Overview

We provide information on close to 200 million companies across the globe – only 70,000 of these are listed companies. 

The availability of private company information varies across the world 

It’s a common misconception that because the availability of private company data is limited in the United States, and some other economies, that it’s not available elsewhere in the world. In reality, much is available for European companies and other jurisdictions around the globe. 

Our Orbis database offers you the ultimate source of private company data to help you research and analyse private companies and confirm their identity and regulatory details. 

 

Our approach - combining bespoke research and sourcing high quality data

We partner with indigenous information providers, the best quality we can source in each country, on the grounds that they have the optimum understanding of the information landscape in their vicinity. These providers use different methods to source private company information. In some areas it’s from regulatory sources; others include credit reports, local registries or contact with the companies. In some countries there is very little financial data available – in others it’s very detailed. We combine this range of report types in our products. Within our Orbis database we have detailed financial information for 17 million companies and a range of other report types make up 200 million companies. Detailed financials for most of these other companies is not ‘missing’, it’s simply not available. By offering a range of reports we can help you access what is available for a company, and give you a resource to confirm a company’s legitimacy. If a report isn’t available in Orbis, we offer sourcing options (from partners such as RM Online) within the user interface. We also contribute significant amounts of our own data to Orbis including corporate ownership structures and M&A deals and rumours - making it a truly unique dataset.

History

Originally, in the mid-1980s, we started creating a range of domestic company databases. These domestic products still exist, but we have also merged their content, and combined this with other sources, to deliver international sources of company data. International products create their own challenges because the format of delivered data varies from country to country - currencies, activity codes, language, account formats all differ, and details of holdings and subsidiaries are not global.

How it helps you

Adding value and making data comparable
With the provision of international company information products we aim to make comparisons between companies and across borders as simple as possible. So when combining these disparate sources of private company data we perform a number of ‘treatments’ to add value and make searching viable.

Crucially, we created a specific standardised account format that best reflects the many accounting procedures yet still gives you well-populated reports. And once financials are standardised then they can be compared and facilitate cross-border searching
 
We also combine, and link, company data with other information to give you the optimum research tool. We aim to find the right balance between giving you an intelligent tool that can accommodate different data regulations, whilst not over complicating your user experience. We also stay ahead of developments (political, economical and legal) that could affect our content. 
 
Our range of sources has massively increased and is no longer just about regional data providers. We have our own bespoke datasets including M&A data, corporate ownership links and contextual information about what they do and their position in their market. And some of our providers specialise in a type of information rather than a country. 
 
Watch our video to see how we add value to company information and create our databases from different sources
 

 
Challenges 
Filing requirements in different counties vary widely, and are often rooted in the county’s culture. For example, the disparate European filing regulations have evolved as a result of each economy developing individually. Cultural differences have led to varying degrees of ‘open’ and ‘closed’ cultures with various contemporary influences. Find out more about how culture has affected disclosure in this article we wrote with Free Pint. 
 

Coverage

Company coverage
Total coverage close to 180 million
Listed companies 70,000
Companies with detailed financials 17 million 
Companies in Europe 77 million 
Companies in North America 22 million
Companies in Middle East 1.5 million 
Companies in Far East and Central Asia 16 million
Companies in South and Central America 12 million
Companies in Africa 2 million
Companies in Oceania  12 million