Moody’s Corporation acquires majority stake in Copal Partners

Moody’s Corporation has acquired a majority stake in the companies of Copal Partners. Copal’s companies are among the world’s leading providers of outsourced research and analytical services to institutional customers. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Copal’s analytical resources support front-line professionals at financial institutions and corporate enterprises worldwide. With expertise in a wide range of disciplines, including financial modeling, industry and company research, capital structure analysis and market surveys, Copal deploys a flexible staffing model to meet the specific requirements of its customers.

“Copal is highly regarded in the global financial services industry as a leader in high quality research and analytical services for bankers, financial analysts and institutional investors,” said Mark Almeida, President of Moody’s Analytics. “This acquisition extends Moody’s Analytics’ capabilities, enabling us to better help financial institutions manage risk. In addition, Copal’s expertise and resources will allow us to accelerate innovation across Moody’s Analytics.”

The acquisitions do not alter Moody’s 2011 earnings per share (EPS) guidance, and are expected to be accretive to Moody’s EPS in 2012. Moody’s funded the purchases from cash on hand.

Moody’s was advised on the transaction by Citi and Slaughter and May. Copal Partners was advised by Centerview Partners and Macquarie Capital. Proskauer Rose served as legal advisors for Copal.

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