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InvestorsMay 3, 2000

Charter Communications, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2000 Financial Results

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ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2000--Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:CHTR) today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2000. Pro forma for the acquisition of Bresnan Communications in February 2000, revenues were $759.3 million and operating cash flow after deducting corporate overhead was $352.0 million for the first quarter of 2000. As of March 31, 2000, Charter served 6,152,000 basic cable customers, an increase of 1.7% compared to the pro forma customer level of 6,050,500 at March 31, 1999. In addition, for those cable systems owned or managed by Charter during the first quarter of both 2000 and 1999, revenues and operating cash flow grew 10.2% and 13.7%, respectively, and internal customer growth was 2.4% over the year-ago period.

"I am pleased to report that Charter Communications continued to successfully integrate the cable systems we acquired last year, as evidenced by our 10.8% growth in pro forma operating cash flow for the first quarter of 2000. As we merge these properties into our regional operating structure, we are already realizing the synergies that we had originally envisioned," said Jerald L. Kent, President and CEO of Charter. "We have closed on all major acquisitions and are very encouraged by our 'Charterizing' of these properties. At this point, we are extremely confident that there are no significant obstacles that stand in our way of generating outstanding operating results for the year, and we expect an acceleration in our rate of operating cash flow growth for the balance of the year."

"We continued to aggressively roll out advanced services. As of March 31, 2000, we had approximately 225,000 digital customers and approximately 123,000 data customers. With an installed universe of 266,500 digital converters, we continue to see digital revenue per household of approximately $20 per month. The demand for our digital tier of service temporarily exceeded the ability of our vendors to supply equipment, but we have been assured that we will receive adequate supply in order to exceed our announced year 2000 goal of averaging 10,000 new digital customers per week by at least 20%. Strong customer demand for these services was a key factor in our decision to accelerate our previously announced rebuild schedule. We expect to accelerate our rebuild program by almost a full year. This will result in approximately 70% of our customers being served by cable plant with bandwidth capacity of 550 MHz or greater, with 60% of our customers at 750 MHz or greater, by the end of 2000. We believe this positions Charter on a comparable level with other large cable operators," said Kent.

Charter's architecture for its state-of-the-art broadband network incorporates a maximum node size of 500 homes, which currently averages approximately 380 homes per node. Charter is also installing six strands of fiber-optic cable to each node, with two strands activated and four strands available for future use. This enables the company to segment to 60 home nodes by utilizing dense wavelength division multiplexing technology.

"Our three primary objectives for 2000 are integrating the acquired systems, upgrading our cable systems, and rolling out advanced services to our customers. Thus far, we are on track to achieve all three objectives," said Kent. "We continue to be confident in our ability to meet or exceed the analysts' current expectations for cash flow growth and customer growth for advanced services."


The following presents the actual results of Charter Communications, Inc. for the three months ended March 31, 2000, reflecting the operating results of Bresnan Communications subsequent to its acquisition on February 14, 2000. Comparisons of current period operating results to the first quarter of 1999 are not meaningful.

Statement of Operations (Unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2000               

Actual (Dollar amounts 
in thousands, except share data)                         -------------


     Basic                                              $     524,547
     Premium                                                   55,773
     Pay-per-view                                               7,231
     Advertising sales                                         33,278
     Digital                                                    9,196
     Data                                                       9,712
     Other                                                     81,867
        Total revenues                                        721,604
Operating Expenses:
     Programming                                              164,825
     General and administrative                               125,292
     Service                                                   47,091
     Marketing                                                 11,693
     Other                                                     22,868
     Corporate expense charges                                 12,508
        Total operating expenses                              384,277
           Operating cash flow                                337,327
Depreciation                                                 (252,876)
Amortization                                                 (293,224)
Option compensation expense                                   (15,500)
Interest, net                                                (225,479)
Other, net                                                        132
           Loss before minority interest                     (449,620)
Minority Interest in Loss of Subsidiary                       268,906
           Net loss                                     $    (180,714)

Basic and Diluted Loss per Common Share                 $       (0.81)

Weighted average shares outstanding                       221,917,083

The following pro forma balance sheet and operating data as of December 31, 1999 reflect the Bresnan acquisition and the issuance of senior notes on January 12, 2000 as if these transactions had occurred as of December 31, 1999.

Balance Sheet Data (Unaudited)

                                              Actual       Pro Forma
                                             March 31,    December 31,
                                               2000          1999
                                            -----------   ------------
                                         (Dollar amounts in thousands)

Total Assets                                $21,781,701   $22,045,909
Long-Term Debt                               11,154,423    11,025,460
Minority Interest                             4,920,136     5,242,533
Redeemable Securities                         1,846,176     1,846,176
Shareholders' Equity                          2,955,143     3,068,722

Operating Data (Unaudited)

                                                Actual     Pro Forma
                                               March 31,  December 31,
                                                 2000        1999
                                              ----------   ----------

Homes Passed                                   9,895,400    9,852,800
Basic Customers                                6,152,000    6,138,200
Basic Penetration                                   62.2%        62.3%
Premium Subscriptions                          3,088,000    3,144,400
Digital Video Customers                          224,700      155,400
Digital Converters Deployed                      266,500      176,600
Data Customers                                   122,900       84,400


The following pro forma results for the three months ended March 31, 2000 reflect the acquisition of Bresnan Communications in February 2000. The pro forma results for the three months ended March 31, 1999 reflect the merger of Marcus Cable systems, the eleven acquisitions of cable systems completed during 1999, and the Bresnan acquisition in February 2000. The pro forma results assume that all transactions had occurred on January 1, 1999.

Statement of Operations (Unaudited)

                                       Pro Forma  Pro Forma   Percent
For the Three Months Ended March 31,     2000       1999      Variance
                                       --------   --------    --------
                                        (Dollar amounts in thousands)

     Basic                             $552,500   $528,355
     Premium                             58,737     58,112
     Pay-per-view                         7,600     13,014
     Advertising sales                   35,622     22,692
     Digital                              9,901      1,309
     Data                                11,352      4,984
     Other                               83,552     82,724
                                       --------   --------
        Total revenues                  759,264    711,190        6.8%
                                       --------   --------
Operating Expenses:
     Programming                        174,222    164,348
     General and administrative         130,825    120,521
     Service                             51,763     43,826
     Marketing                           12,316     10,957
     Other                               24,095     25,565
     Corporate expense charges           14,062     28,265
                                       --------   --------
        Total operating expenses        407,283    393,482        3.5%
                                       --------   --------
            Operating cash flow        $351,981   $317,708       10.8%
                                       ========   ========


The following information presents operating results and data for the first quarter of 2000 as compared to the first quarter of 1999 for the cable systems owned or managed by Charter as of January 1, 1999.

Statement of Operations (Unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended March 31,      2000        1999    Variance
                                        --------    --------  --------
                                       (Dollar amounts in thousands)
      Basic                             $205,895    $188,164
      Premium                             24,107      24,405
      Pay-per-view                         3,490       7,243
      Advertising sales                   15,510       9,993
      Digital                              4,276         261
      Data                                 3,441       1,082
      Other                               38,688      37,015
                                        --------    --------
         Total revenues                  295,407     268,163     10.2%
                                        --------    --------
Operating Expenses:
      Programming                         66,600      63,510
      General and administrative          51,282      47,630
      Service                             18,425      18,589
      Marketing                            5,349       6,737
      Other                                9,748       5,084
                                        --------    --------
         Total operating expenses        151,404     141,550      7.0%
                                        --------    --------
            Operating cash flow         $144,003    $126,613     13.7%
                                        ========    ========

Operating Data (Unaudited)

                                     March 31,    March 31,   Percent
                                       2000         1999      Variance
                                     ---------    ---------   --------
Homes Passed                         3,878,900    3,805,200
Basic Customers (1)                  2,254,100    2,202,200       2.4%
Basic Penetration                         58.1%        57.9%
Premium Subscriptions                1,365,600    1,280,200       6.7%
Digital Video Customers                117,300        2,800
Data Customers                          38,700        6,900
Average Monthly Revenue
      per Customer                   $   43.68    $   40.59       7.6%

(1) December 31, 1999 pro forma customers were 2,244,000 after transfer of a certain Indiana cable system to complete the InterMedia exchange in March 2000. *T

Revenues increased by $27.2 million or 10.2% when comparing the revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2000 to the results for the comparable systems for the three months ended March 31, 1999. This increase is due to a net gain of approximately 51,900 or 2.4% basic customers between quarters and retail rate increases implemented in certain of the Company's systems. Pay-per-view revenues decreased as a result of fewer special events in the first quarter of 2000. Advertising revenues increased 55.2% as a result of launching advertising in new markets and increasing the number of cable channels on which advertising is sold.

Total operating expenses increased approximately $9.9 million or 7.0% when comparing the operating expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2000 to the results for the same systems for the quarter ended March 31, 1999. This increase is primarily due to increases in license fees paid for programming as a result of additional subscribers, new channels launched and increases in the rates paid for programming services. The Company believes that the increases in programming expense are consistent with industry-wide increases.

The Company experienced growth in operating cash flow of approximately $17.4 million or 13.7% when comparing operating cash flow for the quarter ended March 31, 2000 to the results for the same systems for the quarter ended March 31, 1999. Operating cash flow margin increased from 47.2% to 48.7% when comparing the similar periods.


Charter currently offers its customers a full array of traditional cable television services and we have begun to offer advanced high bandwidth services such as digital video and high-speed Internet access. We plan to continually enhance and upgrade these services, including adding new programming and other telecommunications services.

Charter is in the process of introducing a variety of new or expanded products and services beyond the traditional offerings of analog television programming for the benefit of both our residential and commercial customers. These new products and services are as follows:

  • Digital television and its related enhancements;
  • High-speed Internet access via cable modems;
  • Internet access through dial-up telephone modems;
  • Internet access through television-based service; and
  • Interactive programming.

The following statistics for December 31, 1999 are pro forma for the Bresnan acquisition completed in February 2000.

                                                Actual      Pro Forma
                                               March 31,   December 31,
                                                 2000         1999
                                               ---------    ---------
Digital Video
Homes Passed                                   4,808,300    4,675,000
Digital Customers                                224,700      155,400
Digital Penetration                                  4.7%         3.3%

Homes Passed                                   5,081,300    4,422,000
Data Customers                                   122,900       84,400
Penetration                                          2.4%         1.9%

Television-Based Internet Access
Homes Passed                                     429,000      429,000
Customers                                          7,300        7,100
Penetration                                          1.7%         1.7%

"Safe Harbor" Statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Charter Communications' business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the reports and documents the company files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Charter Communications (Nasdaq:CHTR) is a Wired World(TM) company offering a full range of traditional cable television services. The Company has also begun to offer services including digital cable television, high-speed Internet access and television-based Internet access and is introducing interactive video programming. All of these services are important steps toward the realization of the Wired World vision where cable's ability to transmit voice, video and data at high speeds will enable it to serve as the primary platform for the delivery of new services to the home and workplace. Charter is the fourth largest operator of cable television systems in the United States.

For more information about Charter Communications, Inc., visit the Company's web site at

Charter Communications, St. Louis
Analysts and Investors:
Ralph G. Kelly, 314/543-2388
Anita Lamont, 314/543-2215