MARCUS CABLE HOLDINGS, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
(DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS)
pays Charter an annual fee equal to 3% of the gross revenues of the cable system
operations, plus expense. For the three months ended March 31, 1999, management
fees under this agreement were $2,432. In connection with the transfer of the
Company's operating subsidiaries to Charter Operating, the annual fee paid by
the Company to Charter increased to 3.5%, plus expense.
Prior to 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.
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 three months ended March 31, 1999 and 1998, MCOC earned total
management fees of $0 and $355, respectively.
5. ACCOUNTING STANDARD NOT YET IMPLEMENTED:
In June 1998, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) adopted SFAS
No. 133, "Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities." SFAS
No. 133 establishes accounting and reporting standards requiring that every
derivative instrument (including certain derivative instruments embedded in
other contracts) be recorded in the balance sheet as either an asset or
liability measured at its fair value and that changes in the derivative's fair
value be recognized currently in earnings unless specific hedge accounting
criteria are met. Special accounting for qualifying hedges allows a derivative's
gains and losses to offset related results on the hedged item in the income
statement, and requires that a company must formally document, designate and
assess the effectiveness of transactions that receive hedge accounting. In June
1999, the FASB issued SFAS No. 137 "Deferral of the Effective Date of FASB
Statement No. 133". SFAS No. 137 delays the effective date of SFAS No. 133 for
one year to fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2000 and thus the Company will
adopt SFAS No. 133 at that time. The Company has not yet quantified the impacts
of adopting SFAS No. 133 on its consolidated financial statements nor has it
determined the timing or method of its adoption of SFAS No. 133. However, SFAS
No. 133 could increase volatility in earnings (loss).