Moody’s: Aaa Business Model
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This is Zack Fuss. Today we are breaking down Moody's Corporation. Moody's was founded by John Moody in 1909 with the idea of broadening access to credit information and codifying how people viewed credit statistics by producing manuals of stats related to bonds. In 2000, Moody's was spun off from Dun & Bradstreet as a separately traded public company. Today, it is nearly a $75 billion enterprise business, producing approximately $6 billion in revenue at 45 percent margins.  To break down Moody's, I'm joined by Brian Yacktman, the Founder and President of YCG Investments. During this conversation we explore the business's origin story, how the financial crisis impacted the trajectory of the business, and the role that credit ratings play in the broader investment ecosystem. Please enjoy this breakdown on Moody's. For the full show notes, transcript, and links to the best content to learn more, check out the episode page here. ----- This episode is brought to you by Tegus, the modern research platform for leading investors. Tired of running your own expert calls to get up to speed on a company? Tegus lets you ramp faster and find answers to critical questions more efficiently than any alternative method. The gold standard for research, the Tegus platform delivers unmatched access to timely, qualitative insights through the largest and most differentiated expert call transcript database. With over 60,000 transcripts spanning 22,000 public and private companies, investors can accelerate their fundamental research process by discovering highly-differentiated and reliable insights that can’t be found anywhere else in the market. As a listener, drive your next investment thesis forward with Tegus for free at ----- Business Breakdowns is a property of Colossus, LLC. For more episodes of Business Breakdowns, visit Stay up to date on all our podcasts by signing up to Colossus Weekly, our quick dive every Sunday highlighting the top business and investing concepts from our podcasts and the best of what we read that week. Sign up here. Follow us on Twitter: @JoinColossus | @patrick_oshag | @jspujji | @zbfuss | @ReustleMatt | @domcooke Show Notes (00:02:30) - (First question) - Introducing Moody's and its operations (00:05:13) - Analyzing Moody’s revenue structure (00:06:13) - Highlighting Moody's business strengths (00:07:40) - Discussing Moody’s business model transformation (00:12:29) - Evaluating entry barriers in Moody’s field (00:17:06) - Exploring the network effects within the company (00:23:01) - Examining Moody’s profit margins (00:26:26) - Comparing Moody’s to S&P Global (00:28:08) - The impact of the financial crisis on Moody's (00:29:46) - Assessing economic sensitivities affecting Moody's (00:35:25) - Key takeaways from Moody’s business strategies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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