Hands-on with Enin - Part 1/3: Getting our hands dirty, as we screen for growth tech companies

Enin's Company Browser is beloved by our users, be it for finding that gem of an investment opportunity, or for prioritizing where to book the next sales meetings. We've before talked about how great our Company Browser is for investment screening. Join us now, as we look at a realistic investment screening, going from a universe of 2 million entities to a precious short list of 50 investment opportunities.

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André C. Andersen

André C. Andersen
May 26, 2021

In this three part series, on getting "Hands-on with Enin", we'll show you how to get the most out of Enin's toolbox:

Getting the basic filters right

If you're interested in non-fledgling, but growing tech companies, your criteria for screening might be:

  1. Has more than five employees today

  2. Had some income, but less than NOK 2 million in 2017

  3. Located in or around Oslo

  4. Is a "technology" company

  5. Is not part of a corporation

  6. Fairly new

Let's try to implement this screening in Enin's Company Browser. We start out with 2207442 "organizations" in our result set:

This is how many organization numbers we have ever found registered - anywhere. That said, depending on how you measure it, there are between 200k and 300k active companies in Norway. Here active can be defined in many ways, but having at least one employee can be one, or if you want to be less strict you can count a company only if it at least has some revenue.

We want companies which are growing. Let's start with making sure there currently are at least some employees at the companies we are interested in:

This brings us down to 91200 organizations. Next let's make sure the companies were making some money in 2017. If we were analyzing more mature companies, we might want to use EBITDA (a measure of adjusted profits) for this, but these are pretty young companies and might have still been developing their technology back in 2017. For this reason let's focus on revenu: Let's say that there has been at least some revenu, but no more than 2 MNOK in 2017:

This brings us down to 4163 companies. Sometimes investors have a local mandate, so that they are more interested in businesses in their area. Let's do this for the greater Oslo area:

This takes us down to 1413, companies. These are pretty generic companies, let's now focus on finding tech companies.

Finding the right industry using NACE codes

Your first thought might be to use NACE codes alone, say:

  • 58.290 - Utgiv. av annen programvare

  • 58.210 - Utgiv. av programv. for dataspill

  • 63.990 - Andre informasjonstjenester

  • 63.110 - Databeh./-lagring og tilkn. tjen.

  • 63.120 - Drift av web-portaler

  • 62.030 - Forvaltning og drift av IT-system

  • 62.010 - Programmeringstjenester

  • 62.090 - Tjen. tilkn. informasjonsteknologi el.

This produces 86 results, and looks something like this:

This works fine if you are looking for generic industries like "software development", but what if you are into a more niche categories like "software development for cars"?

Use industry keyword search when NACE codes aren't enough

In that case you might want to use our industry keyword search together with (or instead of) the already set NACE codes. These searches are based on the officially stated purpose (formål) of the company.

Let's keep the software NACE codes, and add the keyword "bil" (car):

This yields only two results because we have already pretty strict conditions set:

If this was the line of thought we were interested in, then this would be suitable time to loosen up on some of the conditions to get more results.

Keyword based industry search makes it possible to find more niche categories of companies, and are often more accurate and updated than NACE codes.

However, for now let's remove the "bil" filter, and test out how to use keyword filters to ignore companies. Maybe, we as investors aren't really that interested in companies who mention consultancy in their purpose. In that case, we can remove them by using the exclamation mark (!) in front of the keyword, and a trailing colon and asterisk (:*) ending with !konsulent:* which means:

"do not include any companies with a purpose text, which has any word starting with konsulent"

The trailing colon and asterisk (:*) is called a wildcard, and mean "... ending in any other characters", so don't include "konsulent" with any additional trailing characters.

Now we are getting somewhere. In fact, the two top companies here, Spacemaker and Ignite, are in a way sister companies of Enin. Companies which were part of the Arkwright X startup hub, like Enin are now.

Using arbitrary company flags as filters

Finally, there is no point in including companies which we can't invest in. So as our final filter lets remove companies which are part of corporate group:

Which brings us down to 58 companies.

Going the extra mile in Excel or our Data Explorer

This final list can then be exported to do further calculations on, say doing some CAGRs, ...

... or could be set up as a watchlists which you can use to monitor for general or trigger events, or even used in our Data Explorer (still in Beta):

Here we have plotted the final selection such that the y-axis is the revenue of the companies, and the x-axis is the ratio between how much cash they have on hand, vs how many employees they have. The lower the revenue is, this could be an indication of remaining runway.

There you have it. Next time we'll be taking this one step further, and doing some of these steps directly from excel, making it possible to do more advanced analyses.

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Written by

André C. Andersen

André C. Andersen
Passionate about engineering intuitive technologies for finance and business, by applying data science on both classical and alternative data.
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