Guides to Business Subjects

No. 4 Company Information

This is one of a series of research guides produced by the Thomas J. Long Business Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

The following is a guide to selected company information sources. Unless otherwise noted, items are located in the Thomas J. Long Business Library. Databases are accessible from the List of Databases A-Z.

UC Berkeley faculty, registered students, and staff who are off campus may use items marked * by using the library's proxy server.

Last updated 11/2013.

See the following related guide also: Industry Information

Company Directories and Profiles Electronic Sources

* Directory of Foreign Firms Operating in the US/American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries

* Factiva
Public company profiles, latest news and reports, competitors, financials. Click on the Companies/Markets tab.

* Hoover's Online
Contains profiles of companies including history, financials, competitors, etc.
See also the printed Hoover's Handbooks in Reference: American Business (HG4057 .A28617) Emerging Companies (HG4057 .A33), Private Companies (HF5035 .H66), World Business (HF4009 .H66).

* Lexis/Nexis
US and international company dossiers include profiles (from Hoovers, Morningstar, Standard & Poors, Thomson Reuters), corporate tree, brands, latest news, analyst reports (Zacks Investment service and others), ratings, mergers and acquisitions (from Mergerstat and Corpfin), complete financials, annual reports, SEC filings, legal cases, patents and trademarks. Can compare companies and build company list based on specific variables.

In Print:
LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations - Who Owns Whom
Useful for gaining an overview of corporations, their divisions and subsidiaries. Covers U.S. and international firms.
HG4057.A1.D5 Latest in Reference

* Mergent Online
Company reports and all SEC filings going back to 1994.

* OneSource (Haas students only)
Company reports, news, analysis, competitors, financials going back to 1994.

* Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage
Research reports about a company's structure, performance, and outlook. Includes competitors, valuation, register of corporations, directors and executives. Stock splits, dividends to 1996.

Also in print:
Standard & Poor's register of corporations, directors and executives
HG4057.P6 Latest in Reference

* Thomson ONE
Analyst reports from investment banks via Thomson ONE
Choose "Screening & Analysis -> Research" on the left sidebar.
Must be accessed using Internet Explorer.

* US Company Directory/Reference USA
Directory information on US companies — can be searched by business type, location, number of employees, sales, etc.

Print Directories in Reference
(Latest edition in Reference; previous editions in stacks.)

Asia's largest companies marketing and financial information on Asia's top companies
HG4234.85.A86 A86 Latest in Reference

Business Directory of Singapore
HF3800.6.Z8 S577 Latest in Reference

D&B Principal International Businesses
50,000 international companies by country, cross-referenced by industry.
HF54.U5D8P7 Latest in Reference

D&B million dollar directory
Top 160,000 public and private US business listings cross-referenced by geography and industry.
HF3010.D85 Latest in Reference

Eastern Trade Directory
Middle Eastern companies directory

HF3760.8 .E251 Latest in Reference

Hoovers (various) —
Hoover's handbook of American business: HG4057.A28617 Latest in Reference
Hoover's handbook of emerging companies: HG4057.A33 Latest in Reference
Hoover's handbook of private companies: HF5035.H66 Latest in Reference
Hoover's handbook of world business: HF4009.H66 Latest in Reference

Japan company handbook
HF3823.J37 Latest in Reference

Corporate Reports The Long Library maintains a collection of annual reports for U.S. public companies. The formats vary:
  • Request scanned copies of the following at the Circulation Desk by company name (see the * Historical Corporate Annual Reports Collection (1895-1972)).
  • Microfiche: 1973-1994 (annual report and form 10-K)
    International company reports are available on microfiche from 1985-1990. Proxy statements for U.S. companies from 1984-1986.
    Available in the corporate reports cabinets on the lower level of Long Library.
  • Mergent Online
    US & international, 1994+ (annual report and form 10-K)
  • Historical Annual Reports
    800+ US companies, over 75% of companies ranked for 30 years in Fortune 500 ranks. Earliest report is from 1844.
Company Histories and Changes

Capital Changes Reporter - Company Histories and Changes
Capital changes in US public corporations (mergers, buyouts, bankruptcies, stock splits).
Select Capital Changes in the menu, and then search for target company.
Dividends and stock splits from 1996 are also available in Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

International Directory of Company Histories
A multi-volume set of 2-3 page histories for over 4,600 companies.
Business Rankings Forbes and Fortune magazines publish a variety of ranked lists in various categories. Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage. Industry Surveys rank companies within industries.

Book of Lists (for San Francisco, Silicon Valley, East Bay)
f HF5065.C2 B66 Kept behind Circulation Desk, please ask.
Lists of Bay Area companies ranked by various criteria.

Business Rankings Annual. Gage
HG4061 .B871 Latest in Reference.
Companies, products, services and activities ranked by various criteria. Cumulative index from 1989-2011.

D&B Business Rankings
HF5035 .D68 Latest in Reference
Companies ranked within industry and state by sales volume and number of employees.