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. This article discusses several resources that can be used to find industry and company financial ratios.
All resources listed below are subscription resources. If you are not affiliated with Ohio University, check with your local library for access, as many of these resources are commonly held subscriptions at academic and public libraries.
If you are benchmarking a small, private company, or are looking to start a new company, the resources in this section would be most useful to you. I recommend that you look at all three resources as they do not all cover the same industries. Also, when using the resources, make sure you are comparing similar sized companies. Each of the books below will give different figures for each industry, based upon the average asset size of the companies in the industry. The resources below do not have ratios for individual companies, only industry averages.
Note: Ohio University Libraries no longer subscribes to these three books, but I left the information here as a reference for other researchers, as many libraries still carry these books if they do not subscribe to the more expensive services like Bizminer.