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Overall Robust Performance for MSCI Against an Uncertain Economic Backdrop

Rajiv Bhatia Equity Analyst

Analyst Note

| Rajiv Bhatia |

Wide-moat MSCI continues to fare well in a volatile economic environment. For the second quarter, MSCI reported revenue of $410 million, up 6% and in line with the CapIQ consensus estimate. Adjusted EPS of $1.77 beat consensus of $1.68, driven by strong expense control and a lower tax rate. As we lower our expense estimates, we are increasing our fair value estimate to $255 from $245.

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Company Profile

Business Description

MSCI is a leading provider of benchmark indexes and portfolio risk analytics tools primarily utilized by institutional investors around the world. The company's All Country World Index is recognized as the standard for global equity portfolios by institutional investors and consultants. MSCI believes that approximately $11 trillion in assets globally are benchmarked to MSCI indexes. In addition to indexes, the company's analytics segment provides analytical tools, RiskMetrics, and Barra to investors.

250 Greenwich Street, 49th Floor, 7 World Trade Center
New York, NY, 10007
T +1 212 804-3900
Sector Financial Services
Industry Financial Data & Stock Exchanges
Most Recent Earnings Jun 30, 2020
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2020
Stock Type Cyclical
Employees 3,513