The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP) has completed the sale of its McGraw-Hill Education business to investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO). As previously disclosed, the purchase price was $2.4 billion in cash.
Going forward, the new Company, a high-growth, high-margin business serving the global capital and commodity markets, will be renamed McGraw Hill Financial, subject to shareholder approval, in the second quarter of this year.
As announced on February 12, 2013, the Company introduced 2013 revenue guidance of high single-digit growth and adjusted diluted EPS guidance of $3.10 to $3.20, approximately a 15% increase from 2012 adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations of $2.75.
The Company is using a portion of the approximately $1.9 billion in after tax proceeds from the sale to pay down short-term debt, in part driven by the special dividend paid in 2012, to resume share repurchases and to make selective tuck-in acquisitions.