Media

In Debt Crisis, Charter Communications (CHTR) Is Toast

AngrybearCharter Communications (CHTR) is still one of the largest cable companies in the US in a period where cable should be doing fairly well, Charter’s common stock is worthless at this point. It may trade at $.77 but that is a cruel joke for anyone holding the shares.

Charter cannot take advantage of the increasing markets in voice-over-IP and video-on-demand because its debt service is so remarkably high. Charter has almost $21 billion in long-term debt and will be lucky to have $750 million in operating income this year.  Some of Charter’s bonds may go into default or get very close after the next quarter’s results. At that point, the shares, which should be at zero, will actually trade there.

Douglas A. McIntyre

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