1997 COMPARED TO 1996
REVENUES. Revenues increased by $4.0 million, or 26.8%, from $14.9 million
in 1996 to $18.9 million in 1997. The primary reason for this increase is due to
the acquisition of 5 cable systems in 1996 that increased customers by 58.9%.
Revenues of Charter Communications Properties, excluding the activity of
any other systems acquired during the periods, increased by $0.7 million, or
8.9%, from $7.9 million in 1996 to $8.6 million in 1997.
OPERATING EXPENSES. Operating expenses increased by $3.3 million, or
55.9%, from $5.9 million in 1996 to $9.2 million in 1997. This increase was
primarily due to the acquisitions of the cable systems in 1996 and the loss of
$1.4 million on the sale of a cable system in 1997.
GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES. General and administrative expenses
increased by $0.4 million, or 18.2%, from $2.2 million in 1996 to $2.6 million
in 1997. This increase was primarily due to the acquisitions of the cable
systems in 1996.
DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION. Depreciation and amortization expense
increased by $1.5 million, or 32.6%, from $4.6 million in 1996 to $6.1 million
in 1997. There was a significant increase in amortization resulting from the
acquisitions of the cable systems in 1996.
MANAGEMENT FEES/CORPORATE EXPENSE CHARGES. Corporate expense charges
increased by $0.2 million, or 50.0%, from $0.4 million in 1996 to $0.6 million
in 1997. These fees were 3.0% of revenues in both 1996 and 1997.
INTEREST EXPENSE. Interest expense increased by $0.7 million, or 15.9%,
from $4.4 million in 1996 to $5.1 million in 1997. This increase resulted
primarily from the indebtedness incurred in connection with the acquisitions of
several cable systems in 1996.
NET LOSS. Net loss increased by $1.9 million, or 70.4%, from $2.7 million
in 1996 to $4.6 million in 1997. The increase in net loss is primarily related
to the $1.4 million loss on the sale of a cable system.
Our business strategy emphasizes the increase of our operating cash flow by
increasing our customer base and the amount of cash flow per customer. We
believe that there are significant advantages in increasing the size and scope
of our operations, including:
- improved economies of scale in management, marketing, customer service,
billing and other administrative functions;
- reduced costs for our cable plants and our infrastructure in general;
- increased leverage for negotiating programming contracts; and
- increased influence on the evolution of important new technologies
affecting our business.
We seek to "cluster" cable systems in suburban and ex-urban areas
surrounding selected metropolitan markets. We believe that such "clustering"
offers significant opportunities to increase operating efficiencies and to
improve operating margins and cash flow by spreading fixed costs over an
expanding subscriber base. In addition, we believe that by concentrating
"clusters" in markets, we will be able to generate higher growth in revenues and
operating cash flow. Through strategic acquisitions and "swaps" of cable