PICAYUNE MS, LAFOURCHE LA, ST. TAMMANY LA, ST. LANDRY LA,
POINTE COUPEE LA, AND JACKSON TN CABLE TELEVISION SYSTEMS
(Included in TWI Cable Inc.)
NOTES TO COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS--(Continued)
Income taxes have been provided using the liability method prescribed by
FASB Statement No. 109, "Accounting for Income Taxes." Under the liability
method, deferred income taxes reflect tax carryforwards and the net tax
effects of temporary differences between the carrying amount of assets and
liabilities for financial statements and income tax purposes, as determined
under enacted tax laws and rates.
2. Employee Benefit Plans
Following the CVI Merger, the Combined Systems began participation in the
Time Warner Cable Pension Plan (the "Pension Plan"), a non-contributory
defined benefit pension plan, and the Time Warner Cable Employee Savings Plan
(the "Savings Plan") which are administered by a committee appointed by the
Board of Representatives of Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P. ("TWE"),
an affiliate of Time Warner, and which cover substantially all employees.
Benefits under the Pension Plan are determined based on formulas which
reflect an employee's years of service and compensation levels during the
employment period. Pension expense for the years ended December 31, 1996 and
1997 totaled $184,000 and $192,000, respectively.
The Combined Systems' contributions to the Savings Plan are limited to
6.67% of an employee's eligible compensation during the plan year. The Board
of Representatives of TWE has the right in any year to set the maximum amount
of the Combined Systems' contribution. Defined contribution plan expense for
the years ended December 31, 1996 and 1997 totaled $107,000 and $117,000,
Prior to the CVI Merger, substantially all employees were eligible to
participate in a profit sharing plan or a defined contribution plan. The
profit sharing plan provided that the Combined Systems may contribute, at the
discretion of their board of directors, an amount up to 15% of compensation
for all eligible participants out of its accumulated earnings and profits, as
defined. Profit sharing expense amounted to approximately $31,000 for the year
ended December 31, 1995.
The defined contribution plan contained a qualified cash or deferred
arrangement pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 401(k). This plan
provided that eligible employees may contribute from 2% to 10% of their
compensation to the plan. The Combined Systems matched contributions of up to
4% of the employees' compensation. The expense for this plan amounted to
approximately $96,000 for the year ended December 31, 1995.
The Combined Systems have no material obligations for other post retirement
3. Related Parties
In the normal course of conducting business, the Combined Systems had
various transactions with Time Warner and its affiliates, generally on terms
resulting from a negotiation between the affected units that in management's
view resulted in reasonable allocations.