Unlike public companies, private companies are not required to report financial data to the government, and hence their financial information can be relatively difficult to obtain. Doing an article search may be an alternative method.

You may try the following databases:

  • Bloomberg   -- may have some information for larger private companies
  • Business Source Complete   -- has reports on private and public companies. Search by company name, and be sure to select "Company Report" as the Document Type.

ABI/Inform, Business Source Complete, Factiva and LexisNexis contain business journals, magazines and newspapers.  Use keyword search using the name of the private company to locate articles.

If the private company in the United States is to go public anytime soon they will file for an Initial Public Offering (IPO). You can get the prospectus from EDGAR  (publicly available database of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission).


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