Private equity investor Apollo Global Management is buying the huge textbook operation. Once the deal closes, either late this year or early next, McGraw-Hill says it will position itself as “high-growth, high-margin benchmarks, content and analytics company” to be renamed McGraw-Hill Financial. The deal follows by more than a year the company’s announcement that it would separate the capital-intensive textbook operation from the unit that includes Standard & Poor’s. Activist hedge fund Jana Partners and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board had pushed for the change saying that McGraw-Hill had become too unfocused as educational publishing diluted earnings. CEO Harold “Terry” McGraw III will stick with the financial business. Last year the company sold its nine television stations to E.W. Scripps. Here’s today’s release:
The nine-station acquisition includes ABC affiliates in Denver, Indianapolis, San Diego, and Bakersfield, CA. When the transaction is complete, 10 of Scripps’ 19 stations will be ABC affiliates – making it the largest independent owner of ABC stations. McGraw-Hill’s other stations are low-power affiliates of Spanish language network Azteca America. Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker says this morning that the terms are “a positive for the broadcast TV space” because they reaffirm the value of stations at a time when potential buyers are growing concerned about the prospects for the ad market. Nexstar is still looking to sell. McGraw-Hill wanted to unload its stations as it prepares to split into two companies, and deal with shareholder concerns that it has become too unfocused. Here’s the release:
This seems to be just what many angry shareholders wanted. Activist hedge fund Jana Partners and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board lobbied for just such a change in July when they bought 5.2% of the publishing, investment analysis and TV station company. The concern is that the hefty …
UPDATE, 2 PM: The market deteriorated as the day wore on, continuing the worst market slump since 2008. The Dow Jones U.S. Broadcasting and Entertainment Index closed down 7.3% — exceeding the 5.6% decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 6.7% drop in the Standard & Poor’s 500, and 6.9% fall at NASDAQ. CBS’ -10.3% slide made it the leading loser among media’s Big Guns. It was followed by News Corp (-7.7%), Viacom (-7.1%), Comcast (-6.6%), Sony (-6.4%), Disney (-6.1%), and Time Warner (-5.8%).
Double-digit losers include AMC Networks (-12.8%), LIN TV (-12.7%), Sirius XM (-12.7%), RealD (-12.6%), Cumulus Media (-11.9%), TiVo (-11.4%), Entercom (-10.9%), Westwood One (-10.8%), and E.W. Scripps (-10.3%). Those losing at least 9% include National CineMedia, Dish Network, Arbitron, Sinclair Broadcasting, Rovi, Outdoor Channel, Crown Media, Electronic Arts, Cablevision, and Coinstar.