A company's annual report reports on and discusses the company's financial performance during the previous year and provides information about plans for the company's future direction. Publicly held corporations need to make their annual reports available to investors at the end of each financial year.
Finding Annual Reports on the Free Web
Company Web sites
You can often find a company's annual reports on the company's own website. Annual reports can generally be found in the area of the company's website that contains information for investors.
You may also be able to find a company's annual report by using using a search engine such as Google or Bing and searching for the company's name and the phrase annual report -- for example:
starbucks "annual report"
Note: With the exception of investment companies, companies are not required to file their annual reports with EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. But companies are required to file Form 10-K or 10-KSB, and these forms contain much of the same information as annual reports.
Finding Annual Reports in UMUC Library Databases
You can also find some companies' current and historic annual reports in UMUC Library databases:
Click on the Browse link toward the top left-hand side of the page and then click on the link for ProQuest Annual Reports Collection:
You can then browse the list of companies or use the search box to search for a particular company's annual report. Put quotation marks around a company name consisting of two or more words (for example, "general electric").
Enter a company's name in the search box at the top of the database's home page, putting quotation marks around a company name consisting of two or more words (for example, "yum brands"). After clicking on the company's name on the search results page, click on the Financials link and select SEC Filings from the resulting drop-down menu and then check the box next to Annual Reports - 10K in the "REFINE BY FORM TYPE" area on the left-hand side of the page:
Enter a company's name in the Company Search box on the database's home page, putting quotation marks around a company name consisting of two or more words (for example, "harris teeter"). After clicking on the company's name on the search results page, click on the Reports tab on the company information page:
Finding Annual Reports in Print Books
You will probably not find a particular company's annual reports in a print book, but there are numerous print books available in catalogUSMAI, the UMUC Library catalog, that describe how to write and/or interpret an annual report. These include:
- Annual reports 101: What the numbers and the fine print can reveal about the true health of a company
- Annual reports: Delivering your corporate message to stakeholders
- Publishing the nonprofit annual report: Tips, traps, and tricks of the trade
- Understanding the corporate annual report: Nuts, bolts, and a few loose screws
Finding Annual Reports in E-Books
The UMUC Library's e- books are also unlikely to contain particular companies' annual reports, but you can find information about annual reports by entering the following in the search box on the E-Books tab on the Library's home page: