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GRAHAM HOLDINGS CO filed this Form 10-Q on 08/02/2017
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information systems and other integration costs. In the second quarter of 2016, GHG incurred approximately $2.0 million in expenses in conjunction with the June 2016 transactions discussed above. At the end of June 2017, GHG acquired Hometown Home Health and Hospice, a Lapeer, MI-based healthcare services provider.
In June 2016, Residential and a Michigan hospital formed a joint venture to provide home health services to West Michigan patients. Residential manages the operations of the joint venture and holds a 40% interest. The pro rata operating results of the joint venture are included in the Company’s equity in earnings of affiliates. In connection with this June 2016 transaction, the Company recorded a pre-tax gain of $3.2 million in the second quarter of 2016 that is included in other non-operating income.
SocialCode is a provider of marketing solutions on social, mobile and video platforms. SocialCode revenues increased 13% and 15% in the second quarter and for the first six months of 2017, due to growth in digital advertising service revenues. SocialCode reported operating income of $2.6 million and an operating loss of $1.9 million for the second quarter and first six months of 2017, compared to operating losses of $1.5 million and $4.4 million in the second quarter and first six months of 2016. The improved results include a $4.7 million and $3.9 million credit related to SocialCode’s phantom equity plans in the second quarter and first six months of 2017, respectively. As of June 30, 2017, the accrual balance related to these plans is $18.1 million.
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 six months of 2017 adversely affected operating results.
Corporate Office
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 $36.4 million and $32.1 million in the first six months of 2017 and 2016, respectively.
Without the pension credit, corporate office expenses declined slightly in the first six months of 2017.
Equity in Earnings of Affiliates
At June 30, 2017, the Company held interests in a number of home health and hospice joint ventures, and interests in several other affiliates. The Company recorded equity in earnings of affiliates of $1.3 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared to losses of $0.9 million for the second quarter of 2016. The Company recorded equity in earnings of affiliates of $2.0 million for the first six months of 2017, compared to $0.1 million for the first six months of 2016.
Other Non-Operating Income (Expense)
The Company recorded total other non-operating income, net, of $4.1 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared to $19.0 million for the second quarter of 2016. The 2017 amounts included $3.5 million in foreign currency gains and other items. The 2016 amounts included a $34.1 million gain on the sale of land; a $4.5 million gain on the sale of marketable equity securities; a $3.2 million gain on the Residential joint venture transaction and other items, offset by $24.1 million in foreign currency losses and other items.
The Company recorded total other non-operating income, net, of $4.9 million for the first six months of 2017, compared to $34.1 million for the first six months of 2016. The 2017 amounts included $5.2 million in foreign currency gains, offset by other items. The 2016 amounts included a $34.1 million gain on the sale of land; an $18.9 million gain on the sale of a business; a $6.3 million gain on the sale of marketable equity securities; a $3.2 million gain on the Residential joint venture transaction and other items, offset by $29.5 million in foreign currency losses.
Net Interest Expense and Related Balances 
The Company incurred net interest expense of $7.9 million and $14.6 million for the second quarter and first six months of 2017, compared to $7.3 million and $14.6 million for the second quarter and first six months of 2016. At June 30, 2017, the Company had $496.2 million in borrowings outstanding at an average interest rate of 6.2% and cash, marketable equity securities and other investments of $925.1 million.
Provision for Income Taxes
The Company’s effective tax rate for the first six months of 2017 was 29.7%, compared to 31.7% for the first six months of 2016. The low effective tax rate in the first six months of 2017 is due to a $5.9 million income tax benefit related to the vesting of restricted stock awards. In the first quarter of 2017, the Company adopted a new accounting standard that requires all excess income tax benefits and deficiencies from stock compensation to be

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