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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form S-1/A on 11/04/1999
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                      BRESNAN COMMUNICATIONS GROUP SYSTEMS
            (A COMBINATION OF CERTAIN ASSETS, AS DEFINED IN NOTE 1)
 
                     NOTES TO COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
                        DECEMBER 31, 1996, 1997 AND 1998
                                 (IN THOUSANDS)
 
(1) BASIS OF PRESENTATION AND PARTNERSHIP FORMATION
 
     The financial statements of Bresnan Communications Group Systems are the
combination of the financial statements of Bresnan Communications Company
Limited Partnership ("BCCLP") and certain additional cable television systems
(the "TCI Bresnan Systems") owned by affiliates of Tele-Communications, Inc.
("TCI"). BCCLP and the TCI Bresnan Systems are under the common ownership and
control of TCI for all periods presented. Based on such common ownership and
control, the accompanying financial statements are presented herein at
historical cost on a combined basis and will serve as a predecessor to Bresnan
Communications Group LLC. The combined net assets of Bresnan Communications
Group Systems are herein referred to as "Parents' investment".
 
     BCCLP is a partnership between a subsidiary of TCI and William J. Bresnan
and certain entities which he controls (collectively, the "Bresnan Entities").
BCCLP owns and operates cable television systems principally located in the
midwestern United States. TCI and the Bresnan Entities hold 78.4% and 21.6%
interests, respectively, in BCCLP.
 
     Certain of the TCI Bresnan Systems have been acquired through transactions
whereby TCI acquired various larger cable entities (the "Original Systems"). The
accounts of certain of the TCI Bresnan Systems include allocations of purchase
accounting adjustments from TCI's acquisition of the Original Systems. Such
allocations and the related franchise cost amortization are based upon the
relative fair market values of the systems involved. In addition, certain costs
of TCI and the Bresnan Entities are charged to the Bresnan Communications Group
Systems based on the methodologies described in note 6. Although such
allocations are not necessarily indicative of the costs that would have been
incurred by the Bresnan Communications Group Systems on a stand alone basis,
management of TCI and the Bresnan Entities believe that the resulting allocated
amounts are reasonable.
 
     On June 3, 1998, certain affiliates of TCI, the Bresnan Entities, BCCLP and
Blackstone Cable Acquisition Company, LLC ("Blackstone") (collectively, the
"Partners") entered into a Contribution Agreement. Effective February 2, 1999
under the terms of the contribution agreement, certain systems of affiliates of
TCI were transferred to BCCLP along with approximately $708,854 of assumed TCI
debt (the "TCI Transaction") which is not reflected in the accompanying combined
financial statements. At the same time, Blackstone contributed $136,500 to
BCCLP. As a result of these transactions, the Bresnan Entities remain the
managing partner of BCCLP, with a 10.2% combined general and limited partner
interest, while TCI and Blackstone are 50% and 39.8% limited partners of BCCLP,
respectively. The amount of the assumed TCI debt will be adjusted based on
certain working capital adjustments at a specified time after the consummation
of TCI Transaction. Upon completion of these transactions BCCLP formed a
wholly-owned subsidiary, Bresnan Communications Group LLC ("BCG"), into which it
contributed all its assets and liabilities. Simultaneous with this transaction
Bresnan Communications Group LLC formed a wholly-owned subsidiary, Bresnan
Telecommunications Company LLC ("BTC"), into which it contributed all its assets
and liabilities.
 
     In anticipation of these transactions, on January 25, 1999, BCG sold
$170,000 aggregate principal amount of 8% senior notes (the "Senior Notes") due
2009 and $275,000 aggregate principal amount at maturity (approximately $175,000
gross proceeds) of 9.25% senior discount notes (the "Senior Discount Notes") due
2009. The net proceeds from the offering of the Senior Notes and the Senior
Discount Notes approximated $336,000 after giving effect to discounts and
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