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How are private and public companies different? Metrics

All private and public companies are in business to make money, but beyond that, they are different in some key respects, Sageworks Chairman Brian Hamilton explains in a three-part video series. In the third video, Hamilton explains that private-company owners place special importance on understanding financial metrics related to efficiency.



How are private and public companies different? Views on returns

Sageworks Chairman Brian Hamilton explains in a three-part video series how private and public companies differ in some key ways. In this video (part two), Hamilton describes how private-company managements' perspectives on returns might vary from the views of public-company managers.



How private and public companies are different: Management mindset

Sageworks Chairman Brian Hamilton explains how the mindset of public-company management might be different from that of private-company owners. This is the first in a three-video series on how private and public companies are different in some key respects.



4 Reasons private companies matter

Wall Street may get the headlines, but did you know that of the 27 million businesses in the U.S., less than 1 percent are publicly traded on the major exchanges? The rest are privately held, and these private companies represent a vital segment of the U.S. economy. Here are four reasons to learn more about private companies. [More]


Pitfalls of traditional methods for predicting default

Exposure to credit risk continues to be a focus of regulators and financial institutions years after the financial crisis, but traditional methods of predicting default may have drawbacks. Institutions that use "homegrown" scoring methods or proprietary scoring models should be cognizant of problems related to the reliability and consistency of data that is used to create the model and perform the analysis on a specific borrower. [More]


Sageworks hosts Private Company Outlook event in NYC

Due to the limited data available about their performance, private companies are rarely the focus of national news. But private companies will be highlighted at an upcoming, New York City event.
On April 30th, members of the media, business executives and other financial professionals will gather for the Private Company Outlook event to hear the latest information on the current health of U.S. privately held companies. Private companies, which create over 65% of new jobs and more than 50% of GDP, are the driving force of the U.S. economy. [More]


Update on the health of private U.S. companies

When the Census Bureau releases the August report on durable goods manufacturing Thursday, it’s a fair bet that privately held companies will have played a key role in the numbers. After all, private U.S. firms account for 54.5 percent of aggregate non-residential fixed investment. But how are privately held companies faring in general in the current environment? [More]


Drought impacts on cattle ranching continue

Widespread drought conditions have been providing cattle producers more incentives to thin their herds on top of last year’s record liquidation, a trend Sageworks recently noted in a financial update on privately held cattle ranching and farming businesses. [More]


How do private companies stack up against public companies?

Private companies’ profitability has lagged that of public companies in the S&P 500 through the recession and recovery, according to recent data from Sageworks. But private companies took a less drastic hit to sales, on a percentage basis, and saw less compression and less volatility in their net profit margins during that time period. [More]


The 'Dog Days' for jobs

Friday’s jobs report for July was neither decidedly sunny nor gloomy, even though stocks on Wall Street rallied to three-month highs. U.S. employers added a net 163,000 jobs in July, topping forecasts, but the unemployment rate and the number of total unemployed were essentially flat to June levels, indicating hiring is still experiencing its own version of the “Dog Days” of summer. “Even though the number of jobs added was more than expected, the unemployment rate at 8.3 percent is still too high,” said Sageworks CEO Brian Hamilton. [More]