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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-K
(MARK ONE)
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019
OR
☐ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM            TO            .
COMMISSION FILE NUMBER 1-14037
MOODY’S CORPORATION
(EXACT NAME OF REGISTRANT AS SPECIFIED IN ITS CHARTER)
Delaware13-3998945
(STATE OF INCORPORATION)(I.R.S. EMPLOYER IDENTIFICATION NO.)
7 World Trade Center at 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007
(ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES)
(ZIP CODE)
REGISTRANT’S TELEPHONE NUMBER, INCLUDING AREA CODE: (212) 553-0300.
SECURITIES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(b) OF THE ACT:
TITLE OF EACH CLASSTRADING SYMBOL(S)NAME OF EACH EXCHANGE ON WHICH REGISTERED
Common Stock, par value $0.01 per shareMCONew York Stock Exchange
1.75% Senior Notes Due 2027MCO 27New York Stock Exchange
0.950% Senior Notes Due 2030MCO 30New York Stock Exchange
SECURITIES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(g) OF THE ACT:
NONE
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes  ☑ No ☐
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes  ☐  No ☑
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes ☑  No ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).    Yes ☑  No ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large Accelerated Filer
 
Accelerated Filer 
Non-accelerated Filer 
Smaller  reporting companyEmerging growth company 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).    Yes ☐  No ☑
The aggregate market value of Moody’s Corporation Common Stock held by nonaffiliates* on June 30, 2019 (based upon its closing transaction price on the New York Stock Exchange on such date) was approximately $37.0 billion.
As of January 31, 2020, 187.4 million shares of Common Stock of Moody’s Corporation were outstanding.
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of the Registrant’s definitive proxy statement for use in connection with its annual meeting of stockholders scheduled to be held on April 21, 2020, are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Form 10-K.
The Index to Exhibits is included as Part IV, Item 15(3) of this Form 10-K.
*Calculated by excluding all shares held by executive officers and directors of the Registrant without conceding that all such persons are “affiliates” of the Registrant for purposes of federal securities laws.
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MOODY’S CORPORATION
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Exhibits filed Herewith
4.1  Description of the Registrant’s securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
10.3.1.3  Second Amendment to the Amended and Restated 2001 Moody’s Corporation Key Employees’ Stock Incentive Plan (as amended, December 18, 2017)
10.3.3.2  Form of Employee Non-Qualified Stock Option Grant Agreement (for awards granted in 2020 or later) for the Amended and Restated 2001 Moody’s Corporation Key Employees’ Stock Incentive Plan
10.3.4.3  Form of Performance Share Award Letter (for awards granted in 2020 or later) for the Amended and Restated 2001 Moody’s Corporation Key Employees’ Stock Incentive Plan
10.3.5.2  Form of Restricted Stock Unit Grant Agreement (for awards granted in 2020 or later) for the Amended and Restated 2001 Moody’s Corporation Key Employees’ Stock Incentive Plan
10.10  Moody’s Corporation Retirement Account, amended and restated as of January 1, 2018
21  SUBSIDIARIES OF THE REGISTRANT
23.1  CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
31.1  Chief Executive Officer Certification Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
31.2  Chief Financial Officer Certification Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32.1  Chief Executive Officer Certification Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32.2  Chief Financial Officer Certification Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
101.INSInline XBRL Instance Document (the instance document does not appear in the Interactive Data File because its XBRL tags are embedded within the Inline XBRL document)
101.SCHInline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101. CALInline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.DEFInline XBRL Definitions Linkbase Document
101.LABInline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Linkbase Document
101.PREInline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101)

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GLOSSARY OF TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
The following terms, abbreviations and acronyms are used to identify frequently used terms in this report:
TERMDEFINITION
ABS SuiteBusiness acquired by the Company in October 2019 which includes a software platform used by issuers and trustees for administration of asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities programs
Acquisition-Related AmortizationAmortization of definite-lived intangible assets acquired by the Company from all business combination transactions
Acquisition-Related ExpensesConsists of expenses incurred to complete and integrate the acquisition of Bureau van Dijk for which the integration will be a multi-year effort
Adjusted Diluted EPSDiluted EPS excluding the impact of certain items as detailed in the section entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures”
Adjusted Net IncomeNet Income excluding the impact of certain items as detailed in the section entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures”
Adjusted Operating IncomeOperating income excluding the impact of certain items as detailed in the section entitled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures"
Adjusted Operating MarginAdjusted Operating Income divided by revenue
AmericasRepresents countries within North and South America, excluding the U.S.
AOCIAccumulated other comprehensive income (loss); a separate component of shareholders’ equity (deficit)
ASCThe FASB Accounting Standards Codification; the sole source of authoritative GAAP as of July 1, 2009 except for rules and interpretive releases of the SEC, which are also sources of authoritative GAAP for SEC registrants
Asia-PacificRepresents Australia and countries in Asia including but not limited to: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand
ASRAccelerated Share Repurchase
ASUThe FASB Accounting Standards Update to the ASC. It also provides background information for accounting guidance and the bases for conclusions on the changes in the ASC. ASUs are not considered authoritative until codified into the ASC
BoardThe board of directors of the Company
BPSBasis points
BrexitThe withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, effective January 31, 2020
Bureau van DijkBureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing, B.V.; a global provider of business intelligence and company information; acquired by the Company on August 10, 2017 via the acquisition of Yellow Maple I B.V., an indirect parent of Bureau van Dijk; part of the RD&A LOB and a reporting unit within the MA reportable segment
CCARComprehensive Capital Analysis and Review; annual review by the Federal Reserve in the U.S. to ensure that financial institutions have sufficient capital in times of economic and financial stress and that they have robust, forward-looking capital-planning processes that account for their unique risks.
CCXIChina Cheng Xin International Credit Rating Co. Ltd.; China’s first and largest domestic credit rating agency approved by the People’s Bank of China; the Company acquired a 49% interest in 2006; currently Moody’s owns 30% of CCXI.
CCXI GainIn the first quarter of 2017, as part of a strategic business realignment, CCXI issued additional capital to its majority shareholder in exchange for a ratings business wholly-owned by the majority shareholder and which has the right to rate a different class of debt instrument in the Chinese market. The capital issuance by CCXI in exchange for this ratings business diluted Moody’s ownership interest in CCXI to 30% of a larger business and resulted in a $60 million non-cash, non-taxable gain.
CECLCurrent expected credit losses
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TERMDEFINITION
CFGCorporate finance group; an LOB of MIS
CLOCollateralized loan obligation
CMBSCommercial mortgage-backed securities; an asset class within SFG
CommissionEuropean Commission
Common StockThe Company’s common stock
CompanyMoody’s Corporation and its subsidiaries; MCO; Moody’s
ContentA reporting unit within the MA segment that offers subscription based research, data and analytical products, including credit ratings produced by MIS, credit research, quantitative credit scores and other analytical tools, economic research and forecasts
CPCommercial Paper
CP NotesUnsecured commercial paper issued under the CP Program
CP ProgramA program entered into on August 3, 2016 allowing the Company to privately place CP up to a maximum of $1 billion for which the maturity may not exceed 397 days from the date of issue and which is backstopped by the 2018 Facility.
CRAsCredit rating agencies
D&BDun & Bradstreet
DBPPsDefined benefit pension plans
Dodd-Frank ActDodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
EBITDAEarnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization
EMEARepresents countries within Europe, the Middle East and Africa
EPSEarnings per share
ERSEnterprise Risk Solutions; an LOB within MA, which offers risk management software solutions as well as related risk management advisory engagements services
ESAEconomics and Structured Analytics; part of the RD&A line of business within MA
ESGEnvironmental, Social and Governance
ESMAEuropean Securities and Markets Authority
ETREffective tax rate
EUEuropean Union
EUREuros
EURIBORThe Euro Interbank Offered Rate
EurozoneMonetary union of the EU member states which have adopted the euro as their common currency
Excess Tax BenefitsThe difference between the tax benefit realized at exercise of an option or delivery of a restricted share and the tax benefit recorded at the time the option or restricted share is expensed under GAAP
Exchange ActThe Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
External RevenueRevenue excluding any intersegment amounts
FASBFinancial Accounting Standards Board
FIGFinancial institutions group; an LOB of MIS
Financial Reform ActDodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Four Twenty SevenA provider of data, intelligence, and analysis related to physical climate risks; acquired by the Company in July 2019
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TERMDEFINITION
Free Cash FlowNet cash provided by operating activities less cash paid for capital additions
FTSEFinancial Times Stock Exchange
FXForeign exchange
GAAPU.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
GBPBritish pounds
ICRAICRA Limited; a provider of credit ratings and research in India.
IASBInternational Accounting Standards Board
IFRSInternational Financial Reporting Standards
INRIndian Rupee
IRSInternal Revenue Service
ITInformation technology
KISKorea Investors Service, Inc.; a Korean rating agency and consolidated subsidiary of the Company
KIS PricingKorea Investors Service Pricing, Inc.; a Korean provider of fixed income securities pricing and consolidated subsidiary of the Company
KIS ResearchKorea Investors Service Research; a Korean provider of financial research and consolidated subsidiary of the Company
KoreaRepublic of South Korea
Legacy Tax MattersExposures to certain potential tax liabilities assumed in connection with the Company’s spin-off from Dun & Bradstreet in 2000
LIBORLondon Interbank Offered Rate
LOBLine of business
MAMoody’s Analytics—a reportable segment of MCO; provides a wide range of products and services that support financial analysis and risk management activities of institutional participants in global financial markets; consists of three LOBs—RD&A, ERS and PS
Make Whole AmountThe prepayment penalty amount relating to certain Senior Notes, which is a premium based on the excess, if any, of the discounted value of the remaining scheduled payments over the prepaid principal
MAKSMoody’s Analytics Knowledge Services; formerly known as Copal Amba; provides offshore research and analytic services to the global financial and corporate sectors; part of the PS LOB and a reporting unit within the MA reportable segment; this business was divested in November 2019
MALSMoody’s Analytics Learning Solutions; a reporting unit within the MA segment that includes on-line and classroom-based training services as well as credentialing and certification services
MCOMoody’s; Moody’s Corporation and its subsidiaries; the Company
MD&AManagement’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
MISMoody’s Investors Service—a reportable segment of MCO; consists of five LOBs—SFG, CFG, FIG, PPIF and MIS Other
MIS OtherConsists of non-ratings revenue from ICRA, KIS Pricing and KIS Research. These businesses are components of MIS; MIS Other is an LOB of MIS
Moody’sMoody’s Corporation and its subsidiaries; MCO; the Company
NAVNet asset value
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TERMDEFINITION
Net IncomeNet income attributable to Moody’s Corporation, which excludes net income from consolidated noncontrolling interests belonging to the minority interest holder
New Lease Accounting StandardUpdates to the ASC pursuant to ASU No. 2016-02, “Leases (ASC Topic 842)”. This new accounting guidance requires lessees to recognize a right-of-use asset and lease liability on the balance sheet for all leases with terms of more than 12 months. Recognition, measurement and presentation of expenses and cash flows depend on classification as either a finance or operating lease
New D&BThe New D&B Corporation—comprises the D&B business after September 30, 2000
New Revenue Accounting StandardUpdates to the ASC pursuant to ASU No. 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASC Topic 606)”. This new accounting guidance significantly changes the accounting framework under U.S. GAAP relating to revenue recognition and to the accounting for the deferral of incremental costs of obtaining or fulfilling a contract with a customer
N/ANot applicable
NMPercentage change is not meaningful
Non-GAAPA financial measure not in accordance with GAAP; these 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 to provide greater transparency to investors of supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making
NRSRONationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization, which is a credit rating agency registered with the SEC.
OCIOther comprehensive income (loss); includes gains and losses on cash flow and net investment hedges, unrealized gains and losses on available for sale securities (in periods prior to January 1, 2018), certain gains and losses relating to pension and other retirement benefit obligations and foreign currency translation adjustments
Omega PerformanceA provider of online credit training; acquired by the Company in August 2018
Operating segmentTerm defined in the ASC relating to segment reporting; the ASC defines an operating segment as a component of a business entity that has each of the three following characteristics: i) the component engages in business activities from which it may recognize revenue and incur expenses; ii) the operating results of the component are regularly reviewed by the entity’s chief operating decision maker; and iii) discrete financial information about the component is available.
Other Retirement PlansThe U.S. retirement healthcare and U.S. retirement life insurance plans
PCSPost-Contract Customer Support
PPIFPublic, project and infrastructure finance; an LOB of MIS
Pri-2012Private Retirement Plans Mortality Table published by the Society of Actuaries
Profit Participation PlanDefined contribution profit participation plan that covers substantially all U.S. employees of the Company
PSProfessional Services, an LOB within MA consisting of MAKS and MALS that provides offshore analytical and research services as well as learning solutions and certification programs
Purchase Price HedgeForeign currency collars and forward contracts entered into by the Company to economically hedge the Bureau van Dijk euro denominated purchase price
Purchase Price Hedge GainGain on foreign currency collars and forward contracts to economically hedge the Bureau van Dijk euro denominated purchase price
RD&AResearch, Data and Analytics; an LOB within MA that offers subscription based research, data and analytical products, including credit ratings produced by MIS, credit research, quantitative credit scores and other analytical tools, economic research and forecasts, business intelligence and company information products, and commercial real estate data and analytical tools
Redeemable Non-controlling InterestRepresents minority shareholders' interest in entities which are controlled but not wholly-owned by Moody's and for which Moody's obligation to redeem the minority shareholders' interest is represented by a put/call relationship
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TERMDEFINITION
Reform ActCredit Rating Agency Reform Act of 2006
Regulatory Data Corporation (RDC)A global leader in risk and compliance intelligence; the Company acquired RDC in February 2020
REITReal Estate Investment Trust
Reis, Inc. (Reis)A provider of U.S. commercial real estate (CRE) data; acquired by the Company in October 2018; part of the RD&A LOB and a reporting unit within the MA reportable segment.
Relationship RevenueFor MIS, represents recurring monitoring fees 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. For MIS Other represents subscription-based revenue. For MA, represents subscription-based revenue and software maintenance revenue
Reporting unitThe level at which Moody’s evaluates its goodwill for impairment under U.S. GAAP; defined as an operating segment or one level below an operating segment
Retirement PlansMoody’s funded and unfunded pension plans, the healthcare plans and life insurance plans
RiskFirstA company providing risk analytic solutions for the asset management and pension fund communities; acquired by the Company in July 2019
RMBSResidential mortgage-backed securities; an asset class within SFG
ROU AssetAssets recorded pursuant to the New Lease Accounting Standard which represent the Company’s right to use an underlying asset for the term of a lease
SaaSSoftware-as-a-Service
SCDMSCDM Financial, a leading provider of analytical tools for participants in securitization markets. Moody’s acquired SCDM’s structured finance data and analytics business in February 2017
SECU.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Securities ActSecurities Act of 1933, as amended
Settlement ChargeCharge of $864 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2016 related to an agreement entered into on January 13, 2017 with the U.S. Department of Justice and the attorneys general of 21 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to resolve pending and potential civil claims related to credit ratings that MIS assigned to certain structured finance instruments in the financial crisis era
SFGStructured finance group; an LOB of MIS
SG&ASelling, general and administrative expenses
SynTao Green Finance (STGF)A provider of environmental, social and governance data and analytics based in and serving China; a minority stake was acquired by the Company in October 2019
SSPStandalone selling price
T&MTime-and-Material
Tax ActThe “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” enacted into U.S. law on December 22, 2017, which significantly amends the tax code in the U.S.
Total DebtAll indebtedness of the Company as reflected on the consolidated balance sheets
Transaction RevenueFor MIS, represents the initial rating of a new debt issuance as well as other one-time fees. For MIS Other, represents revenue from professional services as well as data services, research and analytical engagements. For MA, represents perpetual software license fees and revenue from software implementation services, risk management advisory projects, training and certification services, and research and analytical engagements
U.K.United Kingdom
U.S.United States
USDU.S. dollar
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TERMDEFINITION
UTPsUncertain tax positions
WACCWeighted Average Cost of Capital
2010 Senior NotesPrincipal amount of $500 million, 5.50% senior unsecured notes, repaid in 2019
2012 Senior NotesPrincipal amount of $500 million, 4.50% senior unsecured notes due in September 2022
2013 Senior NotesPrincipal amount of the $500 million, 4.875% senior unsecured notes due in February 2024
2014 Senior Notes (5-Year)Principal amount of $450 million, 2.75% senior unsecured notes, repaid in
2019
2014 Senior Notes (30-Year)Principal amount of $600 million, 5.25% senior unsecured notes due in July 2044
2015 Senior NotesPrincipal amount of €500 million, 1.75% senior unsecured notes due in March 2027
2017 Senior Notes Due 2023Principal amount of $500 million, 2.625% senior unsecured notes due January 15, 2023
2017 Senior Notes Due 2028Principal amount of $500 million, 3.25% senior unsecured notes due January 15, 2028
2017 Senior Notes Due 2021Principal amount of $500 million, 2.75% senior unsecured notes due in December 2021
2018 FacilityFive-year unsecured revolving credit facility, with capacity to borrow up to $1 billion; backstops CP issued under the CP Program
2018 Senior NotesPrincipal amount of $300 million, 3.25% senior unsecured notes due June 7, 2021
2018 Senior Notes (10-year)Principal amount of $400 million, 4.25% senior unsecured notes due February 1, 2029
2018 Senior Notes (30-year)Principal amount of $400 million, 4.875% senior unsecured notes due December 17, 2048
2019 Senior NotesPrincipal amount of €750 million, 0.950% senior unsecured notes due in February 25, 2030
7WTCThe Company’s corporate headquarters located at 7 World Trade Center in New York, NY

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PART I



ITEM 1. BUSINESS
BACKGROUND
As used in this report, except where the context indicates otherwise, the terms “Moody’s” or the “Company” refer to Moody’s Corporation, a Delaware corporation, and its subsidiaries. The Company’s executive offices are located at 7 World Trade Center at 250 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007 and its telephone number is (212) 553-0300.
THE COMPANY
Company Overview
Moody’s is a provider of (i) credit ratings and assessment services; (ii) credit, capital markets and economic research, data and analytical tools; (iii) software solutions that support financial risk management activities; (iv) quantitatively derived credit scores; (v) learning solutions and certification services; (vi) offshore financial research and analytical services (this business was divested with the sale of the MAKS in the fourth quarter of 2019); and (vii) company information and business intelligence products. Moody’s reports in two reportable segments: MIS and MA. Financial information and operating results of these segments, including revenue, expenses and operating income, are included in Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements of this annual report, and are herein incorporated by reference.
MIS publishes credit ratings and provides assessment services 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. Ratings 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. MIS provides ratings in more than 130 countries. Ratings are disseminated via press releases to the public through a variety of print and electronic media, including the internet and real-time information systems widely used by securities traders and investors. As of December 31, 2019, MIS had the following ratings relationships:
Approximately 4,900 rated non-financial corporate issuers;
Approximately 4,100 rated financial institutions issuers;
Approximately 17,200 rated public finance issuers (including sovereign, sub-sovereign and supranational issuers);
Approximately 9,500 rated structured finance transactions; and
Approximately 1,000 rated infrastructure and project finance issuers.
MIS earns revenue from certain non-ratings-related operations, which primarily consist of financial instruments pricing services in the Asia-Pacific region as well as revenue from ICRA non-rating operations. The revenue from these operations is included in the MIS Other LOB and is not material to the results of the MIS segment.
MA provides financial intelligence and analytical tools to assist businesses in making decisions. MA’s portfolio of solutions consists of specialized research, data, software, and professional services, which are assembled to support the financial analysis and risk management activities of institutional customers worldwide. MA customers represent more than 11,000 institutions worldwide operating in over 155 countries. During 2019, Moody’s research website was accessed by over 306,000 individuals including 41,000 customer users.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Moody’s believes that knowledge fuels opportunity. The core of Moody’s business is to provide credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that help to equip participants in the global financial markets to understand risks and make important investment decisions with critical insight. Moody’s global corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts are rooted in that same approach. Moody’s is committed to working to empower people with the knowledge, resources and confidence they need to create a better future – for themselves, their communities and the environment.
The CSR Council, chaired by President and CEO Raymond W. McDaniel, Jr. and comprised of members of the management team, evaluates the Company’s CSR progress and generates recommendations on its CSR strategy. The CSR Working Group, comprised of senior executives, is then charged with implementing the Company’s CSR strategy. In addition, the Company’s Board of Directors oversees sustainability matters, with assistance from the Governance & Nominating Committee, as part of its oversight of management and the Company’s overall strategy. For more information on Moody’s approach to CSR, see moodys.com/csr. The content of this website is not incorporated by reference herein.
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Sustainability
Moody’s advances sustainability by considering Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors throughout its operations and two business segments. It uses its expertise and assets to make a positive difference through technology tools, research and analytical services that help other organizations and the investor community better understand the links between sustainability considerations and the global markets. Moody’s efforts to promote sustainability-related thought leadership, assessments and data to market participants include following the policies of recognized sustainability and corporate social responsibility parties that develop standards or frameworks and/or evaluate and assess performance, including Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). Moody’s sustainability-related achievements in 2019 included the following: (i) Moody’s began reporting using recommendations from SASB; (ii) the Company became a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment; (iii) it joined the United Nations Global Compact; and (iv) it issued its second annual report on how the Company has implemented the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
PROSPECTS FOR GROWTH
Over recent decades, global fixed-income markets have grown significantly both in terms of the amount and types of securities or other obligations outstanding. Moody’s believes the overall long-term outlook remains favorable for continued growth of the global fixed-income market and related financial information market, which includes information such as credit opinions, research, data, analytics, risk management tools and related services.
Moody’s growth is influenced by a number of trends that impact financial information markets including:
Health of the world’s major economies;
Debt capital markets activity;
Disintermediation of credit markets;
Fiscal and monetary policy of governments; and
Business investment spending, including mergers and acquisitions.
In an environment of increasing financial complexity and heightened attention to credit analysis and risk management, Moody’s is well positioned to benefit from continued growth in global fixed-income market activity and a more widespread use of credit ratings, research and related analytical products. Moody’s expects that these developments will support continued long-term demand for high quality, independent credit opinions, research, data, analytics, risk management tools and related services.
Strong secular trends should continue to provide long-term growth opportunities. For MIS, key growth drivers include debt market issuance driven by global GDP growth, continued disintermediation of fixed-income markets in both developed and emerging economies driving issuance and demand for new ratings products and services. Growth in MA is likely to be driven by deeper and broader penetration of the customer base as data demands, regulatory compliance and other analytical requirements drive demand for MA’s products and expertise. Moreover, pricing opportunities aligned with customer value creation and advances in information technology present growth opportunities for Moody’s.
Growth in global fixed income markets in a given year is dependent on many macroeconomic and capital market factors including interest rates, business investment spending, corporate refinancing needs, merger and acquisition activity, issuer profits, consumer borrowing levels and securitization activity. Rating fees paid by debt issuers account for most of the revenue of MIS. Therefore, a substantial portion of MIS’s revenue is dependent upon the dollar-equivalent volume and number of ratable debt securities issued in the global capital markets. MIS’s results can be affected by factors such as the performance and prospects for growth of the major world economies, the fiscal and monetary policies pursued by their governments, and the decisions of issuers to request MIS ratings to aid investors in their investment decisions. However, annual fee arrangements with frequent debt issuers, annual debt monitoring fees and annual fees from commercial paper and medium-term note programs, bank deposit ratings, insurance company financial strength ratings, mutual fund ratings, and other areas partially mitigate MIS’s dependence on the volume or number of new debt securities issued in the global fixed-income markets. Furthermore, the strong growth seen in the issuance of structured finance securities from the mid-1990’s reversed dramatically in 2008 due to market turmoil, before stabilizing in 2011. Despite significant declines from peak market issuance levels, Moody’s believes that structured finance securities will continue to play a role in global fixed-income markets and provide opportunities for long-term revenue growth.
The pace of change in technology and communication over the past two decades makes information about investment alternatives widely available throughout the world and facilitates issuers’ ability to place securities outside their national markets and similarly investors’ ability to obtain information about securities issued outside their national markets. Technology also allows issuers and investors the ability to more readily obtain information about new financing techniques and new types of securities that they may wish to purchase or sell, which in the absence of the appropriate technology might not be readily or easily obtainable. This availability of information promotes the ongoing integration and expansion of financial markets worldwide, giving issuers and investors access to a wider range of both established and newer capital markets. As technology provides broader access to worldwide markets, it also results in a greater need for credible, globally comparable opinions about credit risk, data, analytics and related services. Additionally, information technology also provides opportunities to further build a global platform to support Moody’s continued expansion in developing markets.
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An ongoing trend in the world’s capital markets is the disintermediation of financial systems. Issuers increasingly raise capital in the global public capital markets, in addition to, or in substitution for, traditional financial intermediaries. Moreover, financial intermediaries have sold assets in the global public capital markets, in addition to, or instead of, retaining those assets. Moody’s believes that issuer use of global debt capital markets offer advantages in capacity and efficiency compared to traditional banking systems and that the trend of increased disintermediation will continue. Further, disintermediation has continued because of the historically low interest rate environment and bank deleveraging, which has encouraged a number of corporations and other entities to seek alternative funding in the bond markets.
Moody’s also observes disintermediation in key emerging markets where economic growth may outpace internal banking system capacity. Thus, disintermediation is expected to continue over the longer-term, with Moody’s targeting investment and resources to those markets where disintermediation and bond issuance is expected to remain robust.
In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, banking, insurance and capital markets authorities promulgated a wide range of new regulations to restore stability and confidence in financial institutions under their oversight. Programs such as Basel III, Solvency II, and CCAR — among many others — prompted banks, insurers, securities dealers, and asset managers to invest in more robust risk management practices and systems. Many of these investments drew on expertise and tools offered by MA, resulting in strong revenue growth in the post-crisis period. As banking and capital markets stabilized, and with financial institutions better capitalized, regulatory-driven demand for certain MA products has moderated, while in other areas (e.g., anti-money laundering (AML) and know-your-customer (KYC) compliance) regulatory-driven demand for data and solutions remains strong. We expect MA products and services that improve efficiencies, provide business insights and enable compliance with financial regulation, including AML, KYC, and accounting standards, will continue to be adopted by institutions worldwide. Finally, in order to respond to other sources of demand and drive growth, MA is actively investing in new products, including enhanced data sets and improved delivery methods (e.g., software-as-a-service). These efforts should support broader distribution of MA’s capabilities, deepen relationships with existing customers and drive new customer acquisition.
Legislative bodies and regulators in the U.S., Europe and other jurisdictions continue to conduct regulatory reviews of CRAs, which may result in, for example, an increased number of competitors, changes to the business model or restrictions on certain business activities of MIS, removal of references to ratings in certain regulations, or increased costs of doing business for MIS. At present, Moody’s is unable to assess the nature and effect that any regulatory changes may have on future growth opportunities.
Moody’s operations are subject to various risks, as more fully described in Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors,” inherent in conducting business on a global basis. Such risks include currency fluctuations and possible nationalization, expropriation, exchange and price controls, changes in the availability of data from public sector sources, limits on providing information across borders and other restrictive governmental actions.
COMPETITION
MIS competes with other CRAs and with investment banks and brokerage firms that offer credit opinions and research. Many users of MIS’s ratings also have in-house credit research capabilities. MIS’s largest competitor in the global credit rating business is S&P Global Ratings (S&P), a division of S&P Global. There are some rating markets, based on industry, geography and/or instrument type, in which Moody’s has made investments and obtained market positions superior to S&P, while in other markets, the reverse is true.
In addition to S&P, MIS’s competitors in the U.S. include Fitch Ratings, A.M. Best Company, Kroll Bond Rating Agency Inc., and Morningstar Inc. In Europe, there are approximately 40 companies currently registered with ESMA, which include both purely domestic European CRAs and International CRAs such as S&P and Fitch. There are additional competitors in other regions and countries, some of which are global entities and compete across regions and asset classes, while others focus on particular asset classes and regions.
MA competes broadly in the financial information industry against diversified competitors such as Refinitiv, Bloomberg, S&P Global Market Intelligence, Fitch Solutions, D&B, SS&C Technologies, Wolters Kluwer, Fidelity National Information Services, SAS, Fiserv, MSCI and IHS Markit among others. MA’s main competitors within RD&A include S&P Global Market Intelligence, CreditSights, Refinitiv, Intex, IHS Markit, BlackRock Solutions, FactSet and other providers of fixed income analytics, valuations, economic data and research. In ERS, MA faces competition from both large software providers such as SS&C Technologies, Fidelity National Information Services, SAS, Oracle, Finastra, Oliver Wyman, Verisk Analytics and various other vendors and in-house solutions. Within Professional Services, MA competes with a host of financial training and education firms.
MOODY’S STRATEGY
Moody’s corporate mission is to be the world’s most respected authority serving financial risk-sensitive markets. The key aspects to implement this strategy are to:
Defend and enhance the core ratings and research business of MIS;
Build MA’s position as a leading provider of data, analytics and risk management solutions to financial institutions, corporations, and governmental authorities; and
Invest in strategic growth opportunities.
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Moody’s will make investments to defend and enhance its core businesses in an attempt to position the Company to fully capture market opportunities resulting from global debt capital market expansion and increased business investment spending. Moody’s will also make strategic investments to achieve scale in attractive financial information markets, move into attractive product and service adjacencies where the Company can leverage its brand, extend its thought leadership and expand its geographic presence in high growth emerging markets.
To broaden the Company’s potential, MA provides a wide range of products and services to enable financial institutions, corporations and governmental authorities to better manage risk. As such, MA adds to the Company’s value proposition in three ways. First, MA’s subscription businesses provide a significant base of recurring revenue to offset cyclicality in ratings issuance volumes that may result in volatility in MIS’s revenues. Second, MA products and services, such as financial training and professional services on research and risk management best practices, provide opportunities for entry into emerging markets before banking systems and debt capital markets fully develop and thus present long-term growth opportunities for the ratings business. Finally, MA’s integrated risk management software platform embeds Moody’s solutions deep into the technology infrastructure of banks and insurance companies worldwide.
Moody’s invests in initiatives to implement the Company’s strategy, including internally led organic development and targeted acquisitions. Example initiatives include:
Enhancements to ratings quality and product extensions;
Investments that extend ownership and participation in joint ventures and strategic alliances;
New products, services, content (e.g., non-credit risk assessments such as ESG and cybersecurity risk) and technology capabilities to meet customer demands;
Selective bolt-on acquisitions that accelerate the ability to scale and grow Moody’s businesses; and
Expansion in emerging markets.
During 2019, Moody’s continued to invest in and acquire complementary businesses in MIS and MA as further described below:
In April 2019, Moody’s acquired a majority stake in Vigeo Eiris, a provider of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research, data and assessments. The acquisition furthers Moody’s objective of promoting global standards for ESG for use by market participants;
In June 2019, Moody’s formed a joint venture with Team8, a cybersecurity think tank and company creation platform, to establish a global standard for evaluating and assessing cyber risk for enterprises. The joint venture builds on Moody’s investments and initiatives in cybersecurity and emerging technologies, including its 2018 strategic investment in Team8;
In July 2019, Moody’s acquired a majority stake in Four Twenty Seven, Inc., a provider of data, intelligence, and analysis related to physical climate risks. This further complements Moody’s ESG research, data and assessment capabilities and its majority acquisition of Vigeo Eiris;
Also in July 2019, Moody’s acquired RiskFirst, a provider of risk analytic solutions for the asset management and pension fund communities. The acquisition positions MA to extend its range of market-leading risk solutions to the institutional buy-side;
In October 2019, Moody’s acquired the ABS Suite business from Deloitte & Touche LLP. ABS Suite is a software platform used by issuers and trustees for the administration of asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities programs. The transaction strengthens MA’s position as a leading provider of structured finance solutions;
Also in October 2019, Moody’s acquired a minority stake in SynTao Green Finance, a provider of ESG data and analytics based in and serving China. The investment strengthens Moody’s presence and engagement in China and its financial markets, with a focus on supporting long-term, sustainable growth and contributing to the healthy development of ESG markets. It also complements the acquisitions of majority stakes in Vigeo Eiris and Four Twenty Seven, Inc.
Additionally, in November 2019, Moody’s completed the sale of Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services (MAKS), a provider of offshore research and analytic services to the global financial and corporate sectors. Moody’s made the decision to divest the MAKS business given increasing strategic focus on providing its customers with financial intelligence and analytical tools and as a service business, MAKS was increasingly less relevant in this regard.
REGULATION
MIS and many of the securities that it rates are subject to extensive regulation in both the U.S. and in other countries (including by state and local authorities). Existing and proposed laws and regulations can impact the Company’s operations and the markets for securities that it rates. Additional laws and regulations have been proposed or are being considered. Each of the existing, adopted, proposed and potential laws and regulations can increase the costs and legal risk associated with the Company’s operations, including the issuance of credit ratings, and may negatively impact the Company’s profitability and ability to compete, or result in changes in the demand for credit ratings, in the manner in which credit ratings are utilized and in the manner in which the Company operates.
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The regulatory landscape has changed rapidly in recent years and continues to evolve. In the U.S., CRAs are subject to extensive regulation primarily pursuant to the Reform Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. The Reform Act added Section 15E to the Exchange Act and provided the SEC with the authority to establish a registration and oversight program for credit rating agencies registered as NRSROs. Among other things, the Reform Act requires the SEC to submit an annual report to Congress providing an overview of SEC activities with respect to NRSROs, and detailing the SEC’s views on the state of competition, transparency and conflicts of interests among NRSROs. The Dodd-Frank Act enhanced the SEC’s oversight of the regulation of NRSROs, and includes a requirement that the SEC publish an annual report summarizing the results of its annual examinations of NRSROs. To date, through a series of rulemakings, the SEC has implemented a number of Exchange Act provisions related to NRSROs. These include, for example, provisions addressing disclosure of data and assumptions underlying credit ratings, conflicts of interest with respect to sales and marketing practices, disclosure of performance statistics, application and disclosure of credit rating methodologies, analyst training and testing and consistent application of rating symbols and definitions. The Company has made and continues to make substantial IT and other investments, and has implemented the relevant compliance obligations.
In the EU, the CRA industry is registered and supervised through a pan-European regulatory framework. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has direct supervisory responsibility for the registered CRA industry throughout the EU. MIS’ EU CRA subsidiaries are registered and are subject to formal regulation and periodic inspection. Applicable rules include procedural requirements with respect to use of credit ratings, independence and avoidance of conflicts of interest, conflicts of interest concerning investments in CRAs, CRA rotation, methodologies, models and key rating assumptions, use of multiple CRAs, outsourcing, disclosures, credit ratings of sovereign issuers, liability for intentional or grossly negligent failure to abide by applicable regulations, reporting requirements to ESMA regarding fees, and additional procedural and substantive requirements on the pricing of services. From time to time, ESMA publishes interpretive guidance, or thematic reports regarding various aspects of the regulation and, annually, sets out its work program for the forthcoming year. During 2019, supervisory priorities included credit ratings quality, cybersecurity, Brexit and fees charged by CRAs. In 2019, ESMA updated guidelines, issued new guidelines and published an update to its thematic report on its observations of CRA fee practices. ESMA’s 2020 work program includes the credit rating process, methodology development and validation, governance and internal controls, including with respect to IT and information security where ESMA is expected to publish cloud guidelines in Q1. Policy priorities include assisting the European Commission in promoting sustainable finance in the field of CRAs.
In 2016, the European Commission published a report concluding that no new EU legislation was necessary at that time, but that it would continue to monitor the credit rating industry and analyze approaches that may strengthen existing regulation. The European Commission is expected to publish a report in Q1 2020 on CRAs and the integration of sustainability factors into their credit rating opinions and in Q2 on Sustainability Research and Ratings. Furthermore, new proposals on data are expected from the European Commission in 2020 which may have a direct or indirect impact on the Company.
Separately, on June 23, 2016, the U.K. voted to exit the E.U. and on January 31, 2020 formally left the E.U. There is now a transition period of 11 months until December 31, 2020 when most EU law will remain applicable in the U.K.. The longer-term impact of the decision to leave the E.U. on the overall regulatory framework for the U.K. will depend, in part, on the relationship that the U.K. negotiates with the E.U. During the transition period, the E.U. CRA regulatory framework will remain in place in the U.K. and firms must continue to abide by their existing obligations with ESMA as the regulator of EU-registered CRAs. It is expected that from the start of 2021, legislation for CRAs under the supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority will come into force in the U.K.
In light of the regulations that have gone into effect in both the E.U. and the U.S. (as well as many other countries), periodically and as a matter of course pursuant to their enabling legislation, regulatory authorities have and will continue to publish reports that describe their oversight activities over the industry. In addition, other legislation and/or interpretation of existing regulation relating to the Company’s operations, including credit rating, ancillary and research services is being considered by local, national and multinational bodies and this type of activity is likely to continue in the future. Finally, in certain countries, governments may provide financial or other support to locally-based CRAs. For example, governments may from time to time establish official CRAs or credit ratings criteria or procedures for evaluating local issuers. If enacted, any such legislation and regulation could change the competitive landscape in which MIS operates. The legal status of CRAs has been addressed by courts in various decisions and is likely to be considered and addressed in legal proceedings from time to time in the future. Management of the Company cannot predict whether these or any other proposals will be enacted, the outcome of any pending or possible future legal proceedings, or regulatory or legislative actions, or the ultimate impact of any such matters on the competitive position, financial position or results of operations of the Company.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Moody’s and its affiliates own and control a variety of intellectual property, including but not limited to proprietary information, trademarks, research, publications, software tools and applications, models and methodologies, databases, domain names, and other proprietary materials that, in the aggregate, are of material importance to Moody’s business. Management of Moody’s believes that each of the trademarks and related corporate names, marks and logos relating to its businesses, including those containing the term “Moody’s”, are of material importance to the Company.
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The Company, primarily through MA and its subsidiaries, licenses certain of its databases, software applications, credit risk models, training courses in credit risk and capital markets, research and other publications and services that contain intellectual property to its customers. These licenses are provided pursuant to standard fee-bearing agreements containing customary restrictions and intellectual property protections.
In addition, Moody’s licenses from third parties certain technology, data and other intellectual property rights. Specifically, Moody’s obtains licenses from third parties to use financial information (such as market and index data, financial statement data, research data, default data, and security identifiers) as well as software development tools and libraries. In addition, the Company’s Bureau van Dijk business obtains from third party information providers certain financial, credit risk, compliance, management, ownership and other data on companies worldwide, which Bureau van Dijk distributes through its company information products. The Company obtains such technology and intellectual property rights from generally available commercial sources. The Company also utilizes generally available open source software and libraries for internal use and subject to appropriately permissive open source licenses, to carry out routine functions in certain of the Company’s software products. Most of such technology and intellectual property is available from a variety of sources. Although certain financial information (particularly security identifiers, certain pricing or index data, and certain company financial data in selected geographic markets) is available from a limited number of sources, Moody’s does not believe it is dependent on any one data source for a material aspect of its business.
The names of Moody’s products and services referred to herein are trademarks, service marks or registered trademarks or service marks owned by or licensed to Moody’s or one or more of its affiliates. The Company owns three patents. None of the Company's intellectual property is subject to a specific expiration date, except to the extent that the patents and the copyright in items that the Company creates (such as credit reports, research, software, and other written opinions) expire pursuant to relevant law.
The Company considers its intellectual property to be proprietary, and Moody’s relies on a combination of copyright, trademark, trade secret, patent, non-disclosure and other contractual safeguards for protection. Moody’s also pursues instances of third-party infringement of its intellectual property in order to protect the Company’s rights.
EMPLOYEES
As of December 31, 2019 the number of full-time equivalent employees of Moody’s was approximately 11,000.
AVAILABLE INFORMATION
Moody’s investor relations internet website is http://ir.moodys.com/. Under the “SEC Filings” tab at this website, the Company makes available free of charge its annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports as soon as reasonably practicable after they are filed with, or furnished to, the SEC.
The SEC maintains an internet site that contains annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy and other information statements that the Company files electronically with the SEC. The SEC’s internet site is http://www.sec.gov/.
INFORMATION ABOUT OUR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Name, Age and PositionBiographical Data
Robert Fauber, 49
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Fauber has served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer since November 2019. Mr. Fauber served as President of Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. from June 1, 2016 to October 31, 2019, as Senior Vice President—Corporate & Commercial Development of Moody’s Corporation from April 2014 to May 31, 2016, and was Head of the MIS Commercial Group from January 2013 to May 31, 2016. From April 2009 through April 2014, he served as Senior Vice President—Corporate Development of Moody’s Corporation. Mr. Fauber served as Vice President—Corporate Development from September 2005 to April 2009. Prior to joining Moody’s, Mr. Fauber served in several roles at Citigroup and its investment banking subsidiary Salomon Smith Barney from 1999 to 2005. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Fauber worked at NationsBank (now Bank of America) in the middle market commercial banking group.
John J. Goggins, 59
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Mr. Goggins has served as the Company’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel since April 2011 and the Company’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel from October 2000 until April 2011. Mr. Goggins joined Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. in February 1999 as Vice President and Associate General Counsel.
Melanie Hughes, 57
Senior Vice President and
Chief Human Resources Officer
Ms. Hughes has served as the Company’s Senior Vice President—Chief Human Resources Officer since September 2017. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Hughes was Chief Human Resource Officer and Executive Vice President, Human Resources at American Eagle Outfitters from July 2016 to September 2017 and served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources at Tribune Media from May 2013 to June 2016. She has held several senior management roles for many different companies such as Coach, Gilt Group, DoubleClick and UBS Warburg.
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Name, Age and PositionBiographical Data
Mark Kaye, 40
Senior Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kaye has served as the Company’s Senior Vice President—Chief Financial Officer since August 2018. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kaye was Senior Vice President and Head of Financial Planning and Analysis at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) since February 2016, and Chief Financial Officer of MassMutual U.S. since July 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Kaye served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Retirement Solutions, at Voya Financial from 2011 to 2015. Mr. Kaye previously held various senior financial and risk reporting positions at ING U.S. and ING Group, and was in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse First Boston.
Raymond W. McDaniel, Jr.,62
President and
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. McDaniel has served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer since April 2012, and served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from April 2005 until April 2012. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. McDaniel served as the Company’s President from October 2004 until April 2005 and the Company’s Chief Operating Officer from January 2004 until April 2005. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. since October 2007. He held the additional titles of President from November 2001 to August 2007 and December 2008 to November 2010 and Chairman from October 2007 until June 2015. Mr. McDaniel served as the Company’s Executive Vice President from April 2003 to January 2004, and as Senior Vice President, Global Ratings and Research from November 2000 until April 2003. He served as Senior Managing Director, Global Ratings and Research, of Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. from November 2000 until November 2001 and as Managing Director, International from 1996 to November 2000. Mr. McDaniel currently is a director of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2005-present) and a member of the Board of Trustees of Muhlenberg College (2015-present).
Caroline Sullivan, 51
Senior Vice President and
Corporate Controller
Ms. Sullivan has served as the Company’s Senior Vice President—Corporate Controller since December 2018. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Sullivan served in several roles at Bank of America, where her last position held was Managing Director and Global Banking Controller. Prior to that role, Ms. Sullivan supported the Global Wealth & Investment Management business from 2015 to 2017 in a variety of positions including Controller and was Chief Financial Officer for the Latin America region from 2014 to 2015. From 2011 to 2013, she served as the Legal Entity Controller for the bank’s main broker dealer and other Merrill Lynch entities. Ms. Sullivan previously held various senior positions at several banks and a major accounting firm, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Stephen Tulenko, 52
President, Moody’s Analytics
Mr. Tulenko has served as President of Moody’s Analytics since November 2019. Mr. Tulenko served as Executive Director of Enterprise Risk Solutions from 2013 to October 2019 and as Executive Director of Global Sales, Customer Service and Marketing from 2008 to 2013. Prior to the formation of Moody’s Analytics, he held various sales, product development and product strategy roles at Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. Mr. Tulenko joined Moody’s in 1990.
Michael West, 51
President, Moody’s Investors Service
Mr. West has served as President of Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. since November 2019. Mr. West served as Managing Director—Head of MIS Ratings and Research from June 2016 to October 2019. Previously, Mr. West served as Managing Director—Head of Global Structured Finance from February 2014 to May 2016 and Managing Director—Head of Global Corporate Finance from January 2010 to January 2014. Earlier in his career, he was also responsible for the research strategy for the ratings businesses and before that led Corporate Finance for the EMEA Region, European Corporates and the EMEA leveraged finance business. Prior to joining Moody’s in 1998, Mr. West worked at Bank of America and HSBC in various credit roles.

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ITEM 1A.  RISK FACTORS
Please carefully consider the following discussion of significant factors, events and uncertainties that make an investment in the Company’s securities risky and provide important information for the understanding of the “forward-looking” statements discussed in Item 7 of this Form 10-K and elsewhere. These risk factors should be read in conjunction with the other information in this annual report on Form 10-K.
The events and consequences discussed in these risk factors could, in circumstances the Company may not be able to accurately predict, recognize, or control, have a material adverse effect on Moody’s business, financial condition, operating results (including components of the Company’s financial results such as sales and profits), cash flows and stock price. These risk factors do not identify all risks that Moody’s faces. The Company could also be affected by factors, events, or uncertainties that are not presently known to the Company or that the Company currently does not consider to present significant risks. In addition, the global economic climate amplifies many of these risks.
A.Legal and Regulatory Risks
Moody’s Faces Risks Related to U.S. Laws and Regulations Affecting the Credit Rating Industry and Moody’s Customers.
Moody’s operates in a highly regulated industry and is subject to extensive regulation by federal, state and local authorities in the U.S., including the Reform Act and the Financial Reform Act. These regulations are complex, continually evolving and have tended to become more stringent over time. See “Regulation” in Part 1, Item 1 of this annual report on Form 10-K for more information. These laws and regulations:
seek to encourage, and may result in, increased competition among rating agencies and in the credit rating business;
may result in alternatives to credit ratings or changes in the pricing of credit ratings;
restrict the use of information in the development or maintenance of credit ratings;
increase regulatory oversight of the credit markets and CRA operations;
provide for direct jurisdiction of the SEC over CRAs that seek NRSRO status, and grant authority to the SEC to inspect the operations of CRAs; and
authorize the adoption of enhanced oversight standards and new pleading standards, which may result in increases in the number of legal proceedings claiming liability for losses suffered by investors on rated securities and aggregate legal defense costs.
If these laws and regulations, and any future rulemaking or court rulings, reduce demand for credit ratings or increase costs, Moody’s may be unable to pass such costs through to customers. In addition, there may be uncertainty over the scope, interpretation and administration of such laws and regulations. The Company’s compliance and efforts to mitigate the risk of fines, penalties or other sanctions can result in significant expenses. Legal proceedings that are increasingly lengthy can result in uncertainty over and exposure to liability.
It is difficult to accurately assess the future impact of legislative and regulatory requirements on Moody’s business and its customers’ businesses. For example, new laws and regulations may affect MIS’s communications with issuers as part of the rating assignment process, alter the manner in which MIS’s ratings are developed, assigned and communicated, affect the manner in which MIS or its customers or users of credit ratings operate, impact the demand for MIS’s ratings and alter the economics of the credit ratings business, including by restricting or mandating business models for rating agencies. Further, speculation concerning the impact of legislative and regulatory initiatives and the increased uncertainty over potential liability and adverse legal or judicial determinations may negatively affect Moody’s stock price. Although these legislative and regulatory initiatives apply to rating agencies and credit markets generally, they may affect Moody’s in a disproportionate manner. Each of these developments increase the costs and legal risk associated with the issuance of credit ratings and can have a material adverse effect on Moody’s operations, profitability and competitiveness, the demand for credit ratings and the manner in which such ratings are utilized.
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In addition, MA derives a significant amount of its sales in the ERS and Professional Services LOBs from banks and other financial services providers who are subject to regulatory oversight. U.S. banking regulators, including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Consumer Financial Protection Board, as well as many state agencies have issued guidance to insured depository institutions and other providers of financial services on assessing and managing risks associated with third-party relationships, which include all business arrangements between a financial services provider and another entity, by contract or otherwise, and generally requires banks and financial services providers to exercise comprehensive oversight throughout each phase of a bank or financial service provider’s business arrangement with third-party service providers, and instructs banks and financial service providers to adopt risk management processes commensurate with the level of risk and complexity of their third-party relationships. In light of this, MA’s existing or potential bank and financial services customers subject to this guidance have sought to and may further revise their third-party risk management policies and processes and the terms on which they do business with MA. This can result in delayed or reduced sales to such customers, adversely affect MA’s relationship with such customers, increase the costs of doing business with such customers and/or result in MA assuming greater financial and legal risk under service agreements with such customers.
Moody’s Faces Risks Related to Financial Reforms Outside the U.S. Affecting the Credit Rating Industry and Moody’s Customers.
In addition to the extensive and evolving U.S. laws and regulations governing the industry, foreign jurisdictions have taken measures to increase regulation of rating agencies and the markets for ratings. In particular, the EU has adopted a common regulatory framework for rating agencies operating in the EU. As a result, ESMA has direct supervisory authority for CRAs in the EU and has the power to take enforcement action against non-compliant CRAs, including through the issuance of public notices, withdrawal of registration and, in some cases, the imposition of fines. Although the Commission published a report in 2016 concluding that no new European legislation was needed for the industry at that time, the report also stated that it would continue to monitor the credit rating industry and analyze approaches that may strengthen existing regulation. For example, in 2018, ESMA published final guidance on the applicability of EU regulation to endorsed ratings which became effective on January 1, 2019. See “Regulation” in Part 1, Item 1 of this annual report on Form 10-K for more information.
MIS is a registered entity and is therefore subject to formal regulation and periodic inspection in the EU. Applicable rules include procedural requirements with respect to ratings of sovereign issuers, liability for intentional or grossly negligent failure to abide by applicable regulations, mandatory rotation requirements of CRAs hired by issuers of securities for ratings of resecuritizations, and restrictions on CRAs or their shareholders if certain ownership thresholds are crossed. Additional procedural and substantive requirements include conditions for the issuance of credit ratings, rules regarding the organization of CRAs, restrictions on activities deemed to create a conflict of interest, including fees that are based on costs and are non-discriminatory, and special requirements for the rating of structured finance instruments. Compliance with the EU regulations may increase costs of operations and could have a significant negative effect on Moody’s operations, profitability or ability to compete, or the markets for its products and services, including in ways that Moody’s presently is unable to predict. In addition, exposure to increased liability under the EU regulations may further increase costs and legal risks associated with the issuance of credit ratings and materially and adversely impact Moody’s results of operations.
In addition, regulators in Europe and other foreign markets in which MA is active have issued guidance similar to that issued in the U.S. relating to financial institutions’ assessment and management of risks associated with third-party relationships. Such guidelines include the European Banking Authority’s Guidelines on Outsourcing which became effective on September 30, 2019. In light of this, MA’s existing or potential bank and financial services customers subject to this guidance have sought and may further revise their third-party risk management policies and processes and the terms on which they do business with MA. This can result in delayed or reduced sales to such customers, adversely affect MA’s relationship with such customers, increase the costs of doing business with such customers and/or result in MA assuming greater financial and legal risk under service agreements with such customers.
The EU and other jurisdictions engage in rulemaking on an ongoing basis that could significantly impact operations or the markets for Moody’s products and services, including regulations extending to products and services not currently regulated and regulations affecting the need for debt securities to be rated, expansion of supervisory remit to include non-EU ratings used for regulatory purposes, increasing the level of competition in the market for credit ratings, establishing criteria for credit ratings or limiting the entities authorized to provide credit ratings, regulation of pricing (such that fees that are based on costs and are non-discriminatory) on activities provided by MA such as the distribution of ratings and research, and laws and regulations related to collection, use, accuracy, correction and sharing of personal information by CRAs. Additionally, as of the date of the filing of this annual report on Form 10-K, there remains uncertainty regarding the impact that Brexit will have on the credit rating industry within the U.K., the EU and other jurisdictions. Although Moody’s will monitor these developments, Moody’s cannot predict the extent of such future laws and regulations, and the effect that they will have on Moody’s business or the potential for increased exposure to liability could be significant. Financial reforms in the EU and other foreign jurisdictions may have a material adverse effect on Moody’s business, operating results and financial condition.
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The Company Faces Exposure to Litigation and Government Regulatory Proceedings, Investigations and Inquiries Related to Rating Opinions and Other Business Practices.
Moody’s faces exposure to litigation and government and regulatory proceedings, investigations and inquiries related to MIS’s ratings actions, as well as other business practices and products. If the market value of credit-dependent instruments declines or defaults, whether as a result of difficult economic times, turbulent markets or otherwise, the number of investigations and legal proceedings that Moody’s faces could increase significantly. Parties who invest in securities rated by MIS may pursue claims against MIS or Moody’s for losses they face in their portfolios. Moody’s has faced numerous class action lawsuits and other litigation, government investigations and inquiries concerning events linked to the U.S. subprime residential mortgage sector and broader deterioration in the credit markets during the financial crisis of 2007-2008. Legal proceedings impose additional expenses on the Company and require the attention of senior management to an extent that may significantly reduce their ability to devote time to addressing other business issues, and any of these proceedings, investigations or inquiries could ultimately result in adverse judgments, damages, fines, penalties or activity restrictions. Risks relating to legal proceedings are heightened in foreign jurisdictions that lack the legal protections or liability standards comparable to those that exist in the U.S. In addition, new laws and regulations have been and may continue to be enacted that establish lower liability standards, shift the burden of proof or relax pleading requirements, thereby increasing the risk of successful litigations in the U.S. and in foreign jurisdictions. These litigation risks are often difficult to assess or quantify. Moody’s may not have adequate insurance or reserves to cover these risks, and the existence and magnitude of these risks often remains unknown for substantial periods of time. Furthermore, when Moody’s is unable to achieve dismissals at an early stage and litigation matters proceed to trial, the aggregate legal defense costs incurred by Moody’s increase substantially, as does the risk of an adverse outcome.
Additionally, as litigation or the process to resolve pending matters progresses, Moody’s will continue to review the latest information available and may change its accounting estimates, which could require Moody’s to record or increase liabilities in the consolidated financial statements in future periods. See Note 22 to the consolidated financial statements for more information regarding ongoing investigations and civil litigation that the Company currently faces. Due to the number of these proceedings and the significant amount of damages sought, there is a risk that Moody’s will be subject to judgments, settlements, fines, penalties or other adverse results that have a material adverse effect on its business, operating results and financial condition.
The Company Is Exposed to Risks Related to Its Compliance and Risk Management Programs.
Moody’s operates in a number of countries, and as a result the Company is required to comply and quickly adapt with numerous international and U.S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. The Company’s ability to comply with applicable laws and regulations, including anti-corruption laws, is largely dependent on its establishment and maintenance of compliance, review and reporting systems, as well as its ability to attract and retain qualified compliance and risk management personnel. Moody’s policies and procedures to identify, evaluate and manage the Company’s risks, including risks resulting from acquisitions, may not be fully effective, and Moody’s employees or agents may engage in misconduct, fraud or other errors. It is not always possible to deter such errors, and the precautions the Company takes to prevent and detect this activity may not be effective in all cases. If Moody’s employees violate its policies or if the Company’s risk management methods are not effective, the Company could be subject to criminal and civil liability, the suspension of the Company’s employees, fines, penalties, regulatory sanctions, injunctive relief, exclusion from certain markets or other penalties, and may suffer harm to its reputation, financial condition and operating results.
Moody’s Faces Risks Related to Protecting Its Intellectual Property Rights.
Moody’s considers many aspects of its products and services to be proprietary. Failure to protect the Company’s intellectual property adequately could harm its reputation and affect the Company’s ability to compete effectively. Businesses the Company acquires also involve intellectual property portfolios, which increase the challenges the Company faces in protecting its strategic advantage. In addition, the Company’s operating results can be adversely affected by inadequate or changing legal and technological protections for intellectual property and proprietary rights in some jurisdictions and markets. On January 6, 2015, a rule with direct relevance to the CRA industry was published in the Official Journal of the European Union regarding the types of information that CRAs are to provide about certain ratings (those that were paid for by issuers) for publication on a central website administered by ESMA (the European Ratings Platform). This rule directly relates to the Company’s intellectual property as it requires that the Company provide proprietary information at no cost that the Company currently sells, which could result in lost revenue. ESMA launched the European Rating Platform for public use on December 1, 2016.
Unauthorized third parties may also try to obtain and use technology or other information that the Company regards as proprietary. It is also possible that Moody’s competitors or other entities could obtain patents related to the types of products and services that Moody’s offers, and attempt to require Moody’s to stop developing or marketing the products or services, to modify or redesign the products or services to avoid infringing, or to obtain licenses from the holders of the patents in order to continue developing and marketing the products and services. Even if Moody’s attempts to assert or protect its intellectual property rights through litigation, it may require considerable cost, time and resources to do so, and there is no guarantee that the Company will be successful. The Company’s ability to establish, maintain and protect its intellectual property and proprietary rights against theft, misappropriation or infringement could be materially and adversely affected by insufficient and/or changing proprietary rights and intellectual property legal protections in some jurisdictions and markets. These risks, and the cost, time and resources needed to address them, may increase as the Company’s business grows and its profile rises in countries with intellectual property regimes that are less protective than the rules and regulations applied in the United States.
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Moody’s Faces Risks Related to Tax Matters, Including Changes in Tax Rates or Tax Rules.
As a global company, Moody’s is subject to taxation in the United States and various other countries and jurisdictions. As a result, our effective tax rate is determined based on the pre-tax income and applicable tax rates in the various jurisdictions in which the Company operates. Moody’s future tax rates could be affected by changes in the composition of earnings in countries or states with differing tax rates or other factors, including by increased earnings in jurisdictions where Moody’s faces higher tax rates, losses incurred in jurisdictions for which Moody’s is not able to realize the related tax benefit, or changes in foreign currency exchange rates. Changes in the tax, accounting and other laws, treaties, regulations, policies and administrative practices, or changes to their interpretation or enforcement, including changes applicable to multinational corporations such as the Base Erosion Profit Shifting initiative being conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which requires companies to disclose more information to tax authorities on operations around the world, and the European Union’s state aid rulings, could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s effective tax rate, results of operations and financial condition and may lead to greater audit scrutiny of profits earned in various countries.
For example, the Tax Act made significant changes to the U.S. federal tax laws. Many aspects of the new legislation are currently uncertain or unclear and may not be clarified for some time. As additional regulatory guidance is issued interpreting or clarifying the Tax Act or if the tax accounting rules are modified, there may be adjustments or changes to the Company’s determination of its mandatory one-time deemed repatriation tax liability (“transition tax”) on previously untaxed accumulated earnings of foreign subsidiaries recorded in 2017. Additional regulatory guidance may also affect the Company’s expected future effective tax rates and tax assets and liabilities, which could have a material adverse effect on Moody’s business, results of operations, cash flows and financial condition. Furthermore, the Tax Act may impact the volume of debt securities issued as discussed in the Risk Factor, Changes in the Volume of Debt Securities Issued in Domestic and/or Global Capital Markets, Asset Levels and Flows into Investment Levels and Changes in Interest Rates and Other Volatility in the Financial Markets May Negatively Impact the Nature and Economics of the Company’s Business.
In addition, Moody’s is subject to regular examination of its income tax returns by the Internal Revenue Service and other tax authorities, and the Company is experiencing increased scrutiny as its business grows. Moody’s regularly assesses the likelihood of favorable or unfavorable outcomes resulting from these examinations to determine the adequacy of its provision for income taxes, including unrecognized tax benefits; however, developments in an audit or litigation could materially and adversely affect the Company. Although the Company believes its tax estimates and accruals are reasonable, there can be no assurance that any final determination will not be materially different than the treatment reflected in its historical income tax provisions, accruals and unrecognized tax benefits, which could materially and adversely affect the Company’s business, operating results, cash flows and financial condition.
B. Risks Relating to Our Business
The Company is Exposed to Legal, Economic, Operational and Regulatory Risks of Operating in Multiple Jurisdictions.
Moody’s conducts operations in various countries outside the U.S. and derives a significant portion of its revenue from foreign sources. Changes in the economic condition of the various foreign economies in which the Company operates have an impact on the Company’s business. For example, economic uncertainty in the Eurozone or elsewhere, including in Latin America or China, affects the number of securities offerings undertaken within those particular areas. In addition to the risks addressed elsewhere in this section, operations abroad expose Moody’s to a number of legal, economic and regulatory risks such as:
exposure to exchange rate movements between foreign currencies and USD;
restrictions on the ability to convert local currency into USD and the costs, including the tax impact, of repatriating cash held by entities outside the U.S.;
U.S. laws affecting overseas operations, including domestic and foreign export and import restrictions, tariffs and other trade barriers and restrictions, such as those related to the U.S.’s relationship with China and embargoes and sanctions laws with respect to Russia and Venezuela;
differing and potentially conflicting legal or civil liability, compliance and regulatory standards, including as a result of Brexit;
uncertainty about the future relationship between the U.K. and the EU;
current and future regulations relating to the imposition of mandatory rotation requirements on CRAs hired by issuers of securities;
uncertain and evolving laws and regulations, including those applicable to the financial services industries, such as the European Union’s implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II, MiFID II, in January 2018, and to the protection of intellectual property;
the transition away from LIBOR to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate, SOFR, as a benchmark reference for short-term interests;
economic, political and geopolitical market conditions, including the effect of these conditions on customers and customer retention;
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the possibility of nationalization, expropriation, price controls and other restrictive governmental actions;
competition with local rating agencies that have greater familiarity, longer operating histories and/or support from local governments or other institutions;
uncertainties in obtaining data and creating products and services relevant to particular geographic markets;
reduced protection for intellectual property rights;
longer payment cycles and possible problems in collecting receivables;
differing accounting principles and standards;
difficulties in staffing and managing foreign operations, including the expected relocation and/or restaffing of employees due to Brexit;
difficulties and delays in translating documentation into foreign languages; and
potentially adverse tax consequences.
Additionally, Moody’s is subject to complex U.S., foreign and other local laws and regulations that are applicable to its operations abroad, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, the U.K. Bribery Act of 2010 and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws. The internal controls, policies and procedures and employee training and compliance programs to deter prohibited practices the Company has implemented may not be effective in preventing employees, contractors or agents from violating or circumventing such internal policies or from material violations of applicable laws and regulations. Any determination that the Company has violated anti-bribery or anti-corruption laws could have a material adverse effect on Moody’s business, operating results and financial condition. Compliance with international and U.S. laws and regulations that apply to the Company’s international operations increases the cost of doing business in foreign jurisdictions. Violations of such laws and regulations may result in severe fines and penalties, criminal sanctions, administrative remedies, restrictions on business conduct and could have a material adverse effect on Moody’s reputation, its ability to attract and retain employees, its business, operating results and financial condition.
Moody’s Operations are Exposed to Risks from Infrastructure Malfunctions or Failures.
Moody’s ability to conduct business may be materially and adversely impacted by a disruption in the infrastructure that supports its businesses and the communities in which Moody’s is located, including New York City, the location of Moody’s headquarters, major cities worldwide in which Moody’s has offices, and locations in China used for certain Moody’s work. This may include a disruption involving physical or technological infrastructure (whether or not controlled by the Company), including the Company’s electronic delivery systems, data center facilities, or the Internet, used by the Company or third parties with or through whom Moody’s conducts business. Many of the Company’s products and services are delivered electronically and the Company’s customers depend on the Company’s ability to receive, store, process, transmit and otherwise rapidly handle very substantial quantities of data and transactions on computer-based networks. Some of Moody’s operations require complex processes and the Company’s extensive controls to reduce the risk of error inherent in our operations cannot eliminate such risk completely. The Company’s customers also depend on the continued capacity, reliability and security of the Company’s telecommunications, data centers, networks and other electronic delivery systems, including its websites and connections to the Internet. The Company’s employees also depend on these systems for internal use. Any significant failure, compromise, cyber-breach, interruption or a significant slowdown of operations of the Company’s infrastructure, whether due to human error, capacity constraints, hardware failure or defect, weather (including climate change), natural disasters, fire, power loss, telecommunication failures, break-ins, sabotage, intentional acts of vandalism, acts of terrorism, political unrest, pandemic, war or otherwise, may impair the Company’s ability to deliver its products and services.
Moody’s efforts to secure and plan for potential disruptions of its major operating systems may not be successful. The Company relies on third-party providers, including, increasingly, cloud-based service providers, to provide certain essential services. While the Company believes that such providers are reliable, the Company has limited control over the performance of such providers. To the extent any of the Company’s third-party providers ceases to provide these services in an efficient, cost-effective manner or fails to adequately expand its services to meet the Company’s needs and the needs of the Company’s customers, the Company could experience lower revenues and higher costs. Additionally, although the Company maintains processes to prevent, detect and recover from a disruption, the Company also does not have fully redundant systems for most of its smaller office locations and low-risk systems, and its disaster recovery plan does not include restoration of non-essential services. If a disruption occurs in one of Moody’s locations or systems and its personnel in those locations or those who rely on such systems are unable to utilize other systems or communicate with or travel to other locations, such persons’ ability to service and interact with Moody’s customers will suffer. The Company cannot predict with certainty all of the adverse effects that could result from the Company’s failure, or the failure of a third party, to efficiently address and resolve these delays and interruptions. A disruption to Moody’s operations or infrastructure may have a material adverse effect on its reputation, business, operating results and financial condition.
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Changes in the Volume of Debt Securities Issued in Domestic and/or Global Capital Markets, Asset Levels and Flows into Investment Levels and Changes in Interest Rates and Other Volatility in the Financial Markets Can Negatively Impact the Nature and Economics of the Company’s Business.
Moody’s business is impacted by general economic conditions and volatility in the U.S. and world financial markets. Furthermore, issuers of debt securities may elect to issue securities without ratings or securities which are rated or evaluated by non-traditional parties such as financial advisors, rather than traditional CRAs, such as MIS. A majority of Moody’s credit-rating-based revenue is transaction-based, and therefore it is especially dependent on the number and dollar volume of debt securities issued in the capital markets. Market disruptions and economic slowdown and uncertainty have in the past, and may in the future, negatively impacted the volume of debt securities issued in global capital markets and the demand for credit ratings. Changes to U.S. tax laws and policy can negatively affect the volume of debt securities issued in the U.S. For example, the Tax Act limits deductibility on interest payments and significantly reduces the tax cost associated with the repatriation of cash held outside the U.S., both of which could negatively affect the volume of debt securities issued. Conditions that reduce issuers’ ability or willingness to issue debt securities, such as market volatility, declining growth, currency devaluations or other adverse economic trends, reduce the number and dollar-equivalent volume of debt issuances for which Moody’s provides ratings services and thereby adversely affect the fees Moody’s earns in its ratings business.
Economic and government factors such as a long-term continuation of difficult economic conditions, a re-emergence of the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, the ultimate impact of Brexit and current uncertainty in various other jurisdictions, may have an adverse impact on the Company’s business. Future debt issuances also could be negatively affected by increases in interest rates, widening credit spreads, regulatory and political developments, growth in the use of alternative sources of credit, and defaults by significant issuers. Declines or other changes in the markets for debt securities may materially and adversely affect the Company’s business, operating results and financial condition.
Moody’s initiatives to reduce costs to counteract a decline in its business may not be sufficient and cost reductions may be difficult or impossible to obtain in the short term, due in part to rent, technology, compliance and other fixed costs associated with some of the Company’s operations as well as the need to monitor outstanding ratings. Further, cost-reduction initiatives, including those under-taken to date, could make it difficult for the Company to rapidly expand operations in order to accommodate any unexpected increase in the demand for ratings. Volatility in the financial markets, including changes in the volumes of debt securities and changes in interest rates, may have a material adverse effect on the business, operating results and financial condition, which the Company may not be able to successfully offset with cost reductions.
The Company Faces Increased Pricing Pressure from Competitors and/or Customers.
There is price competition in the credit rating, research, credit risk management markets, research and analytical services and financial training and certification services. Moody’s faces competition globally from other CRAs and from investment banks and brokerage firms that offer credit opinions in research, as well as from in-house research operations. Competition for customers and market share has spurred more aggressive tactics by some competitors in areas such as pricing and services, as well as increased competition from non-NRSROs that evaluate debt risk for issuers or investors. At the same time, a challenging business environment and consolidation among customers, particularly those involved in structured finance products, and other factors affecting demand may enhance the market power of competitors and reduce the Company’s customer base. Weak economic growth intensifies competitive pricing pressures and can result in customers’ use of free or lower-cost information that is available from alternative sources or their development of alternative, proprietary systems for assessing credit risk that replace the products currently purchased from Moody’s. While Moody’s seeks to compete primarily on the basis of the quality of its products and services, it can lose market share when its pricing is not sufficiently competitive. In addition, the Reform Act was designed to encourage competition among rating agencies. The formation of additional NRSROs may increase pricing and competitive pressures. Furthermore, in some of the countries in which Moody’s operates, governments may provide financial or other support to local rating agencies. Any inability of Moody’s to compete successfully with respect to the pricing of its products and services will have a material adverse impact on its business, operating results and financial condition.
The Company is Exposed to Reputation and Credibility Concerns.
Moody’s reputation and the strength of its brand are key competitive strengths. To the extent that the rating agency business as a whole or Moody’s, relative to its competitors, suffers a loss in credibility, Moody’s business will be significantly impacted. Factors that may have already affected credibility and could potentially continue to have an impact in this regard include the appearance of a conflict of interest, the performance of securities relative to the rating assigned to such securities, the timing and nature of changes in ratings, a major compliance failure, negative perceptions or publicity and increased criticism by users of ratings, regulators and legislative bodies, including as to the ratings process and its implementation with respect to one or more securities and intentional, poor representation of our products and services by our partners or agents or unintentional misrepresentations of Moody’s products and services in advertising materials, public relations information, social media or other external communications. Operational errors, whether by Moody’s or a Moody’s competitor, could also harm the reputation of the Company or the credit rating industry. Damage to reputation and credibility could have a material adverse impact on Moody’s business, operating results and financial condition, as well as on the Company’s ability to find suitable candidates for acquisition.
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The Introduction of Competing Products or Technologies by Other Companies Can Negatively Impact the Nature and Economics of the Company’s Business.
The markets for credit ratings, research, credit risk management services, research and analytical services and financial training and certification services are highly competitive and characterized by rapid technological change, changes in customer demands, and evolving regulatory requirements, industry standards and market preferences. The ability to develop and successfully launch and maintain innovative products and technologies that anticipate customers’ changing requirements and utilize emerging technological trends in a timely and cost-effective manner is a key factor in maintaining market share. Moody’s competitors include both established companies with significant financial resources, brand recognition, market experience and technological expertise, and smaller companies which may be better poised to quickly adopt new or emerging technologies or respond to customer requirements. Competitors may develop quantitative methodologies or related services for assessing credit risk that customers and market participants may deem preferable, more cost-effective or more valuable than the credit risk assessment methods currently employed by Moody’s, or may position, price or market their products in manners that differ from those utilized by Moody’s. Moody’s also competes indirectly against consulting firms and technology and information providers; these indirect competitors could in the future choose to compete directly with Moody’s, cease doing business with Moody’s or change the terms under which it does business with Moody’s in a way that could negatively impact our business. In addition, customers or others may develop alternative, proprietary systems for assessing credit risk. Such developments could affect demand for Moody’s products and services and its growth prospects. Further, the increased availability in recent years of free or relatively inexpensive internet information may reduce the demand for Moody’s products and services. Moody’s growth prospects also could be adversely affected by Moody’s failure to make necessary or optimal capital infrastructure expenditures and improvements and the inability of its information technologies to provide adequate capacity and capabilities to meet increased demands of producing quality ratings and research products at levels achieved by competitors. Any inability of Moody’s to compete successfully may have a material adverse effect on its business, operating results and financial condition.
Moody’s Is Exposed to Risks Related to Loss of Key Employees and Related Compensation Cost Pressures.
Moody’s success depends upon its ability to recruit, retain and motivate highly skilled, experienced financial analysts and other professionals. Competition for skilled individuals in the financial services industry is intense, and Moody’s ability to attract high quality employees could be impaired if it is unable to offer competitive compensation and other incentives or if the regulatory environment mandates restrictions on or disclosures about individual employees that would not be necessary in competing industries. As greater focus has been placed on executive compensation at public companies, in the future, Moody’s may be required to alter its compensation practices in ways that adversely affect its ability to attract and retain talented employees. Investment banks, investors and competitors may seek to attract analyst talent by providing more favorable working conditions or offering significantly more attractive compensation packages than Moody’s. Moody’s also may not be able to identify and hire the appropriate qualified employees in some markets outside the U.S. with the required experience or skills to perform sophisticated credit analysis. Additionally, relocation and/or restaffing of employees due to Brexit could adversely affect our ability to attract and retain talent for our European operations. There is a risk that even when the Company invests significant resources in attempting to attract, train and retain qualified personnel, it will not succeed in its efforts, and its business could be harmed.
Moody’s is highly dependent on the continued services of Raymond W. McDaniel, Jr., the President and Chief Executive Officer, and other senior officers and key employees. The loss of the services of skilled personnel for any reason and Moody’s inability to replace them with suitable candidates quickly or at all, as well as any negative market perception resulting from such loss, could have a material adverse effect on Moody’s business, operating results and financial condition.
Moody’s Acquisitions, Dispositions and Other Strategic Transactions or Internal Technology Investments May Not Produce Anticipated Results Exposing the Company to Future Significant Impairment Charges Relating to Its Goodwill, Intangible Assets or Property and Equipment.
Moody’s has entered into and expects to continue to enter into acquisition, disposition or other strategic transactions and expects to make various investments to strengthen its business and grow the Company. Such transactions as well as internal technology investments present significant challenges and risks. The market for acquisition targets, dispositions and other strategic transactions is highly competitive, especially in light of industry consolidation, which may affect Moody’s ability to complete such transactions and complete such transactions on favorable terms. If Moody’s is unsuccessful in completing such transactions on favorable terms or if opportunities for expansion do not arise, its business, operating results and financial condition could be materially adversely affected. Additionally, the Company makes significant investments in technology including software developed for internal-use which is time-intensive and complex to implement. Such investments may not be successful or may not result in the anticipated benefits resulting in asset write-offs.
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In August 2017, Moody’s acquired Bureau van Dijk for $3,542 million. The anticipated synergies of the Bureau van Dijk acquisition, as well as other completed transactions, may not be fully realized due to a variety of factors. Any strategic transaction involves a number of risks, including unanticipated challenges regarding integration of operations, technologies and new employees; the existence of liabilities or contingencies not disclosed to or otherwise known by the Company prior to closing a transaction; unexpected regulatory and operating difficulties and expenditures; scrutiny from competition and antitrust authorities; failure to retain key personnel of the acquired business; future developments that impair the value of purchased goodwill or intangible assets; diversion of management’s focus from other business operations; failure to implement or remediate controls, procedures and policies appropriate for a larger public company at acquired companies that prior to the acquisition lacked such controls, procedures and policies; challenges retaining the customers of the acquired business; coordination of product, sales, marketing and program and systems management functions; integration of employees from the acquired business into Moody’s organization; integration of the acquired business’s accounting, information technology, human resources, legal and other administrative systems with Moody’s; risks that acquired systems expose us to cybersecurity risks; and for foreign transactions, additional risks related to the integration of operations across different cultures and languages, and the economic, political, and regulatory risks associated with specific countries. The anticipated benefits from an acquisition or other strategic transaction may not be realized fully, or may take longer to realize than expected. As a result, the failure of acquisitions, dispositions and other strategic transactions to perform as expected may have a material adverse effect on Moody’s business, operating results and financial condition.
At December 31, 2019, Moody’s had $3,722 million of goodwill and $1,498 million of intangible assets on its balance sheet, both of which increased significantly due to the acquisition of Bureau van Dijk in 2017. Approximately 92% of the goodwill and intangible assets reside in the MA business, including those related to Bureau van Dijk, and are allocated to the five reporting units within MA: Content; ERS; MALS; Bureau van Dijk; and Reis. The remaining 8% of goodwill and intangible assets reside in MIS and primarily relate to ICRA. Failure to achieve business objectives and financial projections in any of these reporting units could result in a significant asset impairment charge, which would result in a non-cash charge to operating expenses. Goodwill and intangible assets are tested for impairment on an annual basis and also when events or changes in circumstances indicate that impairment may have occurred. Determining whether an impairment of goodwill exists can be especially difficult in periods of market or economic uncertainty and turmoil, and requires significant management estimates and judgment. In addition, the potential for goodwill impairment is increased during periods of economic uncertainty. An asset impairment charge could have a material adverse effect on Moody’s business, operating results and financial condition.
C. Technology Risks
The Company is Exposed to Risks Related to Cybersecurity and Protection of Confidential Information.
The Company’s operations rely on the secure processing, storage and transmission of confidential, sensitive, proprietary and other types of information relating to its business operations and confidential and sensitive information about its customers and employees in the Company’s computer systems and networks, and in those of its third party vendors. The cyber risks the Company faces range from cyber-attacks common to most industries, to more advanced threats that target the Company because of its prominence in the global marketplace, or due to its ratings of sovereign debt. Breaches of Moody’s or Moody’s vendors’ technology and systems, whether from circumvention of security systems, denial-of-service attacks or other cyber-attacks, hacking, “phishing” attacks, computer viruses, ransomware, or malware, employee or insider error, malfeasance, social engineering, physical breaches or other actions, may result in manipulation or corruption of sensitive data, material interruptions or malfunctions in the Company’s or such vendors’ web sites, applications, data processing, or disruption of other business operations, or may compromise the confidentiality and integrity of material information held by the Company (including information about Moody’s business, employees or customers), as well as sensitive personally identifiable information (PII), the disclosure of which could lead to identity theft. Measures that Moody’s takes to avoid, detect, mitigate or recover from material incidents can be expensive, and may be insufficient, circumvented, or may become ineffective. Further, the Company may be exposed to additional cyber threats as the Company migrates its data from legacy systems to cloud-based solutions, and increased dependence on third parties to store cloud-based data subjects the Company to further cyber risks.
The Company has invested and continues to invest in risk management and information security measures in order to protect its systems and data, including employee training, disaster plans, and technical defenses. The cost and operational consequences of implementing, maintaining and enhancing further data or system protection measures could increase significantly to overcome increasingly intense, complex, and sophisticated global cyber threats. Despite the Company’s best efforts, it is not fully insulated from data breaches and system disruptions. Further, the extent of a particular cybersecurity incident and the steps needed to investigate may not be immediately clear, and it may take a significant amount of time before such an investigation can be completed and full and reliable information about the incident, including the extent of the harm and how best to remediate it, is known. Recent well-publicized security breaches at other companies have led to enhanced government and regulatory scrutiny of the measures taken by companies to protect against cyber-attacks, and may in the future result in heightened cybersecurity requirements, including additional regulatory expectations for oversight of vendors and service providers. Any material breaches of cybersecurity, including the accidental loss, inadvertent disclosure or unapproved dissemination of proprietary information or sensitive or confidential data, or media reports of perceived security vulnerabilities to the Company’s systems or those of the Company’s third parties, even if no breach has been attempted or occurred, could cause the Company to experience reputational harm, loss of customers and revenue, fines, regulatory actions and scrutiny, sanctions or other statutory penalties, litigation, liability for failure to safeguard the Company’s customers’ information, or financial losses that are either not insured against or not fully covered through any insurance maintained by the Company.
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Any of the foregoing may have a material adverse effect on Moody’s business, operating results and financial condition.
The Company is Exposed to Risks Related Protection of Confidential Information
To conduct its operations, the Company regularly moves data across national borders, and consequently is subject to a variety of continuously evolving and developing laws and regulations in the United States and abroad regarding privacy, data protection and data security. The scope of the laws that may be applicable to Moody’s is often uncertain and may be conflicting, particularly with respect to foreign laws. For example, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which became effective in May 2018, greatly increased the jurisdictional reach of European Union privacy law and added a broad array of requirements for processing personal data, including the public disclosure of significant data breaches. Failure to comply with GDPR requirements could result in penalties of up to 4% of annual worldwide revenue. Additionally, other countries have enacted or are enacting data localization laws that require data to stay within their borders. Further, California recently enacted legislation, the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), that will, among other things, require covered companies to provide new disclosures to California consumers, and afford such consumers new abilities to opt-out of certain sales of personal information. Legislators have stated that they intend to propose amendments to the CCPA before it goes into effect, and it remains unclear what, if any, modifications will be made to this legislation or how it will be interpreted. The effects of the CCPA potentially are significant, however, and may require us to modify our data processing practices and policies and to incur substantial costs and expenses. All of these evolving compliance and operational requirements have required changes to certain business practices, thereby increasing costs, requiring significant management time and attention, and subjecting the Company to negative publicity, as well as remedies that may harm its business, including fines, modified demands or orders. the cessation of existing business practices, and exposure to litigation, regulatory actions, sanctions or other statutory penalties.
The Company Is Dependent on the Use of Third-Party Software, Data, Hosted Solutions, Data Centers, Cloud and Network Infrastructure (Together, “Third Party Technology”), and Any Reduction in Third-Party Product Quality or Service Offerings, Could Have a Material Adverse Effect on the Company’s Business, Financial Condition or Results of Operations.
Moody’s relies on Third Party Technology in connection with its product development and offerings and operations. The Company depends on the ability of Third Party Technology providers to deliver and support reliable products, enhance their current products, develop new products on a timely and cost-effective basis, and respond to emerging industry standards and other technological changes. The Third Party Technology Moody’s uses can become obsolete or restrictive, incompatible with future versions of the Company’s products, unavailable or fail to operate effectively, and Moody’s business could be adversely affected when the Company is unable to timely or effectively replace such Third Party Technology. The Company also monitors its use of Third Party Technology to comply with applicable license and other contractual requirements. Despite the Company’s efforts, the Company cannot ensure that such third parties will permit Moody’s use in the future, resulting in increased Third Party Technology acquisition costs and loss of rights. In addition, the Company’s operating costs could increase if license or other usage fees for Third Party Technology increase or the efforts to incorporate enhancements to Third Party Technology are substantial. Some of these third-party suppliers are also Moody’s competitors, increasing the risks noted above. When any of these risks materialize, they could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, financial condition or results of operations.

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ITEM 1B.  UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS
None.
ITEM 2.  PROPERTIES
Moody’s corporate headquarters is located at 7 World Trade Center at 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007, with approximately 797,537 square feet of leased space. As of December 31, 2019, Moody’s operations were conducted from 25 U.S. offices and 114 non-U.S. office locations, all of which are leased. These properties are geographically distributed to meet operating and sales requirements worldwide. These properties are generally considered to be both suitable and adequate to meet current operating requirements.
ITEM 3.  LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
For information regarding legal proceedings, see Part II, Item 8 –“Financial Statements”, Note 22 “Contingencies” in this Form 10-K.
ITEM 4.  MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
Not applicable.
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PART II



ITEM 5.  MARKET FOR THE REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED SHAREHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
Information in response to this Item is set forth under the captions below.
MOODY’S PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
For the three months ended December 31, 2019:
Period
Total Number of Shares Purchased (1)
Average Price Paid per ShareTotal Number of Shares Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Program
Approximate Dollar Value of Shares That May Yet Be Purchased Under The Program (2)
October 1- 31269,922  $211.45  267,621  $540 million
November 1- 30434,096  $220.21  433,208  $445 million
December 1- 31477,686  $232.83  475,447  $1,334 million
Total1,181,704  $223.32  1,176,276  
(1)Includes surrender to the Company of 2,301, 888 and 2,239 shares of common stock in October, November and December, respectively, to satisfy tax withholding obligations in connection with the vesting of restricted stock issued to employees.
(2)As of the last day of each of the months. On December 15, 2015, the Board authorized a $1 billion share repurchase program which was fully utilized during 2019. On October 22, 2018, the Board approved an additional $1 billion for the share repurchase program, which at December 31, 2019 had approximately $334 million of remaining authority. On December 16, 2019, the Board approved an additional $1 billion for the share repurchase program, which may commence following the completion of the existing program. There is no established expiration date for the remaining authorization.
During the fourth quarter of 2019, Moody’s issued 0.1 million shares under employee stock-based compensation plans.
COMMON STOCK INFORMATION
The Company’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “MCO”. The number of registered shareholders of record at January 31, 2020 was 1,801. A substantially greater number of the Company’s common stock is held by beneficial holders whose shares of record are held by banks, brokers and other financial institutions.
EQUITY COMPENSATION PLAN INFORMATION
The table below sets forth, as of December 31, 2019, certain information regarding the Company’s equity compensation plans.
Plan CategoryNumber of Securities to be Issued Upon Exercise of Outstanding Options, Warrants and Rights
Weighted-Average Exercise Price of Outstanding Options, Warrants and Rights (2)
Number of Securities Remaining Available for Future Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans (excluding Securities Reflected in Column (a))
(a)(b)(c)
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders4,277,981  
(1)
$93.51  18,297,931  
(3)
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders—  $—  —  
Total4,277,981  $93.51  18,297,931  
(1)Includes 3,394,705 options and unvested restricted shares outstanding under the Company's 2001 Key Employees' Stock Incentive Plan and 9,766 unvested restricted shares outstanding under the 1998 Non-Employee Directors' Stock Incentive Plan. This number also includes a maximum of 873,510 performance shares outstanding under the Company's 2001 Key Employees' Stock Incentive Plan, which is the maximum number of shares issuable pursuant to performance share awards assuming the maximum payout at 225% of the target award for performance shares granted in 2017 and the maximum payout of 200% of the target award for performance shares granted in 2018 and 2019. Assuming payout at target, the number of shares to be issued upon the vesting of outstanding performance share awards is 415,754.
(2)Does not reflect unvested restricted shares or performance share awards included in column (a) because these awards have no exercise price.
(3)Includes 14,724,774 shares available for issuance as under the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan, of which all may be issued as options and 8,552,689 may be issued as restricted stock, performance shares or other stock-based awards under the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan and 893,602 shares available for issuance as options, shares of restricted stock or performance shares under the 1998 Directors Plan, and 2,679,555 shares available for issuance under the Company’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan. No new grants may be made under the 1998 Stock Incentive Plan, which expired by its terms in June 2008.

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PERFORMANCE GRAPH
The following graph compares the total cumulative shareholder return of the Company to the performance of Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Index and the Russell 3000 Financial Services Index. Both of the aforementioned indexes are easily accessible to the Company’s shareholders in newspapers, the internet and other readily available sources for purposes of the following graph.
The comparison assumes that $100.00 was invested in the Company’s common stock and in each of the foregoing indices on December 31, 2014. The comparison also assumes the reinvestment of dividends, if any. The total return for the common stock was 163% during the performance period as compared with a total return during the same period of 74% for both the Russell 3000 Financial Services Index and the S&P 500 Composite Index.
Comparison of Cumulative Total Return
COMPARISON OF 5 YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN
Among Moody’s Corporation, the S&P 500 Index
and the Russell 3000 Financial Services Index

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Year Ended December 31,
201420152016201720182019
Moody’s Corporation$100.00  $106.09  $101.22  $160.45  $153.86  $263.49  
S&P 500 Composite Index$100.00  $101.38  $113.51  $138.29  $132.23  $173.86  
Russell 3000—Financial Services Index$100.00  $100.68  $118.77  $142.45  $130.56  $173.54  

The comparisons in the graph above are provided in response to disclosure requirements of the SEC and are not intended to forecast or be indicative of future performance of the Company’s common stock.
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ITEM 6.  SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
The Company’s selected consolidated financial data should be read in conjunction with Item 7. “MD&A” and the Moody’s Corporation consolidated financial statements and notes thereto.
Year Ended December 31,
amounts in millions, except per share data20192018201720162015
Results of operations
Revenue$4,829  $4,443  $4,204  $3,604  $3,485  
Expenses
    Operating and SG&A Expenses (1)
2,554  2,326  2,202  1,950  1,880  
Restructuring60  49  —  12  —  
Depreciation and amortization200  192  158  127  114  
Acquisition-Related Expenses  23  —  —  
Settlement Charge—  —  —  864  —  
Loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS14  —  —  —  —  
Total Expenses2,831  2,575  2,383  2,953  1,994  
Operating income(2)
1,998  1,868  1,821  651  1,491  
Non-operating (expense) income, net (3)(1)
(188) (196) (34) (94) (112) 
Income before provision for income taxes (2)
1,810  1,672  1,787  557  1,379  
Provision for income taxes (4)
381  352  779  282  430  
Net income (2) (5)
1,429  1,320  1,008  275  949  
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 10     
Net income attributable to Moody’s (2)(5)
$1,422  $1,310  $1,001  $266  $941  
Earnings per share
Basic (2) (5)
$7.51  $6.84  $5.24  $1.38  $4.70  
Diluted (2) (5)
$7.42  $6.74  $5.15  $1.36  $4.63  
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic189.3  191.6  191.1  192.7  200.1  
Diluted191.6  194.4  194.2  195.4  203.4  
Dividends declared per share$2.00  $1.76  $1.14  $1.49  $1.39  
Operating margin (2)
41.4 %42.0 %43.3 %18.1 %42.8 %
Operating Cash Flow (6)
$1,675  $1,461  $755  $1,259  $1,198  

December 31,
20192018201720162015
Balance sheet data
Total assets$10,265  $9,526  $8,594  $5,327  $5,103  
Long-term debt$5,581  $5,226  $5,111  $3,063  $3,381  
Operating lease liabilities, long-term$485  $—  $—  $—  $—  
Total shareholders’ equity (deficit)$831  $656  $(115) $(1,027) $(333) 
(1)Pursuant to the adoption of a new accounting standard relating to pension accounting in 2018, only the service cost component of net periodic expense is classified within operating and SG&A expenses with the remaining components being classified as non-operating (expenses) income. Prior period results have been restated to reflect this classification.
(2)The significant decrease in 2016 was primarily due to the $864 million Settlement Charge ($701 million, net of tax, or $3.59 per diluted share).
(3)The 2017 amount includes a $111 million Purchase Price Hedge Gain as well as the $60 million CCXI Gain. The 2016 amount includes a $35 million FX gain relating to the substantial liquidation of a subsidiary. The 2015 amount includes a benefit of $7 million related to the favorable resolution of certain Legacy Tax Matters.
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(4)Provision for income taxes in the year ended December 31, 2019 includes a tax charge of $13 million pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS. Provision for income taxes in the year ended December 31, 2018 includes a charge of $64 million relating to an increase in non-U.S. UTPs, partially offset by a $59 million benefit from potential realization of foreign tax credits and other adjustments to previous estimates relating to the Tax Act. Provision for income taxes in the year ended December 31, 2017 includes a net charge of $246 million related to the impact of U.S. tax reform and a statutory tax rate reduction in Belgium.
(5)The 2019 amount includes i) a $45 million ($0.23 per share) restructuring charge, ii) a $14 million loss and $13 million tax charge ($0.07 per share each) pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS. The 2018 amount includes: i) a $59 million ($0.30 per share) benefit related to the impact of U.S. tax reform, ii) a $64 million ($0.33 per share) charge related to an increase to non-U.S UTPs; and iii) $37 million ($0.19 per share) net restructuring charge. The 2017 amount includes: i) a $246 million ($1.27 per share) charge related to the impact of U.S. tax reform; ii) a $72 million ($0.37 per share) Purchase Price Hedge Gain; and iii) the $60 million ($0.31 per share) CCXI Gain. The 2016 amount includes: i) a $701 million ($3.59 per share) Settlement Charge; ii) an $8 million ($0.04 per share) restructuring charge; and iii) a $35 million ($0.18 per share) FX gain relating to the substantial liquidation of a subsidiary. The 2015 amount includes a benefit of $6 million ($0.03 per share) related to the resolution of certain Legacy Tax Matters.
(6)The decline in operating cash flow in 2017 is primarily due to payments made relating to the Settlement Charge. Additionally, in the first quarter of 2017, the Company adopted ASU No. 2016-09 “Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting”. As required by ASU 2016-09, Excess Tax Benefits or shortfalls relating to employee stock-based compensation are reflected in operating cash flow and the Company has applied this provision on a retrospective basis. Under previous accounting guidance, Excess Tax Benefits or shortfalls were shown as a reduction to operating cash flow and an increase to financing cash flow.
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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
This discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the Moody’s Corporation consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included elsewhere in this annual report on Form 10-K.
This MD&A contains Forward-Looking Statements. See “Forward-Looking Statements” commencing on page 59 and Item 1A. “Risk Factors” commencing on page 17 for a discussion of uncertainties, risks and other factors associated with these statements.
THE COMPANY
Moody’s is a provider of (i) credit ratings and assessment services; (ii) credit, capital markets and economic research, data and analytical tools; (iii) software solutions that support financial risk management activities; (iv) quantitatively derived credit scores; (v) learning solutions and certification services; (vi) offshore financial research and analytical services (this business was divested with the sale of MAKS in the fourth quarter of 2019); and (vii) company information and business intelligence products. Moody’s reports in two reportable segments: MIS and MA.
MIS, the credit rating agency, publishes credit ratings and provides assessment services on a wide range of debt obligations and the entities that issue such obligations in markets worldwide. Revenue is primarily derived from the originators and issuers of such transactions who use MIS ratings in the distribution of their debt issues to investors. Additionally, MIS earns revenue from certain non-ratings-related operations, which consist primarily of financial instrument pricing services in the Asia-Pacific region as well as revenue from ICRA’s non-ratings operations. The revenue from these operations is included in the MIS Other LOB and is not material to the results of the MIS segment.
MA provides financial intelligence and analytical tools to assist businesses in making decisions. MA’s portfolio of solutions consists of specialized research, data, software, and professional services, which are assembled to support the financial analysis and risk management activities of institutional customers worldwide.
CRITICAL ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES
Moody’s discussion and analysis of its financial condition and results of operations are based on the Company’s consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The preparation of these financial statements requires Moody’s to make estimates and judgments that affect reported amounts of assets and liabilities and related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the dates of the financial statements and revenue and expenses during the reporting periods. These estimates are based on historical experience and on other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. On an ongoing basis, Moody’s evaluates its estimates, including those related to revenue recognition, accounts receivable allowances, contingencies, restructuring, goodwill, long-lived assets (including acquired intangible assets), leases, pension and other retirement benefits and income taxes. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. The following accounting estimates are considered critical because they are particularly dependent on management’s judgment about matters that are uncertain at the time the accounting estimates are made and changes to those estimates could have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated results of operations or financial condition.
Goodwill
On July 31st of each year, Moody’s evaluates its goodwill for impairment at the reporting unit level, defined as an operating segment (i.e., MIS and MA), or one level below an operating segment (i.e., a component of an operating segment).
The Company has seven primary reporting units at December 31, 2019: two within the Company’s ratings business (one for the ICRA business and one that encompasses all of Moody’s other ratings operations) and five reporting units within MA: Content, ERS, MALS, Bureau van Dijk and Reis. The Content reporting unit offers subscription-based research, data and analytical products, including credit ratings produced by MIS, credit research, quantitative credit scores and other analytical tools, economic research and forecasts, business intelligence and company information products. The ERS reporting unit provides products and services that support the credit risk management and regulatory compliance activities of financial institutions and also provides advanced actuarial software for the life insurance industry. These products and services are primarily delivered via software that is licensed on a perpetual basis or sold on a subscription basis. The MALS reporting unit consists of the portion of the MA business that offers both credit training as well as other professional development training. The Bureau van Dijk reporting unit primarily consists of the Bureau van Dijk business, and primarily provides business intelligence and company information products. The Reis reporting unit, which consists of the newly acquired Reis business, provides commercial real estate market information and analytical tools.
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The Company evaluates the recoverability of goodwill using a two-step impairment test approach at the reporting unit level. In the first step, the Company assesses various qualitative factors to determine whether the fair value of a reporting unit may be less than its carrying amount. If a determination is made based on the qualitative factors that an impairment does not exist, the Company is not required to perform further testing. If the aforementioned qualitative assessment results in the Company concluding that it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit may be less than its carrying amount, the fair value of the reporting unit will be quantitatively determined and compared to its carrying value including goodwill. If the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds the carrying value of the net assets assigned to that unit, goodwill is not impaired and the Company is not required to perform further testing. If the fair value of the reporting unit is less than the carrying value, the Company will record a goodwill impairment charge for the amount by which the carrying value exceeds the reporting unit’s fair value. The Company evaluates its reporting units on an annual basis, or more frequently if there are changes in the reporting structure of the Company due to acquisitions, realignments or if there are indicators of potential impairment. For the reporting units where the Company is consistently able to conclude that no impairment exists using only a qualitative approach, the Company’s accounting policy is to perform the second step of the aforementioned goodwill impairment assessment at least once every three years.
At July 31, 2019, the Company performed quantitative assessments of the Content, ERS, MALS, Bureau van Dijk, MIS, and ICRA reporting units and a qualitative assessment for the Reis reporting unit, which was acquired by Moody's within one year of the Company's annual assessment date. The quantitative assessments did not result in the carrying value of the reporting unit exceeding its fair value. The qualitative analysis for Reis resulted in the Company determining that it was not more likely than not that the fair value of the Reis reporting unit was less than its carrying amount.
Determining the fair value of a reporting unit or an indefinite-lived acquired intangible asset involves the use of significant estimates and assumptions, which are more fully described below. In addition, the Company also makes certain judgments and assumptions in allocating shared assets and liabilities to determine the carrying values for each of its reporting units.
Other assets and liabilities, including applicable corporate assets, are allocated to the extent they are related to the operation of respective reporting units.
Sensitivity Analysis and Key Assumptions for Deriving the Fair Value of a Reporting Unit
The following table identifies the amount of goodwill allocated to each reporting unit as of December 31, 2019 and the amount by which the net assets of each reporting unit would exceed the fair value under Step 2 of the goodwill impairment test as prescribed in ASC Topic 350, assuming hypothetical reductions in their fair values as of the date of the last quantitative goodwill impairment assessment for each reporting unit (July 31, 2019 for all reporting units except Reis).
Sensitivity Analysis
Deficit Caused by a Hypothetical Reduction to Fair Value
Goodwill10 %20 %30 %40 %
MIS$98  $—  $—  $—  $—  
Content363  —  —  —  —  
ERS690  —  —  —  —  
MALS125  —  —  (12) (37) 
ICRA220  —  —  —  (30) 
Bureau van Dijk2,045  —  —  —  (266) 
Reis (1)
181  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  
Totals$3,722  $—  $—  $(12) $(333) 
(1)Reis was acquired in October 2018. Due to the close proximity of the Reis acquisition, the purchase price approximates the fair value of the reporting unit. In the event that Reis' actual performance does not meet its acquisition-case cash flows, an impairment in future quarters could result.
As illustrated in the preceding table, the reporting unit most at risk for potential impairment is the MALS reporting unit and failure to meet its financial projections could result in impairment in future quarters.
As discussed in further detail in Note 11 to the Company's consolidated financial statements, ICRA has reported that it is addressing certain matters which are currently under investigation. As of the date of the filing of this annual report on Form 10-K, the Company is unable to estimate the financial impact, if any, that may result from a potential unfavorable conclusion of these matters or any other ICRA inquiry. An unfavorable resolution of such matters may negatively impact ICRA’s future operating results, which could result in an impairment of goodwill and amortizable intangible assets in future quarters.
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Methodologies and significant estimates utilized in determining the fair value of reporting units:
The following is a discussion regarding the Company’s methodology for determining the fair value of its reporting units, excluding ICRA, as of July 31, 2019, the date of each reporting unit’s last quantitative assessment. As ICRA is a publicly traded company in India, the Company was able to observe its fair value based on its market capitalization. The fair value of each reporting unit, excluding ICRA, was estimated using a discounted cash flow methodology and comparable public company and precedent transaction multiples. The discounted cash flow analysis requires significant estimates, including projections of future operating results and cash flows of each reporting unit that are based on internal budgets and strategic plans, expected long-term growth rates, terminal values, weighted average cost of capital and the effects of external factors and market conditions. Changes in these estimates and assumptions could materially affect the estimated fair value of each reporting unit that could result in an impairment charge to reduce the carrying value of goodwill, which could be material to the Company’s financial position and results of operations. Moody’s allocates newly acquired goodwill to reporting units based on the reporting unit expected to benefit from the acquisition.
The sensitivity analysis on the future cash flows and WACC assumptions described below are as of each reporting unit’s last quantitative goodwill impairment assessment. The following discusses the key assumptions utilized in the discounted cash flow valuation methodology that requires significant management judgment:
Future cash flow assumptions —The projections for future cash flows utilized in the models are derived from historical experience and assumptions regarding future growth and profitability of each reporting unit. These projections are consistent with the Company’s operating budget and strategic plan. Cash flows for the six years subsequent to the date of the quantitative goodwill impairment analysis were utilized in the determination of the fair value of each reporting unit. The growth rates assumed a gradual increase in revenue based on a continued improvement in the global economy and capital markets, new customer acquisition and new products. Beyond six years, a terminal value was determined using a perpetuity growth rate based on inflation and real GDP growth rates. A sensitivity analysis of the revenue growth rates was performed on all reporting units. For each reporting unit analyzed, a 10% reduction in the revenue growth rates used would not have resulted in its carrying value exceeding its estimated fair value.
WACC —The WACC is the rate used to discount each reporting unit’s estimated future cash flows. The WACC is calculated based on the proportionate weighting of the cost of debt and equity. The cost of equity is based on a risk-free interest rate and an equity risk factor, which is derived from public companies similar to the reporting unit and which captures the perceived risks and uncertainties associated with the reporting unit’s cash flows. The cost of debt component is calculated as the weighted average cost associated with all of the Company’s outstanding borrowings as of the date of the impairment test and was immaterial to the computation of the WACC. The cost of debt and equity is weighted based on the debt to market capitalization ratio of publicly traded companies with similarities to the reporting unit being tested. The WACC for all reporting units ranged from 8.5% to 9.0% as of July 31, 2019. Differences in the WACC used between reporting units is primarily due to distinct risks and uncertainties regarding the cash flows of the different reporting units. A sensitivity analysis of the WACC was performed on all reporting units as of July 31, 2019. For all reporting units analyzed, an increase in the WACC of one percentage point would not result in the carrying value of the reporting unit exceeding its fair value.
Long-lived assets
Long-lived assets, which consist primarily of amortizable intangible assets, operating lease ROU assets and property and equipment, are reviewed for recoverability whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable.
Under the first step of the recoverability assessment, Moody's compares the estimated undiscounted future cash flows attributable to the asset or asset group to its carrying value. If the undiscounted future cash flows are greater than the carrying value, no further assessment is required. If the undiscounted future cash flows are less than the carrying value, Moody's proceeds with step two of the assessment. Under step two of this assessment, Moody's is required to determine the fair value of the asset or asset group and recognize an impairment loss if the carrying amount exceeds its fair value. In performing this assessment, Moody's must include assumptions that market participants would use in their estimates of fair value, including the estimated future cash flows and discount rate. Moody's must apply judgment in developing estimated future cash flows and in the determination of market participant assumptions.
Income Taxes
The Company is subject to income taxes in the U.S. and various foreign jurisdictions. The Company’s tax assets and liabilities are affected by the amounts charged for services provided and expenses incurred as well as other tax matters such as intercompany transactions. The Company accounts for income taxes under the asset and liability method in accordance with ASC Topic 740. Therefore, income tax expense is based on reported income before income taxes, and deferred income taxes reflect the effect of temporary differences between the amounts of assets and liabilities that are recognized for financial reporting purposes and the amounts that are recognized for income tax purposes.
The Company is subject to tax audits in various jurisdictions. The Company regularly assesses the likely outcomes of such audits in order to determine the appropriateness of liabilities for UTPs. The Company classifies interest related to income taxes as a component of interest expense in the Company’s consolidated financial statements and associated penalties, if any, as part of other non-operating expenses.
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For UTPs, ASC Topic 740 requires a company to first determine whether it is more-likely-than-not (defined as a likelihood of more than fifty percent) that a tax position will be sustained based on its technical merits as of the reporting date, assuming that taxing authorities will examine the position and have full knowledge of all relevant information. A tax position that meets this more-likely-than-not threshold is then measured and recognized at the largest amount of benefit that is greater than fifty percent likely to be realized upon effective settlement with a taxing authority. As the determination of liabilities related to UTPs and associated interest and penalties requires significant estimates to be made by the Company, there can be no assurance that the Company will accurately predict the outcomes of these audits, and thus the eventual outcomes could have a material impact on the Company’s operating results or financial condition.
On December 22, 2017, the Tax Act was signed into law, which resulted in significant changes to U.S. corporate tax laws. The Tax Act includes a mandatory one-time deemed repatriation tax (“transition tax”) on previously untaxed accumulated earnings of foreign subsidiaries and reduces the statutory federal corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%. Due to the complexities involved in applying the provisions of the Tax Act, in 2017 the Company recorded a provisional estimate of $247 million related to the transition tax in 2017. In 2018, the IRS issued notices clarifying certain aspects of the transition tax. As a result, the Company reduced its provision for the transition tax by $11 million. The IRS may issue additional regulations or notices in future periods to clarify or amend provisions of the Tax Act and such guidance could result in revisions in future periods to the amounts recorded for the existing provisions and interpretations of the Tax Act. In addition, in 2018 the Company recorded a deferred tax asset of $48 million related to potential foreign tax credits which could be realized if certain UTPs resulted in tax assessments. Due to additional UTPs recorded, the Company increased the deferred tax asset to $50 million in 2019. The transition tax liability reported on the Company’s 2017 and 2018 tax returns is payable over eight years starting in 2018 and will not accrue interest. Due to the reduction in U.S. corporate income tax rates beginning in 2018, a decrease of $56 million was recorded to net deferred tax assets in 2017. The above amounts may be impacted by a number of additional considerations, including but not limited to the issuance of regulations and the Company’s ongoing analysis of the new law.
Pursuant to the Tax Act being signed into law, all previously undistributed foreign earnings became subject to U.S. tax. In light of U.S. tax reform, the Company has reassessed its capital allocation strategy, including reevaluating its global cash position and revising its plans for repatriating or reinvesting foreign earnings. The Company regularly evaluates in which entities it will indefinitely reinvest earnings outside the U.S. The Company has provided deferred taxes for those entities whose earnings are not considered indefinitely reinvested outside of the U.S.
Revenue Recognition and Costs to Obtain a Contract with a Customer
Revenue is recognized when control of promised goods or services is transferred to the customer, in an amount that reflects the consideration the Company expects to be entitled to in exchange for those goods or services.
The discussion below outlines areas of the Company’s revenue recognition process that require significant management judgment and estimates. Refer to Note 2 of the consolidated financial statements for a comprehensive discussion regarding the Company’s accounting policies relating to the recognition of revenue and costs to obtain a contract with a customer.
Determination of performance obligations:
When contracts with customers contain multiple performance obligations, the Company accounts for individual performance obligations separately if they are distinct.
In the Company’s MIS segment, revenue arrangements with multiple elements are generally comprised of two distinct performance obligations; the initial rating and the related monitoring services. Revenue attributed to initial ratings of issued securities is generally recognized when the rating is delivered to the issuer, whereas revenue from monitoring related to MIS’s ratings is recognized ratably over the period in which the monitoring is performed.
In the MA segment, contracts with customers often include promises to transfer multiple products and services to a customer. When arrangements for software, content or SaaS licenses also include related implementation services, the Company may be required to exercise significant judgment in determining the level of integration and interdependency between the promise to grant the software license and the promise to deliver the related implementation services. This determination influences whether the software license is considered distinct and accounted for separately (with revenue generally being recognized at the time the product master or first copy is delivered or transferred to the customer), or not distinct and accounted for together with the implementation services (with revenue being recognized on a percentage-of-completion basis as implementation services are performed).
Allocating consideration to performance obligations:
Management judgment is also required in the determination of the SSP, which is utilized to allocate the transaction price to each distinct performance obligation at contract inception when the contract includes multiple distinct performance obligations.
In the MIS segment, the SSP for both ratings and monitoring services is generally based upon directly observable selling prices where the rating or monitoring service is sold separately.
In the MA segment, for performance obligations where an observable price exists, such as PCS, the observable price is utilized. If an observable price does not currently exist, the Company will utilize management’s best estimate of SSP for that good or service using estimation methods that maximize the use of observable data points.
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The SSP in both segments is usually apportioned along the lines of class of customer, nature of product/services, and other attributes related to those products and services. Once SSP is determined for each performance obligation, the transaction price, including any discount, is allocated based on the relative SSP of the separate performance obligations.
Costs to Obtain a Contract with a Customer:
Costs incurred to obtain customer contracts, such as sales commissions, are deferred and recorded within other current assets and other assets when such costs are determined to be incremental to obtaining a contract, would not have been incurred otherwise and the Company expects to recover those costs. These costs are amortized to expense on a systematic basis consistent with the transfer of products or services to the customer for which the asset relates. Depending on the line of business to which the contract relates, this amortization period may be based upon the average economic life of the products sold or average period for which services are provided, inclusive of anticipated contract renewals.
Contingencies
Accounting for contingencies, including those matters described in Note 22 to the consolidated financial statements, is highly subjective and requires the use of judgments and estimates in assessing their magnitude and likely outcome. In many cases, the outcomes of such matters will be determined by third parties, including governmental or judicial bodies. The provisions made in the consolidated financial statements, as well as the related disclosures, represent management’s best estimates of the current status of such matters and their potential outcome based on a review of the facts and in consultation with outside legal counsel where deemed appropriate. The Company regularly reviews contingencies and as new information becomes available may, in the future, adjust its associated liabilities.
For claims, litigation and proceedings and governmental investigations and inquiries not related to income taxes, the Company records liabilities in the consolidated financial statements when it is both probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of loss can be reasonably estimated and periodically adjusts these as appropriate. When the reasonable estimate of the loss is within a range of amounts, the minimum amount of the range is accrued unless some higher amount within the range is a better estimate than another amount within the range. In instances, when a loss is reasonably possible but uncertainties related to the probable outcome and/or the amount or range of loss, management does not record a liability but discloses the contingency if material.
As additional information becomes available, the Company adjusts its assessments and estimates of such matters accordingly. Moody’s also discloses material pending legal proceedings pursuant to SEC rules and other pending matters as it may determine to be appropriate.
In view of the inherent difficulty of assessing the potential outcome of legal proceedings, governmental, regulatory and legislative investigations and inquiries, claims and litigation and similar matters and contingencies, particularly when the claimants seek large or indeterminate damages or assert novel legal theories or the matters involve a large number of parties, the Company often cannot predict what the eventual outcome of the pending matters will be or the timing of any resolution of such matters. The Company also may be unable to predict the impact (if any) that any such matters may have on how its business is conducted, on its competitive position or on its financial position, results of operations or cash flows. As the process to resolve any pending matters progresses, management will continue to review the latest information available and assess its ability to predict the outcome of such matters and the effects, if any, on its operations and financial condition and to accrue for and disclose such matters as and when required. However, because such matters are inherently unpredictable and unfavorable developments or resolutions can occur, the ultimate outcome of such matters, including the amount of any loss, may differ from those estimates.
Accounts Receivable Allowances
Moody’s records variable consideration in respect of estimated future adjustments to customer billings as an adjustment to revenue, using the expected value method based on analysis of similar contracts in the same line of business. Such amounts are reflected as additions to the accounts receivable allowance. Additionally, estimates of uncollectible accounts due to uncertainty relating to customers inability to pay are recorded as bad debt expense and are reflected as additions to the accounts receivable allowance. Actual billing adjustments are recorded against the allowance depending on the nature of the adjustment. Actual uncollectible account write-offs are recorded against the allowance. Moody’s evaluates its accounts receivable allowance by reviewing and assessing historical collection and adjustment experience and the current status of customer accounts. Moody’s also considers the economic environment of the customers, both from an industry and geographic perspective, in evaluating the need for allowances. Based on its analysis, Moody’s adjusts its allowance as considered appropriate in the circumstances. This process involves a high degree of judgment and estimation and could involve significant dollar amounts. Accordingly, Moody’s results of operations can be affected by adjustments to the allowance. Management believes that the allowance is adequate to cover anticipated adjustments and write-offs under current conditions. However, significant changes in any of the above factors, or actual write-offs or adjustments that differ from the estimated amounts, could impact the Company’s consolidated results of operations.
Pension and Other Retirement Benefits
The expenses, assets and liabilities that Moody’s reports for its Retirement Plans are dependent on many assumptions concerning the outcome of future events and circumstances. These significant assumptions include the following:
future compensation increases based on the Company’s long-term actual experience and future outlook;
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long-term expected return on pension plan assets based on historical portfolio results and the expected future average annual return for each major asset class within the plan’s portfolio (which is principally comprised of equity and fixed-income investments); and
discount rates based on current yields on high-grade corporate long-term bonds.
The discount rates used to measure the present value of the Company’s benefit obligation for its Retirement Plans as of December 31, 2019 were derived using a cash flow matching method whereby the Company compares each plan’s projected payment obligations by year with the corresponding yield on the FTSE pension discount curve. The cash flows by plan are then discounted back to present value to determine the discount rate applicable to each plan.
Moody’s major assumptions vary by plan and assumptions used are set forth in Note 16 to the consolidated financial statements. In determining these assumptions, the Company consults with third-party actuaries and other advisors as deemed appropriate. While the Company believes that the assumptions used in its calculations are reasonable, differences in actual experience or changes in assumptions could have a significant effect on the expenses, assets and liabilities related to the Company’s Retirement Plans. Additionally, the Company has updated its mortality assumption by adopting the newly released mortality improvement scale MP-2019 to accompany the Pri2012 mortality tables to reflect the latest information regarding future mortality expectations by the Society of Actuaries.
When actual plan experience differs from the assumptions used, actuarial gains or losses arise. Excluding differences between the expected long-term rate of return assumption and actual returns on plan assets, the Company amortizes, as a component of annual pension expense, total outstanding actuarial gains or losses over the estimated average future working lifetime of active plan participants to the extent that the gain/loss exceeds 10% of the greater of the beginning-of-year projected benefit obligation or the market-related value of plan assets. For Moody’s Retirement Plans, the total actuarial losses as of December 31, 2019 that have not been recognized in annual expense are $122 million, and Moody’s expects to recognize a net periodic expense of $8 million in 2020 related to the amortization of actuarial losses.
For Moody’s funded U.S. pension plan, the differences between the expected long-term rate of return assumption and actual returns could also affect the net periodic pension expense. As permitted under ASC Topic 715, the Company amortizes the impact of asset returns over a five-year period for purposes of calculating the market-related value of assets that is used in determining the expected return on assets’ component of annual expense and in calculating the total unrecognized gain or loss subject to amortization. As of December 31, 2019, the Company has an unrecognized asset loss of $26 million, of which $3 million will be recognized in the market-related value of assets that is used to calculate the expected return on assets’ component of 2020 expense.
The table below shows the estimated effect that a one percentage-point decrease in each of these assumptions will have on Moody’s 2020 income before provision for income taxes. These effects have been calculated using the Company’s current projections of 2020 expenses, assets and liabilities related to Moody’s Retirement Plans, which could change as updated data becomes available.
(dollars in millions)Assumptions Used for 2020Estimated Impact on 2020 Income before Provision for Income Taxes(Decrease)/Increase
Weighted Average Discount Rates (1)
3.04%/3.05%$(10) 
Weighted Average Assumed Compensation Growth Rate3.64 %$ 
Assumed Long-Term Rate of Return on Pension Assets4.45 %$(4) 
(1)Weighted average discount rates of 3.04% and 3.05% for pension plans and Other Retirement Plans, respectively.
A one percentage-point increase in assumed healthcare cost trend rates will not affect 2020 projected expenses. Based on current projections, the Company estimates that expenses related to Retirement Plans will be approximately $28 million in 2020, an increase compared to the $24 million recognized in 2019.
Leases
The Company’s operating leases do not provide an implicit interest rate. Accordingly, the Company must estimate the secured incremental borrowing rate attributable to the currency in which the lease is denominated in the derivation of operating lease liabilities and related operating lease ROU Assets. This secured incremental borrowing rate is based on the information available at the lease commencement date and is utilized in the determination of the present value of lease payments.
In addition, certain of Moody’s leases have the option to extend the lease beyond the initial term or terminate the lease prior to the end of the term. For these leases, Moody’s may be required to exercise significant judgment to determine when that option is reasonably certain of being exercised, which will impact the lease term and determination of the lease liability and corresponding ROU Asset.
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Restructuring
The Company has engaged, and may continue to engage, in restructuring actions, which require management to utilize significant estimates related to expenses for severance and other employee benefit costs, contract termination costs and asset impairments. If the actual amounts differ from these estimates, the amount of the restructuring charge could be impacted. For a full description of Moody’s restructuring actions, refer to Note 12 to the consolidated financial statements.
Other Estimates
In addition, there are other accounting estimates within Moody’s consolidated financial statements, including recoverability of deferred tax assets, valuation of investments in affiliates and the estimated lives of amortizable intangible assets. Management believes the current assumptions and other considerations used to estimate amounts reflected in Moody’s consolidated financial statements are appropriate. However, if actual experience differs from the assumptions and other considerations used in estimating amounts reflected in Moody’s consolidated financial statements, the resulting changes could have a material adverse effect on Moody’s consolidated results of operations or financial condition.
See Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements for further information on significant accounting policies that impact Moody’s.
REPORTABLE SEGMENTS
The Company is organized into two reportable segments at December 31, 2019: MIS and MA, which are more fully described in the section entitled “The Company” above and in Note 23 to the consolidated financial statements.
RECLASSIFICATION OF PREVIOUSLY REPORTED REVENUE BY LOB
There were certain organizational/product realignments in both MIS and MA in the first quarter of 2019. Accordingly, in MIS, revenue from REITs, which was previously classified in the SFG LOB, is now classified in the CFG LOB. In MA, revenue relating to the Bureau van Dijk FACT product (a credit assessment and origination solution), which was previously classified in RD&A, is now classified in the ERS LOB. Accordingly, 2018 and 2017 revenue by LOB was reclassified to conform with this new presentation, as follows:
MIS
As previously
reported
ReclassificationAs Reclassified

MA
As previously
reported
Reclassification
As
Reclassified
Full year 2018
CFG$1,334  $45  $1,379  RD&A$1,134  $(13) $1,121  
SFG$526  $(45) $481  ERS$438  $13  $451  
Full year 2017
CFG$1,393  $55  $1,448  RD&A$833  $(7) $826  
SFG$495  $(55) $440  ERS$448  $ $455  


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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
This section of this Form 10-K generally discusses year ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 financial results and year-to-year comparisons between these years. Discussions related to the year ended December 31, 2017 financial results and year-to-year comparisons between the years ended December 31, 2018  and 2017 that are not included in this Form 10-K can be found in “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in Part II, Item 7 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.
Year ended December 31, 2019 compared with year ended December 31, 2018
Executive Summary
Moody’s completed the following acquisitions, which impact the Company's year-over-year comparative results:
Omega Performance on August 16, 2018;
Reis on October 15, 2018;
Vigeo Eiris on April 12, 2019;
Four Twenty Seven on July 22, 2019;
RiskFirst on July 25, 2019;
ABS Suite on October 1, 2019
On November 8, 2019, the Company sold its MAKS business to Equistone Partners Europe Limited, a European private equity firm. The operating results of MAKS are reported within the MA segment (and PS LOB) through the November 8, 2019 closing of the transaction.
Refer to the section entitled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" of this MD&A for the definitions of how the Company determines certain organic growth measures used in this MD&A that exclude the impact of acquisition/divestiture activity.
The following table provides an executive summary of key operating results for the year ended December 31, 2019. Following this executive summary is a more detailed discussion of the Company’s operating results as well as a discussion of the operating results of the Company’s reportable segments.
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Year Ended December 31,
Financial measure:20192018% Change  Insight and Key Drivers of Change Compared to Prior Year
Moody's total revenue$4,829  $4,443  %— reflects growth in both segments
MIS External Revenue$2,875  $2,712  %— higher revenue from rating corporate debt (both investment-grade and high-yield) resulting from both higher rated issuance volumes reflecting favorable market conditions and favorable product mix;
partially offset by
— a decline in activity in bank loans and the CLO asset class primarily resulting from higher borrowing costs and shift in investor demand to fixed-rate instruments
MA External Revenue$1,954  $1,731  13 %— strong growth in the credit research and ratings data feeds product lines as well as growth from Bureau van Dijk within RD&A;
— inorganic growth from 2019 acquisitions; and
— growth from ongoing demand in ERS for SaaS-based solutions, especially to facilitate adoption of new accounting standards by banks and insurance companies
Total operating and SG&A expenses$2,554  $2,326  10 %— additional compensation expense resulting from hiring activity, salary increases and incentive compensation aligned with financial performance;
— inorganic expense growth from acquisitions
Restructuring$60  $49  22 %
— charges pursuant to the 2018 Restructuring Program reflecting the rationalization and exit of certain real estate leases and reductions to staff - refer to Note 12 to the consolidated financial statements
Loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS$14  $—  NM  
— loss relates to the divestiture of MAKS - refer to Note 10 to the consolidated financial statements
Operating Margin41.4 %42.0 %(60BPS)— modest contraction is primarily due to the aforementioned restructuring and loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS
Adjusted Operating Margin47.4 %47.6 %(20BPS)— in line with prior year
ETR21.0 %21.1 %(10BPS)— overall in line with the prior year period
Diluted EPS$7.42  $6.74  10 %— growth reflects higher operating income/Adjusted Operating Income coupled with benefits from the Company's share repurchase program
Adjusted Diluted EPS$8.29  $7.39  12 %

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Moody’s Corporation
Year Ended December 31,% Change Favorable
(Unfavorable)
20192018
Revenue:
United States$2,544  $2,330  %
Non-U.S.:
EMEA1,446  1,377  %
Asia-Pacific551  493  12 %
Americas288  243  19 %
Total Non-U.S.2,285  2,113  %
Total4,829  4,443  %
Expenses:
Operating1,387  1,246  (11 %)
SG&A1,167  1,080  (8 %)
Restructuring60  49  (22 %)
Depreciation and amortization200  192  (4 %)
Acquisition-Related Expenses  63 %
Loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS14  —  NM  
Total2,831  2,575  (10 %)
Operating income1,998  1,868  %
Adjusted Operating Income (1)
2,291  2,117  %
Interest expense, net(208) (215) %
Other non-operating income, net20  19  %
Non-operating (expense) income, net(188) (196) %
Net income attributable to Moody’s$1,422  $1,310  %
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding191.6  194.4  %
Diluted EPS attributable to Moody’s common shareholders$7.42  $6.74  10 %
Adjusted Diluted EPS (1)
$8.29  $7.39  12 %
Operating margin41.4 %42.0 %
Adjusted Operating Margin (1)
47.4 %47.6 %
Effective tax rate21.0 %21.1 %
(1)Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Operating Margin and Adjusted Diluted EPS attributable to Moody’s common shareholders are non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to the section entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” of this Management Discussion and Analysis for further information regarding these measures.
The table below shows Moody’s global staffing by geographic area:
December 31,% Change
20192018
United States3,908  4,007  (2 %)
Non-U.S.7,173  9,050  (21 %)
Total11,081  
(1)
13,057  (15 %)
(1)The divestiture of the MAKS business resulted in a reduction of approximately 2,700 employees, most of which were in low-cost jurisdictions. Additionally, Moody’s global staffing increased by approximately 400 employees relating to 2019 acquisitions.


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GLOBAL REVENUE
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Global revenue $386 million
U.S. Revenue $214 million
Non-U.S. Revenue $172 million
The increase in global revenue reflected growth in both reportable segments. Refer to the section entitled “Segment Results” of this MD&A for a more fulsome discussion of the Company’s segment revenue.
The increase in U.S. revenue reflects strong growth in MA (most notably in RD&A) coupled with good growth in MIS (most notably in corporate debt ratings revenue)
The increase in non-U.S. revenue reflects strong growth in MA (most notably in RD&A across all regions) coupled with good growth in MIS (most notably in corporate debt ratings revenue across all regions)
Foreign currency translation unfavorably impacted non-U.S. revenue by three percent.
Operating Expense $141 million
SG&A Expense $87 million
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Compensation expenses increased $100 million reflecting:Compensation expenses increased $66 million reflecting:
— hiring activity and salary increases partially offset by benefits from the 2018 Restructuring Program;— hiring activity and salary increases partially offset by benefits from the 2018 Restructuring Program;
— an increase in incentive compensation aligned with higher actual financial performance relative to targets; and— an increase in incentive compensation aligned with higher actual financial performance relative to targets; and
— inorganic expense growth from the aforementioned acquisitions.— inorganic expense growth from the aforementioned acquisitions.
Non-compensation expenses increased $41 million reflecting:Non-compensation expenses increased $21 million reflecting:
— higher costs to support the Company’s initiative to enhance technology infrastructure to enable automation, innovation and efficiency; and— inorganic expense growth from the aforementioned acquisitions;
— costs from the aforementioned acquisitions.— higher costs to support the Company’s initiative to enhance technology infrastructure to enable automation, innovation and efficiency.

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Other Expenses
The restructuring charge of $60 million relates to actions pursuant to the Company’s 2018 Restructuring Program, which is more fully discussed in Note 12 to the consolidated financial statements.
The $14 million loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS relates to the Company's strategic divestiture of this business, which is more fully discussed in Note 10 to the consolidated financial statements.
Operating margin 41.4%, down 60 BPSAdjusted Operating Margin 47.4%, in line with prior year

—  Modest operating margin contraction is primarily due to a higher restructuring charge in 2019 coupled with the loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS—  Adjusted Operating Margin is in line with the prior year

Interest Expense, net $7 million
Other non-operating income $1 million

Decrease is primarily due to:Was in line with the prior year reflecting:
—  a $41 million higher benefit from the interest element of cross-currency swaps (more fully discussed in Note 7 to the consolidated financial statements);—  FX losses of approximately $18 million in 2019 compared to $11 million in FX losses in the same period of the prior year;
partially offset by:offset by:
—  an increase in tax-related interest of $13 million reflecting a higher benefit relating to the favorable resolution of UTPs in the 2018 compared to the same period in 2019 coupled with an increase in statutory interest rates for existing UTP reserves; and—  $8 million in higher income primarily related to a higher expected return on the Company's pension plan assets.
—   a $12 million prepayment penalty on the early redemption of the 2010 Senior Notes.

ETR 10BPS
The ETR of 21.0% in 2019 was in line with the prior year (refer to Note 18 of the consolidated financial statements for further detail on the Company's ETR).
Diluted EPS $0.68
Adjusted Diluted EPS $0.90

Diluted EPS in 2019 of $7.42 increased $0.68 compared to 2018 and included the aforementioned restructuring charge as well as the loss and tax-related charge pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS. Diluted EPS benefited approximately $0.11 from lower diluted weighted average shares outstanding, which primarily resulted from the Company's share repurchase program.Adjusted Diluted EPS of $8.29 in 2019 increased $0.90 compared to 2018 (refer to the section entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” of this MD&A for items excluded in the derivation of Adjusted Diluted EPS). Adjusted Diluted EPS benefited approximately $0.12 from lower diluted weighted average shares outstanding, which primarily resulted from the Company's share repurchase program.



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Segment Results
Moody’s Investors Service
The table below provides a summary of revenue and operating results, followed by further insight and commentary:
Year Ended December 31,% Change Favorable
(Unfavorable)
20192018
Revenue:
Corporate finance (CFG)$1,497  $1,379  %
Structured finance (SFG)427  481  (11 %)
Financial institutions (FIG)476  442  %
Public, project and infrastructure finance (PPIF)446  391  14 %
Total ratings revenue2,846  2,693  %
MIS Other29  19  53 %
Total external revenue2,875  2,712  %
Intersegment royalty134  124  %
Total3,009  2,836  %
Expenses:
Operating and SG&A (external)1,265  1,167  (8 %)
Operating and SG&A (intersegment) 12  25 %
Restructuring31  32  %
Depreciation and amortization71  65  (9 %)
Total expense1,376  1,276  (8 %)
Operating income$1,633  $1,560  %
Restructuring31  32  %
Depreciation and amortization71  65  (9 %)
Captive insurance company settlement10  —  NM  
Adjusted Operating Income$1,745  $1,657  %
Operating margin54.3 %55.0 %
Adjusted Operating Margin58.0 %58.4 %

Pursuant to certain organizational realignments in 2019, revenue from REITs, which was previously classified in the SFG LOB, is now reported as a component of the CFG LOB. The amounts reclassified were not material and prior year revenue by LOB has been reclassified to conform to this new presentation.

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MOODY'S INVESTORS SERVICE REVENUE
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MIS: Global revenue $163 million
U.S. Revenue $102 million
Non-U.S. Revenue $61 million
The increase in Global MIS revenue reflected growth across all LOBs excluding SFG.
The growth in U.S. revenue reflected higher CFG and PPIF revenue being partially offset by declines in SFG.
The increase in non-U.S. revenue reflected growth in CFG and FIG being partially offset by declines in SFG.
Foreign currency translation unfavorably impacted non-U.S. MIS revenue by three percentage points.

CFG REVENUE
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CFG: Global revenue $118 million
U.S. Revenue $74 million
Non-U.S. Revenue $44 million
Global CFG revenue for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was comprised as follows:
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(1) Other includes: recurring monitoring fees of a rated debt obligation and/or entities that issue such obligations as well as fees from programs such as commercial paper, medium term notes, and ICRA corporate finance revenue.
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The increase in CFG revenue of 9% reflected growth both in the U.S. (8%) and internationally (9%) with the most notable drivers consisting of:
benefits from favorable changes in product mix and pricing increases;
growth in corporate bond (both investment-grade and speculative-grade) rated issuance volumes, mainly in the U.S. and EMEA, as issuers took advantage of low borrowing costs to secure acquisition financing and complete opportunistic new issuance/refinancing transactions;
partially offset by:
a decline in rated issuance volumes in U.S. bank loans as higher borrowing costs and reduced investor demand for floating rate instruments suppressed activity.

SFG REVENUE
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SFG: Global revenue $54 million
U.S. Revenue $31 million
Non-U.S. Revenue $23 million
Global SFG revenue for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was comprised as follows:
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The decrease in SFG revenue of 11% reflected declines both in the U.S. (10%) and internationally (13%) and primarily reflected:
lower revenue from the CLO asset class in the U.S. and internationally, as wider credit spreads, lower loan supply and an increasingly competitive landscape have resulted in reduced activity;
declines across most asset classes in EMEA, as geopolitical uncertainties and continued uncertainties relating to Brexit during 2019 resulted in reduced activity. Additionally, there was elevated activity in 2018 in advance of certain regulations relating to securitization transactions in Europe.






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FIG REVENUE
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FIG: Global revenue $34 million
U.S. Revenue $6 million
Non-U.S. Revenue $28 million
Global FIG revenue for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was comprised as follows:
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The 8% increase in FIG revenue was mainly due to growth internationally in the banking sector primarily due to favorable product mix.
Foreign currency translation unfavorably impacted FIG revenue by two percent.

PPIF REVENUE
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PPIF: Global revenue $55 million
U.S. Revenue $53 million
Non-U.S. Revenue $2 million
Global PPIF revenue for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was comprised as follows:
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The 14% increase in PPIF revenue consisted almost entirely of growth in the U.S. reflecting:
higher public finance refunding volumes resulting from continued low benchmark interest rates; and
higher infrastructure finance rated issuance volumes (mainly in the utilities and power sectors) resulting from favorable market conditions.
MIS: Operating and SG&A Expense $98 million
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The increase is primarily due to growth in compensation expenses reflecting:
higher incentive compensation of approximately $50 million aligned with higher financial performance relative to targets;
higher salaries and employee benefits of approximately $40 million reflecting hiring activity and salary increases partially offset by the beneficial impacts of the 2018 Restructuring Program.
Other Expenses
The restructuring charge of $31 million relates to actions pursuant to the Company’s 2018 Restructuring Program, which are more fully discussed in Note 12 to the consolidated financial statements.
MIS: Operating Margin 54.3% 70BPS
Adjusted Operating Income 58.0% 40BPS


MIS operating margin and Adjusted Operating Margin were both generally in line with the prior year.






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Moody’s Analytics
The table below provides a summary of revenue and operating results, followed by further insight and commentary:
Year Ended December 31,% Change Favorable
(Unfavorable)
20192018
Revenue:
Research, data and analytics (RD&A)$1,273  $1,121  14 %
Enterprise risk solutions (ERS)522  451  16 %
Professional services (PS)159  159  — %
Total external revenue1,954  1,731  13 %
Intersegment revenue 12  (25 %)
Total MA Revenue1,963  1,743  13 %
Expenses:
Operating and SG&A (external)1,289  1,159  (11 %)
Operating and SG&A (intersegment)134  124  (8 %)
Restructuring29  17  (71 %)
Depreciation and amortization129  127  (2 %)
Acquisition-Related Expenses  63 %
Loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS14  —  NM  
Total expense1,598  1,435  (11 %)
Operating income$365  $308  19 %
Restructuring29  17  (71 %)
Depreciation and amortization129  127  (2 %)
Acquisition-Related Expenses  63 %
Loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS14  —  NM  
Captive insurance company settlement —  NM  
Adjusted Operating Income$546  $460  19 %
Operating margin18.6 %17.7 %
Adjusted Operating Margin27.8 %26.4 %

Pursuant to organizational/product realignments in the first quarter of 2019, revenue relating to the Bureau van Dijk FACT product, a credit assessment and origination software solution, is now reported in the ERS LOB. This revenue was previously reported in the RD&A LOB. Prior year revenue by LOB has been reclassified to conform to this new presentation, and the amounts reclassified were not material.












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MOODY'S ANALYTICS REVENUE
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MA: Global revenue $223 million
U.S. Revenue $112 million
Non-U.S. Revenue $111 million
The 13% increase in global MA revenue reflects strong growth in RD&A and ERS.
Organic revenue growth was 11% (refer to the section entitled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" of this MD&A for the definition and methodology that the Company utilizes to calculate this metric).
Foreign currency translation unfavorably impacted MA revenue by two percent.
The increase in U.S. revenue reflected growth across all LOBs, most notably in RD&A.
The increase in non-U.S. revenue reflected growth in RD&A and ERS across all regions.
Foreign currency translation unfavorably impacted non-U.S. MA revenue by three percent.
RD&A REVENUE
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RD&A: Global revenue $152 million
U.S. Revenue $77 million
Non-U.S. Revenue $75 million
Global RD&A revenue grew 14% compared to 2018 with the most notable drivers of the change reflecting:
strong results in the credit research and rating data feeds product lines which comprised approximately 40% of the global RD&A growth;
this growth reflected enhanced content on the new CreditView platform and continued alignment of usage and licensing parameters which have generated higher fees
strong demand for Bureau van Dijk solutions that address customer identity requirements, such as know-your-customer, anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and sanctions compliance;
inorganic revenue from the Reis acquisition of $28 million.
Foreign currency translation unfavorably impacted RD&A revenue by two percent.
Organic revenue growth for RD&A was 11%.
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ERS REVENUE
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ERS: Global revenue $71 million
U.S. Revenue $31 million
Non-U.S. Revenue $40 million
Global ERS revenue increased 16% compared to 2018 with the most notable drivers of the growth reflecting:
ongoing demand for credit assessment and loan origination solutions and SaaS-based CECL solutions;
increased demand for actuarial modeling tools in support of certain international accounting standards relating to insurance contracts.
Approximately 73% of the global ERS revenue growth was from subscription-based products.
Organic revenue growth for ERS was 14%.

PS REVENUE
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PS: Global revenue was in line with prior year
U.S. Revenue $4 million
Non-U.S. Revenue $4 million
Global PS revenue was flat compared to 2018 and reflected the following offsetting drivers:
organic growth in online learning solutions;
$5 million in inorganic revenue growth from the acquisition of Omega Performance;
partially offset by:
lower revenue from outsourced analytical and research services pursuant to the divestiture of the MAKS business on November 8, 2019.
Organic revenue growth for PS was 8%.


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MA: Operating and SG&A Expense $130 million
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The increase in operating and SG&A expenses compared to 2018 reflected growth in both compensation and non-compensation costs of approximately $74 million and $56 million, respectively. The most notable drivers of this growth were:
Compensation costsNon-compensation costs
—  higher costs reflecting hiring activity and salary increases partially offset by savings from the 2018 Restructuring Program;—  higher costs to support the Company’s initiative to enhance technology infrastructure to enable automation, innovation and efficiency.
—  inorganic expense growth of $26 million relating to the 2019 acquisitions.

Other Expenses
The restructuring charge of $29 million relates to actions pursuant to the Company’s 2018 Restructuring Plan, which are more fully discussed in Note 12 to the consolidated financial statements.
The $14 million loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS, which is more fully discussed in Note 10 to the consolidated financial statements, relates to the Company's strategic divestiture of this business.
MA: Operating Margin 18.6% 90BPS
Adjusted Operating Margin 27.8% 140BPS

The operating margin and Adjusted Operating Margin expansion for MA both reflect strong RD&A revenue growth coupled with strong growth in higher margin SaaS-based solutions in the ERS LOB. Operating margin expansion was suppressed by higher restructuring charges in 2019 and the loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS.
MARKET RISK
Foreign exchange risk:
Moody’s maintains a presence in more than 40 countries. In 2019, approximately 43% of the Company’s revenue and approximately 42% of the Company expenses were denominated in functional currencies other than the U.S. dollar, principally in the British pound and the euro. As such, the Company is exposed to market risk from changes in FX rates. As of December 31, 2019, approximately 68% of Moody’s assets were located outside the U.S., making the Company susceptible to fluctuations in FX rates. The effects of translating assets and liabilities of non-U.S. operations with non-U.S. functional currencies to the U.S. dollar are charged or credited to OCI.
The effects of revaluing assets and liabilities that are denominated in currencies other than a subsidiary’s functional currency are charged to other non-operating income (expense), net in the Company’s consolidated statements of operations. Accordingly, the Company enters into foreign exchange forwards to partially mitigate the change in fair value on certain assets and liabilities denominated in currencies other than a subsidiary’s functional currency.

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The following table shows the impact to the fair value of the forward contracts if foreign currencies weakened against the U.S. dollar or euro:
Foreign Currency Forwards (1)
Impact on fair value of contract if foreign currency weakened by 10%
SellBuy
U.S. dollarBritish pound$23 million unfavorable impact
U.S. dollarCanadian dollar$8 million unfavorable impact
U.S. dollarEuro$42 million unfavorable impact
U.S. dollarJapanese yen$3 million unfavorable impact
U.S. dollarSingapore dollar$4 million unfavorable impact
EuroBritish pound€2 million unfavorable impact
(1)Refer to Note 7 to the consolidated financial statements in Item 8 of this Form 10-K for further detail on the forward contracts.
The change in fair value of the foreign exchange forward contracts would be offset by FX revaluation gains or losses on underlying assets and liabilities denominated in currencies other than a subsidiary’s functional currency.
Euro-denominated debt and cross-currency swaps designated as net investment hedges:
The Company has designated €500 million of the 2015 Senior Notes and €750 million of the 2019 Senior Notes as a net investment hedge to mitigate FX exposure relating to euro denominated net investments in subsidiaries. If the euro were to strengthen 10% relative to the U.S. dollar, there would be an approximate $140 million unfavorable adjustment to OCI related to this net investment hedge. This adjustment would be offset by favorable translation adjustments on the Company’s euro net investment in subsidiaries.
In 2019, the Company had cross-currency swaps to exchange an aggregate amount of €1,079 million with corresponding euro fixed interest rates for an aggregate amount of $1,220 million with corresponding USD fixed interest rates. Additionally, the Company had cross-currency swaps to exchange an aggregate amount of €931 million with corresponding interest based on the floating 3-month EURIBOR for an aggregate amount of $1,080 million with corresponding interest based on the floating 3-month U.S. LIBOR. Both types of swaps were designated as net investment hedges under ASC Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging. The purpose of these cross-currency swaps is to mitigate FX exposure related to a portion of the Company’s euro net investments in certain foreign subsidiaries against changes in euro/USD exchange rates. If the euro were to strengthen 10% relative to the U.S. dollar, there would be an approximate $226 million unfavorable impact to the fair value of the cross-currency swaps recognized in OCI, which would be offset by favorable currency translation gains on the Company’s euro net investment in foreign subsidiaries.
Credit and Interest rate risk:
Interest rate swaps designated as a fair value hedge:
The Company’s interest rate risk management objectives are to reduce the funding cost and volatility to the Company and to alter the interest rate exposure to the desired risk profile. Moody’s uses interest rate swaps as deemed necessary to assist in accomplishing these objectives. The Company is exposed to interest rate risk on its various outstanding fixed-rate debt for which the fair value of the outstanding fixed rate debt fluctuates based on changes in interest rates. The Company has entered into interest rate swaps to convert the fixed interest rate on certain of its long-term debt to a floating interest rate based on the 3-month LIBOR. These swaps are adjusted to fair market value based on prevailing interest rates at the end of each reporting period and fluctuations are recorded as a reduction or addition to the carrying value of the borrowing, while net interest payments are recorded as interest expense/income in the Company’s consolidated statement of operations. A hypothetical change of 100 BPS in the LIBOR-based swap rate would result in an approximate $27 million change to the fair value of the swap, which would be offset by the change in fair value of the hedged item.
Additional information on these interest rate swaps is disclosed in Note 7 to the consolidated financial statements located in Item 8 of this Form 10-K.
Moody’s cash equivalents consist of investments in high-quality investment-grade securities within and outside the U.S. with maturities of three months or less when purchased. The Company manages its credit risk exposure by allocating its cash equivalents among various money market mutual funds, money market deposit accounts, certificates of deposit and issuers of high-grade commercial paper and by limiting the amount it can invest with any single issuer. Short-term investments primarily consist of certificates of deposit.

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LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
Cash Flow
The Company is currently financing its operations, capital expenditures, acquisitions and share repurchases from operating and financing cash flows.
The following is a summary of the changes in the Company’s cash flows followed by a brief discussion of these changes:
Year Ended December 31,$ Change
Favorable
(unfavorable)
20192018
Net cash provided by operating activities$1,675  $1,461  $214  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities$36  $(406) $442  
Net cash used in financing activities$(1,563) $(412) $(1,151) 
Free Cash Flow (1)
$1,606  $1,370  $236  
(1)Free Cash Flow is a non-GAAP measure and is defined by the Company as net cash provided by operating activities minus cash paid for capital expenditures. Refer to “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” of this MD&A for further information on this financial measure.
Net cash provided by operating activities
Net cash flows from operating activities increased $214 million compared to the prior year primarily due to the increase in Adjusted Operating Income compared to the same period in the prior year (see section entitled "Results of Operations" for further discussion) coupled with various changes in working capital.
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
The $442 million increase in cash flows provided by investing activities compared to 2018 primarily reflects:
a $127 million decrease in cash paid for acquisitions compared to the prior year; and
$226 million of net cash received relating to the MAKS divestiture in 2019.
Net cash used in financing activities
The $1,151 million increase in cash used in financing activities was primarily attributed to:
a $788 million increase in the amount of treasury shares repurchased, which included the execution of an ASR program by the Company in February 2019; and
an increase in the net debt repayments of $288 million compared to prior year.
Cash and short-term investments held in non-U.S. jurisdictions
The Company’s aggregate cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of $1.9 billion at December 31, 2019 included approximately $1.2 billion located outside of the U.S. Approximately 26% of the Company’s aggregate cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments is denominated in euros and British pounds. The Company manages both its U.S. and non-U.S. cash flow to maintain sufficient liquidity in all regions to effectively meet its operating needs.
As a result of the Tax Act, all previously net undistributed foreign earnings have now been subject to U.S. tax. The Company continues to evaluate which entities it will indefinitely reinvest earnings outside the U.S. The Company has provided deferred taxes for those entities whose earnings are not considered indefinitely reinvested. Accordingly, the Company has commenced repatriating a portion of its non-U.S. cash in these subsidiaries and will continue to repatriate certain of its offshore cash in a manner that addresses compliance with local statutory requirements, sufficient offshore working capital and any other factors that may be relevant in certain jurisdictions. Notwithstanding the Tax Act, which generally eliminated federal income tax on future cash repatriation to the U.S., cash repatriation may be subject to state and local taxes or withholding or similar taxes.
Other Material Future Cash Requirements
The Company believes that it has the financial resources needed to meet its cash requirements and expects to have positive operating cash flow in 2020. Cash requirements for periods beyond the next twelve months will depend, among other things, on the Company’s profitability and its ability to manage working capital requirements. The Company may also borrow from various sources.
The Company remains committed to using its strong cash flow to create value for shareholders by investing in growing areas of the business, reinvesting in ratings quality initiatives, making selective acquisitions, repurchasing stock and paying a dividend, all in a manner consistent with maintaining sufficient liquidity after giving effect to any additional indebtedness that may be incurred.
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Dividends and Share Repurchases
On February 11, 2020, the Board approved the declaration of a quarterly dividend of $0.56 per share for Moody’s common stock, payable March 18, 2020 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 25, 2020. The continued payment of dividends at this rate, or at all, is subject to the discretion of the Board.
In October 2018, the Board authorized a $1.0 billion share repurchase program, which at December 31, 2019 had a remaining authority of approximately $334 million. Additionally, in December 2019, the Board authorized an additional $1.0 billion share repurchase program, which may commence following the completion of the existing program.
Full-year 2020 total share repurchases are expected to be approximately $1.3 billion, subject to available cash, market conditions and other ongoing capital allocation decisions.
Other cash requirements
The Company has future cash requirements, including operating leases and debt service and payments, as noted in the tables that follow as well as future payments related to the transition tax under the Tax Act.
On February 13, 2020, the Company completed the acquisition of Regulatory Data Corporation for $700 million.
The Company anticipates making contributions of approximately $100 million to its funded U.S. pension plan in 2020.
Indebtedness
At December 31, 2019, Moody’s had $5.6 billion of outstanding debt and approximately $1 billion of additional capacity available under the Company’s CP program, which is backstopped by the 2018 Facility as more fully discussed in Note 19 to the consolidated financial statements. At December 31, 2019, the Company was in compliance with all covenants contained within all of the debt agreements. All of the Company’s long-term debt agreements contain cross default provisions which state that default under one of the aforementioned debt instruments could in turn permit lenders under other debt instruments to declare borrowings outstanding under those instruments to be immediately due and payable. At December 31, 2019, there were no such cross defaults.
During 2019, the Company issued €750 million in unsecured senior notes via a public offering, the terms of which are more fully discussed in Note 19. Additionally, the Company repaid the $500 million 2010 Senior Notes and the $450 million 2014 Senior Notes (5-year) in 2019.
The repayment schedule for the Company’s borrowings outstanding at December 31, 2019 is as follows:
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For additional information on the Company's outstanding debt, refer to Note 19 to the consolidated financial statements.
Management may consider pursuing additional long-term financing when it is appropriate in light of cash requirements for operations, share repurchases and other strategic opportunities, which would result in higher financing costs.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
At December 31, 2019, Moody’s did not have any relationships with unconsolidated entities or financial partnerships, such as entities often referred to as special purpose or variable interest entities where Moody’s is the primary beneficiary, which would have been established for the purpose of facilitating off-balance sheet arrangements or other contractually narrow or limited purposes. As such, Moody’s is not exposed to any financing, liquidity, market or credit risk that could arise if it had engaged in such relationships.
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Contractual Obligations
The following table presents payments due under the Company’s contractual obligations as of December 31, 2019:
Payments Due by Period
(in millions)TotalLess Than 1 Year1-3 Years3-5 YearsOver 5 Years
Indebtedness (1)
$7,676  $175  $1,646  $1,251  $4,604  
Operating lease obligations648  107  194  164  183  
Purchase obligations127  96  31  —  —  
Pension obligations (2)
147   45  27  67  
Total (3)
$8,598  $386  $1,916  $1,442  $4,854  
(1)Reflects principal payments, related interest and applicable fees due on all indebtedness outstanding as described in Note 19 to the consolidated financial statements.
(2)Reflects projected benefit payments relating to the Company’s U.S. unfunded DBPPs and Retirement and Other Plans described in Note 16 to the consolidated financial statements.
(3)The table above does not include the Company’s net long-term tax liabilities of $477 million relating to UTPs, since the expected cash outflow of such amounts by period cannot be reasonably estimated. Additionally, the table above does not include approximately $43 million relating to indemnification liability resulting from the divestiture of MAKS and approximately $51 million relating to the remaining unpaid deemed repatriation liability resulting from the Tax Act enacted into law in the U.S. in December 2017.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures:
In addition to its reported results, Moody’s has included in this MD&A certain adjusted results that the SEC defines as “non-GAAP financial measures.” 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 can 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. Below are descriptions of the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures accompanied by a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measure to its most directly comparable GAAP measure:
Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted Operating Margin:
The Company presents Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted Operating Margin because management deems these metrics to be useful measures to provide additional perspective on the operating performance of Moody’s. Adjusted Operating Income excludes the impact of: i) restructuring charges; ii) depreciation and amortization; iii) Acquisition-Related Expenses; iv) a loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS; and v) a captive insurance company settlement. Restructuring charges are excluded as the frequency and magnitude of these charges may vary widely across periods and companies. Depreciation and amortization are excluded because companies utilize productive assets of different ages and use different methods of acquiring and depreciating productive assets. Acquisition-Related Expenses consist of expenses incurred to complete and integrate the acquisition of Bureau van Dijk and are excluded due to the material nature of these expenses (which are not expected to recur at this dollar magnitude) over the course of the multi-year integration effort. Acquisition-related expenses from other acquisitions were not material. The loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS is excluded as the frequency and magnitude of divestiture activity may vary widely from period to period and across companies. The captive insurance company settlement, which is more fully discussed in Note 22 to the consolidated financial statements, relates to the resolution of a matter that is not expected to recur in the future at this magnitude. Management believes that the exclusion of the aforementioned items, as detailed in the reconciliation below, allows for an additional perspective on the Company’s operating results from period to period and across companies. The Company defines Adjusted Operating Margin as Adjusted Operating Income divided by revenue.
Year ended December 31,
20192018
Operating income$1,998  $1,868  
Adjustments:
Restructuring60  49  
Depreciation and amortization200  192  
Acquisition-Related Expenses  
Loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS14  —  
Captive insurance company settlement16  —  
Adjusted Operating Income$2,291  $2,117  
Operating margin41.4 %42.0 %
Adjusted Operating Margin47.4 %47.6 %
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Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS attributable to Moody’s common shareholders:
The Company presents Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS because management deems these metrics to be useful measures to provide additional perspective on the operating performance of Moody’s. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS exclude the impact of: i) amortization of acquired intangible assets; ii) Acquisition-Related Expenses; iii) restructuring charges; iv) a loss and tax charge pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS; and v) a captive insurance company settlement.

The Company excludes the impact of amortization of acquired intangible assets as companies utilize intangible assets with different ages and have different methods of acquiring and amortizing intangible assets. Furthermore, the timing and magnitude of business combination transactions are not predictable and the purchase price allocated to amortizable intangible assets and the related amortization period are unique to each acquisition and can vary significantly from period to period and across companies. Also, management believes that excluding acquisition-related amortization expense provides additional perspective when comparing operating results from period to period, and with both acquisitive and non-acquisitive peer companies. Additionally, Acquisition-Related Expenses consist of expenses incurred to complete and integrate the acquisition of Bureau van Dijk and are excluded due to the material nature of these expenses (which are not expected to recur at this dollar magnitude) over the course of the multi-year integration effort. Acquisition-related expenses from other acquisitions were not material. Restructuring charges are excluded as the frequency and magnitude of these charges may vary widely across periods and companies. The loss and tax charge pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS are excluded as the frequency and magnitude of divestiture activity may vary widely from period to period and across companies. The captive insurance company settlement, which is more fully discussed in Note 22 to the consolidated financial statements, relates to the resolution of a matter that is not expected to recur in the future at this magnitude.
Furthermore, the Company excluded the impact of 2018 adjustments pursuant to U.S. Tax Reform and certain adjustments relating to the Company’s non-U.S. UTPs, which resulted in significant adjustments to the provision for income taxes in the prior year. The Company excludes these items to provide additional perspective when comparing net income and diluted EPS from period to period and across companies as the frequency and magnitude of similar transactions may vary widely across periods.

Year ended December 31,
Amounts in millions20192018
Net income attributable to Moody’s common shareholders$1,422  $1,310  
Pre-Tax Acquisition-Related Expenses$ $ 
Tax on Acquisition-Related Expenses—  (2) 
Net Acquisition-Related Expenses  
Pre-Tax Acquisition-Related Intangible Amortization Expenses$103  $102  
Tax on Acquisition-Related Intangible Amortization Expenses(24) (23) 
Net Acquisition-Related Intangible Amortization Expenses79  79  
Loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS14  —  
Tax charge pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS13  —  
Impact of U.S. tax reform—  (59) 
Increase to non-U.S. UTPs—  64  
Pre-Tax Restructuring$60  $49  
Tax on Restructuring(15) (12) 
Net Restructuring45  37  
Pre-tax captive insurance company settlement$16  $—  
Tax on captive insurance company settlement(4) —  
Net captive insurance company settlement12  —  
Adjusted Net Income$1,588  $1,437  

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Below is a reconciliation of this measure to its most directly comparable U.S. GAAP amount:
Year ended December 31,
20192018
Diluted earnings per share attributable to Moody’s common shareholders$7.42  $6.74  
Pre-Tax Acquisition-Related Expenses$0.02  $0.04  
Tax on Acquisition-Related Expenses—  (0.01) 
Net Acquisition-Related Expenses0.02  0.03  
Pre-Tax Acquisition-Related Intangible Amortization Expenses$0.54  $0.52  
Tax on Acquisition-Related Intangible Amortization Expenses(0.12) (0.12) 
Net Acquisition-Related Intangible Amortization Expenses0.42  0.40  
Loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS0.07  —  
Tax charge pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS0.07  —  
Impact of U.S. tax reform—  (0.30) 
Increase to non-U.S. UTPs—  0.33  
Pre-Tax Restructuring$0.31  $0.25  
Tax on Restructuring(0.08) (0.06) 
Net Restructuring0.23  0.19  
Pre-tax captive insurance company settlement$0.08  $—  
Tax on captive insurance company settlement(0.02) —  
Net captive insurance company settlement0.06  —  
Adjusted Diluted EPS$8.29  $7.39  
Note: the tax impacts in the table above were calculated using tax rates in effect in the jurisdiction for which the item relates.

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. Below is a reconciliation of the Company’s net cash flows from operating activities to Free Cash Flow:
Year ended December 31,
20192018
Net cash provided by operating activities$1,675  $1,461  
Capital additions(69) (91) 
Free Cash Flow$1,606  $1,370  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities$36  $(406) 
Net cash used in financing activities$(1,563) $(412) 


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Organic Revenue:
The Company presents the organic revenue and growth because management deems this metric to be a useful measure which provides additional perspective in assessing the revenue growth excluding the inorganic revenue impacts from certain acquisitions and divestiture activity. The following table details the periods excluded from each acquisition/divestiture to determine organic revenue.
Acquisition/DivestiturePeriod excluded to determine organic revenue growth
Omega PerformanceJanuary 1, 2019 - August 16, 2019
ReisJanuary 1, 2019 - October 14, 2019
RiskFirstJuly 25, 2019 - December 31, 2019
ABS SuiteOctober 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019
MAKSNovember 8, 2018 - December 31, 2018
Below is a reconciliation of the Company's organic dollar revenue and growth rates:
Year Ended December 31,
Amounts in millions20192018ChangeGrowth
MA revenue$1,954  $1,731  $223  13%  
Omega Performance revenue(5) —  (5) 
Reis revenue(28) —  (28) 
RiskFirst revenue(7) —  (7) 
ABS Suite revenue(2) —  (2) 
MAKS revenue—  (16) 16  
Organic MA revenue$1,912  $1,715  $197  11%  
Year Ended December 31,
Amounts in millions20192018ChangeGrowth
RD&A revenue$1,273  $1,121  $152  14%  
Reis revenue(28) —  (28)��
ABS Suite revenue(2) —  (2) 
Organic RD&A revenue$1,243  $1,121  $122  11%  
Year Ended December 31,
Amounts in millions20192018ChangeGrowth
ERS revenue$522  $451  $71  16%  
RiskFirst revenue(7) —  (7) 
Organic ERS revenue$515  $451  $64  14%  
Year Ended December 31,
Amounts in millions20192018ChangeGrowth
PS revenue$159  $159  $—  —%  
Omega Performance revenue(5) —  (5) 
MAKS revenue—  (16) 16  
Organic PS revenue$154  $143  $11  8%  

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
Refer to Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements located in Part II, Item 8 on this Form 10-K for a discussion on the impact to the Company relating to recently issued accounting pronouncements.
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CONTINGENCIES
For information regarding legal proceedings, see Part II, Item 8 – “Financial Statements”, Note 22 “Contingencies” in this Form 10-K.
Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this annual report on Form 10-K are forward-looking statements and are based on future expectations, plans and prospects for the Company’s business and operations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Such statements involve estimates, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those contemplated, expressed, projected, anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. Those statements appear at various places throughout this annual report on Form 10-K, including in the sections entitled “Contingencies” under Item 7, “MD&A”, commencing on page 31 of this annual report on Form 10-K, under “Legal Proceedings” in Part I, Item 3, of this Form 10-K, and elsewhere in the context of statements containing the words “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “plan”, “will”, “predict”, “potential”, “continue”, “strategy”, “aspire”, “target”, “forecast”, “project”, “estimate”, “should”, “could”, “may” and similar expressions or words and variations thereof relating to the Company’s views on future events, trends and contingencies or otherwise convey the prospective nature of events or outcomes generally indicative of forward-looking statements. Stockholders and investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements and other information are made as of the date of this annual report on Form 10-K, and the Company undertakes no obligation (nor does it intend) to publicly supplement, update or revise such statements on a going-forward basis, whether as a result of subsequent developments, changed expectations or otherwise, except as required by applicable law or regulation. In connection with the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the Company is identifying examples of factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ, perhaps materially, from those indicated by these forward-looking statements.
Those factors, risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, credit market disruptions or economic slowdowns, which could affect the volume of debt and other securities issued in domestic and/or global capital markets; other matters that could affect the volume of debt and other securities issued in domestic and/or global capital markets, including regulation, credit quality concerns, changes in interest rates and other volatility in the financial markets such as that due to uncertainty as companies transition away from LIBOR and Brexit; the level of merger and acquisition activity in the U.S. and abroad; the uncertain effectiveness and possible collateral consequences of U.S. and foreign government actions affecting credit markets, international trade and economic policy, including those related to tariffs and trade barriers; concerns in the marketplace affecting our credibility or otherwise affecting market perceptions of the integrity or utility of independent credit agency ratings; the introduction of competing products or technologies by other companies; pricing pressure from competitors and/or customers; the level of success of new product development and global expansion; the impact of regulation as an NRSRO, the potential for new U.S., state and local legislation and regulations, including provisions in the Financial Reform Act and regulations resulting from that Act; the potential for increased competition and regulation in the EU and other foreign jurisdictions; exposure to litigation related to our rating opinions, as well as any other litigation, government and regulatory proceedings, investigations and inquires to which the Company may be subject from time to time; provisions in the Financial Reform Act legislation modifying the pleading standards, and EU regulations modifying the liability standards, applicable to credit rating agencies in a manner adverse to credit rating agencies; provisions of EU regulations imposing additional procedural and substantive requirements on the pricing of services and the expansion of supervisory remit to include non-EU ratings used for regulatory purposes; the possible loss of key employees; failures or malfunctions of our operations and infrastructure; any vulnerabilities to cyber threats or other cybersecurity concerns; the outcome of any review by controlling tax authorities of the Company’s global tax planning initiatives; exposure to potential criminal sanctions or civil remedies if the Company fails to comply with foreign and U.S. laws and regulations that are applicable in the jurisdictions in which the Company operates, including data protection and privacy laws, sanctions laws, anti-corruption laws, and local laws prohibiting corrupt payments to government officials; the impact of mergers, acquisitions or other business combinations and the ability of the Company to successfully integrate such acquired businesses; currency and foreign exchange volatility; the level of future cash flows; the levels of capital investments; and a decline in the demand for credit risk management tools by financial institutions. These factors, risks and uncertainties as well as other risks and uncertainties that could cause Moody’s actual results to differ materially from those contemplated, expressed, projected, anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements are described in greater detail under “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A of the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, and in other filings made by the Company from time to time with the SEC or in materials incorporated herein or therein. Stockholders and investors are cautioned that the occurrence of any of these factors, risks and uncertainties may cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those contemplated, expressed, projected, anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements, which could have a material and adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition. New factors may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict new factors, nor can the Company assess the potential effect of any new factors on it.
ITEM 7A.  QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
Information in response to this item is set forth under the caption “Market Risk” in Part II, Item 7 on page 51 of this annual report on Form 10-K.
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ITEM 8.  FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Index to Financial Statements
Schedules are omitted as not required or inapplicable or because the required information is provided in the consolidated financial statements, including the notes thereto.
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MANAGEMENT’S REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING
Management of Moody’s Corporation is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting and for the assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting. As defined by the SEC in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, internal control over financial reporting is a process designed by, or under the supervision of, the Company’s principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, and effected by the Company’s Board, management and other personnel, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
Moody’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of assets of the Company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of Moody’s management and directors; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the Company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
Management of the Company has undertaken an assessment of the design and operational effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2019 based on criteria established in the Internal Control—Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO).
Based on the assessment performed, management has concluded that Moody’s maintained effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2019.
The effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2019 has been audited by KPMG LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which appears herein.
/s/ RAYMOND W. MCDANIEL, JR.
Raymond W. McDaniel, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer

/s/ MARK KAYE
Mark Kaye
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
February 21, 2020
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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
To the Shareholders and Board of Directors of Moody’s Corporation:
Opinions on the Consolidated Financial Statements and Internal Control over Financial Reporting
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Moody’s Corporation and subsidiaries (the Company) as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income, shareholders’ equity (deficit), and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2019, and the related notes (collectively, the consolidated financial statements). We also have audited the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2019, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.
In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2019 and 2018 and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2019 in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2019 based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.
Change in Accounting Principles
As discussed in Note 1 to the financial statements, the Company has changed its method of accounting for leases as of January 1, 2019, due to the adoption of Accounting Standard Codification (ASC) Topic 842, Leases, and its method of accounting for revenue as of January 1, 2018, due to the adoption of Accounting Standard Update (ASU) 2014-019 and all related amendments, which established ASC Topic 606, Revenue—Revenue from Contracts with Customers.
Basis for Opinions
The Company’s management is responsible for these consolidated financial statements, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting, and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s consolidated financial statements and an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud, and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects.
Our audits of the consolidated financial statements included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated financial statements. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.
Definition and Limitations of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
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Critical Audit Matters
The critical audit matters communicated below are matters arising from the current period audit of the consolidated financial statements that were communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that: (1) relate to accounts or disclosures that are material to the consolidated financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. The communication of critical audit matters does not alter in any way our opinion on the consolidated financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matters below, providing separate opinions on the critical audit matters or on the accounts or disclosures to which they relate.
Assessment of the carrying value of goodwill
As discussed in Note 11 to the consolidated financial statements, the goodwill balance as of December 31, 2019 was $3,722 million. The Company evaluates its reporting units for impairment on an annual basis, or more frequently if there are changes in the reporting structure of the Company or indicators of potential impairment. The Company has seven primary reporting units as of December 31, 2019: two within the Company’s Moody’s Investors Services segment and five within the Moody’s Analytics segment.
We identified the assessment of the carrying value of goodwill in the reporting units within the Moody’s Analytics segment as a critical audit matter on account of the significant degree of judgment required in evaluating assumptions about future operating results and the discount rates used to measure the reporting unit fair values.
The primary procedures we performed to address this critical audit matter included the following. We tested internal controls over the Company’s goodwill impairment process, including controls related to future operating results and the discount rates used to measure the reporting unit fair values. We evaluated management’s judgments relating to the assumed revenue growth rates, operating costs, and the discount rate by comparing them to available evidence. We also performed sensitivity analyses to assess the impact of alternative assumptions on management’s impairment conclusion. We compared the Company’s historical revenue and cost forecasts to actual results to assess the Company’s ability to accurately forecast. We involved a valuation professional with specialized skill and knowledge, who assisted in assessing the significant assumptions used to develop the discount rate, including the relevance and reliability of the information used.
Assessment of gross unrecognized tax benefits
As discussed in Note 18 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company has recorded uncertain tax benefits (UTPs), excluding associated interest, of $477 million as of December 31, 2019. The Company determines whether it is more-likely-than-not that a tax position will be sustained based on its technical merits as of the reporting date. A tax position that meets this more-likely-than-not threshold is then measured and recognized at the largest amount of benefit that is greater than fifty percent likely to be realized upon effective settlement with a taxing authority.
We identified the assessment of the Company’s UTPs as a critical audit matter because complex judgment was required in evaluating the Company’s interpretation of tax law and its estimate of the ultimate resolution of the tax positions.
The primary procedures we performed to address this critical audit matter included the following. We tested internal controls over the Company’s tax process, including those related to the timely identification of UTPs, the assessment of new information related to previously identified UTPs, and the measurement of UTPs. We involved tax and valuation professionals with specialized skills and knowledge, who assisted in:
evaluating the Company’s interpretation of tax laws and judgments about the administrative practices of tax
authorities,
assessing transfer pricing studies for compliance with applicable laws and regulations,
inspecting settlement documents with applicable taxing authorities,
assessing the expiration of statutes of limitations, and
performing an assessment of the Company’s tax positions and comparing the results to the Company’s
assessment.
In addition, we evaluated the Company’s ability to accurately estimate its gross UTPs by comparing historical gross UTPs to actual results upon conclusion of tax audits or expiration of the statute of limitations.

/s/ KPMG LLP
We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2008.
New York, New York
February 21, 2020
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MOODY’S CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Amounts in millions, except per share data)





Year Ended December 31,
201920182017
Revenue$4,829  $4,443  $4,204  
Expenses
Operating1,387  1,246  1,216  
Selling, general and administrative1,167  1,080  986  
Restructuring60  49  —  
Depreciation and amortization200  192  158  
Acquisition-Related Expenses  23  
Loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS14  —  —  
Total expenses2,831  2,575  2,383  
Operating income1,998  1,868  1,821  
Non-operating (expense) income, net
Interest expense, net(208) (215) (209) 
Other non-operating income, net20  19   
Purchase Price Hedge Gain—  —  111  
CCXI Gain—  —  60  
Non-operating (expense) income, net(188) (196) (34) 
Income before provision for income taxes1,810  1,672  1,787  
Provision for income taxes381  352  779  
Net income1,429  1,320  1,008  
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 10   
Net income attributable to Moody’s$1,422  $1,310  $1,001  
Earnings per share
Basic$7.51  $6.84  $5.24  
Diluted$7.42  $6.74  $5.15  
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic189.3  191.6  191.1  
Diluted191.6  194.4  194.2  
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements
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MOODY’S CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Amounts in millions)

Year Ended December 31, 2019Year Ended December 31, 2018Year Ended December 31, 2017
Pre-tax
amounts
Tax
amounts
After-tax
amounts
Pre-tax
amounts
Tax
amounts
After-tax
amounts
Pre-tax
amounts
Tax
amounts
After-tax
amounts
Net Income$1,429  $1,320  $1,008  
Other Comprehensive Income (Loss):
Foreign Currency Adjustments:
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net$(22) $(1) $(23) $(315) $—  $(315) $225  $—  $225  
Foreign currency translation adjustments - reclassification of losses included in net income32  —  32  —  —  —  —  —  —  
Net gains (losses) on net investment hedges35  (9) 26  41  (7) 34  (59) 23  (36) 
Net investment hedges - reclassification of gains
included in net income
(3)  (2) —  —  —  —  —  —  
Cash Flow Hedges:
Net realized and unrealized (losses) gains on cash flow hedges—  —  —  (1) —  (1) 10  (4)  
Reclassification of (gains) losses included in net income—  —  —  —  —  —  (12)  (7) 
Available for Sale Securities:
Net unrealized gains on available for sale securities—  —  —  —  —  —   —   
Reclassification of gains included in net income—  —  —  —  —  —  (4) —  (4) 
Pension and Other Retirement Benefits:
Amortization of actuarial losses and prior service costs included in net income (1)   (1)   (3)  
Net actuarial (losses) gains and prior service costs(32)  (24)  (2)  21  (8) 13  
Total Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)$13  $(2) $11  $(264) $(10) $(274) $191  $13  $204  
Comprehensive Income1,440  1,046  1,212  
Less: comprehensive income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests11  (12) 19  
Comprehensive Income Attributable to Moody’s$1,429  $1,058  $1,193  
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.
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MOODY’S CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in millions, except share and per share data)

December 31,
20192018
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$1,832  $1,685  
Short-term investments98  133  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $43 in 2019 and $43 in 20181,419  1,287  
Other current assets330  282  
Total current assets3,679  3,387  
Property and equipment, net292  320  
Operating lease right-of-use assets456  —  
Goodwill3,722  3,781  
Intangible assets, net1,498  1,566  
Deferred tax assets, net229  197  
Other assets389  275  
Total assets$10,265  $9,526  
LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$773  $696  
Current portion of operating lease liabilities89  —  
Current portion of long-term debt—  450  
Deferred revenue1,050  953  
Total current liabilities1,912  2,099  
Non-current portion of deferred revenue112  122  
Long-term debt5,581  5,226  
Deferred tax liabilities, net357  352  
Uncertain tax positions477  495  
Operating lease liabilities485  —  
Other liabilities504  576  
Total liabilities9,428  8,870  
Contingencies (Note 22) 
Redeemable noncontrolling interest —  
Shareholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, par value $.01 per share; 10,000,000 shares authorized; 0 shares issued and outstanding—  —  
Series common stock, par value $.01 per share; 10,000,000 shares authorized; 0 shares issued and outstanding—  —  
Common stock, par value $.01 per share; 1,000,000,000 shares authorized; 342,902,272 shares issued at December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.  
Capital surplus642  601  
Retained earnings9,656  8,594  
Treasury stock, at cost; 155,215,143 and 151,598,695 shares of common stock at December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively(9,250) (8,313) 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(439) (426) 
Total Moody’s shareholders’ equity612  459  
Noncontrolling interests219  197  
Total shareholders’ equity831  656  
Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and shareholders’ equity$10,265  $9,526  
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.
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MOODY’S CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Amounts in millions)

Year Ended December 31,
201920182017
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income$1,429  $1,320  $1,008  
Reconciliation of net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization200  192  158  
Stock-based compensation136  130  123  
Deferred income taxes(38) (99) 88  
CCXI Gain—  —  (60) 
Purchase Price Hedge Gain—  —  (111) 
ROU Asset impairment & other non-cash restructuring/impairment charges38  —  —  
Loss pursuant to the divestiture of MAKS14  —  —  
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable(134) (136) (148) 
Other current assets(88) (9) (70) 
Other assets(69) (17) 12  
Lease obligations(16) —  —  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities77  (134) (638) 
Restructuring liability—  42  (6) 
Deferred revenue76  139  73  
Unrecognized tax positions and other non-current tax liabilities 59  63  
Other liabilities42  (26) 263  
Net cash provided by operating activities1,675  1,461  755  
Cash flows from investing activities
Capital additions(69) (91) (91) 
Purchases of investments(138) (193) (170) 
Sales and maturities of investments174  161  239  
Receipts from Purchase Price Hedge—  —  111  
Cash received upon disposal of a business, net of cash transferred to purchaser226   —  
Cash paid for acquisitions, net of cash acquired(162) (289) (3,511) 
Receipts from settlements of net investment hedges12  —   
Payments for settlements of net investment hedges(7) —  —  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities36  (406) (3,420) 
Cash flows from financing activities
Issuance of notes824  1,090  2,292  
Repayment of notes(950) (800) (300) 
Issuance of commercial paper1,317  989  1,837  
Repayment of commercial paper(1,320) (1,120) (1,707) 
Proceeds from stock-based compensation plans45  47  56  
Repurchase of shares related to stock-based compensation(77) (62) (49) 
Treasury shares(991) (203) (200) 
Dividends(378) (337) (290) 
Dividends to noncontrolling interests(3) (5) (3) 
Payment for noncontrolling interest(12) —  (9) 
Debt issuance costs, extinguishment costs and related fees(18) (11) (27) 
Net cash used in financing activities(1,563) (412) 1,600  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents(1) (30) 85  
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents147  613  (980) 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period1,685  1,072  2,052  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$1,832  $1,685  $1,072  
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements
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MOODY’S CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)
(Amounts in millions, except per share data)




Shareholders of Moody’s Corporation
Common StockTreasury StockAccumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
Total Moody’s
Shareholders’
Deficit
Non-
Controlling
Interests
Total
Shareholders’
Equity
(Deficit)
SharesAmountCapital
Surplus
Retained
Earnings
SharesAmount
Balance at December 31, 2016342.9  $ $477  $6,689  (152.2) $(8,030) $(364) $(1,225) $198  $(1,027) 
Net income1,001  1,001   1,008  
Dividends ($1.14 per share)(220) (220) (3) (223) 
Adoption of ASU 2016-16(5) (5) (5) 
Stock-based compensation123  123  123  
Shares issued for stock-based compensation plans at average cost, net(67) 1.9  77  10  10  
Purchase of noncontrolling interest(4) (4) (1) (5) 
Treasury shares repurchased(1.6) (200) (200) (200) 
Currency translation adjustment, net of net investment hedge activity (net of tax of $23 million)176  176  13  189  
Net actuarial gains and prior service cost (net of tax of $8 million)13  13  13  
Amortization of prior service costs and actuarial losses (net of tax of $3 million)   
Net unrealized gain on available for sale securities(1) (1) (1) (2) 
Net realized and unrealized gain on cash flow hedges (net of tax of $1 million)(1) (1) (1) 
Balance at December 31, 2017342.9  $ $529  $7,465  (151.9) $(8,153) $(172) $(328) $213  $(115) 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.




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MOODY’S CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT) continued
(Amounts in millions, except per share data)



Shareholders of Moody’s Corporation
Common StockTreasury StockAccumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
Total Moody’s
Shareholders’
(Deficit) Equity
Non-
Controlling
Interests
Total
Shareholders’
(Deficit) Equity
SharesAmountCapital
Surplus
Retained
Earnings
SharesAmount
Balance at December 31, 2017342.9  $ $529  $7,465  (151.9) $(8,153) $(172) $(328) $213  $(115) 
Net income1,310  1,310  10  1,320  
Dividends ($1.76 per share)(339) (339) (4) (343) 
Adoption of New Revenue Accounting Standard156  156  156  
Adoption of ASU 2016-01 (2) —  —  
Stock-based compensation131  131  131  
Shares issued for stock-based compensation plans at average cost, net(59) 1.5  43  (16) (16) 
Treasury shares repurchased(1.2) (203) (203) (203) 
Currency translation adjustment, net of net investment hedge activity (net of tax of $7 million)(259) (259) (22) (281) 
Net actuarial gains and prior service cost (net of tax of $2 million)   
Amortization of prior service costs and actuarial losses (net of tax of $1 million)   
Net realized and unrealized gain on cash flow hedges (net of tax of $1 million)(1) (1) (1) 
Balance at December 31, 2018342.9  $ $601  $8,594  (151.6) $(8,313) $(426) $459  $197  $656  

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.






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MOODY’S CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT) continued
(Amounts in millions, except per share data)



Shareholders of Moody’s Corporation
Common StockTreasury StockAccumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
Total Moody’s
Shareholders’
Equity
Non-
Controlling
Interests
Total
Shareholders’
Equity
SharesAmountCapital
Surplus
Retained
Earnings
SharesAmount
Balance at December 31, 2018342.9  $ $601  $8,594  (151.6) $(8,313) $(426) $459  $197  $656  
Net income1,422  1,422   1,429  
Dividends ($2.00 per share)(380) (380) (3) (383) 
Adoption of ASU 2018-02 (See Note 1)20  (20) —  —  
Stock-based compensation136  136  136  
Shares issued for stock-based compensation plans at average cost, net(70) 1.6  38  (32) (32) 
Purchase of noncontrolling interest(9) (9) (3) (12) 
Non-controlling interest resulting from majority acquisition of Vigeo Eiris—  17  17  
Treasury shares repurchased(16) (5.2) (975) (991) (991) 
Currency translation adjustment, net of net investment hedge activity (net of tax of $9 million)29  29   33  
Net actuarial gains and prior service cost (net of tax of $8 million)(24) (24) (24) 
Amortization of prior service costs and actuarial losses (net of tax of $1 million)   
Balance at December 31, 2019342.9  $ $642  $9,656  (155.2) $(9,250) $(439) $612  $219  $831  

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.
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MOODY’S CORPORATION
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(tabular dollar and share amounts in millions, except per share data)



NOTE 1  DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
Moody’s is a provider of (i) credit ratings and assessment services; (ii) credit, capital markets and economic research, data and analytical tools; (iii) software solutions that support financial risk management activities; (iv) quantitatively derived credit scores; (v) learning solutions and certification services; (vi) offshore financial research and analytical services (this business was divested with the sale of MAKS in the fourth quarter of 2019); and (vii) company information and business intelligence products. Moody’s reports in 2 reportable segments: MIS and MA.
MIS, the credit rating agency, publishes credit ratings and provides assessment services on a wide range of debt obligations and the entities that issue such obligations in markets worldwide. Revenue is primarily derived from the originators and issuers of such transactions who use MIS ratings in the distribution of their debt issues to investors. Additionally, MIS earns revenue from certain non-ratings-related operations which consist primarily of financial instrument pricing services in the Asia-Pacific region as well as revenue from ICRA’s non-ratings operations. The revenue from these operations is included in the MIS Other LOB and is not material to the results of the MIS segment.
MA provides financial intelligence and analytical tools to assist businesses in making decisions. MA’s portfolio of solutions consists of specialized research, data, software, and professional services, which are assembled to support the financial analysis and risk management activities of institutional customers worldwide.
On November 8, 2019, the Company sold the MAKS business to Equistone Partners Europe Limited, a European private equity firm. The operating results of MAKS are reported within the MA segment (and PS LOB) through the closing of the transaction in the fourth quarter.
Certain reclassifications have been made to prior period amounts to conform to the current presentation.
Adoption of New Accounting Standards
On January 1, 2019, the Company adopted ASU No. 2016-02, “Leases (Topic 842)” and has elected to apply the provisions of the New Lease Accounting Standard on the date of adoption with adjustments to the assets and liabilities on its opening balance sheet, with no cumulative-effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings required. Accordingly, the Company did not restate prior year comparative periods for the impact of the New Lease Accounting Standard. The New Lease Accounting Standard requires lessees to recognize an ROU Asset and lease liability for all leases with terms of more than 12 months. The Company has elected the package of practical expedients permitted under the transition guidance within the New Lease Accounting Standard, which permits the Company not to reassess the following for any expired or existing contracts: i) whether any contracts contain leases; ii) lease classification (i.e. operating lease or finance/capital lease); and iii) initial direct costs.
The adoption of the New Lease Accounting Standard resulted in the recognition of ROU Assets and lease liabilities of approximately $518 million and $622 million, respectively, at January 1, 2019, consisting primarily of operating leases relating to office space. Pursuant to this transition adjustment, the Company also recognized approximately $150 million and approximately $125 million in additional deferred tax assets and liabilities, respectively. Compared to previous guidance, the New Lease Accounting Standard does not significantly change the method by which a lessee should recognize, measure and present expenses and cash flows arising from a lease. Refer to Note 2 for a more fulsome description of the Company’s accounting policy relating to the New Lease Accounting Standard, which includes a discussion relating to the pattern of operating lease expense recognition (both prior to and subsequent to an impairment of an ROU Asset).
In the first quarter of 2019, the Company adopted ASU No. 2018-02, “Income Statement—Reporting Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Reclassification of Certain Tax Effects from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income”. Under previous GAAP, adjustments to deferred tax assets and liabilities related to a change in tax laws or rates were included in income from continuing operations, even in situations where the related items were originally recognized in OCI (commonly referred to as a “stranded tax effect”). The provisions of this ASU permit the reclassification of the stranded tax effect related to the Tax Act from AOCI to retained earnings. In the first quarter of 2019, the Company reclassified $20 million of tax benefits from AOCI to retained earnings relating to the aforementioned stranded tax effect of the Tax Act.
On January 1, 2019, the Company adopted ASU No. 2018-16, “Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Inclusion of the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) Overnight Index Swap (OIS) Rate as a Benchmark Interest Rate for Hedge Accounting Purposes”. The amendments in this ASU permit the use of the OIS rate based on SOFR as a U.S. benchmark interest rate for hedge accounting purposes under ASC 815, in addition to the currently permissible benchmark interest rates. This ASU provides the Company the ability to utilize the OIS rate based on SOFR as the benchmark interest rate on certain hedges of interest rate risk. The adoption of this ASU had no impact on the Company’s financial statements upon adoption.
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On January 1, 2018, the Company adopted ASU No. 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASC Topic 606)” using the modified retrospective approach. Under the previous accounting guidance, the reduction to reported 2018 revenue, operating income and Net Income would have been a reduction of $13 million, $24 million and $19 million, respectively.
Reclassification of Previously Reported Revenue by LOB
There were certain organizational/product realignments in both MIS and MA in the first quarter of 2019. Accordingly, in MIS, revenue from REITs, which was previously classified in the SFG LOB, is now classified in the CFG LOB. In MA, revenue relating to the Bureau van Dijk FACT product (a credit assessment and origination solution), which was previously classified in RD&A, is now classified in the ERS LOB. Accordingly, 2018 and 2017 revenue by LOB was reclassified to conform with this new presentation, as follows:
MIS
As previously
reported
ReclassificationAs Reclassified

MA
As previously
reported
Reclassification
As
Reclassified
Full year 2018
CFG$1,334  $45  $1,379  RD&A$1,134  $(13) $1,121  
SFG$526  $(45) $481  ERS$438  $13  $451  
Full year 2017
CFG$1,393  $55  $1,448  RD&A$833  $(7) $826  
SFG$495  $(55) $440  ERS$448  $ $455  

NOTE 2  SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
Basis of Consolidation
The consolidated financial statements include those of Moody’s Corporation and its majority- and wholly-owned subsidiaries. The effects of all intercompany transactions have been eliminated. Investments in companies for which the Company has significant influence over operating and financial policies but not a controlling interest are accounted for on an equity basis whereby the Company records its proportional share of the investment’s net income or loss as part of other non-operating income (expense), net and any dividends received reduce the carrying amount of the investment. The Company applies the guidelines set forth in Topic 810 of the ASC in assessing its interests in variable interest entities to decide whether to consolidate that entity. The Company has reviewed the potential variable interest entities and determined that there are no consolidation requirements under Topic 810 of the ASC. The Company consolidates its ICRA subsidiaries on a three month lag.
Cash and Cash Equivalents
Cash equivalents principally consist of investments in money market mutual funds and money market deposit accounts as well as high-grade commercial paper and certificates of deposit with maturities of three months or less when purchased.
Short-term Investments
Short-term investments are securities with maturities greater than 90 days at the time of purchase that are available for operations in the next 12 months. The Company’s short-term investments primarily consist of certificates of deposit and their cost approximates fair value due to the short-term nature of the instruments. Interest and dividends on these investments are recorded into income when earned.
Property and Equipment
Property and equipment are stated at cost and are depreciated using the straight-line method over their estimated useful lives. Expenditures for maintenance and repairs that do not extend the economic useful life of the related assets are charged to expense as incurred.
Computer Software Developed or Obtained for Internal Use
The Company capitalizes costs related to software developed or obtained for internal use. These assets, included in property and equipment in the consolidated balance sheets, relate to the Company’s financial, website and other systems. Such costs generally consist of direct costs for third-party license fees, professional services provided by third parties and employee compensation, in each case incurred either during the application development stage or in connection with upgrades and enhancements that increase functionality. Such costs are depreciated over their estimated useful lives on a straight-line basis. Costs incurred during the preliminary project stage of development as well as maintenance costs are expensed as incurred.
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Goodwill and Other Acquired Intangible Assets
Moody’s evaluates its goodwill for impairment at the reporting unit level, defined as an operating segment (i.e., MIS and MA), or one level below an operating segment (i.e., a component of an operating segment), annually as of July 31 or more frequently if impairment indicators arise in accordance with ASC Topic 350.
The Company evaluates the recoverability of goodwill using a two-step impairment test approach at the reporting unit level. In the first step, the Company assesses various qualitative factors to determine whether the fair value of a reporting unit may be less than its carrying amount. If a determination is made that, based on the qualitative factors, an impairment does not exist, the Company is not required to perform further testing. If the aforementioned qualitative assessment results in the Company concluding that it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit may be less than its carrying amount, the fair value of the reporting unit will be determined and compared to its carrying value including goodwill. If the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds the carrying value of the net assets assigned to that unit, goodwill is not impaired and the Company is not required to perform further testing. If the fair value of the reporting unit is less than the carrying value, the Company will recognize the difference as an impairment charge.
The Company evaluates its reporting units for impairment on an annual basis, or more frequently if there are changes in the reporting structure of the Company due to acquisitions or realignments or if there are indicators of potential impairment. For the reporting units where the Company is consistently able to conclude that an impairment does not exist using only a qualitative approach, the Company’s accounting policy is to perform the second step of the aforementioned goodwill impairment assessment at least once every three years. Goodwill is assigned to a reporting unit at the date when an acquisition is integrated into one of the established reporting units, and is based on which reporting unit is expected to benefit from the synergies of the acquisition.
For purposes of assessing the recoverability of goodwill, the Company has 7 primary reporting units at December 31, 2019: 2 within the Company’s ratings business (one for the ICRA business and one that encompasses all of Moody’s other ratings operations) and 5 reporting units within MA: Content, ERS, MALS, Bureau van Dijk, and Reis.
Impairment of long-lived assets and definite-lived intangible assets
Long-lived assets (including ROU Assets) and amortizable intangible assets are reviewed for recoverability whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable.
Under the first step of the recoverability assessment, the Company compares the estimated undiscounted future cash flows attributable to the asset or asset group to their carrying value. If the undiscounted future cash flows are greater than the carrying value, no further assessment is required. If the undiscounted future cash flows are less than the carrying value, Moody's proceeds with step two of the assessment. Under step two of this assessment, Moody's is required to determine the fair value of the asset or asset group (reduced by the estimated cost to sell the asset for assets or disposal groups held-for-sale) and recognize an impairment loss if the carrying amount exceeds its fair value.
Stock-Based Compensation
The Company records compensation expense for all share-based payment award transactions granted to employees based on the fair value of the equity instrument at the time of grant. This includes shares issued under stock option and restricted stock plans.
Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities
Based on the Company’s risk management policy, from time to time the Company may use derivative financial instruments to reduce exposure to changes in foreign exchange rates and interest rates. The Company does not enter into derivative financial instruments for speculative purposes. All derivative financial instruments are recorded on the balance sheet at their respective fair values on a gross basis. The changes in the value of derivatives that qualify as fair value hedges are recorded in the same income statement line item in earnings in which the corresponding adjustment to the carrying value of the hedged item is presented. The entire change in the fair value of derivatives that qualify as cash flow hedges is recorded to OCI and such amounts are reclassified from AOCI to the same income statement line in earnings in the same period or periods during which the hedged transaction affects income. Effective with the Company’s early adoption of ASC 2017-12, the Company changed the method by which it assesses effectiveness for net investment hedges from the forward-method to the spot-method. The Company considers the spot-method an improved method of assessing hedge effectiveness, as spot rate changes relating to the hedging instrument’s notional amount perfectly offset the currency translation adjustment on the hedged net investment in the Company’s foreign subsidiaries. The entire change in the fair value of derivatives that qualify as net investment hedges is initially recorded to OCI. Those changes in fair value attributable to components included in the assessment of hedge effectiveness in a net investment hedge are recorded in the currency translation adjustment component of OCI and remain in AOCI until the period in which the hedged item affects earnings. Those changes in fair value attributable to components excluded from the assessment of hedge effectiveness in a net investment hedge are recorded to OCI and amortized to earnings using a systematic and rational method over the duration of the hedge. Any changes in the fair value of derivatives that the Company does not designate as hedging instruments under Topic 815 of the ASC are recorded in the consolidated statements of operations in the period in which they occur.
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Revenue Recognition and Costs to Obtain or Fulfill a Contract with a Customer
Revenue recognition:
Revenue is recognized when control of promised goods or services is transferred to the customer, in an amount that reflects the consideration the Company expects to be entitled to in exchange for those goods or services.
When contracts with customers contain multiple performance obligations, the Company accounts for individual performance obligations separately if they are distinct. The transaction price is allocated to each distinct performance obligation on a relative SSP basis. The Company determines the SSP by using the price charged for a deliverable when sold separately or uses management’s best estimate of SSP for goods or services not sold separately using estimation techniques that maximize observable data points, including: internal factors relevant to its pricing practices such as costs and margin objectives; standalone sales prices of similar products; pricing policies; percentage of the fee charged for a primary product or service relative to a related product or service; and customer segment and geography. Additional consideration is also given to market conditions such as competitor pricing strategies and market trends.
Sales, usage-based, value added and other taxes are excluded from revenues.
MIS Revenue
In the MIS segment, revenue arrangements with multiple elements are generally comprised of two distinct performance obligations, a rating and the related monitoring service. Revenue attributed to ratings of issued securities is generally recognized when the rating is delivered to the issuer. Revenue attributed to monitoring of issuers or issued securities is recognized ratably over the period in which the monitoring is performed, generally one year. In the case of certain structured finance products, primarily CMBS, issuers can elect to pay all of the annual monitoring fees upfront. These fees are deferred and recognized over the future monitoring periods based on the expected lives of the rated securities.
MIS arrangements generally have standard contractual terms for which the stated payments are due at conclusion of the ratings process for ratings and either upfront or in arrears for monitoring services; and are signed by customers either on a per issue basis or at the beginning of the relationship with the customer. In situations when customer fees for an arrangement may be variable, the Company estimates the variable consideration at inception using the expected value method based on analysis of similar contracts in the same line of business, which is constrained based on the Company’s assessment of the realization of the adjustment amount.
The Company allocates the transaction price within arrangements that include multiple performance obligations based upon the relative SSP of each service. The SSP for both rating and monitoring services is generally based upon observable selling prices where the rating or monitoring service is sold separately to similar customers.
MA Revenue
In the MA segment, products and services offered by the Company include hosted research and data subscriptions, installed software subscriptions, perpetual installed software licenses and related maintenance, or PCS, and professional services. Subscription and PCS contracts are generally invoiced in advance of the contractual coverage period, which is principally one year, but can range from 3-5 years; while perpetual software licenses are generally invoiced upon delivery and professional services are invoiced as those services are provided. Payment terms and conditions vary by contract type, but primarily include a requirement of payment within 30 to 60 days.
Revenue from research, data and other hosted subscriptions is recognized ratably over the related subscription period as MA's performance obligation to provide access to these products is progressively fulfilled over the stated term of the contract. A large portion of these services are invoiced in the months of November, December and January.
Revenue from the sale of a software license, when considered distinct from the related software implementation services, is generally recognized at the time the product master or first copy is delivered or transferred to the customer. However, in instances where the software license (perpetual or subscription) and related implementation services are considered to be one combined performance obligation, revenue is recognized over time using cost based input methods. These methods require judgment to evaluate assumptions, including the total estimated costs to determine progress towards contract completion and to calculate the corresponding amount of revenue to recognize, which is consistent with the pattern of recognition for the software implementation services if considered to be a separate distinct performance obligation. The Company exercises judgment in determining the level of integration and interdependency between the promise to grant the software license and the promise to deliver the related implementation services. This determination influences whether the software license is considered distinct and accounted for separately, or not distinct and accounted for together with the implementation services and recognized over time. PCS is generally recognized ratably over the contractual period commencing when the software license is fully delivered. Revenue from installed software subscriptions, which includes PCS, is bifurcated into a software license performance obligation and a PCS performance obligation, which follow the patterns of recognition described above.
For implementation services and other service projects within the ERS and ESA businesses for which fees are fixed, the Company determined progress towards completion is most accurately measured on a percentage-of-completion basis (input method) as this approach utilizes the most directly observable data points and is therefore used to recognize the related revenue. For implementation services where price varies based on time expended, a time-based measure of progress towards completion of the performance obligation is utilized.
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Revenue from professional services rendered within the PS LOB is generally recognized as the services are performed over time.
Products and services offered within the MA segment are sold either stand-alone or together in various combinations. In instances where an arrangement contains multiple performance obligations, the Company accounts for the individual performance obligations separately if they are considered distinct. Revenue is generally allocated to all performance obligations based upon the relative SSP at contract inception. For certain performance obligations, judgment is required to determine the SSP. Revenue is recognized for each performance obligation based upon the conditions for revenue recognition noted above.
In the MA segment, customers usually pay a fixed fee for the products and services based on signed contracts. However, accounting for variable consideration is applied mainly for: i) estimates for cancellation rights and price concessions and ii) T&M based services.
The Company estimates the variable consideration associated with cancellation rights and price concessions based on the expected amount to be provided to customers and reduces the amount of revenue to be recognized. T&M based contracts represent about half of MA’s service projects within the ERS and ESA businesses. The Company provides agreed upon services at a contracted daily or hourly rate. The commitment represents a series of goods and services that are substantially the same and have the same pattern of transfer to the customer. As such, if T&M services are sold with other MA products, the Company allocates the variable consideration entirely to the T&M performance obligation if the services are sold at standard pricing or at a similar discount level compared to other performance obligations in the same revenue contract. If these criteria are not met, the Company estimates variable consideration for each performance obligation upfront. Each form of variable consideration is included in the transaction price only to the extent that it is probable that a significant reversal of any incremental revenue will not occur.
Costs to Obtain or Fulfill a Contract with a Customer:
Costs to obtain a contract with a customer
Costs incurred to obtain customer contracts, such as sales commissions, are deferred and recorded within other current assets and other assets when such costs are determined to be incremental to obtaining a contract, would not have been incurred otherwise and the Company expects to recover those costs. These costs are amortized to expense on a systematic basis consistent with the transfer of the products or services to the customer. Depending on the line of business to which the contract relates, this may be based upon the average economic life of the products sold or average period for which services are provided, inclusive of anticipated contract renewals. Determining the estimated economic life of the products sold requires judgment with respect to anticipated future technological changes. The Company had a balance of $159 million and $110 million in such deferred costs as of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively, and recognized $53 million and $38 million of related amortization during the years ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively, which is included within SG&A expenses in the consolidated statement of operations. Costs incurred to obtain customer contracts are only in the MA segment.
Cost to fulfill a contract with a customer
Costs incurred to fulfill customer contracts, are deferred and recorded within other current assets and other assets when such costs relate directly to a contract, generate or enhance resources of the Company that will be used in satisfying performance obligations in the future and the Company expects to recover those costs.
The Company capitalizes work-in-process costs for in-progress MIS ratings, which is recognized consistent with the rendering of the related services to the customers, as ratings are issued. The Company had a balance of $11 million in such deferred costs as of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 and recognized $42 million and $40 million of amortization of the costs during the years ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively, which is included within operating expenses in the consolidated statement of operations.
In addition, within the MA segment, the Company capitalizes royalty costs related to third-party information data providers associated with hosted company information and business intelligence products. These costs are amortized to expense consistent with the recognition pattern of the related revenue over time. The Company had a balance of $40 million and $35 million in such deferred costs as of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively, and recognized $56 million and $54 million of related amortization during the years ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively, which is included within operating expenses in the consolidated statement of operations.
Accounts Receivable Allowances
Moody’s records variable consideration in respect of estimated future adjustments to customer billings as an adjustment to revenue using the expected value method based on analysis of similar contracts in the same line of business. Such amounts are reflected as additions to the accounts receivable allowance. Additionally, estimates of uncollectible accounts are recorded as bad debt expense and are reflected as additions to the accounts receivable allowance. Actual billing adjustments are recorded against the allowance, depending on the nature of the adjustment. Actual uncollectible account write-offs are recorded against the allowance. Moody’s evaluates its accounts receivable allowance by reviewing and assessing historical collection and adjustment experience and the current status of customer accounts. Moody’s also considers the economic environment of the customers, both from an industry and geographic perspective, in evaluating the need for allowances. Based on its analysis, Moody’s adjusts its allowance as considered appropriate in the circumstances.
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Leases
The Company has operating leases, of which substantially all relate to the lease of office space. The Company’s leases which are classified as finance leases are not material to the consolidated financial statements.
The Company determines if an arrangement meets the definition of a lease at contract inception. The Company recognizes in its consolidated balance sheet a lease liability and an ROU Asset for all leases with a lease term greater than 12 months. In determining the length of the lease term, the Company utilizes judgment in assessing the likelihood of whether it is reasonably certain that it will exercise an option to extend or early-terminate a lease, if such options are provided in the lease agreement.
ROU Assets represent the Company’s right to use an underlying asset for the lease term and lease liabilities represent the Company’s obligation to make lease payments arising from the lease. ROU Assets and lease liabilities are recognized at the lease commencement date based on the present value of lease payments over the lease term. As substantially all of the Company’s leases do not provide an implicit interest rate, the Company uses its estimated secured incremental borrowing rates at the lease commencement date in determining the present value of lease payments. These secured incremental borrowing rates are attributable to the currency in which the lease is denominated.
At commencement, the Company’s initial measurement of the ROU Asset is calculated as the present value of the remaining lease payments (i.e., lease liability), with additive adjustments reflecting: initial direct costs (e.g., broker commissions) and prepaid lease payments (if any); and reduced by any lease incentives provided by the lessor if: (i) received before lease commencement or (ii) receipt of the lease incentive is contingent upon future events for which the occurrence is both probable and within the Company’s control.
Lease expense for minimum operating lease payments is recognized on a straight-line basis over the lease term. This straight-line lease expense represents a single lease cost which is comprised of both an interest accretion component relating to the lease liability and amortization of the ROU Assets. The Company records this single lease cost in operating and SG&A expenses. However, in situations where an operating lease ROU Asset has been impaired, the subsequent amortization of the ROU Asset is then recorded on a straight-line basis over the remaining lease term and is combined with accretion expense on the lease liability to result in single operating lease cost (which subsequent to impairment will no longer follow a straight-line recognition pattern).
The Company has lease agreements which include lease and non-lease components. For the Company’s office space leases, the lease components (e.g., fixed rent payments) and non-lease components (e.g., fixed common-area maintenance costs) are combined and accounted for as a single lease component.
Variable lease payments (e.g. variable common-area-maintenance costs) are only included in the initial measurement of the lease liability to the extent those payments depend on an index or a rate. Variable lease payments not included in the lease liability are recognized in net income in the period in which the obligation for those payments is incurred.
Contingencies
Moody’s is involved in legal and tax proceedings, governmental, regulatory and legislative investigations and inquiries, claims and litigation that are incidental to the Company’s business, including claims based on ratings assigned by MIS. Moody’s is also subject to ongoing tax audits in the normal course of business. Management periodically assesses the Company’s liabilities and contingencies in connection with these matters based upon the latest information available. Moody’s discloses material pending legal proceedings pursuant to SEC rules and other pending matters as it may determine to be appropriate.
For claims, litigation and proceedings and governmental investigations and inquiries not related to income taxes, the Company records liabilities in the consolidated financial statements when it is both probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of loss can be reasonably estimated and periodically adjusts these as appropriate. When the reasonable estimate of the loss is within a range of amounts, the minimum amount of the range is accrued unless some higher amount within the range is a better estimate than another amount within the range. In instances when a loss is reasonably possible but uncertainties exist related to the probable outcome and/or the amount or range of loss, management does not record a liability but discloses the contingency if material. As additional information becomes available, the Company adjusts its assessments and estimates of such matters accordingly. Moody’s also discloses material pending legal proceedings pursuant to SEC rules and other pending matters as it may determine to be appropriate.
In view of the inherent difficulty of assessing the potential outcome of legal proceedings, governmental, regulatory and legislative investigations and inquiries, claims and litigation and similar matters and contingencies, particularly when the claimants seek large or indeterminate damages or assert novel legal theories or the matters involve a large number of parties, the Company often cannot predict what the eventual outcome of the pending matters will be or the timing of any resolution of such matters. The Company also may be unable to predict the impact (if any) that any such matters may have on how its business is conducted, on its competitive position or on its financial position, results of operations or cash flows. As the process to resolve any pending matters progresses, management will continue to review the latest information available and assess its ability to predict the outcome of such matters and the effects, if any, on its operations and financial condition and to accrue for and disclose such matters as and when required. However, because such matters are inherently unpredictable and unfavorable developments or resolutions can occur, the ultimate outcome of such matters, including the amount of any loss, may differ from those estimates.
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Operating Expenses
Operating expenses include costs associated with the development and production of the Company’s products and services and their delivery to customers. These expenses principally include employee compensation and benefits and travel costs that are incurred in connection with these activities. Operating expenses are charged to income as incurred, except for certain costs related to software implementation services, which may be deferred until related revenue is recognized. Additionally, certain costs incurred to develop internal use software are capitalized and amortized over their estimated useful life.
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
SG&A expenses include such items as compensation and benefits for corporate officers and staff and compensation and other expenses related to sales. They also include items such as office rent, business insurance, professional fees and gains and losses from sales and disposals of assets. SG&A expenses are charged to income as incurred, except for certain expenses incurred to develop internal use software (which are capitalized and amortized over their estimated useful life) and the deferral of sales commissions in the MA segment (which are recognized in the period in which the related revenue is recognized).
Foreign Currency Translation
For all operations outside the U.S. where the Company has designated the local currency as the functional currency, assets and liabilities are translated into U.S. dollars using end of year exchange rates, and revenue and expenses are translated using average exchange rates for the year. For these foreign operations, currency translation adjustments are recorded to other comprehensive income.
Comprehensive Income
Comprehensive income represents the change in net assets of a business enterprise during a period due to transactions and other events and circumstances from non-owner sources including foreign currency translation impacts, net actuarial gains and losses and net prior service costs related to pension and other retirement plans, gains and losses on derivative instruments designated as net investment hedges or cash flow hedges and unrealized gains and losses on securities designated as ‘available-for-sale’ under ASC Topic 320 (for periods prior to January 1, 2018). Comprehensive income items, including cumulative translation adjustments of entities that are less-than-wholly-owned subsidiaries, will be reclassified to noncontrolling interests and thereby, adjusting accumulated other comprehensive income proportionately in accordance with the percentage of ownership interest of the NCI shareholder.
Income Taxes
The Company accounts for income taxes under the asset and liability method in accordance with ASC Topic 740. Therefore, income tax expense is based on reported income before income taxes and deferred income taxes reflect the effect of temporary differences between the amounts of assets and liabilities that are recognized for financial reporting purposes and the amounts that are recognized for income tax purposes.
The Company classifies interest related to unrecognized tax benefits as a component of interest expense in its consolidated statements of operations. Penalties are recognized in other non-operating expenses. For UTPs, the Company first determines whether it is more-likely-than-not (defined as a likelihood of more than fifty percent) that a tax position will be sustained based on its technical merits as of the reporting date, assuming that taxing authorities will examine the position and have full knowledge of all relevant information. A tax position that meets this more-likely-than-not threshold is then measured and recognized at the largest amount of benefit that is greater than fifty percent likely to be realized upon effective settlement with a taxing authority.
On December 22, 2017, the Tax Act was signed into law, resulting in all previously undistributed foreign earnings being subject to U.S. tax. The Company has provided deferred taxes for those entities whose earnings are not considered indefinitely reinvested.
Fair Value of Financial Instruments
The Company’s financial instruments include cash, cash equivalents, trade receivables and payables, and certain short-term investments consisting primarily of certificates of deposit and money market deposits, all of which are short-term in nature and, accordingly, approximate fair value.
The Company also invests in mutual funds, which are accounted for as equity securities with readily determinable fair values under ASC Topic 321. Beginning in the first quarter of 2018, the Company measures these investments at fair value with both realized gains and losses and unrealized holding gains and losses for these investments included in net income.
Prior to January 1, 2018, the investments in mutual funds were designated as ‘available for sale’ under Topic 320 of the ASC. Accordingly, unrealized gains and losses on these investments were recorded to other comprehensive income and were reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income to the statement of operations when the investment matured or was sold using a specific identification method.
Also, the Company uses derivative instruments to manage certain financial exposures that occur in the normal course of business. These derivative instruments are carried at fair value on the Company’s consolidated balance sheets.
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Fair value is defined by the ASC 820 as the price that would be received from selling an asset or paid to transfer a liability (i.e., an exit price) in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The determination of this fair value is based on the principal or most advantageous market in which the Company could commence transactions and considers assumptions that market participants would use when pricing the asset or liability, such as inherent risk, transfer restrictions and risk of nonperformance. Also, determination of fair value assumes that market participants will consider the highest and best use of the asset.
The ASC establishes a fair value hierarchy whereby the inputs contained in valuation techniques used to measure fair value are categorized into three broad levels as follows:
Level 1: quoted market prices in active markets that the reporting entity has the ability to access at the date of the fair value measurement;
Level 2: inputs other than quoted market prices described in Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly, such as quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities, quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the assets or liabilities;
Level 3: unobservable inputs that are supported by little or no market activity and that are significant to the fair value measurement of the assets or liabilities.
Concentration of Credit Risk
Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentration of credit risk principally consist of cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, trade receivables and derivatives.
The Company manages its credit risk exposure by allocating its cash equivalents among various money market mutual funds, money market deposit accounts, certificates of deposits and high-grade commercial paper. Short-term investments primarily consist of certificates of deposit as of December 31, 2019 and 2018. The Company manages its credit risk exposure on cash equivalents and short-term investments by limiting the amount it can invest with any single entity. No customer accounted for 10% or more of accounts receivable at December 31, 2019 or 2018.
Earnings per Share of Common Stock
Basic shares outstanding is calculated based on the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the reporting period. Diluted shares outstanding is calculated giving effect to all potentially dilutive common shares, assuming that such shares were outstanding and dilutive during the reporting period.
Pension and Other Retirement Benefits
Moody’s maintains various noncontributory DBPPs as well as other contributory and noncontributory retirement plans. The expense and assets/liabilities that the Company reports for its pension and other retirement benefits are dependent on many assumptions concerning the outcome of future events and circumstances. These assumptions represent the Company’s best estimates and may vary by plan. The differences between the assumptions for the expected long-term rate of return on plan assets and actual experience is spread over a five-year period to the market-related value of plan assets, which is used in determining the expected return on assets component of annual pension expense. All other actuarial gains and losses are generally deferred and amortized over the estimated average future working life of active plan participants.
The Company recognizes as an asset or liability in its consolidated balance sheet the funded status of its defined benefit retirement plans, measured on a plan-by-plan basis. Changes in the funded status due to actuarial gains/losses are recorded as part of other comprehensive income during the period the changes occur.
Use of Estimates
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-13, “Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments”. The amendments in this ASU require the use of an “expected credit loss” impairment model for most financial assets reported at amortized cost, which will require entities to estimate expected credit losses over the lifetime of the instrument. This may result in the earlier recognition of allowances for losses. For available-for-sale debt securities with unrealized losses, an allowance for credit losses will be recognized as a contra account to the amortized cost carrying value of the asset rather than a direct reduction to the carrying value, with changes in the allowance impacting earnings. In November 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-19 “Codification Improvements to Topic 326, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses,” which clarifies that receivables arising from operating leases are not within the scope of Subtopic 326-20, but instead should be accounted for in accordance with Topic 842, Leases.
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ASU No. 2016-13 is effective for annual and interim reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019, with early adoption permitted in annual and interim reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018. Entities will apply the standard’s provisions as a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings as of the beginning of the first effective reporting period. This ASU also sets forth new disclosure requirements relating to financial assets within its scope.
The most notable impact of this ASU to Moody's relates to the Company's processes around the assessment of its allowance for doubtful accounts on accounts receivable. The Company has updated its policies and procedures in order to implement the “expected credit loss” impairment model, which includes (1) refinement of the grouping of receivables with similar risk characteristics; and (2) processes to identify information that can be used to develop reasonable and supportable forecasts of factors that could affect the collectability of the reported amount of the receivable. The cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings upon adoption of this ASU is not material, and the Company does not expect the ASU to have a significant future impact on its consolidated financial statements.
In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-15, “Intangibles—Goodwill and Other—Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40): Customer’s Accounting for Implementation Costs Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement that is a Service Contract.” This ASU requires implementation costs incurred by customers in cloud computing arrangements (i.e., hosting arrangements) to be capitalized under the same premises of authoritative guidance for internal-use software, and deferred over the non-cancellable term of the cloud computing arrangements plus any option renewal periods that are reasonably certain to be exercised by the customer or for which the exercise is controlled by the service provider. The ASU is effective for all entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within those fiscal years, with early adoption permitted. The Company will be required to present the amortization of capitalized implementation costs in the same line item in the statement of operations as the fees associated with the hosting service (i.e. operating and SG&A expense) and classify the related payments in the statement of cash flows in the same manner as payments made for fees associated with the hosting service (i.e. cash flows from operating activities). This ASU also requires capitalization of implementation costs in the balance sheet to be consistent with the location of prepayment of fees for the hosting element (i.e. within other current assets or other assets). The Company will adopt this ASU prospectively to all implementation costs incurred after the date of adoption. The future impact to the Company's financial statements will relate to the aforementioned classification of these capitalized costs and related amortization.
In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-14, “Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—General (Subtopic 715-20): Disclosure Framework—Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Defined Benefit Plans”. This ASU eliminates requirements for certain disclosures and requires additional disclosures under defined benefit pension plans and other postretirement plans. The ASU is effective for all entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020 on a retrospective basis to all periods presented, with early adoption permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of this ASU on its consolidated financial statements.
In April 2019, the FASB issued ASU No. 2019-04, “Codification Improvements to Topic 326, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses, Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging, and Topic 825 Financial Instruments”. This ASU clarifies and improves guidance related to the recently issued standards updates on credit losses, hedging, and recognition and measurement of financial instruments. This ASU is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020, with early adoption permitted. The Company does not anticipate that the adoption of this ASU will have a significant impact on its consolidated financial statements.
In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU No. 2019-12, "Income Taxes (Topic 740): Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes." This ASU simplifies the accounting for income taxes by eliminating certain exceptions to the general principles in Topic 740, Income Taxes, and clarifies certain aspects of the existing guidance to promote consistency among reporting entities. Certain amendments within this ASU are required to be applied on a prospective basis, while other amendments must be applied on a retrospective or modified retrospective basis. This ASU is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020, with early adoption permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of this ASU on its consolidated financial statements.
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NOTE 3  REVENUES
Revenue by Category
The following table presents the Company’s revenues disaggregated by LOB:
Year Ended December 31,
20192018
2017 (1)
MIS:
Corporate finance (CFG)(3)
Investment-grade$379  $271  $335  
High-yield258  175  254  
Bank loans313  379  351  
Other accounts (CFG) (2)
547  554  508  
Total CFG1,497  1,379  1,448  
Structured finance (SFG)(3)
Asset-backed securities99  107  97  
RMBS95  98  89  
CMBS81  78  87  
Structured credit148  196  165  
Other accounts (SFG)   
Total SFG427  481  440  
Financial institutions (FIG)
Banking320  290  300  
Insurance119  114  102  
Managed investments25  25  22  
Other accounts (FIG)12  13  12  
Total FIG476  442  436  
Public, project and infrastructure finance (PPIF)
Public finance / sovereign222  185  218  
Project and infrastructure224  206  213  
Total PPIF446  391  431  
Total ratings revenue2,846  2,693  2,755  
MIS Other29  19  19  
Total external revenue2,875  2,712  2,774  
Intersegment royalty134  124  112  
Total MIS3,009  2,836  2,886  
MA:
Research, data and analytics (RD&A)(4)
1,273  1,121  826  
Enterprise risk solutions (ERS)(4)
522  451  455  
Professional services (PS)159  159  149  
Total external revenue1,954  1,731  1,430  
Intersegment revenue 12  16  
Total MA1,963  1,743  1,446  
Eliminations(143) (136) (128) 
Total MCO$4,829  $4,443  $4,204  
(1)Prior period amounts have not been adjusted under the modified retrospective method of adoption for the New Revenue Accounting Standard.
(2)Other includes: recurring monitoring fees of a rated debt obligation and/or entities that issue such obligations as well as fees from programs such as commercial paper, medium term notes, and ICRA corporate finance revenue.
(3)Pursuant to certain organizational realignments in 2019, MIS now reports revenue from REITs, which was previously classified in the SFG LOB, as a component of the CFG LOB. The amounts reclassified were not material and prior year revenue by LOB has been reclassified to conform to this new presentation.
(4)Pursuant to organizational/product realignments in 2019, revenue relating to the Bureau van Dijk FACT product, a credit assessment and origination software solution, is now reported in the ERS LOB. This revenue was previously reported in the RD&A LOB. Prior year revenue by LOB has been reclassified to conform to this new presentation, and the amounts reclassified were not material.
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The following table presents the Company’s revenues disaggregated by LOB and geographic area:
Year Ended December 31, 2019Year Ended December 31, 2018
Year Ended December 31, 2017 (1)
U.S.Non-U.S.TotalU.S.Non-U.S.TotalU.S.Non-U.S.Total
MIS:
Corporate finance(2)
$968  $529  $1,497  $894  $485  $1,379  $961  $487  $1,448  
Structured finance(2)
270  157  427  301  180  481  288  152  440  
Financial institutions200  276  476  194  248  442  186  250  436  
Public, project and infrastructure finance282  164  446  229  162  391  266  165  431  
Total ratings revenue1,720  1,126  2,846  1,618  1,075  2,693  1,701  1,054  2,755  
MIS Other 28  29   18  19   18  19  
Total MIS1,721  1,154  2,875  1,619  1,093  2,712  1,702  1,072  2,774  
MA:
Research, data and analytics (3)
558  715  1,273  481  640  1,121  424  402  826  
Enterprise risk solutions (3)
201  321  522  170  281  451  167  288  455  
Professional services64  95  159  60  99  159  55  94  149  
Total MA823  1,131  1,954  711  1,020  1,731  646  784  1,430  
Total MCO$2,544  $2,285  $4,829  $2,330  $2,113  $4,443  $2,348  $1,856  $4,204  
(1)Prior period amounts have not been adjusted under the modified retrospective method of adoption for the New Revenue Accounting Standard.
(2)Pursuant to certain organizational realignments in 2019, MIS now reports revenue from REITs, which was previously classified in the SFG LOB, as a component of the CFG LOB. The amounts reclassified were not material and prior years revenue by LOB has been reclassified to conform to this new presentation.
(3)Pursuant to organizational/product realignments in 2019, revenue relating to the Bureau van Dijk FACT product, a credit assessment and origination software solution, is now reported in the ERS LOB. This revenue was previously reported in the RD&A LOB. Prior years revenue by LOB has been reclassified to conform to this new presentation, and the amounts reclassified were not material.

The following table presents the Company's reportable segment revenues disaggregated by segment and geographic region:
Year Ended December 31,
201920182017
MIS:
  U.S.$1,721  $1,619  $1,702  
  Non-U.S.:
   EMEA686  669  638  
   Asia-Pacific320  300  292  
   Americas148  124  142  
   Total Non-U.S.1,154  1,093  1,072  
  Total MIS2,875  2,712  2,774  
MA:
  U.S.823  711  646  
  Non-U.S.:
   EMEA760  708  494  
   Asia-Pacific231  193  179  
   Americas140  119  111  
   Total Non-U.S.1,131  1,020  784  
  Total MA1,954  1,731  1,430  
Total MCO$4,829  $4,443  $4,204  
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The tables below summarize the split between transaction and relationship revenue. In the MIS segment, excluding MIS Other, 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 fees 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 MIS Other, transaction revenue represents revenue from professional services and outsourcing engagements and relationship revenue represents subscription-based revenues. In the MA segment, relationship revenue represents subscription-based revenues and software maintenance revenue. Transaction revenue in MA represents perpetual software license fees and revenue from software implementation services, risk management advisory projects, training and certification services, and outsourced research and analytical engagements.
Year Ended December 31,
20192018
2017 (2)
Transaction (1)
RelationshipTotal
Transaction (1)
RelationshipTotal
Transaction (1)
RelationshipTotal
Corporate Finance$1,057  $440  $1,497  $949  $430  $1,379  $1,053  $395  $1,448  
71 %29 %100 %69 %31 %100 %73 %27 %100 %
Structured Finance$246  $181  $427  $310  $171  $481  $279  $161  $440  
58 %42 %100 %64 %36 %100 %63 %37 %100 %
Financial Institutions$212  $264  $476  $187  $255  $442  $195  $241  $436  
45 %55 %100 %42 %58 %100 %45 %55 %100 %
Public, Project and Infrastructure Finance$292  $154  $446  $238  $153  $391  $278  $153  $431  
65 %35 %100 %61 %39 %100 %65 %35 %100 %
MIS Other$ $27  $29  $ $17  $19  $ $16  $19  
%93 %100 %11 %89 %100 %16 %84 %100 %
Total MIS$1,809  $1,066  $2,875  $1,686  $1,026  $2,712  $1,808  $966  $2,774  
63 %37 %100 %62 %38 %100 %65 %35 %100 %
Research, data and analytics$16  $1,257  $1,273  $18  $1,103  $1,121  $25  $801  $826  
%99 %100 %%98 %100 %%97 %100 %
Enterprise risk solutions$118  $404  $522  $99  $352  $451  $137  $318  $455  
23 %77 %100 %22 %78 %100 %30 %70 %100 %
Professional services$159  $—  $159  $159  $—  $159  $149  $—  $149  
100 %— %100 %100 %— %100 %100 %— %100 %
Total MA$293  $1,661  $1,954  $276  $1,455  $1,731  $311  $1,119  $1,430  
15 %85 %100 %16 %84 %100 %22 %78 %100 %
Total Moody’s Corporation$2,102  $2,727  $4,829  $