Publicly traded, it is required to file disclosure documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These documents are publicly available at the SEC- EDGAR site or through several online business databases (Mergent Online, Factiva, etc).
Public, but part of a conglomerate or holding company, the SEC documents will be filed by the holding company with less information available about subsidiaries or business segments. Try Mergent Online or Factiva.
Private now, but had been public, the original disclosure documents filed as a public company should still be available. Try Mergent Online.
Private it is under no obligation to file disclosure documents with the SEC, so it's financial information may be difficult to find. Try searching the news and press releases in Factiva, Business Source Premier, ABI/Inform.
Private and part of a holding company, it becomes more difficult to find information about it. This is when any information gleened from news, press releases, interviews, etc. becomes important. Try searching Factiva, Business Source Premier, ABI/Inform.
A franchise, you may be able to obtain a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), usually only available to qualified potential franchisees.
A nonprofit, with 501(c)(3) status is required to file Form 990, Return of Organizations Exempt from Income Tax, with the IRS. The form includes financial statements and background information on the nonprofit, including salaries of key employees (i.e. director, head, officers). Try searching CitizenAudit.org (currently the only freely available full-text searchable database of full digitized nonprofit financials), The Foundation Center provides a funder free search. (Find funder by name, state, or zip and drill down to the 990 to find funding recipients.),The GuideStar National Database of Nonprofit Organizations (free, but requires registration),Search Google using 990 and the name of the nonprofit.
eMarketer is a business information service that aggregates, filters and analyzes research pertaining to the digital marketplace. They gather both domestic and global information from more than 4,000 different trusted sources and organize it into different content such as analyst reports, charts, articles, interviews and more.
Provides access to industry norms (ratios and default probability/cash flow measures) for 600+ industries by year, asset range and region. 735 industry codes appear in the current Financial Benchmark Ratios, and 669 are represented in the Industry Default Probabilities.
Factiva provides access to more than 32,000 sources (such as newspapers, journals, magazines, television and radio transcripts, photos, etc.) from nearly every country worldwide in 28 languages, including more than 600 continuously updated newswires. It also contains business and financial data on companies from around the world. License terms restrict access to MU students, faculty, and staff only.
Reports covering technology and market trends in various technology, energy & manufacturing related fields including energy, healthcare, food, & information technology. MU has access to all reports in “Industry Research,” “Technology Research,” and Economic Research” with limited access to those in “Career Research” and “Live and Virtual Events.” Click on Member Login and enter your name and MU email address to access. Downloading entire reports is not allowed.
IBISWorld provides reports for all of the 723 industries in the United States as categorized by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). It also includes reports on industries in Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, and the U.K. IBISWorld research reports contain trends, statistics and analysis on market size, market share of competitors, and industry growth rates. Performance analysis includes emerging industry trends as well as recent production performance and 5 year forecasts. Each comprehensive study also examines details such as; the barriers to entry, operating cost structure (industry averages), technology & systems, and domestic & international markets. Tables and statistics include: Industry revenue, exports, imports, wages, and number of companies in the industry.
Updated weekly. Provides immediate access to data on more than 10,000 NYSE, AMEX, Nasdaq and other select regional exchange companies. Coverage includes: history, business description, properties, subsidiaries, officers, directors, long-term debt, Moody's rating, capital stock, income statement, balance sheet, statements of cash flow, auditors, exchange and ticker symbol, number of employees, number of shareholders, address, telephone number, annual stock price ranges, trustee, registrar, transf
Includes market research reports for Europe, the UK, and the US. Reports cover a variety of sectors including consumer goods, travel and tourism, financial industry, internet industry, retail, and food & drink. Reports discuss market drivers, market size & trends, market segmentation, supply structure, advertising and promotion, retail distribution, consumer characteristics, and market forecasts. Also included are management and company reports for companies mentioned in the reports.
NetAdvantage provides information on companies, industries, stocks, mutual funds and the economy. Sources include Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Bond Reports and Corporation Records. The type of information includes, but is not limited to, financial statistics, commentary, and directory listings, e.g., security dealers. The Industry Surveys is an excellent resource to locate information on 53 industries. The Mutual Funds section provides a quote, name of fund manager, rate of return, and secto
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Bloomberg - the Bloomberg terminal is in the northwest corner of the journalism library's main floor. It is a source of in-depth business information and especially helpful determining suppliers, customers and competitors.