Using Company Profiles & Analyses
You can find profiles and analyses of publicly traded in several library databases. Look at a few of them
in order to get a representative picture of your company.
Why use company profiles?
Company profiles are snapshots of your company, giving you a quick overview of vital information. The
information provided is distilled from a company’s corporate filings, but there is often value added
information. You may find competitors listed, or 15 years of financials which you can download to Excel,
or an analysis of how the company’s activities have influenced or will influence its stock price.
What does the library have?
From the Library’s Home Page, click on the indexes & databases link. You will find the following
databases by name in the alphabetical list.
? FP Advisor
Canadian companies. Company profiles, competitors, rankings, industry reports,
historical reports, National Post articles, 10 years of financials for Excel download,
“Company Snapshot : Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (2005). Retrieved August 24, 2005 from FP Advisor database.
U.S. and Canadian companies (some private). Business description, history,
competitors, products and operations. executives, 3 years of financials
Biesada, Alex“Wal-Mart Stores Inc.”(August 15, 2005). Retrieved August 24, 2005 from Hoover’s Company Information database.
? Mergent Online
U.S. & International company data. Company profile, description, history, SIC, NAICS,
joint ventures, business description, property, subsidiaries, regulatory filings, annual
reports, 15 years of financials for Excel download, financial ratios; ability to create
“Wal-Mart Stores Inc.” (2005). Retrieved August 24, 2005 from Mergent Online database.
Standard & Poor's Stock Reports
HG 4907 S72, David Lam reference section
Print resource. Includes a company snapshot and analyst recommendations.
? Investext Plus
Full-text analyst reports of companies and industries from a variety of investment
banks. Includes discussions of operations and events and what impact these might
have on shareholders. Here’s an example of some analysis:
Oppenheimer & Co. “Wal-Mart”(August 10, 2005). Retrieved August 24, 2005 from Investext Plus database.
Profiles and SWOT Analyses available from Business Source Premier
Business Source Premier is an article database, which also provides access to Datamonitor Company Profiles and SWOT analyses:
When you search for a company name in BSP, you get different kinds of information. At the top of your results screen, the different kinds of information are indicated by labeled icons:
To get to a particular kind of information, you click onto the icon you want.
The Company Profiles offered in BSP are produced by Datamonitor and their content includes: key facts, business description, history, key employee biographies, major products and services, products and services analysis, SWOT analysis, top competitors, company view, locations and subsidiaries.
Datamonitor. “Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Company Profile.” (June 2005). Retrieved August 25, 2005 from Business Source Premier database
A SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis is included in the Company Profile, or you can click directly on the SWOT Analyses icon on your results list to view the analysis:
Datamonitor. “Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Company Profile.” (June 2005). Retrieved August 25, 2005 from Business Source Premier database August, 25, 2005