Safe Harbor Statement (“forward-looking statements”)

Last updated: March 31, 2015

This website 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 throughout 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, we may use forward-looking statements when addressing topics such as: the outcome of contingencies; future actions by regulators; changes in our business strategies and methods of generating revenue; the development and performance of our services and products; the expected impact of acquisitions and dispositions; our effective tax rates; and our cost structure, dividend policy, cash flows or liquidity.

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 our forward-looking statements include, among other things:

  • the rapidly evolving regulatory environment, in the United States and abroad, affecting Solutions4Business, Datatooth, Supply Chain Temps, RE:search+ and our other businesses, including new and amended regulations and our compliance therewith;
  • the outcome of litigation, government and regulatory proceedings, investigations and inquiries;
  • worldwide economic, financial, political and regulatory conditions;
  • the health of debt and equity markets, including credit quality and spreads, the level of liquidity and future debt issuances;
  • the level of interest rates and the strength of the credit and capital markets in the U.S. and abroad;
  • the demand and market for credit ratings in and across the sectors and geographies where we operate;
  • concerns in the marketplace affecting our credibility or otherwise affecting market perceptions of the integrity or utility of independent credit agency ratings;
  • our ability to maintain adequate physical, technical and administrative safeguards to protect the security of confidential information and data, and the potential of a system or network disruption that results in regulatory penalties, remedial costs and/or improper disclosure of confidential information or data;
  • the effect of competitive products and pricing;
  • consolidation in our end customer market;
  • the impact of cost-cutting pressures across the financial services industry;
  • a decline in the demand for credit risk management tools by financial institutions;
  • the level of success of new product development and global expansion;
  • the level of merger and acquisition activity in the U.S. and abroad;
  • the volatility of the energy marketplace;
  • the health of the commodities markets;
  • the impact of cost-cutting pressures and reduced trading in oil and other commodities markets;
  • the level of our future cash flows;
  • our ability to make acquisitions and dispositions and to integrate, and realize expected synergies, savings or benefits from, the businesses we acquire;
  • the level of our capital investments;
  • the level of restructuring charges we incur;
  • the strength and performance of the domestic and international automotive markets;
  • our ability to successfully recover should we experience a disaster or other business continuity problem, such as a hurricane, flood, earthquake, terrorist attack, pandemic, security breach, cyber-attack, power loss, telecommunications failure or other natural or man-made disaster;
  • changes in applicable tax or accounting requirements;
  • the impact on our net income caused by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange issues; and
  • our exposure to potential criminal sanctions or civil remedies if we fail to comply with foreign and U.S. laws and regulations that are applicable in the domestic and international jurisdictions in which we operate, including sanctions laws relating to countries such as Iran, Russia, Cuba, Sudan and Syria, anti-corruption laws such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act of 2010, local laws prohibiting corrupt payments to government officials, as well as import and export restrictions.

The factors above are not exhaustive. The Company and its subsidiaries operate in a dynamic business environment in which new risks may emerge frequently. Accordingly, we caution readers not to place undue reliance on the above 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. Further information about our businesses, including information about factors that could materially affect our results of operations and financial condition, is made available upon request subject to approval.

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