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How to Find Company and Industry Information: D&B Business Browser

This guide will assist you in locating company information using library resources.

How to Locate

D&B Business Browser (formerly OneSource Business) provides comprehensive company and industry information, as well as information about company executives. Over 18 million companies, including international companies, are profiled, and well over 25 million company executives.

It can be accessed from the Databases page under the Find menu on the library homepage.  You will be prompted for your BU login

Company Profiles and SWOT Analysis

Companies. Company profiles may be found by using either the Quick Search box on the homepage or by clicking on Companies in the navigation bar at the top of the page.  Type in the name of a company, its ticker symbol, or its registered number into the box provided, A one page Company Summary will be displayed. Besides a description of the company, it includes information on its executives, recent significant developments, recent news articles, and brief financial and stock information.

Use the menu on the left of the summary to view detailed information orgainzed under four categories:

  • Profile. This category includes more detailed company description including corporate family information and a more complete list of executives.
  • News & Analysis.  Besides current news stories and analysis reports, this section contains fair disclosure transcripts, a competitors report, strategic initiatives, a SWOT analysis, and analysis of peer companies
  • Filings. SEC Filings and Annual Reports are found here.
  • Financials.
    • Financial Report. Reports are provided by Morningstar for a 5 year period. 
    • Financial Health Report,  Shows growth over a five year period..It provides latest key indicators, margins, valuation and effectiveness ratios, and share and dividend activity data
    • Ratio Comparison Reports. Compares key financial ratios of this company against its industry and sector.
    • Business Segments.Reports. 
    • Income statements, balance sheets, and cash flows, all covering a 10 year period.

One Stop Report.  Look in the menu to the left under Profile to create a custom report by selecting as many or as few of the options listed in the Report Set Up Form.

Build a List.  This option is available from both the Quick Search box and navigation bar.  Select criteria from the list of options provided to create a list of companies that fit this criteria.  Lists of up to 5000 companies may be exported to Excel, while up to 1000 may be viewed.

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