interest, if any, on the date of purchase. Within ten days following any Change
of Control, the issuers will mail a notice to each holder describing the
transaction or transactions that constitute the Change of Control and offering
to repurchase notes on a certain date, the "Change of Control payment date,"
specified in such notice, pursuant to the procedures required by the indentures
and described in such notice. The issuers will comply with the requirements of
Rule 14e-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or any successor rules, and
any other securities laws and regulations thereunder to the extent such laws and
regulations are applicable in connection with the repurchase of the notes as a
result of a Change of Control.
On the Change of Control payment date, the issuers will, to the extent
(1) accept for payment all notes or portions thereof properly tendered
pursuant to the Change of Control offer;
(2) deposit with the paying agent an amount equal to the Change of
Control payment in respect of all notes or portions thereof so tendered;
(3) deliver or cause to be delivered to the trustee the notes so
accepted together with an officers' certificate stating the aggregate
principal amount of notes or portions thereof being purchased by the
The paying agent will promptly mail to each holder of notes so tendered the
Change of Control payment for such notes, and the trustee will promptly
authenticate and mail, or cause to be transferred by book entry, to each holder
a new note equal in principal amount to any unpurchased portion of the notes
surrendered, if any; provided that each such new note will be in a principal
amount at maturity of $1,000 or an integral multiple thereof.
The provisions described above that require the issuers to make a Change of
Control offer following a Change of Control will be applicable regardless of
whether or not any other provisions of the indentures are applicable. Except as
described above with respect to a Change of Control, the indentures do not
contain provisions that permit the holders of the notes to require that the
issuers repurchase or redeem the notes in the event of a takeover,
recapitalization or similar transaction.
The issuers will not be required to make a Change of Control offer upon a
Change of Control if a third party makes the Change of Control offer in the
manner, at the times and otherwise in compliance with the requirements set forth
in the indentures applicable to a Change of Control offer made by the issuers
and purchases all notes validly tendered and not withdrawn under such Change of
The definition of Change of Control includes a phrase relating to the sale,
lease, transfer, conveyance or other disposition of "all or substantially all"
of the assets of Charter Holdings and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole.
Although there is a limited body of case law interpreting the phrase
"substantially all," there is no precise established definition of the phrase
under applicable law. Accordingly, the ability of a holder of notes to require
the issuers to repurchase such notes as a result of a sale, lease, transfer,
conveyance or other disposition of less than all of the assets of Charter
Holdings and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, another Person or group may be