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Doing Company Research: A Resource Guide

Subsidiaries, Branches, & Locations

Many people are interested in understanding the corporate structure - how the subsidiaries, divisions, locations all fit together. While finding out this information is often not easy, there are sources that can help.

There are two basic first steps, but

  • Company web pages can be helpful but are often not explicit when it comes to the company family tree. However, if access to the sources given here is limited it should be the first stop.
  • Annual reports and 10K filings with the SEC can also be helpful. Item 1 is the Business section and often times they do cover their business lines group, how they see them, and, for some companies, the number of stores/locations by state and sometimes, by country/region. Keep in mind that not all subsidiaries will be listed.

Beyond that there are more traditional sources listed below.

Print Resources

The following books provide more information on subsidiaries, branches, and locations, and link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog.

Subscription & Internet Resources

Below are print and subscription resources that are good for trying to understand the structure of a company. The subscription resources marked with a padlock  are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.