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Business: Overviews:
-- Profiles, Hierarchies, and SWOT Analyses

Your comprehensive station for UCI's business research content and beyond!

Company Overviews:

Profiles, Hierarchies, and SWOT Analyses (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)



S&P Capital IQ *(Current UCI students, faculty, & staff)
Geography: Global   
A comprehensive company intelligence database, offering granular financial and capital structure information on millions of publicly traded companies worldwide, including data and graphs for historic stock prices, searchable SEC filings, mergers & acquisitions activities, and venture capital/private equity data.  Also features biographic and professional connection information for millions of business practitioners.  


Mergent Intellect 
Geography: Global   
Public and private company information, as available, for companies worldwide.  It's particularly useful for building lists of companies and for hierarchical parent/subsidiary relationships (use the Family Tree tab for a company).  Mergent Intellect replaces Hoovers Pro.  Data for both Mergent & Hoovers comes from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). 


MarketLine Advantage
Geography: Global   
Select public and select large private company profiles, spanning most major industries worldwide.  Profiles often include a detailed SWOT Analysis.


Nexis Uni Company Dossier
Geography: Global   
Formerly LexisNexis Academic.  This Company Dossier tool Public and private company information, as available, for companies worldwide.  Particularly helpful for hierarchical parent/subsidiary relationships and some executive email addresses (as available). 

  • Nexis Uni [homepage] >> Menu [top left corner]  >> Company Dossier
  • Tip:  search on either the ticker symbol (for public companies), or the company's formal name. 


Geography: Global   
A global directory in which every company within the database has at least one foreign subsidiary.  Finds both US firms operating in foreign countries, and foreign firms operating in the US.  Searchable on criteria including: industry, employee count, and revenue.


Private Companies:  Other Resources


​PitchBook *(Current UCI students, faculty, & staff) 
Geography: US & Global
Data and research covering the private investment market, including venture capital, private equity, and M&A transactions. Information on companies, deals, investors, and funds. Use PitchBook to establish benchmarks, identify and analyze competitors, and search investor details. 

  • Users must create an account with their UCI email address. Download limits apply.


Preqin: Private Equity Online
Geography: Global
This resource encompasses all of Preqin's private equity and venture capital databases.  It provides data on all aspects of the asset class, including fund terms and conditions, fundraising, fund managers, institutional investors, fund performance, deals and exits, service providers and more.  The earliest data tends to be back to the 1980's.

  • Many private startup companies receiving funding are featured in this database.  

News is often one of the only sources of info on private companies!

Geography: Global
Worldwide coverage of local and regional newspapers, trade publications, business news wires, press release wires, media transcripts, news photos, and business-rich websites. 


Business Source Complete
Geography: Global
Covers virtually all business subjects.  Thousands of news articles from popular and trade sources. 

  • Search first only by company name, and add more words as needed. 
  • For ambiguous names, e.g. Apple, use: Select a Field (dropdown)  >  CO Company Entity.


Access World News
Geography: Global
Full-text news from 600+ U.S. and 700+ international sources, offering viewpoints on local, regional and world issues. 


Press Releases
The Press Release page for a private company, discoverable through Google, is also a critically important resource.


Imagine that you are an executive at a private company.
What information (financial or otherwise) would you share, if it meant your competitors may use it for their own benefit?

Companies do not voluntarily share info about themselves,
unless the SEC requires it by law, or unless companies believe disclosure  gives them a competitive advantage.


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