Answered By: Poping Lin
Last Updated: Jun 17, 2019     Views: 1234

Q.
Companies: small or private
Where can I find information on small and/or private companies?

A.

Information on private companies in the U.S. is hard to come by, particularly financial information, and many sources that provide revenue data are unreliable for particular companies.  Data sources should be cross-checked.

  • Limited information about some private and/or small companies may be found in Orbis, Capital IQ, FactSet, and Lexis/Nexis.  Most of these are aggregators of company data. Original sources include Dun & BradStreet, Global Data and InfoGroup.
     
  • UK private company financials can be pulled at Companies House
     
  • News aggregator Factiva is useful to uncover articles on small/private companies.
  • While private companies are not generally required to file through the SEC, if they borrow money from the public or raise money from venture funds they generally have to file a Form D with the SEC.  These filings can be searched in the Edgar System, for example type=D and state=nh will retrieve Form D filings in the state of New Hampshire.

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