MSCI to Acquire InvestorForce

Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:00am EST

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Further Positions MSCI as a Leading Provider of Performance Analysis and Risk
Transparency 
NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--
MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools
worldwide, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to
acquire Investor Force Holdings, Inc., an ICG company (Nasdaq: ICGE) and a
leading provider of performance measurement and reporting software to
institutional investment consultants in the United States. The transaction is
expected to close in the first quarter of 2013, subject to customary closing
conditions. 

"We believe the combination of MSCI and InvestorForce presents a unique
opportunity to strengthen the network between asset owners, investment
consultants and managers around the world," said Henry Fernandez, Chairman and
CEO, MSCI Inc. "This acquisition enhances MSCI`s position as a leader in
performance analysis and risk transparency and furthers our goal of providing
investment decision support tools to institutional investors across all client
segments and asset classes." 

Jim Morrissey, CEO of InvestorForce, said, "InvestorForce`s goal has long been
to drive efficiencies for and expand the influence of the investment consultant.
We believe that becoming part of MSCI, with its global footprint and resources,
will significantly enhance our ability to do just that. MSCI`s risk management
products, including Barra and RiskMetrics, and its strength in benchmarking make
it a natural fit for the InvestorForce performance reporting platform, and we
are very excited about the benefits this transaction will bring to our clients
and employees." 

"InvestorForce`s powerful suite of tools, including performance reporting and
peer benchmarking analytics, strongly complements MSCI`s performance measurement
and risk management analytics products and services," Mr. Fernandez added. "The
acquisition will enable us to strengthen our existing relationships with
investment consultants and broadens our role as a key provider of tools to the
pension and consultant community." 

InvestorForce is a leading provider of performance reporting solutions to the
institutional investment community in the United States, providing investment
consultants with an integrated solution for daily monitoring, analysis and
reporting on institutional assets. InvestorForce`s technology leverages
automated data collection to provide institutional investment consultants and
their institutional investor clients with greater operational efficiencies and
real-time insight, transparency and deeper analysis into investment portfolios.
The InvestorForce platform is used by institutional investment consultants to
report on over $3.5 trillion of assets for over 3,500 institutional plans. 

The total consideration for Investor Force Holdings, Inc. is $23.5 million,
subject to a final working capital adjustment. The acquisition will be funded
through existing cash and is not expected to have a material impact on MSCI`s
results of operations. 

Davis Polk & Wardell LLP acted as legal advisers to MSCI. 

-Ends- 

About MSCI 

MSCI Inc. is a leading provider of investment decision support tools to
investors globally, including asset managers, banks, hedge funds and pension
funds. MSCI products and services include indices, portfolio risk and
performance analytics, and governance tools. 

The company`s flagship product offerings are: the MSCI indices with close to USD
7 trillion estimated to be benchmarked to them on a worldwide basis1; Barra
multi-asset class factor models, portfolio risk and performance analytics;
RiskMetrics multi-asset class market and credit risk analytics; IPD real estate
information, indices and analytics; MSCI ESG (environmental, social and
governance) Research screening, analysis and ratings; ISS governance research
and outsourced proxy voting and reporting services; FEA valuation models and
risk management software for the energy and commodities markets; and CFRA
forensic accounting risk research, legal/regulatory risk assessment, and
due-diligence. MSCI is headquartered in New York, with research and commercial
offices around the world. MSCI#IR 

1As of March 31, 2012, as published by eVestment, Lipper and Bloomberg in
September, 2012.

For further information on MSCI, please visit www.msci.com

About InvestorForce 

InvestorForce is the premier provider of performance reporting solutions to the
institutional investment community, providing investment consultants with an
integrated solution for daily monitoring, analysis and reporting on
institutional assets. InvestorForce`s technology leverages automated data
collection to provide institutional investment consultants and their
institutional investor clients with greater operational efficiencies and
real-time insight, transparency and deeper analysis into investment portfolios.
The InvestorForce platform is used by institutional investment consultants to
report on over $3.5 trillion of assets for over 3,500 institutional plans. 

For more information please visit www.investorforce.com

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limitation all text, data, graphs, charts (collectively, the "Information") is
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None of the Information constitutes an offer to sell (or a solicitation of an
offer to buy), any security, financial product or other investment vehicle or
any trading strategy. You cannot invest in an index. 

MSCI`s indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.
("ISS") is a Registered Investment Adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of
1940. Except with respect to any applicable products or services from ISS
(including applicable products or services from MSCI ESG Research Information,
which are provided by ISS), neither MSCI nor any of its products or services
recommends, endorses, approves or otherwise expresses any opinion regarding any
issuer, securities, financial products or instruments or trading strategies and
neither MSCI nor any of its products or services is intended to constitute
investment advice or a recommendation to make (or refrain from making) any kind
of investment decision and may not be relied on as such. 

The MSCI ESG Indices use ratings and other data, analysis and information from
MSCI ESG Research. MSCI ESG Research is produced by ISS or its subsidiaries.
Issuers mentioned or included in any MSCI ESG Research materials may be a client
of MSCI, ISS, or another MSCI subsidiary, or the parent of, or affiliated with,
a client of MSCI, ISS, or another MSCI subsidiary, including ISS Corporate
Services, Inc., which provides tools and services to issuers. MSCI ESG Research
materials, including materials utilized in any MSCI ESG Indices or other
products, have not been submitted to, nor received approval from, the United
States Securities and Exchange Commission or any other regulatory body. 

Any use of or access to products, services or information of MSCI requires a
license from MSCI. MSCI, Barra, RiskMetrics, ISS, CFRA, FEA, and other MSCI
brands and product names are the trademarks, service marks, or registered
trademarks of MSCI or its subsidiaries in the United States and other
jurisdictions. The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) was developed
by and is the exclusive property of MSCI and Standard & Poor`s. "Global Industry
Classification Standard (GICS)" is a service mark of MSCI and Standard & Poor`s.


Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to
future events or to future financial performance and involve known and unknown
risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause MSCI`s actual results,
levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from
any future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements expressed
or implied by these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify
forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "may," "could," "expect,"
"intend," "plan," "seek," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict,"
"potential," or "continue", or the negative of these terms or other comparable
terminology. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements
because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors
that are, in some cases, beyond MSCI`s control and that could materially affect
actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements. Such risks,
uncertainties and factors include, but are not limited to: the risk that a
condition to closing of the proposed acquisition of InvestorForce may not be
satisfied; the failure to consummate or delay in consummating the proposed
acquisition for other reasons; MSCI`s ability to achieve the synergies and value
creation contemplated by the proposed acquisition; MSCI`s ability to promptly
and effectively integrate InvestorForce`s business; and the diversion of
management time on acquisition-related issues. 

Other factors that could materially affect MSCI`s actual results, levels of
activity, performance or achievements can be found in MSCI's Annual Report on
Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 29, 2012, and in MSCI`s
quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the
SEC. If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if MSCI`s and
InvestorForce`s underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may
vary significantly from what we projected. Any forward-looking statement in this
release reflects MSCI`s and InvestorForce`s current views with respect to future
events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions
relating to MSCI`s and otherwise.

MSCI.
Edings Thibault
New York
+ 1.212.804.5273
or
Jo Morgan
London
+ 44.20.7618.2224
or
Kristin Meza
New York
+ 1.212.804.5330
or
MHP Communications
Sally Todd | Christian Pickel
London
+ 44.20.3128.8515
or
InvestorForce
Jim Morrissey
Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
+ 1.484.351.7208
or
ICG
Karen Greene
Radnor, Pennsylvania
+ 1.610.727.6858 

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