morningstar inc (MORN) Key Developments
Morningstar to Launch ESG Scores for Global Mutual Funds and ETFs
Aug 17 15
Morningstar as unveiled plans to launch first environmental, social, and governance (ESG) scores for global mutual and exchange-traded funds later in 2015. The company expects to roll out the fund-level ESG scores in the fourth quarter of 2015 through Morningstar Data feeds and its major software platforms in 2016. The scores will enable investors to compare funds across categories, relative to benchmarks, and over time using ESG factors. Investors can also drill down to see scores for each of the three Environmental, Social, and Governance pillars.
Euronext Announces New Agreement with Morningstar
Jul 28 15
Euronext announced a new agreement with Morningstar, to give all listed companies on Euronext and Alternext markets in Paris. This platform allows issuers to communicate directly with professional investors. It has been available to issuers for free since July 2015. First launched in France, the platform will eventually be available in all Euronext markets. Under this new agreement, companies listed on Euronext and Alternext in Paris qualify for 18 months' free access and can use the platform to build direct links with the professional investor community. Issuers can also update their profiles and use the portal's many functions for company information, financial presentations, press releases, upcoming events, videos and more. This gives investors a unique portal for centralized data on companies listed on the Euronext and Alternext markets in Paris.
Morningstar Inc. Provides Quarterly Dividend Guidance
Jul 22 15
Morningstar Inc. expects to pay approximately $8.4 million for its regular quarterly dividend on July 31, 2015.
Morningstar Inc. Reports Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Second Quarter and Six Months Ended June 30, 2015
Jul 22 15
Morningstar Inc. reported unaudited consolidated earnings results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2015. For the quarter, the company reported net income attributable to the company of $32.2 million, or $0.72 per diluted share compared with net loss attributable to the company of $9.8 million or $0.22 per diluted share a year ago. Revenue was $202.1 million against $189.4 million a year ago. Operating income was $49.7 million against operating loss of $24.8 million a year ago. Income before income taxes and equity in net income of unconsolidated entities was $50.3 million against loss before income taxes and equity in net income of unconsolidated entities of $18.9 million a year ago. Cash provided by operating activities was $75.9 million against $54.8 million a year ago. Capital expenditures were $13.2 million against $10.0 million a year ago.
For the six months, the company reported net income attributable to the company of $61.8 million, or $1.39 per diluted share compared with $16.6 million or $0.37 per diluted share a year ago. Revenue was $391.9 million against $370.6 million a year ago. Operating income was $94.3 million against $13.8 million a year ago. Income before income taxes and equity in net income of unconsolidated entities was $94.6 million against $20.5 million a year ago. Cash provided by operating activities was $110.9 million against $66.7 million a year ago. Capital expenditures were $27.6 million against $30.8 million a year ago.
Morningstar Investment Management Group Announces Board Changes
Jun 9 15
Morningstar Inc. has announced leadership appointments to the Morningstar Investment Management group for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. Dan Kemp has been appointed Chief Investment Officer for Morningstar's Investment Management group for the EMEA region. He replaces Daniel Needham, CFA, who became President and Chief Investment Officer for the company in January 2015. The company has also appointed Robin Johnson, CFA, as Head of Portfolio Management, EMEA. Both appointments are effective immediately. Kemp joined Morningstar in 2014 as co-Head of Investment Consulting and Portfolio Management for the company in the EMEA region. He previously served with Albemarle Street Partners. In his new role, Kemp leads Morningstar's 20-strong investment management team for the EMEA region, working with advisers and institutions to help them deliver world-class investment solutions to investors. Kemp reports to Needham. Before joining Morningstar, Johnson served with Mellon Global Investors and Bestinvest, an independent UK financial adviser.