Skip to main content

Company Information: Annual reports from companies all over the world

Introductory guide to find international and national company information.

Company types

Access to annual reports depends on the status and type of the company:

  • Public companies / Listed companies: annual reports and other company filings are accessible
    A public company has shares of stock that represent an ownership interest in the company and those shares are traded openly on one or more stock exchanges. Public Companies must file various forms and documents (in the United States the public companies must file to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) detailing their financial performance and governance structure).
    Because of these regulatory requirements, information on many public companies is relatively easy to find.

    Ticker Symbol (TIC):  A ticker symbol is an abbreviation that symbolizes the companies' stock name, such as CSCO for Cisco Systems. Knowing the ticker symbol of the public company that you are researching can save you a lot of time when researching public companies.  Find the ticker symbol for a company.
     
  • Private companies:
    can be very difficult to find the annual reports

Internet (access to Annual Reports)

Searching on the Internet:

Search by the company's name. Once you have entered the company website look for links marked:

  • Investors / Investor Relations
  • Shareholder information / Shareholders
  • About (the company)

Search: "company name" investor relations

 

Google Web Search

Other useful websites:

  • Annual Reports.com
    links to company websites listed on the following exchanges: AIM, AMEX,ASX, LSE, NASDAQ, NYSE, OTC, TSX, TSX-V. You can also filter your search by browsing by industry or sector
     
  • Proquest Historical Annual Reports (no access)
     
  • Mergent Archives, http://www.mergentarchives.com/index.php  (no access)
    Access more than 85 years of Annual Reports for companies across the globe through Mergent Archives’ historical annual report collection dating back to as early as 1925.
     
  • Annual Reports at Academic Business Libraries (limited access)
    This database, managed by the Purdue University Library, is a merged list of the corporate Annual Reports to Shareholders at the following universities: Columbia U., Cornell U., Harvard U., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue U., Stanford U., U. of Alabama, U. of California-Berkeley, U. of Pennsylvania, U. of Western Ontario, Yale U., and the Science/Industry/Business Library of New York Public Library.

Annual reports - companies outside Denmark

Thomson One Banker (use Internet Explorer)
contains global financial market information and data. Content includes annual reports and other filings from more than 70,000 active and inactive (listed) companies from all over the world. The coverage vary but for some companies the filings dating back to the late 1960s.
Search hint: use the menu tab Company Views > Filings to find annual reports or Screening & Analysis > Filings > Filings Search (se below)

 

  • Screening & Analysis > Filings > Filings Search:

 


Bloomberg

Search hint: use the command CF


EMIS Professional:  
access to information on companies and annual reports from some of the listed companies from more than 120 emerging markets.
Search hint: choose Country) > All (Search Companies, Industries, Topics) > Publication Types > Company Annual Reports

 

 


WestlawNext:
access to annual reports from listed companies from all over the world. The coverage vary from company to company, but you can find annual reports dating back to the early 1990s.
Search hint: find annual reports via US Materials > Business Law Center > Annual Reports to Shareholders. Search for the company name in the "Company"-field or limit your search to companies from "Location of Incorporation", "Industry" or "SIC-Code".


Edgar  (US SEC company database):
access to all annual reports (so-called 10-K) from the US-listed companies. Foreign listed companies in US file similar annual reports (20-F)
Coverage: back to 1994
Search hint: this Libguide from Milner Library gives you a short introduction on how to use the Edgar database. You can find a more comprehensive guide on the web page of SEC, where you also find an overview of all the filing formats. Here just to mention some of the most common: 10-K (Annual Reports), 10-Q (Quarterly reports), 20-F (annual reports from foreign companies).
Thomson Research also have a Guide to SEC Filings.

US Annual Reports

Companies required to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) include:

  • U.S. publicly-traded parent companies
  • International companies traded on U.S. stock exchanges

 

Edgar  (US SEC company database):
The Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system (Edgar) is a database which performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Please note that not all documents filed with SEC are available on EDGAR. Access to all annual reports (so-called 10-K) from the US-listed companies. Foreign listed companies in US file similar annual reports (20-F)
Coverage: back to 1994
Search hint: this Libguide from Milner Library gives you a short introduction on how to use the Edgar database. You can find a more comprehensive guide on the web page of SEC, where you also find an overview of all the filing formats. Here just to mention some of the most common: 10-K (Annual Reports), 10-Q (Quarterly reports), 20-F (annual reports from foreign companies).

SEC Forms

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934 put in place requirements for disclosure documents filed by public companies.  These documents are subject to review by the SEC Division of Corporation Finance.  The most common SEC forms are: