Institutional Shareholder Services Launches QuickScore 2.0

  Institutional Shareholder Services Launches QuickScore 2.0

 Assists Investors in Identifying Corporate Governance Risk within Portfolio
                                  Companies

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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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Contact:

Institutional Shareholder Services
Farrell Kramer, 212-710-9685
farrell.kramer@mbsvalue.com
or
Jessica Fontaine, 646-625-4801
jessica.fontaine@mbsvalue.com
 
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