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Companies, Industries & Products: Companies

Ownership of public companies is divided into shares of stock that are listed on a stock exchange or an over-the-counter market.

Public companies must meet reporting standards, which increases the amount of available information on the company.

Databases

Websites

Private companies are not listed on a stock exchange. They can have shares but these are not publicly listed. There are varying amounts of information available for private companies.

Aside from databases and websites, you can use the following strategies to find information about private companies:

  • apply industry and local information to the company
  • use the phone book to locate competitors in the same industry
  • look at local business sites and statistics
  • look for news in the local newspapers

Databases

Websites

Databases

Websites

Hint: Search online with the company name and "annual report". For example: NAB "annual report"

Databases

Databases

Websites

Australian or international ranking of companies with shared characteristics, e.g. top 10 telecommunications companies by revenue.

Websites

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SWOT analysis

Analysis of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of a company.

Search tips

  • add the company name to your search
  • add the words "annual report"
  • use company databases
  • search a database using a company name/entity limit

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