Press release

S&P Global Market Intelligence Enters into Strategic Alliance to Transition IR Webhosting Business to Q4 Inc.

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S&P Global Market Intelligence (S&P), a division of S&P Global (NYSE:
SPGI) and provider of data, essential insights, and powerful analytics,
and Q4 Inc. (Q4), a leading global provider of cloud-based investor
relations solutions, announced today a strategic alliance to transition
S&P Global Market Intelligence’s Investor Relations (IR) webhosting
business to Q4.

The strategic alliance allows both parties to concentrate on their core
competencies, ensuring existing and future clients have access to
industry-leading IR tools, data and services.

“Since the founding of Q4, we’ve been committed to innovation and
delivering the highest level of customer experience through our
products, data and partnerships. This new strategic alliance helps to
strengthen this commitment and allows us to more deeply serve our
clients across a broader set of industries, including financial
services, banking and REITs,” said Darrell Heaps, CEO of Q4.
“Over the last few months, we have worked hard to understand the needs
of S&P’s IR webhosting clients and we look forward to welcoming them to
Q4 and our innovative IR success model.”

“We are excited to work with Q4, which has demonstrated a proven track
record of providing industry-leading investor relations solutions,
technology and analytics to public companies across multiple sectors,”
said Greg Gartland, Chief Product Officer, S&P Global Market
. “This strategic alliance with Q4 will not only better
serve our clients webhosting requirements, but also will allow S&P to
enhance and add to the strategic workflow solutions we offer to investor
relations officers and their staffs.”

This alliance will also integrate S&P’s proprietary data into Q4’s
portfolio of solutions, enabling further opportunities for commercial
collaboration. In connection with transitioning its IR webhosting
business to Q4, S&P has also made a minority investment in Q4.
Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains
“forward-looking statements,” as defined in the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, which express
management’s current views concerning future events, trends,
contingencies or results, appear at various places in this report and
use words like “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “continue,”
“estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “future,” “intend,” “plan,”
“potential,” “predict,” “project,” “strategy,” “target” and similar
terms, and future or conditional tense verbs like “could,” “may,”
“might,” “should,” “will” and “would.” For example, management may use
forward-looking statements when addressing topics such as: the outcome
of contingencies; future actions by regulators; changes in the Company’s
business strategies and methods of generating revenue; the development
and performance of the Company’s services and products; the expected
impact of acquisitions and dispositions; the Company’s effective tax
rates; and the Company’s cost structure, dividend policy, cash flows or

Forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and
uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements
include, among other things:

  • worldwide economic, political and regulatory conditions, including
    conditions that may result from legislative, regulatory and policy
    changes associated with the current U.S. administration or the United
    Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union;
  • the rapidly evolving regulatory environment, in Europe, the United
    States and elsewhere, affecting Ratings, Market Intelligence, Platts
    and Indices, including new and amended regulations and the Company’s
    compliance therewith;
  • the Company’s ability to maintain adequate physical, technical and
    administrative safeguards to protect the security of confidential
    information and data, and the potential for unauthorized access to our
    systems or a system or network disruption that results in improper
    disclosure of confidential information or data, regulatory penalties
    and remedial costs;
  • our ability to make acquisitions and dispositions and successfully
    integrate the businesses we acquire;
  • the outcome of litigation, government and regulatory proceedings,
    investigations and inquiries;
  • the health of debt and equity markets, including credit quality and
    spreads, the level of liquidity and future debt issuances;
  • the demand and market for credit ratings in and across the sectors and
    geographies where the Company operates;
  • concerns in the marketplace affecting the Company’s credibility or
    otherwise affecting market perceptions of the integrity or utility of
    independent credit ratings;
  • the effect of competitive products and pricing, including the level of
    success of new product developments and global expansion;
  • consolidation in the Company’s end-customer markets;
  • the impact of customer cost-cutting pressures, including in the
    financial services industry and commodities markets;
  • a decline in the demand for credit risk management tools by financial
  • the level of merger and acquisition activity in the United States and
  • the volatility of the energy marketplace and the health of the
    commodities markets;
  • our ability to attract, incentivize and retain key employees;
  • our ability to adjust to changes in European and United Kingdom
    markets as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, and the
    impact of the United Kingdom’s departure on our credit rating
    activities and other European and United Kingdom offerings;
  • the Company’s ability to successfully recover should it experience a
    disaster or other business continuity problem from a hurricane, flood,
    earthquake, terrorist attack, pandemic, security breach, cyber-attack,
    power loss, telecommunications failure or other natural or man-made
  • changes in applicable tax or accounting requirements, including the
    impact of recent tax reform in the U.S.;
  • the level of the Company’s future cash flows and capital investments;
  • the impact on the Company’s revenue and net income caused by
    fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; and
  • the Company’s exposure to potential criminal sanctions or civil
    penalties if it fails to comply with foreign and U.S. laws and
    regulations that are applicable in the domestic and international
    jurisdictions in which it operates, including sanctions laws relating
    to countries such as Iran, Russia, Sudan and Syria, anti-corruption
    laws such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K.
    Bribery Act of 2010, and local laws prohibiting corrupt payments to
    government officials, as well as import and export restrictions.

The factors noted above are not exhaustive. The Company and its
subsidiaries operate in a dynamic business environment in which new
risks emerge frequently. Accordingly, the Company cautions readers not
to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak
only as of the dates on which they are made. The Company undertakes no
obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect
events or circumstances arising after the date on which it is made,
except as required by applicable law. Further information about the
Company’s businesses, including information about factors that could
materially affect its results of operations and financial condition, is
contained in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including Item 1a, Risk
Factors, in the Annual Report on Form 10-K.

About Q4 Inc.

Q4 is a leading global provider of cloud-based investor relations, with
the mission of partnering with customers to achieve their strategic IR
objectives. Through best-in-class customer experience and an innovative
suite of IR technology, Q4 is a trusted partner to over 2,000 of the
world’s largest brands. Q4’s comprehensive portfolio of IR
communications and intelligence solutions, supported by an
industry-leading customer experience model, empower customers to build
impactful and strategic IR programs. Q4 has offices in New York,
Toronto, Copenhagen, and London. To learn more, visit:

About S&P Global

S&P Global is a leading provider of transparent and independent ratings,
benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets
worldwide. The Company’s divisions include S&P Global Ratings, S&P
Global Market Intelligence, S&P Dow Jones Indices and S&P Global Platts.
S&P Global has approximately 21,000 employees in 33 countries. For more
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