Moody’s Upgrades HMH’s Corporate Family Rating (CFR) to B1

BOSTON – HMH (Nasdaq: HMHC), a learning technology company, is pleased to be recognized by Moody's Investors Service for its strengthened financial position and flexibility to execute its digital first, connected strategy.

This upgrade is an important validation of HMH’s financial policy and focus on its strategic priorities which also resulted in improved liquidity and a significant increase in free cash flow. Additional detail can be found in Moody’s press release, which can be found here.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Nasdaq: HMHC) is a learning technology company committed to delivering connected solutions that engage learners, empower educators and improve student outcomes. As a leading provider of K–12 core curriculum, supplemental and intervention solutions, and professional learning services, HMH partners with educators and school districts to uncover solutions that unlock students’ potential and extend teachers’ capabilities. HMH serves more than 50 million students and 3 million educators in 150 countries. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com

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Investor Relations
Chris Symanoskie, IRC
VP, Investor Relations
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Bianca Olson
SVP, Corporate Affairs
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