The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP) reported fourth quarter and full-year 2012 results. Because of the pending sale of McGraw-Hill Education, this business has been reclassified as a discontinued operation and its results are excluded from continuing operations. In addition, in anticipation of the formation of McGraw Hill Financial and the first full year of operation of the S&P Dow Jones Indices joint venture, the Company is reporting S&P Capital IQ and S&P Dow Jones Indices as distinct business segments beginning this quarter.
McGraw Hill Financial: The Company reported fourth quarter 2012 revenue of $1,226 million, an increase of 22% compared to the same period last year. Net income and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $190 million and $0.67, respectively. For the full year, revenue increased 13% to $4,450 million and net income and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $676 million and $2.37, respectively.
The Company reported full-year 2012 revenue of $4,450 million and adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations of $2.75. “This creates a baseline at McGraw Hill Financial for future comparisons,” said Mr. McGraw. He added, “We are introducing 2013 revenue guidance of high single-digit growth and adjusted diluted EPS guidance of $3.10 to $3.20, approximately a 15% increase. This new company has the capability to deliver more pronounced growth for our shareholders and employees.”
DOJ Lawsuit: The Company believes the Department of Justice civil lawsuit filed last week is entirely without factual or legal merit and that the Company has very strong defenses against this and all pending litigation. S&P has a record of successfully defending these types of cases, with 41 cases dismissed outright or voluntarily withdrawn.
The DOJ lawsuit disregards the central fact that S&P’s CDO ratings were made in good faith through its committee-based system and were fully consistent with the views of many other institutions at the time, including U.S. Government officials who in 2007 publicly stated that problems in the subprime market appeared to be contained.