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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form S-1/A on 09/28/1999
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                               TCI FALCON SYSTEMS
            (A COMBINATION OF CERTAIN ASSETS, AS DEFINED IN NOTE 1)
 
                     NOTES TO COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
           FOR THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY 1, 1998 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 1998,
               AND FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 1997 AND 1996
 
(1) BASIS OF PRESENTATION
 
     The combined financial statements include the accounts of thirteen of TCI's
cable television systems serving certain subscribers within Oregon, Washington,
Alabama, Missouri and California (collectively, the "TCI Falcon Systems"). This
combination was created in connection with the Partnership formation discussed
below. The TCI Falcon Systems were indirectly wholly-owned by TCI in all periods
presented herein up to the date of the Contribution, as defined below. All
significant inter-entity accounts and transactions have been eliminated in
combination. The combined net assets of the TCI Falcon Systems including amounts
due to TCI are referred to as "Parent's Investment".
 
     TCI's ownership interests in the TCI Falcon Systems, as described above,
were acquired through transactions wherein TCI acquired various larger cable
entities (the "Original Systems"). The TCI Falcon System's combined financial
statements include an allocation of the purchase price and certain purchase
accounting adjustments, including the related deferred tax effects, from TCI's
acquisition of the Original Systems. Such allocation and the related franchise
cost amortization was based on the relative fair market value of the systems
acquired. In addition, certain costs of TCI are charged to the TCI Falcon
Systems based on their number of customers (see note 5). Although such
allocations are not necessarily indicative of the costs that would have been
incurred by the TCI Falcon Systems on a stand alone basis, management believes
that the resulting allocated amounts are reasonable.
 
  Partnership Formation
 
     On September 30, 1998, TCI and Falcon Holding Group, LP ("Falcon") closed a
transaction under a Contribution and Purchase Agreement (the "Contribution"),
whereby TCI contributed the TCI Falcon Systems to a newly formed partnership
(the "Partnership") between TCI and Falcon in exchange for an approximate 46%
ownership interest in the Partnership. The accompanying combined financial
statements reflect the position, results of operations and cash flows of the TCI
Falcon Systems immediately prior to the Contribution, and, therefore, do not
include the effects of such Contribution.
 
(2) ACQUISITION
 
     On January 1, 1998, a subsidiary of TCI acquired certain cable television
assets in and around Ellensburg, WA from King Videocable Company. On the same
date, these assets were transferred to the TCI Falcon Systems. As a result of
these transactions, the TCI Falcon Systems recorded non-cash increases in
property and equipment of $2,100,000, in franchise costs of $4,923,000, and in
parent's investment of $7,023,000. Assuming the acquisition had occurred on
January 1, 1997, the TCI Falcon Systems' pro forma results of operations would
not have been materially different from the results of operations for the year
ended December 31, 1997.
 
(3) SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
 
  Receivables
 
     Receivables are reflected net of an allowance for doubtful accounts. Such
allowance at September 30, 1998 and December 31, 1997 was not significant.
 
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