Institutional Shareholder Services Launches QuickScore 2.0

  Institutional Shareholder Services Launches QuickScore 2.0   Assists Investors in Identifying Corporate Governance Risk within Portfolio                                   Companies  Business Wire  ROCKVILLE, Md. -- February 18, 2014  Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), a leading provider of corporate governance solutions to the global financial community, today launched QuickScore 2.0, the next generation of its global corporate governance scoring solution for institutional investors.  ISS Governance QuickScore 2.0 is designed to help investors identify and measure corporate governance risk within their portfolio companies. QuickScore 2.0 provides a score for each company in its coverage universe that measures the company’s level of corporate governance risk both overall and based on four broad pillars: board structure, compensation/remuneration, shareholder rights, and audit.  Scoring is similar to the previous iteration of QuickScore in that it provides a numeric score that indicates a company’s corporate governance risk. Scores range from 1 to 10, with a score of 1 indicating relatively lower governance risk and a score of 10 indicating relatively higher governance risk. Companies receive an overall score and scores across the aforementioned four pillars.  Importantly, QuickScore 2.0 subscribers have the ability to access and analyze the underlying data from which the scores are generated, allowing them to screen portfolio companies against hundreds of corporate governance factors or perform detailed side by side comparisons of two or more companies’ data profiles.  “QuickScore 2.0 represents a key update to one of ISS' most important solutions, providing clients with even greater ability to analyze portfolio companies based on corporate governance risk,” said Stephen Harvey, ISS' Chief Revenue Officer. “With QuickScore 2.0, clients will have access to even more nuanced scores, a larger set of underlying data, broader coverage, and more timely updates to the QuickScore database.”  Key Updates to ISS Governance QuickScore 2.0:    *Coverage universe is expanded to 4,100 companies, including constituents     of the UK Euro Stoxx and Australia ASX 200;   *Methodology has been enhanced to align scores with quantitative modeling,     global governance standards and ISS voting policy;   *New data sets are available to subscribers comprising additional     governance factors, including a new compensation pillar in Japan; and   *New event-driven data updates are introduced with QuickScore 2.0     integrating changes related to companies' governance structures on an     ongoing basis.  For further information on ISS Governance QuickScore 2.0, please visit the company’s website at http://issgovernance.com/quickscore.  About ISS  ISS, founded in 1985 as Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., is the world's leading provider of proxy advisory and corporate governance solutions to financial market participants. ISS' services include objective proxy research and analysis, end-to-end proxy voting and distribution solutions, turnkey securities class-action claims management, and reliable governance data and modeling tools. More than 1,700 clients rely on ISS' expertise to help them make informed corporate governance decisions. ISS is located in financial centers worldwide and is a subsidiary of MSCI Inc., a leading provider of investment decision support tools to investors globally. For more information, please visit www.issgovernance.com.  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