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July 23, 2014
17:06 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial receives Wells Notice from SEC
McGraw Hill Financial announced that on July 22, it received a "Wells Notice" from the SEC stating that the agency’s staff has made a preliminary determination to recommend that the Commission institute an enforcement action against Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, alleging violations of federal securities laws with respect to S&P's ratings of six commercial mortgage backed securities transactions issued in 2011, and public disclosure made by S&P regarding those ratings thereafter. In connection with the contemplated action, the staff may recommend that the SEC seek remedies that include a cease-and-desist order, disgorgement, pre-judgment interest, civil money penalties, and remedial sanctions such as revocation or suspension of S&P's NRSRO registration. McGraw Hill Financial added, "The Wells Notice is neither a formal allegation nor a finding of wrongdoing. It allows S&P the opportunity to provide its perspective and to address the issues raised by the Staff before any decision is made by the Commission on whether to authorize the commencement of an enforcement proceeding. S&P has been cooperating with the Commission in this matter and intends to continue to do so."
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October 29, 2014
10:08 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial says Italian judge issues indictments against S&P
In a filing, McGraw Hill Financial notes that on January 15, S&P Ratings received notification of a potential claim by the Prosecutor General of the Corte dei Conti, an Italian administrative court, with respect to whether S&P Ratings’ downgrade of Italian sovereign debt in May 2011 wrongfully damaged Italy’s public finances and international reputation and whether S&P Ratings should pay compensation to Italy for the costs of Italian budget adjustments and for ancillary damages in an amount “not lower than” EUR234B. The prosecutor in the Italian city of Trani is seeking criminal indictments against several current and former S&P Ratings managers and ratings analysts for alleged market manipulation, and against Standard & Poor’s Credit Market Services Europe under Italy’s vicarious liability statute, for having allegedly failed to properly supervise the ratings analysts and prevent them from committing market manipulation. The prosecutor’s theories are based on various actions by S&P Ratings taken with respect to Italian sovereign debt between May 2011 and January 2012. On October 28, 2014, the court granted the prosecutor’s request and issued indictments against the current and former S&P Ratings managers and ratings analysts, as well as Standard & Poor's Credit Market Services Europe.
07:12 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial incurred $46M of pre-tax restructuring charges in Q3
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07:12 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial cuts FY14 EPS to $3.78-$3.83 from $3.80-$3.90
FY14 EPS consensus of $3.86. With the recently announced agreement to sell the McGraw Hill Construction business, its year-to-date results, including directly attributable shared costs, have now been reclassified to discontinued operations. The Company is modestly adjusting its guidance as a result of the sale.
07:11 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.02, consensus 94c
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October 28, 2014
15:44 EDTMHFINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Southern Company (SO), consensus $1.07; Phillips 66 (PSX), consensus $1.75; Automatic Data Processing (ADP), consensus 60c; Praxair (PX), consensus $1.63; WellPoint (WLP), consensus $2.27; Exelon (EXC), consensus 73c; Eaton (ETN), consensus $1.23; Hess (HES), consensus $1.08; TE Connectivity (TEL), consensus $1.00; McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), consensus 94c; Waste Management (WM), consensus 68c; Hershey (HSY), consensus $1.08; Ralph Lauren (RL), consensus $2.06; Wisconsin Energy (WEC), consensus 53c; Garmin (GRMN), consensus 71c; Sealed Air (SEE), consensus 46c; DENTSPLY (XRAY), consensus 60c; Goodyear Tire (GT), consensus 70c; Revlon (REV), one estimate 45c; Booz Allen (BAH), consensus 41c; Carlyle Group (CG), consensus 54c.

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