S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI) reported fourth quarter 2021 revenue of $2.09 billion, an increase of 12% compared to the same period in 2020 with growth in all four businesses.
Fourth quarter net income increased 49% to $675 million and diluted earnings per share increased 48% to $2.79 as in the previous period the Company took a number of lease impairment and restructuring actions aimed at improving future financial performance. Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter increased 17% to $762 million due to revenue growth and productivity improvements. Adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 16% to $3.15. Pre-tax adjustments in the fourth quarter of 2021 totaled $131 million primarily due to IHS Markit merger costs and deal-related amortization.
For the full year, revenue increased 11% to $8.30 billion. 2021 net income increased 29% to $3.02 billion and diluted earnings per share increased 29% to $12.51. 2021 adjusted net income increased 17% to $3.31 billion and adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 17% to $13.70.
“S&P Global delivered very strong financial results in 2021. Based on our customers’ needs, we continue to advance the quality and breadth of our benchmarks, data, ratings, and research. These results, and our ability to refine and enhance our product offerings, are a direct result of the innovative spirit of our people and our sustained investments in advanced technology,” said Douglas L. Peterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of S&P Global. He added, “As we turn to 2022, I am most excited about the new products and capabilities that we will be able to deliver to our clients as a result of combining S&P Global and IHS Markit.”
IHS Markit Merger Update: The Company continues to make progress on the merger with IHS Markit as the regulatory path to closing is now clear. The UK, EU, U.S. and Canadian regulators have now announced their views on the transaction. Based on the regulatory feedback, and the previously announced divestitures, we continue to anticipate closing this quarter.
Source: S&P Global Earnings Release