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Business Insights: Global
Provides company and industry profiles, including SWOT reports, market share reports, investment reports, articles, financials, and case studies.
Provides detailed information on US and international public companies.
Company profiles, financials, news, etc.. For Hoover's in-depth company report, use this link
Business Source Premier
Provides full text and citations to articles in various business publications; also includes company profiles, industry profiles, and country information.
Investext (via Mergent Online)
Provides reports written by analysts at investment banks, brokerage houses, and consulting firms. Reports cover financials and analysis on companies and select industries.
Provides profiles on select (mostly large) companies.
Provides statistics from over 18,000 free and proprietary sources on a wide range of topics such as business, media, and demographics.
Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA)
Provides profiles of U.S. companies, health care providers, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.
Annual Report & 10-K
While the term "annual report" is often used to describe either a Form 10-K or an Annual Report to Shareholders (or ARS), there is a difference.
A public company's 10-K (or 20-F for certain foreign companies) is an excellent source of information on its business, strategies, risks, financials, and more. It presents the company's point of view on its current condition and future direction. Other SEC filings reveal important information as well. ** Private companies or subsidiaries are not required to release detailed financials, and therefore don't need to file 10-K (annual report), 10-Q (quarterly report), etc.
How to read a 10-K
Sections of the 10-K, differences between 10-K and Annual Report to Shareholders.
Recent and some historical annual reports are usually available on a company's website, usually in a section called Investors or Investor Relations. Or, google company name investor (e.g., Best Buy investor) to get to the Investor section.
Key Resources for Private Company Researdh
RMA eStatement Studies
Provides financial ratio benchmarks data (norms and ratios) and industry default probablity data. This is the online version of the RMA annual statement studies.
In-depth reports on US industries.
Crunchbase (limited free data)
Company directory that covers startups and other private companies. Also offers free or discounted access to their full data through their Academic Research Access Program
(faculty and graduate students only).
Available from the Multnomah County Library with a free library card.
Basic information on public and private companies with "as reported" financials (if available).
Provides business and financial data on major, non-publicly traded corporations. * PSU doesn't subscribe to it so you have to purchase your own report."
Crowdsourced company data and news alerts.