Annual Reports to Shareholders
Major corporations use these attractive, annual, public relations documents to communicate directly with their shareholders.
Reports offer insight on their mission, lines of business, products, growth, productivity, stability, performance, strengths, corporate structure, management, intellectual property and relationships with other businesses. Company filings and annual reports are often the only sources of unique, valuable information on a specific business and concisely capture a company’s situation at a given point in time.
Sources for Obtaining Annual Reports to Shareholders
- Mergent Intellect
Access these shareholder reports under the Annual Report section within a company's profile.
- Mergent Online by FTSE Russell
Provides the most recently available annual reports for international and U.S. companies in full-image online. Search by company and select the Reports tab for annual reports.
- Mergent Archives
Supplementing the recent company filings and annual reports in Mergent Online, Mergent Archives provides a full-image collection of over 500,000 historical, global company filings and annual reports (in color) as far back as the late 1800s, depending on the company. The collection is updated daily. Documents are fully searchable.
- Individual companies
Check a company's website (under Investor Relations links) or request a copy. Often a company will provide one for free.
- PRARS (Public Register's Annual Report Service)
free reports mailed within one business day
Businesses within other countries may or may not be required by those countries to file or publish financial reports within a specific country. The most recently available information could vary by business or country.
All U.S. and foreign companies are required to submit filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Freely access Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings from companies listed on any American stock exchange, dating back to 1993.
Use Canada's site for public company filings, which began in January 1997.
Older Filings and Annual Reports
Selected, older annual reports or filings exist on microfiche, under the SEC files and Q files in Catalyst. Check the accompanying print index for coverage, beginning with the 1980s. Allow time for delivery of film from the Libraries Service Center.
SEC files and Q files
Micro-fiche C no. 296
Company Profiles with Filings and Financials
Mergent Online by FTSE Russell
Retrieve recent and historical financials, ratios, SEC filings, annual reports, news, industry reports, and customized reports for U.S. public and large international companies.
Register for an account. Use the search bar to retrieve company profiles or try the screening tools to customize your research. Browse the menus within profiles for filings, reports, financial data, market activity, deals, news, ESG data, investors, and executives and board members.
S & P Capital IQ Netadvantage
Search on a company. Click on the links on the left of the profile for additional information and in-depth analysis. Perform customized searches in other sections of the database.
This Nexis directory facilitates research on corporate hierarchies and linkages for major public and private companies and their subsidiaries worldwide. Content includes business descriptions, basic financials, competitor listings, brands, and service firms. Use to create lists of foreign firms operating in the US and vice versa, gather historical data, track mergers and acquisitions, and identify executives and board members.
Bloomberg Professional Service
Refer to this Bloomberg guide for general information on accessing and using the Bloomberg terminals at the Eisenhower and regional campus libraries to locate company profiles, economic data, commodity prices, financials, real-time news, and security-specific or broad market data. Current JHU faculty, staff, and students are eligible for a Bloomberg account; using their JHED credentials and JHU e-mail address.
Retrieve profiles on U.S. or international public and private companies.
Additional Financial Datasets
Use this S & P Market Intelligence database to extract historical, financial data on U.S. and international companies, based on annual reports. Compustat is available to current JHU faculty, staff, and graduate students who have been approved for a Wharton Research Data Service (WRDS) account.
Directories: Basic Facts
Find company information and job listings for U.S. and international businesses based on your desired criteria. Obtain additional information on industries, demographics and consumers.
Locate American firms operating in foreign countries or foreign firms operating in the United States.
International Directory of Company Histories
Use the search box to simultaneously search all volumes in the set for main entries and updates on your company, and other related content.
Identify a company's corporate hierarchy or family tree through this directory to determine who owns whom.
Encyclopedia of Associations: International Organizations (in Gale Directory Library)
Click on "advanced search" on the Gale Directory Library home page and select this title to identify international organizations of interest.
Business Rankings Annual (in Gale Directory Library)
Click on "advanced search" on the Gale Directory Library home page and select this title to limit your search to this compilation of business and industry rankings.
Market Share Reporter (in Gale Directory Library)
Click on "advanced search" on the Gale Directory Library home page and select this title to limit your search to this collection of market share rankings for companies, industries, products and brands.
Industry Reports and Statistics
IBISWorld Market Research Reports and Analysis
Analyze the competitive landscape for U.S., global and Chinese industries and companies through IBISWorld's industry reports.
Gather information and analysis on companies, products, brands and consumers through Mintel's reports on consumer goods and services. Coverage is mainly U.S. and U.K. focused, but other geographies may be mentioned.
Explore Euromonitor's database for industry, consumer, country, economic, and company information and analysis. Scope is national, global, or country-specific. Market share rankings are listed by company and brand.