CHICAGO/LONDON, Oct. 2, 2008—Morningstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today announced it has acquired Fundamental Data Limited, a leading provider of data on closed-end funds in the United Kingdom, for 11 million pounds sterling, or approximately U.S.$19 million, subject to post-closing adjustments.
Fundamental Data covers all UK- and U.S.-domiciled closed-end funds as well as offshore and local closed-end funds worldwide. Clients include major investment banks, stockbrokers, fund management groups, private client advisers, accountancy firms, wealth managers, and other professionals. Fundamental Data is the official data provider to the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), a UK-based trade association for closed-end funds.
“Our goal is to continue to build a world-class investment database, and our acquisition of Fundamental Data positions us as a leading provider of global closed-end fund data. The addition of this data also strengthens all of our offerings for individuals, advisers, and institutions, particularly in the UK,” said Geoff Balzano, chief executive officer of Morningstar UK Ltd. “Fundamental Data has a great reputation and a tremendous amount of experience specializing in closed-end fund data and information.”
Fundamental Data currently provides data on more than 1,500 closed-end funds and has more than 3,000 data points for each fund. Detailed fund information includes price, intraday net asset values, and distribution histories, as well as performance figures, risk statistics, earnings details, and comprehensive analytics on the entire universe of funds.
The company’s flagship product is FundWeb, an online subscription service allowing clients access to the company’s comprehensive database. Funds are organized by domicile into modules. Fundamental Data also provides data feeds, Web site feeds, and report outsourcing services including production of fund fact sheets. It also offers an online database of publicly issued documents relating to closed-end funds.
Fundamental Data has been privately owned since 1996 and employs approximately 30 people in London.
Morningstar anticipates that, over time, the Fundamental Data name will be rebranded under Morningstar.
Morningstar provides data on more than 280,000 investment offerings, including mutual funds, ETFs, insurance and pension funds, separate accounts, and hedge funds. The company has more than 185 analysts around the world and provides quantitative star ratings on more than 25,000 distinct mutual fund portfolios and ETFs globally.
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 advisers, and institutions. Morningstar provides data on more than 280,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles. The company has operations in 18 countries and minority ownership positions in companies based in three other countries.
About Morningstar UK
Morningstar UK is the European headquarters of Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar tracks more than 28,000 investment funds available to UK investors, including unit trusts, ETFs, offshore funds, life and pension funds, hedge funds, and closed-ended investment trusts. It also offers comprehensive fundamental data on all publicly listed companies in the UK, and financial data and director biographies on more than 2,500 UK-quoted companies and 400,000 private companies. The company has two investor Web sites in the UK, the fund investing site www.morningstar.co.uk and the stock research site www.hemscott.com. It also serves UK advisers with its Web-based Adviser Workstation platform.
In 2007, Morningstar acquired the fund data business of Standard and Poor’s, significantly strengthening its global database and offerings to investors. In 2008, the company acquired Hemscott’s data, media, and investor relations Web site businesses.
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