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Homepage / Private Equity data in Capital IQ

Private Equity data in Capital IQ


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For those of you interested in private equity, here’s a quick summary of the information available in Capital IQ…

Capital IQ users need to register first for an account. Read about how to do that here

Viewing details for a named Private Equity/Venture Capital company

Let’s take BlackRock Inc. as an example. Simply search for the company name in the search box at the top of the screen. The tearsheet is usually displayed as default.

Under the tearsheet’s Company Summary heading you can see that the company is described as a Public Investment firm and that the company stages part of the record show the various stages that it has been through.

For details of where your private equity company invests, select Investments from the left-hand menu. Direct Investments shows a breakdown by industry and geography. You can also access this from the company tearsheet’s current and pending subsidiaries/investments section.

For information on BlackRock’s funds, select the option for ‘Funds/Partnerships‘ in the Company Summary menu. Funds are categorised by type. Click through on any fund name for more information.

In the left hand menu, towards the bottom, look for the heading for Investors. Here you can view both public and private ownership of your company. Public ownership will show the fund portfolio’s disclosures whilst Private ownership shows the PE/VC investments.

Identifying Private Equity/Venture Capital companies

First select the Screening tab at the top of your screen.

From the Criteria options displayed in the Screening criteria menu (see below), find the ‘Investment/Advisory Firms’ section and select ‘Investment style managed’ then select Venture Capital and Private Equity. Click on ‘Add Criteria’ to add your selections into your search.

  • Then select from company status – operating or operating subsidiary
  • Select a geographic location from Company Details, in my example United States of America.

When you are ready, click ‘View Results’. Results will show lists of PE/VC companies with company name, investment style, location etc. You can search within the results to locate a specific company name or you can add extra columns of data to your results. Results can be exported to Excel.

Any questions at all on any part of your PE/VC research, please contact us or visit us in the SOM Library.

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Tracey Nunn

Written By: Tracey Nunn

A Business Librarian since 2006, Tracey leads support for taught MSc courses in the School of Management Library.

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