NEW YORK - Tuesday, October 28th 2014 [ME NewsWire]
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) announced today that it has acquired Lewtan Technologies, a leading provider of analytical tools and data for the global structured finance market.
Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, Lewtan provides solutions to issuers, investors, underwriters and others to administer, monitor and value securitized transactions. Its products cover more than 200,000 bonds and 20,000 securitized deals, serving over 300 financial institutions worldwide.
Lewtan will become part of Moody’s Analytics’ Structured Analytics and Valuations (SAV) business, which provides an extensive data and analytics library for securitized assets. SAV operates within Moody’s Research, Data and Analytics (RD&A) line of business.
“Lewtan’s capabilities are powerful complements to our structured analytics business,” said Mark Almeida, President of Moody's Analytics. “With a strong position in the European market and a leading loan-level database of residential mortgages, Lewtan expands our global reach and broadens our product offering, positioning Moody’s Analytics to deliver a more comprehensive solution to our customers.”
The acquisition is expected to have a minimal impact on Moody’s earnings per share in 2014 and 2015, and will be funded primarily from US cash on hand. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. For its fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, Lewtan generated annual revenue of approximately $25 million.
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