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Industry and Sector Classifications

Industry and Sector Classifications

Gain unprecedented visibility and understanding on what companies really do. FactSet's industry and sector classification systems group companies into sectors based on the products and services they sell.

Hierarchy

What does a company do? What products and services do they produce? Where do they derive most of their revenue? Access a 360-degree view of a company's businesses with the FactSet Revere Hierarchy. This unique classification system groups companies with up to three times the depth found in conventional industry classification systems.

  • Access a precise multi-sector categorization of global companies that supports robust framework for financial and economic analysis
  • Create accurate and granular peer groups and multi-industry competitors based on a company’s detailed product offering
  • Discover alpha and model risk exposure by fully understanding the businesses of companies
  • Generate thematic ideas for clients and analyze company details

Coverage

  • Global coverage includes a cross-section of large, medium, and small size companies across all sectors. Coverage selection and expansion are prioritized by (but not limited to) global index inclusion, liquidity, market value, and asset size. Global coverage is continually expanding. The current number of covered companies is more than 39,000.
  • U.S. – Includes U.S. and non-U.S. issuers (of ADRs) trading in U.S. exchanges.

History

  • U.S. data from 2003
  • Europe data from 2014
  • Asia data from 2015

Revere Business Industry Classification System (RBICS)

Take advantage of a business industry classification that provides a comprehensive structured taxonomy to classify companies by what they primarily do. FactSet RBICS derives its single sector categorization of companies from the FactSet Revere Hierarchy, leveraging the Hierarchy’s granular taxonomy.
  • Access a precise single-sector categorization of global companies that supports robust framework for financial and economic analysis
  • Create accurate and granular peer groups and key industry competitors, based on company’s products and services
  • Discover alpha and model risk exposure by fully understanding the primary business of companies
  • Generate thematic ideas for clients and analyzing company details
Coverage
  • Global coverage includes a cross section of large, medium, and small size companies across all sectors. Coverage selection and expansion are prioritized by (but not limited to) global index inclusion, liquidity, market value, and asset size. Global coverage is continually expanding.
  • Includes U.S. and non-U.S. issuers (of ADRs) trading in U.S. exchanges.
  • Covers 12 industry verticals with 6 levels of depth
History
  • U.S. data from 2003
  • Europe data from 2011
  • Asia data from 2011

Hierarchy with Revenue

How dependent is a company’s profitability on one business segment? How are its revenues distributed among its diverse line of business?  Hierarchy with Revenue offers normalization of non-standard reporting of revenues attributable to each business segment, only possible with the multi-sector taxonomy and granularity of the FactSet Revere Hierarchy. 

  • Highlight a unique view of companies, quantifying their sector exposures based on their products and services to better understand their risk and performance
  • Discover valuation anomalies, gain an in-depth view at market share, and understand revenue exposures across hundreds of industry verticals
  • Access superior visibility of peer groups, quantified multi-industry competitors, and M&A targets
Coverage
  • Global coverage includes a cross section of large, medium, and small size companies across all sectors. Coverage selection and expansion are prioritized by (but not limited to) global index inclusion, liquidity, market value, and asset size. Global coverage is continually expanding.
  • U.S. includes U.S. and non-U.S. issuers (of ADRs) trading in U.S. exchanges.
History
  • U.S. data from 2009
  • Europe data from 2015
  • Asia data from 2015

Features

  • Unique multi-sector classification of companies; all lines of business are mapped to the Hierarchy
  • Identified primary line of business, which denotes that a company derives over 50% of its revenue from a sector
  • Identified secondary lines of business, with over 7,000 specialty sectors and product levels
  • Annual data capture, with daily updates based on new filing releases throughout the year
  • Content based only on primary sources, such as company regulatory filings and company websites. Changes based on press releases and corporate actions are monitored daily.
  • Extensive training programs and quality control, overseen by the U.S.-based Research team 

Delivery

  • LiveData Datafeeds – Web-based self-synchronizing delivery of data directly to your database system. FactSet supports any SQL relational database management system (RDBMS). 
  • Workstation Download Codes – FactSet Workstation clients will be able to integrate current period content into their workflow with subscriptions to FactSet codes to access the Hierarchy and RBICS data.
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