AVALON CABLE OF MICHIGAN HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
(DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)
DECEMBER 31, 1998
11. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
Avalon New England and Avalon Michigan rent poles from utility companies
for use in their operations. While rental agreements are generally short-term,
Avalon New England and Avalon Michigan anticipate such rentals will continue in
the future. Avalon New England and Avalon Michigan also lease office facilities
and various items of equipment under month-to-month operating leases. Rent
expense was $58 for the year ended December 31, 1998. Rental commitments are
expected to continue at approximately $1 million a year for the foreseeable
future, including pole rental commitments which are cancelable.
The Company and its subsidiaries are subject to regulation by the Federal
Communications Commission ("FCC") and other franchising authorities.
The Company and its subsidiaries are subject to the provisions of the Cable
Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, as amended, and the
Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Company and its subsidiaries have either
settled challenges or accrued for anticipated exposures related to rate
regulation; however, there is no assurance that there will not be further
additional challenges to its rates.
In the normal course of business, there are various legal proceedings
outstanding. In the opinion of management, these proceedings will not have a
material adverse effect on the financial condition or results of operations of
the Company and its subsidiaries.
12. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS AND BALANCES
During 1998, Avalon New England received $3,341 from Avalon Holdings. In
consideration for this amount, Avalon New England executed a note payable to
Avalon Holdings. This note is recorded as note payable-affiliate on the balance
sheet at December 31, 1998. Interest accrues at the rate of 5.57% per year and
Avalon New England has recorded accrued interest on this note of $100 at
December 31, 1998.
13. SUBSEQUENT EVENT
In May 1999, the Company signed an agreement with Charter Communications,
Inc. ("Charter Communications") under which Charter Communications agreed to
purchase Avalon Cable LLC's cable television systems and assume some of their
debt. The acquisition by Charter Communications is subject to regulatory
approvals. The Company expects to consummate this transaction in the fourth
quarter of 1999.
This agreement, if closed, would constitute a change in control under the
Indenture pursuant to which the Senior Subordinated Notes and the Senior
Discount Notes (collectively, the "Notes") were issued. The Indenture provides
that upon the occurrence of a change of control of the Company (a "Change of
Control") each holder of the Notes has the right to require the Company to
purchase all or any part (equal to $1,000 or an integral multiple thereof) of
such holder's Notes at an offer price in cash equal to 101% of the aggregate
principal amount thereon (or 101% of the accreted value for the Senior Discount
Notes as of the date of purchase if prior