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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 : 8/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.66
MCO's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
61% of the 734 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.75 vs. MCO: 0.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
MCO' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.09  Med: 0.66 Max: No Debt
Current: 0.66
Equity to Asset -0.07
MCO's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
96% of the 687 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. MCO: -0.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
MCO' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.88  Med: -0.13 Max: 0.37
Current: -0.07
-0.88
0.37
Interest Coverage 11.59
MCO's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
66% of the 491 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 42.21 vs. MCO: 11.59 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
MCO' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 10.64  Med: 24.15 Max: 9999.99
Current: 11.59
10.64
9999.99
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 6.47
M-Score: -2.74
WACC vs ROIC
12.20%
149.93%
WACC
ROIC
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 : 8/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 42.71
MCO's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 730 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.29 vs. MCO: 42.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
MCO' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 38.03  Med: 47.90 Max: 61.83
Current: 42.71
38.03
61.83
Net-margin (%) 27.13
MCO's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 733 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.74 vs. MCO: 27.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
MCO' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 22.37  Med: 27.58 Max: 37.01
Current: 27.13
22.37
37.01
ROE (%) 1325.34
MCO's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
100% of the 701 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.08 vs. MCO: 1325.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
MCO' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 178.91  Med: 307.07 Max: 1325.34
Current: 1325.34
178.91
1325.34
ROA (%) 19.31
MCO's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 745 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.47 vs. MCO: 19.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
MCO' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 15.08  Med: 31.28 Max: 51.03
Current: 19.31
15.08
51.03
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 506.83
MCO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 728 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 23.19 vs. MCO: 506.83 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
MCO' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 251.51  Med: 751.21 Max: 2145.66
Current: 506.83
251.51
2145.66
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 16.00
MCO's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 559 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.70 vs. MCO: 16.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
MCO' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 1.2  Med: 17.60 Max: 30.3
Current: 16
1.2
30.3
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 22.30
MCO's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 464 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. MCO: 22.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
MCO' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -11  Med: 20.60 Max: 35.8
Current: 22.3
-11
35.8
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 22.80
MCO's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.20 vs. MCO: 22.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
MCO' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -13.2  Med: 22.20 Max: 34.4
Current: 22.8
-13.2
34.4
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

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%)
Chuck Akre 3,482,130 sh (unchged)
Dodge & Cox 4,300 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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Q4 2014

MCO Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 9,069 sh (New)
Tom Gayner 254,000 sh (+4.96%)
Joel Greenblatt 4,235 sh (+1.90%)
Chuck Akre 3,519,180 sh (+1.11%)
Dodge & Cox 4,300 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 525 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 24,669,778 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher Sold Out
Lou Simpson Sold Out
Chris Davis 2,381,270 sh (-0.58%)
Jeremy Grantham 47,600 sh (-15.61%)
John Burbank 383,778 sh (-20.40%)
MS Global Franchise Fund 60,775 sh (-44.73%)
Jim Simons 478,500 sh (-49.97%)
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Q1 2015

MCO Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Lee Ainslie 2,610 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 39,400 sh (New)
John Burbank 571,957 sh (+49.03%)
Paul Tudor Jones 12,849 sh (+41.68%)
Jeremy Grantham 50,400 sh (+5.88%)
Tom Gayner 267,000 sh (+5.12%)
Chuck Akre 3,554,485 sh (+1.00%)
Warren Buffett 24,669,778 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 4,194 sh (-0.97%)
Chris Davis 2,332,432 sh (-2.05%)
MS Global Franchise Fund 58,591 sh (-3.59%)
Jim Simons 454,700 sh (-4.97%)
Dodge & Cox 3,300 sh (-23.26%)
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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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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 24.50
MCO's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
58% of the 511 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 20.90 vs. MCO: 24.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
MCO' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 9.02  Med: 17.69 Max: 37
Current: 24.5
9.02
37
Forward P/E 21.01
MCO's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
79% of the 257 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.13 vs. MCO: 21.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 24.50
MCO's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
59% of the 514 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 20.90 vs. MCO: 24.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
MCO' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 9.02  Med: 17.68 Max: 36.93
Current: 24.5
9.02
36.93
P/S 6.63
MCO's P/S is ranked lower than
89% of the 717 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.23 vs. MCO: 6.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
MCO' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 2.24  Med: 4.98 Max: 12.19
Current: 6.63
2.24
12.19
PFCF 21.36
MCO's PFCF is ranked lower than
60% of the 388 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 19.38 vs. MCO: 21.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
MCO' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 8.14  Med: 16.46 Max: 32.93
Current: 21.36
8.14
32.93
POCF 19.90
MCO's POCF is ranked lower than
70% of the 497 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 13.80 vs. MCO: 19.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
MCO' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 7  Med: 15.16 Max: 31.34
Current: 19.9
7
31.34
EV-to-EBIT 15.48
MCO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
51% of the 540 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 14.87 vs. MCO: 15.48 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
MCO' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.3  Med: 11.50 Max: 21.9
Current: 15.48
6.3
21.9
PEG 1.22
MCO's PEG is ranked higher than
72% of the 228 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.22 vs. MCO: 1.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
MCO' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.5  Med: 1.16 Max: 15.91
Current: 1.22
0.5
15.91
Shiller P/E 33.49
MCO's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
70% of the 343 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 23.86 vs. MCO: 33.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
MCO' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 7.9  Med: 22.24 Max: 59.1
Current: 33.49
7.9
59.1
Current Ratio 2.72
MCO's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
77% of the 698 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.57 vs. MCO: 2.72 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
MCO' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.46  Med: 1.22 Max: 3.1
Current: 2.72
0.46
3.1
Quick Ratio 2.72
MCO's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
80% of the 698 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 vs. MCO: 2.72 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
MCO' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.46  Med: 1.22 Max: 3.1
Current: 2.72
0.46
3.1
Days Sales Outstanding 84.11
MCO's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
78% of the 606 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 56.12 vs. MCO: 84.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
MCO' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 54.6  Med: 85.18 Max: 316.21
Current: 84.11
54.6
316.21

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 1.12
MCO's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
81% of the 691 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.14 vs. MCO: 1.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
MCO' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.26  Med: 1.16 Max: 2.49
Current: 1.12
0.26
2.49
Dividend Payout 0.27
MCO's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
78% of the 433 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.43 vs. MCO: 0.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
MCO' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.06  Med: 0.19 Max: 0.85
Current: 0.27
0.06
0.85
Dividend growth (3y) 27.90
MCO's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
82% of the 248 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.70 vs. MCO: 27.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
MCO' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -39.4  Med: 17.80 Max: 46
Current: 27.9
-39.4
46
Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.32
MCO's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
60% of the 703 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.66 vs. MCO: 3.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
MCO' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.77  Med: 3.44 Max: 7.39
Current: 3.32
0.77
7.39
Share Buyback Rate 2.20
MCO's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
91% of the 453 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: -1.40 vs. MCO: 2.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
MCO' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 7.1  Med: 2.20 Max: 1
Current: 2.2

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/DCF (Earnings Based) 1.81
MCO's Price/DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked lower than
66% of the 59 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. MCO: 1.81 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Earnings Based) only.
N/A
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 6.50
MCO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 719 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. MCO: 6.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
MCO' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 4.6  Med: 8.70 Max: 15.8
Current: 6.5
4.6
15.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 22.35
MCO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 358 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.29 vs. MCO: 22.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
MCO' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: 0.3  Med: 22.00 Max: 33.2
Current: 22.35
0.3
33.2

Business Description

Industry: Business Services » Business Services
Compare:PJC, SIEB, GHL, GS, SF » details
Traded in other countries:DUT.Germany,
Moody's Corporation was founded in 1909. The Company is a provider of credit ratings, credit 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 is comprised of all of the Company's ratings operations. The MIS segment consists of five lines of business, which includes CFG, SFG, FIG, PPIF and MIS Other. MIS publishes credit ratings of debt obligations and the entities that issue such obligations in the markets, including various corporate and governmental obligations, structured finance securities and commercial paper programs. The MA segment develops products and services that support financial analysis and risk management activities of institutional participants in financial markets. The MA segment consists of three lines of business, which includes RD&A, ERS and PS. 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 including quantitative credit risk scores. Within its Enterprise Risk Solutions business, MA provides software solutions and related risk management services. The Company's geographical footprint includes US and International markets. The MIS segment competes with other CRAs and with investment banks and brokerage firms that offer credit opinions and research. The MA segment competes in the financial information industry against diversified competitors including 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 includes 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 its subsidiaries are subject to U.S. federal income tax as well as income tax in various state, local and foreign jurisdictions.
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