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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 0.44
MSCI's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
51% of the 959 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.72 vs. MSCI: 0.44 )
MSCI' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.08   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.44

Equity to Asset 0.50
MSCI's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
64% of the 937 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. MSCI: 0.50 )
MSCI' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.22   Max: 0.74
Current: 0.5

0.22
0.74
Interest Coverage 14.14
MSCI's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
58% of the 675 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 21.89 vs. MSCI: 14.14 )
MSCI' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 4.02   Max: 9999.99
Current: 14.14

4.02
9999.99
F-Score: 8
Z-Score: 2.94
M-Score: -2.51
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 : 10/10

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history
Operating margin (%) 35.87
MSCI's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 950 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.12 vs. MSCI: 35.87 )
MSCI' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 18.1   Max: 36.51
Current: 35.87

18.1
36.51
Net-margin (%) 21.49
MSCI's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 950 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.59 vs. MSCI: 21.49 )
MSCI' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 11.69   Max: 22.99
Current: 21.49

11.69
22.99
ROE (%) 14.12
MSCI's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 919 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.28 vs. MSCI: 14.12 )
MSCI' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 7.2   Max: 40.55
Current: 14.12

7.2
40.55
ROA (%) 7.10
MSCI's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 965 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.48 vs. MSCI: 7.10 )
MSCI' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 3.05   Max: 9.26
Current: 7.1

3.05
9.26
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 434.06
MSCI's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 960 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 33.29 vs. MSCI: 434.06 )
MSCI' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 37.51   Max: 855.85
Current: 434.06

37.51
855.85
Revenue Growth (%) 13.50
MSCI's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 727 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.20 vs. MSCI: 13.50 )
MSCI' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 5.9   Max: 50.3
Current: 13.5

5.9
50.3
EBITDA Growth (%) 17.10
MSCI's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 605 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.30 vs. MSCI: 17.10 )
MSCI' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 97.5
Current: 17.1

0
97.5
EPS Growth (%) 31.50
MSCI's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 579 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.80 vs. MSCI: 31.50 )
MSCI' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -5.5   Max: 37.4
Current: 31.5

-5.5
37.4
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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

MSCI Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 1,427,730 sh (New)
Ron Baron 5,334,975 sh (+0.49%)
Chuck Royce 232,300 sh (unchged)
Jeff Ubben 6,159,213 sh (unchged)
PRIMECAP Management Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 79,172 sh (-2.77%)
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Q2 2013

MSCI Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Jim Simons 19,521 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 8,626 sh (New)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 2,073,200 sh (+45.21%)
Joel Greenblatt 93,884 sh (+18.58%)
Jeff Ubben 6,200,622 sh (+0.67%)
Ron Baron 5,120,152 sh (-4.03%)
Chuck Royce 2,800 sh (-98.79%)
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Q3 2013

MSCI Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Jim Simons 179,721 sh (+820.65%)
Jeff Ubben 7,394,017 sh (+19.25%)
Steven Cohen 8,902 sh (+3.2%)
Chuck Royce 2,800 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt 92,347 sh (-1.64%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 1,974,910 sh (-4.74%)
Ron Baron 4,601,095 sh (-10.14%)
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Q4 2013

MSCI Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Tom Gayner 5,000 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 16,870 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 56,118 sh (+530.4%)
Joel Greenblatt 94,593 sh (+2.43%)
Jeff Ubben 7,454,117 sh (+0.81%)
Chuck Royce 2,800 sh (unchged)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 1,900,658 sh (-3.76%)
Ron Baron 4,039,776 sh (-12.2%)
Jim Simons 144,421 sh (-19.64%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with MSCI

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 New Buy0.01%$38.31 - $44.71 $ 42.170%16870
Tom Gayner 2013-12-31 New Buy0.01%$38.31 - $44.71 $ 42.170%5000
Jeff Ubben 2013-09-30 Add 19.25%0.44%$33.72 - $41.01 $ 42.1713%7394017
PRIMECAP Management 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$30.99 - $34.67 $ 42.1727%0
Ron Baron 2012-12-31 Reduce -38.44%0.73%$25.59 - $31.41 $ 42.1751%5308800
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Add 451.37%0.12%$25.59 - $31.41 $ 42.1751%81427
PRIMECAP Management 2012-12-31 Reduce -65.17%0.01%$25.59 - $31.41 $ 42.1751%116500
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 New Buy0.03%$31.85 - $37.5 $ 42.1723%12701
PRIMECAP Management 2012-06-30 Add 103.62%0.01%$31.85 - $37.5 $ 42.1723%309500
PRIMECAP Management 2012-03-31 New Buy0.01%$31.89 - $37.81 $ 42.1729%152000
George Soros 2011-06-30 Sold Out $33.86 - $38.22 $ 42.1715%0
Chuck Akre 2011-03-31 Sold Out $33.91 - $39.72 $ 42.1717%0
George Soros 2011-03-31 Reduce -32.5%$33.91 - $39.72 $ 42.1717%16825
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Guru Investment Theses on MSCI, Inc.

Baron Funds Comments on MSCI - Feb 06, 2013

Shares of MSCI, Inc. (MSCI), which provides equity market indexes and investment decision support tools, declined after Vanguard, a large client, unexpectedly stopped using some of MSCI's indexes as benchmarks for Vanguard's exchange traded funds (ETFs). Instead, Vanguard switched its benchmarks to a competitor's product offering.Vanguard's decision negatively impacted MSCI's highest-margin revenue stream, and it caused us to question whether other large clients might follow suit, or press for a significant reduction in their own fee structures. As a result, we chose to exit our investment in the company.

From Baron Funds' fourth quarter letter.


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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 22.90
MSCI's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
58% of the 766 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 20.70 vs. MSCI: 22.90 )
MSCI' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 13.69   Max: 49.38
Current: 22.9

13.69
49.38
P/B 3.10
MSCI's P/B is ranked higher than
51% of the 899 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. MSCI: 3.10 )
MSCI' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.15   Max: 16.23
Current: 3.1

2.15
16.23
P/S 4.93
MSCI's P/S is ranked lower than
82% of the 948 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.32 vs. MSCI: 4.93 )
MSCI' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 2.96   Max: 8.34
Current: 4.93

2.96
8.34
PFCF 18.40
MSCI's PFCF is ranked higher than
56% of the 611 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.63 vs. MSCI: 18.40 )
MSCI' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 9.84   Max: 44.35
Current: 18.4

9.84
44.35
EV-to-EBIT 14.90
MSCI's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
62% of the 843 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.40 vs. MSCI: 14.90 )
MSCI' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 10.4   Max: 36.2
Current: 14.9

10.4
36.2
PEG 1.20
MSCI's PEG is ranked higher than
75% of the 457 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.16 vs. MSCI: 1.20 )
MSCI' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.64   Max: 1.44
Current: 1.2

0.64
1.44
Shiller P/E 34.90
MSCI's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
56% of the 469 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 24.20 vs. MSCI: 34.90 )
MSCI' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 21.52   Max: 38.96
Current: 34.9

21.52
38.96

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 1.20
MSCI's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
65% of the 514 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. MSCI: 1.20 )
MSCI' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.22   Max: 2.02
Current: 1.2

1.22
2.02
Price/Median PS Value 1.00
MSCI's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
71% of the 897 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. MSCI: 1.00 )
MSCI' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.72   Max: 1.37
Current: 1

0.72
1.37
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.10
MSCI's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
74% of the 230 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. MSCI: 1.10 )
MSCI' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.93   Max: 1.68
Current: 1.1

0.93
1.68
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.70
MSCI's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
64% of the 848 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.60 vs. MSCI: 6.70 )
MSCI' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.8   Max: 9.7
Current: 6.7

2.8
9.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 24.95
MSCI's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
91% of the 660 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. MSCI: 24.95 )
MSCI' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 21.5   Max: 53.9
Current: 24.95

21.5
53.9

Business Description

Industry: Business Services » Business Services
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Traded in other countries:3HM.Germany
MSCI Inc. was incorporated in Delaware in 1998. The Company is a global provider of investment decision support tools, including indices and portfolio risk and performance analytics for use by institutions in managing equity, fixed income and multi-asset class portfolios. Its flagship products are its global equity indices marketed under the MSCI brand and its equity portfolio analytics marketed under the Barra brand. Its products are used in areas of the investment process, including portfolio construction and optimization, performance benchmarking and attribution, risk management and analysis, index-linked investment product creation, asset allocation, investment manager selection and investment research. Its primary products consist of equity indices, equity portfolio analytics and multi-asset class portfolio analytics. The Company also has product offerings in the areas of energy and commodity asset valuation analytics and fixed income portfolio analytics. Its MSCI-branded equity index products are designed to measure returns available to investors across a wide variety of markets (e.g., Europe, Japan or emerging markets), sizes (e.g., small capitalization or large capitalization), styles (e.g., growth or value) and industries (e.g., banks or media). Its Barra-branded equity portfolio analytics products are designed to assist investment professionals in analyzing and managing risks and returns for equities at both the asset and portfolio level in major equity markets worldwide. Its multi-asset class portfolio analytics products offer a consistent risk assessment framework for managing and monitoring investments in a variety of asset classes across an organization. Its competitors on a global basis for its MSCI Global Equity Index products are Dow Jones & Company, Inc. ('Dow Jones'), FTSE International, Ltd (a joint venture between The Financial Times, and The London Stock Exchange), Russell Investment Group (a unit of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Group) and Standard & Poor's (a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.).

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