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iesy Repository GmbH - Irish Stock Exchange

iesy Repository GmbH - Irish Stock Exchange

interpretative guidance

interpretative guidance from the tax authorities (except for the circular letter dated July 15, 2004), case law or other authorities and commentators’ views are inconsistent. The rules or their new interpretations may result in additional withholding tax, corporate tax at the level of the recipient, or interest on our indebtedness not being fully deductible. This could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations. In order to comply with German thin capitalization rules, it could be necessary to provide evidence that the holders of the Notes cannot be classified as shareholders holding a material interest in us. This would require the co-operation of the holders of the Notes. There can be no assurance that such co-operation (if granted) would enable us to comply with German thin capitalization rules. We may be unable to deduct interest on the Notes for tax purposes. iesy has not entered into profit and loss pooling agreements or taken certain other steps that would enable it to establish a “fiscal unity” or profit and loss pooling agreement between the Issuer and New iesy, providing for its ability to consolidate profits and losses for tax purposes (other than trade tax purposes). In iesy’s current organizational structure (in which it generates operating income at the iesy Hessen level and has not established a profit and loss pooling agreement between the Issuer and New iesy), the Issuer will not be permitted to calculate its corporate taxes on a unified basis with its subsidiaries, and as a result we will not be entitled to deduct interest payments made by the Issuer against profits earned by iesy Hessen and New iesy. For trade tax purposes, a deduction of interest payments against profits of iesy Hessen may only be available if the Issuer’s interest liability to Noteholders is, for taxation purposes, regarded as forming part of the special balance sheet (Verbindlichkeit im Sonderbetriebsvermögen) related to iesy Hessen. Due to the fact that the taxable profits of iesy Repository are low, we may not be able to currently utilize any deductions for interest paid on the Notes for tax purposes. In addition, we may incur corporate tax and trade tax, notwithstanding the fact that we may suffer losses on a consolidated basis. Under current German tax law, the Issuer, New iesy and iesy Hessen will only be able to shelter 60% of their current income against corporate tax and trade tax by the use of tax loss carry-forwards that may exist at their level. Moreover, if we enter into tax groups (Organschaften) in connection with the post-acquisition reorganization, and, as a result, tax loss carry-forwards will be unavailable to offset taxes while such Organschaften exist (other than existing loss carryforwards of iesy KG). There is no assurance that we will be able in the future to enter into profit and loss pooling agreements or to take other steps that would enable us for purposes of corporate tax and trade tax to consolidate profits and losses of the Issuer, New iesy or other subsidiaries. The interests of our principal shareholders may be inconsistent with the interests of the holders of Notes and of each other. Currently, private equity investment funds affiliated with or advised or managed by Apollo indirectly own approximately 40% of TopCo’s equity. See “Security Ownership.” The interests of Apollo and its affiliates could conflict with your interests, particularly if we encounter financial difficulties or are unable to pay our debts when due. Apollo and its affiliates could also have an interest in pursuing acquisitions, dividends, divestitures, financings or other transactions that, in their judgment, could enhance their equity investments, although such transactions might involve risks to you as a holder of Notes. In addition, Apollo and its affiliates have interests in or may come to own businesses that directly compete with ours. See “Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions.” In addition, pursuant to statutory law, the agreement of all or a supermajority of our shareholders or, as the case may be, advisory boards may be required to make certain decisions and take certain actions. The securityholders agreement for TopCo requires the approval of a majority of TopCo’s shareholders for certain decisions and actions. This could limit our ability to take advantage of opportunities, such as future acquisitions, dispositions or investments, that would otherwise be of advantage to us and to you. The recently completed ish Acquisition and any other acquisitions we may make in the future could substantially increase our level of indebtedness, change our capital structure or adversely affect our business if we cannot effectively integrate these new operations and expose us to unexpected costs or other liabilities. In the context of general consolidation within the German cable industry, we and our shareholders are evaluating opportunities to participate in this consolidation. We may acquire other local cable operators or participate in broader market consolidation. The recently completed ish Acquisition and any other acquisition we may undertake in the future could result in the incurrence of significant additional debt and contingent liabilities, an increase in our interest expense and amortization expenses related to goodwill and other intangible assets and in the use by us of available cash on hand to finance such 48

acquisitions. In addition, any additional indebtedness incurred to fund acquisitions or the use of available cash on hand to finance acquisitions would reduce the amount of our cash flow available to make payments on the Notes and, depending on the structure and terms of any acquisition, may be structurally or effectively senior to the Notes. The integration of ish or any other companies that we may acquire into our operations poses significant management, administrative and financial challenges and any such integrations may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. The integration of ish or any other company we may acquire into our operations poses significant management, administrative and financial challenges. These include: • integration of the acquired businesses in a cost-effective manner, including network infrastructure, management information and financial control systems, marketing, customer service and product offerings; • outstanding or unforeseen legal, regulatory, contractual, labor or other issues arising from the acquisitions; • additional capital expenditure requirements; • retention of customers; • integration of different company and management cultures; and • retention, hiring and training of key personnel. If we experience any difficulties in integrating acquired operations into our company, we may incur higher than expected costs and not realize all the benefits of the acquisitions. In addition, our management may be distracted by such acquisitions and the integration of the acquired businesses. Our management may also change as a result of acquisitions. Thus, acquisitions may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. Risks Relating to Regulatory and Legislative Matters We are subject to significant government regulation, which may increase our costs and otherwise adversely affect our business, and further changes could also adversely affect our business. Our existing and planned activities as a cable network operator in Germany are subject to significant regulation and supervision by various regulatory bodies, including state and federal and EU authorities. Such governmental regulation and supervision as well as future changes in laws, regulations or government policy (or in the interpretation or enforcement of existing laws or regulations) that affect us, our competitors or our industry, strongly influence our viability and how we operate our business. Complying with existing and future regulations may increase our operational and administrative expenses and limit our revenues. Also, any acquisition, merger or corporate restructuring may increase the level of regulation and supervision by regulatory bodies. In particular, we are subject to: • notification requirements; • price regulation for certain services that we provide, in particular with respect to subscriber and carriage fees; • rules regarding the interconnection of our network with those of other network operators and, under certain circumstances, the granting of access to our network to competitors; • requirements that a cable network operator carries certain programs; • rules relating to data protection; • rules regarding the allocation of frequencies; • rules regarding the fair, reasonable and non-discriminating treatment of broadcasters and, under certain circumstances, competitors; and • other requirements covering a variety of operational areas such as environmental protection, technical standards, (i.e. relating to the cable and the subscriber equipment), rights of way, navigation systems, digital platforms and subscriber service/billing requirements. 49

  • Page 1 and 2: PROSPECTUS iesy Repository GmbH €
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  • Page 19 and 20: In April/May 2005, iesy entered int
  • Page 21 and 22: Our Corporate and Financing Structu
  • Page 23 and 24: THE OFFERING The summary below desc
  • Page 25 and 26: Optional Redemption We may redeem a
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  • Page 33 and 34: ish Income Statement Data Audited y
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  • Page 39 and 40: RISK FACTORS You should carefully c
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  • Page 55 and 56: We depend on payments from our subs
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  • Page 63 and 64: THE ISH ACQUISITION The description
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    eview and optimization of services

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    Cash Flow from Operating Activities

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    oadcasters in television and radio.

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    educed or increased by a material a

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    Income Statement Data Audited year

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    109 As of December 31, As of March

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    • ish’s premium cable televisio

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    In addition, ish markets pay-per-vi

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    Cost of Materials and Services Cost

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    For accounting purposes, ish treats

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    Subscribers ish classifies its cust

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    Competition ish faces significant c

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    This decrease was primarily due to

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    Net Loss Net loss was €17.9 milli

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    Pension Obligations As of March 31,

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    Term Sheets with DTAG, BRN-ish agre

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    estructuring liabilities, while 200

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    accrual for pending losses. The exp

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    International Financial Reporting S

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    Content Providers Basic Television

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    Digital Home” and PrimaCom offers

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    [GRAPHIC] [GRAPHIC] Level 4 is the

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    shared access basis. In this case,

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    The following table shows several k

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    In the domestic market, the German

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    BUSINESS Unless otherwise indicated

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    Germany, with approximately 30.2 mi

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    Prudently deploying capital. Our de

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    iesy’s Current Basic Cable Televi

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    amounted to €8.0 million or 5.9%

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    within iesy’s upgraded areas and

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    Supply The following chart shows th

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    Term Sheet Service Duration Offer o

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    y the new fiber system. See “Oper

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    part of settling arbitration procee

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    Business of ish Products and Servic

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    ish’s Current Basic Cable Televis

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    In addition to the monthly subscrip

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    Customers who subscribe to Premiere

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    Sales ish’s sales team is divided

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    The following chart illustrates ish

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    Term Sheet Service Duration Co-use

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    Lease of space for broadband cable

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    Other Significant Supply Agreements

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    ights themselves. As an exception,

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    Competition The cable television an

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    Introduction REGULATION German law

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    We assume that we will be deemed to

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    The Amendment provides that provisi

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    • Providers who had a dominant po

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    in the Munich office of Apax Partne

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    Marketing for Germany and Austria,

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    Gerard Tyler is ish’s Treasurer.

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    Beneficial Ownership The following

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    period (unless the interest period

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    Subordinated Bridge Facility In con

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    • the ability of the Obligors (ot

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    owed by the Insolvent Obligor will

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    in London, the Bank of New York, Ne

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    Issuer have agreed that iesy Hessen

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    Subsidiary Guarantor outstanding wh

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    the amount of their secured claim.

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    provisions described under “—De

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    In addition, the Intercreditor Agre

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    Euro Note to and including February

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    circumstances referred to above exi

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    that it has unconditionally exercis

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    time outstanding not exceeding (i)

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    description of this covenant and no

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    Date of any Indebtedness that has b

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    (13) Investments in an aggregate am

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    supplement or other modification) t

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    (1) the assumption by the transfere

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    Reports Whether or not required by

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    of the European Union on January 1,

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    contemporaneously with any such act

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    25% in principal amount of the outs

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    (2) provide for the assumption by a

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    (6) an Officer’s Certificate stat

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    calculated based on the relevant cu

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    “Bank Indebtedness” means any a

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    Consolidated Net Income (excluding

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    (9) the impact of capitalized inter

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    “Exchange Act” means the U.S. S

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    (iii) for the avoidance of doubt, a

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    “Nationally Recognized Statistica

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    (2) Investments in another Person i

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    (15) Permitted Collateral Liens; (1

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    (5) in the case of Apollo and Golde

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    service level agreement as replaced

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    “Unrestricted Subsidiary” means

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    The Issuer and the Trustee and thei

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    Secondary Market Trading The Book-E

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    to trade tax. The taxable gain from

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    date). A U.S. Holder’s adjusted t

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    (c) for so long as the Notes are el

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    LEGAL MATTERS Certain legal matters

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    Assets iesy Hessen GmbH & Co. KG, W

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    I. Application of Legal Provisions

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    III. Explanation of Balance Sheet a

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    Last year’s extraordinary expense

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    iesy Repository GmbH, Hamburg AMEND

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    and remaining useful life for the i

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    The movements in consolidated equit

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    iesy Repository GmbH, Hamburg AMEND

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    Assets iesy Repository GmbH, Hambur

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    I. Basis of Presentation The consol

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    V. Explanations to Material Items o

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    Network infrastructure, rental, lea

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    iesy Repository GmbH, Hamburg UNAUD

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    1. Basis of Presentation iesy Repos

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    5. Explanations to Material Items o

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    Shareholdings of iesy Repository Gm

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    iesy Hessen GmbH & Co. KG, Weiterst

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    Cost of materials COURTESY TRANSLAT

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    Goodwill. Under German GAAP, the di

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    Under U.S. GAAP, loan origination f

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    IFRS requires a purchase price allo

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    financial liability incurred result

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    €235,000,000 10 1 /8% Senior Note

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