annual report


Definition of annual report

: a usually lengthy report issued yearly by an organization giving an account of its internal workings and especially its finances

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The American Psychological Association’s 2018 annual report found that Generation Z — people ages 15-21 — reported the worst mental health of any generation in the United States. Rachel Anspach, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Policies Are Increasing Teen Stress and Eroding Mental Health," 12 Nov. 2018 The annual report on deadly motor vehicle crashes in the US is usually a pretty depressing read. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Fewer people died in car crashes in 2017, but the outlook is still grim," 3 Oct. 2018 ALEC’s Jonathan Williams, one of the writers of the annual report, agrees. John Baer,, "Pennsylvania keeps piling up blooper awards," 18 Apr. 2018 The State Department issued a withering condemnation of the institutionalization of children away from family settings, saying in its annual report on human trafficking that those who spend time in such facilities suffer long-term emotional damage. Carol Morello,, "In Human Trafficking Report, State Dept. Warns Against Separating Children From Parents," 28 June 2018 In its annual report, market researcher Newzoo predicts global esports revenue will reach $906 million this year, a whopping 38 percent increase over 2017. Joey Morona,, "Esports expected to reach $1 billion in revenue by 2019," 21 Feb. 2018 Husky produces about 186,000 barrels a day in western Canada and the oil and natural gas equivalent of 322,900 barrels a day globally, according to Husky’s annual report. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Husky Makes Unsolicited Bid to Fellow Canadian Oil Firm MEG," 30 Sep. 2018 In addition to reviewing the veracity of the library’s annual reports, state officials also have questions about the board’s recent reformation, Druker said. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "For years, there's been no financial oversight at the Calumet Park library. Now the state is getting involved.," 13 July 2018 Speaking in triumphal terms, Trump approached his address to the world body as something of an annual report to the world on his country's progress since his inauguration. Jonathan Lemire And Zeke Miller, Fox News, "Trump challenges UN, boasting of America's go-it-alone might," 25 Sep. 2018

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Financial Definition of annual report

What It Is

An annual report is an audited corporate document that details the business activity and financial status of a publicly-held company over the previous year.

How It Works

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires all public companies to distribute an annual report to shareholders at the end of each fiscal year. Each report contains the three main financial statements -- the Income Statement, Cash Flow Statement and Balance Sheet -- as well as a host of other company-related data.

Why It Matters

The annual report provides a variety of important financial data. The SEC requires all publicly traded companies to file reports on an annual and quarterly basis, and the reports provide in-depth information on a company's products, market segments, competitors, customers, management and legal proceedings. Investors can readily access these financial reports for all public companies and mutual funds incorporated in the U.S. on the SEC's web site found {ia_ext|here|}.

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Legal Definition of annual report

: a written report distributed to shareholders each year by a corporation that sets forth financial information (as an auditor's report, the selling prices of the corporation's stock, and the yearly profit) as well as statements by the corporation's management

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