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Company Research: Profiles

Finding 10-Ks and 20-Fs

Different ways to search for company filings

  • Company's website (usually under Investors or Investor Relations); or google [company name] 10k
  • EDGAR search options: Filings search tool of the SEC. 

** 20-F: annual SEC filings by foreign corporations traded on US exchanges.

Corporate Family Tree

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Channel Strategy

Companies are not required to disclose their supply chain information, although some choose to do so. You will have to synthesize information from multiple sources and draw your own conclusion. Possible sources include:

  • Company website: annual report or 10-K, sustainability (corporate responsibility) report, press releases
  • Database search in Business Source Premier, LexisNexis Academic, Investext: Use words like "supply chain", "logistics", or "supplier" with company name.

Places to Start Research

  1. Company's website: mission, vision, goals, customer value proposition (as available), 10-K/Annual Report, media/news/press releases.
    • Not all companies have a "mission/vision statement" per se, but you can get a general idea from their website or annual report/10-K.
  2. Recommended databases listed in the Company Profiles box.
    • The following databases may have a readily available SWOT analysis on select companiesBusiness Insight, Business Source Premier, Investext, Passport.
  3. ‚ÄčInformation on public companies is much more readily available than info on private companies or subsidiaries. Tips on researching private companies

Company Profiles

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Company Rankings

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Supply Chain

In-depth information on a particular company's supply chain practices is not readily available. Here are some possible sources to check:

  • Company website:
    • There may be a specific section dedicated to information related to suppliers. A sustainability or social responsibility report (if available) might shed some light too.
    • 10-K: do a keyword search using "supply chain", "supplier", "sourcing", or "logistics" to find the relevant sections, if available.
    • Press releases (sometimes called News, or Media)
  • Articles: esp. those from trade publications and business newspapers/magazines.

Free Websites for Company Profiles

The following sites are mostly free, but some content might require a fee from individual users:

Historical Company Profiles

Most company profiles have a "history" section. You can also check out databases featuring historical annual reports.

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Executive Compensation

For public company executive compensation:

  • Look up "proxy statement" on the company website (often listed under "Investor Relations").
  • Look up form DEF 14A on the SEC site.
  • WRDS includes the Execucomp database (under the Compustat module).

Organizational Charts

Companies (even public ones) are not required to disclose their organizational charts. Top-level executive names may be available on company websites and in their proxy statements (for public companies), and company profile databases (e.g., LexisNexis). 

The following sources may provide specific charts for select companies:

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  • Search article databases or google [company name] and "organization chart" (or "organizational chart", or "organizational structure")
  • Request it from the company; explain why you need the information and how you'd use it (e.g., educational purposes, term paper, etc.).