How to Research a Private Company
Private company research can be challenging and often requires looking for information in many places. Be creative and consider the research strategies outlined in this guide.
- Use the company website
- Find a company profile
- Search the news
- Check for a financial report.
What Is a Private Company?
- have no publicly traded shares
- may have shareholders and issue shares but these shares are not traded on an exchange
- not regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
- do not have to file financial reports or make information about their operations available to the public
- often discourage any type of press coverage
- while many are small, family-owned businesses, quite a few are large and well known companies
- some are start-ups funded by private equity firms
- some are distressed companies that have been "taken private"
Private companies you might have heard of
- Mars candy
- Toys "R" Us
Parent, Subsidiary or Brand?
Researching a company you know nothing about? Use the Corporate Affiliations database to:
- identify the company (public or private)
- see its family tree
- find a list of its products and brands.
Have a Brand Name?
Search for the company that owns a brand name in this database.