indebtedness of $220.6 million, including a note payable for $60.7 million,
incurred in connection with the acquisition of Sonic resulting in $12.1 million
of additional interest expense.
NET LOSS. Net loss increased by $12.6 million, or 272.5%, from $4.6
million in 1997 to $17.2 million for the period from January 1, 1998 through
December 23, 1998. The increase in revenues that resulted from cable television
customer growth was not sufficient to offset the operating expenses related to
the acquisition of Sonic.
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
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
55.5%, 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 16.8%, 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 32.9%, 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 26.9%, 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 16.0%,
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 69.8%, 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.