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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2020
OR
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from                      to                     
Commission File Number: 1-1023  
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S&P Global Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
New York13-1026995
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
55 Water Street,New York,New York10041
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 212-438-1000
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
ClassTrading SymbolName of Exchange on which registered
Common stock (par value $1.00 per share)SPGINew York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.       Yes No
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Date File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).           Yes No
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer”, “smaller reporting company”, and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filerAccelerated filerNon-accelerated filer
Smaller reporting company
Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). YES NO

As of April 24, 2020 (latest practicable date), 240.9 million shares of the issuer's classes of common stock (par value $1.00 per share) were outstanding.

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S&P Global Inc.
INDEX
 
 Page Number
Item 6. Exhibits

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm 

To the Shareholders and Board of Directors of S&P Global Inc.  

Results of Review of Interim Financial Statements

We have reviewed the accompanying consolidated balance sheet of S&P Global Inc. (and subsidiaries) (the “Company”) as of March 31, 2020, the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, (deficit) equity and cash flows for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the “consolidated interim financial statements”). Based on our reviews, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to the consolidated interim financial statements for them to be in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

We have previously audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the consolidated balance sheet of the Company as of December 31, 2019, the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, equity and cash flows for the year then ended, and the related notes and schedule (not presented herein); and in our report dated February 10, 2020, we expressed an unqualified audit opinion on those consolidated financial statements. In our opinion, the information set forth in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2019, is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the consolidated balance sheet from which it has been derived.

Basis for Review Results

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company's management. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the SEC and the PCAOB. We conducted our review in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. A review of interim financial statements consists principally of applying analytical procedures and making inquiries of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters. It is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB, the objective of which is the expression of an opinion regarding the financial statements taken as a whole. Accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.

/s/ ERNST & YOUNG LLP

New York, New York
April 28, 2020



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PART I — FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements

S&P Global Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
(in millions, except per share amounts)Three Months Ended
March 31,
20202019
Revenue$1,786  $1,571  
Expenses:
Operating-related expenses521  473  
Selling and general expenses311  341  
Depreciation20  20  
Amortization of intangibles29  32  
Total expenses881  866  
Gain on disposition(7)   
Operating profit912  705  
Other expense, net1  103  
Interest expense, net34  36  
Income before taxes on income877  566  
Provision for taxes on income188  113  
Net income689  453  
Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
(50) (43) 
Net income attributable to S&P Global Inc.$639  $410  
Earnings per share attributable to S&P Global Inc. common shareholders:
Net income:
Basic$2.64  $1.66  
Diluted$2.62  $1.65  
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic242.1  246.7  
Diluted243.3  248.3  
Actual shares outstanding at period end240.9  246.1  
See accompanying notes to the unaudited consolidated financial statements.
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S&P Global Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(Unaudited)
 
(in millions)Three Months Ended
March 31,
20202019
Net income$689  $453  
Other comprehensive income:
Foreign currency translation adjustments
(37) 17  
Income tax effect
6  2  
(31) 19  
Pension and other postretirement benefit plans
3  114  
Income tax effect
(1) (28) 
2  86  
Unrealized (loss) gain on forward exchange contracts
(9) 5  
Income tax effect
2  (1) 
(7) 4  
Comprehensive income653  562  
Less: comprehensive income attributable to nonredeemable noncontrolling interests
(1) (3) 
Less: comprehensive income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests
(49) (40) 
Comprehensive income attributable to S&P Global Inc.
$603  $519  


See accompanying notes to the unaudited consolidated financial statements.
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S&P Global Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
(in millions)March 31,
2020
December 31,
2019
(Unaudited) 
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$1,932  $2,866  
Restricted cash20  20  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts: 2020 - $34; 2019 - $34
1,504  1,577  
Prepaid and other current assets239  249  
Total current assets3,695  4,712  
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation: 2020 - $623 ; 2019 - $622
309  320  
Right of use assets652  676  
Goodwill3,703  3,575  
Other intangible assets, net1,439  1,424  
Other non-current assets665  641  
Total assets$10,463  $11,348  
LIABILITIES AND (DEFICIT) EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$203  $190  
Accrued compensation and contributions to retirement plans
222  446  
Income taxes currently payable160  68  
Unearned revenue1,897  1,928  
Other current liabilities501  461  
Total current liabilities2,983  3,093  
Long-term debt 3,949  3,948  
Lease liabilities — non-current603  620  
Pension and other postretirement benefits258  259  
Other non-current liabilities596  624  
Total liabilities8,389  8,544  
Redeemable noncontrolling interest (Note 8)2,268  2,268  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 12)
Equity:
Common stock294  294  
Additional paid-in capital754  903  
Retained income12,691  12,205  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(660) (624) 
Less: common stock in treasury(13,329) (12,299) 
Total (deficit) equity — controlling interests(250) 479  
Total equity — noncontrolling interests56  57  
Total (deficit) equity (194) 536  
Total liabilities and (deficit) equity$10,463  $11,348  
        

See accompanying notes to the unaudited consolidated financial statements.
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S&P Global Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
 
(in millions)Three Months Ended
March 31,
20202019
Operating Activities:
Net income$689  $453  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation20  20  
Amortization of intangibles29  32  
Provision for losses on accounts receivable10  7  
Deferred income taxes(6) 28  
Stock-based compensation11  12  
Gain on disposition(7)   
Pension settlement charge, net of taxes  85  
Other29  8  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effect of acquisitions and dispositions:
Accounts receivable76  (87) 
Prepaid and other current assets(52) (34) 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses(251) (161) 
Unearned revenue(12) (3) 
Accrued legal settlements  (1) 
Other current liabilities49  (59) 
Net change in prepaid/accrued income taxes125  57  
Net change in other assets and liabilities(30) (64) 
Cash provided by operating activities680  293  
Investing Activities:
Capital expenditures(11) (20) 
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired(183) (1) 
Changes in short-term investments11    
Cash used for investing activities(183) (21) 
Financing Activities:
Dividends paid to shareholders(161) (141) 
Distributions to noncontrolling interest holders, net(51) (18) 
Repurchase of treasury shares(1,153) (644) 
Exercise of stock options8  23  
Employee withholding tax on share-based payments (44) (49) 
Cash used for financing activities(1,401) (829) 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash(30) 35  
Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash(934) (522) 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period2,886  1,958  
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period$1,952  $1,436  

See accompanying notes to the unaudited consolidated financial statements.
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S&P Global Inc.
Consolidated Statements of (Deficit) Equity
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31, 2020
 (in millions)Common Stock $1 parAdditional Paid-in CapitalRetained IncomeAccumulated Other Comprehensive LossLess: Treasury StockTotal SPGI (Deficit) EquityNoncontrolling InterestsTotal (Deficit) Equity
Balance as of December 31, 2019$294  $903  $12,205  (624) $12,299  $479  $57  $536  
Comprehensive income 1
639  (36) 603  1  604  
Dividends (Dividend declared per common share — $0.67 per share)
(161) (161) (161) 
Share repurchases(120) 1,033  (1,153) (1,153) 
Employee stock plans
(29) (3) (26) (26) 
Change in redemption value of redeemable noncontrolling interest
11  11  11  
Other(3) (3) (2) (5) 
Balance as of March 31, 2020$294  $754  $12,691  $(660) $13,329  $(250) $56  $(194) 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2019
 (in millions)Common Stock $1 parAdditional Paid-in CapitalRetained IncomeAccumulated Other Comprehensive LossLess: Treasury StockTotal SPGI EquityNoncontrolling InterestsTotal Equity
Balance as of December 31, 2018$294  $833  $11,284  $(742) $11,041  $628  $56  $684  
Comprehensive income 1
410  109  519  3  522  
Dividends (Dividend declared per common share — $0.57 per share)
(141) (141) (141) 
Share repurchases644  (644) (644) 
Employee stock plans
(61) (47) (14) (14) 
Capital contribution from noncontrolling interest
(36) (36) (36) 
Change in redemption value of redeemable noncontrolling interest
15  15  15  
Other—  2  2  
Balance as of March 31, 2019$294  $772  $11,532  $(633) $11,638  $327  $61  $388  
1Excludes comprehensive income of $49 million and $40 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively, attributable to our redeemable noncontrolling interest.

See accompanying notes to the unaudited consolidated financial statements.
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S&P Global Inc.
Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)
 
1. Nature of Operations and Basis of Presentation

S&P Global Inc. (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, "S&P Global," the “Company,” “we,” “us” or “our”) is a leading provider of transparent and independent ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets worldwide.

Our operations consist of four reportable segments: S&P Global Ratings ("Ratings"), S&P Global Market Intelligence ("Market Intelligence"), S&P Global Platts ("Platts") and S&P Dow Jones Indices ("Indices").
Ratings is an independent provider of credit ratings, research, and analytics, offering investors and other market participants information, ratings and benchmarks.
Market Intelligence is a global provider of multi-asset-class data, research and analytical capabilities, which integrate cross-asset analytics and desktop services.
Platts is the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodity and energy markets.
Indices is a global index provider that maintains a wide variety of valuation and index benchmarks for investment advisors, wealth managers and institutional investors.

In the first quarter of 2020, we changed our allocation methodology for allocating our centrally managed technology-related expenses to our reportable segments to more accurately reflect each segment's respective usage. Prior-year amounts have been reclassified to conform with current presentation. There was no impact on the Company's consolidated balance sheets, consolidated statements of income and consolidated statements of cash flows as a result of this change.

The accompanying unaudited financial statements of the Company have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and notes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements. Therefore, the financial statements included herein should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and notes included in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 (our “Form 10-K”). Certain prior-year amounts have been reclassified to conform with current presentation.

In the opinion of management, all normal recurring adjustments considered necessary for a fair statement of the results of the interim periods have been included. The operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2020 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the full year.

Our critical accounting estimates are disclosed in Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, in our Form 10-K. On an ongoing basis, we evaluate our estimates and assumptions, including those related to revenue recognition, allowance for doubtful accounts, valuation of long-lived assets, goodwill and other intangible assets, pension plans, incentive compensation and stock-based compensation, income taxes, contingencies and redeemable noncontrolling interests. Since the date of our Form 10-K, there have been no material changes to our critical accounting policies and estimates.

Restricted Cash

Restricted cash of $10 million and $15 million included in our consolidated balance sheets as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively, includes amounts held in escrow accounts in connection with our acquisition of Kensho.

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Contract Assets

Contract assets include unbilled amounts from when the Company transfers service to a customer before a customer pays consideration or before payment is due. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, contract assets were $38 million and $28 million, respectively, and are included in accounts receivable in our consolidated balance sheets.

Unearned Revenue

We record unearned revenue when cash payments are received in advance of our performance. The decrease in the unearned revenue balance at March 31, 2020 compared to December 31, 2019 is primarily driven by $812 million of revenues recognized that were included in the unearned revenue balance at the beginning of the period, offset by cash payments received in advance of satisfying our performance obligations.

Remaining Performance Obligations

Remaining performance obligations represent the transaction price of contracts for work that has not yet been performed. As of March 31, 2020, the aggregate amount of the transaction price allocated to remaining performance obligations was $2.0 billion. We expect to recognize revenue on approximately half and three-quarters of the remaining performance obligations over the next 12 and 24 months, respectively, with the remainder recognized thereafter.

We do not disclose the value of unfulfilled performance obligations for (i) contracts with an original expected length of one year or less and (ii) contracts where revenue is a usage-based royalty promised in exchange for a license of intellectual property.

Costs to Obtain a Contract

We recognize an asset for the incremental costs of obtaining a contract with a customer if we expect the benefit of those costs to be longer than one year. We have determined that the costs associated with certain sales commission programs are incremental to the costs to obtain contracts with customers and therefore meet the criteria to be capitalized. Total capitalized costs to obtain a contract were $112 million and $115 million as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively, and are included in prepaid and other current assets and other non-current assets on our consolidated balance sheets. The capitalized asset will be amortized over a period consistent with the transfer to the customer of the goods or services to which the asset relates, calculated based on the customer term and the average life of the products and services underlying the contracts which has been determined to be approximately 5 years. The expense is recorded within selling and general expenses.

We expense sales commissions when incurred if the amortization period is one year or less. These costs are recorded within selling and general expenses.

Other Expense, net

The components of other expense, net for the three months ended March 31 are as follows: 
(in millions)20202019
Other components of net periodic benefit cost 1
$(9) $103  
Net loss from investments10    
Other expense, net$1  $103  

1 During the first quarter of 2019, the Company purchased a group annuity contract under which an insurance company assumed a portion of
the Company's obligation to pay pension benefits to the plan's beneficiaries. The purchase of this group annuity contract was funded by pension plan assets. The net periodic benefit cost for our retirement and post retirement plans for the three months ended March 31, 2019 includes a non-cash pre-tax settlement charge of $113 million reflecting the accelerated recognition of a portion of unamortized actuarial losses in the plan.

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2. Acquisitions and Divestitures

Acquisitions

2020

In February of 2020, CRISIL, included within our Ratings segment, completed the acquisition of Greenwich Associates LLC ("Greenwich"), a leading provider of proprietary benchmarking data, analytics and qualitative, actionable insights that helps financial services firms worldwide measure and improve business performance. The acquisition will complement CRISIL's existing portfolio of products and expand offerings to new segments across financial services including commercial banks and asset and wealth managers. The acquisition of Greenwich is not material to our consolidated financial statements.

In January of 2020, we completed the acquisition of the ESG Ratings Business from RobecoSAM, which includes the widely followed SAM* Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual evaluation of companies' sustainability practices. The acquisition will bolster our position as the premier resource for essential environmental, social, and governance ("ESG") insights and product solutions for our customers. Through this acquisition, we will be able to offer our customers even more transparent, robust and comprehensive ESG solutions. The acquisition of the ESG Ratings Business is not material to our consolidated financial statements.

2019

During the three months ended March 31, 2019, we did not complete any material acquisitions.

Divestitures

2020

In January of 2020, Market Intelligence entered into a strategic alliance to transition S&P Global Market Intelligence's Investor Relations ("IR") webhosting business to Q4 Inc. ("Q4"). This alliance will integrate Market Intelligence's proprietary data into Q4's portfolio of solutions, enabling further opportunities for commercial collaboration. In connection with transitioning its IR webhosting business to Q4, Market Intelligence made a minority investment in Q4. During the three months ended March 31, 2020, we recorded a pre-tax gain of $7 million ($7 million after-tax) in Gain on disposition in the consolidated statement of income related to the sale of IR.

2019

During the three months ended March 31, 2019, we did not complete any dispositions.

The operating profit of our businesses that were disposed of for the three months ending March 31, 2020 and 2019 is as follows:
(in millions)20202019
Operating profit 1
$  $3  
1 The three months ended March 31, 2020 exclude a pre-tax gain on the sale of the IR webhosting business of $7 million.

3. Income Taxes

The effective income tax rate was 21.5% and 19.9% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and March 31, 2019, respectively. The increase in 2020 was primarily due to a decrease in the recognition of excess tax benefits associated with share-based payments in the statement of income.

At the end of each interim period, we estimate the annual effective tax rate and apply that rate to our ordinary quarterly earnings. The tax expense or benefit related to significant unusual or infrequently occurring items that will be separately reported or reported net of their related tax effect, and are individually computed, is recognized in the interim period in which those items occur. In addition, the effect of changes in enacted tax laws or rates or tax status is recognized in the interim period in which the change occurs.

The Company is continuously subject to tax examinations in various jurisdictions. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the total amount of federal, state and local, and foreign unrecognized tax benefits was $126 million and $124 million,
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respectively, exclusive of interest and penalties. We recognize accrued interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits in interest expense and operating-related expense, respectively. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, we had $21 million and $20 million, respectively, of accrued interest and penalties associated with unrecognized tax benefits. Based on the current status of income tax audits, we believe that the total amount of unrecognized tax benefits may decrease by approximately $22 million in the next twelve months as a result of the resolution of local tax examinations.

4. Debt 

A summary of long-term debt outstanding is as follows:
(in millions)March 31,
2020
December 31,
2019
4.0% Senior Notes, due 2025 1
694  694  
4.4% Senior Notes, due 2026 2
894  893  
2.95% Senior Notes, due 2027 3
493  493  
2.5% Senior Notes, due 2029 4
495  495  
6.55% Senior Notes, due 2037 5
294  294  
4.5% Senior Notes, due 2048 6
490  490  
3.25% Senior Notes, due 2049 7
589  589  
Long-term debt3,949  3,948  

1Interest payments are due semiannually on June 15 and December 15, and as of March 31, 2020, the unamortized debt discount and issuance costs total $6 million.
2Interest payments are due semiannually on February 15 and August 15, and as of March 31, 2020, the unamortized debt discount and issuance costs total $6 million.
3Interest payments are due semiannually on January 22 and July 22, and as of March 31, 2020, the unamortized debt discount and issuance costs total $7 million.
4Interest payments are due semiannually on June 1 and December 1, beginning on June 1, 2020, and as of March 31, 2020, the unamortized debt discount and issuance costs total $5 million.
5Interest payments are due semiannually on May 15 and November 15, and as of March 31, 2020, the unamortized debt discount and issuance costs total $3 million.
6Interest payments are due semiannually on May 15 and November 15, and as of March 31, 2020, the unamortized debt discount and issuance costs total $10 million.
7Interest payments are due semiannually on June 1 and December 1, beginning on June 1, 2020 and as of March 31, 2020, the unamortized debt discount and issuance costs total $11 million.

The fair value of our total debt borrowings was $4.5 billion as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively, and was estimated based on quoted market prices.

We have the ability to borrow a total of $1.2 billion through our commercial paper program, which is supported by our revolving $1.2 billion five-year credit agreement (our "credit facility") that we entered into on June 30, 2017. This credit facility will terminate on June 30, 2022. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, there were no commercial paper borrowings outstanding.

Depending on our corporate credit rating, we pay a commitment fee of 8 to 17.5 basis points for our credit facility, whether or not amounts have been borrowed. We currently pay a commitment fee of 10 basis points. The interest rate on borrowings under our credit facility is, at our option, calculated using rates that are primarily based on either the prevailing London Inter-Bank Offer Rate, the prime rate determined by the administrative agent or the Federal Funds Rate. For certain borrowings under this credit facility, there is also a spread based on our corporate credit rating.

Our credit facility contains certain covenants. The only financial covenant requires that our indebtedness to cash flow ratio, as defined in our credit facility, is not greater than 4 to 1, and this covenant level has never been exceeded.

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5. Derivative Instruments

Our exposure to market risk includes changes in foreign exchange rates. We have operations in foreign countries where the functional currency is primarily the local currency. For international operations that are determined to be extensions of the parent company, the U.S. dollar is the functional currency. We typically have naturally hedged positions in most countries from a local currency perspective with offsetting assets and liabilities. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, we have entered into foreign exchange forward contracts to mitigate or hedge the effect of adverse fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, we have entered into a cross currency swap contract to hedge a portion of our net investment in a foreign subsidiary against volatility in foreign exchange rates. These contracts are recorded at fair value that is based on foreign currency exchange rates in active markets; therefore, we classify these derivative contracts within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy. We do not enter into any derivative financial instruments for speculative purposes.

Undesignated Derivative Instruments

During the three months ended March 31, 2020 and twelve months ended December 31, 2019, we entered into foreign exchange forward contracts in order to mitigate the change in fair value of specific assets and liabilities in the consolidated balance sheet. These forward contracts do not qualify for hedge accounting. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the aggregate notional value of these outstanding forward contracts was $145 million and $116 million, respectively. The changes in fair value of these forward contracts are recorded in prepaid and other assets or other current liabilities in the consolidated balance sheet with their corresponding change in fair value recognized in selling and general expenses in the consolidated statement of income. The amount recorded in other current liabilities as of March 31, 2020 was $7 million. The amount recorded in selling and general expense for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 related to these contracts was a net loss of $11 million and a net gain of $2 million, respectively.

Net Investment Hedge

During the three months ended March 31, 2020 and twelve months ended December 31, 2019, we entered into a cross currency swap to hedge a portion of our net investment in a certain European subsidiary against volatility in the Euro/U.S. dollar exchange rate. This swap is designated and qualifies as a hedge of a net investment in a foreign subsidiary and is scheduled to mature in 2024. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the notional value of our outstanding cross currency swap designated as a net investment hedge was $400 million. The changes in the fair value of this swap are recognized in foreign currency translation adjustments, a component of other comprehensive income (loss), and reported in accumulated other comprehensive loss in our consolidated balance sheet. The gain or loss will be subsequently reclassified into net earnings when the hedged net investment is either sold or substantially liquidated. We have elected to assess the effectiveness of our net investment hedge based on changes in spot exchange rates. Accordingly, amounts related to the cross currency swap recognized directly in net income for the three months ended March 31, 2020 represent net periodic interest settlements and accruals, which are recognized in interest expense, net. We recognized net interest income of $3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Cash Flow Hedges

During the three months ended March 31, 2020 and twelve months ended December 31, 2019, we entered into a series of foreign exchange forward contracts to hedge a portion of the Indian rupee, British pound, and Euro exposures through the first quarter of 2021 and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively. These contracts are intended to offset the impact of movement of exchange rates on future revenue and operating costs and are scheduled to mature within twelve months. The changes in the fair value of these contracts are initially reported in accumulated other comprehensive loss in our consolidated balance sheet and are subsequently reclassified into revenue and selling and general expenses in the same period that the hedged transaction affects earnings.
As of March 31, 2020, we estimate that $5 million of the net losses related to derivatives designated as cash flow hedges recorded in other comprehensive income is expected to be reclassified into earnings within the next twelve months.
As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the aggregate notional value of our outstanding foreign exchange forward contracts designated as cash flow hedges was $268 million and $249 million, respectively.
The following table provides information on the location and fair value amounts of our cash flow hedges and net investment hedge as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019:
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(in millions)

March 31, December 31,
Balance Sheet Location20202019
Derivatives designated as cash flow hedges:
Prepaid and other current assets Foreign exchange forward contracts  $  $1  
Other current liabilitiesForeign exchange forward contracts  $8  $  
Derivative designated as a net investment hedge:
Other non-current assets Cross currency swap  $22  $  
Other non-current liabilitiesCross currency swap  $  $10  
The following table provides information on the location and amounts of pre-tax gains (losses) on our cash flow hedges and net investment hedge for the three months ended March 31:
(in millions)Gain (Loss) recognized in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss (effective portion)Location of Gain (Loss) reclassified from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss into Income (effective portion)Gain (Loss) reclassified from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss into Income (effective portion)
2020201920202019
Cash flow hedges - designated as hedging instruments
Foreign exchange forward contracts$(7) $4  Revenue, Selling and general expenses$(2) $2  
Net investment hedge - designated as hedging instruments
Cross currency swap$32  $  $  $  
The activity related to the change in unrealized gains (losses) in accumulated other comprehensive loss was as follows for the three months ended March 31:
(in millions)Three Months
20202019
Cash Flow Hedges
Net unrealized gains (losses) on cash flow hedges, net of taxes, beginning of period$2  $3  
Change in fair value, net of tax(9) 6  
Reclassification into earnings, net of tax2  (2) 
Net unrealized (losses) gains on cash flow hedges, net of taxes, end of period$(5) $7  
Net Investment Hedge
Net unrealized (losses) gains on net investment hedge, net of taxes, beginning of period$(8) $  
Change in fair value, net of tax24    
Reclassification into earnings, net of tax    
Net unrealized gains (losses) on net investment hedges, net of taxes, end of period$16  $  

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6. Employee Benefits

We maintain a number of active defined contribution retirement plans for our employees. The majority of our defined benefit plans are frozen. As a result, no new employees will be permitted to enter these plans and no additional benefits for current participants in the frozen plans will be accrued.

We have supplemental benefit plans providing senior management with supplemental retirement, disability and death benefits. Certain supplemental retirement benefits are based on final monthly earnings. In addition, we sponsor a voluntary 401(k) plan under which we may match employee contributions up to certain levels of compensation as well as profit-sharing plans under which we contribute a percentage of eligible employees' compensation to the employees' accounts.

We also provide certain medical, dental and life insurance benefits for active and retired employees and eligible dependents. The medical and dental plans and supplemental life insurance plan are contributory, while the basic life insurance plan is noncontributory. We currently do not prefund any of these plans.

We recognize the funded status of our defined benefit retirement and postretirement plans in the consolidated balance sheets, with a corresponding adjustment to accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of taxes. The amounts in accumulated other comprehensive loss represent unrecognized actuarial losses and unrecognized prior service costs. These amounts will be subsequently recognized as net periodic benefit cost pursuant to our accounting policy for amortizing such amounts.
Net periodic benefit cost for our retirement and postretirement plans other than the service cost component are included in other expense (income), net in our consolidated statements of income.
The components of net periodic benefit cost for our retirement plans and postretirement plans for the three months ended March 31 are as follows: 
(in millions)20202019
Service cost$1  $1  
Interest cost13  19  
Expected return on assets(26) (31) 
Amortization of prior service credit / actuarial loss4  2  
Net periodic benefit cost(8) (9) 
Settlement charge 1
  113  
Net benefit cost$(8) $104  

1 The Company purchased a group annuity contract under which an insurance company assumed a portion of the Company's obligation to pay pension benefits to the plan's beneficiaries. The purchase of this group annuity contract was funded by pension plan assets. The non-cash pretax settlement charge reflects the accelerated recognition of a portion of unamortized actuarial losses in the plan.
Net periodic benefit cost related to our postretirement plans reflected in the table above was not material for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

As discussed in our Form 10-K, we changed certain discount rate assumptions for our retirement and postretirement plans and our expected return on assets assumption for our retirement plans which became effective on January 1, 2020. The effect of the assumption changes on retirement and postretirement expense for the three months ended March 31, 2020 did not have a material impact to our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

In the first three months of 2020, we contributed $3 million to our retirement plans and expect to make additional required contributions of approximately $8 million to our retirement plans during the remainder of the year. We may elect to make additional non-required contributions depending on investment performance or any potential deterioration of our pension plan status in the remaining nine months of 2020.

Financial information shown above is based on market conditions as of December 31, 2019. Significant changes in interest rates, asset values and economic conditions have occurred since then, which could affect the information shown herein, although as of March 31, 2020, market conditions at that time had minimal effect on the funded status of the pension plans due to the plans’ investment policy (primarily fixed income investments intended to track movements in the bonds used to determine the discount rate). Effects of the 2019 novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") on the financial markets, regulations, and plan experience are uncertain and still evolving. The short-term and long-term effects of COVID-19 may have significant effects on future measurements.
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7. Stock-Based Compensation

We issue stock-based incentive awards to our eligible employees under the 2019 Stock Incentive Plan ("2019 Plan") and to our eligible non-employee Directors under a Director Deferred Stock Ownership Plan. The 2019 Plan permits the granting of incentive stock options, nonqualified stock options, stock appreciation rights, performance stock, restricted stock and other stock-based awards.

For the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, total stock-based compensation expense related to restricted stock and unit awards was $11 million and $12 million, respectively. Total unrecognized compensation expense related to unvested restricted stock and unit awards as of March 31, 2020 was $72 million, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 1.8 years.

8. Equity

Stock Repurchases

On January 29, 2020, the Board of Directors approved a share repurchase program authorizing the purchase of 30 million shares (the "2020 Repurchase Program"), which was approximately 12% of the total shares of our outstanding common stock at that time. On December 4, 2013, the Board of Directors approved a share repurchase program authorizing the purchase of 50 million shares (the "2013 Repurchase Program"), which was approximately 18% of the total shares of our outstanding common stock at that time.
Our purchased shares may be used for general corporate purposes, including the issuance of shares for stock compensation plans and to offset the dilutive effect of the exercise of employee stock options. As of March 31, 2020, 30 million shares remained available under the 2020 Repurchase Program and 1.3 million shares remained available under the 2013 repurchase program. Our 2020 Repurchase Program and 2013 Repurchase Program have no expiration date and purchases under these programs may be made from time to time on the open market and in private transactions, depending on market conditions.

We have entered into accelerated share repurchase (“ASR”) agreements with financial institutions to initiate share repurchases of our common stock. Under an ASR agreement, we pay a specified amount to the financial institution and receive an initial delivery of shares. This initial delivery of shares represents the minimum number of shares that we may receive under the agreement. Upon settlement of the ASR agreement, the financial institution delivers additional shares. The total number of shares ultimately delivered, and therefore the average price paid per share, is determined at the end of the applicable purchase period of each ASR agreement based on the volume weighted-average share price, less a discount. We account for our ASR agreements as two transactions: a stock purchase transaction and a forward stock purchase contract. The shares delivered under the ASR agreements resulted in a reduction of outstanding shares used to determine our weighted average common shares outstanding for purposes of calculating basic and diluted earnings per share. The repurchased shares are held in Treasury. The forward stock purchase contracts were classified as equity instruments. The ASR agreements were executed under our 2013 Repurchase Program, approved on December 4, 2013.

The terms of each ASR agreement entered for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, structured as outlined above, are as follows:

(in millions, except average price)
ASR Agreement Initiation DateASR Agreement Completion DateInitial Shares DeliveredAdditional Shares DeliveredTotal Number of Shares
Purchased
Average Price Paid Per ShareTotal Cash Utilized
February 11, 2020 1
1.30.21.5$  $500  
February 11, 2020 2
1.4  1.4$  $500  
February 11, 2019 3
July 31, 20192.20.1