Presentation on theme: "“I need to find information about a private company and I can’t find anything - help!” October 14 th :"— Presentation transcript:
“I need to find information about a private company and I can’t find anything - help!” October 14 th :
Private companies are tricky – why? There is very little they are required to report… …so they don’t! Even if they are huge (like the “Big 4” accounting firms) (and many of them are small) 2
Is there any hope? Yes! Capital IQ – (the cadillac of databases!) Most detailed business descriptions, lists of executives, products, competitors, etc. M&A, investments data Financials – sometimes Gotcha : access controlled by username/password which must be issued to you by Erin Wachowicz 3
Additional hope! 4 PrivCo – larger private companies; focus on M&A, VC, investor activity; great Advanced Search Hot feature: source of financial information for private companies * [and IP accessible] Additional hot feature: they are happy to take requests: you can email them about a company and they will see what they can find for you and add it to the database! * Amount of $$$ info varies by company, no guarantees.
More hope! MarketLine – some reports on private companies; if no company report, may still bring up a case study, company news, or financial deals information Article databases: ABI/Inform, Business Source Premier, LexisNexis, Factiva (aka: “combing for crumbs”) 5
And speaking of Factiva… Searching Factiva effectively: No double quotes needed… in fact, words entered in a series are automatically searched as an exact phrase * Special syntax: same, near# Special wildcard symbol: $ Notice the filter options on the results page! 6 * So don’t just type in a series of words – you’ll get Zero results unless that exact series of words appeared in an article somewhere! Bonus tip of the week!
Caveats – private company research There is no “one answer” – none of the resources reviewed here will have every private company Each source will have differing amounts of information There are no guarantees! 7 First and foremost: Get your expectations under control.
Join us next week, Oct. 21, 5:00pm for: “We have to report on a new deal every week in Prof. Couch’s Private Equity class- how can I possibly find what I need?!” With a virtual appearance of special guest Michael Linchitz of The Deal Pipeline! 8