QUOTE AND NEWS
The Hindu Business Line  Sep 24  Comment 
India-focused offshore equity funds and ETFs have registered a net investment of $140 million in August, making it the lowest inflow for the category this year so far, according to a Morningstar repo...
TechCrunch  Sep 18  Comment 
 Ellevest, a nearly three-year-old, New York-based digital investment platform built for women and led by former Wall Street titan Sallie Krawcheck, has raised $34.6 million in fresh funding. The round — which was led by Rethink Impact, and...
SeekingAlpha  Aug 22  Comment 
The Economic Times  Jul 13  Comment 
The flows from FIIs have been really robust for this year. If you see from Jan to June, they have pumped in somewhere around $8 billion so far, said Himanshu Srivastava.
MarketWatch  Jul 5  Comment 
Investment research firm Morningstar Inc. said Wednesday that it has named Jason Dubinsky chief financial officer, effective July 24. Dubinsky was most recently CFO of planning and central operations for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. ....




 

Morningstar provides investment research and related products to individual investors, financial advisors, and institutional clients.[1] The Company segments its operations into the Investment Information Segment, which offers data, software, and research products, and the Investment Management Segment, which includes its asset management services.[2] Most of the Company's revenues come from sales within the United States, but Morningstar aslo offers local versions of its products designed for investors in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, and South Africa.[3]


Business Growth

Morningstar's organic growth has been achieved through the improved products as well as its ability to market these products to individuals and institutions. The Company has also grown through acquisitions. In April 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of Realpoint, LLC, a Nationally Recognized Statistical Ratings Organization (NRSRO) that specializes in structured finance.

Trends and Forces

The Cyclicality of the Financial Data and Investment Consulting Industry Makes Morningstar Susceptible to Market Swings

When the economy and financial sector are growing, the demand for Morningstar's products and services increases. Like many of its competitors, a significant portion of Morningstar's revenues come from terminal subscriptions to Morningstar.com, Morningstar Advisor Workstations, and Morningstar Direct.[4] Low employment-levels and overall low activity in the financial-services industry has the potential of leading to corresponding declines in the amount of renewals as well as the overall demand for these products.[5] In response to the economic recession beginning in 2007 that led to declines in subscriptions, Morningstar reduced compensation expense, which accounts for about two-thirds of the Company's costs.[6]

Morningstar faces a high degree of competition and may have to resort to several acquisitions for growth

Increased consolidation in the financial information industry has allowed the bigger players to gain market share at the expense of smaller providers like Morningstar. In order to gain market share, Morningstar has increased both the quality of existing products as well as the quantity of new products its offers.[7] While a portion of Morningstar's growth is organic, the Company has also grown significantly from acquisitions in 2008, 2009, and 2010.[8]

While Morningstar's capabilities and assets have increased, these acquisitions have the potential of burdening the Company's cash position or requiring external sources of financing.[9] In addition, a high degree of acquisitions have associated integration and marketing costs.[10]

Competition

Because of Morningstar's diverse set of products and services, it faces different competitors across each division. Many of these rivals are more specialized, focusing on either a particular product or particular customer base, while other have significantly greater resources, which allows them to respond quickly to and implement new technologies. However, no one company offers similar product solutions on all three of Morningstar's segments.

Some minor players include personal finance and investing portals such as Yahoo! Finance and MSN Money, asset management leasers such as Zephyr Associates and Wilshire Associates, and financial research publishers such as Standard & Poor's (a subsidiary of McGraw-Hill Companies (MHP).

References

  1. Reuters.com: Morningstar Company Profile, May 2011
  2. Reuters.com: Morningstar Company Profile, May 2011
  3. Reuters.com: Morningstar Company Profile, May 2011
  4. Corporate.Morningstar.com: Morningstar 2010 Annual Report
  5. Corporate.Morningstar.com: Morningstar 2010 Annual Report
  6. Corporate.Morningstar.com: Morningstar 2010 Annual Report
  7. Corporate.Morningstar.com: Morningstar 2010 Annual Report
  8. Corporate.Morningstar.com: Morningstar 2010 Annual Report
  9. Corporate.Morningstar.com: Morningstar 2010 Annual Report
  10. Corporate.Morningstar.com: Morningstar 2010 Annual Report
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