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MCO : NYSE : Financial
$127.17 up 0.57 | 0.45%
Today's Range: 126.07 - 127.65
Avg. Daily Volume: 722700.0
07/20/17 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

MOODY'S CORP's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown its sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, and although its growth in net income has outpaced the industry average, its revenue growth has not. MOODY'S CORP is extremely liquid. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 2.26 which clearly shows the ability to cover any short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year, indicating deteriorating cash flow.

At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has significantly decreased by 59.40% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is very unlikely to face financial difficulties in the near future.

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Income Statement Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)975.2816.1
EBITDA ($mil)475.9334.3
EBIT ($mil)443.4304.4
Net Income ($mil)345.6184.4

Balance Sheet Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)2262.42066.7
Total Assets ($mil)5435.95114.9
Total Debt ($mil)4075.73428.6
Equity ($mil)-927.1-581.6

Profitability Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Gross Profit Margin71.5569.46
EBITDA Margin48.840.96
Operating Margin45.4737.3
Sales Turnover0.690.67
Return on Assets7.8617.5
Return on Equity0.00.0
Debt Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Current Ratio2.452.68
Interest Expense37.734.6
Interest Coverage11.768.8

Share Data Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)191.31194.33
Div / share0.380.37
Book value / share-4.85-2.99
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume725476.01038684.0


HOLD. MOODY'S CORP's P/E ratio indicates a significant premium compared to an average of 22.10 for the Capital Markets industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 24.41. Normally, for additional comaprison, we would look at the price-to-book ratio; however, this company's price-to-book ratio is negative making the value useless for comparisons. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, MOODY'S CORP seems to be trading at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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MCO 58.26 Peers 22.10   MCO 49.28 Peers 18.88

Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.

MCO is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


Premium. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

MCO is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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MCO 21.60 Peers 18.22   MCO 0.20 Peers 2.29

Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.

MCO is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


Discount. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

MCO trades at a significant discount to its peers.

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  Earnings Growth
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MCO NM Peers 4.11   MCO -51.81 Peers 60.25

Neutral. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

MCO's P/B is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.


Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

However, MCO is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

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  Sales Growth
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MCO 6.34 Peers 4.13   MCO 9.55 Peers 10.38

Premium. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

MCO is trading at a significant premium to its industry.


Average. Comparing a company's sales growth to its industry helps to determine if the company is adding or losing market share.

MCO is keeping pace with its peers on the basis of sales growth.



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