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Company Research Guide

This Bentley Library research guide was created to provide a starting point for researching companies.

1. Company Profiles: Best Sources for Comprehensive Information

These are the best library resources for retrieving a company profile and comprehensive company information. 

Search Tip: Search by company name, ticker symbol, or NAICS code. A current company profile will be retrieved (if you search by NAICS you will get a list of companies ranked by revenue). Use the links on the left side of the screen to also view related content and topics, including investment reports, SWOT reports, company chronologies, rankings, articles about the company/industry, etc.

Search Tip: Click on [Company Profiles]. Enter the company name in the search box and click [Browse]. Locate your company in the list and click on [MarketLine Report]. Reports contain a SWOT analysis (for most public companies).

Search Tip: Retrieve a Company Dossier. On the main screen, click on [Get Company Info] box to search using the company's name or ticker symbol.

Search Tip: To compile a list of companies based on a variety of criteria (NAICS code, size, geography, etc.) click on [Get Company Info], then click on the "Company Dossier" link and choose "Create a Company List".

Search Tip: The [Company Details] tab consists of ten sub-pages, detailing various aspects of the company. Information includes a business summary, company history, list of properties owned by the company, subsidiaries (including percentage owned and geographic location), business segments (the business and geographic revenue analyses for major segments of the company’s business operations), financials, long-term debt, capital stock and earnings estimates.

Search Tip: Check the [Reports] tab for Mergent's Ford Equity Reports.

Search Tip: The [Report Builder] tab allows you to create custom reports, including company-industry comparison reports.

Search Tip: Use the [Investext] tab to access investment research reports written by analysts at leading investment banks, brokerage houses, and consulting firms.

Search Tip: Search using the company's name or ticker symbol ro retrieve a company profile. Then, use the links on the left side of your screen to explore related information, such as equity research (stock reports), investment research, financials, news, etc.

The Euromonitor Passport Global Market Information Database provides business intelligence on selected industries, countries & consumers, companies, and geographies

Search Tip: In the top navigation bar, click on [Companies] then search for a company by name. After you've performed a search, look for the [Local Company Profile] or [Global Company Profile] report. (Not all companies will have a company profile)

Search Tip: Click on [Companies/Markets], then click on [Company]. In the [Get Company Snapshot] perform your search using the company name or ticker symbol. In the company snapshot, click the [Peer Comparison] link to generate a list of the company's key competitors, and click the [Reports] link to generate a a Ratio Comparison Report, which compares key financial ratios of this company against its industry, sector, and the S&P 500 Index aggregates. Other custom report options are also available.

Note: Factiva has a 6 user limit.

2. Best Sources for Finding and Creating Lists of Companies by Industry, Location & More

These databases are the best sources for generating lists of companies using detailed search criteria, such as industry (NAICS or SIC Code), number of employees, sales, location (country, state, city, zip code), company status (public or private), and more.

Search tip: Under [Looking for Businesses?] Click the "start now" button , then click on the [Business Custom Search] tab. Build a list of companies according to criteria that you select.

Search Tip: To compile a list of companies based on a variety of criteria (NAICS code, size, geography, etc.) click on [Get Company Info], then click on the "Company Dossier" link and choose "Create a Company List".

Search Tip: Hover over [Companies] in the top navigation bar, then select [Company Finder]. Select criteria (geography, revenue, number of employees, industry) to generate a list of companies.