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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

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.94
MCO's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
53% of the 345 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 16.67 vs. MCO: 0.94 )
MCO' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.09   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.94

Equity to Asset 0.09
MCO's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
60% of the 398 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.29 vs. MCO: 0.09 )
MCO' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.88   Max: 0.37
Current: 0.09

-0.88
0.37
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 6.81
M-Score: -2.49
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 (%) 41.53
MCO's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 359 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 19.05 vs. MCO: 41.53 )
MCO' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 38.03   Max: 61.83
Current: 41.53

38.03
61.83
Net-margin (%) 27.06
MCO's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 364 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 15.57 vs. MCO: 27.06 )
MCO' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 22.37   Max: 37.01
Current: 27.06

22.37
37.01
ROE (%) 238.72
MCO's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
100% of the 362 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 7.87 vs. MCO: 238.72 )
MCO' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 133.89   Max: 450.36
Current: 238.72

133.89
450.36
ROA (%) 18.30
MCO's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 365 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.93 vs. MCO: 18.30 )
MCO' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 7.94   Max: 56.62
Current: 18.3

7.94
56.62
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 442.99
MCO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 344 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 141.27 vs. MCO: 442.99 )
MCO' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 75.6   Max: 2031.45
Current: 442.99

75.6
2031.45
Revenue Growth (%) 15.70
MCO's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 328 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. MCO: 15.70 )
MCO' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 1.2   Max: 30.3
Current: 15.7

1.2
30.3
EBITDA Growth (%) 18.90
MCO's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 273 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. MCO: 18.90 )
MCO' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -11   Max: 35.8
Current: 18.9

-11
35.8
EPS Growth (%) 18.70
MCO's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 281 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. MCO: 18.70 )
MCO' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -13.2   Max: 34.4
Current: 18.7

-13.2
34.4
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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

MCO Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Ray Dalio 39,700 sh (New)
Jim Simons 1,236,100 sh (+53.88%)
Chuck Akre 3,477,765 sh (+37.01%)
Jeremy Grantham 155,800 sh (+1.86%)
Eric Mindich 1,000,000 sh (unchged)
John Hussman 250,000 sh (unchged)
Dodge & Cox 4,300 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 155,400 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Lou Simpson 2,009,034 sh (-0.67%)
MS Global Franchise Fund 176,558 sh (-5.75%)
Steven Cohen 4,297 sh (-7.69%)
Warren Buffett 24,922,178 sh (-12.29%)
Chuck Royce 120,206 sh (-16.29%)
Andreas Halvorsen 1,106,078 sh (-35.59%)
Julian Robertson 123,100 sh (-68.74%)
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Q3 2013

MCO Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Julian Robertson 304,000 sh (+146.95%)
Eric Mindich 2,000,000 sh (+100%)
Jim Simons 1,678,800 sh (+35.81%)
Chuck Royce 139,425 sh (+15.99%)
Chuck Akre 3,481,520 sh (+0.11%)
Warren Buffett 24,922,178 sh (unchged)
John Hussman 250,000 sh (unchged)
Dodge & Cox 4,300 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 155,400 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Andreas Halvorsen Sold Out
Lou Simpson 2,008,316 sh (-0.04%)
MS Global Franchise Fund 164,405 sh (-6.88%)
Jeremy Grantham 139,633 sh (-10.38%)
Ray Dalio 29,000 sh (-26.95%)
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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)
Julian Robertson Sold Out
John Hussman 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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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
Lou Simpson 2014-03-31 Reduce -24.81%1.86%$72.65 - $83.58 $ 8711%1510532
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.03%$72.65 - $83.58 $ 8711%0
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 New Buy$72.65 - $83.58 $ 8711%3785
Julian Robertson 2013-12-31 Sold Out 3.3%$69.57 - $78.26 $ 8719%0
John Hussman 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.97%$69.57 - $78.26 $ 8719%0
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Add 87.24%0.02%$69.57 - $78.26 $ 8719%54300
Julian Robertson 2013-09-30 Add 146.95%1.96%$60.03 - $71.49 $ 8733%304000
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 Reduce -26.95%0.01%$60.03 - $71.49 $ 8733%29000
Chuck Akre 2013-06-30 Add 37.01%2.59%$52.23 - $68.62 $ 8743%3477765
Julian Robertson 2013-06-30 Reduce -68.74%1.92%$52.23 - $68.62 $ 8743%123100
Warren Buffett 2013-06-30 Reduce -12.29%0.22%$52.23 - $68.62 $ 8743%24922178
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.09%$52.23 - $68.62 $ 8743%0
Ray Dalio 2013-06-30 New Buy0.02%$52.23 - $68.62 $ 8743%39700
Jeff Ubben 2013-03-31 Sold Out 9.6%$43.37 - $55.35 $ 8771%0
Lou Simpson 2013-03-31 Add 73.97%2.89%$43.37 - $55.35 $ 8771%2022576
Julian Robertson 2013-03-31 New Buy2.8%$43.37 - $55.35 $ 8771%393800
Chuck Akre 2013-03-31 Add 14.49%0.97%$43.37 - $55.35 $ 8771%2538375
John Hussman 2013-03-31 New Buy0.49%$43.37 - $55.35 $ 8771%250000
Tom Gayner 2013-03-31 Add 62.89%0.12%$43.37 - $55.35 $ 8771%155400
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 New Buy0.09%$43.37 - $55.35 $ 8771%32204
Lou Simpson 2012-12-31 New Buy4.9%$43.98 - $51.54 $ 8784%1162592
Chuck Akre 2012-12-31 Add 22.64%1.46%$43.98 - $51.54 $ 8784%2217054
Tom Gayner 2012-12-31 Add 218%0.14%$43.98 - $51.54 $ 8784%95400
Dodge & Cox 2012-12-31 New Buy$43.98 - $51.54 $ 8784%4300
Tom Gayner 2012-09-30 New Buy0.06%$35.74 - $45.8 $ 87119%30000
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.04%$35.74 - $45.8 $ 87119%0
Ray Dalio 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.03%$35.74 - $45.8 $ 87119%0
Chuck Akre 2012-06-30 Add 80.04%2.4%$34.18 - $42.73 $ 87126%1800400
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Add 28.44%0.01%$34.18 - $42.73 $ 87126%15173
Dodge & Cox 2012-06-30 Sold Out $34.18 - $42.73 $ 87126%0
Chuck Akre 2012-03-31 New Buy4.3%$35.07 - $42.6 $ 87140%1000000
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 New Buy0.04%$35.07 - $42.6 $ 87140%11813
Dodge & Cox 2012-03-31 New Buy$35.07 - $42.6 $ 87140%5500
Ray Dalio 2011-12-31 Reduce -58.31%0.04%$28.94 - $36.75 $ 87162%67446
George Soros 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0299%$27.04 - $39.78 $ 87164%0
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 Add 24.18%0.01%$26.96 - $39.78 $ 87165%161770
Dodge & Cox 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0002%$27.04 - $39.78 $ 87164%0
George Soros 2011-06-30 Reduce -92.47%0.36%$34.57 - $41.75 $ 87130%55405
Dodge & Cox 2011-06-30 New Buy$34.57 - $41.75 $ 87130%5500
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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
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history
P/E(ttm) 23.10
MCO's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
68% of the 438 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 23.80 vs. MCO: 23.10 )
MCO' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 9.02   Max: 37
Current: 23.1

9.02
37
P/B 48.40
MCO's P/B is ranked lower than
58% of the 438 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.51 vs. MCO: 48.40 )
MCO' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 20.31   Max: 851.86
Current: 48.4

20.31
851.86
P/S 6.50
MCO's P/S is ranked higher than
55% of the 438 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 3.83 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 22.80
MCO's PFCF is ranked higher than
76% of the 438 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 141.14 vs. MCO: 22.80 )
MCO' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 8.14   Max: 32.93
Current: 22.8

8.14
32.93
EV-to-EBIT 15.27
MCO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
78% of the 438 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 25.93 vs. MCO: 15.27 )
MCO' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.3   Max: 21.9
Current: 15.27

6.3
21.9
PEG 1.30
MCO's PEG is ranked higher than
88% of the 438 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MCO: 1.30 )
MCO' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 15.91
Current: 1.3

0.5
15.91
Shiller P/E 32.60
MCO's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
78% of the 438 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MCO: 32.60 )
MCO' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 7.86   Max: 59.1
Current: 32.6

7.86
59.1
Current Ratio 2.87
MCO's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
80% of the 237 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. MCO: 2.87 )
MCO' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.46   Max: 3.1
Current: 2.87

0.46
3.1
Quick Ratio 2.87
MCO's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
80% of the 237 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. MCO: 2.87 )
MCO' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.46   Max: 3.1
Current: 2.87

0.46
3.1

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 1.20
MCO's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
79% of the 315 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 2.53 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 0.26
MCO's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
91% of the 438 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MCO: 0.26 )
MCO' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 0.85
Current: 0.26

0.06
0.85
Dividend growth (3y) 28.90
MCO's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
91% of the 211 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 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
61% of the 306 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 2.62 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
92% of the 296 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: -0.90 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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industry
vs
history
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.90
MCO's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
76% of the 438 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 19.55 vs. MCO: 1.90 )
MCO' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.62   Max: 4.27
Current: 1.9

0.62
4.27
Price/Median PS Value 1.30
MCO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
61% of the 438 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.19 vs. MCO: 1.30 )
MCO' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 8.09
Current: 1.3

0.26
8.09
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.40
MCO's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
93% of the 438 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MCO: 1.40 )
MCO' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.61   Max: 4.74
Current: 1.4

0.61
4.74
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.60
MCO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
65% of the 355 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 6.80 vs. MCO: 6.60 )
MCO' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 4.6   Max: 15.8
Current: 6.6

4.6
15.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 19.15
MCO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
88% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 4.48 vs. MCO: 19.15 )
MCO' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -0.1   Max: 34.2
Current: 19.15

-0.1
34.2

Business Description

Industry: Brokers & Exchanges » Capital Markets
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Traded in other countries:DUT.Germany
Moody's Corporation was founded in 1990. The Company is a provider of credit ratings, credit and economic related research, data and analytical tools, risk management software and quantitative credit risk measures, credit portfolio management solutions and training services. It reports in two new reportable segments: MIS and Moody's Analytics. As a result of the reorganization, the rating agency remains in the MIS operating segment and several ratings business lines have been realigned. All of Moody's other non-rating commercial activities are included within the new MA segment. MIS, the credit rating agency, publishes credit ratings on a wide range of debt obligations and the entities that issue such obligations in markets worldwide, including various corporate and governmental obligations, structured finance securities and commercial paper programs. Revenue is derived from the originators and issuers of such transactions who use MIS ratings to support the distribution of their debt issues to investors. The MA segment develops a wide range of products and services that support the risk management activities of institutional participants in global financial markets. Within its Research, Data and Analytics business, MA distributes investor-oriented research and data developed by MIS as part of its ratings process, including in-depth research on major debt issuers, industry studies, commentary on topical credit related events and also provides economic research and credit data and analytical tools such as quantitative credit risk scores. The MIS business competes with other CRAs and with investment banks and brokerage firms that offer credit opinions and research.
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