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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form S-1/A on 11/01/1999
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                     RIFKIN ACQUISITION PARTNERS, L.L.L.P.
     Debt consisted of the following:

                                           DECEMBER 31,    DECEMBER 31,
                                               1998            1997
                                           ------------    ------------
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Senior Subordinated Notes................  $125,000,000    $125,000,000
Tranche A Term Loan......................    21,575,000      25,000,000
Tranche B Term Loan......................    40,000,000      40,000,000
Reducing Revolving Loan..................    35,000,000      36,500,000
Senior Subordinated Debt.................     3,000,000       3,000,000
                                           ------------    ------------
                                           $224,575,000    $229,500,000
                                           ============    ============

     The Notes and loans are collateralized by substantially all of the assets
of the Company.
     On January 26, 1996, the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, RACC (the
"Issuers"), co-issued $125,000,000 of 11 1/8% Senior Subordinated Notes (the
"Notes") to institutional investors. These notes were subsequently exchanged on
June 18, 1996 for publicly registered notes with identical terms. Interest on
the Notes is payable semi-annually on January 15 and July 15 of each year. The
Notes, which mature on January 15, 2006, can be redeemed in whole or in part, at
the Issuers' option, at any time on or after January 15, 2001, at redeemable
prices contained in the Notes plus accrued interest. In addition, at any time on
or prior to January 15, 1999, the Issuers, at their option, may redeem up to 25%
of the principle amount of the Notes issued to institutional investors of not
less than $25,000,000. At December 31, 1998 and 1997, all of the Notes were
outstanding (see also Note 10).
     The Company has a $25,000,000 Tranche A term loan with a financial
institution. This loan requires quarterly payments of $1,875,000 plus interest
commencing on March 31, 2000. Any unpaid balance is due March 31, 2003. The
agreement requires that what it defines as excess proceeds from the sale of a
cable system be used to retire Tranche A term debt. As a result of the Michigan
sale (Note 4), there was $3,425,000 of excess proceeds used to pay principal in
1998. The interest rate on the Tranche A term loan is either the bank's prime
rate plus .25% to 1.75% or LIBOR plus 1.5% to 2.75%.
     The specific rate is dependent upon the senior funded debt ratio which is
recalculated quarterly. The weighted average effective interest rate at December
31, 1998 and 1997 was 7.59% and 8.24%, respectively.
     In addition, the Company has a $40,000,000 Tranche B term loan, which
requires principal payments of $2,000,000 on March 31, 2002, $18,000,000 on
March 31, 2003, and $20,000,000 on March 31, 2004. The Tranche B term loan bears
an interest rate of 9.75% and is payable quarterly.
     The Company also has a reducing revolving loan providing for borrowing up
to $20,000,000 at the Company's discretion, subject to certain restrictions, and
an additional $60,000,000 available to finance acquisitions subject to certain
restrictions. On March 4, 1998, the reducing revolving loan agreement was
amended to revise the scheduled reduction in revolving commitments. The
additional financing amounts available at December 31, 1998 and 1997 were
$45,000,000 and $52,500,000, respectively. At December 31, 1998, the full
$20,000,000 available had been borrowed, and $15,000,000 had been drawn against
the $45,000,000 commitment. At