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When researching a company, it is important to know whether it is public, private or a subsidiary of a larger company.

Public companies sell shares of the company (stocks) to the general public, and are required to submit financial information and annual reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Public companies are therefore easier to research as a general rule of thumb.

Private companies do not sell publicly traded stocks and as a result, are not required to release as much information to the government or the general public  They are therefore more challenging to research.

Subsidiaries of public companies can be difficult to research because the parent company is not required to report on each of them individually. Therefore, when researching a subsidiary, you often have to read carefully through reports about the parent and look for references to the subsidiary; refer to Public Companies tab.

Company Search:

Nexis Uni replaced Lexis Nexis Academic. A comprehensive resource for finding information on millions of U.S. and international companies as well as newspaper articles worldwide.

Select the Business section and then select Company Dossier to search for a specific company or create a list of companies based on criteria you determine.  The results display will identify the company as public, private, or a subsidiary.

If a company name search in Nexis Uni Company Dossier does not provide any results, the company is almost certainly private.


Sample Results List from Nexis Uni Company Dossier:

Company Name Street Address Company Type Headquarters Dossier ID

1. Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)

2401 Utah Ave S, Seattle, Washington, United States




2. 11542 Starbucks Store

427 S George Nigh Expy, McAlester, Oklahoma, United States




3. 5754 Starbucks

15600 Hesperian Blvd, San Lorenzo, California, United States




Part of a Sample Company Record from Nexis Uni Company Dossier:

Type: Public - Parent

2401 Utah Ave S

Seattle, Washington 98134

United States

Phone: (206) 447-1575
Fax: (206) 447-0828

JoAnn DeGrande

IR Contact Officer

Dossier ID: 1012408
Ticker(s): SBUX
Exchange(s): NASDAQ
Employees: 238,000
Fortune Ranking: 196
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Industry Classification
Primary SIC Code  Roasted coffee (2095)
Primary NAICS Code  Coffee and Tea Manufacturing (311920)
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Business Description
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Seattle, WA, Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) is a roaster, marketer, and retailer of coffee. The company sells coffee, tea, and other beverages, as well as a range of food items through its stores. Its products are sold under the Starbucks Coffee, Teavana, Tazo, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Evolution Fresh brand names. The company has operations in 68 countries including the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. According to the company's current 10K government filing it had FYE 09/27/2015 revenue of $19.1 billion and has 238,000 employees.
from Corporate Affiliations, September 9, 2016 Copyright 2015 Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Board of Directors
Kevin R. Johnson
Howard D. Schultz
William Warren Bradley
Mary N. Dillon
Robert M. Gates
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