Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
This analysis should be read in conjunction with the condensed consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto.
Results of Operations
The Company reported income attributable to common shares of $24.8 million ($4.42 per share) for the third quarter of 2017, compared to $33.1 million ($5.87 per share) for the third quarter of 2016.
Items included in the Company’s net income for the third quarter of 2017:
$1.4 million in non-operating foreign currency gains (after-tax impact of $0.9 million, or $0.16 per share).
Items included in the Company’s net income for the third quarter of 2016:
a $15.0 million non-operating expense from the write-down of a cost method investment (after-tax impact of $9.6 million, or $1.70 per share);
$3.8 million in non-operating foreign currency losses (after-tax impact of $2.4 million, or $0.43 per share); and
a net nonrecurring $8.3 million deferred tax benefit related to Kaplan's international operations ($1.47 per share).
Revenue for the third quarter of 2017 was $657.2 million, up 6% from $621.6 million in the third quarter of 2016. Revenues increased in other businesses, offset by a decline at the education and television broadcasting divisions. The Company reported operating income of $44.6 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared to $68.0 million for the third quarter of 2016. The operating income decline is driven by lower earnings at the television broadcasting and education divisions, offset by an increase in other businesses.
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. The transfer does not include any of the assets of Kaplan University School of Professional and Continuing Education (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.
Consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Transfer Agreement is subject to various closing conditions, including, among others, regulatory approvals from the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) and Higher Learning Commissions (HLC), which is the regional accreditor of both Purdue and KU, and certain other state educational agencies and accreditors of programs. In the third quarter of 2017, ICHE granted its approval and the ED provided preliminary approval based on its review of a pre-acquisition application, subject to certain conditions. Kaplan is unable to predict with certainty when and if HLC approval will be obtained; however, such approval is not expected to be received until the first quarter of 2018. If the transaction is not consummated by April 30, 2018, either party may terminate the Transfer Agreement.
For the first nine months of 2017, the Company reported income attributable to common shares of $87.9 million ($15.64 per share), compared to $131.7 million ($23.21 per share) for the first nine months of 2016.
Items included in the Company’s net income for the first nine months of 2017:
a $9.2 million goodwill and other long-lived asset impairment charge in other businesses (after-tax impact of $5.8 million, or $1.03 per share);
$6.6 million in non-operating foreign currency gains (after-tax impact of $4.2 million, or $0.74 per share); and
$5.9 million in income tax benefits related to stock compensation ($1.06 per share).