Answered By: Austin Haley
Last Updated: May 25, 2018     Views: 388

Q.
Search Funds

How can I create a list of companies for a search fund?


A.

Using library databases it is possible to create a list of privately owned companies within a certain geography and industry.  For a search fund, it is best to cast a wide net and get a large list of companies that you can then narrow down further as you progress in your search.

 

Company List:

 Database

Strengths/Unique Features

 Capital IQ

 Includes auditable financials, PE and VC companies and funded firms, who knows  whom relationship path. Data can be searched by various data points. To create a  list, go the Screening tab, then click Company Screening. Note: You must sign up  for remote access to Capital IQ. See link above for more information.

 This would be the preferred choice for US based companies as Capital IQ  provides the most variables and company information.


D&B Global Business Browser

 Includes some analyst reports, market data, list of brands, industry ratios. To  create a list of companies by criteria click on "build a list" under Companies.  List is  limited to 1000 companies.

 Orbis

 Global company database produced by Bureau van Dijk that is unique in its  breadth of geographies and extent of companies covered as well as the availability  of private company financial information.

 

Email infoservices@hbs.edu once you are interested in creating a list of companies to set up a consultation with a Baker librarian.
 

Industry Research:

Consult the list of library databases that cover industries to learn more about a particular business you may be interested in, specifically:

IBIS World and S&P’s Net Advantage are good resources to start for industry overviews. 

IBISWorld also includes the Industry Wizard tool, allowing for a narrowing of industries by a number of measures - performance (ex. revenue growth), risk ratings, competitive landscape, operating conditions and more. 

American City Business Journals can provide information about the number and types of companies in a given city. 

Factiva and Business Source Complete can be used to search news, industry, and academic sources for industry and company information and trends.

 

Further private company resources are listed here: http://asklib.library.hbs.edu/faq/47469

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