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Moody's Corporation Reports Results For Third Quarter 2012

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ABOUT MOODY'S CORPORATION

Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $2.3 billion in 2011, employs approximately 6,700 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 28 countries. Further information is available at www.moodys.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Certain statements contained in this release are forward-looking statements and are based on future expectations, plans and prospects for Moody’s business and operations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Moody’s outlook for 2012 and other forward-looking statements in this release are made as of October 26, 2012, and the Company disclaims any duty to supplement, update or revise such statements on a going-forward basis, whether as a result of subsequent developments, changed expectations or otherwise. In connection with the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the Company is identifying certain factors that could cause actual results to differ, perhaps materially, from those indicated by these forward-looking statements. Those factors include, but are not limited to, the current world-wide credit market disruptions and economic slowdown, which is affecting and could continue to affect the volume of debt securities issued in domestic and/or global capital markets; other matters that could affect the volume of debt securities issued, including credit quality concerns, changes in interest rates and other volatility in the financial markets; the uncertain effectiveness and possible collateral consequences of U.S. and foreign government initiatives to respond to the economic slowdown; possible loss of market share through competition; introduction of competing products or technologies by other companies; pricing pressures from competitors and/or customers; the potential emergence of government-sponsored credit rating agencies; both proposed and recently adopted legislation and regulations in the U.S., EU, other foreign, state and local jurisdictions, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; regulations relating to the oversight of credit rating agencies; provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act, and potential EU regulations, modifying the pleading and liability standards applicable to credit rating agencies in a manner adverse to rating agencies; possible judicial decisions in various jurisdictions regarding the status of and potential liabilities of credit rating agencies; the possible loss of key employees; the outcome of any review by controlling tax authorities of the Company’s global tax planning initiatives; the outcome of those legacy tax and legal contingencies that relate to the Company, its predecessors and their affiliated companies for which Moody’s has assumed portions of the financial responsibility; the outcome of other legal actions to which the Company, from time to time, may be named as a party; the ability of the Company to successfully integrate acquired businesses; a decline in the demand from financial institutions for credit risk management tools; and other risk factors as discussed in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and in other filings made by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

               
Moody's Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
 
 

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,
 

2012

2011 2012   2011

Amounts in millions, except per

share amounts

                                   
 
Revenue       $ 688.5       $ 531.3   $ 1,976.1     $ 1,713.6  
 
Expenses:
Operating 207.3 171.0 573.4 502.3

Selling, general and

administrative

187.4 145.0 515.8 436.4
Restructuring - 0.2 - 0.1
Depreciation and amortization   24.1     19.0     69.7       58.5  
Total expenses 418.8 335.2 1,158.9 997.3
                               
Operating income         269.7         196.1     817.2       716.3  

Non-operating (expense)

income, net

Interest (expense) income, net

(15.3 ) (12.9 ) (42.2 ) (45.2 )

Other non-operating (expense)

income, net

  10.0     1.6   12.6   13.1  

Total non-operating

(expense) income, net

  (5.3 )   (11.3 ) (29.6 ) (32.1 )

Income before provision for

income taxes

264.4 184.8 787.6 684.2
Provision for income taxes   77.9     52.7   249.9   204.3  
Net income 186.5 132.1 537.7 479.9

Less: net income attributable to

noncontrolling interests

        2.6         1.4     7.8     4.7  

Net income attributable to

Moody's Corporation

$ 183.9       $ 130.7   $ 529.9     $ 475.2  
                   
 
 
                                     

Earnings per share attributable to Moody's common

shareholders

Basic $ 0.83 $ 0.58 $ 2.37 $ 2.09
Diluted       $ 0.81       $ 0.57         $ 2.34     $ 2.06  
 

Weighted average number of

shares outstanding

Basic 222.5 226.0 223.3 227.7
Diluted         226.1         229.0           226.7       230.7  
 
 
Supplemental Revenue Information (Unaudited)
 
 

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,
 
Amounts in millions

2012

2011 2012 2011
                   
 
Moody's Investors Service
Corporate Finance

$

220.7

$ 129.0 $ 612.7 $ 510.9
Structured Finance

 

93.1

82.0 278.1 257.7
Financial Institutions

 

82.7

72.1 239.3 228.1

Public, Project and

Infrastructure Finance

 

77.0

68.3 237.3 205.3
Intersegment royalty

 

17.8

 

  16.8     52.4     49.0  
Sub-total MIS

 

491.3

368.2 1,419.8 1,251.0
Eliminations

 

(17.8

)

  (16.8 )   (52.4 )   (49.0 )
Total MIS revenue

 

473.5

    351.4     1,367.4     1,202.0  
 
Moody's Analytics

Research, Data and

Analytics

 

123.8

115.3 364.7 335.9
Enterprise Risk Solutions

 

64.0

50.8 163.6 135.7
Professional Services

 

27.2

13.8 80.4 40.0
Intersegment revenue

 

3.1

    2.6     9.0     7.8  
Sub-total MA

 

218.1

182.5 617.7 519.4
Eliminations

 

(3.1

)

  (2.6 )   (9.0 )   (7.8 )
Total MA revenue

 

215.0

    179.9     608.7     511.6  
 

Total Moody's Corporation

revenue

$

688.5

  $ 531.3   $ 1,976.1   $ 1,713.6  
 
                                     
 
Moody's Corporation revenue by geographic area
 
United States

$

375.4

$ 274.3 $ 1,063.2 $ 890.7
International

 

313.1

    257.0     912.9     822.9  
 

$

 688.5

  $

 531.3

  $

 1,976.1

  $

 1,713.6

 
                           
 

 

Non-operating (expense) income, net
 
 
 
        Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
           
2012 2011 2012 2011
Amounts in millions                                          
 
 
 

Interest (expense) / income,

net:

Expense on borrowings $ (19.3 ) $ (16.2 ) $ (52.1 ) $ (48.9 )
Income 1.2 1.6 3.7 3.9

Legacy Tax, UTPs and other

tax related liabilities (a)

2.7 0.9 6.2 (2.4 )
Capitalized   0.1     0.8     -     2.2  

Total interest (expense)

income, net

$ (15.3 ) $ (12.9 ) $ (42.2 ) $ (45.2 )

Other non-operating

(expense) income, net:

FX gain/(loss) $ (4.9 ) $ 0.5 $ (6.1 ) $ 3.3
Legacy Tax (b) 12.8 - 12.8 6.4
Joint venture income 2.3 1.4 6.9 5.3
Other   (0.2 )   (0.3 )   (1.0 )   (1.9 )

Other non-operating

(expense) income, net

  10.0     1.6     12.6     13.1  

Total non-operating

(expense) income, net

$ (5.3 ) $ (11.3 ) $ (29.6 ) $ (32.1 )

 

 

(a) The three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 as well as the nine months ended September 30, 2011 all contain approximately $4 million in benefits from Legacy Tax Matters. Additionally, the amount for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 contains a benefit of approximately $7 million related to the settlement of state and local income tax audits

 

(b) The amounts represent favorable resolutions of Legacy Tax Matters

 

 

Selected Consolidated Balance Sheet Data (Unaudited)
               
 
September 30, December 31,
2012 2011
Amounts in millions
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,518.5 $ 760.0
Short-term investments 22.7 14.8
Total current assets 2,205.8 1,424.4
Non-current assets 1,456.5 1,451.7
Total assets 3,662.3 2,876.1
Total current liabilities 982.9 1,134.0
Total debt (1) 1,707.5 1,243.8
Other long-term liabilities 676.2 667.5
Total shareholders' equity(deficit) 322.1 (158.4 )
Redeemable noncontrolling interest* 69.2 60.5

Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and

shareholders' equity(deficit)

3,662.3 2,876.1
 
Actual number of shares outstanding 222.9 222.4
 

* Represents a noncontrolling interest related to the November 2011 acquisition of Copal

Partners

 
September 30, December 31,
(1) Total debt consists of the following: 2012 2011  
Series 2005-1 Notes due 2015 (a) $ 318.4 $ 311.5
Series 2007-1 Notes due 2017 300.0 300.0
2008 Term Loan due 2013 (b) 95.6 135.0
2010 Senior Notes due 2020 (c) 497.4 497.3
2012 Senior Notes due 2022 (d)   496.1   -  
Total debt (e) $ 1,707.5 $ 1,243.8  

 

 

(a)Includes an $18.4 million and $11.5 million fair value adjustment on an interest rate hedge at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively

 

(b) Various payments through 2013

 

(c) Represents $500 million of 5.5% publicly traded Senior Notes which mature on September 1, 2020; the notes were offered to the public at 99.374% of the face amount

 

(d) Represents $500 million of 4.5% publicly traded Senior Notes which mature on September 1, 2022; the notes were offered to the public at 99.218% of the face amount

 

(e) Of the total debt shown in the table above, $95.6 million and $71.3 million are classified within total current liabilities at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively, and consist of the current portion of borrowings under the 2008 Term Loan

 

Financial Information by Segment:

The table below presents revenue, adjusted operating income and operating income by reportable segment. The Company defines adjusted operating income as operating income excluding depreciation and amortization and restructuring-related items.

 
  Three Months Ended September 30,
2012       2011
MIS       MA       Eliminations       Consolidated MIS       MA       Eliminations       Consolidated
Revenue

$

491.3

$

218.1

$

(20.9)

$

688.5

$ 368.2 $ 182.5 $ (19.4) $ 531.3

Operating, selling,

general and

administrative

 

252.4

 

163.2

 

(20.9)

 

394.7

 

200.5

 

134.9

  (19.4)   316.0

Adjusted operating

income

 

238.9

 

54.9

 

-

 

293.8

 

167.7

 

47.6

  -   215.3
 

Depreciation and

amortization

11.0

13.1

-

24.1

9.9

9.1

- 19.0
Restructuring  

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

  0.2   -   -   0.2
Operating income

$

227.9

$

41.8

$

-

$

269.7

$ 157.6 $ 38.5 $ - $ 196.1

Adjusted operating margin

48.6%

25.2%

42.7%

45.5%

26.1%

40.5%

Operating margin

46.4%

19.2%

39.2%

42.8%

21.1%

36.9%

 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
2012 2011
MIS MA Eliminations Consolidated MIS MA Eliminations Consolidated
Revenue

$

1,419.8

$

617.7

$

(61.4)

$

1,976.1

$ 1,251.0 $ 519.4 $ (56.8) $ 1,713.6

Operating, selling,

general and

administrative

 

684.0

 

466.6

 

(61.4)

 

1,089.2

 

606.1

 

389.4

  (56.8)   938.7

Adjusted operating

income

 

735.8

 

151.1

 

-

 

886.9

 

644.9

 

130.0

  -   774.9
 

Depreciation and

amortization

32.9

36.8

-

69.7

31.0

27.5

- 58.5
Restructuring  

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

  0.1   -   -   0.1
Operating income

$

702.9

$

114.3

$

-

$

817.2

$ 613.8 $ 102.5 $ - $ 716.3

Adjusted operating margin

51.8%

24.5%

44.9%

51.6%

25.0%

45.2%

Operating margin

49.5%

18.5%

41.4%

49.1%

19.7%

41.8%

 

Transaction and Relationship Revenue:

The tables below summarize the split between transaction and relationship revenue. In the MIS segment, transaction revenue represents the initial rating of a new debt issuance as well as other one-time fees while relationship revenue represents the recurring monitoring of a rated debt obligation and/or entities that issue such obligations, as well as revenue from programs such as commercial paper, medium-term notes and shelf registrations. In the MA segment, relationship revenue represents subscription-based revenues and software maintenance revenue. Transaction revenue in MA represents software license fees and revenue from risk management advisory projects, training and certification services, and knowledge outsourcing engagements.

 
 
          Three Months Ended September 30,
2012       2011
Transaction       Relationship       Total Transaction       Relationship       Total

Corporate

Finance

  75 %   25 %  

100

%

  62 %   38 %   100 %

Structured

Finance

58 % 42 %

100

%

49 % 51 % 100 %

Financial

Institutions

37 % 63 %

100

%

30 % 70 % 100 %

Public, Project

and

InfrastructureFinance

59 % 41 %

100

%

58 % 42 % 100 %
Total MIS 62 % 38 % 100 %

52

%

48

%

100

%

 

Moody's

Analytics

22 % 78 % 100 %

19

%

81

%

100

%

 

Total Moody's

Corporation

50 % 50 % 100 %

41

%

59

%

100

%

 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
2012 2011
Transaction Relationship Total Transaction Relationship Total

Corporate

Finance

73 % 27 %

100

% 72 % 28 % 100 %

Structured

Finance

57 % 43 %

100

% 52 % 48 % 100 %

Financial

Institutions

37 % 63 %

100

% 37 % 63 % 100 %

Public, Project

and

InfrastructureFinance

61 % 39 %

100

% 57 % 43 % 100 %
Total MIS 61 % 39 % 100 %

59

%

41

%

100

%

 

Moody's

Analytics

21 % 79 % 100 %

18

%

82

%

100

%

 

Total Moody's

Corporation

49 % 51 % 100 %

46

%

54

%

100

%

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

The tables below reflect certain adjusted results that the SEC defines as “non-GAAP financial measures” as well as a reconciliation of each non-GAAP measure to its most directly comparable GAAP measure. Management believes that such non-GAAP financial measures, when read in conjunction with the Company’s reported results, can provide useful supplemental information for investors analyzing period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s performance, facilitate comparisons to competitors’ operating results and provide greater transparency to investors of supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. These non-GAAP measures, as defined by the Company, are not necessarily comparable to similarly defined measures of other companies. Furthermore, these non-GAAP measures should not be viewed in isolation or used as a substitute for other GAAP measures in assessing the operating performance or cash flows of the Company.

 

Pro forma diluted earnings per share attributable to Moody's common shareholders:

The Company presents this non-GAAP measure to exclude the impacts of Legacy Tax to allow for a more meaningful comparison of Moody’s Net Income and diluted earnings per share from period to period. Below is a reconciliation of this measure to its most directly comparable U.S. GAAP amount.

 

          Three Months Ended September 30,
2012       2011

Diluted earnings per share

attributable to Moody's common

shareholders

$ 0.81       $ 0.57
Legacy Tax $ (0.06 ) $ -  

Pro forma diluted earnings per share

attributable to Moody's common

shareholders

$ 0.75   $ 0.57  
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
2012         2011  

Diluted earnings per share

attributable to Moody's common

shareholders

$ 2.34 $ 2.06
Legacy Tax $ (0.06 ) $ (0.03 )

Pro forma diluted earnings per share

attributable to Moody's common

shareholders

$ 2.28   $ 2.03  
 

Full-Year Ended

December 31,

2012  
Diluted EPS guidance - GAAP $ 2.95 - 3.05
Legacy Tax $

(0.06)

 

 

Diluted EPS guidance - Pro forma $ 2.89 - 2.99  
 

 

Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted Operating Margin:

The table below reflects a reconciliation of the Company’s operating income and operating margin to adjusted operating income and adjusted operating margin. The Company defines adjusted operating income as operating income excluding depreciation and amortization and restructuring-related items. The Company presents adjusted operating income because management deems this metric to be a useful measure of assessing the operating performance of Moody’s, measuring the Company's ability to service debt, fund capital expenditures, and expand its business. Adjusted operating income excludes depreciation and amortization because companies utilize productive assets of different ages and use different methods of both acquiring and depreciating productive assets. Management believes that the exclusion of certain items, detailed in the reconciliation below, allows for a more meaningful comparison of the Company’s results from period to period and across companies. The Company defines adjusted operating margin as adjusted operating income divided by revenue.

 
 
          Three Months Ended

September 30,

        Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2012       2011 2012         2011
Operating income     $ 269.7     $ 196.1   $ 817.2     $ 716.3
Depreciation & amortization 24.1 19.0 69.7 58.5
Restructuring   -   0.2 -   0.1
Adjusted operating income     $ 293.8     $ 215.3   $ 886.9     $ 774.9
Operating margin 39.2% 36.9% 41.4% 41.8%
Adjusted operating margin 42.7% 40.5% 44.9% 45.2%
 
 

Free Cash Flow:

The table below reflects a reconciliation of the Company’s net cash flows from operating activities to free cash flow. The Company defines free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities minus payments for capital additions. Management believes that free cash flow is a useful metric in assessing the Company’s cash flows to service debt, pay dividends and to fund acquisitions and share repurchases. Management deems capital expenditures essential to the Company’s product and service innovations and maintenance of Moody’s operational capabilities. Accordingly, capital expenditures are deemed to be a recurring use of Moody’s cash flow.

 
 
        Nine Months Ended

September 30,

  2012         2011
Net cash flows from operating activities   $ 496.0   $ 666.3
Capital additions   (35.2)   (53.6)
Free cash flow   $ 460.8   $ 612.7
Net cash used in investing activities $ (46.1) $ (65.3)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities $ 294.4 $ (392.4)
 




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