Kaplan corporate and other represents unallocated expenses of Kaplan, Inc.’s corporate office, other minor businesses and certain shared activities.
In the first quarter of 2016, Kaplan sold Colloquy, which was a part of Kaplan corporate and other, for a gain of $18.9 million that is included in other non-operating income.
On January 17, 2017, the Company closed on its agreement with Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. and Media General, Inc. to acquire WCWJ, a CW affiliate television station in Jacksonville, FL and WSLS, an NBC affiliate television station in Roanoke, VA for $60 million in cash and the assumption of certain pension obligations. The Company continues to operate both stations under their current network affiliations.
Revenue at the television broadcasting division decreased 1% to $91.5 million in the first quarter of 2017, from $92.0 million in the same period of 2016. Excluding revenue from the two newly acquired stations, revenue declined 6% due to a $4.2 million decrease in political advertising revenue and lower network revenue, offset by $2.9 million in higher retransmission revenues. As previously disclosed, the Company's NBC affiliates in Houston and Detroit are operating under a new contract with NBC effective January 1, 2017 that has resulted in a significant increase in network fees in 2017, compared to 2016. Operating income for the first quarter of 2017 decreased 37% to $26.0 million, from $41.2 million in the same period of 2016 due to the significantly higher network fees and lower revenues. The Company's television broadcasting division stations are operating under a new retransmission contract with Comcast effective April 1, 2017.
Manufacturing includes three businesses: Dekko, a manufacturer of electrical workspace solutions, architectural lighting and electrical components and assemblies; Joyce/Dayton Corp., a Dayton, OH-based manufacturer of screw jacks and other linear motion systems; and Forney, a global supplier of products and systems that control and monitor combustion processes in electric utility and industrial applications. In September 2016, Dekko acquired Electri-Cable Assemblies (ECA), a Shelton, CT-based manufacturer of power, data and electrical solutions for the office furniture industry.
Manufacturing revenues and operating income increased in the first three months of 2017 due to growth and improved results at Dekko, including the ECA acquisition.
In April 2017, the Company acquired Hoover Treated Wood Products, Inc., a Thomson, GA-based supplier of pressure impregnated kiln-dried lumber and plywood products for fire retardant and preservative applications.
The Graham Healthcare Group (GHG) provides home health and hospice services in three states. In June 2016, the Company acquired the outstanding 20% redeemable noncontrolling interest in Residential Healthcare (Residential). Also in June 2016, Celtic Healthcare (Celtic) and Residential combined their business operations and the Company now owns 90% of the combined entity, known as GHG. Healthcare revenues increased 3% in the first three months of 2017, while operating results were down due largely to an increase in information systems and other integration costs.
SocialCode is a provider of marketing solutions on social, mobile and video platforms. SocialCode revenues increased 18% in the first quarter of 2017, due to continued growth in digital advertising service revenues. SocialCode reported operating losses of $4.5 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared to $3.0 million in the first quarter of 2016.
Other businesses also include Slate and Foreign Policy, which publish online and print magazines and websites; and two investment stage businesses, Panoply and CyberVista. Losses from each of these businesses in the first quarter of 2017 adversely affected operating results.
Corporate office includes the expenses of the Company’s corporate office, the pension credit for the Company’s traditional defined benefit plan and certain continuing obligations related to prior business dispositions. The total pension credit for the Company’s traditional defined benefit plan was $18.5 million and $16.0 million in the first three months of 2017 and 2016, respectively.
Without the pension credit, corporate office expenses declined slightly in the first three months of 2017.