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MSCI Inc
MSCI Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019 (Businesswire)

2020-01-30 13:00

MSCI Inc. ("MSCI" or the "Company") (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, announced today the financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2019 (“fourth quarter 2019”) and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 (“full-year 2019”).

Financial and Operational Highlights for Fourth Quarter 2019
(Note: Percentage and other changes refer to the three months ended December 31, 2018 (“fourth quarter 2018”) unless otherwise noted).

  • Operating revenues up 12.4%
  • Recurring subscription revenues up 8.4%, asset-based fees up 18.3%, non-recurring revenues up 83.0%
  • Operating margin of 49.0%; Adjusted EBITDA margin of 54.2%
  • Diluted EPS of $1.44, down 15.3%; Adjusted EPS of $1.67, up 27.5%
  • Organic subscription Run Rate growth at 10.6% (Index at 11.3%, Analytics at 7.2%, All Other at 21.3%)
  • All-time high assets under management in equity ETFs linked to MSCI indexes of $934.4 billion as of December 31, 2019, up 34.3% versus the prior year
  • Issued $1.0 billion of 4.000% senior unsecured notes due 2029 in November 2019, of which approximately $500.0 million was used to partially redeem MSCI’s 5.250% senior unsecured notes due 2024; as of December 31, 2019, total debt to net income ratio of 5.5x and total debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio of 3.6x

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

YoY %

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

YoY %

 

In thousands, except per share data

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

Operating revenues

 

$

406,606

 

 

$

361,688

 

 

 

12.4

%

 

$

1,557,796

 

 

$

1,433,984

 

 

 

8.6

%

Operating income

 

$

199,429

 

 

$

169,818

 

 

 

17.4

%

 

$

755,701

 

 

$

686,898

 

 

 

10.0

%

Operating margin %

 

 

49.0

%

 

 

47.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

48.5

%

 

 

47.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

122,783

 

 

$

152,132

 

 

 

(19.3

%)

 

$

563,648

 

 

$

507,885

 

 

 

11.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted EPS

 

$

1.44

 

 

$

1.70

 

 

 

(15.3

%)

 

$

6.59

 

 

$

5.66

 

 

 

16.4

%

Adjusted EPS

 

$

1.67

 

 

$

1.31

 

 

 

27.5

%

 

$

6.44

 

 

$

5.35

 

 

 

20.4

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

220,207

 

 

$

189,762

 

 

 

16.0

%

 

$

850,499

 

 

$

772,433

 

 

 

10.1

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin %

 

 

54.2

%

 

 

52.5

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

54.6

%

 

 

53.9

%

 

 

 

 

“The fourth quarter was a continuation of our exceptional performance in 2019. We reported double-digit organic operating revenue growth, while also expanding our margins. Our client-centric business model continues to drive recurring subscription sales growth across all regions,” commented Henry A. Fernandez, Chairman and CEO of MSCI.

“As we enter a new decade in 2020, I remain confident we will continue to see growth across our current offerings, our in-flight initiatives and our next wave of opportunities. We are very excited about the significant minority investment we made in The Burgiss Group, LLC and the strategic relationship we have developed, which we believe will considerably expand MSCI’s capabilities in private assets. Our keen focus remains on strongly driving shareholder value creation,” added Mr. Fernandez.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Consolidated Results

Operating Revenues: Operating revenues were $406.6 million, up 12.4%. The $44.9 million increase was driven by a $22.8 million increase in recurring subscription revenues, a $14.9 million increase in asset-based fees and a $7.2 million increase in non-recurring revenues. Organic operating revenue growth was 12.5%, with organic recurring subscription revenue growth of 8.5%, organic asset-based fee growth of 18.3% and organic non-recurring revenue growth of 82.3%.

Run Rate: Total Run Rate at December 31, 2019 was $1,634.5 million, up 14.2%. The $203.2 million increase was driven by a $118.9 million increase in recurring subscription Run Rate and an $84.2 million increase in asset-based fees Run Rate. Organic subscription Run Rate growth was 10.6%, driven by strong growth across all three reporting segments. Retention Rate was 92.9% in both fourth quarter 2019 and fourth quarter 2018.

Non-Recurring Sales: Total non-recurring sales were $17.4 million, up 53.7%, primarily driven by increased sales in BarraOne and RiskManager product offerings and the timing of client implementations in Analytics, as well as derivative product offerings in Index.

Expenses: Total operating expenses were $207.2 million, up 8.0%, primarily reflecting higher compensation and benefits costs. Adjusted EBITDA expenses were $186.4 million, up 8.4%. Total operating expenses excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations (“ex-FX”) and adjusted EBITDA expenses ex-FX increased 8.2% and 8.7%, respectively.

Headcount: As of December 31, 2019, headcount was 3,396 employees, with approximately 37% and approximately 63% of employees located in developed market and emerging market centers, respectively.

Other Expense (Income), Net: Other expense (income), net increased $70.4 million to an expense of $52.9 million, primarily driven by the absence of the gain from the divestiture of Investor Force Holdings, Inc. (“InvestorForce”), which occurred in October 2018, as well as the debt extinguishment costs associated with the partial pre-maturity redemption of $500.0 million aggregate principal amount of the Company’s $800.0 million aggregate principal amount of 5.250% senior unsecured notes due 2024 (the “2024 Senior Notes Redemption”). Fourth quarter 2019 other expense (income), net also reflected higher interest expense associated with the private offering of $1,000.0 million aggregate principal amount of 4.000% senior unsecured notes due 2029 completed during fourth quarter 2019 (the “2029 Notes Offering”). The debt extinguishment costs associated with the 2024 Senior Notes Redemption were excluded from adjusted net income and adjusted EPS for the fourth quarter and full-year 2019.

Income Taxes: The effective tax rate was 16.2%, a decrease of 2.6 percentage points compared to fourth quarter 2018, primarily as a result of a more favorable geographic mix of earnings as well as lower U.S. taxable income. The lower U.S. taxable income was mainly due to the debt extinguishment costs associated with the 2024 Senior Notes Redemption and higher interest expense associated with the 2029 Notes Offering, both completed during fourth quarter 2019.

Net Income: As a result of the factors described above, net income was $122.8 million, down 19.3%.

Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA was $220.2 million, up 16.0%. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 170 basis points to 54.2%.

Full-Year 2019 Consolidated Results
(Note: Percentage and other changes refer to the full-year ended December 31, 2018 (“full-year 2018”)).

Operating Revenues: Operating revenues for full-year 2019 were $1,557.8 million, up 8.6%. The $123.8 million increase was driven by an $87.5 million increase in recurring subscription revenues, a $25.4 million increase in asset-based fees and a $10.9 million increase in non-recurring revenues. Organic operating revenue growth was 10.3%, with organic recurring subscriptions revenue growth of 10.3%, organic asset-based fee growth of 7.6% and organic non-recurring revenue growth of 38.2%.

Expenses: Total operating expenses were $802.1 million, up 7.4%. Adjusted EBITDA expenses were $707.3 million, up 6.9%. Total operating expenses ex-FX and adjusted EBITDA expenses ex-FX for full-year 2019 increased 9.0% and 11.0%, respectively.

Amortization and Depreciation Expenses: Total amortization and depreciation expenses of $79.4 million were down 7.2%, reflecting the absence in full-year 2019 of both the amortization related to a write-off of a trade name and the divestiture of InvestorForce, partially offset by higher amortization of internally-developed software.

Other Expense (Income), Net: Other expense (income), net increased $95.4 million to $152.4 million, primarily driven by the absence of the gains realized from the InvestorForce and Financial Engineering Associates, Inc. (“FEA”) divestitures, both of which occurred in full-year 2018. The increase was also driven by the debt extinguishment costs associated with the 2024 Senior Notes Redemption. In addition, full-year 2019 other expense (income), net reflected higher interest expense associated with higher outstanding debt and higher foreign currency exchange losses.

Income Taxes: The effective tax rate was 6.6%, a decrease of 12.8 percentage points compared to full-year 2018. The lower effective tax rate was driven by the income tax benefit (the “PSU windfall benefit”) related to the vesting of multi-year restricted stock units granted in 2016 (“Multi-Year PSUs”), other discrete items and a beneficial geographic mix of earnings in full-year 2019, partially offset by the absence of the release of the valuation allowance relating to the October 2018 divestiture of InvestorForce and the true-up of Tax Reform items. The PSU windfall benefit total of $66.6 million was recorded in the three months ended March 31, 2019 and is excluded from both the adjusted net income and adjusted EPS measures for full-year 2019.

Net Income: As a result of the factors described above, net income was $563.6 million, up 11.0%.

Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA was $850.5 million, up 10.1%, and adjusted EBITDA margin increased 70 basis points to 54.6%.

Index Segment:

Table 1A: Results (unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

Dec. 31,

 

YoY %

 

Dec. 31,

 

Dec. 31,

 

YoY %

In thousands

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

Operating revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recurring subscriptions

 

$137,746

 

$123,496

 

11.5%

 

$530,968

 

$477,612

 

11.2%

Asset-based fees

 

96,373

 

81,439

 

18.3%

 

361,927

 

336,565

 

7.5%

Non-recurring

 

9,068

 

5,498

 

64.9%

 

28,042

 

21,298

 

31.7%

Total operating revenues

 

243,187

 

210,433

 

15.6%

 

920,937

 

835,475

 

10.2%

Adjusted EBITDA expenses

 

66,805

 

60,503

 

10.4%

 

250,749

 

227,622

 

10.2%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$176,382

 

$149,930

 

17.6%

 

$670,188

 

$607,853

 

10.3%

Adjusted EBITDA margin %

 

72.5%

 

71.2%

 

 

 

72.8%

 

72.8%

 

 

Index operating revenues for fourth quarter 2019 were $243.2 million, up 15.6%. The $32.8 million increase was driven by a $14.9 million increase in asset-based fees, a $14.3 million increase in recurring subscription revenues and a $3.6 million increase in non-recurring revenues. The increase in recurring subscription revenues was driven by strong growth in developed market modules and growth in factor, ESG and custom index products.

Growth in asset-based fees consisted of increases of $9.3 million from exchange traded funds (“ETFs”) linked to MSCI indexes, $2.9 million from non-ETF passive funds linked to MSCI indexes and $2.8 million from exchange traded futures and options contracts based on MSCI indexes. The increase in revenues from ETFs linked to MSCI indexes was driven by a 21.2% increase in average assets under management (“AUM”), partially offset by a 0.10 basis points decline in average basis point fees.

Index Run Rate as of December 31, 2019 was $955.4 million, up 17.3% compared to December 31, 2018. The $140.8 million increase was driven by a $84.2 million increase in asset-based fees Run Rate and a $56.6 million increase in recurring subscription Run Rate. Index recurring subscription Run Rate increased 11.3%, primarily driven by strong growth in core developed and emerging market modules, and factor, ESG and custom index products, with strong growth across our asset management clients and growth across our banking, hedge fund, wealth management and asset owner clients. The increase in asset-based fees Run Rate was primarily driven by higher AUM in ETFs linked to MSCI indexes as well as continued growth in AUM in non-ETF passive funds also linked to MSCI indexes and futures and options contracts based on MSCI indexes.

Analytics Segment:

Table 1B: Results (unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

Dec. 31,

 

YoY %

 

Dec. 31,

 

Dec. 31,

 

YoY %

In thousands

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

Operating revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recurring subscriptions

 

$122,353

 

$119,705

 

2.2%

 

$486,282

 

$474,334

 

2.5%

Non-recurring

 

5,853

 

2,230

 

162.5%

 

10,643

 

5,605

 

89.9%

Total operating revenues

 

128,206

 

121,935

 

5.1%

 

496,925

 

479,939

 

3.5%

Adjusted EBITDA expenses

 

89,359

 

85,256

 

4.8%

 

344,812

 

336,294

 

2.5%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$38,847

 

$36,679

 

5.9%

 

$152,113

 

$143,645

 

5.9%

Adjusted EBITDA margin %

 

30.3%

 

30.1%

 

 

 

30.6%

 

29.9%

 

 

Analytics operating revenues for fourth quarter 2019 were $128.2 million, up 5.1%. The $6.3 million increase was driven by higher non-recurring revenue from client implementations, as well as higher recurring subscription revenue primarily from Multi-Asset Class Analytics products. Organic operating revenue growth was 5.4%.

Analytics Run Rate as of December 31, 2019 was $526.8 million, up 7.1% compared to December 31, 2018. The increase of $35.0 million was primarily driven by strong growth in Multi-Asset Class Analytics products, with particular regional strength in Europe and Asia, and in Equity Analytics products. Analytics organic subscription Run Rate growth was 7.2% compared to December 31, 2018.

All Other Segment:

Table 1C: Results (unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

Dec. 31,

 

YoY %

 

Dec. 31,

 

Dec. 31,

 

YoY %

In thousands

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

Operating revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recurring subscriptions

 

$34,320

 

$28,405

 

20.8%

 

$136,790

 

$114,590

 

19.4%

Non-recurring

 

893

 

915

 

(2.4%)

 

3,144

 

3,980

 

(21.0%)

Total operating revenues

 

35,213

 

29,320

 

20.1%

 

139,934

 

118,570

 

18.0%

Adjusted EBITDA expenses

 

30,235

 

26,167

 

15.5%

 

111,736

 

97,635

 

14.4%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$4,978

 

$3,153

 

57.9%

 

$28,198

 

$20,935

 

34.7%

Adjusted EBITDA margin %

 

14.1%

 

10.8%

 

 

 

20.2%

 

17.7%

 

 

All Other operating revenues for fourth quarter 2019 were $35.2 million, up 20.1%. The $5.9 million increase predominantly reflected growth in ESG operating revenues, driven by strong growth across ESG Ratings and ESG Screening products. Real Estate operating revenues were relatively flat. Fourth quarter 2019 All Other organic operating revenue growth was 19.9%, with ESG organic operating revenue growth of 29.8% and Real Estate organic operating revenue growth of 1.3%.

All Other Run Rate as of December 31, 2019 was $152.2 million, up 21.9% compared to December 31, 2018. The $27.4 million increase was driven by a $21.9 million increase in ESG Run Rate, primarily driven by strong growth in ESG Ratings and ESG Screening products. Real Estate Run Rate increased $5.4 million, primarily driven by growth in Market Information products. All Other organic subscription Run Rate growth was 21.3%, with organic ESG Run Rate growth of 26.9% and organic Real Estate Run Rate growth of 11.3%, each compared to December 31, 2018.

Capital Position and Allocation

Cash Balances and Outstanding Debt: Cash and cash equivalents was $1.5 billion as of December 31, 2019. MSCI seeks to maintain minimum cash balances globally of approximately $200.0 million to $250.0 million for general operating purposes.

Total outstanding debt as of December 31, 2019 was $3.1 billion. The total debt to net income ratio (based on trailing twelve months net income) was 5.5x. The total debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio (based on trailing twelve months adjusted EBITDA) was 3.6x. MSCI seeks to maintain a gross leverage to adjusted EBITDA target range of 3.0x to 3.5x.

Capex and Cash Flow: For full-year 2019, Capex was $53.8 million, cash provided by operating activities was $709.5 million and free cash flow was $655.8 million.

Share Count and Capital Return: Weighted average diluted shares outstanding were 85.5 million in fourth quarter 2019, down 4.4% from fourth quarter 2018. In full-year 2019, a total of 0.7 million shares were repurchased at an average price of $147.97 per share for a total value of $102.1 million, with no repurchases in fourth quarter 2019. Total shares outstanding as of December 31, 2019 were 84.8 million.

On January 29, 2020, the MSCI Board of Directors (the “Board”) declared a cash dividend of $0.68 per share for first quarter 2020, payable on March 6, 2020 to shareholders of record as of the close of trading on February 21, 2020.

Full-Year 2020 Guidance

MSCI's guidance for 2020 is based on assumptions about a number of macroeconomic and capital market factors, in particular related to equity markets. These assumptions are subject to uncertainty, and actual results for the year could differ materially from our current guidance.

  • Operating expense is expected to be in the range of $840 million to $860 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA expense is expected to be in the range of $750 million to $770 million.
  • Interest expense, including the amortization of financing fees, is expected to be approximately $158 million.
  • Depreciation and amortization expense is expected to be approximately $90 million.
  • The effective tax rate is expected to be in the range of 19% to 22%.
  • Capex is expected to be in the range of $60 million to $70 million.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities and free cash flow are expected to be in the ranges of $650 million to $700 million and $580 million to $640 million, respectively.

On January 29, 2020, the Board authorized the Company to opportunistically explore financing options, the proceeds of which could be used to refinance existing debt. Such a financing could marginally increase the Company's leverage ratio and interest expense. Any potential financing is subject to market and other conditions, and there can be no assurance as to the timing or certainty of a transaction.

Conference Call Information

MSCI's senior management will review its fourth quarter and full year 2019 results on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. To listen to the live event, visit the events and presentations section of MSCI's Investor Relations homepage, http://ir.msci.com/events.cfm, or dial 1-877-376-9931 conference ID: 4480318 within the United States. International callers dial 1-720-405-2251 conference ID: 4480318. The teleconference will also be webcast with an accompanying slide presentation which can be accessed through MSCI's Investor Relations website.

An audio recording of the conference call will be available in the events and presentations section of MSCI's Investor Relations website, http://ir.msci.com/events.cfm, beginning approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live event for 12 months after the call. Through February 6, 2020, the recording will also be available by dialing 1-855-859-2056 conference ID: 4480318 within the United States or 1-404-537-3406 conference ID: 4480318 for international callers.

-Ends-

About MSCI Inc.

MSCI is a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community. With over 45 years of expertise in research, data and technology, we power better investment decisions by enabling clients to understand and analyze key drivers of risk and return and confidently build more effective portfolios. We create industry-leading, research-enhanced solutions that clients use to gain insight into and improve transparency across the investment process.

To learn more, please visit www.msci.com. MSCI#IR

Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including without limitation, MSCI’s full-year 2020 guidance. These forward-looking statements relate to future events or to future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “may,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential” or “continue,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond MSCI’s control and that could materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.

Other factors that could materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements can be found in MSCI’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 22, 2019 and in quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed or furnished with the SEC. If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if MSCI’s underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may vary significantly from what MSCI projected. Any forward-looking statement in this earnings release reflects MSCI’s current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to MSCI’s operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. MSCI assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

Website and Social Media Disclosure

MSCI uses its website, including its quarterly updates, blog, podcasts and social media channels, including its corporate Twitter account (@MSCI_Inc), as channels of distribution of company information. The information MSCI posts through these channels may be deemed material. Accordingly, investors should monitor these channels, in addition to following MSCI’s press releases, quarterly SEC filings and public conference calls and webcasts. In addition, you may automatically receive email alerts and other information about MSCI when you enroll your email address by visiting the “Email Alerts Subscription” section of MSCI’s Investor Relations homepage at http://ir.msci.com/email-alerts. The contents of MSCI’s website, including its quarterly updates, blog, podcasts and social media channels are not, however, incorporated by reference into this earnings release.

Notes Regarding the Use of Operating Metrics

MSCI has presented supplemental key operating metrics as part of this earnings release, including Run Rate, subscription sales and cancellations, non-recurring sales and Retention Rate.

Retention Rate is an important metric because subscription cancellations decrease our Run Rate and ultimately our operating revenues over time. The annual Retention Rate represents the retained subscription Run Rate (subscription Run Rate at the beginning of the fiscal year less actual cancels during the year) as a percentage of the subscription Run Rate at the beginning of the fiscal year.

The Retention Rate for a non-annual period is calculated by annualizing the cancellations for which we have received a notice of termination or for which we believe there is an intention not to renew during the non-annual period, and we believe that such notice or intention evidences the client’s final decision to terminate or not renew the applicable agreement, even though such notice is not effective until a later date. This annualized cancellation figure is then divided by the subscription Run Rate at the beginning of the fiscal year to calculate a cancellation rate. This cancellation rate is then subtracted from 100% to derive the annualized Retention Rate for the period.

Retention Rate is computed by operating segment on a product/service-by-product/service basis. In general, if a client reduces the number of products or services to which it subscribes within a segment, or switches between products or services within a segment, we treat it as a cancellation for purposes of calculating our Retention Rate except in the case of a product or service switch that management considers to be a replacement product or service. In those replacement cases, only the net change to the client subscription, if a decrease, is reported as a cancel. In the Analytics and the ESG segments, substantially all product or service switches are treated as replacement products or services and netted in this manner, while in our Index and Real Estate segments, product or service switches that are treated as replacement products or services and receive netting treatment occur only in certain limited instances. In addition, we treat any reduction in fees resulting from a down-sale of the same product or service as a cancellation to the extent of the reduction. We do not calculate Retention Rate for that portion of our Run Rate attributable to assets in index-linked investment products or futures and options contracts, in each case, linked to our indexes.

Run Rate estimates at a particular point in time the annualized value of the recurring revenues under our client license agreements (“Client Contracts”) for the next 12 months, assuming all Client Contracts that come up for renewal are renewed and assuming then-current currency exchange rates, subject to the adjustments and exclusions described below. For any Client Contract where fees are linked to an investment product’s assets or trading volume/fees, the Run Rate calculation reflects, for ETFs, the market value on the last trading day of the period, for futures and options, the most recent quarterly volumes and/or reported exchange fees, and for other non-ETF products, the most recent client-reported assets. Run Rate does not include fees associated with “one-time” and other non-recurring transactions. In addition, we add to Run Rate the annualized fee value of recurring new sales, whether to existing or new clients, when we execute Client Contracts, even though the license start date, and associated revenue recognition, may not be effective until a later date. We remove from Run Rate the annualized fee value associated with products or services under any Client Contract with respect to which we have received a notice of termination or non-renewal during the period and have determined that such notice evidences the client’s final decision to terminate or not renew the applicable products or services, even though such notice is not effective until a later date.

“Organic subscription Run Rate growth” is defined as the period over period Run Rate growth, excluding the impact of changes in foreign currency and the first year impact of any acquisitions. It is also adjusted for divestitures. Changes in foreign currency are calculated by applying the currency exchange rate from the comparable prior period to current period foreign currency denominated Run Rate.

Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

MSCI has presented supplemental non-GAAP financial measures as part of this earnings release. Reconciliations are provided in Tables 9 through 15 below that reconcile each non-GAAP financial measure with the most comparable GAAP measure. The non-GAAP financial measures presented in this earnings release should not be considered as alternative measures for the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial measures presented in this earnings release are used by management to monitor the financial performance of the business, inform business decision-making and forecast future results.

“Adjusted EBITDA” is defined as net income before (1) provision for income taxes, (2) other expense (income), net, (3) depreciation and amortization of property, equipment and leasehold improvements, (4) amortization of intangible assets and, at times, (5) certain other transactions or adjustments, including the impact related to the vesting of the Multi-Year PSUs.

“Adjusted EBITDA expenses” is defined as operating expenses less depreciation and amortization of property, equipment and leasehold improvements and amortization of intangible assets and, at times, certain other transactions or adjustments, including the impact related to the vesting of the Multi-Year PSUs.

“Adjusted net income” and “adjusted EPS” are defined as net income and diluted EPS, respectively, before the after-tax impact of the amortization of acquired intangible assets, the impact of divestitures, the impact of adjustments for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was enacted on December 22, 2017 (“Tax Reform”), except for amounts associated with active tax planning implemented as a result of Tax Reform, and, at times, certain other transactions or adjustments, including the impact related to the vesting of the Multi-Year PSUs and costs associated with debt extinguishment.

“Adjusted tax rate” is defined as the effective tax rate excluding the impact of Tax Reform adjustments (except for amounts associated with active tax planning implemented as a result of Tax Reform) and the impact related to the vesting of the Multi-Year PSUs.

“Capex” is defined as capital expenditures plus capitalized software development costs.

“Free cash flow” is defined as net cash provided by operating activities, less Capex.

“Organic operating revenue growth” is defined as operating revenue growth compared to the prior year period excluding the impact of acquired businesses, divested businesses and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Asset-based fees ex-FX does not adjust for the impact from foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations on the underlying AUM.

We believe adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA expenses are meaningful measures of the operating performance of MSCI because they adjust for significant one-time, unusual or non-recurring items as well as eliminate the accounting effects of certain capital spending and acquisitions that do not directly affect what management considers to be our core operating performance in the period.

We believe adjusted net income and adjusted EPS are meaningful measures of the performance of MSCI because they adjust for the after-tax impact of significant one-time, unusual or non-recurring items as well as eliminate the impact of any transactions that do not directly affect what management considers to be our core performance in the period.

We believe that adjusted tax rate is useful to investors because it increases the comparability of period-to-period results by adjusting for the estimated net impact of Tax Reform and the impact related to the vesting of the Multi-Year PSUs.

We believe that free cash flow is useful to investors because it relates the operating cash flow of MSCI to the capital that is spent to continue and improve business operations, such as investment in MSCI’s existing products. Further, free cash flow indicates our ability to strengthen MSCI’s balance sheet, repay our debt obligations, pay cash dividends and repurchase shares of our common stock.

We believe organic operating revenue growth is a meaningful measure of the operating performance of MSCI because it adjusts for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations and excludes the impact of operating revenues attributable to acquired and divested businesses for the comparable prior year period, providing insight into our core operating performance for the period(s) presented.

We believe that the non-GAAP financial measures presented in this earnings release facilitate meaningful period-to-period comparisons and provide a baseline for the evaluation of future results.

Adjusted EBITDA expenses, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted EPS, adjusted tax rate, Capex, free cash flow and organic operating revenue growth are not defined in the same manner by all companies and may not be comparable to similarly-titled non-GAAP financial measures of other companies. These measures can differ significantly from company to company depending on, among other things, long-term strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which companies operate and capital investments. Accordingly, the Company’s computation of these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures computed by other companies.

Notes Regarding Adjusting for the Impact of Foreign Currency Exchange Rate Fluctuations

Foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations reflect the difference between the current period results as reported compared to the current period results recalculated using the foreign currency exchange rates in effect for the comparable prior period. While operating revenues adjusted for the impact of foreign currency fluctuations includes asset-based fees that have been adjusted for the impact of foreign currency fluctuations, the underlying AUM, which is the primary component of asset-based fees, is not adjusted for foreign currency fluctuations. Approximately two-thirds of the AUM are invested in securities denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar, and accordingly, any such impact is excluded from the disclosed foreign currency-adjusted variances.

Table 2: Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

YoY %

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

YoY %

 

In thousands, except per share data

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

Operating revenues

 

$

406,606

 

 

$

361,688

 

 

 

12.4

%

 

$

1,557,796

 

 

$

1,433,984

 

 

 

8.6

%

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenues

 

 

70,154

 

 

 

73,757

 

 

 

(4.9

%)

 

 

294,961

 

 

 

287,335

 

 

 

2.7

%

Selling and marketing

 

 

59,486

 

 

 

52,949

 

 

 

12.3

%

 

 

219,298

 

 

 

192,923

 

 

 

13.7

%

Research and development

 

 

27,100

 

 

 

20,312

 

 

 

33.4

%

 

 

98,334

 

 

 

81,411

 

 

 

20.8

%

General and administrative

 

 

29,659

 

 

 

24,908

 

 

 

19.1

%

 

 

110,093

 

 

 

99,882

 

 

 

10.2

%

Amortization of intangible assets

 

 

13,243

 

 

 

11,633

 

 

 

13.8

%

 

 

49,410

 

 

 

54,189

 

 

 

(8.8

%)

Depreciation and amortization of property,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

equipment and leasehold improvements

 

 

7,535

 

 

 

8,311

 

 

 

(9.3

%)

 

 

29,999

 

 

 

31,346

 

 

 

(4.3

%)

Total operating expenses(1)

 

 

207,177

 

 

 

191,870

 

 

 

8.0

%

 

 

802,095

 

 

 

747,086

 

 

 

7.4

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 

 

199,429

 

 

 

169,818

 

 

 

17.4

%

 

 

755,701

 

 

 

686,898

 

 

 

10.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

 

(5,299

)

 

 

(6,096

)

 

 

(13.1

%)

 

 

(16,403

)

 

 

(19,669

)

 

 

(16.6

%)

Interest expense

 

 

40,289

 

 

 

35,891

 

 

 

12.3

%

 

 

148,041

 

 

 

133,114

 

 

 

11.2

%

Other expense (income)

 

 

17,906

 

 

 

(47,266

)

 

 

137.9

%

 

 

20,745

 

 

 

(56,443

)

 

 

136.8

%

Other expenses (income), net

 

 

52,896

 

 

 

(17,471

)

 

nm

 

 

 

152,383

 

 

 

57,002

 

 

 

167.3

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before provision for income taxes

 

 

146,533

 

 

 

187,289

 

 

 

(21.8

%)

 

 

603,318

 

 

 

629,896

 

 

 

(4.2

%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for income taxes

 

 

23,750

 

 

 

35,157

 

 

 

(32.4

%)

 

 

39,670

 

 

 

122,011

 

 

 

(67.5

%)

Net income

 

 

122,783

 

 

 

152,132

 

 

 

(19.3

%)

 

 

563,648

 

 

 

507,885

 

 

 

11.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per basic common share

 

$

1.45

 

 

$

1.75

 

 

 

(17.1

%)

 

$

6.66

 

 

$

5.83

 

 

 

14.2

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per diluted common share

 

$

1.44

 

 

$

1.70

 

 

 

(15.3

%)

 

$

6.59

 

 

$

5.66

 

 

 

16.4

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding used

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in computing earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

84,802

 

 

 

86,968

 

 

 

(2.5

%)

 

 

84,644

 

 

 

87,179

 

 

 

(2.9

%)

Diluted

 

 

85,546

 

 

 

89,495

 

 

 

(4.4

%)

 

 

85,536

 

 

 

89,701

 

 

 

(4.6

%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nm: not meaningful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense of $11.5 million and $10.5 million for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2018, respectively, and $44.1 million and $40.6 million for the years ended Dec. 31, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2018, respectively.

Table 3: Selected Balance Sheet Items (unaudited)

 

 

As of

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

Dec. 31,

In thousands

 

2019

 

2018

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$1,506,567

 

$904,176

Accounts receivable, net of allowances

 

$499,268

 

$473,433

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred revenue

 

$574,656

 

$537,977

Long-term debt(1)

 

$3,071,926

 

$2,575,502

(1) Consists of gross long-term debt, net of deferred financing fees. Gross long-term debt was $3,100.0 million at Dec 31, 2019 and $2,600.0 million at Dec. 31, 2018.

Table 4: Selected Cash Flow Items (unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

YoY %

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

YoY %

 

In thousands

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$

243,643

 

 

$

173,175

 

 

 

40.7

%

 

$

709,523

 

 

$

612,762

 

 

 

15.8

%

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

 

 

(36,645

)

 

 

40,038

 

 

 

(191.5

%)

 

 

(71,937

)

 

 

34,874

 

 

nm

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

 

413,648

 

 

 

(707,083

)

 

 

158.5

%

 

 

(36,667

)

 

 

(626,483

)

 

 

94.1

%

Effect of exchange rate changes

 

 

4,771

 

 

 

(352

)

 

nm

 

 

 

1,472

 

 

 

(6,479

)

 

 

122.7

%

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

equivalents

 

$

625,417

 

 

$

(494,222

)

 

 

226.5

%

 

$

602,391

 

 

$

14,674

 

 

nm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nm: not meaningful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 5: Operating Results by Segment and Revenue Type (unaudited)

Index

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

YoY %

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

YoY %

 

In thousands

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

Operating revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recurring subscriptions

 

$

137,746

 

 

$

123,496

 

 

 

11.5

%

 

$

530,968

 

 

$

477,612

 

 

 

11.2

%

Asset-based fees

 

 

96,373

 

 

 

81,439

 

 

 

18.3

%

 

 

361,927

 

 

 

336,565

 

 

 

7.5

%

Non-recurring

 

 

9,068

 

 

 

5,498

 

 

 

64.9

%

 

 

28,042

 

 

 

21,298

 

 

 

31.7

%

Total operating revenues

 

 

243,187

 

 

 

210,433

 

 

 

15.6

%

 

 

920,937

 

 

 

835,475

 

 

 

10.2

%

Adjusted EBITDA expenses

 

 

66,805

 

 

 

60,503

 

 

 

10.4

%

 

 

250,749

 

 

 

227,622

 

 

 

10.2

%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

176,382

 

 

$

149,930

 

 

 

17.6

%

 

$

670,188

 

 

$

607,853

 

 

 

10.3

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin %

 

 

72.5

%

 

 

71.2

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

72.8

%

 

 

72.8

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analytics

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

YoY %

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

YoY %

 

In thousands

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

Operating revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recurring subscriptions

 

$

122,353

 

 

$

119,705

 

 

 

2.2

%

 

$

486,282

 

 

$

474,334

 

 

 

2.5

%

Non-recurring

 

 

5,853

 

 

 

2,230

 

 

 

162.5

%

 

 

10,643

 

 

 

5,605

 

 

 

89.9

%

Total operating revenues

 

 

128,206

 

 

 

121,935

 

 

 

5.1

%

 

 

496,925

 

 

 

479,939

 

 

 

3.5

%

Adjusted EBITDA expenses

 

 

89,359

 

 

 

85,256

 

 

 

4.8

%

 

 

344,812

 

 

 

336,294

 

 

 

2.5

%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

38,847

 

 

$

36,679

 

 

 

5.9

%

 

$

152,113

 

 

$

143,645

 

 

 

5.9

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin %

 

 

30.3

%

 

 

30.1

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.6

%

 

 

29.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Other

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

YoY %

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

YoY %

 

In thousands

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

Operating revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recurring subscriptions

 

$

34,320

 

 

$

28,405

 

 

 

20.8

%

 

$

136,790

 

 

$

114,590

 

 

 

19.4

%

Non-recurring

 

 

893

 

 

 

915

 

 

 

(2.4

%)

 

 

3,144

 

 

 

3,980

 

 

 

(21.0

%)

Total operating revenues

 

 

35,213

 

 

 

29,320

 

 

 

20.1

%

 

 

139,934

 

 

 

118,570

 

 

 

18.0

%

Adjusted EBITDA expenses

 

 

30,235

 

 

 

26,167

 

 

 

15.5

%

 

 

111,736

 

 

 

97,635

 

 

 

14.4

%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

4,978

 

 

$

3,153

 

 

 

57.9

%

 

$

28,198

 

 

$

20,935

 

 

 

34.7

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin %

 

 

14.1

%

 

 

10.8

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.2

%

 

 

17.7

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

YoY %

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

YoY %

 

In thousands

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

Operating revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recurring subscriptions

 

$

294,419

 

 

$

271,606

 

 

 

8.4

%

 

$

1,154,040

 

 

$

1,066,536

 

 

 

8.2

%

Asset-based fees

 

 

96,373

 

 

 

81,439

 

 

 

18.3

%

 

 

361,927

 

 

 

336,565

 

 

 

7.5

%

Non-recurring

 

 

15,814

 

 

 

8,643

 

 

 

83.0

%

 

 

41,829

 

 

 

30,883

 

 

 

35.4

%

Operating revenues total

 

 

406,606

 

 

 

361,688

 

 

 

12.4

%

 

 

1,557,796

 

 

 

1,433,984

 

 

 

8.6

%

Adjusted EBITDA expenses

 

 

186,399

 

 

 

171,926

 

 

 

8.4

%

 

 

707,297

 

 

 

661,551

 

 

 

6.9

%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

220,207

 

 

$

189,762

 

 

 

16.0

%

 

$

850,499

 

 

$

772,433

 

 

 

10.1

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin %

 

 

54.2

%

 

 

52.5

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

54.6

%

 

 

53.9

%

 

 

 

 

Operating margin %

 

 

49.0

%

 

 

47.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

48.5

%

 

 

47.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 6: Sales and Retention Rate by Segment (unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Sep. 30,

 

 

June 30,

 

 

Mar. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

In thousands

 

2019

 

 

2019

 

 

2019

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New recurring subscription sales

 

$

23,917

 

 

$

17,553

 

 

$

19,526

 

 

$

17,329

 

 

$

21,013

 

 

$

78,325

 

 

$

72,660

 

Subscription cancellations

 

 

(8,734

)

 

 

(5,066

)

 

 

(3,601

)

 

 

(4,366

)

 

 

(7,699

)

 

 

(21,767

)

 

 

(20,819

)

Net new recurring subscription sales

 

$

15,183

 

 

$

12,487

 

 

$

15,925

 

 

$

12,963

 

 

$

13,314

 

 

$

56,558

 

 

$

51,841

 

Non-recurring sales

 

$

10,170

 

 

$

9,029

 

 

$

5,982

 

 

$

5,081

 

 

$

6,845

 

 

$

30,262

 

 

$

22,729

 

Total gross sales(1)

 

$

34,087

 

 

$

26,582

 

 

$

25,508

 

 

$

22,410

 

 

$

27,858

 

 

$

108,587

 

 

$

95,389

 

Total Index net sales

 

$

25,353

 

 

$

21,516

 

 

$

21,907

 

 

$

18,044

 

 

$

20,159

 

 

$

86,820

 

 

$

74,570

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Index Retention Rate(2)

 

 

93.0

%

 

 

96.0

%

 

 

97.1

%

 

 

96.5

%

 

 

93.2

%

 

 

95.7

%

 

 

95.4

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analytics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New recurring subscription sales

 

$

25,287

 

 

$

15,285

 

 

$

13,669

 

 

$

12,751

 

 

$

19,438

 

 

$

66,992

 

 

$

64,986

 

Subscription cancellations

 

 

(8,903

)

 

 

(7,854

)

 

 

(7,102

)

 

 

(7,764

)

 

 

(8,524

)

 

 

(31,623

)

 

 

(33,671

)

Net new recurring subscription sales

 

$

16,384

 

 

$

7,431

 

 

$

6,567

 

 

$

4,987

 

 

$

10,914

 

 

$

35,369

 

 

$

31,315

 

Non-recurring sales

 

$

5,863

 

 

$

4,876

 

 

$

2,631

 

 

$

2,577

 

 

$

3,249

 

 

$

15,947

 

 

$

10,209

 

Total gross sales(1)

 

$

31,150

 

 

$

20,161

 

 

$

16,300

 

 

$

15,328

 

 

$

22,687

 

 

$

82,939

 

 

$

75,195

 

Total Analytics net sales

 

$

22,247

 

 

$

12,307

 

 

$

9,198

 

 

$

7,564

 

 

$

14,163

 

 

$

51,316

 

 

$

41,524

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analytics Retention Rate(2)

 

 

92.8

%

 

 

93.6

%

 

 

94.2

%

 

 

93.7

%

 

 

92.7

%

 

 

93.6

%

 

 

93.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New recurring subscription sales

 

$

9,828

 

 

$

7,495

 

 

$

8,014

 

 

$

7,215

 

 

$

7,596

 

 

$

32,552

 

 

$

26,201

 

Subscription cancellations

 

 

(2,289

)

 

 

(1,002

)

 

 

(1,902

)

 

 

(1,275

)

 

 

(1,959

)

 

 

(6,468

)

 

 

(6,421

)

Net new recurring subscription sales

 

$

7,539

 

 

$

6,493

 

 

$

6,112

 

 

$

5,940

 

 

$

5,637

 

 

$

26,084

 

 

$

19,780

 

Non-recurring sales

 

$

1,319

 

 

$

487

 

 

$

630

 

 

$

454

 

 

$

1,194

 

 

$

2,890

 

 

$

3,438

 

Total gross sales(1)

 

$

11,147

 

 

$

7,982

 

 

$

8,644

 

 

$

7,669

 

 

$

8,790

 

 

$

35,442

 

 

$

29,639

 

Total All Other net sales

 

$

8,858

 

 

$

6,980

 

 

$

6,742

 

 

$

6,394

 

 

$

6,831

 

 

$

28,974

 

 

$

23,218

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Other Retention Rate(2)

 

 

92.7

%

 

 

96.8

%

 

 

93.9

%

 

 

95.9

%

 

 

92.8

%

 

 

94.8

%

 

 

94.1

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New recurring subscription sales

 

$

59,032

 

 

$

40,333

 

 

$

41,209

 

 

$

37,295

 

 

$

48,047

 

 

$

177,869

 

 

$

163,847

 

Subscription cancellations

 

 

(19,926

)

 

 

(13,922

)

 

 

(12,605

)

 

 

(13,405

)

 

 

(18,182

)

 

 

(59,858

)

 

 

(60,911

)

Net new recurring subscription sales

 

$

39,106

 

 

$

26,411

 

 

$

28,604

 

 

$

23,890

 

 

$

29,865

 

 

$

118,011

 

 

$

102,936

 

Non-recurring sales

 

$

17,352

 

 

$

14,392

 

 

$

9,243

 

 

$

8,112

 

 

$

11,288

 

 

$

49,099

 

 

$

36,376

 

Total gross sales(1)

 

$

76,384

 

 

$

54,725

 

 

$

50,452

 

 

$

45,407

 

 

$

59,335

 

 

$

226,968

 

 

$

200,223

 

Total net sales

 

$

56,458

 

 

$

40,803

 

 

$

37,847

 

 

$

32,002

 

 

$

41,153

 

 

$

167,110

 

 

$

139,312

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Retention Rate(2)

 

 

92.9

%

 

 

95.0

%

 

 

95.5

%

 

 

95.2

%

 

 

92.9

%

 

 

94.7

%

 

 

94.1

%

(1) Total gross sales equal new recurring subscription sales plus non-recurring sales.

(2) See "Notes Regarding the Use of Operating Metrics" for details regarding the definition of Retention Rate.

Table 7: AUM in ETFs Linked to MSCI Indexes (unaudited)(1)(2)(3)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Sep. 30,

 

 

June 30,

 

 

Mar. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

In billions

 

2019

 

 

2019

 

 

2019

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Beginning Period AUM in ETFs linked to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSCI Indexes

 

$

815.0

 

 

$

819.3

 

 

$

802.2

 

 

$

695.6

 

 

$

765.5

 

 

$

695.6

 

 

$

744.3

 

Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)

 

 

63.5

 

 

 

(9.2

)

 

 

14.9

 

 

 

78.3

 

 

 

(94.7

)

 

 

147.5

 

 

 

(110.2

)

Cash Inflows

 

 

55.9

 

 

 

4.9

 

 

 

2.2

 

 

 

28.3

 

 

 

24.8

 

 

 

91.3

 

 

 

61.5

 

Period-End AUM in ETFs linked to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSCI Indexes

 

$

934.4

 

 

$

815.0

 

 

$

819.3

 

 

$

802.2

 

 

$

695.6

 

 

$

934.4

 

 

$

695.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Period Average AUM in ETFs linked to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSCI Indexes

 

$

869.1

 

 

$

810.9

 

 

$

811.4

 

 

$

766.0

 

 

$

717.1

 

 

$

814.4

 

 

$

757.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avg. Basis Point Fee(4)

 

 

2.82

 

 

 

2.81

 

 

 

2.85

 

 

 

2.88

 

 

 

2.92

 

 

 

2.82

 

 

 

2.92

 

(1) The historical values of the AUM in ETFs linked to our indexes as of the last day of the month and the monthly average balance can be found under the link “AUM in ETFs Linked to MSCI Indexes” on our Investor Relations homepage at http://ir.msci.com. Information contained on our website is not incorporated by reference into this Earnings Release or any other report filed with the SEC. The AUM in ETFs numbers also include AUM in Exchange Traded Notes, the value of which is less than 1.0% of the AUM amounts presented.

(2) The values for periods prior to April 26, 2019 were based on data from Bloomberg and MSCI, while the values for periods on or after April 26, 2019 were based on data from Refinitiv and MSCI. De minimis amounts of data are reported on a delayed basis.

(3) The value of AUM in ETFs linked to MSCI indexes is calculated by multiplying the ETF net asset value by the number of shares outstanding.

(4) Based on period-end Run Rate for ETFs linked to MSCI indexes using period-end AUM.

Table 8: Run Rate by Segment and Type (unaudited)(1)

 

 

As of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

YoY %

 

In thousands

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recurring subscriptions

 

$

559,257

 

 

$

502,665

 

 

 

11.3

%

Asset-based fees

 

 

396,140

 

 

 

311,908

 

 

 

27.0

%

Index Run Rate

 

 

955,397

 

 

 

814,573

 

 

 

17.3

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analytics Run Rate

 

 

526,845

 

 

 

491,861

 

 

 

7.1

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Other Run Rate

 

 

152,247

 

 

 

124,886

 

 

 

21.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Run Rate

 

$

1,634,489

 

 

$

1,431,320

 

 

 

14.2

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total recurring subscriptions

 

$

1,238,349

 

 

$

1,119,412

 

 

 

10.6

%

Total asset-based fees

 

 

396,140

 

 

 

311,908

 

 

 

27.0

%

Total Run Rate

 

$

1,634,489

 

 

$

1,431,320

 

 

 

14.2

%

(1) See "Notes Regarding the Use of Operating Metrics" for details regarding the definition of Run Rate.

Table 9: Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

In thousands

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

Index adjusted EBITDA

 

$

176,382

 

 

$

149,930

 

 

$

670,188

 

 

$

607,853

Analytics adjusted EBITDA

 

 

38,847

 

 

 

36,679

 

 

 

152,113

 

 

 

143,645

All Other adjusted EBITDA

 

 

4,978

 

 

 

3,153

 

 

 

28,198

 

 

 

20,935

Consolidated adjusted EBITDA

 

 

220,207

 

 

 

189,762

 

 

 

850,499

 

 

 

772,433

Multi-Year PSU payroll tax expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15,389

 

 

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

 

13,243

 

 

 

11,633

 

 

 

49,410

 

 

 

54,189

Depreciation and amortization of property,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

equipment and leasehold improvements

 

 

7,535

 

 

 

8,311

 

 

 

29,999

 

 

 

31,346

Operating income

 

 

199,429

 

 

 

169,818

 

 

 

755,701

 

 

 

686,898

Other expense (income), net

 

 

52,896

 

 

 

(17,471

)

 

 

152,383

 

 

 

57,002

Provision for income taxes

 

 

23,750

 

 

 

35,157

 

 

 

39,670

 

 

 

122,011

Net income

 

$

122,783

 

 

$

152,132

 

 

$

563,648

 

 

$

507,885

Table 10: Reconciliation of Net Income and Diluted EPS to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS (unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

In thousands, except per share data

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Net income

 

$

122,783

 

 

$

152,132

 

 

$

563,648

 

 

$

507,885

 

Plus: Amortization of acquired intangible assets

 

 

8,778

 

 

 

8,746

 

 

 

34,773

 

 

 

43,981

 

Plus: Multi-Year PSU payroll tax expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15,389

 

 

 

 

Less: Discrete excess tax benefit related

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to Multi-Year PSU vesting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(66,581

)

 

 

 

Plus: Debt extinguishment costs associated with the 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Notes Redemption

 

 

16,794

 

 

 

 

 

 

16,794

 

 

 

 

Less: Gain on sale of FEA (not tax effected)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(10,646

)

Less: Gain on sale of InvestorForce

 

 

 

 

 

(46,595

)

 

 

 

 

 

(46,595

)

Less: Valuation Allowance released related to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InvestorForce disposition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(7,758

)

Less: Tax Reform adjustments

 

 

 

 

 

(6,671

)

 

 

 

 

 

(8,272

)

Less: Income tax effect

 

 

(5,752

)

 

 

9,390

 

 

 

(13,226

)

 

 

1,678

 

Adjusted net income

 

$

142,603

 

 

$

117,002

 

 

$

550,797

 

 

$

480,273

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted EPS

 

$

1.44

 

 

$

1.70

 

 

$

6.59

 

 

$

5.66

 

Plus: Amortization of acquired intangible assets

 

 

0.10

 

 

 

0.10

 

 

 

0.41

 

 

 

0.49

 

Plus: Multi-Year PSU payroll tax expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.18

 

 

 

 

Less: Discrete excess tax benefit related

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to Multi-Year PSU vesting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.78

)

 

 

 

Plus: Debt extinguishment costs associated with the 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Notes Redemption

 

 

0.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.20

 

 

 

 

Less: Gain on sale of FEA (not tax effected)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.12

)

Less: Gain on sale of InvestorForce

 

 

 

 

 

(0.52

)

 

 

 

 

 

(0.52

)

Less: Valuation Allowance released related to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InvestorForce disposition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.09

)

Plus: Tax Reform adjustments

 

 

 

 

 

(0.07

)

 

 

 

 

 

(0.09

)

Less: Income tax effect

 

 

(0.07

)

 

 

0.10

 

 

 

(0.16

)

 

 

0.02

 

Adjusted EPS

 

$

1.67

 

 

$

1.31

 

 

$

6.44

 

 

$

5.35

 

Table 11: Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA Expenses to Operating Expenses (unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

Full-Year

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

2020

In thousands

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Outlook(1)

Index adjusted EBITDA expenses

 

$

66,805

 

 

$

60,503

 

 

$

250,749

 

 

$

227,622

 

 

 

Analytics adjusted EBITDA expenses

 

 

89,359

 

 

 

85,256

 

 

 

344,812

 

 

 

336,294

 

 

 

All Other adjusted EBITDA expenses

 

 

30,235

 

 

 

26,167

 

 

 

111,736

 

 

 

97,635

 

 

 

Consolidated adjusted EBITDA expenses

 

 

186,399

 

 

 

171,926

 

 

 

707,297

 

 

 

661,551

 

 

$750,000 - $770,000

Multi-Year PSU payroll tax expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15,389

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

 

13,243

 

 

 

11,633

 

 

 

49,410

 

 

 

54,189

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization of property,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~$90,000

equipment and leasehold improvements

 

 

7,535

 

 

 

8,311

 

 

 

29,999

 

 

 

31,346

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

$

207,177

 

 

$

191,870

 

 

$

802,095

 

 

$

747,086

 

 

$840,000 - $860,000

(1) We have not provided a full line-item reconciliation for adjusted EBITDA expenses to total operating expenses for this future period because we do not provide guidance on the individual reconciling items between total operating expenses and adjusted EBITDA expenses.

Table 12: Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow (unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

Full-Year

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

2020

In thousands

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Outlook(1)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$

243,643

 

 

$

173,175

 

 

$

709,523

 

 

$

612,762

 

 

$650,000 - $700,000

Capital expenditures

 

 

(11,900

)

 

 

(17,188

)

 

 

(29,116

)

 

 

(30,257

)

 

 

Capitalized software development costs

 

 

(6,568

)

 

 

(5,589

)

 

 

(24,654

)

 

 

(18,704

)

 

 

Capex

 

 

(18,468

)

 

 

(22,777

)

 

 

(53,770

)

 

 

(48,961

)

 

(70,000 - 60,000)

Free cash flow

 

$

225,175

 

 

$

150,398

 

 

$

655,753

 

 

$

563,801

 

 

$580,000 - $640,000

(1) We have not provided a line-item reconciliation for free cash flow to net cash from operating activities for this future period because we do not provide guidance on the individual reconciling items between net cash from operating activities and free cash flow.

Table 13: Reconciliation of Effective Tax Rate to Adjusted Tax Rate (unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

Dec. 31,

 

Dec. 31,

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Effective tax rate

 

16.2%

 

18.8%

 

6.6%

 

19.4%

Tax Reform impact on effective tax rate

 

—%

 

3.6%

 

—%

 

1.3%

Multi-Year PSU impact on effective tax rate

 

—%

 

—%

 

11.0%

 

—%

Adjusted tax rate

 

16.2%

 

22.3%

 

17.6%

 

20.7%

Table 14: Fourth Quarter 2019 Reconciliation of Operating Revenue Growth to Organic Operating Revenue Growth (unaudited)

 

Comparison of the Three Months Ended December 31, 2019 and 2018

 

Total

 

Recurring Subscription

 

Asset-Based Fees

 

Non-Recurring Revenues

Index

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

Operating revenue growth

15.6%

 

11.5%

 

18.3%

 

64.9%

Impact of acquisitions and divestitures

—%

 

—%

 

—%

 

—%

Impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations

(0.1%)

 

(0.1%)

 

—%

 

—%

Organic operating revenue growth

15.5%

 

11.4%

 

18.3%

 

64.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

Recurring Subscription

 

Asset-Based Fees

 

Non-Recurring Revenues

Analytics

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

Operating revenue growth

5.1%

 

2.2%

 

—%

 

162.5%

Impact of acquisitions and divestitures

0.5%

 

0.5%

 

—%

 

1.3%

Impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations

(0.2%)

 

(0.2%)

 

—%

 

(1.0%)

Organic operating revenue growth

5.4%

 

2.5%

 

—%

 

162.8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

Recurring Subscription

 

Asset-Based Fees

 

Non-Recurring Revenues

All Other

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

Operating revenue growth

20.1%

 

20.8%

 

—%

 

(2.4%)

Impact of acquisitions and divestitures

(0.5%)

 

(0.3%)

 

—%

 

(6.7%)

Impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations

0.3%

 

0.3%

 

—%

 

0.5%

Organic operating revenue growth

19.9%

 

20.8%

 

—%

 

(8.6%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

Recurring Subscription

 

Asset-Based Fees

 

Non-Recurring Revenues

Consolidated

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

Operating revenue growth

12.4%

 

8.4%

 

18.3%

 

83.0%

Impact of acquisitions and divestitures

0.1%

 

0.2%

 

—%

 

(0.5%)

Impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations

—%

 

(0.1%)

 

—%

 

(0.2%)

Organic operating revenue growth

12.5%

 

8.5%

 

18.3%

 

82.3%

Table 15: Full-Year 2019 Reconciliation of Operating Revenue Growth to Organic Operating Revenue Growth (unaudited)

 

Comparison of the Years Ended December 31, 2019 and 2018

 

Total

 

Recurring Subscription

 

Asset-Based Fees

 

Non-Recurring Revenues

Index

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

Operating revenue growth

10.2%

 

11.2%

 

7.5%

 

31.7%

Impact of acquisitions and divestitures

—%

 

—%

 

—%

 

—%

Impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations

—%

 

(0.1%)

 

0.1%

 

—%

Organic operating revenue growth

10.2%

 

11.1%

 

7.6%

 

31.7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

Recurring Subscription

 

Asset-Based Fees

 

Non-Recurring Revenues

Analytics

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

Operating revenue growth

3.5%

 

2.5%

 

—%

 

89.9%

Impact of acquisitions and divestitures

4.0%

 

3.9%

 

—%

 

21.3%

Impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations

—%

 

(0.1%)

 

—%

 

0.2%

Organic operating revenue growth

7.5%

 

6.3%

 

—%

 

111.4%

 

Total

 

Recurring Subscription

 

Asset-Based Fees

 

Non-Recurring Revenues

All Other

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

Operating revenue growth

18.0%

 

19.4%

 

—%

 

(21.0%)

Impact of acquisitions and divestitures

(0.1%)

 

(0.1%)

 

—%

 

(1.5%)

Impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations

3.6%

 

3.6%

 

—%

 

2.8%

Organic operating revenue growth

21.5%

 

22.9%

 

—%

 

(19.7%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

Recurring Subscription

 

Asset-Based Fees

 

Non-Recurring Revenues

Consolidated

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

 

Change Percentage

Operating revenue growth

8.6%

 

8.2%

 

7.5%

 

35.4%

Impact of acquisitions and divestitures

1.4%

 

1.8%

 

—%

 

2.4%

Impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations

0.3%

 

0.3%

 

0.1%

 

0.4%

Organic operating revenue growth

10.3%

 

10.3%

 

7.6%

 

38.2%

 


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