Unternehmens- und Finanzdatenbanken

Where to find which data

PricesEikon, Aktienführer-ArchivEikonCRSP, EikonEikon
Event studies
Intraday transactions data
Analyst forecastsI/B/E/S
Mutual fundsCRSP Mutual FundsCRSP Mutual Funds
Accounting dataOrbisOrbisCompustat North America, OrbisWorldscope Global, Compustat Global, Orbis
Banks and financial service industry Bank Focus, SNL Unlimited Bank Focus, SNL Unlimited Bank Focus, SNL Unlimited Bank Focus, SNL Unlimited
M&A and ownership structureAktienführer-Archiv, Zephyr ZephyrZephyrSDC Worldwide M&A, Zephyr
Executive informationOrbisAktienführer-ArchivOrbisOrbisCompustat Execucomp Orbis
Social Responsibility and Sustainability ASSET4

The databases in detail

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

Many of the following financial databases are available via the web-based interface of WRDS. Read more on what WRDS is and how to get access to WRDS here.


Contents: The Aktienführer is an important source for historic German financial market and corporations’ data. It was published in print between 1951 and 1999, continuing a similar pre-war publication. The Aktienführer contains standardised reports from German and foreign corporations, that were traded at a German stock-exchange. The reports feature information on head offices and management, operations and investments, shareholder-structure and income statements.

Available history: 1953-1999 (Aktienführer) and 1884-1931 (selected editions of Saling’s Börsenpapiere).

Access: free access within the IP-range of the University of Mannheim.

Important: This digitisation project is still ongoing and not all issues of the Aktienführer are already available for structured download.

AMADEUS (Bureau van Dijk)

Important: Access to Amadeus has been suspended in August 2018. Amadeus is being replaced by the database Orbis.

Contents: AMADEUS is a pan-European financial database containing information on over 18 million public and private companies from 42 countries, including all the EU countries and Eastern Europe. Up to 10 years of detailed information (consolidated statements are also provided when available) comprising 24 balance sheet items, 25 profit and loss account items and 26 ratios. The descriptive information includes: official national identification number, address, telephone, fax, website, legal form, year of incorporation, senior managers, auditors, number of employees, quoted/unquoted indicator, industry and activity codes and, when available, a trade description in the local language and English.

Help: A detailed data description and the definition guide can be obtained via WRDS.

Access: via WRDS (requires registration)

ASSET4 ESG (Thomson Reuters)

Contents: ASSET4 contains data on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)  for more than 3,500 global companies with a data history of up to 9 years. 750 data points are collected by Thomson Reuters from companies, news sources, stock exchange filings and non-government organizations and transformed into 280 key performance indicators in four different main areas:

  • Economic performance (client loyalty, performance, shareholders loyalty)
  • Environmental performance (resource reduction, emission reduction, product innovation)
  • Social performance (employment quality, health & safety, training & development, diversity, human rights, community, product responsibility)
  • Corporate governance performance (board structure, compensation policy, board functions, shareholders rights, vision & strategy)

Help: Information on the companies and data covered by ASSET4 can be found in the Extranet of Datastream (click "Extranet" in the Datastream ribbon of Excel).

Access: Access to the database is provided via a Datastream terminal located in the library "Schloss Schneckenhof Süd - BWL" (Business library). Mannheim University research staff can obtain a direct access link. For details please contact Stefan Scharnowski at the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen).

Important: Access to Datastream is only possible for 2 persons at a time, so acess is scheduled via the Ilias group "Finance Databases"! If the maximum number of users is reached, you will get an error message saying "Maximum users already logged in". Please try again later, then.

Bank Focus (Bureau van Dijk and Moody's Analytics)

Contents: Bank Focus is a comprehensive database of banks worldwide, combining content from Bureau van Dijk and Moody's Investor Service. The information is sourced from a combination of annual reports, information providers and regulatory sources. Bank Focus currently contains detailed information on 44,000 banks (29,000 US and 15,000 Non-US), offering detailed, standardized reports and ratios. Its templates are regularly updated to reflect the latest accounting and regulatory disclosures. 

Help: Bank Focus user guide

Access: Bank Focus (on Bureau van Dijk interface)  or via WRDS (WRDS account required)

COMPUSTAT Execucomp (Standard & Poor's)

Contents: Standard and Poor's Execucomp provides executive compensation data collected directly from each company's annual proxy (DEF14A SEC form). Detailed information on salary, bonus, options and stock awards, non-equity incentive plans, pensions and other compensation items are available.

Help: For more detailed information on the Execucomp files, see the documentation and manuals page available via WRDS.

Access: via WRDS (requires registration)

COMPUSTAT Global (Standard & Poor's)

Contents: COMPUSTAT Global provides authoritative financial and market data covering publicly traded companies in more than 80 countries, representing over 90% of the world's market capitalization, including coverage of over 96% of European market capitalization and 88% of Asian market capitalization. Hundreds of data items, ratios and concepts and up to 12 years of annual history is included. International data sets have been designed to reflect the varieties of actual reporting practices used across the globe, while allowing for minimal normalization and establishing consistency on an item by item basis.

Help: For more detailed information on the COMPUSTAT Global files, see the COMPUSTAT documentation and manuals page available via WRDS.

Access: via WRDS (requires registration)

COMPUSTAT North America (Standard & Poor's)

Contents: COMPUSTAT North America (from Standard & Poor's) is a database of U.S. and Canadian fundamental and market information on more than 30,000 active and inactive publicly held companies. It provides more than 300 annual and 100 quarterly data items of Income Statements, Balance Sheets, Statements of Cash Flows, and supplemental data. COMPUSTAT North America files also contain information on indices, industry segments, banks, market prices, dividends, and earnings.

Help: For more detailed information on the COMPUSTAT files, see the COMPUSTAT documentation and manuals page available via WRDS.

Access: via WRDS (requires registration)

CRSP (Center for Research in Security Prices)

Contents: CRSP maintains the most comprehensive collection of security prices, return, and volume data for the NYSE, AMEX and Nasdaq stock markets. Additional CRSP files provide stock indices, beta- and cap-based portfolio, treasury bond and risk-free rates, and mutual fund databases. University of Mannheim has currently subscribed to the CRSP stock and indices database.

Help: A detailed data description and definition guide can be obtained via WRDS.

Access: via WRDS (requires registration)

DAFNE (Bureau van Dijk)

Important: Access to Dafne has been suspended in November 2018. Dafne is being replaced by the database Orbis.

Contents: DAFNE contains financial information on 900,000 German public companies such as balance sheets (502 items), earnings reports (422 items), and key financial ratios for the latest 10 years. The database comprises individual financial statements as well as consolidated financial statements (IAS, GAAP, HGB). Futhermore, you can find information on corporate structure, shareholders, and subsidiaries as well as information and rumors on M&A deals.

Help: DAFNE user guide

EIKON (Thomson Reuters, replacement of Datastream)

As of August 2017, the old Datastream service is being suspended by Thomson Reuters and replaced by the new service EIKON. Datastream is now a module of EIKON. 

Contents: Thomson Reuters' EIKON is a comprehensive source for company and market data. EIKON contains a wealth of financial indicators, the stock market, bonds, the money and foreign exchange markets as well as the major commodities. Most of the data is available for convenient download.



Hoppenstedt Databases


  • Hoppenstedt Banken: information on the 1,100 most important banks in Germany
  • Hoppenstedt Fondsführer: information on all funds registered in Germany
  • Hoppenstedt Firmendatenbank für Hochschulen: information on the most important 300,000 companies and organizations in Germany and contact details from the top management and the middle management
  • Hoppenstedt Verbände, Behörden, Organisationen der Wirtschaft: 25,000 organizations and authorities in Germany or Europe
  • Hoppenstedt Versicherungen: reports for the 500 biggest insurance companies in Germany
  • Leitende Frauen und Männer der Wirtschaft: information on the 56,000 most important German managers

Help: After having started the database, check "Inhalte"



Contents: The Institutional Brokers Estimates System (I/B/E/S) provides consensus and detail forecasts from security analysts, inclusing earnings per share, revenue, cash flow, long-term growth projections and stock recommendations.

Help: For more detailed information on the I/B/ES files, see the documentation and manuals page available via WRDS.

Access: via WRDS (requires registration)

Morningstar Direct

Contents: Morningstar Direct provides detailed portfolio holdings, performance track records, flexible currency conversions, cash flow data, and the Morningstar Rating. Leverage the tools across mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, variable annuities, separate accounts, and hedge funds domiciled in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, and fully experience the power behind Morningstar Direct.

Access: The database can be accessed at the Chair of International Finance (Prof. Ruenzi). If you have any questions, please contact the chair.

Orbis (Bureau van Dijk)

Contents: Orbis contains information on over 275 million companies worldwide, with an emphasis on private company information. Orbis combines information from regulatory and other sources, and delivers company information with added value. It can be used to research individual companies or groups of companies, search for companies by profile and to analyze and evaluate companies. All data is standardized for easy cross-border comparisons.

In addition to that, extended access to Orbis is available, including bulk-download of huge datasets and access to historical updates of Orbis. Extended access can be used by professors and academic staff of the University of Mannheim as well as for student theses supervised by them. 

Help: Orbis user guide

Access: Orbis (via Bureau van Dijk interface)

Extended Access: For bulk download of large datasets ("Orbis Generics") as well as for historic updates an extended access option is available for Orbis. Extended access can be used by professors and academic staff of Mannheim University, including student thesis supervised by these persons. For usage a special username/password is required, which is administered by the Dean's Office of the Business School. Please use the ILIAS group "Orbis-Server" to reserve access.

Orbis manuals:

SDC Worlwide Mergers, Acquisitions & Alliances (Thomson Financial)

Contents: SDC Worldwide M&A provides data regarding worldwide mergers, acquisitions and alliances, and stock repurchases. The data covers approximately 672,000 global M&As from 1985 to the present (data for the U.S. is available since 1979). Corporate stock repurchase programs are recorded from 1994 to the present. 


Access: The database can be accessed at the Chair of Corporate Finance (Prof. Maug). Please reserve individual time-slots in the ILIAS Group "Finance Databases (FSS 2014)"

SNL Unlimited (SNL Financial)

Contents: The Unlimited version of SNL comprises financial data, news and analyses for more than 6.500 public and more than 50.000 private companies from the following industries: banking (worldwide), insurance (USA, Canada, Europe) and financial services (USA, Canada).  

Help: After having logged in to the database, scroll down and click the "Help" button in the footer of the web page.

Access: Access to the database is restricted to members of the University of Mannheim and requires personal registration with your University of Mannheim email address via this web page: SNL registration page. SNL works best with the current version of the Internet Explorer.

Worldscope Global Database

Contents: The Worldscope Global Database is the financial industry’s premier source of detailed financial statement data and profile data on public companies domiciled outside of the United States of America. It also contains complete coverage of US company filings with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), with the exception of closed end investment companies.

Help: data description and definition guide

Access: The Worldscope database can be accessed via the Datastream terminal located in the library "Schloss Schneckenhof Süd - BWL" (Business library). Mannheim University research staff can obtain a direct access link. For details please contact Stefan Scharnowski at the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen).

Zephyr (Bureau van Dijk)

Contents: Zephyr is a comprehensive database of deal information, supporting M&A research. It contains information on M&A, IPO, private equity and venture capital deals and rumors. Zephyr has information on 1.6 million deals and rumors with over 100.000 being added annually.

Help: Zephyr user guide

Access: Zephyr (via Bureau van Dijk interface)

Further information

Also check the Ilias group "Finance Databases" (Chair of Corporate Finance, University of Mannheim) for further information and coordination of database access. This overview was originally composed by the Chair of Corporate Finance.