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Resources that will help you uncover how all kinds of companies function, whether they are public, private, or not-for-profit.

Ratio Analysis

"Financial ratios illustrate relationships between different aspects of a business's operations. They involve the comparison of elements from a balance sheet or income statement, and are crafted with particular points of focus in mind. Financial ratios can provide business owners and managers with a valuable tool to measure their progress against predetermined internal goals, a certain competitor, or the overall industry. In addition, tracking various ratios over time is a powerful way to identify trends as they develop. Ratios are also used by bankers, investors, and business analysts to assess various attributes of a company's financial strength or operating results."

- Encyclopedia of Small Business
Ed. Laurie Collier Hillstrom and Kevin Hillstrom. Vol. 1. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2002. p502-505.

Finding Ratio Analysis

Access Company Dossier

1. From the Nexis/Uni home page, slide to the top of the page.
2. Click on the down arrow by Menu. Select: Company Dossier

  1. At the opening screen, type the name of your company in the company name box.
  2. When a list of choices comes up, select your company.
  3. From the Snapshot column on the left, select: Financial Overview


               4. From the Jump to choices, select the Ratio Analysis link.

In order to see up to three years of ratios:
After selecting Ratio Analysis, scroll down a few screens.

  1. From the opening screen, type: Nike
  2. Once you select your company, For instance, Nike. Slide down the first page (Company Profile) until you find the Financials. The box containing Ratios will be the last box on the right.


Can't find a ratio?


    Tip: Can't find a ratio?



Hundreds of ratios exist to describe all nuances of a company's activity. Databases usually only feature a couple dozen of the most popular ratios. You may need to manually calculate a ratio if you don't see it in the ratio list provided by a database.   

Try the following books: