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February 4, 2014
14:16 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial rallies after Q4 results and guidance
Shares of financial intelligence company and ratings provider McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) are trading higher after the company's fourth quarter results surpassed analysts' expectations. The firm also introduced 2014 guidance. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, McGraw Hill Financial reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 81c on revenue of $1.25B, surpassing analysts' consensus estimates of 78c and $1.24B, respectively. The company also introduced fiscal year 2014 guidance of mid-teen earnings per share growth to $3.75 to $3.85, against analysts' consensus estimate of $3.75. McGraw Hill Financial also gave FY14 revenue guidance of mid single-digit growth and said it expects free cash flow for 2014 of approximately $1B. The company's president and chief executive officer Douglas Peterson commented, "2013 has been a momentous year for the company as we transformed McGraw Hill Financial into a more profitable, more growth-oriented company." He continued, "My focus will be on enhancing our customers' experience, thoughtfully broadening our presence in international markets, and delivering strong financial performance based both upon revenue growth and cost control." PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, McGraw Hill Financial shares are off their highs but still up about 3% to $76.57 on almost twice their average daily trading volume.
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September 22, 2014
18:01 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial to sell McGraw Hill Construction to Symphony Tech Group
McGraw Hill Financial announced it has agreed to sell McGraw Hill Construction to Symphony Technology Group, a strategic private equity firm based in Palo Alto, California, for $320M in cash. The transaction, which is expected to close during the fourth quarter, is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. In March, McGraw Hill Financial announced it was exploring strategic alternatives for McGraw Hill Construction, a leading provider of essential data, news and insights to better inform construction professionals' decisions in the United States. Evercore Partners acted as a financial advisor to McGraw Hill Financial in this transaction.
September 16, 2014
06:35 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial management to meet with FBR Capital
Meeting to be held in New York on September 18 hosted by FBR Capital.
September 11, 2014
07:14 EDTMHFIUBS to hold a conference
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September 9, 2014
11:59 EDTMHFIBarclays narrows bidders for index unit to Markit, S&P, Reuters says
Barclays (BCS) has narrowed the list of bidders for its Index, Portfolio and Risk Solutions business, which could fetch more than $1B, to Markit (MRKT) and McGraw Hill Financial's (MHFI) Standard & Poor's unit, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. MSCI (MSCI) and privately-held Bloomberg had also expressed interest, according to the report. Reference Link

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