Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 12, 2018




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DELAWARE   001-33810   01-0724376
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Section 2 – Financial Information


Item 2.05Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.


As disclosed in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, during the first quarter of 2018, American Public Education, Inc. (the “Company”), initiated a reduction in force in the form of a voluntary early retirement program for employees with more than eight years of service with the Company. The program was initiated as part of the Company’s regular evaluation and review of its costs and expenses.


The program will result in a reduction of 48 employees, representing approximately 5% of the Company’s non-faculty workforce in its APEI Segment. The Company committed to the workforce reduction plan on March 12, 2018, and the reduction was communicated to affected employees beginning that day. The workforce reduction will be substantially complete by April 1, 2018.


The Company will record expenses for termination benefits related to the workforce reduction in the first quarter of 2018 in accordance with ASC Topic 420, Exit or Disposal Cost Obligations. The Company estimates that it will incur an aggregate of approximately $1.7 million of pre-tax cash expenses associated with employee severance benefits.


The Company expects the reduction in force to result in pre-tax labor and benefits cost savings in 2018 to be in the range of approximately $1.7 million to $2.1 million, and in the range of approximately $2.1 million to $2.8 million on an annualized basis. These cost savings do not include expenses associated with employee severance benefits. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions, and the impact of such differences may be material.


This Current Report on Form 8-K contains “forward-looking statements,” including, but not limited to, statements regarding the expected timing and anticipated effects of the workforce reduction and other statements that are not purely statements of historical fact. These forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time such statements are made and the current good faith beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the Company's management, and are subject. Such statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including, but not limited to, uncertainties regarding the costs associated with the workforce reduction, unanticipated costs associated therewith, including as a result of litigation, and other events that may occur as a result of, or associated with, these actions. The ultimate expenses and savings for the Company are also subject to the factors described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, and other filings made by the Company with the SEC. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date such statements are made, and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws.








Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: March 16, 2018 /s/ Richard W. Sunderland, Jr.  
  Richard W. Sunderland, Jr.  
  Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer