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Margaret Kirch Cohenmargaret.cohen@morningstar.com
Morningstar Files Amendment to Registration Statement for Proposed IPO

CHICAGO, Feb. 03, 2005 – Morningstar, Inc. today announced that it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission an amendment to its registration statement relating to the initial public offering of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined.

WR Hambrecht + Co is acting as the underwriter of the offering, which will be made through WR Hambrecht + Co's OpenIPO® auction-based process. The public offering will be made only by means of a prospectus which, when available, may be obtained by going to WR Hambrecht's Web site, www.wrhambrecht.com, by calling 800-673-6476, or by writing to WR Hambrecht + Co, P.O. Box 677, Berwyn, PA 19312.

The registration statement relating to these securities was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

Chicago-based 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 institutions. The company has operations in 16 countries.

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