Time Warner, Comcast Buy Adelphia

Time Warner and Comcast agree to acquire Adelphia Communications for $12.7B in cash and 16% of Time Warner Cable's stock

April 21, 2005

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GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. -- Adelphia Communications Corporation (OTC: ADELQ - News), a leading operator of cable systems in the United States with approximately 5.2 million basic subscribers in 31 states, today announced that it has reached definitive agreements for Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX - News) and Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA - News, CMCSK - News) to acquire substantially all the U.S. assets of Adelphia for $12.7 billion in cash and 16 percent of the common stock of Time Warner's cable subsidiary, Time Warner Cable Inc.

Under the terms of the transaction, approved by the boards of directors of Adelphia, Time Warner and Comcast, Adelphia's stakeholders will receive $9.2 billion in cash and 16 percent of Time Warner Cable's common equity from Time Warner. In addition, Comcast will pay Adelphia $3.5 billion in cash. Under proposed transactions between Time Warner and Comcast, the two companies will swap cable systems to enhance their respective geographic clusters and unwind Comcast's investments in Time Warner Cable and Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P. in an efficient and mutually beneficial way.

The transaction is subject to approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and customary closing conditions. Going forward, Adelphia will file a revised Plan of Reorganization and Draft Disclosure Statement with the Bankruptcy Court that reflects the terms of the transaction. A Disclosure Statement hearing must be held, followed by creditor balloting on the plan and ultimately a confirmation hearing before the Bankruptcy Court leading to a confirmed Plan of Reorganization. Parallel to the bankruptcy process, for the deal to close it will require approvals of the FCC, the Justice Department (Hart-Scott-Rodino) and, where required, local franchising authorities. Subject to all necessary approvals, the deal is expected to close in approximately nine to 12 months.

The Official Committee of the Unsecured Creditors supported Adelphia in moving forward with this transaction.

Bill Schleyer, chairman and CEO of Adelphia, said, "After extensive review of all options for the company, Adelphia's Board of Directors has determined that this transaction delivers the maximum value to its bankruptcy constituents. We believe that this option is superior to Adelphia emerging as a standalone company. It is also a positive outcome for our cable customers, who will benefit from continuing considerable investment in our cable assets. The significant interest in Adelphia is a testament to the dramatic improvements our employees have made to the company and its assets during the past two years."

Schleyer added, "Over the past two years, the Adelphia team has worked tirelessly to transform our business, enhance our operations and improve our competitive position. Today, Adelphia has a first class network, dramatically improved financial performance with complete transparency, and improved service offerings -- and this transaction clearly recognizes the tremendous value of the Adelphia enterprise."

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