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BUS X100 / X105 Business Adminstration: Intro

Researching Companies

This page walks you through things you should think about when researching companies including strategies based on types of ownership, finding information on company websites, and suggested resources for finding company profiles.

Type of Company

Public A company is considered public if its shares of equity is traded on a stock exchange. Public companies are required to submit filings to the SEC, making information much easier to locate.
Private A company is considered private if it is not traded on a stock exchange and is not owned by a larger parent company. They are not required to submit SEC filings, which can make finding financial information a bit trickier, if it is available.
Subsidiary A company that operates under the control of a larger parent company is a subsidiary. The parent company may be a private or public company. The parent company may not disclose financial performance of individual subsidiaries. You may need to read the management discussion in SEC filings such as 10-K, study the information provided on the subsidiary’s and parent company’s websites, or find news articles in order to find information about financial performance and strategy.

Company's Website

Don't forget to look for information on the company's website. You can often find information that can be useful including news releases, SEC filings and annual reports (for public companies), corporate governance, and strategy by studying the website.

To find financial information and SEC filings for public companies look for a link to "Investor Relations."

Company Profiles