Business Research:
Finding a Company's Annual Report

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.

Search Engines

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"

EDGAR

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.

Search EDGAR (see search tips).


Finding Annual Reports in UMGC Library Databases

You can also find some companies' current and historic annual reports in UMUC Library databases:

ABI/INFORM Collection

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:

ABI/INFORM

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").

Hoovers

Enter a company's name in the "Search for a Company" 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 Annual Reports link on the left-hand side of the company information page, below the "Advanced" heading:

Hoovers

Mergent Online

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:

Mergent


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 UMGC Library catalog, that describe how to write and/or interpret an annual report. These include:


Finding Annual Reports in E-Books

The UMGC 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:

"annual report*"