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Morningstar, Inc. Reports Third-Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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CHICAGO, Oct. 23, 2013—Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today announced its third-quarter 2013 financial results. The company reported consolidated revenue of $173.5 million in the third quarter of 2013, a 7.8% increase from $161.0 million in the third quarter of 2012. Consolidated operating income was $44.6 million in the third quarter of 2013, an increase of 11.9% compared with $39.9 million in the same period a year ago. Net income was $31.5 million, or 68 cents per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2013, compared with $27.1 million, or 56 cents per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2012.

Excluding acquisitions, divestitures, and foreign currency translations, revenue rose 8.8% in the third quarter of 2013. Revenue excluding acquisitions, divestitures, and foreign currency translations (organic revenue) is a non-GAAP measure; the accompanying financial tables contain a reconciliation to consolidated revenue.

Joe Mansueto, chairman and chief executive officer of Morningstar, said, “We had another solid quarter, with organic revenue up nearly 9%. Morningstar Data, Morningstar Direct, Retirement Solutions, and Morningstar Managed Portfolios all had double-digit growth rates and were the main drivers of revenue growth. While these results are encouraging, the investment industry still faces challenges and lingering fallout from the financial crisis.”

Financial Highlights
As previously announced, Morningstar now reports its results in a single segment to reflect its shift to a more centralized organizational structure. The company will continue to provide investors with a discussion of revenue for its investment information and investment management product groups as well as international operations.
• Investment information revenue was $137.2 million, an increase of 6.9% from the third quarter of 2012. Morningstar® Data and Morningstar DirectSM were the largest contributors to revenue growth. Morningstar® Advisor WorkstationSM (including Morningstar OfficeSM) also contributed to the revenue increase, which was partially offset by lower revenue for Morningstar® Principia®.
• Investment management revenue was $36.3 million, an increase of 11.4% from $32.6 million in the third quarter of 2012. Revenue for both Retirement Solutions and Morningstar® Managed PortfoliosSM rose approximately $2.0 million; lower revenue for Investment Advisory services partially offset the increase.
• Revenue for international operations increased slightly to $48.5 million in the third quarter, compared with $46.9 million in the same period last year. International growth was driven by Europe, including the United Kingdom. Foreign currency translations reduced international revenue by $1.4 million.
• Consolidated operating income was $44.6 million in the third quarter of 2013, an 11.9% increase from the same period in 2012. Operating expense rose $7.8 million, or 6.4%, in the third quarter of 2013.
• Operating margin was 25.7% in the third quarter of 2013, up from 24.8% in the same period in 2012.
• The company’s effective tax rate in the third quarter of 2013 was 31.2%, compared with 35.9% in the same period in 2012.
• Morningstar generated positive free cash flow of $38.0 million in the third quarter of 2013, reflecting cash provided by operating activities of $47.1 million and $9.1 million of capital expenditures. Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure; the accompanying financial tables contain a reconciliation to cash provided by operating activities. Morningstar defines free cash flow as cash provided by or used for operating activities less capital expenditures.
• As of Sept. 30, 2013, Morningstar had cash, cash equivalents, and investments of $342.9 million, compared with $321.4 million as of Dec. 31, 2012. Of the $500 million authorized under its share repurchase program, Morningstar has purchased a total of 5.9 million shares for $359.1 million as of Sept. 30, 2013. In the third quarter, Morningstar repurchased approximately 81,000 shares for $6.2 million. The company expects to pay approximately $5.8 million for its regular quarterly dividend on Oct. 31, 2013.

Operating Highlights
• Licenses for Morningstar Direct rose 17.6% to 8,367.
• Assets under advisement and management for Investment Advisory services were approximately $106.6 billion as of Sept. 30, 2013, compared with $142.4 billion as of Sept. 30, 2012, a decrease of $35.8 billion, or 25.1%. A change in the scope of services Morningstar provides to an existing client during the fourth quarter of 2012 lowered assets under advisement by $49.1 billion.
• Assets under management and advisement for Retirement Solutions were approximately $59.5 billion as of Sept. 30, 2013, versus $45.4 billion as of Sept. 30, 2012.
• Assets under management and advisement for Morningstar Managed Portfolios were approximately $6.6 billion as of Sept. 30, 2013, compared with $4.3 billion as of Sept. 30, 2012.
• In September, the company launched Morningstar® for iPad®, its most comprehensive mobile offering yet that allows investors to monitor the markets, track their portfolios, and research investments using Morningstar data and analysis.

Investor Communication
Morningstar encourages all interested parties—including securities analysts, current shareholders, potential shareholders, and others—to submit questions in writing. Investors and others may send questions about Morningstar’s business to investors@morningstar.com or write to the company at:

Morningstar, Inc.
Investor Relations
22 W. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Morningstar will make written responses to selected inquiries available to all investors at the same time in Form 8-Ks furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission, generally on the first Friday of every month.

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 investment 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.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on our current expectations about future events or future financial performance. Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain, and often contain words such as “may,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” or “continue.” These statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the events we discuss not to occur or to differ significantly from what we expect. For us, these risks and uncertainties include, among others, general industry conditions and competition, including current global financial uncertainty; the impact of market volatility on revenue from asset-based fees; damage to our reputation resulting from claims made about possible conflicts of interest; liability for any losses that result from an actual or claimed breach of our fiduciary duties; financial services industry consolidation; liability related to the storage of personal information about our users; a prolonged outage of our database and network facilities; challenges faced by our non-U.S. operations; the availability of free or low-cost investment information; and liability and/or damage to our reputation as a result of some of our currently pending litigation. A more complete description of these risks and uncertainties can be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. If any of these risks and uncertainties materialize, our actual future results may vary significantly from what we expected. We do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement Morningstar's consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Morningstar uses the following measures considered as non-GAAP by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: free cash flow, consolidated revenue excluding acquisitions and foreign currency translations (organic revenue), and international revenue excluding acquisitions and foreign currency translations. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Morningstar presents free cash flow solely as supplemental disclosure to help investors better understand how much cash is available after Morningstar spends money to operate its business. Morningstar uses free cash flow to evaluate its business. Free cash flow should not be considered an alternative to any measure required to be reported under GAAP (such as cash provided by (used for) operating, investing, and financing activities). For more information on free cash flow, please see the reconciliation from cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow included in the accompanying financial tables. Morningstar presents consolidated revenue excluding acquisitions and foreign currency translations (organic revenue) and international revenue excluding acquisitions and foreign currency translations because the company believes these non-GAAP measures help investors better compare period-to-period results. For more information, please see the reconciliation provided in the accompanying financial tables.

All dollar and percentage comparisons, which are often accompanied by words such as "increase," "decrease," "grew," "declined, "or "was similar" refer to a comparison with the same period in the previous year unless otherwise stated.

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