How long has Morningstar been in business?

Joe Mansueto, our chairman and CEO, founded Morningstar in 1984.

When was Morningstar’s initial public offering?

Our initial public offering was in May 2005. The stock’s first day of trading was May 3, 2005.

Where are your shares traded?

Our shares are traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (NASDAQ) under the ticker symbol MORN.

How many shares are outstanding?

As of July 21, 2017, Morningstar had 42,529,709 shares outstanding. This number excludes stock options that are outstanding and/or approved for future grant.

Does Morningstar pay a dividend?

Yes. Our board of directors has authorized a regular quarterly dividend of 23 cents per share. The next quarterly dividend will be payable on October 31, 2017 to shareholders of record as of October 18, 2017.

Can I buy stock directly from the company? Do you offer a direct stock purchase plan?

Computershare Trust Company sponsors and administers a dividend reinvestment and stock repurchase plan for Morningstar’s common stock. For more information, please visit

When does Morningstar’s fiscal year end?

Our fiscal year is the same as the calendar year. Our quarterly reporting periods end on March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31.

How can I obtain a copy of your annual report?

Our annual report is available online at: If you would like to receive a printed copy of the annual report, please send your request to:

Does Morningstar issue quarterly reports?

Yes, we file quarterly reports (10-Qs) with the Securities and Exchange Commission and make these reports available to all investors through our website.

Does Morningstar hold investor conference calls?

No. Our goal is to communicate equally with all shareholders, without special treatment for large shareholders or research analysts. So instead of holding one-on-one meetings and conference calls, we answer questions from investors in written form on a regular basis. We make those answers available to all shareholders at the same time through regular 8-K filings.

How does Morningstar make money?

We generate revenue by selling a variety of investment-related products and services. Many of our products, including Morningstar® Data, Morningstar Direct , and Morningstar® Advisor Workstation, are sold through license agreements. Our license agreements typically range from one to three years. Some of our other offerings, such as our Premium service on®, are sold via subscriptions. These subscriptions are mainly offered for a one-year term. We also sell advertising on our websites and generate transaction-based revenue for credit ratings. In our investment management business, we generate asset-based fees, which are calculated as a percentage of assets under management.

How many employees does the company have?

We had approximately 4,595 employees worldwide as of December 31, 2016.

What countries does Morningstar have operations in?

Our company is based in Chicago, Illinois, and we have business operations in each of the following international markets: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China (both Hong Kong and the mainland), Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Our joint venture in Japan, Morningstar Japan, is publicly traded under ticker 4765 on the Osaka Stock Exchange ‘‘Hercules Market.’’

How can I contact Morningstar for more information?

For customer service and product questions, please email or call our product support team at +1 312 384-4000.

If you are a current or potential shareholder with questions about Morningstar, you can contact us at or write to us at the following address:

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

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