DST Systems, Inc. was originally established in 1969. The Company is a provider of technology-based service solutions that help clients grow their business and provide their customers an exceptional experience. DST serves clients in the asset management, brokerage, retirement, insurance, healthcare and other markets to help process, communicate and safeguard critical customer information needed to manage life's important business, such as investing money, planning for retirement and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Company's operating business units are now reported as three operating segments: Financial Services, Healthcare Services, and Customer Communications. The Financial Services Segment provides a variety of services to the asset management, brokerage, retirement and insurance industries and is the provider of third-party shareowner recordkeeping services to the mutual fund industry. The Healthcare Services Segment provides a variety of servicing solutions to U.S. healthcare organizations that, collectively, help meet the industry's information processing, quality of care and cost management needs while achieving compliance and improving operational efficiencies of each business. The Customer Communications Segment helps businesses deploy customer communications while improving operational performance across critical business functions such as sales, marketing, customer service, technology, finance, operations, and compliance. The Company is subject to intense competition from other established service providers in all industries it serves. The Company holds U.S. patents, U.S. copyrights and trademarks covering various aspects of the information processing and computer software services and products provided by the Financial Services and Healthcare Services Segments and the statement and mail processing services and technology provided by the Customer Communications Segment.