Privately-held companies are - no surprise here - privately held. This means that, in most cases, the company is owned by the company's founders, management or a group of private investors.
Public companies are listed on stock exchanges, and have regulatory requirements to disclose their financial and operational information with shareholders on a regular basis.
Annual and Quarterly Reports (also known as: 10K and 10Q)
Press Releases (also known as Material Events or 8Ks)
Information Circulars (Also known as Proxy Statement or DEF14A)
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Financial statements are a picture of a company's financial health for a given period of time at a given point in time. The statements provide a collection of data about a company's financial performance, its current conditions and its cash flow.
Because there are no disclosure requirements for private companies, it can be difficult to find any information about them.
Your best bet is to cast as wide a net as possible, using the following search strategies:
If the company was previously public but has gone private, you can still access their historical public filings from when they were a public company. Check Mergent.
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