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MSCI Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter and Nine Months 2015

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MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of portfolio construction and risk management tools and services for global investors, today announced results for the three months ended September 30, 2015 ("third quarter 2015") and nine months ended September 30, 2015 ("nine months 2015"). The Company also adopted segment reporting and outlined its long-term Company and segment targets for revenue growth and adjusted EBITDA margins.

Financial and Operational Highlights

(Note: Results exclude discontinued operations. Percentage and other changes refer to third quarter 2014 unless otherwise noted.)

  • Diluted EPS of $0.59 vs. $0.44; adjusted EPS of $0.60 vs. $0.50, excluding the after-tax impact of discontinued operations, amortization of intangible assets and a $6.3 million gain on sale of investment.
  • Net income increased 24.5% to $64.4 million, operating expenses decreased 4.7% to $159.7 million and net cash provided by operating activities increased 24.5% to $134.0 million.
  • 6.8% increase in revenue combined with 6.5% decline in adjusted EBITDA expenses drove a 26.4% increase in adjusted EBITDA.
  • 740 basis point increase in adjusted EBITDA margin to 47.9%; highest margin level since fourth quarter 2012.
  • Total Run Rate grew 6.1% to $1,062.3 million for third quarter 2015; subscription Run Rate up 7.8% adjusting for FX impact.
  • Repurchased 5.6 million shares for a total value of $346.2 million in the quarter; additional 2.3 million shares repurchased after quarter-end for a total value of $134.5 million.
  • $935.5 million of capital returned to shareholders through October 14, 2015 since the September 2014 announcement of the enhanced capital return plan targeting $1 billion in capital return by the end of 2016.
  • Board approves new $1 billion share repurchase authorization after completion of $850 million authorization.

"We are very pleased with MSCI's strong performance in the third quarter. Solid revenue growth, coupled with very strong cost discipline, resulted in a 740 basis point increase in our adjusted EBITDA margin, the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2012. In addition, we repurchased approximately 8 million shares in the quarter, and through October," commented Henry A. Fernandez, Chairman and CEO of MSCI.

"We are introducing segment reporting this quarter, which reflects the way we are managing the Company and provides investors with increased transparency into MSCI's results. This new level of disclosure will provide investors with greater insights into the drivers of MSCI's performance, so they can fully value our franchise as we continue to focus on creating an integrated set of product lines."

Mr. Fernandez added, "We are also providing investors with long-term targets for the Company and each of its segments. These targets were set as part of management's and the Board's recent comprehensive strategic planning process and reflect our confidence in the potential for continued strong growth in our Index segment, improved profitability in our Analytics segment, and strong growth and improved profitability in our All Other segment, which consists of our ESG and Real Estate products. We believe we have built a foundation for continued value creation for our shareholders in the years to come."

Table 1: Selected Consolidated Financial and Operating Information (unaudited)    
         
 
Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Sep. 30, Sep. 30,

 

Sep. 30, Sep. 30,

 

$ in thousands, except per share and share data   2015 2014

% Change

2015 2014

% Change

Operating revenues $ 268,771 $ 251,661 6.8% $802,120 $ 745,575 7.6%
Operating income $ 109,102 $ 84,036 29.8% $296,355 $ 252,072 17.6%
% operating margin 40.6% 33.4% 36.9% 33.8%
Income from continuing operations $ 64,398 $ 51,724 24.5% $170,039 $ 155,673 9.2%
Net Income $ 64,398 $ 51,714 24.5% $164,242 $ 239,773 (31.5%)
 
Diluted EPS from continuing operations $ 0.59 $ 0.44 34.1% $1.52 $ 1.32 15.2%
Diluted EPS $ 0.59 $ 0.44 34.1% $1.47 $ 2.03 (27.6%)
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 109,440 117,163 (6.6%) 111,951 117,803 (5.0%)
 
Adjusted net income1 $ 65,726 $ 59,208 11.0% $186,341 $ 178,136 4.6%
Adjusted EPS1 $ 0.60 $ 0.50 20.0% $1.66 $ 1.51 9.9%
Adjusted EBITDA2 $ 128,861 $ 101,952 26.4% $354,783 $ 304,449 16.5%
Adjusted EBITDA margin 47.9% 40.5% 44.2% 40.8%
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 133,963 $ 107,567 24.5% $224,672 $ 201,619 11.4%
Free cash flow3 $ 121,713 $ 87,294 39.4% $194,085 $ 159,382 21.8%
 
Employees 2,743 2,876 (4.6%)
% Employees by location
Developed Market Centers 48% 50%
Emerging Market Centers 52% 50%

1 Adjusted net income and adjusted EPS are defined as net income and EPS, respectively, before income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes, the after-tax impact of the amortization of intangible assets and the impact from the gain on sale of investment. See Table 10 titled "Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS to Net Income and EPS (unaudited)" and information about the use of non-GAAP financial information provided under "Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

 
2 Net Income before income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes, provision for income taxes, other expense (income), net, depreciation and amortization. See Table 9 titled "Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (unaudited)" and information about the use of non-GAAP financial information provided under "Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."
 

3 Net cash provided by operating activities, less capex. Capex is defined as capital expenditures plus capitalized software development costs. See Table 12 titled "Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities (unaudited)" and information about the use of non-GAAP financial information provided under "Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Third Quarter 2015 Consolidated Results

Revenues: Operating revenues for third quarter 2015 increased $17.1 million, or 6.8%, to $268.8 million, compared to $251.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014 ("third quarter 2014"). The $17.1 million increase was primarily driven by a $13.9 million, or 7.0%, increase in recurring subscription revenues and a $4.1 million, or 8.7%, increase in asset-based fees, slightly offset by lower non-recurring revenues in the quarter. Adjusting for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, recurring subscription revenues for third quarter 2015 would have increased 8.6%.

For nine months 2015, operating revenues increased $56.5 million, or 7.6%, to $802.1 million compared to $745.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 ("nine months 2014"). The $56.5 million increase was primarily driven by a $41.5 million, or 6.9%, increase in recurring subscription revenues and a $16.1 million, or 12.2%, increase in asset-based fees, slightly offset by lower non-recurring revenues. Adjusting for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, recurring subscription revenues would have increased 9.0% for nine months 2015.

Run Rate: Total Run Rate at the end of third quarter 2015 grew by $61.1 million, or 6.1%, to $1,062.3 million, compared to September 30, 2014. The $61.1 million increase was primarily driven by a $51.0 million, or 6.2%, increase in subscription Run Rate and a $10.0 million, or 5.6%, increase in asset-based fee Run Rate. Subscription Run Rate in third quarter 2015 would have increased 7.8%, adjusting for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Expenses: Total operating expenses from continuing operations decreased $8.0 million, or 4.7%, from third quarter 2014 to $159.7 million. The $8.0 million decrease was primarily driven by lower compensation and benefits costs and general cost discipline across most activities. See Table 15 titled "Historical Operating Results with Activity Costs (unaudited)" for a re-casting of historical periods for activity costs. Adjusting for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, operating expenses for third quarter 2015 would have decreased 0.4%.

For nine months 2015, total operating expenses from continuing operations increased $12.3 million, or 2.5%, to $505.8 million and included, among other things, the impact of a $3.4 million non-cash charge for the termination of a technology project in first quarter 2015. Adjusting for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, total operating expenses from continuing operations for nine months 2015 would have increased 6.9%.

Adjusted EBITDA expenses, defined as operating expenses less depreciation and amortization, were $139.9 million in third quarter 2015, a decrease of $9.8 million, or 6.5%, compared to third quarter 2014. Adjusting for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, adjusted EBITDA expenses for third quarter 2015 would have decreased 2.0%.

For nine months 2015, adjusted EBITDA expenses were $447.3 million, an increase of $6.2 million, or 1.4%, compared to the prior year period. Adjusting for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, adjusted EBITDA expenses for nine months 2015 would have increased 6.1%. See Table 11 titled "Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA Expenses to Operating Expenses (unaudited)" and "Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

Headcount: Total employees as of September 30, 2015 was 2,743, down 133 from the prior year, and down 36 from the end of second quarter 2015. A total of 48% and 52% of employees were located in developed market and emerging market centers, respectively, compared to 50% for both developed market and emerging market centers in the prior year, reflecting the Company's continuing efforts to locate employees in emerging market centers.

Other Expense (Income), Net: Other expense (income), net for third quarter 2015 increased $6.0 million compared to third quarter 2014 driven by higher interest expense from the private offering of $800 million aggregate principal amount of 5.25% senior notes due 2024, completed in November 2014, and the subsequent private offering of $800 million aggregate principal amount of 5.75% senior notes due 2025, completed in August 2015. The higher interest expense was partially offset by a $6.3 million gain on sale of investment in third quarter 2015.

Tax Rate: The effective tax rate was 35.0% for third quarter 2015, compared to 35.3% in third quarter 2014. The effective tax rate was 35.6% for nine months 2015, versus 34.5% for nine months 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes, provision for income taxes, other expense (income), net, and depreciation and amortization, was $128.9 million in third quarter 2015, up 26.4% from third quarter 2014. Adjusted EBITDA margin in third quarter 2015 was 47.9%, compared to 40.5% in third quarter 2014.

For nine months 2015, adjusted EBITDA was $354.8 million, up 16.5% from nine months 2014, and adjusted EBITDA margin was 44.2%, compared to 40.8% for nine months 2014. See Table 9 titled "Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (unaudited)" and "Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

Cash Balances & Outstanding Debt: Total cash and cash equivalents at the end of third quarter 2015 was $993.5 million, of which $101.8 million is held outside of the United States. Since the end of third quarter 2015, a total of $134.5 million has been used to repurchase shares. Total debt as of September 30, 2015 was $1,600.0 million, which excludes deferred financing fees of $21.2 million. Net debt, defined as total debt less cash and cash equivalents, was $606.5 million. Total debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio (based on trailing twelve months adjusted EBITDA) was 3.5x, which is at the high end of the previously stated financial policy of maintaining leverage of 3.0x to 3.5x.

Cash Flow & Capex: Net cash provided by operating activities was $134.0 million in third quarter 2015, compared to $107.6 million in third quarter 2014, and $224.7 million for nine months 2015, compared to $201.6 million for nine months 2014. Free cash flow, defined as net cash provided by operating activities, less capex (defined as capital expenditures plus capitalized software development costs) for third quarter 2015 increased $34.4 million, or 39.4%, to $121.7 million, compared to $87.3 million in third quarter 2014. The year-over-year increase reflects timing of interest and tax payments as well as improved operating results. For nine months 2015, free cash flow increased $34.7 million, or 21.8%, to $194.1 million, compared to $159.4 million for nine months 2014.

Capex for third quarter 2015 was $12.3 million, compared to $20.3 million in third quarter 2014. For nine months 2015, capex was $30.6 million, compared to $42.2 million for nine months 2014. See Table 12 titled "Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities (unaudited)" and "Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

Share Count & Capital Return: The weighted average diluted shares outstanding in third quarter 2015 declined 6.6% to 109.4 million, compared to 117.2 million in third quarter 2014. The decrease was driven by buybacks under the share repurchase program. Total shares outstanding as of September 30, 2015 was 104.9 million.

In third quarter 2015, we repurchased 5.6 million shares for a total of $346.2 million with an average price of $61.95 per share. Since the end of third quarter 2015 and through October 14, 2015, an additional 2.3 million shares were repurchased for a total value of $134.5 million, exhausting the $850.0 million share repurchase authorization. A total of 14.7 million shares were repurchased under this authorization at an average price of $57.99 per share. On October 28, 2015, the Board of Directors approved a new share repurchase authorization of up to $1.0 billion.

Since the announcement of the enhanced capital return plan in September 2014, whereby we committed to return $1.0 billion to shareholders by the end of 2016, approximately $936.0 million has been returned to date through share repurchases and cash dividends.

On October 28, 2015, the Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.22 per share for fourth quarter 2015. The fourth quarter 2015 dividend is payable on November 30, 2015 to shareholders of record as of the close of trading on November 13, 2015.

Table 2: Third Quarter 2015 Operating Results by Segment (unaudited)

Below is a summary of the segment results. See Tables 5 and 13 for historical results by segment.

                                         
Index   Analytics   All Other

 

Operating   Adjusted   Adjusted   Operating   Adjusted   Adjusted   Operating   Adjusted   Adjusted

In thousands

  Revenues   EBITDA   EBITDA Margin   Revenues   EBITDA   EBITDA Margin   Revenues   EBITDA   EBITDA Margin
QTD Q3'15 $141,577 $102,927 72.7% $108,341 $29,216 27.0% $18,853 ($3,282) -17.4%
QTD Q3'14 $129,869 $91,031 70.1% $103,247 $16,788 16.3% $18,545 ($5,867) -31.6%
% change 9.0% 13.1% 4.9% 74.0% 1.7% 44.1%
                                     
YTD Q3'15 $415,262 $293,997 70.8% $322,756 $64,560 20.0% $64,102 ($3,774) -5.9%
YTD Q3'14 $374,429 $259,289 69.2% $308,661 $52,345 17.0% $62,485 ($7,185) -11.5%
% change 10.9% 13.4% 4.6% 23.3% 2.6% 47.5%

Index Segment: Operating revenues for third quarter 2015 increased $11.7 million, or 9.0%, to $141.6 million, compared to $129.9 million for third quarter 2014. The $11.7 million increase was driven by a $7.8 million, or 9.6%, increase in recurring subscription revenue and a $4.1 million, or 8.7%, increase in asset-based fees slightly offset by lower non-recurring revenue. The $7.8 million increase in recurring subscription revenue was primarily driven by higher revenues from subscriptions to benchmark and data products. Adjusting for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, recurring subscription revenues for third quarter 2015 would have increased 10.5%. The increase in asset-based fees was driven by an increase in revenues from both ETF and non-ETF institutional passive funds. Average AUM in ETFs linked to MSCI indexes increased $32.3 billion, or 8.4%. Higher trading volumes in futures and options contracts based on MSCI indexes also contributed to the increase. Asset-based fees declined slightly from the second quarter 2015 level, however, due to the recent spike in market volatility, driving a $23.2 billion, or 5.3%, decrease in average AUM in ETFs linked to MSCI indexes. The decline in average AUM compared to second quarter 2015 was due entirely to market depreciation, partially offset by positive cash inflows in the quarter.

The adjusted EBITDA margin for Index was 72.7% in third quarter 2015, compared to 70.1% in the prior year period. The increase was primarily driven by higher revenues, as well as a 0.5% decline in adjusted EBITDA expenses.

For nine months 2015, operating revenues increased $40.8 million, or 10.9%, to $415.3 million, compared to $374.4 million for nine months 2014. The $40.8 million increase was driven by a $24.2 million, or 10.2%, increase in recurring subscription revenue and a $16.1 million, or 12.2%, increase in asset-based fees. The $24.2 million increase in recurring subscription revenue was driven primarily by growth in benchmark and data products. Adjusting for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, recurring subscription revenues for nine months 2015 would have increased 11.1%. The increase in asset-based fees was driven by a $58.5 billion, or 16.3%, increase in average AUM in ETFs linked to MSCI indexes. Growth in non-ETF institutional passive assets and higher trading volumes in futures and options contracts based on MSCI indexes also contributed to the increase.

The adjusted EBITDA margin for Index for nine months 2015 was 70.8%, compared to 69.2% in the prior year period. The increase in margin was due to higher revenues, offset by a 5.3% increase in adjusted EBITDA expenses.

Total Index operating revenues represented 52.7% and 51.8% of MSCI's total operating revenues in third quarter and nine months 2015, respectively.

Index Run Rate at the end of third quarter 2015 grew by $45.2 million, or 9.0%, to $549.0 million, compared to September 30, 2014. The $45.2 million increase was primarily driven by a $35.2 million, or 10.8%, increase in recurring subscription Run Rate and a $10.0 million, or 5.6%, increase in asset-based fee Run Rate. The increase in recurring subscription Run Rate was driven by higher revenues from subscriptions to benchmark and data products. The increase in Run Rate attributable to asset-based fees was primarily driven by growth in AUM in non-ETF institutional passive funds linked to MSCI indexes. There was a negligible impact from foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations on Index recurring subscription Run Rate.

Analytics Segment: Operating revenues for third quarter 2015 increased $5.1 million, or 4.9%, to $108.3 million compared to $103.2 million in third quarter 2014. The increase was primarily driven by higher RiskManager, BarraOne and InvestorForce sales. Adjusting for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, Analytics operating revenues for third quarter 2015 would have increased 6.6%.

The adjusted EBITDA margin for Analytics was 27.0%, compared to 16.3% in the prior year. The increase was due to higher revenues, as well as an 8.5% decline in adjusted EBITDA expenses. The decrease in expenses was primarily attributable to lower compensation and benefits costs from lower staffing levels, higher capitalization related to the development of the new Analytics architecture and interface, and lower non-compensation costs driven by strong cost discipline.

For nine months 2015, operating revenues increased $14.1 million, or 4.6%, to $322.8 million, compared to $308.7 million for nine months 2014. The $14.1 million increase was primarily driven by higher RiskManager, HedgePlatform, BarraOne and InvestorForce sales. Adjusting for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, Analytics operating revenues for nine months 2015 would have increased 6.3%.

The adjusted EBITDA margin for Analytics was 20.0% for nine months 2015, compared to 17.0% in the prior year. The increase was driven by higher revenues, offset by a 0.7% increase in adjusted EBITDA expenses.

Total Analytics operating revenues represented 40.3% and 40.2% of MSCI's total operating revenues in third quarter and nine months 2015, respectively.

Analytics Run Rate at the end of third quarter 2015 grew by $12.4 million, or 3.0%, to $430.4 million, compared to September 30, 2014. The increase in Run Rate was primarily driven by an increase in RiskManager sales. Analytics Run Rate at September 30, 2015 would have increased 4.9%, adjusting for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

All Other Segment (consisting of ESG and Real Estate products lines): Operating revenues for third quarter 2015 increased $0.3 million, or 1.7%, to $18.9 million, compared to $18.5 million in third quarter 2014. The increase in All Other revenue was driven by a $2.1 million, or 28.4%, increase in ESG revenue, which was partially offset by a $1.8 million decline in Real Estate revenue. Adjusting for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, All Other operating revenues for third quarter 2015 would have increased 6.6%.

The adjusted EBITDA margin for All Other was a negative 17.4% for third quarter 2015, compared to a negative 31.6% in the prior year period. The improvement in margin was primarily driven by a 9.3% decline in adjusted EBITDA expenses.

For nine months 2015, operating revenues increased $1.6 million, or 2.6%, to $64.1 million compared to $62.5 million for nine months 2014. The increase in All Other revenue was driven by an $8.0 million, or 40.8%, increase in ESG revenue, partially offset by a $6.4 million decline in Real Estate revenue. Adjusting for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, All Other operating revenues for nine months 2015 would have increased 10.9%.

The adjusted EBITDA margin for All Other was a negative 5.9% for nine months 2015, compared to a negative 11.5% in the prior year period. The improvement in margin was due to an increase in revenues, as well as a 2.6% decline in adjusted EBITDA expenses.

Total All Other operating revenues represented 7.0% and 8.0% of MSCI total operating revenues in third quarter and nine months 2015, respectively.

All Other Run Rate at the end of third quarter 2015 grew by $3.5 million, or 4.3%, to $82.9 million, compared to September 30, 2014. The $3.5 million increase was primarily driven by a $5.3 million increase in ESG Run Rate, partially offset by a $1.9 million, or 4.1%, decline in Real Estate Run Rate primarily due to foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. Adjusting for the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, Real Estate Run Rate at September 30, 2015 would have increased $2.2 million, or 4.8%, and Run Rate for All Other would have increased 10.8%.

Updated Full-Year 2015 Guidance

MSCI's guidance for full-year 2015 is as follows:

  • Full-year 2015 adjusted EBITDA expenses are now expected to be in the range of $595 million to $600 million. Based on the new full-year range, fourth quarter 2015 adjusted EBITDA expenses are now expected to be in the range of $148 million to $153 million, which is expected to reduce adjusted EBITDA margins from third quarter 2015 levels across all segments. Previously, full-year 2015 adjusted EBITDA expenses were expected at the low-end of the stated range of $620 million to $640 million.
    See Table 11 titled "Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA Expenses to Operating Expenses (unaudited)" and "Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.
  • Full-year 2015 interest expense, including the amortization of financing fees, is now expected to be approximately $63 million, compared to the previous guidance of approximately $45 million. The increase reflects the impact of the private offering of $800 million 5.75% senior notes due 2025 completed in August 2015.
  • Full-year 2015 free cash flow is now expected to be in the range of $255 million to $270 million, compared to the previous range of $245 million to $275 million.
  • Full-year 2015 capex, which includes capitalized software developments costs, is now expected to be in the range of $45 million to $50 million, compared to the previous range of $45 million to $55 million.
    See Table 12 titled "Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities (unaudited)" and "Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.
  • The effective tax rate expected for full-year 2015 remains in the range of 35% to 36%.

Long-Term Targets

Following a recent comprehensive review of the Company's strategic objectives by management and the Board of Directors and the adoption of segment reporting, MSCI is outlining its long-term targets for revenue growth and adjusted EBITDA margins for its three reportable segments: Index, Analytics and All Other.

  • The long-term targets below assume a constant business portfolio and stable market conditions in line with current market conditions.
  • The long-term targets below do not include the impact of significant swings in assets under management in ETFs linked to MSCI indexes or other forms of passive investment products linked to MSCI indexes.
  • The terms "high," "medium" and "low" refer to target levels of annual growth in revenue in percentage terms and may fluctuate quarter-to-quarter. "High" revenue growth is defined as low double-digit growth, "medium" revenue growth is defined as upper single-digit growth and "low" revenue growth is defined as low to mid single-digit growth.
  • The long-term targets for MSCI and its reportable segments are as follows:
            % of Current     Revenue Growth Target     Adj. EBITDA Margin
Segment Revenue (Q3'15) Current / Target Target Range
Index 53% High / High 68% - 72%
 
Analytics 40% Low / Medium 30% - 35%
 
All Other 7% Medium / High 15% - 20%
 
MSCI 100%   Medium / High ~ 50%

Reconciliations of adjusted EBITDA included in the long-term targets identified above are not included in this earnings release as we are unable to quantify certain amounts that would be required to be included in the corresponding GAAP measure without unreasonable efforts, and we believe such reconciliations would imply a degree of precision that would be confusing or misleading to investors. Additionally, the targets identified above are long-term targets and are not necessarily indicative of the actual or expected results or growth trajectory of any future quarter or year. MSCI assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these long-term targets for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

Conference Call Information

MSCI Inc.'s senior management will review third quarter 2015 results on Thursday, October 29, 2015 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 1-877-312-9206 within the United States. International callers dial 1-408-774-4001. This press release and the related investor presentation used during the conference call will be made available on MSCI's Investor Relations homepage.

An audio recording of the conference call will be available on MSCI's Investor Relations homepage approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live event and will be accessible through October 31, 2015. To listen to the recording, visit http://ir.msci.com/events.cfm, or dial 1-800-585-8367 (passcode: 57552776) within the United States. International callers dial 1-404-537-3406 (passcode: 57552776). A replay of the conference call will be archived in the events and presentations section of MSCI's Investor Relations homepage for 12 months after the call.

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About MSCI

For more than 40 years, MSCI's research-based indexes and analytics have helped the world's leading investors build and manage better portfolios. Clients rely on our offerings for deeper insights into the drivers of performance and risk in their portfolios, broad asset class coverage and innovative research.

Our line of products and services includes indexes, analytical models, data, real estate benchmarks and ESG research.

MSCI serves 97 of the top 100 largest money managers, according to the most recent P&I ranking.

For more information, visit us at www.msci.com. MSCI#IR

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Other factors that could materially affect our 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, 2014 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on February 27, 2015, as amended, 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 our 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.

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Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

MSCI has presented supplemental non-GAAP financial measures as part of this earnings release. A reconciliation is provided that reconciles 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 expenses" is defined as operating expenses, less depreciation and amortization.

"Adjusted EBITDA" is defined as net income before income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes, provision for income taxes, other expense (income), net and depreciation and amortization.

"Adjusted net income" and "adjusted EPS" are defined as net income and EPS, respectively, before income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes, the after-tax impact of the amortization of intangible assets and the impact from the gain on sale of investment.

"Free cash flow" is defined as net cash provided by operating activities, less capex. "Capex" is defined as capital expenditures plus capitalized software development costs.

We believe that adjusting for depreciation and amortization may help investors compare our performance to that of other companies in our industry as we do not believe that other companies in our industry have as significant a portion of their operating expenses represented by these items. Additionally, we believe that adjusting for income from discontinued operations, net of income tax, provides investors with a meaningful trend of results for our continuing operations. We believe that free cash flow is useful to investors because it relates the operating cash flow of the Company to the capital that is spent to continue and improve business operations, such as investment in the Company's existing businesses. Further, free cash flow indicates our ability to strengthen the Company's balance sheet, repay our debt obligations, pay cash dividends and repurchase shares of our common stock. Finally, we believe that adjusting for one-time, unusual or non-recurring expenses is useful to management and investors because it allows for an evaluation of MSCI's underlying operating performance. 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 and free cash flow 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.

Table 3: Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)
         
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Sep. 30, Sep. 30, Jun. 30, Sep. 30, Sep. 30,
In thousands, except per share data 2015 2014 2015 2015 2014
 
Operating revenues $ 268,771 $ 251,661 $ 270,580 $ 802,120 $ 745,575
Operating expenses
Cost of revenues 65,593 69,770 67,394 202,891 206,784
Selling and marketing 38,809 41,402 42,028 122,485 123,034
Research and development 15,548 19,021 20,807 59,544 53,860
General and administrative 19,960 19,516 22,080 62,417 57,448
Amortization of intangible assets 11,710 11,574 11,695 35,107 34,286
Depreciation and amortization of property,
equipment and leasehold improvements   8,049     6,342     8,065     23,321     18,091  
Total operating expenses1   159,669     167,625     172,069     505,765     493,503  
 
Operating income 109,102 84,036 98,511 296,355 252,072
 
Interest income (285 ) (277 ) (185 ) (674 ) (625 )
Interest expense 17,267 5,604 11,116 39,491 16,029
Other expense (income)   (6,922 )   (1,287 )   164     (6,580 )   (942 )
Other expenses (income), net   10,060     4,040     11,095     32,237     14,462  
 

Income from continuing operations before

provision for income taxes 99,042 79,996 87,416 264,118 237,610
 
Provision for income taxes   34,644     28,272     31,399     94,079     81,937  
Income from continuing operations   64,398     51,724     56,017     170,039     155,673  
 

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

 

-

    (10 )   -     (5,797 )   84,100  

Net Income

$ 64,398   $ 51,714   $ 56,017   $ 164,242   $ 239,773  
 
Earnings per basic common share from:
Continuing operations $ 0.59 $ 0.44 $ 0.50 $ 1.53 $ 1.33
Discontinued operations   -     -     -     (0.05 )   0.72  
Earnings per basic common share $ 0.59   $ 0.44   $ 0.50   $ 1.48   $ 2.05  
 
Earnings per diluted common share from:
Continuing operations $ 0.59 $ 0.44 $ 0.50 $ 1.52 $ 1.32
Discontinued operations   -     -     -     (0.05 )   0.71  
Earnings per diluted common share $ 0.59   $ 0.44   $ 0.50   $ 1.47   $ 2.03  
 

Weighted average shares outstanding used in computing earnings per share:

Basic   108,773     116,251     112,143     111,131     116,840  
Diluted   109,440     117,163     112,931     111,951     117,803  
1 Includes stock-based compensation expense of $5.5 million, $7.3 million, and $6.8 million for the three months ended Sep. 30, 2015, Sep. 30, 2014, and Jun. 30, 2015, respectively. Includes stock-based compensation expense of $19.3 million and $17.8 million for the nine months ended Sep. 30, 2015 and Sep. 30, 2014, respectively.

Table 4: Selected Balance Sheet Items (unaudited)

               
As of
Sep. 30, Jun. 30, Dec. 31,
In thousands 2015 2015 2014
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 993,488 $ 455,021 $ 508,799
Accounts receivable, net of allowances $ 208,239 $ 214,487 $ 178,717
 
Deferred revenue $ 328,051 $ 338,763 $ 310,775
Long-term debt, net of current maturities1 $ 1,578,849 $ 788,945 $ 788,358
1 Consists of long-term debt of $1.6 billion, net of deferred financing fees of $21.2 million, as of Sep. 30, 2015; long-term debt of $800 million, net of deferred financing fees of $11.1 million, as of Jun. 30, 2015; and long-term debt of $800 million, net of deferred financing fees of $11.6 million, as of Dec. 31, 2014.

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

                         

 

Three Months Ended

Three Months Ended

Three Months Ended

Sep. 30, 2015

Sep. 30, 2014

Jun. 30, 2015

In thousands

Index Analytics All Other Consolidated Index Analytics All Other Consolidated Index Analytics All Other Consolidated
Operating Revenues
Recurring subscription $ 89,139 $ 107,065 $ 17,569 $ 213,773 $ 81,349 $ 102,237 $ 16,272 $ 199,858 $ 87,530 $ 106,372 $ 21,664 $ 215,566
Asset-based fees 50,736 - - 50,736 46,657 - - 46,657 51,160 - - 51,160
Non-recurring   1,702     1,276     1,284     4,262     1,863     1,010     2,273     5,146     1,441     1,198     1,215     3,854  
Total revenues $ 141,577   $ 108,341   $ 18,853   $ 268,771   $ 129,869   $ 103,247   $ 18,545   $ 251,661   $ 140,131   $ 107,570   $ 22,879   $ 270,580  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 102,927 $ 29,216 $ (3,282 ) $ 128,861 $ 91,031 $ 16,788 $ (5,867 ) $ 101,952 $ 98,017 $ 21,264 $ (1,010 ) $ 118,271
Adjusted EBITDA margin (%) 72.7 % 27.0 % (17.4 %) 47.9 % 70.1 % 16.3 % (31.6 %) 40.5 % 69.9 % 19.8 % (4.4 %) 43.7 %
Operating margin (%) 40.6 % 33.4 % 36.4 %
 
 
 

 

Nine Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Sep. 30, 2015

Sep. 30, 2014

In thousands

Index Analytics All Other Consolidated Index Analytics All Other Consolidated
Operating Revenues
Recurring subscription $ 261,729 $ 318,871 $ 61,025 $ 641,625 $ 237,577 $ 305,702 $ 56,816 $ 600,095
Asset-based fees 147,776 - - 147,776 131,652 - - 131,652
Non-recurring   5,757     3,885     3,077     12,719     5,200     2,959     5,669     13,828  
Total revenues $ 415,262   $ 322,756   $ 64,102   $ 802,120   $ 374,429   $ 308,661   $ 62,485   $ 745,575  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 293,997 $ 64,560 $ (3,774 ) $ 354,783 $ 259,289 $ 52,345 $ (7,185 ) $ 304,449

Adjusted EBITDA margin (%)

70.8 % 20.0 % (5.9 %) 44.2 % 69.2 % 17.0 % (11.5 %) 40.8 %
Operating margin (%) 36.9 % 33.8 %

Table 6: ETF Assets Linked to MSCI Indexes (unaudited)1
               
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
In billions Sep. 2015 Jun. 2015 Mar. 2015 Dec. 2014 Sep. 2014 Sep. 2015 Sep. 2014
Beginning Period AUM in ETFs

linked to MSCI Indexes

$ 435.4 $ 418.0 $ 373.3 $ 377.9 $ 378.7 $ 373.3 $ 332.9
Cash Inflow/(Outflow) 3.0 24.3 31.7 3.7 16.4 59.0 45.7
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)   (48.2 )   (6.9 )   13.0   (8.3 )   (17.2 )   (42.1 )   (0.7 )
Period End AUM in ETFs linked

to MSCI Indexes

$ 390.2 $ 435.4 $ 418.0 $ 373.3 $ 377.9 $ 390.2 $ 377.9
 
Period Average AUM in ETFs

linked to MSCI Indexes

$ 418.2 $ 441.4 $ 392.5 $ 373.6 $ 385.9 $ 417.4 $ 358.9
 
Avg. Basis Point Fee2 3.40 3.43 3.38 3.39 3.51 3.40 3.51
Source: Bloomberg and MSCI
1 ETF assets under management calculation methodology is ETF net asset value multiplied by shares outstanding.
2 Based on period-end Run Rate.
Table 7: Run Rate by Segment and Run Rate Type (unaudited)
           
Three Months Ended % Change from
Sep. 30, Sep. 30, Jun. 30, Sep. 30, Jun. 30,
In thousands 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
                       
Index
Recurring subscriptions $ 361,209 $ 326,010 $ 353,026 10.8% 2.3%
Asset-based fees   187,818   177,774   201,221 5.6% (6.7%)
Total Index Run Rate1 $ 549,027 $ 503,784 $ 554,247 9.0% (0.9%)
                       
                       
Analytics
Risk management analytics
Recurring subscriptions $ 319,637 $ 311,019 $ 315,901 2.8% 1.2%
Portfolio management analytics
Recurring subscription   110,740   106,993   109,532 3.5% 1.1%
Total Analytics Run Rate1 $ 430,377 $ 418,012 $ 425,433 3.0% 1.2%
                       
                       
All Other
ESG
Recurring subscriptions $ 38,850 $ 33,522 $ 37,235 15.9% 4.3%
Real Estate
Recurring subscriptions   44,027   45,902   45,854 (4.1%) (4.0%)

Total All Other Run Rate1

$ 82,877 $ 79,424 $ 83,089 4.3% (0.3%)
                       
                       
Consolidated
Total recurring subscription Run Rate $ 874,463 $ 823,446 $ 861,548 6.2% 1.5%
Total asset-based fees Run Rate   187,818   177,774   201,221 5.6% (6.7%)
Total Run Rate1 $ 1,062,281 $ 1,001,220 $ 1,062,769 6.1% --
                             
1 The Run Rate at a particular point in time primarily represents the forward-looking revenues for the next 12 months from all subscriptions and investment product licenses we then provide to our clients under renewable contracts or agreements assuming all contracts or agreements that come up for renewal are renewed and assuming then-current currency exchange rates. For any license where fees are linked to an investment product's assets or trading volume, the Run Rate calculation reflects, for ETF fees, the market value on the last trading day of the period, and for non-ETF funds and futures and options, the most recent periodic fee earned under such license or subscription. The Run Rate does not include fees associated with "one-time" and other non-recurring transactions. In addition, we remove from the Run Rate the fees associated with any subscription or investment product license agreement with respect to which we have received a notice of termination or non-renewal during the period and determined that such notice evidences the client's final decision to terminate or not renew the applicable subscription or agreement, even though such notice is not effective until a later date.

Table 8: Sales and Aggregate Retention Rate by Segment (unaudited)

                 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
In thousands   Sep. 2015 Jun. 2015 Mar. 2015 Dec. 2014 Sep. 2014 Sep. 2015 Sep. 2014
                                   
Index
New recurring subscription sales $ 11,810 $ 12,459 $ 11,550 $ 12,938 $ 9,239 $ 35,819 $ 31,609
Subscription cancellations   (3,852 )   (3,871 )   (2,384 )   (3,665 )   (3,588 )   (10,107 )   (10,644 )
Net new recurring subscription sales $ 7,958   $ 8,588   $ 9,166   $ 9,273   $ 5,651   $ 25,712   $ 20,965  
Non-recurring sales $ 1,719   $ 2,137   $ 2,329   $ 2,217   $ 2,437   $ 6,185   $ 6,740  
Total Index net sales $ 9,677   $ 10,725   $ 11,495   $ 11,490   $ 8,088   $ 31,897   $ 27,705  
 
Index Aggregate Retention Rate1 95.4 % 95.4 % 97.2 % 95.2 % 95.3 % 96.0 % 95.3 %
                                   
                                   
Analytics
Risk management analytics
New recurring subscription sales $ 8,133 $ 9,242 $ 9,980 $ 10,694 $ 10,550 $ 27,355 $ 31,515
Subscription cancellations   (3,668 )   (4,542 )   (5,325 )   (8,624 )   (4,218 )   (13,535 )   (17,380 )
Net new recurring subscription sales $ 4,465   $ 4,700   $ 4,655   $ 2,070   $ 6,332   $ 13,820   $ 14,135  
Non-recurring sales $ 1,357   $ 2,194   $ 1,174   $ 1,331   $ 818   $ 4,725   $ 3,291  
Total risk management analytics net sales $ 5,822   $ 6,894   $ 5,829   $ 3,401   $ 7,150   $ 18,545   $ 17,426  
 
Portfolio management analytics
New recurring subscription sales $ 2,257 $ 3,196 $ 3,530 $ 3,325 $ 3,393 $ 8,983 $ 10,054
Subscription cancellations   (1,230 )   (1,905 )   (2,099 )   (1,766 )   (1,642 )   (5,234 )   (5,403 )
Net new recurring subscription sales $ 1,027   $ 1,291   $ 1,431   $ 1,559   $ 1,751   $ 3,749   $ 4,651  
Non-recurring sales $ 24   $ 45   $ 2   $ 90   $ 45   $ 71   $ 125  
Total portfolio management analytics net sales $ 1,051   $ 1,336   $ 1,433   $ 1,649   $ 1,796   $ 3,820   $ 4,776  
 
Analytics
New recurring subscription sales $ 10,390 $ 12,438 $ 13,510 $ 14,019 $ 13,943 $ 36,338 $ 41,569
Subscription cancellations   (4,898 )   (6,447 )   (7,424 )   (10,390 )   (5,860 )   (18,769 )   (22,783 )
Net new recurring subscription sales $ 5,492   $ 5,991   $ 6,086   $ 3,629   $ 8,083   $ 17,569   $ 18,786  
Non-recurring sales $ 1,381   $ 2,239   $ 1,176   $ 1,421   $ 863   $ 4,796   $ 3,416  
Total Analytics net sales $ 6,873   $ 8,230   $ 7,262   $ 5,050   $ 8,946   $ 22,365   $ 22,202  
 
Analytics Aggregate Retention Rate1 95.3 % 93.8 % 92.9 % 89.7 % 94.2 % 94.0 % 92.5 %
                                   
                                   
All Other
ESG
New recurring subscription sales $ 2,549 $ 2,043 $ 2,193 $ 2,260 $ 1,837 $ 6,785 $ 4,667
Subscription cancellations   (716 )   (531 )   (514 )   (917 )   (332 )   (1,761 )   (888 )
Net new recurring subscription sales $ 1,833   $ 1,512   $ 1,679   $ 1,343   $ 1,505   $ 5,024   $ 3,779  
Non-recurring sales $ 146   $ 53   $ 122   $ 67   $ 167   $ 321   $ 423  
Total ESG net sales $ 1,979   $ 1,565   $ 1,801   $ 1,410   $ 1,672   $ 5,345   $ 4,202  
 
Real Estate
New recurring subscription sales $ 759 $ 2,635 $ 2,272 $ 2,715 $ 1,192 $ 5,666 $ 7,866
Subscription cancellations   (1,449 )   (1,321 )   (1,328 )   (2,052 )   (699 )   (4,098 )   (3,315 )
Net new recurring subscription sales $ (690 ) $ 1,314   $ 944   $ 663   $ 493   $ 1,568   $ 4,551  
Non-recurring sales $ 908   $ 1,271   $ 788   $ 1,371   $ 1,159   $ 2,967   $ 4,516  
Total Real Estate net sales $ 218   $ 2,585   $ 1,732   $ 2,034   $ 1,652   $ 4,535   $ 9,067  
 
All Other
New recurring subscription sales $ 3,308 $ 4,678 $ 4,465 $ 4,975 $ 3,029 $ 12,451 $ 12,533
Subscription cancellations   (2,165 )   (1,852 )   (1,842 )   (2,969 )   (1,031 )   (5,859 )   (4,203 )
Net new recurring subscription sales $ 1,143   $ 2,826   $ 2,623   $ 2,006   $ 1,998   $ 6,592   $ 8,330  
Non-recurring sales $ 1,054   $ 1,324   $ 910   $ 1,438   $ 1,326   $ 3,288   $ 4,939  
Total All Other net sales $ 2,197   $ 4,150   $ 3,533   $ 3,444   $ 3,324   $ 9,880   $ 13,269  
 
All Other Aggregate Retention Rate1 89.1 % 90.7 % 90.7 % 83.9 % 94.3 % 90.1 % 92.3 %
                                   
                                   
Consolidated
New recurring subscription sales $ 25,508 $ 29,575 $ 29,525 $ 31,932 $ 26,211 $ 84,608 $ 85,711
Subscription cancellations   (10,915 )   (12,170 )   (11,650 )   (17,024 )   (10,479 )   (34,735 )   (37,630 )
Net new recurring subscription sales $ 14,593   $ 17,405   $ 17,875   $ 14,908   $ 15,732   $ 49,873   $ 48,081  
Non-recurring sales $ 4,154   $ 5,700   $ 4,415   $ 5,076   $ 4,626   $ 14,269   $ 15,095  
Total net sales $ 18,747   $ 23,105   $ 22,290   $ 19,984   $ 20,358   $ 64,142   $ 63,176  
 
Total Aggregate Retention Rate1 94.8 % 94.2 % 94.4 % 91.3 % 94.6 % 94.4 % 93.6 %
1 The Aggregate Retention Rates for a period are calculated by annualizing the cancellations for which we have received a notice of termination or for which we believe there is an intention to not renew during the 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 year to calculate a cancellation rate. This cancellation rate is then subtracted from 100% to derive the annualized Aggregate Retention Rate for the period. The Aggregate Retention Rate is computed on a product-by-product basis. Therefore, if a client reduces the number of products to which it subscribes or switches between our products, we treat it as a cancellation. In addition, we treat any reduction in fees resulting from renegotiated contracts as a cancellation in the calculation to the extent of the reduction.

Table 9: Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (unaudited)    
   
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Sep. 30, Sep. 30, Jun. 30, Sep. 30, Sep. 30,
In thousands 2015 2014 2015 2015 2014
Index adjusted EBITDA $ 102,927 $ 91,031 $ 98,017 $ 293,997 $ 259,289
Analytics adjusted EBITDA 29,216 16,788 21,264 64,560 52,345
All Other adjusted EBITDA   (3,282 )   (5,867 )   (1,010 )   (3,774 )   (7,185 )
Consolidated adjusted EBITDA   128,861     101,952     118,271     354,783     304,449  
Amortization of intangible assets 11,710 11,574 11,695 35,107 34,286
Depreciation and amortization of property,
equipment and leasehold improvements   8,049     6,342     8,065     23,321     18,091  
Operating income 109,102 84,036 98,511 296,355 252,072
Other expense (income), net 10,060 4,040 11,095 32,237 14,462
Provision for income taxes   34,644     28,272     31,399     94,079     81,937  
Income from continuing operations 64,398 51,724 56,017 170,039 155,673
Income (loss) from discontinued operations,
net of income taxes   -     (10 )   -     (5,797 )   84,100  
Net income $ 64,398   $ 51,714   $ 56,017   $ 164,242   $ 239,773  
Table 10: Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS to Net Income and EPS (unaudited)
           
    Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Sep. 30, Sep. 30, Jun. 30, Sep. 30, Sep. 30,
In thousands, except per share data 2015 2014 2015 2015 2014
Net Income $ 64,398 $ 51,714 $ 56,017 $ 164,242 $ 239,773
 
Less: Income (loss) from discontinued
operations, net of income taxes   -     (10 )   -     (5,797 )   84,100  
 
Income from continuing operations 64,398 51,724 56,017 170,039 155,673

Plus: Amortization of intangible assets

11,710 11,574 11,695 35,107 34,286

Less: Gain on sale of investment

(6,300 ) - - (6,300 ) -

Less: Income tax effect

  (4,082 )   (4,090 )   (4,201 )   (12,505 )   (11,823 )
Adjusted Net Income $ 65,726   $ 59,208   $ 63,511   $ 186,341   $ 178,136  
 
Diluted EPS $ 0.59 $ 0.44 $ 0.50 $ 1.47 $ 2.03
 
Less: Earnings per diluted common
share from discontinued operations   -     -     -     (0.05 )   0.71  
Earnings per diluted common share from
continuing operations 0.59 0.44 0.50 1.52 1.32

Plus: Amortization of intangible assets

0.11 0.10 0.10 0.31 0.29

Less: Gain on sale of investment

(0.06 ) - - (0.06 ) -

Less: Income tax effect

  (0.04 )   (0.04 )   (0.04 )   (0.11 )   (0.10 )
Adjusted EPS $ 0.60   $ 0.50   $ 0.56   $ 1.66   $ 1.51  
Table 11: Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA Expenses to Operating Expenses (unaudited)    
       
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended Full Year
Sep. 30, Sep. 30, Jun. 30, Sep. 30, Sep. 30, 2015
In thousands 2015 2014 2015 2015 2014 Outlook
Index adjusted EBITDA expenses $ 38,650 $ 38,838 $ 42,114 $ 121,265 $ 115,140
Analytics adjusted EBITDA expenses 79,125 86,459 86,306 258,196 256,316
All Other adjusted EBITDA expenses   22,135   24,412   23,889   67,876   69,670  
Consolidated adjusted EBITDA expenses   139,910   149,709   152,309   447,337   441,126 $ 595,000 - $600,000
Amortization of intangible assets 11,710 11,574 11,695 35,107 34,286

77,000 to
79,000

Depreciation and amortization of property,
equipment and leasehold improvements   8,049   6,342   8,065   23,321   18,091
Total operating expenses $ 159,669 $ 167,625 $ 172,069 $ 505,765 $ 493,503 $ 672,000 - $679,000

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

             
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended Full Year

 

Sep. 30, Sep. 30, Jun. 30, Sep. 30, Sep. 30, 2015

In thousands

2015 2014 2015 2015 2014 Outlook
Net cash provided by
operating activities $ 133,963 $ 107,567 $ 24,026 $ 224,672 $ 201,619 $305,000 - $315,000
Capital expenditures (8,975 ) (17,688 ) (10,616 ) (24,525 ) (36,174 )
Capitalized software development costs   (3,275 )   (2,585 )   (1,401 )   (6,062 )   (6,063 )  
Capex (12,250 ) (20,273 ) (12,017 ) (30,587 ) (42,237 ) (50,000 - 45,000)
           
Free cash flow $ 121,713   $ 87,294   $ 12,009   $ 194,085   $ 159,382   $255,000 - $ 270,000
Table 13: Historical Results by Segment (unaudited)                
     
In thousands   Index   Analytics All Other

Consolidated
Results

Three Months Ended Mar. 31, 2015
Operating revenue $ 133,554 $ 106,845 $ 22,370 $ 262,769
Adjusted EBITDA $ 93,053 $ 14,080 $ 518 $ 107,651
Adjusted EBITDA margin 69.7% 13.2% 2.3% 41.0%
Operating margin           33.8%
Three Months Ended Jun. 30, 2015
Operating revenue $ 140,131 $ 107,570 $ 22,879 $ 270,580
Adjusted EBITDA $ 98,017 $ 21,264 $ (1,010) $ 118,271
Adjusted EBITDA margin 69.9% 19.8% -4.4% 43.7%
Operating margin           36.4%
Three Months Ended Sep. 30, 2015
Operating revenue $ 141,577 $ 108,341 $ 18,853 $ 268,771
Adjusted EBITDA $ 102,927 $ 29,216 $ (3,282) $ 128,861
Adjusted EBITDA margin 72.7% 27.0% -17.4% 47.9%
Operating margin           40.6%
Nine Months Ended Sep. 30, 2015
Operating revenue $ 415,262 $ 322,756 $ 64,102 $ 802,120
Adjusted EBITDA $ 293,997 $ 64,560 $ (3,774) $ 354,783
Adjusted EBITDA margin 70.8% 20.0% -5.9% 44.2%
Operating margin           36.9%
 
In thousands   Index   Analytics All Other

Consolidated
Results

Three Months Ended Mar. 31, 2014
Operating revenue $ 119,107 $ 101,445 $ 19,136 $ 239,688
Adjusted EBITDA $ 82,089 $ 17,849 $ (3,335) $ 96,603
Adjusted EBITDA margin 68.9% 17.6% -17.4% 40.3%
Operating margin           33.2%
Three Months Ended Jun. 30, 2014
Operating revenue $ 125,453 $ 103,969 $ 24,804 $ 254,226
Adjusted EBITDA $ 86,169 $ 17,708 $ 2,017 $ 105,894
Adjusted EBITDA margin 68.7% 17.0% 8.1% 41.7%
Operating margin           34.8%
Three Months Ended Sep. 30, 2014
Operating revenue $ 129,869 $ 103,247 $ 18,545 $ 251,661
Adjusted EBITDA $ 91,031 $ 16,788 $ (5,867) $ 101,952
Adjusted EBITDA margin 70.1% 16.3% -31.6% 40.5%
Operating margin           33.4%
Three Months Ended Dec. 31, 2014
Operating revenue $ 129,463 $ 105,425 $ 16,217 $ 251,105
Adjusted EBITDA $ 90,396 $ 19,829 $ (5,920) $ 104,305
Adjusted EBITDA margin 69.8% 18.8% -36.5% 41.5%
Operating margin           33.9%
Year Ended Dec. 31, 2014
Operating revenue $ 503,892 $ 414,086 $ 78,702 $ 996,680
Adjusted EBITDA $ 349,685 $ 72,174 $ (13,105) $ 408,754
Adjusted EBITDA margin 69.4% 17.4% -16.7% 41.0%
Operating margin           33.8%
 
In thousands   Index   Analytics All Other

Consolidated
Results

Three Months Ended Mar. 31, 2013
Operating revenue $ 108,410 $ 98,066 $ 12,993 $ 219,469
Adjusted EBITDA $ 78,084 $ 26,780 $ (6,210) $ 98,654
Adjusted EBITDA margin 72.0% 27.3% -47.8% 45.0%
Operating margin           37.8%
Three Months Ended Jun. 30, 2013
Operating revenue $ 109,922 $ 96,253 $ 22,248 $ 228,423
Adjusted EBITDA $ 80,413 $ 23,279 $ 1,828 $ 105,520
Adjusted EBITDA margin 73.2% 24.2% 8.2% 46.2%
Operating margin           39.4%
Three Months Ended Sep. 30, 2013
Operating revenue $ 112,831 $ 98,991 $ 16,786 $ 228,608
Adjusted EBITDA $ 80,604 $ 23,132 $ (3,196) $ 100,540
Adjusted EBITDA margin 71.4% 23.4% -19.0% 44.0%
Operating margin           36.7%
Three Months Ended Dec. 31, 2013
Operating revenue $ 117,251 $ 103,893 $ 15,720 $ 236,864
Adjusted EBITDA $ 84,457 $ 24,615 $ (8,638) $ 100,434
Adjusted EBITDA margin 72.0% 23.7% -54.9% 42.4%
Operating margin           35.3%
Year Ended December 31, 2013
Operating revenue $ 448,414 $ 397,203 $ 67,747 $ 913,364
Adjusted EBITDA $ 323,558 $ 97,806 $ (16,216) $ 405,148
Adjusted EBITDA margin 72.2% 24.6% -23.9% 44.4%
Operating margin           37.3%

Table 14: Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (unaudited)
         
Three Months Ended

Nine Months
Ended

 

Mar. 31, Jun. 30, Sep. 30, Sep. 30,

In thousands

2015 2015 2015 2015
Net income $ 43,827 $ 56,017 $ 64,398 $ 164,242
Income (loss) from discontinued operations,
net of income taxes   (5,797 )   -     -     (5,797 )
Income from continuing operations 49,624 56,017 64,398 170,039
Provision for income taxes 28,036 31,399 34,644 94,079
Other expense (income), net   11,082     11,095     10,060     32,237  
Operating income 88,742 98,511 109,102 296,355
Depreciation and amortization of property,
equipment and leasehold improvements 7,207 8,065 8,049 23,321
Amortization of intangible assets   11,702     11,695     11,710     35,107  
Consolidated adjusted EBITDA $ 107,651   $ 118,271   $ 128,861   $ 354,783  
 
 
Three Months Ended Year Ended

 

Mar. 31, Jun. 30, Sep. 30, Dec. 31, Dec. 31,

In thousands

2014 2014 2014 2014 2014
Net income $ 80,399 $ 107,660 $ 51,714 $ 44,340 $ 284,113
Income (loss) from discontinued operations,
net of income taxes   33,253     50,857     (10 )   1,071     85,171  
Income from continuing operations 47,146 56,803 51,724 43,269 198,942
Provision for income taxes 26,385 27,280 28,272 27,459 109,396
Other expense (income), net   5,974     4,448     4,040     14,366     28,828  
Operating income 79,505 88,531 84,036 85,094 337,166
Depreciation and amortization of property,
equipment and leasehold improvements 5,828 5,921 6,342 7,620 25,711
Amortization of intangible assets   11,270     11,442     11,574     11,591     45,877  
Consolidated adjusted EBITDA $ 96,603   $ 105,894   $ 101,952   $ 104,305   $ 408,754  
 
 
Three Months Ended Year Ended

 

Mar. 31, Jun. 30, Sep. 30, Dec. 31, Dec. 31,

In thousands

2013 2013 2013 2013 2013
Net income $ 58,937 $ 61,053 $ 55,310 $ 47,257 $ 222,557
Income (loss) from discontinued operations,
net of income taxes   5,979     4,912     5,374     6,382     22,647  
Income from continuing operations 52,958 56,141 49,936 40,875 199,910
Provision for income taxes 21,232 27,763 27,804 36,119 112,918
Other expense (income), net   8,701     5,985     6,164     6,653     27,503  
Operating income 82,891 89,889 83,904 83,647 340,331
Depreciation and amortization of property,
equipment and leasehold improvements 4,597 4,774 5,443 5,570 20,384
Amortization of intangible assets 11,166 11,222 11,193 11,217 44,798
Lease exit charge   -     (365 )   -     -     (365 )
Consolidated adjusted EBITDA $ 98,654   $ 105,520   $ 100,540   $ 100,434   $ 405,148  

Table 15: Historical Operating Results with Activity Costs (unaudited)

                   
Year Ended Three Months Ended Year Ended Three Months Ended

Nine Months
Ended

 

Dec. 31, Mar. 31, Jun. 30, Sep. 30, Dec. 31, Dec. 31, Mar. 31, Jun. 30, Sep. 30, Sep. 30,

In thousands

2013 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2015 2015 2015 2015
Operating revenues $ 913,364 $ 239,688 $ 254,226 $ 251,661 $ 251,105 $ 996,680 $ 262,769 $ 270,580 $ 268,771 $ 802,120
Operating expenses:
Cost of revenues 240,697 66,802 70,212 69,770 69,839 276,623 69,904 67,394 65,593 202,891
Selling and marketing 137,693 41,126 40,506 41,402 40,805 163,839 41,648 42,028 38,809 122,485
Research and development 61,003 17,465 17,374 19,021 17,235 71,095 23,189 20,807 15,548 59,544
General and administrative 68,458 17,692 20,240 19,516 18,921 76,369 20,377 22,080 19,960 62,417
Amortization of intangible assets 44,798 11,270 11,442 11,574 11,591 45,877 11,702 11,695 11,710 35,107
Depreciation and amortization of property,
equipment and leasehold improvements   20,384     5,828     5,921     6,342     7,620     25,711     7,207     8,065     8,049     23,321  
Total operating expenses   573,033     160,183     165,695     167,625     166,011     659,514     174,027     172,069     159,669     505,765  
Operating income 340,331 79,505 88,531 84,036 85,094 337,166 88,742 98,511 109,102 296,355
 
Interest income (889 ) (156 ) (192 ) (277 ) (226 ) (851 ) (204 ) (185 ) (285 ) (674 )
Interest expense 26,256 5,059 5,366 5,604 15,791 31,820 11,108 11,116 17,267 39,491
Other expense (income)   2,136     1,071     (726 )   (1,287 )   (1,199 )   (2,141 )   178     164     (6,922 )   (6,580 )
Other expense (income), net   27,503     5,974     4,448     4,040     14,366     28,828     11,082     11,095     10,060     32,237  
Income from continuing operations before provision
for income taxes 312,828 73,531 84,083 79,996 70,728 308,338 77,660 87,416 99,042 264,118
Provision for income taxes 112,918 26,385 27,280 28,272 27,459 109,396 28,036 31,399 34,644 94,079
                   
Income from continuing operations   199,910     47,146     56,803     51,724     43,269     198,942     49,624     56,017     64,398     170,039  
Income (loss) from discontinued operations,
net of income taxes   22,647     33,253     50,857     (10 )   1,071     85,171     (5,797 )   -     -     (5,797 )
Net income $ 222,557   $ 80,399   $ 107,660   $ 51,714   $ 44,340   $ 284,113   $ 43,827   $ 56,017   $ 64,398   $ 164,242  

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