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Corporate Annual Reports and Financial Statements

*****Please note that full financial statements are available for corporations that have stock that is traded on a public exchange. If the company you are looking for is privately held, please see our guide to information on Private Companies.

Use these resources to find full text corporate annual reports on the Web.
  • Mergent Online
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2288
    --Mergent ONLINE contains information about public corporations around the world. Mergent ONLINE also includes the full-text image files of corporate annual reports for publicly traded US corporations going back to 1996. EDGAR filings are also available through Mergent Online.
    --This is great place to go to find Annual Reports to Shareholders that have been issued for publicly-traded corporations since l996. After you have done the initial search for a corporation, look for the Reports tab at the top of the screen. Choose the report for the years you are interested in.
  • SEC: Corporate filings from the US Securities and Exchange Commission
    http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml
    The SEC requires all public companies (except foreign companies and companies with less than $10 million in assets and 500 shareholders) to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through this site (formerly called EDGAR). Anyone can access and download this information for free. Here you'll find links to a complete list of filings available from the SEC and instructions for searching the SEC database.
  • Company's Web Site
    http://www.google.com
    --You can check the Web site for the company to see if any company history is available on the Web. The usual form of a company's Web site is http://www.companyname.com -- but sometimes there are differences in the address. You can almost always find sites for publicly traded corporations by using Google.
  • ProQuest Historical Annual Reports
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/17905
    Database offers corporate annual reports for U.S. companies from 1884 to the present. Key data (financial, Fortune 500 ranking, industry classification, key people, geographic location, auditor, and related companies) are indexed in the citation and can be searched. Reports can be browsed by company name, industry or date. Cross-searchable to other historical periodical databases.
Resources that provide corporate financial statements
Use these resources to find information on balance sheets, income statements, cashflow statements.
  • Mergent Online
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2288
    --Mergent ONLINE contains information about public corporations around the world. Mergent ONLINE also includes the full-text image files of corporate annual reports for publicly traded US corporations going back to 1996. EDGAR filings are also available through Mergent Online.
    --This is great place to go to find Annual Reports to Shareholders that have been issued for publicly-traded corporations since l996. After you have done the initial search for a corporation, look for the Reports tab at the top of the screen. Choose the report for the years you are interested in.
  • Mergent WebReports
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/16534
    Documents covering public corporations in over 100 countries. MergentWeb contains all the historical information recorded in Moody's Manuals dating back to the early 1900s. This archive is an excellent source of corporate history, business descriptions and financial statements.
  • ORBIS
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/15535
    Financial and directory information for 50 million companies worldwide. Includes private and public companies in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America.
  • ORBIS (via MINT GLOBAL interface)
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/15536
    Directory and financial information on 50 million private and public companies worldwide. Coverage includes 50,000 publicly quoted companies, nearly 30,000 banks, over 8,000 insurance companies,19 million European companies from 46 countries,15.5 million US and Canadian companies,6.5 million South and Central American companies,1.3 million Japanese companies 300,000 Chinese companies,and 220,000 African companies.

    See instructions for finding Datamonitor industry reports.

  • ThomsonOne
    http://ezproxy.lib.umn.edu/login/thomsonone
    Can be used with Internet Explorer ONLY, other browsers do not work. Please allow pop-ups, as this is necessary for proper display. Thomson ONE brings together company information from a variety of sources that are produced by Thomson Reuters. This includes company financials and filings, mergers and acquisition data and analyst reports. The following types of information are available: Company Overviews, Company News and Pricecharts, Corporate Governance (Takeover defense), Corporate financial fundamentals, Estimates (and earnings surprises), Debt overview, Company deals, Share ownership information, Company research (formerly Investext), Company financial filings, Officers and Directors.
  • ProQuest Historical Annual Reports
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/17905
    Database offers corporate annual reports for U.S. companies from 1884 to the present. Key data (financial, Fortune 500 ranking, industry classification, key people, geographic location, auditor, and related companies) are indexed in the citation and can be searched. Reports can be browsed by company name, industry or date. Cross-searchable to other historical periodical databases.
  • SEC: Corporate filings from the US Securities and Exchange Commission
    http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml
    The SEC requires all public companies (except foreign companies and companies with less than $10 million in assets and 500 shareholders) to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through this site (formerly called EDGAR). Anyone can access and download this information for free. Here you'll find links to a complete list of filings available from the SEC and instructions for searching the SEC database.
Resources Available to Carlson School of Management Students ONLY:
  • COMPUSTAT
    https://wrds-web.wharton.upenn.edu/wrds/

    • North America
      Compustat North America is a database of U.S. and Canadian fundamental and market information on active and inactive publicly held companies. It provides more than 300 annual and 100 quarterly Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Cash Flows, and supplemental data items. Compustat North America files are available in both annual and quarterly formats. The industrial annual formats offer both historical and restated data. The industrial quarterly formats offer restated data as reported by the company. The restated data allows analysts to compare current and prior years' results on a comparable basis and determine financial trends and growth rates. For most companies, annual history is available back to 1950 and quarterly history back to 1962 with monthly market history back to 1962.

      Compustat North America files also contain information on aggregates, industry segments, banks, market prices, dividends, and earnings. For more detailed information on the Compustat files, consult the Compustat User's Guide.

    • Global
      Compustat Global is a database of non-U.S. and non-Canadian fundamental and market information on more than 33,900 active and inactive publicly held companies with annual data history from 1987. Compustat Global is a database of non-U.S.data is unique in that it is normalized to provide comparability across a wide variety of global accounting standards and practices. Accounting standards vary considerably among countries, making accurate comparisons of as-reported data somewhat difficult. Rather than adopt one country’s set of accounting principles as the standard for collecting data from all countries, we have created consistent sets of financial data items for the Global database by examining financial statements from a variety of countries and identifying items that are widely reported by companies, regardless of their geographic location, business activity or accounting practices. Within these uniform data sets, we normalize the data to local accounting principles, disclosure methods and data item definitions. As a result, you can make more meaningful comparisons among industries and countries.
See also: Company Information and Annual Reports
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