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IHS Markit Ltd. (INFO) Q4 2020 Earnings Call Transcript

INFO Earnings Call - Final Transcript

IHS Markit Ltd. (NASDAQ: INFO) Q4 2020 earnings call dated Jan. 13, 2021

Corporate Participants:

Eric Boyer — Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan Gear — Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Adam Kansler — President – Financial Services

Brian Crotty — Executive Vice President, Global Energy and Natural Resources

Edouard Tavernier — Executive Vice President, Transportation

Analysts:

Kevin McVeigh — Credit Suisse — Analyst

Manav Patnaik — Barclays — Analyst

Gary Bisbee — Bank of America Merrill Lynch — Analyst

Jeffery Meuler — Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc. — Analyst

Alex Kramm — UBS Securities LLC — Analyst

Andrew Steinerman — J.P. Morgan — Analyst

Ashish Sabadra — Deutsche Bank — Analyst

Shlomo H. Rosenbaum — Stifel Nicolaus — Analyst

Hamzah Mazari — Jefferies — Analyst

George Tong — Goldman Sachs — Analyst

Jeff Silber — BMO — Analyst

Andrew Nicholas — William Blair — Analyst

Toni Kaplan — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

Andrew Jeffrey — Truist Securities — Analyst

Presentation:

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the Fourth Quarter 2020 IHS Markit Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to hand the conference over to your host today, Eric Boyer, Head of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Eric Boyer — Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Good morning, and thank you for joining us for the IHS Markit Q4 2020 earnings conference call. Earlier this morning, we issued our Q4 earnings press release and posted supplemental materials to the IHS Markit Investor Relations website. Our discussion on the quarter are based on non-GAAP measures are adjusted numbers, which excludes stock-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangibles and other items. IHS Markit believes non-GAAP results are useful in order to enhance understanding of our ongoing operating performance, but they are a supplement to and should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for GAAP financial information.

As a reminder, this conference call is being recorded and webcast and is a copyrighted property of IHS Markit. Any rebroadcast of this information, whole or in part, without the prior written consent of IHS Markit is prohibited. This conference call, especially the discussion of our outlook, may contain statements about expected future events that are forward-looking and subject to risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations can be found in IHS Markit’s filings with the SEC and on the IHS Markit website. After our prepared remarks, Lance Uggla, Chairman and CEO and Jonathan Gear, EVP and Chief Financial Officer will be available to take your questions.

With that, it’s my pleasure to turn the call over to Lance. Lance, you’re on mute.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Sorry. Here we go. The first mute of the year. Here we go. If everybody can go mute on the teams. There we go. Okay. Sorry. I’ll start fresh. Thank you, Eric, and Happy New Year, and thank you for joining us for the IHS Markit Q4 earnings call. We achieved a lot in 2020. Solid financial results proven the resiliency of our business model. Greater levels of innovation across the company. Higher employee satisfaction scores. And finally, we announced the strategic merger with S&P Global, which will create the leading global information services provider. Overall, we finished the year ahead of expectations and are reiterating our 2021 revenue and adjusted EBITDA guidance. We are updating our adjusted EPS by $0.03 due to our share repurchase restriction because of the pending merger.

Now on to the financial highlights for the quarter and the year. When we speak to Q4 and fiscal year results, they are normalized to exclude the impact of the aerospace and defense divestiture and the cancellation of Q2 events on growth rates for organic revenue and adjusted EPS. Organic revenue growth was 0% for the quarter and the year, adjusted EBITDA margin expansion was 160 basis points in the quarter and 250 basis points for the year and adjusted EPS growth was 11% in the quarter and 13% for the year.

In terms of our core industry verticals, I’ll provide Q4 and full year 2020 highlights and our outlook for 2021. First, our Financial Services segment have organic revenue growth of 6% in Q4 and 5% for the full year. In 2020, within information, we continued to benefit from the innovation and demand for our pricing, reference data and valuations offerings. The successful launch of new regulatory solutions, notably, our SFTR reporting platform. And we had strong growth from indices, led by our fixed income and newly launched ESG indices.

Within solutions, we continue to invest in our leading products and integration capabilities, launched private debt investment lifecycle solution and experienced robust growth from continued expansion of our managed corporate action solutions. Within processing, we invested in our core OTC and loan settlement platforms to help the industry facilitate the IBOR transition and regulatory requirements. We also successfully service the industry through one of the most volatile periods in recent history.

In 2021, we expect organic growth within Financial Services in the 6% to 8% range. Within information, growth will be led by increasing customer demand and new products within our pricing, reference data and valuation services businesses. We also expect continued strength for our regulatory reporting and compliance offerings. Within this business, we will integrate our recent acquisition of Cappitech, which will help us solidify our leading industry position.

Now within solutions, we expect high growth across our diversified offerings and a rebound in managed services and implementation of projects. In particular, we are looking for a strong year from our onboarding and compliance management tools, expansion of our portfolio and data management solutions into new sectors and continued high growth in private market offerings. We also expect normalized levels of equity and debt issuance that will drive solid performance in our syndication and book building businesses. Processing is expected to be slightly up year-over-year with mixed market conditions in both loans and derivative markets.

Now let’s move on to transportation with organic revenue growth in the quarter of 2% and a decline of 2% for the year. In 2020, the pandemic had a major impact on the automotive industry, and we responded proactively to the crisis by working with our customers and continue to see the rebound in our business with recurring organic growth of 6% in Q4. During the pandemic, we also increased our focus on driving adoption of newer products, such as CARFAX for Life, while accelerating product innovation across our portfolios in areas such as marketing audiences, enhanced compliance simulation and Mastermind, now available for used cars. Our maritime and trade business had a solid year excluding the impact of the cancellation of our TPM conference.

In 2021, we expect organic growth within Transportation in the 12% to 15% range. We expect our automotive business to revert to its longer term growth range. Although economic uncertainty remains, our dealer-facing businesses have strong momentum going into 2021 and the strong retention rates we had maintained through 2020 attest to the critical nature of our products. Product support in our OEM and supplier customers will recover more gradually as the industry adjusts to lower long-term volumes coming out of COVID.

In addition to the underlying growth in the business, we expect to see a one-time pickup in organic growth from pricing being at normal levels for the full year, specifically within CARFAX and Mastermind businesses. And finally, maritime and trade will continue to see accelerating subscription growth, driven by product innovation in our risk and compliance and commodities analytics businesses.

Moving on to Resources where organic decline was 11% in the quarter and negative 5% for the full year. In 2020, our upstream business was impacted by the industry undergoing severe capex reductions, leading to cost pressure within our customer base and bankruptcies, particularly in North America. Our downstream organic revenue growth proved resilient when normalizing for our events. Growth within our gas power and renewables businesses were driven by customer expansion into areas such as wind, batteries, solar and hydrogen services. This was somewhat offset by lower non-recurring revenue within consulting.

We also completed the integration of the agribusiness and acquired TruVue, a small upstream analytics company. And in 2021, we expect organic revenue results within Resources to improve compared to 2020 and to be down year-over-year in the low-single-digits. Our downstream businesses are expected to return to mid-single-digit organic growth, driven by continued demand for our pricing, chemical information, the release of additional plastic circularity products, a new database of estimated energy chain emissions and from the realization of synergies from the agribusiness integrations.

Within our upstream businesses, we expect customer capex spend to continue to be constrained for our annual contract value, which will bottom in Q1. In 2021, we are excited to launch our new predictive analytics tools that will marry our upstream and midstream global datasets with our proprietary insights in research and will drive additional forward growth.

Finally, CMS organic revenue growth was 0% for the quarter and 1% normalized for the impact of BPVC for the full year. Product design proved its resilience with organic growth in the low-single-digits, normalized for BPVC, while PMT and ACR performed as expected. In 2021, we expect our organic revenue growth to be in the mid-single-digits.

Moving on to some of our recently announced strategic initiatives. We entered into a 50-50 joint venture with shared control with CME to combine our post-trade services, including trade processing and risk mitigation operations. The venture is going to incorporate our market serve business and CME’s optimization business. Through the combination, we’ll achieve increased operating efficiencies and new revenue opportunities by being able to better service clients with enhanced platforms and services for OTC markets across interest rates, FX, equity and credit asset classes. We expect the deal to close in the summer and to be neutral to our adjusted earnings in the near-term.

And finally, we announced the strategic merger with S&P Global, which joins two world class organizations with unique, highly complementary assets. This combination creates a pro forma company with increased scale, world class products in core markets and strong joint offerings in the high growth adjacencies, including ESG and energy transition, private assets and small and medium enterprises, counterparty risk management, supply chain and trade and alternative data. Our unique and complementary assets will leverage cutting-edge innovation and technology capability, including the IHS Markit Data Lake and S&P Global’s Kensho to enhance the customer value proposition. For IHS Markit shareholders, employees and customers, merging with S&P Global was the best strategic fit to create the most long-term value. Post the merger announcement, Doug Peterson, CEO of S&P Global, announced his executive team for the pro forma company, which includes the following members of my executive team. First, Adam Kansler will lead the combined S&P Global Market Intelligence business and the IHS Markit Financial Services segment. Edouard Tavernier will leave the Transportation segment. Sari Granat will be the combined company’s Chief Admin Officer and General Counsel. And Sally Moore will lead Strategic Alliances and will have responsibility for Corporate Development and Strategy. Other members of my executive team and myself have also agreed to help with the integration for 12 to 18 months post the close. I believe Doug has assembled a great executive team that will bring together members of both companies, including — and give the leadership — sorry. Doug has assembled a great executive team that will bring together members of both companies’ leadership and will be a great first step in merging the two companies. And now I will turn the call over to Jonathan.

Jonathan Gear — Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Great. Thank you, Lance. We had a strong finish to the year with results ahead of our expectations. Our Q4 financial performance included revenue of $1.107 billion with organic growth of 0% and all-in revenue of negative 1%, GAAP net income of $151 million and GAAP EPS of $0.38, adjusted EBITDA of $465 million, an increase of 3% with margins of 42.0% and adjusted EPS was $0.72, an increase of $0.07 or 11%. We were pleased with the finish of the year and a solid revenue and profit performance we delivered throughout 2020. Relative to revenue, our Q4 organic revenue growth of 0% included recurring organic growth of 2% and non-recurring organic growth of negative 11%.

Moving to segment performance. Financial Services revenue growth was 7%, including 6% organic and 1% FX. Recurring organic was 6%, while non-recurring organic growth was 9%. Our information business organic was 4% led by strength in our pricing, indices and equities information products. Processing organic was 1% as we saw it return to growth in loan markets, offset by a slight decline in derivatives processing. Solutions organic was 10%, due primarily to strong performance in our corporate actions, private markets and digital businesses. Transportation had revenue decline of negative 4%, including 2% organic, flat FX and divestiture of negative 6%. Organic growth was comprised of 6% recurring and negative 9% non-recurring. Resources revenue declined 11%, including negative 11% organic and flat FX. Recurring organic was negative 8% and non-recurring organic was negative 32%.

Our Q4 ACV decreased $22 million and our full year ACV decreased $74 million, down 9% versus prior year. We ended the year with ACV of $719 million, which now includes agri of approximately $30 million. CMS revenue declined 2%, including 0% organic, our benchmarking business divestiture impact of negative 1% and flat FX. Recurring organic was 2% and non-recurring organic growth was negative 13%.

Turning now to profits and margins. Adjusted EBITDA was $465 million, up 3%. Our adjusted EBITDA margin was 42.0%, up 160 basis points.

Moving to segment profitability. Financial Services adjusted EBITDA margin was 48.7%, up 260 basis points. Transportation’s margin was 45.3%, up 350 basis points. Resources margin was 40.2%, down 200 basis points. And CMS margin was $24.7%, up 20 basis points. GAAP net income was $151 million or $0.38 per share. Our adjusted EPS was $0.72 per diluted share, a $0.07 or 11% improvement over the prior year. Our full year adjusted tax rate was 18%. Q4 free cash flow was $275 million. Our full year free cash flow was $940 million and represented a conversion rate of 51%. As a reminder, our full year conversion rate was impacted by several non-recurring items.

Turning to the balance sheet. Our year end debt balance was $4.9 billion, which represented a gross leverage ratio of approximately 2.7 times on a bank covenant basis, and we closed the quarter with $126 million of cash. At year end, our undrawn revolver balance was approximately $1.2 billion. Our Q4 fully diluted weighted average share count was 400.5 million shares and our full year was 401.5 million shares. We completed the $200 million ASR in November of 2020. Our full year share repurchases were approximately $1.1 billion or 14.6 million shares at an average price of $73.71.

The merger agreement with S&P Global restricts our ability to purchase our shares. And therefore, our share repurchase program is currently suspended other than for the repurchase of shares associated with tax withholding requirements for share-based compensation. We paid a dividend of $67 million in Q4 for an FY 2020 total of $270 million of dividends. The merger agreement allows for the continued paying of a regular quarterly cash dividend in the future. And we are recommending to our board for the approval in our January 2021 meeting to increase the quarterly dividend from $0.17 per share to $0.20 per share, effective for the Q1 2021 dividend payment.

Moving to full year financial results. When we speak to full year results, they are normalized to exclude the impact of the aerospace and defense divestiture and the cancellation of Q2 events on growth rates for organic revenue, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS. Total full year revenue was $4.288 billion, which represent a decline of negative 3%, 0% organic, negative 2% acquisitive, flat FX.

Turning now to reported profits. Adjusted EBITDA was $1.837 billion, up 8% versus prior year. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 42.8% with reported margin expansion of 250 basis points. GAAP net income was $871 million with GAAP EPS of $2.17. And adjusted EPS was $2.84, a 13% increase versus prior year.

In terms of guidance, we are reiterating our 2021 revenue and adjusted EBITDA guidance and updating our adjusted EPS from a $0.03 impact due to our inability to repurchase shares as a result of the pending merger. Our 2021 guidance is as follows. Revenue of $4.535 billion to $4.635 billion with organic revenue growth of 6% to 8% including recurring organic growth of 6% to 7%. Adjusted EBITDA of $2 billion to $2.03 billion with adjusted EBITDA margin expansion of 100 basis points and adjusted EPS of $3.11 to $3.16 per share. Finally, we do expect cash conversion in the mid-60s as we lap our 2020 one-time cash impacts.

And with that, I will turn the call back over to Lance.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. Thanks, Jonathan. We managed through the many challenges of 2020 very well and are positioned to have a strong 2021. We’re excited about the merger with S&P Global and believe it will create long-term value for shareholders, new insights and capabilities for customers and greater opportunities for employees. Finally, I want to thank our shareholders for their continued support, and our colleagues around the world for their dedication and focus through what was a very challenging 2020.

Operator, we are ready to open the lines for questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from the line of Kevin McVeigh with Credit Suisse. Your line is now open.

Kevin McVeigh — Credit Suisse — Analyst

Great. Thanks so much. Hey — pardon me, congratulations. Hey, Lance or Jonathan, would you think about kind of the joint venture you announced with CME seems really interesting? Is there more opportunity just given the unique datasets to cultivate beyond CME into other opportunities? And just I think it underscores the strategic rationale for the S&P deal. Is there more opportunity from a client perspective, any initial reactions around the announced acquisition, and then just additional opportunities that you’re seeing similar to kind of what you do with CME?

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. No, why don’t I start and then I’ll pass it to Adam who did the transaction for us. But this was something that when we originally thought about selling Markit serve, we actually thought that there would be a impetus to buyers that wanted to find ways to consolidate the assets. But I think given the assets are primarily held by strategics and consortia and a variety of industry-owned relationships, I think it proved a tall order for any private equity firm to create that consolidation.

And so post that, we looked at the strategic assets across the industry. And of course between ourselves and CME, we have the majority of the OTC processing assets. And so therefore, the synergies for both, both on the cost side, but also in terms of the servicing the customer and creating incremental margin for Investment stood out really strong. And we think that the consolidation of processing assets across the industry is something that the CME-IHS Markit transaction as a JV is a first step.

But why don’t I pass it over to Adam who can give you some incremental color. Adam?

Adam Kansler — President – Financial Services

Sure. Thanks, Lance. There will be much more to come over the next few months as we bring the two businesses together. But as a — sort of as a high level answer to your question, you have a very common set of customers, common set of workflows and a lot of the same data enriching the workflows that the customers use on multiple platforms across the CME assets and ours. So this opportunity to bring it together you’ll have a much more complete dataset across all of those workflows, certainly within the derivatives market, giving you the opportunity to build additional analytical tools workflow tools and things that allow our customer set to manage their risk and processes more efficiently.

I think the customers that has found for many years that maintain these datasets and these workflows in multiple places is highly inefficient, it’s expensive and it causes breaks in some circumstances. So this is an opportunity to improve the risk management profile for our customer set, bring efficiency, bring their costs down and bring a better set of tools. So they will certainly be innovation and new applications and tool against those datasets in bringing those workflows together over time.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Adam. Next question.

Kevin McVeigh — Credit Suisse — Analyst

Thanks a lot.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Manav Patnaik with Barclays. Your line is now open.

Manav Patnaik — Barclays — Analyst

Yeah. Good morning, guys. I just want to focus on the Resources business. So if I caught the ACV right, if you exclude the agribusiness, it is down 9% and that’s decelerated again for the third quarter in a row. So I was just curious, why you’re confident that things going to bottom in Q1 here?

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan, do you want to start and then pass that to Brian or vice versa?

Jonathan Gear — Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure. I’ll go to start and then pass it on to Brian Crotty. Yeah, Manav. So we’ve — the Resources really is playing out as we expected back in Q2 of this year when we saw the impact coming in on upstream. And we’re seeing a two-tier world, obviously, where our upstream business challenged by the external markets and the — our downstream business performing pretty much in line on the subscription side.

With the ACV, as we kind of — we need to lap a full 12 months from the restructuring of the marketplace, which took place in kind of mid-Q2. As we know and as we’ve discussed on previous calls, we’ve kind of leaned into this pretty heavily, work closely with our customers and industry customers around this, but it does take a full 12 months. So as we look forward, we — Q4 performed as we expected. We expect further decline of Q1, but Q1 for ACV being more bottoming out and then building in Q2.

So I’ll pass it over to Brian for any specific color that he is seeing.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Brian, I don’t think we can hear you, Brian. I think you’re…

Brian Crotty — Executive Vice President, Global Energy and Natural Resources

Hello. Okay, sorry. Hi. Yeah. I’d say, Jonathan, you’re exactly right. When I look at the ACVs, it’s really upstream that drove the decline in ACV. When you look out at the next year, you can see us…

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

You’re going to need to use the other one, Brian. Use the other call. Sorry. Thank you.

Brian Crotty — Executive Vice President, Global Energy and Natural Resources

Can you hear me now? I’m sorry.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Yes.

Brian Crotty — Executive Vice President, Global Energy and Natural Resources

Okay. Yeah, when you look at the ACVs on the rest of the group, you can see them improving steadily. And even upstream, we hit bottom in Q1 and then we steadily improve and get positive ACV Q2, Q3, Q4.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Right. Thanks, Brian and Jonathan. Next question.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Gary Bisbee with Bank of America. Your line is now open.

Gary Bisbee — Bank of America Merrill Lynch — Analyst

Hey guys. Good morning. Maybe I’ll stick with Resources. One of the key questions I get from people around the S&P transaction is just thinking through potential synergies, and with Resources it’s not so clear to me and I think to others exactly where those will be. Since you acquired Opus a couple of years ago, which is a similar business model to a lot of Platts, can you just help us understand what synergies adding Opus to your portfolio has delivered for the Resources business? Has it helped innovation? Has it helped create new datasets? Have there been some real clear benefits to business and especially the top-line from adding that to your portfolio over the last couple of years? Thank you.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Maybe I can start Brian and then I’ll hand it to you. So first off, if you look at our business, it’s a 50% upstream consulting data analytics, and of course, that business is different than the S&P Global business. And so there aren’t the numerous product synergies, but there’s definitely scale with customers and new customer opportunities for opportunity. As you shift down through chemicals, agriculture, Opus, all the pricing, Mccluskie Coal indices, as you’re getting to the pricing in indices, of course, all of those services where we have synergies between them, have the same opportunity set with the Platts teams. So we’re quite excited about the mid and downstream synergies around the pricing and new services ex where there is overlap and we’ll have to address that within the closing of the merger, but that’s a small piece of the revenue.

Brian, do you want to add to that?

Brian Crotty — Executive Vice President, Global Energy and Natural Resources

Yeah. I think for us, it gives us a whole new customer base as well. When you look at wholesalers, convenience store marketers, even penetrates us more into traders. So I think that was a good thing for the Opus acquisition. Also, placing services center have renewal rates. And then the strong news component gives us a lower end product to upsell higher end services. So I think strategically, it was a very good acquisition.

Gary Bisbee — Bank of America Merrill Lynch — Analyst

Thank you.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Hey, thanks, Brian. Next question.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Jeff Meuler with Baird. Your line is now open.

Jeffery Meuler — Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc. — Analyst

Yeah. Thank you. On the Transportation outlook, is it the typical annual pricing increase in CARFAX and AMM or is there some catch-up since I don’t think you got your typical increase this year and what’s the timing of that? And then any comment on kind of forward visibility on non-recurring within Transportation? I know that like the timing of recall campaigns can impact that, but just as we think about getting back to the growth that you’re projecting? Thanks.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. Edouard, do you want to take that one?

Edouard Tavernier — Executive Vice President, Transportation

Yeah, happy to pick it up. Thank you, Jeff, for the question. So on the pricing side, there will be cost increases in 2021 and we will proceed carefully. Let’s remember that across North America, we’re still in the middle of the pandemic. So we are still reflected on exactly the right time to introduce a pricing increase, so that currently is planned. But it will be a normal pricing increase and no particular catch-ups. We are very focused on the health of our customers and dealer partners.

In terms of the forward visibility, as you mentioned, Jeff, a lot of our transactional revenues are types of things like marketing spend by the industry as well as activity in the recall business. Now we’re seeing some of those spend items come back. They were higher in Q4 than in Q3. And we have seen a lot of good marketing activity coming through in Q1. So we are confident they are on their way back. But as Lance mentioned in the introductory comments, it will take a bit longer for them to reverse to normalized trends. We expect that in the second half of the next year.

Jeffery Meuler — Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc. — Analyst

Thank you. Thanks, Edouard. Next question.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Alex Kramm with UBS. Your line is now open.

Alex Kramm — UBS Securities LLC — Analyst

Yeah, hey. Just quick one on the guidance, I know largely unchanged, but the margin upside pretty consistent with prior years. Anything to point out there on a segment basis or on a seasonal basis we should be aware of as we think about 2021 or pretty consistent with what we’ve seen in the past?

Jonathan Gear — Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Okay. Sure, Alex.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan, will you take that one?

Jonathan Gear — Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, we’ll do. Alex, thanks for the question. Now in terms of the 100 basis points margin performance, again, that’s really just building — as you know, in the last fiscal year, very unusual fiscal year for us in many, many ways, but we did make some structural changes in our cost. And as we’re seeing a flow through there, that plus the normal growth rates that we’re seeing on the 6% to 8% total, helps drive that overall margin.

I think you will see in particular as we flow through — I would look at FY ’21 as a relatively normal year. The comparison to ’20 is where it gets a bit hairy at times from quarter-to-quarter. So Q2 in Transportation for example was a particularly challenging time for us. I think you’ll see some odd seasonality on a year-on-year comparisons there. But I would think of FY ’21 really as a pretty normal year for us.

Alex Kramm — UBS Securities LLC — Analyst

Makes sense. Thanks.

Jonathan Gear — Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Jonathan. Next question.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Andrew Steinerman with J.P. Morgan. Your line is now open.

Andrew Steinerman — J.P. Morgan — Analyst

Hi, Jon. Could you just — I know you just said on transport the May quarter will have this kind of disproportional pop to make the 12% to 15% organic revenue growth for the year. Could you just be a little more directional in kind of — in the kind of current quarter how that’s trending knowing that the May quarter will be kind of disproportional year-over-year comparison?

Jonathan Gear — Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure. We’ll do, Andrew. And I’ll kind of call you to take a look at the supplemental, you’ll kind of see what happened in FY ’20, and then I’ll kind of tell you to see what’s going to happen in FY ’21. But if we just go back on what happened last year, as a reminder, when COVID hit, we gave significant price concessions voluntarily, particularly in Transportation in Q2. A little bit I would also add, Andrew, in Q3 as it leaked a little bit into Q3.

As we look forward now right now, so first, the industry overall has seen a strong recovery in the second half of 2020. In fact, I just tried to [Indecipherable] a used car, it’s very hard to find a used car right now to speaks to the strength of the industry, but I did use CARFAX basically to find a great car, I’d recommend it to you, Andrew. But if you look forward, the industry has recovered there. So as we see the performance in FY ’21, we’re seeing a pretty healthy industry, particularly at the dealership level. As Edouard mentioned, we do work closely and support the health of our dealer customers and we are being careful as to how we look at value, capture the price increase, the timing around that. But right now, we’re seeing our customers doing pretty well, and that’s reflected in kind of our expectations.

But Edouard, anything else you want to comment on?

Edouard Tavernier — Executive Vice President, Transportation

No, I think you covered the key points, Jonathan. There is a seasonality effect, right? If you look at 2020, we took a significant haircut in Q2 on revenues even as we are working on our cost base. In Q3, revenue started coming back in when costs were low and then they create some seasonality in the margin accretion, and you’re going to see some of that payout in 2021 in the comps. But otherwise, you captured all the key points, Jonathan. Thank you.

Andrew Steinerman — J.P. Morgan — Analyst

Thank you. Appreciate it.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks. Next question.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Ashish Sabadra with Deutsche Bank. Your line is now open.

Ashish Sabadra — Deutsche Bank — Analyst

Thanks for taking my question, and congrats on the quarter. So my question is on the S&P strategic rationale and revenue synergies, as both teams have had a chance to spend some more time. Can you just talk about the ability to develop new product and improve commercialization of inflows Data Lake by combining it with S&P’s Kensho as well as the power of combining inflows Data Lake with S&P’s Market Intelligence platform? And if you can talk about just the new product development as well as improved distribution of data asset, how that can help going forward? Thanks.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Sure, okay. We’ll maybe focus this question around Market Intelligence and Financial Services because that is the area where we have substantive product-related synergies. And it really — and I’ll pass it to Adam to add on to this as well. But if we start with the Data Lake and Kensho, the Data Lake is where IHS Markit has spent three years organizing all of its alternative datasets into a common library with ease of access for both our internal use as well as now to commercialize to customers. So we’ve done the heavy lifting to organize those datasets.

S&P Global acquired the Kensho assets, which are advanced analytics, data science experts, which have scale and size that are very excited to be able to begin working with the information, alternative datasets that we have to help provide new forms of decision making tools, decision making signals as well as trading signals, alerts and just deeper decision making tools in ways that without the organized datasets tied to advanced analytics platform like Kensho. You don’t have the same opportunity to do so. So that’s the first thing.

The second thing is, Market Intelligence is a platform that has hundreds of thousands of users that are active on the platform and that gives us an opportunity for direct distribution as well as the build up of tools and services to be offered on the platform.

And I will let Adam add on to that because there’s several other ways the two financial services groups that Adam will lead have revenue synergies mapped out and excited about going forward. Adam?

Adam Kansler — President – Financial Services

Yeah. Thanks, Lance. A lot of this was discussed by both Doug and Lance at the time of the merger. And I think a lot of those themes remain true as we’ve continued to explore and get ready for integration, a lot of those original themes have played out. And that’s really looking at the scale of data and insights available to the combined business. The ability to put the massive datasets and content available through the Market Intelligence platform into some of the technology solutions we offer to our customers in their reg and compliance, risk management workflows should be a real game changer in their ability to make decisions and us to give them a very efficient platform for consuming those wide ranging datasets.

If you look for — look at a corporate customer group; automotive, oil and gas, engineering companies, we’ll have the opportunity to give them both financial market and risk capabilities they need to run their business, but also data, tools, capabilities, let them thrive in their core markets with deep industry-specific expertise, market insight and including things like asset valuations, which we have been able to give before because of the really — that’s the expertise that we’re now bringing to that core customer set, that’s a user of the Market Intelligence product. So those are sort of the key areas. It’s really the combination of a cross-asset cross-industry dataset with workflow solutions already touching many of those same customers.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Adam. Next question.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Shlomo Rosenbaum with Stifel. Your line is now open.

Shlomo H. Rosenbaum — Stifel Nicolaus — Analyst

Hi. Thank you very much for taking my questions. Hey, Lance, just kind of two questions I want to sneak in. First is just the Data Lake went fully live, I think in the summer. I just want to ask you to comment a little about what the uptake from customers were? Did it really validate the fact that you will be able to improve the selling motion over there that seems to be a key kind of point that you’re hoping to capitalize on with Kensho being able to use a lot of the stuff that’s in the Data Lake?

And then just maybe for Jonathan. What are you assuming for events in the year? Are you assuming that we’re not going to go back to any live events? And what would be events revenue be in kind of a normalized year? Thank you.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. Let me start with that. Yeah, so the Data Lake, we launched the commercialization in the first half of 2020. And we started off with several proof of concepts with bigger, active large users, hedge funds, banks that have big decision making strategies around the use of alternative data. And so far, we started to commercialize those relationships, turn them into longer term contracts. Contracts are reasonably sized with term and give the customers the ability to be able to access parts or all of the library for defined decision-making purposes. So — and then sometimes the ability to create some form of redistributes if it’s into their own products and services that wouldn’t cannibalize our datasets.

So we’re building out two things. One, the pipeline customers. Two, we’ve now started to convert the customers. I don’t want to say we’ve converted 100 customers, but we definitely have converted 10 customers in the year. So that’s starting to pick up. We have a great pipeline. And we have numerous ways of creating the commercial accept. Somebody is typing. You must be typing your notes, right?

Shlomo H. Rosenbaum — Stifel Nicolaus — Analyst

Yeah. I put that up. Sorry about that. I don’t want to just come in through.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. That’s better. Okay. So then the next bit that I’d like to say is that, for us, the Data Lake gives us a speed of development of new products, but also this ability to attach our content with our customers’ content and give them new unique ways of leveraging and utilizing the datasets. So we see a bunch of efficiencies and a bunch of commercial activities, of which we’ve started to get a positive trend going on those already.

On the second part of the question on the events, I’ll pass it over to Jonathan.

Jonathan Gear — Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Great. Thanks, Lance. So on the events, I mean as we know, we offer events throughout the year, but Q2 is our heavy, heavy events month from a revenue perspective. We have our three large flagship events of CERAWeek, the World Petrochemical Conference and the TPM Conference in our maritime segment. We are not planning on holding those physical events this year.

So when we look at our forecast, revenue forecast for the year, we’ve have taken that — we’ve anticipated no revenue from physical events. We are however holding virtual events in those three events. The revenue from those is significantly lower, Shlomo. So don’t expect to see a significant pop there. But I think it’s important way for our team to continue to lead the industry and lean in with our customers and help connect the industry during these times. So again, you won’t see any revenue, significant revenue from events for us in FY ’21, but we will be holding the events virtually.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Can I add, Jonathan? As we — one of the things I’d say, Shlomo that I was quite impressed with is, with the virtual events, we do have experience running a CERAWeek India last year, which we did with positive revenue. And so we’re applying that virtual model to the bigger CERAWeek event for 2021. And I have to say that the customer take-up in terms of participating on in the events as well as sponsoring and participating from a commercial perspective has been reasonable.

And so I’ve been quite impressed with the team’s work. I know they’ve involved me with some of the discussions in building some of the panels up, etc., but they’re doing a great job. And I know they won’t be able to produce the revenue they did physically, but they sure are building some momentum to add some revenue, positive revenue for virtual events as well. And let’s see how that plays out in the quarter going into next quarter. But we’ll definitely have a number.

Thanks. Next question.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Hamzah Mazari with Jefferies. Your line is now open.

Hamzah Mazari — Jefferies — Analyst

Happy New Year. My question is just on the S&P transaction expected to close second half. Any next steps or milestones? Any delays you expect from an antitrust perspective? Are there divestitures you have to do? How long do you expect the HSR process should take? Sort of any color around that would be great, Lance. Thank you so much.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. Well, first off, our expectation is that it will close in the second half. We don’t see anything specifically that’s going to create any substantive hurdles. So all the hurdles that we knew going into it in terms of the business overlap within our Platts and Opus’ businesses are there, and the teams are working to address those. And so my view is, there shouldn’t be any significant roadblocks or hurdles. We’d expect to close in the second half and expect that teams to work with the regulatory bodies to determine the precise nature of the overlap of any assets, which is substantive, is insignificant in terms of size across the transaction.

I don’t know, Jonathan, anything else you want to add or is that…

Jonathan Gear — Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

No, I think you have it right, Lance. And right now, we’ve already started engaging with the government regulators. It’s very positive engagement there. And I mean, as Lance said, I’ll just reiterate what he said, we see no surprises. Given the size of this transaction, it of course requires appropriate review by government agencies. But there is nothing I think that we see nor have we heard any feedback that would cause us any concern. And it’s just the nature of the size of it, I think it will be a second half completion.

Hamzah Mazari — Jefferies — Analyst

Thank you so much.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Next question.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of George Tong with Goldman Sachs. Your line is now open.

George Tong — Goldman Sachs — Analyst

Hi, thanks. Good morning. Diving a bit deeper in the Transportation, you expect organic growth to be in the 12% to 15% range in 2021, and you mentioned dealers are performing relatively well. Can you elaborate a little bit more on the health of dealers and OEMs and what needs to change at the customer level for you to hit your targets? Also, can you discuss a bit whether you’ve seen any negative impact from the full reversal now of earlier pricing concessions in Transportation?

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Edouard?

Edouard Tavernier — Executive Vice President, Transportation

Yes. Hi, George. Thanks for the question. So in terms of what we’ve assumed in our forecast, in our plans, it’s a continuation of current trends, right, which means a market that in the U.S. is probably down roughly 10% year-on-year. It means continuing challenges with inventories. It means by and large significant volumes of both used cars and new cars and most dealers remaining open even if there are kind of local business restrictions. So we have factored in all of those risks and we can execute on our plan and our forecast within the current market environment.

In terms of what we’re seeing in the dealer market and sign post about the health, I would say a couple of things. In the end, many dealers had a very strong 2020 because even though volumes were down, because they have to lower costs and because inventories were very low, the margins by and large were high and dealers remained profitable throughout 2020. So in fact, most dealers are in pretty good shape coming into 2021 and expects to remain in pretty good shape. They expect prices to remain pretty solid throughout the year.

What they do see is uncertainty, right? And that uncertainty means there is risk. It means they’re not bringing in all of their costs back into the dealership. And it means that there may be some ups and downs throughout the year. But by and large that is the market environment we are seeing today. And that is the environment in which we can execute on our plan.

George, that was your first question. Can you just remind what the second question was?

George Tong — Goldman Sachs — Analyst

Yeah. If there has been any negative impact from the full reversal now of pricing concessions?

Edouard Tavernier — Executive Vice President, Transportation

Yeah, it’s a great question. Thanks for asking it. I think we mentioned on the Q3 call that as we were removing the pricing concessions, we would be tracking the retention rate very, very closely through Q3 and Q4. Well, the great news is it’s remained very, very strong. So our cancellation rates have remained low, even as we took out the option to sustain the service and we are very happy about this.

If you remember back in Q2, when the crisis struck, we said, the most important thing for our business is to make sure that when we come out of the crisis, we come out with customer relationships that are even stronger than they were coming into the crisis. That’s why we made hard decisions. That’s why we took a short-term kind of revenue hit because we believe that we had to do to get through the pandemic. I think we’re coming out of it in the right place, with very strong customer relationships with critical products and with high retention rates.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Edouard. Next question.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Jeff Silber with BMO. Your line is now open.

Jeff Silber — BMO — Analyst

Thank you so much. I’ve had a few investors ask me this question, so I’ll just ask you. Can you talk a little bit about morale and internal turnover at your Company since the merger announcement, especially in light of last month’s announcement of the new divisional structure for the combined company? Thanks.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. So, no, it’s a good question. So there is not a lot of product sales management overlaps in terms of the products and services that both companies offer and we have a lot of opportunity for revenue synergies where we’re going to have to apply new people to work on the new opportunity sets. So therefore, the synergies come across all the shared services. And of course, in a merger like this, we put in retention in order to keep the teams well motivated, intact with performance — successful performance related retention that ties into us executing the deal really well, and that goes across the executives, including myself, that will stay on post closing to help make sure the deal is a success and other people across the shared services that may not be having long-term roles but their short-term roles are very important and therefore, we structure in compensation to help make that happen.

I have to say, as we went into the end of the year to close the merger announcement, we really had the — and the pandemic, we’ve really been operating at the absolute highest satisfaction levels in the firm that we’ve ever had. It’s been a real pleasure motivating people through the pandemic, getting the teams working on running the Company in a tough time doing the merger, and post the merger we’ve announced our HUB platform, JV with CME, Cappitech acquisition, there is no stopping. And this is a company that’s going into a close of a merger in the second half. We’re still doing the things that IHS Markit has been designed to do and does very well. And so, no, I’m very pleased with how everybody’s responded, the morale and how we’re treating employees that may be without a long-term job post the close.

Jeff Silber — BMO — Analyst

Can you disclose the dollar — I’m sorry, just the dollar amount of the retention.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

The dollar amount of the synergy?

Jeff Silber — BMO — Analyst

Yeah. The retentions.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, I think it’s all done. Jonathan, do you want to talk whatever has been disclosed there?

Jonathan Gear — Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure. That was — I — it was over talked. That was the dollar amount of the retention on people?

Jeff Silber — BMO — Analyst

Yes, please.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Our total retention pools across the two companies.

Jonathan Gear — Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure. So we created a $16 million retention pool, which we, I think, announced at the time of the merger. And that’s a cash pool being used to retain the jobs which could potentially be at risk. And I’ll emphasize potentially. As you can imagine, you do a merger like this, a lot of excitement at the individual level [Indecipherable] was it meaning [Phonetic] for me personally. And that retention pool really allows, as Lance said, it basically buys time for people who kind of see what their future looks like kind of going forward and to kind of de-risk the delivery of this year, that’s a $16 million pool, which we began to rollout shortly after announcing the merger.

Jeff Silber — BMO — Analyst

Okay. Appreciate the color. Thanks so much.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you. Next question.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Andrew Nicholas with William Blair. Your line is now open.

Andrew Nicholas — William Blair — Analyst

Great, thank you. I was hoping you could speak a little bit more to the HUB announcement you made last week, certainly a handful of major players coming together for that initiative. And so I’m wondering if you could speak to the specific set of middling into our back office solution. The Company is targeting, I think there is already a handful of skilled players in that space. So I want to make sure I understand where and the asset manager operation stack HUB planning play? And then also how HUB will be differentiated versus some of the incumbents in that space? Thank you.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Right, okay. Well, HUB initiates out of two very large customers that we’re looking at opportunities to create efficiencies with respect to technology going forward. And those were announced in the press release, PIMCO and Man Group. And they have a very close relation given the PIMCO CEO was formerly the Man Group CEO, so a close relationship. And both CEOs looking at the forward use of new technologies to create efficiencies in the total cost of ownership of the solutions that they are needed.

And so HUBs initial job is to build a foundation of client transaction and reference data storage for the management of the activities of the middle and back office of an asset manager. So therefore reducing the inefficiencies that happen from using multiple different systems. And it’s early stage. Microsoft as a partner is, of course, a choice of Azure with respect to the build and advisory on the build. McKinsey, of course, great partner who is work — or who are working with asset managers, who are trying to make their forward technology decisions. And State Street, great partner because they manage the outsourced back office for PIMCO and ourselves who have a lot of experience at data management and the build-out of financial services technologies.

So it’s really a joint venture of centers [Phonetic] where we have many owners who are going to own a build of a foundation technology that will help bring asset management total cost of ownership down across the middle and back office functional needs to better manage those datasets. And it will be a platform that connect — will connect to all the industry administrators over time, various software assets, OMS, PMS, risk management, risk attribution, pricing, a real integrated HUB, hence the name, that looks to reduce the cost of management of data with respect to a big asset manager. And the two asset managers that are announced in the transaction, of course, they have a lot of knowledge and IP themselves, and we’ll be putting that expertise to work as we look at the forward plans of HUB.

I don’t know, Adam, if you want to add anything else, or we can pause there and — okay, so we’ll go for the next question. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Toni Kaplan with Morgan Stanley. Your line is now open.

Toni Kaplan — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

Thank you. ESG is a high growth area and it will be an important part of your future with S&P. And for S&P, we know that their ESG revenue is about $60 million annualized, growing at about 40%. How big is your ESG revenue and how fast is it growing? And are there any specific products or areas that you can talk about that you’re focused on for this year in particular? Thanks.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Right. No, it’s a good question, Toni. Our revenues, as Doug and I mentioned, in the combination are slightly larger, but they are a little bit different than what you would call the pure bread ESG revenues, because we don’t have a ESG rating products for say. We have a whole bunch of products that really play into the E of ESG, and will be naturally combined and will create synergies with the S&P products. So for example, we have a carbon registry, which is where we’re — where we have voluntary emissions receipts that are used for carbon offsets. We also built carbon auction platforms, Costa Rica, California, Quebec, to name a few. And those auction platforms for pricing a carbon locally in a state or a region or a country are increasingly important and we’ll continue to build those out.

Then within our Energy & Transportation businesses, of course, we have a lot of geo-location data around all the energy-related assets, which are important to the climate discussions going forward. We have a lot of data with respect to some of the land use around agriculture. We have, of course, knowledge of the tail pipe emissions of all the automotive fleets. So we have these, what you would call is — within all of our businesses, we have parts of the E of ESG. And when we combine that with the ESG rating services, the true cost, the RobecoSAMs of S&P Global, we start to have a much more significant circa $125 million to $150 million of kind of base revenues that need to be brought together and then continue to grow at double-digits. Doug has mentioned the 40% publicly. We’ve never really talked about our growth rate, but it’s also strong double-digits.

Toni Kaplan — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

Thank you.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Toni. Next question, may be our final one.

Operator

Our last question comes from the line of Andrew Jeffrey with Truist Securities. Your line is now open.

Andrew Jeffrey — Truist Securities — Analyst

Thank you. Good morning. Appreciate you squeezing me in here at the end. Lance, actually I wanted to ask a question about Financial Services, which has been such a steady business for you, and specifically in solutions, in Ipreo. Can you give us an update on sort of performance of alternatives broadly? And then I wonder if you might talk a little bit about a couple of trends. And I wonder if you are participating or if you have any thoughts, and those would be Bitcoin and the emergence of SPACs as funding vehicles. Are those areas where you think Ipreo can monetize over time along with alternatives?

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Those are both good questions, and I’ll start and then Adam can conclude. So first off, our Financial Services business has proved even through this tough year of the pandemic to provide us strong mid-single-digit recurring revenue growth, and I don’t see that waning going forward. And I think with the synergies, has an opportunity to accelerate.

Ipreo as an acquisition and now fully embedded part of our Financial Services business is accretive to our growth. And it’s accretive to our growth because of the market activity that occurred this year through the pandemic, but equally, the alternatives business, which brings me to that second part of your question, which is, I think we’re one of two platforms that significantly plays in the alternative space, private equity, private debt and the provision of services that will help the GP, LP relationship manage more effectively. And that’s strong double-digit growth for us, whether it’s valuations, whether its reporting, whether it’s our new index JV. We’ve got some real exciting growth assets and ones that we can continue to build on.

We don’t have any plans at the moment. I don’t know about S&P Global, but ourselves with respect to Bitcoin. Maybe Adam is going to correct me in a moment, but I’ll leave him to do so. But not that — nothing big and significant. Of course, we have every — every millennial that works for us thinks we should have a major pricing data services software and participation around a marketplace that is really legitimizing itself. So we’ve got to take it seriously. And so I expect pricing and data services, etc. that we normally would provide any OTC pricing or contracts, those types of things we’ll be looking to value and participate.

The second part, which you mentioned was SPACs. Well, to me, SPACs is just another form of a new issue. So therefore, the Ipreo teams through their activities stay on top of all of the new issuance. And so as a SPAC participates into the marketplace, if there is any follow-on equity activity, etc., of course, they would be participating. But in terms of the set up for management, that’s not something that we do. But I imagine the datasets, etc. will be ones as they continue to grow that we’ve got to keep track of.

Adam, do you want to add anything else to that?

Adam Kansler — President – Financial Services

I think you covered things well, Lance. Maybe two quick comments. First on the Ipreo acquisition. I mean, that really is fully integrated today. So we don’t look at it separately. But each of those businesses has continued to perform really well, really providing central market infrastructure in a couple of places in highly volatile and really complicated financial markets over this past year and have performed incredibly well and brought transparency and enhanced capabilities. And that includes, and you mentioned, SPACs. The level of issuance in the SPAC market, many of those transactions again carried through our platforms.

In the Alternatives segment of that Ipreo business, combination with our existing capabilities like valuation, data management, the expansion into credit asset classes has proven to be consistent with where the markets are going. The increased flow of capital into those spaces has positioned those businesses well to be market leaders in providing portfolio management tools, risk management tools, in particular, data management tools as we go forward to both GP and LP community. Those businesses have grown well up into the double-digits over this past year, and we see that for the next several years ahead.

And the last point I’d make is around crypto. Though not as a singular focus for us, we obviously are responding to our customers’ needs to be able to value those products. You will see last November, we announced a partnership with the firm called Lukka. We have several other tactical partnerships. We do collect a lot of different pricing and reference data and other valuation information around cryptocurrencies in order to help customers value portfolios that may include cryptocurrencies. So it’s an area we will continue to focus, not just on the valuation side, but probably even moving into the index side in the near future as well.

Lance Uggla — Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. Thanks, Adam, and thanks everybody for your questions today. I’ll turn it back to Eric, operator.

Eric Boyer — Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

We thank you for your interest in IHS Markit. This call can be accessed via replay 855-859-2056 or international dial-in 404-537-3406. Conference ID 8089142 beginning in about two hours and running through January, 20, 2021. In addition, the webcast will be archived for one year on our website. Thank you. And we appreciate your interest and time.

Operator

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