In addition to the sale of the KHE Campuses business in 2015, Kaplan also sold a small business that was part of KHE, and two businesses that were part of Kaplan International. The net loss on the sale of these businesses totaled $24.9 million and is included in other non-operating expense.
Television Broadcasting Division. Revenue at the television broadcasting division increased 14% to $409.7 million, from $359.2 million in 2015; operating income for 2016 was up 22% to $200.5 million, from $164.9 million in the same period of 2015. The revenue increase is due to a $23.9 million increase in political advertising revenue, $18.5 million more in retransmission revenues, and $13.1 million in incremental summer Olympics-related advertising revenue at the Company’s NBC affiliates. The increase in operating income is due to the revenue increase, offset by higher spending on digital initiatives and increased network fees.
Operating margin at the television broadcasting division was 49% in 2016 and 46% in 2015.
Competitive market position remained strong for the Company’s television stations. For target demographic viewers age 25 to 54 for the key 6am, 6pm and late night newscasts, KSAT in San Antonio, WJXT in Jacksonville and KRPC in Houston ranked number one in the November 2016 ratings period; WDIV in Detroit ranked second; and WKMG in Orlando tied for second.
In May 2016, the Company announced that it had reached an 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 will continue to operate both stations under their current network affiliations. This transaction was completed on January 17, 2017.
The Company’s NBC affiliates in Houston and Detroit are operating under a new contract with NBC effective January 1, 2017.