Friday, March 27, 2009

It's Official: Charter Communications Files for Bankruptcy

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) and its subsidiaries (“Charter” or the “Company”) today commenced the next phase of its previously announced financial restructuring, which is expected to reduce the Company’s debt by approximately $8 billion. As announced on February 12, 2009, the Company reached agreements-in-principle with members of a committee of certain of the Company’s debt holders (collectively, the “Bondholder Committee”). These agreements-in-principle contemplate the investment by members of the Bondholder Committee of more than $3 billion, including up to $2 billion in equity proceeds, $1.2 billion in roll-over debt and $267 million in new debt to support the overall refinancing. Charter expects the proposed restructuring to position the Company to generate positive free cash flow through significant interest expense reductions. The Company has been working closely with the Bondholder Committee to finalize a pre-arranged plan of reorganization and related documents and agreements based upon the agreements-in-principle (the “Pre-Arranged Plan”).

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