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Moody's Corporation Reports Results for Second Quarter 2017

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO) today announced results for the second quarter of 2017 and provided its current outlook for full year 2017.

“In the second quarter, Moody’s recorded $1.0 billion in quarterly revenue, as well as double-digit EPS growth,” said Raymond McDaniel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Moody’s. “Given the strength of the first half and a supportive market environment, we are raising our full year 2017 diluted EPS and adjusted diluted EPS guidance ranges to $5.69 to $5.84 and $5.35 to $5.50, respectively.”

Mr. McDaniel added, “We continue to expect our previously announced acquisition of Bureau van Dijk to close in the third quarter of 2017 and look forward to further extending Moody’s position as a leader in risk data and analytical insight.”

SECOND QUARTER 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

Moody’s Corporation reported record revenue of $1.0 billion for the three months ended June 30, 2017, up 8% from the same period of 2016.

Operating expense totaled $543.0 million, up 5% from the same period in 2016. Operating income was $457.5 million, up 12% from the prior-year period, and adjusted operating income (operating income before depreciation, amortization and expenses associated with the pending acquisition of Bureau van Dijk, referred to as “Acquisition-Related Expenses”) was $497.0 million, up 13%. The operating margin for the second quarter was 45.7% and the adjusted operating margin was 49.7%.

Diluted EPS of $1.61 was up 24% from the second quarter of 2016 and adjusted diluted EPS of $1.51 was up 16%. Second quarter 2017 adjusted diluted EPS excludes a $0.13 unrealized gain on a foreign currency collar to economically hedge the Bureau van Dijk euro-denominated purchase price (the “Purchase Price Hedge Gain”) and $0.03 of Acquisition-Related Expenses.

MCO SECOND QUARTER 2017 REVENUE UP 8%

Moody’s Corporation reported global revenue of $1.0 billion for the second quarter of 2017, up 8% from the second quarter of 2016.

U.S. revenue was $567.8 million, up 4%, and non-U.S. revenue was $432.7 million, up 13%. Revenue generated outside the U.S. constituted 43% of total revenue, up from 41% in the prior-year period. The impact of foreign currency translation was negligible.

MIS Second Quarter Revenue Up 10%

Global revenue for Moody’s Investors Service (MIS) for the second quarter of 2017 was $686.7 million, up 10% from the prior-year period. U.S. revenue was $412.4 million, up 3%, and non-U.S. revenue was $274.3 million, up 21%. The impact of foreign currency translation was negligible.

Corporate finance revenue was $355.8 million, up 17% from the prior-year period. This result reflected a favorable mix within each of U.S. leveraged finance issuance and EMEA investment grade issuance, as well as strong growth in EMEA bank loan issuance and Asian bond issuance. U.S. and non-U.S. corporate finance revenues were up 6% and 40%, respectively.

Structured finance revenue totaled $119.2 million, up 7% from the prior-year period, primarily driven by the continued strength of U.S. CLO issuance. U.S. structured finance revenue was up 12%, while non-U.S. revenue was down 3%.

Financial institutions revenue was $102.4 million, up 14% compared to the prior-year period. This result was largely driven by an increase in issuance from infrequent issuers in EMEA. U.S. and non-U.S. financial institutions revenues were up 8% and 20%, respectively.

Public, project and infrastructure finance revenue was $104.7 million, down 7% from the prior-year period. This result was primarily driven by a decline in U.S. issuance and a change in mix of European infrastructure issuance. The revenue decline was partially offset by strong growth in infrastructure issuance in Asia. U.S. public, project and infrastructure finance revenue was down 12%, while non-U.S. revenue was up 4%.

MA Second Quarter Revenue Up 3.5%

Global revenue for Moody’s Analytics (MA) for the second quarter 2017 was $313.8 million, up 3.5% from the second quarter of 2016. U.S. revenue was $155.4 million, up 6%, and non-U.S. revenue was $158.4 million, up 1%. The impact of foreign currency translation was negligible.

Revenue from research, data and analytics (RD&A) was $180.9 million, up 7% from the prior-year period. This result was primarily driven by strength in sales of credit research and ratings data feeds. U.S. and non-U.S. RD&A revenues were up 6% and 10%, respectively.

Enterprise risk solutions (ERS) revenue of $97.3 million was flat to the second quarter of 2016 primarily due to the timing of revenue recognition for customer projects, many of which are expected to complete in the second half of the year. U.S. ERS revenue was up 7%, while non-U.S. revenue was down 5%.

Revenue from professional services of $35.6 million was down 5% from the prior-year period. U.S. professional services revenue was up 6%, while non-U.S. revenue was down 10%.

SECOND QUARTER 2017 OPERATING EXPENSE UP 5%

Second quarter 2017 operating expense for Moody’s Corporation was $543.0 million, up 5% from the prior-year period. The increase was primarily attributable to annual salary increases, higher accruals for incentive compensation and the Acquisition-Related Expenses, partially offset by a decline in non-compensation expenses and a favorable foreign currency translation impact of 2%.

Operating income was $457.5 million, up 12% from the prior-year period. Foreign currency translation favorably impacted operating income by 1%. Adjusted operating income of $497.0 million was up 13% from the prior-year period. Operating margin was 45.7%, up from 44.2%. Adjusted operating margin was 49.7%, up from 47.5%.

Moody’s effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2017 was 32.1%, up from 31.9% in the prior-year period.

FIRST HALF 2017 REVENUE UP 13%

For Moody’s Corporation overall, global revenue was $1,975.7 million for the first half of 2017, up 13% from the first half of 2016. U.S. revenue was $1,145.6 million, up 12%, while non-U.S. revenue was $830.1 million, up 15% from the prior-year period. The impact of foreign currency translation was negligible.

MIS revenue totaled $1,354.9 million for the first half of 2017, up 18% from the prior-year period. U.S. revenue was $834.9 million, up 14%. Non-U.S. revenue was $520.0 million, up 25%, and represented 38% of MIS revenue, up from 36% in the first half of 2016.

MA revenue totaled $620.8 million for the first half of 2017, up 4% from the prior-year period. U.S. revenue of $310.7 million was up 7%. Non-U.S. revenue was $310.1 million, up 2%, and represented 50% of MA revenue, down from 51% in the first half of 2016.

FIRST HALF 2017 OPERATING EXPENSE UP 4%

Operating expense for Moody’s Corporation in the first half of 2017 was $1,074.8 million, up 4% from the prior-year period. Foreign currency translation favorably impacted expense by 2%.

Operating income was $900.9 million, up 26% from the first half of 2016. Foreign currency translation favorably impacted operating income by 1%. Adjusted operating income of $972.9 million was up 25% from the prior-year period. Moody’s reported operating margin was 45.6% and its adjusted operating margin was 49.2%.

The effective tax rate for the first half of 2017 was 27.8%, down from 32.1% in the prior-year period, primarily due to a first quarter non-cash, non-taxable gain from a strategic realignment and expansion involving Moody’s Chinese affiliate China Cheng Xin International Credit Rating Co. Ltd. (the “CCXI Gain”) and a tax benefit from the adoption of the new accounting standard for equity compensation ASU 2016-09, “Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting.”

Diluted EPS of $3.39 for the first half of 2017 was up 51% compared to the same period in 2016. Adjusted diluted EPS of $2.99 for the first half of 2017 was up 33% from the same period in 2016. First half 2017 adjusted diluted EPS excludes the $0.31 per share CCXI Gain, the $0.13 per share Purchase Price Hedge Gain and $0.04 per share of Acquisition-Related Expenses.

2017 CAPITAL ALLOCATION AND LIQUIDITY

$152.1 Million Returned to Shareholders in Second Quarter

During the second quarter of 2017, Moody’s repurchased 0.7 million shares at a total cost of $79.5 million, or an average cost of $115.35 per share, and issued 0.4 million shares as part of its employee stock-based compensation plans. Moody’s also returned $72.6 million to its shareholders via dividend payments during the second quarter of 2017.

Over the first half of 2017, Moody’s repurchased 1.2 million shares at a total cost of $134.5 million, or an average cost of $114.06 per share, and issued 1.9 million shares as part of its employee stock-based compensation plans. Moody’s also returned $145.2 million to its shareholders via dividend payments during the first half of 2017.

Outstanding shares as of June 30, 2017 totaled 191.0 million, down 1% from June 30, 2016. As of June 30, 2017, Moody’s had $0.6 billion of share repurchase authority remaining.

As part of Moody’s financing of the pending acquisition of Bureau van Dijk, in June 2017, Moody’s issued $1.0 billion of notes consisting of $500.0 million of 2.625% senior unsecured notes due 2023 and $500.0 million of 3.250% senior unsecured notes due 2028. At quarter-end, Moody’s had $4.9 billion of outstanding debt and $1.5 billion of additional debt capacity available under its revolving credit facility and undrawn term loan.

Total cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments at quarter-end were $3.4 billion, up 51% from December 31, 2016, primarily reflecting the financing for the pending acquisition of Bureau van Dijk. Cash flow from operations for the first half of 2017 was $(47.7) million, a decline from $546.4 million in the first half of 2016. Free cash flow for the first half of 2017 was $(90.5) million, a decline from $492.1 million in the first half of 2016. These declines in cash flow were due to payments the Company made in the first quarter of 2017 pursuant to its 2016 settlement with the Department of Justice and various states attorneys general.

ASSUMPTIONS AND OUTLOOK FOR FULL YEAR 2017

Moody’s outlook for 2017 is based on assumptions about many geopolitical conditions and macroeconomic and capital market factors, including interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, corporate profitability and business investment spending, mergers and acquisitions, consumer borrowing and securitization, and the amount of debt issued. These assumptions are subject to uncertainty, and results for the year could differ materially from our current outlook. The Company’s guidance assumes foreign currency translation at end-of-quarter exchange rates. Specifically, the Company’s forecast reflects exchange rates for the British pound (£) of $1.30 to £1 and for the euro (€) of $1.14 to €1.

Certain components of Moody’s 2017 guidance have been modified to reflect the company’s current view of business conditions. This guidance does not include estimates of Bureau van Dijk’s financial results as the acquisition has not yet closed.

Full year 2017 diluted EPS is now expected to be $5.69 to $5.84 which includes the CCXI Gain, the Purchase Price Hedge Gain and Acquisition-Related Expenses. Excluding these items, full year 2017 adjusted diluted EPS is now expected to be $5.35 to $5.50. Please refer to Table 11 – 2017 Outlook for a reconciliation of diluted EPS to adjusted diluted EPS. Both ranges include an estimated $0.16 per share tax benefit due to the adoption of the new accounting standard for equity compensation as well as an estimated $0.14 per share impact from the financing expenses related to the pending acquisition of Bureau van Dijk and a reduction of share repurchase activity as a consequence of financing the acquisition.

Moody’s now projects an adjusted operating margin of approximately 47%.

Moody’s now expects revenue to increase in the high-single-digit percent range.

For MIS, Moody’s now expects revenue to increase in the high-single-digit-percent range. U.S. revenue is still expected to increase in the mid-single-digit percent range, while non-U.S. revenue is now expected to increase in the low-teens percent range.

Corporate finance revenue is now expected to increase in the low-teens percent range. Financial institutions revenue is now expected to increase in the high-single-digit percent range.

For MA, Moody’s now expects revenue to increase in the high-single-digit-percent range. U.S. revenue is now expected to increase in the mid-single-digit percent range and non-U.S. revenue is now expected to increase in the low-double digit percent range.

RD&A revenue is now expected to increase in the low-double-digit percent range.

A full summary of Moody’s guidance as of July 21, 2017, is included in Table 11 – 2017 Outlook at the end of this press...


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