Benchmark Upgrades Moody's Corp (MCO) to Buy, Cites Strong Bond Issuance

September 17, 2012 7:08 AM EDT
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Benchmark upgraded Moody's Corp (NYSE: MCO) from Hold to Buy with a price target of $51.00 (from $43.00), citing the surge in bond issuance.

"We are raising our 2012 revenue and EPS estimates, due to a surge in bond
issuance, along with strong growth prospects at Moody’s Analytics," the analyst comments. "Following a slowdown in bond issuance in 2Q12, particularly in corporate finance and financial institutions, issuance has recovered strongly in recent weeks and into September."

For 2012, the firm estimates total revenue of $2.57 billion, up 13% y/y, with MIS (ratings) revenue of $1.72 billion, up 10%, and Analytics revenue of $848 million, up 19%. They forecast EPS of $2.77, excluding a $0.06 positive tax adjustment in 3Q12.

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Shares of Moody's Corp closed at $43.82 yesterday.

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