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Corporate balance sheets 1999-2014

Resource Type
  • Deutsche Bundesbank
Other Title
  • Ustan (Alternative Title)
Publication Date
Controlled Keywords
  • STW:
    • Balance sheet
    • Enterprise
Free Keywords
Balance Sheet Data; Non-financial Corporations; Refinancing Business; Profit and Loss Account
  • Abstract

    The database of the Corporate Balance Sheets (Ustan) comprises annual financial statements of non-financial corporations and is formed in the context of the refinancing business.

    In discharging her monetary policy duty the Deutsche Bundesbank grants refinancing loans to domestic credit institutions. But there are collaterals eligible for refinancing at the central bank required as a prerequisite, like book credits to domestic non-financial enterprises. In order to control the intrinsic value of the securities the annual financial statements of the non-financial enterprises have to be submitted to the Bundesbank where they serve as a fundament for credit rating.

    The data flows into the Financial Statements Data Pool, which is the database used for regular statistical analyses of German companies' earnings and financing situation. Results are published in the Special Statistical Publication 5 and 6.

    This Ustan database comprises the years from 1999 to 2014 and can be used as a panel dataset for research purposes. Besides the balance sheet data, the profit and loss account and the asset history sheet (if any) additional information about the firm are available, like the branch of industry or the legal form.

Temporal Coverage
  • 1999 / 2014
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe

Balance sheet data of non-financial enterprises reported to the Deutsche Bundesbank in the framework of the refinancing business.


Non-financial enterprises, whose used book credits for example are deposited as eligible securities for refinancing at the Deutsche Bundesbank by the credit institutions, which granted these loans to the enterprises.

Time Dimension
  • Frequency:
Data and File Information
    • File Name: ustan1999-2014_DOI_1-0.dta
      File Format: Stata-Format
      File Size: 417.303 KB
  • Stöss, Elmar (2001): "Deutsche Bundesbank's Corporate Balance Sheet Statistics and Areas of Application", Schmollers Jahrbuch 121, 131-137, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin.

Update Metadata: 2020-01-16 | Issue Number: 40 | Registration Date: 2017-03-01

Deutsche Bundesbank (2017): Corporate balance sheets 1999-2014. Version: 1.0. Deutsche Bundesbank. Dataset.