Moody’s Corporation reported revenue of $1.6 billion for the three months ended June 30, 2021, up 8% from the prior-year period. Foreign currency translation favorably impacted Moody’s revenue by 3%.

Moody’s Investors Service (MIS) Second Quarter Revenue Up 4%

Revenue for MIS for the second quarter of 2021 was $980 million, up 4% from the prior-year period. Foreign currency translation favorably impacted MIS revenue by 2%. The MIS adjusted operating margin was 66.3%.

Corporate finance revenue was $550 million, down 4% from the prior-year period. Opportunistic refinancing of existing debt and M&A-related issuance from U.S. and EMEA leveraged finance issuers was offset by a decline in global investment grade activity as compared to a historically strong second quarter in 2020.

Financial institutions revenue was $150 million, up 6% from the prior-year period, as infrequent EMEA bank issuers took advantage of low interest rates and tight spreads in order to refinance existing debt.

Public, project and infrastructure finance revenue was $130 million, down 2% from the prior-year period, as increased non-U.S. project and infrastructure activity was offset by a reduction in U.S. infrastructure supply.

Structured finance revenue was $140 million, up 73% from the prior-year period. Favorable market conditions, including tight spreads, drove an increase in collateralized loan obligation (CLO) refinancing activity, as well as commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) issuance.

Moody’s Analytics (MA) Second Quarter Revenue Up 15%

Revenue for MA for the second quarter of 2021 was $573 million, up 15% from the prior-year period. Recurring revenue grew 18% and comprised 93% of total MA revenue, up from 92% in the prior-year period. Organic MA revenue1 was $560 million, up 13%, and excluded the impact of acquisitions completed in the prior twelve months. Foreign currency translation favorably impacted total MA revenue by 5%. The MA adjusted operating margin was 31.8%.

Research, Data and Analytics (RD&A) revenue was $435 million, up 19% from the prior-year period. Organic RD&A revenue1 was $425 million, up 16%, and excluded revenue from the acquisitions of Acquire Media, Catylist and Cortera. This increase was driven by robust demand for KYC and compliance solutions, as well as strong retention and sales growth in research and data feeds.

Enterprise Risk Solutions (ERS) revenue was $138 million, up 5% from the prior-year period. Revenue growth continued to be driven by sales of subscription-based solutions to banking, insurance and asset management customers. ERS recurring revenue was $122 million, up 16% from the prior-year period. Organic ERS revenue1 was $135 million, up 3%, and excluded revenue from the acquisition of ZM Financial Systems.

Second Quarter Operating Expenses and Operating Income

Second quarter 2021 operating expenses for Moody’s Corporation totaled $752 million, up 4% from the prior-year period. Foreign currency translation unfavorably impacted operating expenses by 3%. Higher incentive and stock compensation accruals, as well as operating costs from recent acquisitions were offset by ongoing cost efficiency initiatives and lower legal accruals.

Operating income of $801 million was up 13% from the second quarter of 2020. Adjusted operating income1 of $861 million was up 12% from the prior-year period, and excluded depreciation and amortization and restructuring charges. Foreign currency translation favorably impacted both operating income and adjusted operating income1 by 3%. Moody’s operating margin was 51.6% and the adjusted operating margin1 was 55.4%.

Source:  Moody’s Earnings Release