All companies whose securities are traded on U.S. stock exchanges must file regular financial reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC. Private companies do not. It is often difficult to find financial information about private companies.
The annual report is not a required SEC filing but is used by corporations to communicate directly with their shareholders.
Annual reports feature the CEO's Letter to the Shareholders. They often include financial highlights, management biographies, product profiles, information on corporate philanthropy and community programs, and career opportunities.
Annual reports often look like marketing brochures with many graphs, charts and photos.
Check the Investor Relations pages of the company's website for the annual report or use one of these databases:
Most public companies provide copies of their SEC filings on the Investor Relations pages of their web site. The databases listed here also give access to company filings.
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