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Entrepreneurship Research Resources from Cornell University Library: Financial Data

Private Company Financial Data

If the company is private, little or no specific financial information beyond sales figures may be available about the company. Try to find articles via Factiva or LexisNexis. Both contain thousands of full-text newspapers and business periodicals; you may be able to locate articles which quote company officials discussing the firm's finances.

Also, consider using industry ratios.  They will allow you to create your financials using industry averages.  

Public Company Financial Data

Public companies are required to file detailed reports of financial activity. In the US, these filings are available directly from the SEC (the Securities and Exchange Commission), or via the selected databases listed below.

How to...

Are you new to looking at company filings?

Are you just starting to become familiar with the term "balance sheet"?  If yes, you might want to read Merrill Lynch's excellent "How to Read a Financial Report"