By Dave Sebastian

 

S&P Global Inc. said Tuesday its profit fell for the recent quarter due to debt tender premium and fees associated with a recent senior notes tender offer and it cut its full-year earnings outlook, though the company's ratings business drove gains in sales due to strong bond issuance amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company posted third-quarter profit of $455 million, or $1.88 a share, compared with $617 million, or $2.50 a share, in the comparable quarter last year.

Adjusted earnings were $2.85 a share. Analysts polled by FactSet were expecting $2.57 a share.

Revenue rose 9%, to $1.85 billion. Analysts were looking for $1.74 billion.

S&P Global Ratings' revenue rose 13%, to $894 million, offset by lower bank loan rating activity. Transaction revenue rose 22%, to $490 million.

Market-intelligence revenue grew 9%, to $530 million. S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC revenue grew 1%, to $234 million, on modest gains in asset-linked fees and data and custom subscriptions. Platts revenue grew 5%, to $222 million, due to growth in its core subscription business, offset by lower global trading services activity.

The company cut its earnings outlook to $10 a share to $10.15 a share, from $10.25 a share to $10.45 a share, due to the debt tender premium and fees incurred in the third quarter.

 

Write to Dave Sebastian at dave.sebastian@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

October 27, 2020 08:05 ET (12:05 GMT)

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