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Business Sources: Annual Reports/SEC Filings

Annual Reports

Annual reports are distributed by PUBLICLY-TRADED companies to their shareholders and describe the condition of the company during the previous year. They usuall include officers, messages from the president/CEO, financials, etc.  They may or may not contain mission statements and/ or subsidiary information.



Websites linking to FREE annual reports:

Public Register's Annual Report Service (PRARS) Provides free annual reports of public companies trading on the NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX, OTC and TSX exchanges. Copies of reports are mailed, not viewable online.

annual (a division of IR Solutions) is "the most complete and up-to-date listing of Annual Reports online. We are Americas largest annual report service."


BWL subscription databases which retrieve or link to annual reports:

Hoover's Online  Search your company.  In the Search for a company box there should be a link to the company's website and annual report (if there is one).

SEC Filings


Sites linking to SEC filings:

EDGAR (SEC)   All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system).   Its primary purpose is to increase the efficiency and fairness of the securities market for the benefit of investors, corporations, and the economy by accelerating the receipt, acceptance, dissemination, and analysis of time-sensitive corporate information filed with the agency. Anyone can access and download this information for free.


BWL subscription databases which contain links to SEC filings:

D&B Hoover's Online   Search for a company.  Click on the "Financials" link (not all companies include "Financials")