recorded as discrete items in the provision for income taxes. Excluding this $5.9 million benefit, the overall income tax rate in the first six months of 2017 was 36.3%.
In the second quarter of 2016, the Company benefited from a favorable $5.6 million out of period deferred tax adjustment related to the KHE goodwill impairment recorded in the third quarter of 2015. Excluding this adjustment, the Company’s effective tax rate for the first six months of 2016 was 35.6%.
Earnings Per Share
The calculation of diluted earnings per share for the second quarter and first six months of 2017 was based on 5,577,275 and 5,573,167 weighted average shares outstanding, compared to 5,574,336 and 5,612,959 for the second quarter and first six months of 2016. At June 30, 2017, there were 5,593,030 shares outstanding. On May 14, 2015, the Board of Directors authorized the Company to acquire up to 500,000 shares of its Class B common stock; the Company has remaining authorization for 223,526 shares as of June 30, 2017.
Kaplan University Transaction
On April 27, 2017, certain Kaplan subsidiaries entered into a Contribution and Transfer Agreement (Transfer Agreement) to contribute Kaplan University (KU), its institutional assets and operations to a new, nonprofit, public-benefit corporation (New University) affiliated with Purdue University (Purdue) in exchange for a Transition and Operations Support Agreement (TOSA) to provide key non-academic operations support to New University for an initial term of 30 years with a buy-out option after six years.
Subject to the terms and conditions of the Transfer Agreement, KU, which specializes in online education and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC), will transfer certain assets of its Title IV-authorized and accredited academic institution to New University. New University will operate as a new Indiana public university, as authorized by the Indiana legislature, affiliated with Purdue University and focused on expanding access to education for non-traditional adult learners.
New University will initially consist of the seven schools and colleges that now comprise KU (excluding the Kaplan University School of Professional and Continuing Education (KU-PACE)), which together offer more than 100 diploma, certificate, associate, bachelor, masters and doctoral degree programs, as well as 15 campus and learning center locations. Current online and campus KU students, approximately 29,000, will transfer to New University. Current full-time and adjunct faculty and staff at KU, approximately 3,000 employees, will also transfer to New University. New University will be governed by its own board of trustees that will fully control all of the functions of New University, the members of which will be appointed by Purdue. Upon approval by its accreditor, New University will have its own institutional accreditation and maintain its own faculty and administrative operations.
In addition, as part of the transfer of KU’s academic institution, students, academic personnel, faculty and operations, and property leases for KU’s campuses and learning centers, KU also will transfer Kaplan-owned academic curriculum and content related to KU courses (collectively and including such specific assets as described in the Transfer Agreement, the “Institutional Assets”). The transfer does not include any of the assets of KU-PACE, which provides professional training and exam preparation for professional certifications and licensures, nor does it include the transfer of other Kaplan businesses such as Kaplan Test Preparation and Kaplan International.
Kaplan will receive nominal cash consideration upon transfer of KU’s Institutional Assets. In exchange for KU’s Institutional Assets, upon closing of the transactions contemplated by the Transfer Agreement, the parties will enter into the TOSA. Under the TOSA, Kaplan will provide operations support activities to New University including, but not limited to, technology support, help-desk functions, human resources support for transferred faculty and employees, admissions support, financial aid administration, marketing and advertising, back-office business functions, international student recruiting and certain test preparation services.
Pursuant to the TOSA, Kaplan is not entitled to receive any reimbursement of costs incurred in providing support functions, or any fee, unless and until New University has first covered all of its operating costs. In addition, during each of New University’s first five years, prior to any payment to Kaplan, New University is entitled to a priority payment of $10 million per year beyond costs, which will be paid out of New University’s revenue. To the extent New University’s revenue is insufficient to pay the $10 million per year priority payment, Kaplan is required to advance an amount to New University to cover such insufficiency. In addition, if New University achieves cost savings in its budgeted operating costs, then New University may be entitled to a payment equal to 20 percent of such savings (the “Efficiency Payment”). To the extent that there are sufficient revenues to pay the Efficiency Payment, pay the priority payment and to reimburse New University for its direct expenses, Kaplan will receive reimbursement for Kaplan’s costs of providing the support activities in addition to a fee equal to 12.5 percent of New University’s revenue.