Company & Industry resources

Company’s own website

A company’s own website can be an important source of information and the easiest way to navigate to a website is through a Google search.

Through a company’s website, you can usually expect to find information about the company’s mission statement and their corporate values. If they are public companies or not-for-profits you can expect to find their annual reports - useful documents produced by the company itself highlighting their performance and focus over the preceding year, as well as corporate social responsibility or environmental policies.

Usually a company website will include a news section, which highlights information which the company feels is important for its audience. Look for sections of the website with titles like:

  • About Us
  • Our Company
  • Investor Relations
  • News
  • Publications

Remember, a company’s website is essentially a marketing tool which will highlight the positives, while glossing over or omitting any negatives. Look for evidence elsewhere - in journal or newspaper articles or independent company profiles - to gain an unbiased view of company performance.

Orbis - Bureau van Dijk

Orbis is a database that provides information on both public and private companies from a range of different countries.

The database may provide you with:

  • information on a company’s history and notable events
  • ownership structures
  • an overview of the industry the company operates in
  • key financial and employee information
  • balance sheets and more

Use Orbis to find information about the following company types:



IBISWorld

IBISWorld provides links to easy to read reports on the top 2000 companies headquartered in Australia and New Zealand. Large public, private, and government organisations are covered.

IBISWorld company reports include:

  • Directors, key personnel and ownership structure
  • Financial information, including balance sheets and profit & loss data
  • Competitive environment
  • Shareholder information and more

Particularly useful within IBISWorld reports is a section focusing on Industry Averages for a number of financial and growth ratios which compare your chosen company’s performance against an industry benchmark.

Use IBISWorld to find information about the following company types:


Business Source Complete

In addition to providing access to journal articles, Business Source Complete also provides access to a large collection of Marketline reports. Reports for public, private, not for profit and government organisations are included in the Collection, which can be accessed by selecting More and then Company profiles from the menu at the top of the screen.

Marketline reports from Business Source Complete include:

  • Company overview and background
  • Key personnel including the leadership structure
  • Details of major products and services
  • SWOT analysis
  • Top competitors
  • Details of any subsidiaries and more

Access Marketline reports in Business Source Complete for the following company types:



DatAnalysis premium (Morningstar)

DatAnalysis provides information on Australian and New Zealand public companies. That is companies that are registered to either the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) or the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX).

DatAnalysis provides access to:

  • Current and historical corporate data
  • ASX or NZX announcements
  • Floats (shares offered out to market)
  • Dividend histories (how a stock has performed over time)
  • Analyst forecasts (using past performance to predict future trends

Use DatAnalysis to find more information on the following company types:


WARC

The WARC (World Advertising Research Centre) database is mainly focused on marketing and advertising subjects. However, the database also provides access to 200 Euromonitor company profiles. The profiles included in WARC are for public, international companies operating within the consumer and service industries.

The Euromonitor reports provide analysis on the strategy and business of the profiled companies, with comparisons to key competitors in the relevant industry. You can expect to find:

  • SWOT analyses
  • Information regarding the competitive landscape
  • Discussions of performance broken down by geography and product.

Use WARC to find information about the following company types: