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Accounting & Finance: Company & Industry Info

Company Profiles

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Historical Company Profiles

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

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Private Companies

In the US, private companies are not required to release their financials. Therefore, most of the time you won't be able to get detailed financial statements on a private firm. Here are some strategies on researching a private company:

  • Find revenue data (self-reported or estimates) and other limited information (depending on the size of the private firm) from the sources suggested below.
  • Search for news stories on the company (using library databases or Google). This is especially important when the company is local and/or small. The company might have been covered in newspapers, trade publications, TV segments, or blogs.
  • Use industry benchmarks as proxy (e.g., you probably won't be able to obtain financial statements on your competitors that are private firms, but industry benchmark data might shed some light). 
  • Study their website (What's their customer value proposition? How do they brand themselves?) and monitor the company's social media channels (if available).