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Bizblock-- A Guide for Business Research: Company Research

Finding Company Financial Information

 Any company that sells stock must file a number of financial reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Financial informatioin for public companies is reported in a number of places.

  • OneSource Global Business--Search for your company by name or ticker number, select your company, the financials are listed on the left side
  • LexisNexis--Search in the company box, then select financials on the left.
  • EDGAR--The SEC's Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval system. Contains electronic versions of most SEC filings including 10-k and 10-q reports.
  • Annual Reports--Often found on the company website, these are condensed versions of the SEC filings, written for shareholders.

Private Companies

Private companies are not required to make any financial data available to the public. Unlike public companies, they are not required to file financial data with the SEC. Finding financial data on private companies may be difficult or impossible to do.

Some possible sources for finding private company information:

  • Company Websites--Some companies may publish portions of an annual report online.
  • Contacting the company--For students, private companies may be willing to share their financial information.

Online Databases

Business Source Premier

Useful for finding news articles, company information, and company SWOTs.

LexisNexis Academic

Use the Company search to find  company information including articles, corporate structure, financials and stock data, intellectual property and other legal information, and investment analyst reports

OneSource Global Business Browser

Useful for finding company information, including financials and executives. Can also be used to search for industry information.

Value Line Investment Survey

For each stock it provides descriptive information, year-ahead and three- to five-year probable relative price performance, projections of key financial measures, and concise, objective commentary on current operations and future prospects.

Web Resources

County Business Patterns

The number of establishments in each industry, broken down by employee size, may be found in  (organized by NAICS).

Nonemployer Statistics

For businesses run by the self-employed. For states, metro areas, and counties (also organized by NAICS).

Small Business Development Center
SBDC provides information about small businesses for small businesses.  Includes databases, industry information, research reports, statistics.  Great free resource for learning about your industry.