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GRAHAM HOLDINGS CO filed this Form 10-Q on 11/01/2017
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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.
The TOSA has a 30-year initial term, which will automatically renew for five-year periods unless terminated. After the sixth year, New University has the right to terminate the agreement upon payment of a termination fee equal to 1.25 times New University’s revenue for the preceding 12-month period (the “Buy-out Fee”), which payment would be made pursuant to a 10-year note, and at New University’s election, it may receive for no additional consideration certain assets used by Kaplan to provide the support activities pursuant to the TOSA. At the end of the 30-year term, if New University does not renew the TOSA, New University would be obligated to make a final payment of six times the fees paid or payable during the preceding 12-month period, which payment would be made pursuant to a 10-year note, and at New University’s election, it may receive for no additional consideration certain assets used by Kaplan to provide the support activities pursuant to the TOSA.
Either party may terminate the TOSA at any time if New University generates (i) $25 million in cash operating losses for three consecutive years or (ii) aggregate cash operating losses greater than $75 million at any point during the initial term. Operating loss is defined as the amount of revenue New University generates minus the sum of (1) New University’s and Kaplan’s respective costs in performing academic and support functions and (2) the $10 million priority payment to New University in each of the first five years. Upon termination for any reason, New University would retain the assets that Kaplan contributed pursuant to the Transfer Agreement. Each party also has certain termination rights in connection with a material default or material breach of the TOSA by the other party.
Kaplan, on the one hand, and Purdue, on the other hand, will indemnify each other for damages arising from the indemnifying party’s breaches of its representations and warranties and covenants under the Transfer Agreement as well as for damages arising from certain specified liabilities, subject to certain limitations set forth in the Transfer Agreement.
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.
Kaplan Higher Education (KHE) Regulatory Matters
Gainful Employment. On June 15, 2017, the Department of Education (ED) announced its intention to negotiate issues related to gainful employment. On July 5, 2017, the ED released in the Federal Register an announcement that the Department will allow additional time, until July 1, 2018, for institutions to comply with certain disclosure requirements in the GE regulations. The Department also extended the deadline for all programs to file supporting documents for their alternate earnings appeals to February 1, 2018.
Borrower Defense to Repayment Regulations. The final rule was scheduled to be effective July 1, 2017. However, prior to the effective date, on June 14, 2017, the ED delayed implementation of a large portion of the rule.
In the summer of 2017, ED began the process to revise and replace the Borrower Defense regulation by holding public hearings and soliciting nominations for individuals to serve on a negotiated rulemaking committee that will meet this fall and winter to develop a new regulation. On October 24, 2017, ED issued an interim final rule, effective upon publication, delaying the effective date of the current regulation until July 1, 2018, citing a lawsuit from the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS), which is pending, as well as the requirement in