Morningstar, Inc. to Acquire Hemscott Businesses from Ipreo Holdings LLC

Acquisition to strengthen Morningstar’s global equity database and international presence

Chicago – December 17, 2007 – Morningstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, and Ipreo Holdings LLC, a leading global provider of capital markets and investor relations solutions, have entered into a definitive agreement for Morningstar to acquire the Hemscott data, media, and investor relations Web site businesses from Ipreo for $51.6 million in cash, subject to working capital adjustments. The companies expect to complete the transaction in early January, subject to customary closing conditions.

“Hemscott is a well-known brand with a large and loyal client base. This acquisition fits with our strategies of building a premier global equity database and expanding our presence outside the United States,” said Joe Mansueto, chairman and chief executive officer of Morningstar. “Hemscott has a leading equity database covering more than 19,500 companies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and parts of continental Europe. Today Morningstar provides data covering approximately 13,000 equities in the United States, Canada, and Australia. We have some overlap, but this acquisition will significantly strengthen our equity coverage. In addition to its data on a greater number of stocks, Hemscott has decades more data history, as well as management and director information, for U.S., UK, and Canadian stocks. Another crucial component of this acquisition is Hemscott’s sizable data operation in India, where we’ve been interested in establishing a presence for some time.”

Mansueto added, “As part of this agreement, we’re also acquiring a leading investor Web site in the United Kingdom, which dovetails with our belief that there is a growing market for investment information outside the United States. And we’re acquiring a UK-based investor relations Web site business, which is a new market for us but one that directly leverages our data and analytics for IR professionals.”

Scott Ganeles, chief executive officer of Ipreo, said, “At the outset, we had two key strategic objectives. First was to find a buyer that would allow the Hemscott assets to reach their full potential, and becoming part of a premier data and research firm of Morningstar’s caliber will allow them to do just that. Second was to focus Ipreo’s attention on the areas of the market where we can create the greatest value: state-of-the-art software solutions and high-end analytical services for capital markets professionals and corporate officers.”

The Hemscott businesses that Morningstar is acquiring have approximately 200 employees in New Delhi, India, 70 employees in London, and 10 employees in the United States.

About Ipreo

Ipreo is a global leader in providing market intelligence, data, and technology solutions to all participants in the global capital markets, including sell-side banks, publicly traded companies, and buy-side institutions. By combining state-of-the-art new issuance systems with the premier global financial and investor data, Ipreo enables our capital markets clients to execute deals more efficiently, maximizing time and resources. Our applications include end-to-end bookbuilding systems, roadshow & conference management platforms, and electronic document delivery. Additionally, Ipreo’s suite of investor prospecting and CRM solutions offers the most accurate and comprehensive institutional contacts data and profiles in the industry. Ipreo is the only financial services provider to offer solutions across all asset classes for the Equity, Fixed Income, Municipal, and Syndicated Loan markets. Ipreo is a KKR portfolio company with nearly 700 employees supporting clients in every major financial center around the world. For more information, please go to www.ipreo.com.

Marlin & Associates New York LLC acted as strategic and financial advisor to Ipreo.

About Morningstar, Inc.

Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in the United States and in major international markets. The company offers an extensive line of Internet, software, and print-based products and services for individuals, financial advisors, and institutional clients. The company has operations in 18 countries and minority ownership interests in companies in three additional countries.

Morningstar provides data on more than 260,000 investment offerings, including nearly 130,000 managed products such as mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), insurance and pension funds, separate accounts, and hedge funds. The company has more than 180 analysts around the world and provides independent research and analysis on more than 2,000 mutual funds and ETFs as well as 2,000 stocks. Morningstar provides quantitative star ratings on more than 25,000 distinct mutual fund portfolios and ETFs globally.

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Press Contacts:

  • For Ipreo
  • Kate McKay
  • Managing Director, Global Marketing & Communications
  • 212.849.5060
  • kate.mckay@ipreo.com