GovernanceMetrics International

“GMI was formed in April 2000 by a small group of people who recognized the need for a new, easy-to-use tool to monitor corporate governance.

Our ratings system has been developed following extensive research in multiple markets and consultations with institutional investors, corporate officers and directors and governance specialists. We conducted an in-depth test of our research methodology in nine countries. Our scoring algorithm has also been tested and validated by outside statistical experts and is patent pending.

GMI Ratings for more than 2,100 companies are now available on a subscription basis. Subscriptions include two logins and are based on geographic region, as follows:

– North American coverage includes complete coverage for companies in the TSX 60 (Canada), S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and Russell 1000 Index.

– Industrialized Asia-Pacific includes coverage of the Nikkei 225 (Japan) and ASX 50 Index (Australia and New Zealand).

– Industrialized Europe includes a total of 625 companies, including complete coverage of the following market indices: FTSE Eurotop 300, FTSE 350 (UK), CAC 40 (France), DAX (Germany), MIB 30 (Italy), AEX (Netherlands), IBEX 35 (Spain), OMX (Sweden) and SMI (Switzerland), plus coverage for additional companies in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Norway and Portugal.

GMI subscriptions are also available at the country level (e.g., Italy-only).

For smaller investors and analysts who need coverage for a limited range of securities, GMI offers customized portfolio coverage. Customized coverage is based on a minimum of 40 companies and can include any company from any region, market sector or industry that has been rated by GMI.

For corporations, security analysts and others whose interests are geared to specific sectors rather than geographic region, GMI recently introduced subscription packages based on specific market sectors. Available sectors include: Automobiles, Banks, Basic Resources, Chemicals, Construction, Cyclical Goods & Services, Energy, Financial Services, Food & Beverage, Healthcare, Industrial Goods & Services, Insurance, Media, Non-Cyclical Goods & Services, Retail, Technology, Telecommunications and Utilities.

All subscribers are able to hone their analysis by using GMI’s filtering tools to isolate ratings for all companies within specific industry groups for a selected country, index, region or globally. Subscribers also receive regular updates on corporate governance developments at each company rated by GMI allowing them to track changes, both positive and negative, at GMI-rated companies in a single location.”

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