Morningstar, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend; Increases Dividend to 17 Cents Per Share and Share Repurchase Program by $200 Million

Dec 06, 2013, 14:54 ET from Morningstar, Inc.

CHICAGO, Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today declared a quarterly dividend of 17 cents per share payable Jan. 31, 2014 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 10, 2014. The declaration reflects an increase in the quarterly dividend to 17 cents per share from 12.5 cents.

While subsequent dividends will be subject to board approval, the company expects to pay three additional dividends in 2014:

Record Date

Payable Date

April 11, 2014

April 30, 2014

July 11, 2014

July 31, 2014

Oct. 10, 2014

Oct. 31, 2014

Morningstar's board also approved an increase to the company's total share repurchase authorization from $500 million to $700 million. Since Morningstar announced its share repurchase program in October 2010, it has repurchased a total of 6.0 million shares for approximately $370.4 million. Of the $700 million total now authorized under the program, $329.6 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 approximately 437,000 offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 10 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 registered investment advisor subsidiaries and has approximately $176 billion in assets under advisement and management as of Sept. 30, 2013. The company has operations in 27 countries.

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