ST. LOUIS, Apr 28, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) announced today that it has closed the refinancing of its senior secured credit facilities held by Charter Communications Operating, LLC (Charter Operating). The $6.85 billion credit facilities include an increased $350 million revolver/term credit facility, a $5.0 billion term loan due in 2013, and certain amendments to the existing $1.5 billion revolving credit facility. The term loan pricing is LIBOR plus 2.625 percent.
Commenting on the refinancing, JT Fisher, Charter's chief financial officer, said, "We're very pleased with the results of this new credit facility, as we continue to make progress on our opportunistic strategy to extend debt maturities, improve liquidity, and reduce interest costs."
J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc., Banc of America Securities LLC, and Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. arranged the refinance.
About Charter Communications
Charter Communications, Inc., a leading broadband communications company, provides a full range of advanced broadband services to the home, including advanced digital video entertainment programming (Charter Digital(TM)), Charter High-Speed(TM) Internet access service, and Charter Telephone(TM) services. Charter Business(TM) similarly provides scalable, tailored and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, and video and music entertainment services. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media(R) brand. More information about Charter can be found at www.charter.com.
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-- the availability, in general, of funds to meet interest payment obligations under our debt and to fund our operations and necessary capital expenditures, either through cash flows from operating activities, further borrowings or other sources and, in particular, our ability to be able to provide under applicable debt instruments such funds (by dividend, investment or otherwise) to the applicable obligor of such debt;
-- our ability to comply with all covenants in our indentures, the bridge loan and credit facilities, any violation of which would result in a violation of the applicable facility or indenture and could trigger a default of other obligations under cross-default provisions;
-- our ability to pay or refinance debt prior to or when it becomes due and/or to take advantage of market opportunities and market windows to refinance that debt through new issuances, exchange offers or otherwise, including restructuring our balance sheet and leverage position;
-- our ability to sustain and grow revenues and cash flows from operating activities by offering video, high-speed Internet, telephone and other services and to maintain and grow a stable customer base, particularly in the face of increasingly aggressive competition from other service providers;
-- our ability to obtain programming at reasonable prices or to pass programming cost increases on to our customers;
-- general business conditions, economic uncertainty or slowdown; and
-- the effects of governmental regulation, including but not limited to local franchise authorities, on our business.
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SOURCE: Charter Communications, Inc.
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