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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.83
MCO's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
61% of the 974 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.01 vs. MCO: 0.83 )
MCO' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.09   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.83

Equity to Asset 0.05
MCO's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
63% of the 944 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. MCO: 0.05 )
MCO' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.88   Max: 0.37
Current: 0.05

-0.88
0.37
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 6.39
M-Score: -2.34
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 9/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 43.46
MCO's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 968 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.26 vs. MCO: 43.46 )
MCO' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 38.03   Max: 61.83
Current: 43.46

38.03
61.83
Net-margin (%) 29.64
MCO's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 968 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.08 vs. MCO: 29.64 )
MCO' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 22.37   Max: 37.01
Current: 29.64

22.37
37.01
ROE (%) 282.10
MCO's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
100% of the 928 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9.05 vs. MCO: 282.10 )
MCO' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 178.91   Max: 638.3
Current: 282.1

178.91
638.3
ROA (%) 21.14
MCO's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 980 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.98 vs. MCO: 21.14 )
MCO' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 15.08   Max: 51.03
Current: 21.14

15.08
51.03
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 485.90
MCO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 972 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 28.23 vs. MCO: 485.90 )
MCO' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 252.43   Max: 2145.66
Current: 485.9

252.43
2145.66
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 15.70
MCO's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 817 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. MCO: 15.70 )
MCO' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 1.2   Max: 30.3
Current: 15.7

1.2
30.3
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 18.90
MCO's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 691 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. MCO: 18.90 )
MCO' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -11   Max: 35.8
Current: 18.9

-11
35.8
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 18.70
MCO's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 620 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.30 vs. MCO: 18.70 )
MCO' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -13.2   Max: 34.4
Current: 18.7

-13.2
34.4
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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

MCO Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Steven Cohen 11,516 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 54,300 sh (+87.24%)
Tom Gayner 177,400 sh (+14.16%)
Jim Simons 1,782,400 sh (+6.17%)
MS Global Franchise Fund 172,292 sh (+4.8%)
Chuck Royce 141,825 sh (+1.72%)
Lou Simpson 2,008,923 sh (+0.03%)
Eric Mindich 2,000,000 sh (unchged)
Dodge & Cox 4,300 sh (unchged)
John Hussman Sold Out
Julian Robertson Sold Out
Chuck Akre 3,480,950 sh (-0.02%)
Warren Buffett 24,669,778 sh (-1.01%)
Jeremy Grantham 128,116 sh (-8.25%)
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Q1 2014

MCO Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Joel Greenblatt 3,785 sh (New)
Tom Gayner 207,000 sh (+16.69%)
Chuck Akre 3,482,130 sh (+0.03%)
Warren Buffett 24,669,778 sh (unchged)
Eric Mindich 2,000,000 sh (unchged)
Dodge & Cox 4,300 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Jim Simons 1,598,900 sh (-10.3%)
MS Global Franchise Fund 145,756 sh (-15.4%)
Lou Simpson 1,510,532 sh (-24.81%)
Steven Cohen 7,990 sh (-30.62%)
Jeremy Grantham 77,316 sh (-39.65%)
Chuck Royce 49,845 sh (-64.85%)
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Q2 2014

MCO Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Chris Davis 2,406,257 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 5,876 sh (+55.24%)
Tom Gayner 227,000 sh (+9.66%)
Dodge & Cox 4,300 sh (unchged)
Chuck Akre 3,482,130 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 24,669,778 sh (unchged)
Eric Mindich Sold Out
Lou Simpson 1,507,599 sh (-0.19%)
MS Global Franchise Fund 121,510 sh (-16.63%)
Jim Simons 1,259,800 sh (-21.21%)
Chuck Royce 34,625 sh (-30.53%)
Jeremy Grantham 41,406 sh (-46.45%)
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Q3 2014

MCO Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Ken Fisher 6,580 sh (New)
John Burbank 482,118 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 56,406 sh (+36.23%)
Tom Gayner 242,000 sh (+6.61%)
Dodge & Cox 4,300 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 24,669,778 sh (unchged)
Chuck Akre 3,480,545 sh (-0.05%)
Lou Simpson 1,501,018 sh (-0.44%)
Chris Davis 2,395,195 sh (-0.46%)
MS Global Franchise Fund 109,960 sh (-9.51%)
Jim Simons 956,400 sh (-24.08%)
Joel Greenblatt 4,156 sh (-29.27%)
Chuck Royce 525 sh (-98.48%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with MCO

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
John Burbank 2014-09-30 New Buy0.64%$86.86 - $95.78 $ 98.387%482118
Ken Fisher 2014-09-30 New Buy$86.86 - $95.78 $ 98.387%6580
Joel Greenblatt 2014-09-30 Reduce -29.27%$86.86 - $95.78 $ 98.387%4156
Chris Davis 2014-06-30 New Buy0.63%$74.49 - $87.91 $ 98.3820%2406257
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Add 55.24%$74.49 - $87.91 $ 98.3820%5876
Lou Simpson 2014-03-31 Reduce -24.81%1.86%$72.65 - $83.58 $ 98.3826%1510532
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.03%$72.65 - $83.58 $ 98.3826%0
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 New Buy$72.65 - $83.58 $ 98.3826%3785
Julian Robertson 2013-12-31 Sold Out 3.3%$69.57 - $78.26 $ 98.3834%0
John Hussman 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.97%$69.57 - $78.26 $ 98.3834%0
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Add 87.24%0.02%$69.57 - $78.26 $ 98.3834%54300
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Guru Investment Theses on Moody's Corporation

Chuck Akre Comments on Moody’s Corporation - Jul 23, 2014

Moody’s Corporation (“Moody’s”) (NYSE: MCO)

Market Cap: $18.7 billion (as of 6/30/14)

Company overview:

Founded in 1900, Moody’s (MCO) is a global provider of credit rating opinions, insight, and tools for financial risk measurement and management. The company has two reporting segments: Moody’s Investor Services (the ratings business, 70% of revenue) and Moody’s Analytics (30% of revenue, includes credit and economic analysis subscriptions, risk analytics, financial and regulatory compliance tools, and certification services). We consider Moody’s ratings business a quintessential “toll-bridge,” earning fees from debt issuers of all kinds to provide efficient access to the debt capital markets.

Akre Focus Fund Investment:

Our initial investment in Moody’s was made in January of 2012 and we have added as periodic headline events - litigation, regulation (often overblown or misunderstood) - have presented opportunities to add to our investment at attractive valuations. As of June 2014 Moody’s represented 8.3 % of the portfolio.

Investment thesis:

Moody’s ratings business is exceptional, with proven pricing power, tremendous barriers to entry, high margins (operating margin averaged 46% from 2008 to 2012), and requires little investment capital to grow. Following the 2008 financial crisis, Moody’s was widely criticized for its role, for reasons both real and perceived. Investigations, litigation, and regulatory reviews ensued and Moody’s stock price plummeted. Our thesis deviates from popular perception in that we consider Moody’s global dominance and the oligopolic structure of the ratings industry to be the result of market forces, not regulation. We believe that those same market forces will see Moody’s through the post-crisis period with its “toll-bridge” status intact along with the potential for continued upward revaluation of the stock.

From Chuck Akre (Trades, Portfolio)’s 2014 Q2 Fund Pitchbook .

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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 22.20
MCO's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
76% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 32.60 vs. MCO: 22.20 )
MCO' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 9.02   Max: 37
Current: 22.2

9.02
37
P/B 82.00
MCO's P/B is ranked lower than
54% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.32 vs. MCO: 82.00 )
MCO' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 20.31   Max: 851.86
Current: 82

20.31
851.86
P/S 6.50
MCO's P/S is ranked lower than
51% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.76 vs. MCO: 6.50 )
MCO' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 2.24   Max: 12.19
Current: 6.5

2.24
12.19
PFCF 23.20
MCO's PFCF is ranked higher than
76% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 45.58 vs. MCO: 23.20 )
MCO' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 8.14   Max: 32.93
Current: 23.2

8.14
32.93
EV-to-EBIT 15.03
MCO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
74% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 19.22 vs. MCO: 15.03 )
MCO' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.3   Max: 21.9
Current: 15.03

6.3
21.9
PEG 1.23
MCO's PEG is ranked higher than
92% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MCO: 1.23 )
MCO' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 15.91
Current: 1.23

0.5
15.91
Shiller P/E 34.00
MCO's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
81% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MCO: 34.00 )
MCO' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 7.9   Max: 59.61
Current: 34

7.9
59.61
Current Ratio 2.94
MCO's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
88% of the 963 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 vs. MCO: 2.94 )
MCO' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.46   Max: 3.1
Current: 2.94

0.46
3.1
Quick Ratio 2.94
MCO's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
90% of the 963 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.31 vs. MCO: 2.94 )
MCO' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.46   Max: 3.1
Current: 2.94

0.46
3.1

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 1.20
MCO's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
77% of the 639 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.08 vs. MCO: 1.20 )
MCO' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 2.49
Current: 1.2

0.26
2.49
Dividend Payout 0.25
MCO's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
91% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MCO: 0.25 )
MCO' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 0.85
Current: 0.25

0.06
0.85
Dividend growth (3y) 28.90
MCO's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
89% of the 405 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9.40 vs. MCO: 28.90 )
MCO' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -39.4   Max: 46
Current: 28.9

-39.4
46
Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.34
MCO's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
64% of the 658 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. MCO: 3.34 )
MCO' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.72   Max: 6.93
Current: 3.34

0.72
6.93
Share Buyback Rate 1.90
MCO's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
91% of the 671 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: -1.00 vs. MCO: 1.90 )
MCO' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 7.1   Max: 1
Current: 1.9

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.90
MCO's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
76% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.16 vs. MCO: 1.90 )
MCO' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.62   Max: 4.36
Current: 1.9

0.62
4.36
Price/Median PS Value 1.30
MCO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
63% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. MCO: 1.30 )
MCO' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 8.03
Current: 1.3

0.26
8.03
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.20
MCO's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
94% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MCO: 1.20 )
MCO' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.61   Max: 2.44
Current: 1.2

0.61
2.44
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.70
MCO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
72% of the 968 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. MCO: 6.70 )
MCO' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 4.6   Max: 15.8
Current: 6.7

4.6
15.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 22.08
MCO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
87% of the 567 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.31 vs. MCO: 22.08 )
MCO' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 33.4
Current: 22.08

0.3
33.4

Business Description

Industry: Business Services » Business Services
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Traded in other countries:DUT.Germany,
Moody's Corporation was founded in 1909. The Company is a provider of credit ratings, credit, capital markets and economic related research, data and analytical tools, software solutions and related risk management services, quantitative credit risk measures, financial services training and certification services and outsourced research and analytical services to institutional customers. The Company operates in two segments; MIS and MA. The MIS segment consists of all credit rating activity. The MIS segment consists of four lines of business which comprises of corporate finance, structured finance, financial institutions and public, project and infrastructure finance. MIS provides ratings in more than 120 countries. Ratings are disseminated via press releases to the public through a variety of print and electronic media, including the Internet and real-time information systems widely used by securities traders and investors. The MA segment develops a range of products and services that support the risk management activities of institutional participants in global financial markets. The MA segment, which includes all of the Company's non-rating commercial activities, develops a range of products and services that support financial analysis and risk management activities of institutional participants in global financial markets. The MA segment consists of three lines of business - RD&A, ERS and PS. In the first quarter of 2013, a portion of a division within the PS LOB that provides solutions for structured finance securities was transferred to the RD&A LOB. Within its Research, Data and Analytics business, MA distributes research and data developed by MIS as part of its ratings process, including in-depth research on major debt issuers, industry studies, and commentary on topical credit related events and also provides economic research and credit data and analytical tools such as quantitative credit risk scores. Within its Enterprise Risk Solutions business, MA provides software solutions as well as related risk management services. Within its Professional Services business it provides outsourced research and analytical services along with financial training and certification programs. MA customers represent more than 3,900 institutions worldwide operating in approximately 120 countries. The MIS business competes with other CRAs and with investment banks and brokerage firms that offer credit opinions and research. MA competes broadly in the financial information industry against diversified competitors such as Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, S&P Capital IQ, Fitch Solutions, Dun & Bradstreet, IBM, Wolters Kluwer, Sungard, SAS, Fiserv, MSCI and Markit Group among others. MA's main competitors within RD&A include S&P Capital IQ, CreditSights, Thomson Reuters, Intex, IHS Global Insight, BlackRock Solutions, FactSet and other providers of fixed income analytics, valuations, economic data and research. The Company and subsidiaries are subj
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