Allen Considers Options for Charter
SEC Filing Mentions Recapitalization, Restructuring Transactions to Reduce Leverage
By Jon Hemingway -- Broadcasting & Cable, 8/16/2007 4:57:00 AM
According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Allen is considering recapitalization or restructuring transactions that will reduce the company’s leverage. That may include going private or a sale of the company or assets.
Charter has engaged in asset sales in the past for this purpose. In 2006, the company sold cable systems in several transactions that netted $971 million, which the company used to reduce debt.
Charter has a mountain of debt, most of which does not mature until after 2010. Of the more than $19 billion in outstanding debt at the company, $65 million is due to mature by the end of 2008. In 2009, $666 million will mature.
The credit crunch has shut off access to the markets for companies at the lower rungs of the credit ladder, making it difficult to refinance debt. But in its quarterly report, Charter stated that it currently has the ability to draw up to $1.4 billion under an existing credit facility.
Charter Cable better start taking care of their present customers and potential customers. I have spent two days trying to get internet cable in a home (not my primary residence) I own in Wisconsin. I have been transfered, disconnected and in general became a "ping-pong" ball for their "customer service" group.
Mr Allen will not have to worry about long term debt if he doesn''t have any customers.
Joseph J. Gunnell - 10/30/2007 8:36:00 PM EDT
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