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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form S-1/A on 11/04/1999
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                 CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS
 
     The following sets forth certain transactions in which we and our
directors, executive officers and affiliates, including the directors and
executive officers of Charter Investment, Inc., are involved. We believe that
each of the transactions described below was on terms no less favorable to us
than could have been obtained from independent third parties.
 
TRANSACTIONS WITH MANAGEMENT AND OTHERS
 
MERGER WITH MARCUS
 
     On April 23, 1998, Mr. Allen acquired approximately 99% of the non-voting
economic interests in Marcus Cable, and agreed to acquire the remaining
interests in Marcus Cable. The aggregate purchase price was approximately $1.4
billion, excluding $1.8 billion in debt assumed. On February 22, 1999, Marcus
Holdings was formed, and all of Mr. Allen's interests in Marcus Cable were
transferred to Marcus Holdings on March 15, 1999. On March 31, 1999, Mr. Allen
completed the acquisition of all remaining interests in Marcus Cable.
 
     On December 23, 1998, Mr. Allen acquired approximately 94% of the equity of
Charter Investment, Inc. for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $2.2
billion, excluding $2.0 billion in debt assumed. On February 9, 1999, Charter
Holdings was formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Charter Investment, Inc. On
February 10, 1999, Charter Operating was formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of
Charter Holdings. In April 1999, Mr. Allen merged Marcus Holdings into Charter
Holdings, and the operating subsidiaries of Marcus Holdings and all of the cable
systems they owned came under the ownership of Charter Holdings, and, in turn,
Charter Operating. On May 25, 1999, Charter Communications Holding Company was
formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Charter Investment, Inc. All of Charter
Investment, Inc.'s equity interests in Charter Holdings were transferred to
Charter Communications Holding Company.
 
     In March 1999, we paid $20 million to Vulcan Northwest, an affiliate of Mr.
Allen, for reimbursement of direct costs incurred in connection with Mr. Allen's
acquisition of Marcus Cable. Such costs were principally comprised of financial,
advisory, legal and accounting fees.
 
     On April 7, 1999, Mr. Allen merged Marcus Holdings into Charter Holdings.
Charter Holdings survived the merger, and the operating subsidiaries of Marcus
Holdings became subsidiaries of Charter Holdings.
 
     At the time Charter Holdings issued $3.6 billion in principal amount of
notes, this merger had not yet occurred. Consequently, Marcus Holdings was a
party to the indentures governing the notes as a guarantor of Charter Holdings'
obligations. Charter Holdings loaned some of the proceeds from the sale of the
original notes to Marcus Holdings, which amounts were used to complete the cash
tender offers for then-outstanding notes of subsidiaries of Marcus Holdings.
Marcus Holdings issued a promissory note in favor of Charter Holdings. The
promissory note was in the amount of $1.7 billion, with an interest rate of
9.92% and a maturity date of April 1, 2007. Marcus
 
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