Answered By: Susan Van Alstyne
Last Updated: Sep 03, 2020     Views: 1590

Library databases: Mergent Online and IBIS World are two places to start searching for industry and company ratios. You can access Mergent and IBIS World on the library A-Z Databases List. 

Financial ratios are often used to compare a company against an industry average or other companies in order to benchmark or measure a company’s performance. Industry ratios are often useful when creating the financial components of a business plan. 

To find company ratios in Mergent, search for your company by name. When the data with the company page opens, click on the "Company Financial" tab and select "Ratios" from the menu.



To find ratios for the industry search IBIS World for the industry: by keyword, industry code (NAICS, SIC) or by the name of the company. When the report opens, scroll down to Key Statistics" and select "Key Ratios."


Depending on the assignment, there are additional resources where you will find industry ratios such as the following websites. 

  • Yahoo Finance - search for your company and then select "Statistics."

  • Ethisphere has a listing of the 100 most ethical companies:

  • Fortune has a listing of Most Admired Companies

  • The EPA also audits companies on environmental performance.

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