Morningstar Board Authorizes New Regular Quarterly Dividend and $100 Million Share Repurchase Program

Oct 27, 2010, 16:02 ET from Morningstar, Inc.

CHICAGO, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Morningstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly cash dividend of 5 cents per share beginning with the first quarter of 2011.

The first quarterly dividend will be payable on Jan. 14, 2011 to shareholders of record on Dec. 31, 2010. While subsequent dividends will be subject to board approval, the company expects to pay additional dividends on the following schedule:

Record Date:

Payable Date

April 15, 2011

April 29, 2011

July 15, 2011

July 29, 2011

Oct. 14, 2011

Oct. 31, 2011

Jan. 13, 2012

Jan. 31, 2012

Morningstar also announced that its board has approved a share repurchase program that authorizes the company to repurchase up to $100 million in shares of the company's outstanding common stock. The company said it may repurchase shares from time to time at prevailing market prices on the open market or in private transactions in amounts that management deems appropriate.

"When looking at potential uses for our cash, we've always tried to use it in a way that maximizes shareholder value," said Joe Mansueto, chairman and chief executive officer of Morningstar. "We have a strong balance sheet and we've consistently generated healthy cash flow, even after using cash for acquisitions. Our board has determined that it makes sense to return some of our cash to shareholders through the new dividend and share repurchase programs."

About Morningstar, Inc.

Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company offers an extensive line of Internet, software, and print-based products and services for individuals, financial advisors, and institutions. Morningstar provides data on approximately 370,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 4 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets. The company has operations in 26 countries.

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