MARCUS CABLE HOLDINGS, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
Nonperformance by the counterparties is not anticipated nor would it have a
material adverse effect on the Company's consolidated financial position or
results of operations.
(10) RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
The Company and Charter entered into a management agreement on October 6,
1998 whereby Charter began to manage the day-to-day operations of the Company.
In consideration for the management consulting services provided by Charter,
Marcus pays Charter an annual fee equal to 3% of the gross revenues of the cable
system operations, plus expenses. From October 6, 1998 to December 31, 1998,
management fees under this agreement were $3,341.
Prior to the consummation of the Vulcan Acquisition, affiliates of Goldman
Sachs owned limited partnership interests in MCCLP. Maryland Cable Partners,
L.P. ("Maryland Cable"), which was controlled by an affiliate of Goldman Sachs,
owned the Maryland Cable systems. MCOC managed the Maryland Cable systems under
the Maryland Cable Agreement. Pursuant to such agreement, MCOC earned a
management fee equal to 4.7% of the revenues of Maryland Cable.
Effective January 31, 1997, Maryland Cable was sold to a third party.
Pursuant to the Maryland Cable Agreement, MCOC recognized incentive management
fees of $5,069 during the twelve months ended December 31, 1997 in conjunction
with the sale. Although MCOC is no longer involved in the active management of
the Maryland Cable systems, MCOC has entered into an agreement with Maryland
Cable to oversee the activities, if any, of Maryland Cable through the
liquidation of the partnership. Pursuant to such agreement, MCOC earns a nominal
monthly fee. During the year ended December 31, 1998, MCOC earned total
management fees of $555. Including the incentive management fees noted above,
during the years ended December 31, 1997 and 1996, MCOC earned total management
fees of $5,614 and $2,335, respectively.
(11) EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLAN
The Company sponsors a 401(k) plan for its employees whereby employees that
qualify for participation under the plan can contribute up to 15% of their
salary, on a before tax basis, subject to a maximum contribution limit as
determined by the Internal Revenue Service. The Company matches participant
contributions up to a maximum of 2% of a participant's salary. For the years
ended December 31, 1998, 1997 and 1996, the Company made contributions to the
plan of $765, $761 and $480, respectively.
(12) COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
The Company leases certain facilities and equipment under noncancelable
operating leases. Lease and rental costs charged to expense for the years ended
December 31, 1998, 1997 and 1996 were $3,394, $3,230, and $2,767, respectively.
The Company also rents utility poles in its operations. Generally, pole rentals
are cancelable on short notice, but the Company anticipates that such rentals
will recur. Rent expense for pole attachments for the years ended December 31,
1998, 1997 and 1996 were $4,081, $4,314, and $4,008, respectively.