Introducing Group Ownership Graphs

24 May 2017 Sam HockleyProduct

Following on from last month's launch of new international features, today we are excited to announce the full release of Group Ownership Graphs. This latest iteration displays the ownership structure and hierarchies within a corporate group of companies.

Group Ownership Graphs now reveal links to businesses around the world, with over five times as many companies covered than in previous versions. By leveraging our intuitive matching technology, we are able to automate the process of combining different datasets in order to create a unified view of the group. This information is updated on a weekly basis, ensuring that you are always working with up-to-date data, including direct and indirect ownership, controlling interest, and global and domestic ultimate owners.

This release aligns with our vision of helping to fuel a more open, informed and connected economy. By surfacing this information in an intuitive interface, it is easy for anyone to explore corporate group structures, identify beneficial owners and uncover hidden information about connected entities.

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What is it?

Group Ownership Graphs visualise company relationships, making ownership hierarchies clear and allowing users to explore connected businesses in an easy-to-use interface. With the introduction of new international datasets, we have extended this coverage to companies across the globe.

This data can be cross-referenced with information from the Ownership Tab - including Beneficial Owners, Shareholders and Related Companies - to ensure a complete view into a company’s corporate structure.

In order to cater for this added data, we have developed a brand new solution that enables far more information to be presented than ever before.

How do I use it?

Companies on a Group Ownership Graph are displayed as circular nodes, which include the company name and country of incorporation, with further information presented when selected.

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The colour of the node indicates the company's position within its corporate hierarchy, with the ultimate parent being the darkest and successive ownership tiers displayed in increasingly lighter shades.

Connections between companies are indicated by lines, which display the direction of ownership and the percentage of shares owned by the parent company. These lines make it possible to ascertain where the power in a company relationship resides.

Any entity with a 'halo' can be expanded with a double-click, regardless of its country of incorporation. This enables users to explore connected businesses with a huge global footprint, as can be seen from the below image.

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The above graph shows how Berkshire Hathaway and Bear Stearns LLC are connected through a joint ownership of Burgerking Limited by JPMorgan Chase Co. and 3G Capital. This information can be validated in the Ownership Tab.

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This example demonstrates how seemingly unrelated business can be connected in interesting ways, and that these relationships can be identified and explored in just a few clicks on DueDil. The above images only show a small part of the complete graph, which contains over 400,000 connected companies when fully expanded.

What does this mean going forward?

The new technology behind this feature will enable even more advanced graphs to be created in the future. This infrastructure is highly scalable, allowing the creation of much larger graphs, such as a director-director graph or a company co-directorship graph.

Group Ownership Graphs are available now to existing DueDil customers. Find out more our the rest of our product, and how DueDil can help your business mitigate risk and find new opportunities.