Question: How do I screen for companies with the same characteristics?
Companies can be screened by various data points. Generally financial data points including revenue, sales and market cap, industry, and geographic location are used to determine similar companies and or their competitors.
Go to the Virtual Business Library's Company & Financial Information section for links to useful resources including links to the following suggested resources.
Hoover's: Allows you to build a list using various criteria and it has a competitor tab as part of a profile.
Factiva: Select the Companies/Markets tab from the top of the page and then select Company. Under the Company Snapshot select Peer Comparison.
Mergent Online: Provides a competitor's list of U.S., global or private companies. The list can be sorted by revenues, market cap, employees and other variables.
Business Insights Essentials: Provides Comparison Charts for companies where you choose the companies to compare. Or choose a company and review the tear sheet data for similar companies provided.