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Company Research Guide

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

International Company Profiles

  • Search Tip: Type a company name or ticker symbol into the search box and choose a company from the list of suggestions to retrieve a company profile. The profile may include financial information, SWOT report, company chronology, market share information, rankings, industry reports, articles about the company/industry, and more.

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  • Search Tip: On the landing page, start by clicking on [Industries], choose an Industry, then click on the [Companies] tile located on the right side of the page. 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 [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: Search for a company, then explore these pages: 
    • Use the [Government Filings] page to search for SEC filings
    • The [Company Details] page 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.
    • The [Company Financials] page includes financial details from the balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, and retained earnings statements. Also includes profitability, liquidity, debt management, asset management, and per share ratios 
    • Use the [Investext] page to access investment research reports written by analysts at leading investment banks, brokerage houses, and consulting firms.
    • The [Report Builder] page allows you to create custom reports, including company-industry comparison reports.
  • Search TipRetrieve a Company Dossier. At the top of the Nexis Uni page, click on [Menu], then select [Company Dossier]. Search using the company's name or ticker symbol.
  • Search Tip: Compile a list of companies based on a variety of criteria (NAICS code, size, geography, etc.): At the top of the Nexis Uni page, click on [Menu], select [Company Dossier], then choose [Create a Company List].