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Using Lexis Nexis For Private Company Information

Private Company Information

Private company information is often difficult to obtain because these companies do not trade or issue stocks so they do not have to report to the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and their financials remain undisclosed. However, there are some resources which will provide some information about these companies. The database Lexis Nexis can prove useful. Forbes.com and the Better Business Bureau are additional resources.

Using Lexis Nexis for Private Company Information

To access this and other online resources start at the library’s web page www.utdallas.edu/library. Click on the big orange button “Find Articles & Databases” in the upper right screen. Click J-L, scroll down and click on Lexis Nexis Academic from the list. Remember that from off campus you will be prompted to enter your NetID and password.

In this search the name of the company must be known.
Click on Business in the tab at the top of the screen. Searches can be executed by company name, region or state, or company type.
In this search we will search for CARGILL. Type the name of the company in the company name box. Scroll down to Company Type and use the drop down arrow to select All Private. Click the red Search button to the right. The result screen will show a list of companies which match by name. Click on CARGILL INC to view financial, corporate and legal information about the company. Scroll down to view brief financials (if available), competitors, company analysis, recent news and more.  Additional information about the company is in the left column. You may print, download or email the information.
The result list will have reports from Hoover’s Company Records, Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc (ISS Filings), US Business Directory or Standard and Poor’s Corporate Descriptions.

Often the content will be very brief and additional resources will be needed. Some suggested resources are Forbes.com and the Better Business Bureau.

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Using Forbes.com For Private Company Information

From the library’s web page www.utdallas.edu/library select Useful Web Sites from the Resources list.

Click on “Business, Economy & Finance” and click on Forbes.com. 

Under the blue tool bar click on the “Lists” menu and select “Largest Private Cos”. 

On the right, the top ten corporations are listed.

Click on the name to see the content. On the left the complete list can be viewed and sorted by rank, name, state, industry, revenues, and employees.

Click on your selection to view the list. Within the list click on the company name to view the contents. A useful feature is the selection which shows a list of companies in the same industry.

Often the content will be very brief and additional resources will be needed. Some suggested resources are Lexis Nexis and the Better Business Bureau.

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Using The Better Business Bureau For Private Company Information

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) system in the U.S. extends across the nation; coast-to-coast, and in Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico.  The group is a source for brief but helpful information for consumers and researchers on the Bureau’s website at http://www.bbb.org.
Enter a zip code or click on USA Site to begin searching. Next click on For Businesses in the upper left screen.
In the next screen click on “Check out a Business or Charity” in the lower right screen to find company information.
In this search we will use Abacus One Corporation as the search example. Type Abacus One in the Business/Charity Name box and search.
In the search result click on the company name. There will be brief information about the company such as their competitors in the Similarly Accredited Companies link.
There will usually be a link to the company’s website.

For assistance call the SOM Library Liaisons at 972-883-2126 or email Loreen.phillips@utdallas.edu. You can also click on the green question marka question mark-ask a librarianat the library’s website.

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