Morningstar, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend; Increases Dividend by 16 Percent and Share Repurchase Authorization by $300 Million

Dec 04, 2015, 16:04 ET from Morningstar, Inc.

CHICAGO, Dec. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today declared a quarterly dividend of 22 cents per share payable Jan. 29, 2016, to shareholders of record as of Jan. 8, 2016. The declaration reflects a 16 percent increase in the quarterly dividend to 22 cents per share from 19 cents.

While subsequent dividends will be subject to board approval, the company expects to pay three additional dividends in 2016:

Record Date    

Payable Date

April 8, 2016    

April 29, 2016

July 8, 2016     

July 29, 2016

Oct. 7, 2016     

Oct. 28, 2016

Morningstar's board also approved a $300 million increase to the company's share repurchase authorization, bringing the total authorization to $1.0 billion. Year to date as of Dec. 1, 2015, the company had repurchased a total of 1.2 million shares for approximately $92.1 million and has approximately 43.5 million shares outstanding. Since announcing its share repurchase program in October 2010, the company has repurchased 9.3 million shares for approximately $618.6 million. Of the $1.0 billion now authorized under the program, $381.4 million remains for future repurchases.

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 products and services for individual investors, financial advisors, asset managers, and retirement plan providers and sponsors. Morningstar provides data on more than 500,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 17 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets. Morningstar also offers investment management services through its investment advisory subsidiaries, with more than $170 billion in assets under advisement and management as of Sept. 30, 2015. The company has operations in 27 countries.

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