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Morningstar Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 24, 2012 | About:

Morningstar Inc. (NASDAQ:MORN) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Morningstar Inc has a market cap of $3.08 billion; its shares were traded at around $59.96 with a P/E ratio of 31.9 and P/S ratio of 4.9. The dividend yield of Morningstar Inc stocks is 0.7%. Morningstar Inc had an annual average earning growth of 17.2% over the past 5 years.

Highlight of Business Operations:

We generate revenue by selling a variety of investment-related products and services. We sell many of our offerings, such as newsletters, Principia software, and Premium service on Morningstar.com, via subscriptions. These subscriptions are mainly offered for a one-year term, although we also offer terms ranging from one month to three years. We also sell advertising on our websites throughout the world. Several of our other products are sold through license agreements, including Morningstar Advisor Workstation, Morningstar Equity Research, Morningstar Direct, Retirement Solutions, Licensed Data and some of our structured credit research and ratings offerings. Our license agreements typically range from one to three years.

Our gross margin declined by about 0.5 percentage points and 1.4 percentage points in 2011 and 2010, respectively, as expenses in this category increased at a faster rate compared with revenue growth.

Overall, bonus expense represented about 6.8% and 6.7% of revenue in 2011 and 2010, respectively, after declining to 4.4% in 2009. Prior to 2009, bonus expense represented about 10% to 12% of revenue.

In 2011, Investment Information segment revenue increased $56.0 millions, or 12.6%, to $500.9 million. Acquisitions contributed $13.5 million of revenue in 2011, primarily from Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC and to a lesser extent from ASMC, Denmark, and OBSR. Revenue from acquisitions represented approximately 3 percentage points of the revenue increase in 2011. Excluding acquisitions, our software, data, and investment research product lines all contributed to the revenue growth. Organic revenue for our software product lines was up $26.2 million, driven by Morningstar Direct, and to a lesser extent by Morningstar Integrated Web Tools, Advisor Workstation, and Morningstar.com. Licensed Data and Morningstar Credit Ratings drove the growth in revenue in our data and investment research product lines, respectively.

This segment represented approximately 20% of our consolidated revenue in 2011, 2010, and 2009, respectively.

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