MSCI is a leading provider of investment decision support
tools to over 6,000 clients worldwide, ranging from large pension
plans to boutique hedge funds. We offer a range of products and
services - including indexes, portfolio risk and performance
analytics, and ESG data and research - from a number of internationally
recognized brands such as Barra, RiskMetrics and IPD. Located
in 23 countries around the world, and with over 2,600 employees,
MSCI is dedicated to supporting the increasingly complex needs of
the investment community with groundbreaking new products, high
quality data, superior distribution and dedicated client support.
In September 2014, the Board of Directors approved a plan to initiate a regular quarterly cash dividend to our shareholders. We paid our first quarterly dividend in October 2014, in an amount of $0.18 per share of common stock. MSCI's most recently declared quarterly dividend was $0.18 per share of common stock, payable on March 13, 2015 to shareholders of record as of February 20, 2015. Although we plan to continue to pay such regular quarterly dividends at an anticipated initial aggregate annual dividend rate of $0.72 per share, there can be no assurance that we will be able to continue to do so or that we will achieve an annual dividend rate in any particular amount. The payment of any future dividends will be determined by the Board of Directors in light of conditions then existing, including MSCI's earnings, financial condition and capital requirements, business conditions, corporate law requirements and other factors.