assets
other than its direct or indirect investments in and advances to our operating
subsidiaries. Consequently, our subsidiaries conduct all of our operations and
own substantially all of our assets. As a result, our cash flow and our ability
to meet our debt payment obligations on the notes will depend upon the cash flow
of our subsidiaries and the payment of funds by our subsidiaries to us in the
form of loans, equity distributions or otherwise. Our subsidiaries are not
obligated to make funds available to us for payment on the notes. In addition,
our subsidiaries' ability to make any such loans, equity distributions or other
payments to us will depend on their earnings, the terms of their indebtedness,
business and tax considerations and legal restrictions.
BECAUSE OF OUR HOLDING COMPANY STRUCTURE, THE NOTES WILL BE SUBORDINATE TO ALL
LIABILITIES OF OUR SUBSIDIARIES.
Under our credit facilities, Charter Operating is the borrower, and our
other subsidiaries are guarantors. The lenders under our credit facilities will
have the right to be