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Finance Resources: Industry Profiles & Ratios

Look here to find industry and company profiles, ratios, financial data, and news (including stock and holdings data and analysis).

Industry Ratio Databases

Use these resources to find ratios for US industries.  Find more direction on using these databases in the other boxes on this page.

eStatement Studies

In eStatement Studies you'll find Financial Ratio Benchmark (FRB) figures, broken down by US Region and revenue quartile, for a very large number of industries. 

Look here for smaller and specialized industries, like Adhesive Manufacturing or Automobile Driving Schools. 

Mergent Industry Ratios Procedure

Mergent Online is the preferred UST resource for finding industry ratios.  Below is the procedure for pulling them from the database.

  1. Search for a public company within the industry.  (Use the "use code lookup" to the right of the screen if you like to drill down to an industry.  There is no keyword search for industry in Mergent.)
  2. Open the profile for this company (e.g., 2111 for Altria)
  3. Select the Report Builder tab.
  4. Select Comparison Report.
  5. Choose a pre-defined list of industry participants using SIC, NAICS or MIC (Mergent's own industrial classification).  Use NAICS codes to start with. 
    • Custom Group: If you would prefer to create your own list of competitors, look up each company individually and add each to your Company Analysis List with the link adjacent to the company name in the company profile. 
    • The companies you choose will appear as comparison choices within the Compare Company Against Custom Group page that appears within the Report Builder-->Comparison Report menu.
  6. Select the Comparison Report Type you would like.  Use the Top 25 companies to start with.
  7. Select whether you'd like the report to be organized by item reported or by company.
  8. Click on Ratios.
  9. Select and move each ratio you want reported into the Report Items box.
  10. Check the Include Average box if you'd like the industry average to be included in your report.
  11. Select the years you'd like to have reported.  Ctrl-click to include multiple years.
  12. Select the format of your report.  Microsoft Excel is good to start with.
  13. Click Create Report.

UST Resources For Industry Profiles

Use these resources to find overviews of larger industries.  Remember that the only available industry profiles will be those for large industries; for details on a smaller industry, read the profiles of related industries and do a detailed article search on the players and companies you find.

Business Librarians

Marianne Hageman (St. Paul)

John Heintz (Mpls. & St. Paul)

Andrea Koeppe (Mpls.)