McGraw Hill Financial, Inc
) posted fourth-quarter 2013 adjusted earnings per share of 81
cents, which rose 12% from the year-ago quarter figure and beat
the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a couple of cents.
For 2013, adjusted earnings came in at $3.33, up 21% year over
year and surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.31.
Including non-recurring items, McGraw Hill Financial posted
earnings per share of 62 cents, down 6% year over year. For full
year, earnings came in at $2.90 per share, up 22% year over year.
Total revenue of this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock increased 2% year
over year to $1,250 million, reflecting strong performance across
all business segments except Standard & Poor's Ratings
Services. Moreover, the reported revenues surpassed the Zacks
Consensus Estimate of $1,241 million.
For 2013, revenues came in at $4,875 million, up 10% year over
year and above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4,864 million.
McGraw Hill Financial gave its 2014 earnings guidance. The
company expects adjusted earnings in the range of $3.75-$3.85 per
share. The current Zacks Consensus Estimate stands at $3.77 per
share for 2014. Further, the company expects revenue growth in
mid single-digits. In 2014, the company is likely to generate
free cash flow worth $1 billion.
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
segment revenues decreased 2% to $574 million, whereas adjusted
operating profit fell 9% to $231 million.
Transaction revenues, which include ratings of publicly issued
debt and bank loan as well as corporate credit estimates, fell12%
to $257 million. However, non-transaction revenues, which include
annual contracts, surveillance fees and subscriptions, rose 8%.
International revenues increased 8% to $287 million.
S&P Capital IQ
segment revenues grew 4% to $301 million. Excluding ongoing
portfolio restructuring, organic revenues grew 5%. S&P
Capital IQ's international revenues increased 8% to $107 million.
Moreover, the segment's adjusted operating income rose 1% to $54
S&P Dow Jones Indices
revenues rose 18% to $130 million in the said quarter, driven by
growth in assets under management (AUM) in exchange-traded funds.
The segment's adjusted operating income fell 26% to $37 million.
The company noted that AUM in exchange-traded funds rose 43% to
$668 billion on the S&P Dow Jones indices.
Commodities & Commercial Markets
segment revenues increased 2% to $264 million, reflecting strong
performance at Platts, which witnessed a 10% revenue increase to
$141 million. Revenues at Commercial Markets fell 6%. J.D.
Power registered second successive quarter of revenue growth
partly offset by the poor performance of Construction. Adjusted
segment operating income increased 41% to $84 million.
McGraw-Hill Financial ended the quarter with cash and short-term
investments of $1,560 million and long-term debt of $799 million.
For full year, the company incurred capital expenditures of $117
million and generated free cash flow of $624 million.
During 2013, McGraw-Hill Financial bought back shares worth $1
billion and paid dividends worth $300 million. In Dec 2013, after
completion of existing share buyback authorization, the board of
directors announced a new 50 million share repurchase
On Jan 29, 2014, the company announced a 7.1% hike in its
quarterly dividend to 30 cents. The increased dividend will be
paid on Mar 12, 2014, to stockholders of record as of Feb 26.
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McGraw-Hill Financial remains well-positioned in major market
sectors, and will likely benefit from its strategic investments
in businesses to generate long-term profitability. The company is
restructuring its portfolio of businesses to concentrate more on
high-growth operations, thereby enhancing shareholder value
through proper capital allocation.
Despite these measures, rising competition from peers such as
FactSet Research Systems Inc
Dun & Bradstreet
) remains a concern.