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Executive Summary

Moody's Corporation provides credit ratings and assessment services; and credit, capital markets, and economic research, data, and analytical tools worldwide.

Snowflake Analysis

Solid track record with adequate balance sheet.

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Share Price & News

How has Moody's's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: MCO's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Capital Markets


US Market

1 Year Return




US Capital Markets


US Market

Return vs Industry: MCO exceeded the US Capital Markets industry which returned 1.8% over the past year.

Return vs Market: MCO exceeded the US Market which returned 6.1% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day5.4%3.4%2.3%
30 Day5.8%-0.6%1.5%
90 Day21.2%12.1%17.8%
1 Year43.9%42.7%5.3%3.1%9.0%6.7%
3 Year141.4%134.1%23.8%16.5%36.6%27.7%
5 Year175.8%159.8%52.1%37.6%64.2%46.2%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Moody's's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is Moody's undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: MCO ($292.92) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($200.07)

Significantly Below Fair Value: MCO is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: MCO is poor value based on its PE Ratio (35.9x) compared to the US Capital Markets industry average (31.9x).

PE vs Market: MCO is poor value based on its PE Ratio (35.9x) compared to the US market (15.8x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: MCO is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (3.7x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: MCO is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (94.4x) compared to the US Capital Markets industry average (9.3x).

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Future Growth

How is Moody's forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 14 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: MCO's forecast earnings growth (9.7% per year) is above the savings rate (2.2%).

Earnings vs Market: MCO's earnings (9.7% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (22.8% per year).

High Growth Earnings: MCO's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: MCO's revenue (6.4% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (9.4% per year).

High Growth Revenue: MCO's revenue (6.4% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: MCO's Return on Equity is forecast to be very high in 3 years time (116.1%).

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Past Performance

How has Moody's performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: MCO has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: MCO's current net profit margins (30.9%) are higher than last year (29.4%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: MCO's earnings have grown by 12.7% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: MCO's earnings growth over the past year (17.4%) exceeds its 5-year average (12.7% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: MCO earnings growth over the past year (17.4%) exceeded the Capital Markets industry 16.6%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: Whilst MCO's Return on Equity (191.55%) is outstanding, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.

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Financial Health

How is Moody's's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: MCO's short term assets ($4.0B) exceed its short term liabilities ($2.4B).

Long Term Liabilities: MCO's short term assets ($4.0B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($8.2B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: MCO's debt to equity ratio (843.4%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: MCO had negative shareholder equity 5 years ago, but is now positive and has therefore improved.

Debt Coverage: MCO's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (24.3%).

Interest Coverage: MCO's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (15.1x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is Moody's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: MCO's dividend (0.76%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.7%).

High Dividend: MCO's dividend (0.76%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.69%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: MCO is not paying a notable dividend for the US market, therefore no need to check if payments are stable.

Growing Dividend: MCO is not paying a notable dividend for the US market, therefore no need to check if payments are increasing.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: MCO is not paying a notable dividend for the US market.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of MCO's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the US market.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Ray McDaniel (62yo)





Mr. Raymond W. McDaniel, Jr., also known as Ray, has been the President at Moody's Corporation since April 2012 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer since April 26, 2005 . In this role, Mr. McDaniel i ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Ray's total compensation ($USD13.75M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD11.51M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Ray's compensation has increased by more than 20% in the past year.

Leadership Team

Raymond McDaniel
President15.25yrsUS$13.75m0.14% $74.5m
Mark Kaye
Senior VP & CFO1.92yrsUS$2.84m0.0040% $2.2m
Robert Fauber
Executive VP & COO0.67yrUS$5.44m0.027% $14.9m
John Goggins
Executive VP & General Counsel19.75yrsUS$3.04m0.022% $12.3m
Mark Almeida
Special Advisor12.92yrsUS$3.56m0.092% $50.8m
Stephen Tulenko
President of Moody's Analytics0.67yrUS$2.56m0.0051% $2.8m
David Hogan
MD, Assistant Controller2.08yrsno datano data
Mona Breed
Senior VP & Chief Information Officer1.75yrsno datano data
Shivani Kak
Head of Investor Relations0.83yrno datano data
Helene Gurian
Chief Compliance Officer3.08yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: MCO's management team is considered experienced (2 years average tenure).

Board Members

Raymond McDaniel
President15.25yrsUS$13.75m0.14% $74.5m
Vincent Forlenza
Independent Director2.25yrsUS$285.00k0.0023% $1.3m
Henry McKinnell
Independent Chairman of the Board8.25yrsUS$414.96k0.047% $25.9m
Basil Anderson
Independent Director16.25yrsUS$310.00k0.024% $13.1m
Bruce Van Saun
Independent Director4.33yrsUS$285.00k0.0029% $1.6m
Jorge Bermudez
Independent Director9.25yrsUS$285.00k0.0099% $5.4m
Kathryn Hill
Independent Director8.75yrsUS$310.00k0.0086% $4.7m
Gerrit Zalm
Independent Director2.25yrsUS$285.00k0.0015% $818.4k
Thérèse Esperdy
Independent Non-Executive Director1.33yrsUS$285.05k0.00090% $494.3k
Leslie Seidman
Independent Director6.58yrsUS$310.00k0.0050% $2.7m


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: MCO's board of directors are considered experienced (7.4 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: MCO insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Moody's Corporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Moody's Corporation
  • Ticker: MCO
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1900
  • Industry: Financial Exchanges and Data
  • Sector: Diversified Financials
  • Market Cap: US$54.927b
  • Shares outstanding: 187.52m
  • Website: https://www.moodys.com

Number of Employees


  • Moody's Corporation
  • 7 World Trade Center
  • 250 Greenwich Street
  • New York
  • New York
  • 10007
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
MCONYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDJun 1998
DUTDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURJun 1998
MCO *BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesCommon StockMXMXNJun 1998
0K36LSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDJun 1998
MOCOWBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)YesCommon StockATEURJun 1998
MCOR34BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)BDR EACH 4 REPR 1 COM SHBRBRLMay 2019


Moody's Corporation provides credit ratings and assessment services; and credit, capital markets, and economic research, data, and analytical tools worldwide. It operates through two segments, Moody’s Investors Service and Moody’s Analytics. The Moody’s Investors Service segment publishes credit ratings and provides assessment services on various debt obligations and entities that issue such obligations, such as various corporate and governmental obligations, structured finance securities, and commercial paper programs. This segment provides ratings in approximately 130 countries. Its ratings are disseminated through press releases to the public through print and electronic media, including the Internet and real-time information systems used by securities traders and investors. As of December 31, 2019, this segment had ratings relationships with approximately 4,900 non-financial corporate issuers; 4,100 financial institutions issuers; 17,200 public finance issuers; and 1,000 infrastructure and project finance issuers, as well as 9,500 structured finance transactions. The Moody’s Analytics segment develops a range of products and services that support financial analysis and risk management activities of institutional participants in financial markets; and offers subscription based research, data, and analytical products comprising credit ratings, 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. It also offers software solutions, as well as related risk management services; and offshore analytical and research services with learning solutions and certification programs. The company was formerly known as Dun and Bradstreet Company and changed its name to Moody's Corporation in September 2000. Moody's Corporation was founded in 1900 and is headquartered in New York, New York. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/07/10 23:53
End of Day Share Price2020/07/10 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.