CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS)
1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES:
ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
Charter Communications Holdings, LLC (Charter Holdings), a Delaware limited
liability company, was formed in February 1999 as a wholly owned subsidiary of
Charter Investment, Inc. (Charter), formerly Charter Communications, Inc.
Charter, through its wholly owned cable television operating subsidiary, Charter
Communications Properties, LLC (CCP), commenced operations with the acquisition
of a cable television system on September 30, 1995.
Effective December 23, 1998, through a series of transactions, Paul G.
Allen acquired approximately 94% of Charter for an aggregate purchase price of
$211 million, excluding $214 million in debt assumed (the "Paul Allen
Transaction"). In conjunction with the Paul Allen Transaction, Charter acquired
100% of the interest it did not already own in CharterComm Holdings, LLC
(CharterComm Holdings) and CCA Group (comprised of CCA Holdings Corp., CCT
Holdings Corp. and Charter Communications Long Beach Inc.), all cable television
operating companies, for $2.0 billion, excluding $1.8 billion in debt assumed
from unrelated third parties for fair value. Charter previously managed and
owned minority interests in these companies. These acquisitions were accounted
for using the purchase method of accounting, and accordingly results of
operations of CarterComm Holdings and CCA Group are included in the financial
statements of Charter Holdings from the date of acquisition. In February 1999,
Charter transferred all of its cable television operating subsidiaries to a
wholly owned subsidiary of Charter Holdings, Charter Communications Operating,
LLC (Charter Operating). The transfer was accounted for as a reorganization of
entities under common control similar to a pooling of interests.
The accompanying financial statements include the accounts of CCP,
Charter's wholly owned cable operating subsidiary, representing the financial
statements of Charter Holdings and subsidiaries (the Company) for all periods
presented. The accounts of CharterComm Holdings and CCA Group are not included
since these companies were not owned and controlled by Charter prior to December
As a result of the change in ownership of CCP, CharterComm Holdings and CCA
Group, Charter Holdings has applied push-down accounting in the preparation of
the consolidated financial statements effective December 23, 1998. Accordingly,
the financial statements of Charter Holdings for periods ended on or before
December 23, 1998, are presented on a different cost basis than the financial
statements for the periods after December 23, 1998 (not presented herein), and
are not comparable.
The Company considers all highly liquid investments with original
maturities of three months or less to be cash equivalents. At December 31, 1997,
cash equivalents consist primarily of repurchase agreements. These investments
are carried at cost that approximates market value.