ST. LOUIS, Jul 08, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) announced that on June 30, 2005, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri entered its final approval of the Stipulation of Settlement, as amended, (the "Settlement") of certain shareholder class action and derivative lawsuits filed against Charter Communications, Inc. ("Charter") which are more fully described in our previously-filed reports. The terms of the Settlement granted Charter the option, in its sole discretion, to accept or reject the Settlement, based on the volume-weighted average price of its Class A common stock during the thirty calendar days immediately preceding the entry of the final judgment, and award of attorneys' fees to plaintiffs' counsel, and, if accepted, to pay the portion of the Settlement consideration that was not to be funded by Charter's insurance carriers in cash, shares of Charter Class A common stock and warrants, or a combination of the foregoing. Charter had five business days following the entry of a final judgment/attorneys' fee award in the litigation to exercise its option.
On July 6, 2005, the Board of Directors of Charter accepted the Settlement and approved payment of Charter's portion of the Settlement consideration as follows: (a) 13.4 million shares of Charter Class A common stock with a deemed value (as determined by the formula in the Settlement) of approximately $15 million, and (b) approximately $68 million in cash, for a total value paid of approximately $83 million. This amount reflects the $80 million Settlement payment plus the $5 million payment to the insurance carrier, less discounts for payment in cash to the insurance carrier and for plaintiffs' attorneys' fees. Charter expects to deliver the Settlement consideration on July 8, 2005.
The issuance of the securities is exempt from registration pursuant to Section 3(a)(10) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
About Charter Communications
Charter Communications, Inc., a broadband communications company, provides a full range of advanced broadband services to the home, including cable television on an advanced digital video programming platform via Charter Digital(TM) and Charter High-Speed(TM) Internet service. Charter also provides business-to-business video, data and Internet protocol (IP) solutions through Charter Business(TM). Advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media(R) brand. More information about Charter can be found at http://www.charter.com.
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