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Researching Companies

Identify Company Type

Company research requires you to determine if a company is a public company, private company, or a subsidiary. Make use of the databases below to make your determination.  Small and local businesses will require the use of a ReferenceUSA for making determinations.  Remember off campus access requires CSUSM ID and password. 
 

  • LexisNexis Academic
    Seach using either the "Get Company Information" search OR the Company Dossier to find information about 80 million companies. 
  • ReferenceUSA
    United States business directory of over 14 million private and public companies. Contains name, executives, type, sales, employee size etc. Users can search by SIC, yellow page heading, state, city, and down to the zip code level. mployee size etc. 

Public Company

Public Company Profiles, Annual Reports and Analysis

Business Source Premier  (CSUSM Premium) Search the Company Profiles.  Marketline reports include SWOTS!

 

Factiva  (CSUSM Premium) Good for public corporations.

Search Companies/Markets Tab along the top. 

Contains:  Company snapshot, News, Web News, Multimedia, Key Developments, Peer Comparison, Financial Results--to see financial results by segment and reports. Look at the Performance/Segment Information section.

 

Mergent Online (CSUSM Premium) Good for public corporations in depth financials.   Also has limited private co. info.
Detailed company profiles, history and in depth financial analysis, including SEC filings

 

Marketwatch.com  
Commerical investing and new source, publicly available. 

 

Hoovers Company Profiles (via ProQuest) (CSUSM Premium) 
Company snapshot, employee size, sales, basic financials, stock, NAIC and SEC filings including news (newspapers, legal,and patent)

 

ReferenceUSA  (CSUSM Premium)  Excellent for private companies also public company hierarchies.  Includes local branches of foreign companies operating in the United States. Also good for quick summary statistics by industry especially local competitors.

REFUSA:  Step By Step Guide to RefUSA Company & Competitor search

 

Market and Consumer analysis of Companies

Passport Euromonitor  (CSUSM Premium) Company profiles and market and brand share around the world

Financial Information & Annual Reports

How to read an annual report  (Short outline from IBM)

AnnualReports.com (available on the free web)
Annual reports for U.S. public companies.

SEC.gov EDGAR search (available on the free web)
Access to corporate electronic filings submitted by U.S. public companies directly to the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission.

 

Competition and Industry

Company analyst reports include strengths, weaknesses of the company and opportunities and threats. 

IBISWorld Industry Research  (CSUSM Premium)

Industry Research in over 700 reports by NAIC. In-depth Industry analysis, external, internal and economic, supply chain management. Contains some international reports for UK, Australia, China, and Global.

 

First Research (Mergent Intellect) (CSUSM Premium)

ReferenceUSA (US Only)

See the section for competitors.  This represents a geographic look at businesses close to your location by NAIC code. 

 

     

     

     

     

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