Finding quality company profiles and reports

If you are searching for information on specific large companies our subscription resources include two valuable sources of company profiles. Most information on the web comes from company websites Рwhich can be biased Рthese reports have been produced by professional analysts and can be relied on as authoritative summaries. Key report sources are MarketLine and Hoovers which charge for access to this company information via the open web. Click on the headings below to access the databases:

EBSCO Business Source Complete

Most reports are by MarketLine – they include sections on the history of the company, overview, SWOT analysis, revenue analysis, key personnel etc.

  • Ignore the “Company Information” link and click on “More” -> “Company Profiles”
  • Search by name and use “Match any words” to maximize results.

Screenshot from EBSCO showing "More" / "Company Profiles" option

 

Reports include a history of the company, overview, key personnel, SWOT analysis, key competitors, revenue analysis and more.

Proquest Business Collection

Click on “Browse” within the database

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Hoovers Company Reports (the better option for UK companies) give access to a company record which includes an overview, history, key people, competitors, financials and more. Once you have located the company, you need to click on “Link to full text” (on the right) to see the full report:

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(Proquest Annual Reports collection can be searched by company name, date or industry. It covers mostly US companies. More recent reports may be found on the web.)

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Business information on the internet

Gathered together in one place this useful website provided by RBA aims to provide a one-stop-shop for useful internet sites for those with an interest in business. Included are evaluated listings of key business resources including company information, share price information, directories, news, Mergers & Acquisitions and industry sectors.

FAME – Financial Analysis Made Easy

Swansea University now has access to the FAME database (Financial Analysis Made Easy).

FAME gives access to financial & company information on 7 million UK & Irish companies. You can use it to research individual companies, search for companies with specific profiles and for analysis.

What information does FAME contain?

  • Company financials, in detailed format, with up to 10 years of history
  • Financial strength indicators
  • Directors and contacts
  • Original filings/images as filed at Companies House and the Companies Registration Office in Ireland
  • Stock data for listed companies
  • Detailed corporate structures and the corporate family
  • Shareholders and subsidiaries
  • Market research
  • Adverse filings
  • Business and company-related news
  • M&A deals and rumours

If you are on campus you can access FAME at: http://www.fame.bvdep.com/ip

Off-campus you can access the database at: http://fame.bvdep.com/athens (you will need your Personal Athens username and password).

A 2-page FAME user guide can be downloaded from http://www.swansea.ac.uk/lis/HelpAndGuides/database_guides/

Look out for our training sessions …¬†coming soon!