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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Buckingham Palace released its annual reports today, which detail exactly how many gifts each member of the royal family receives. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Received Hundreds of Baby Gifts," 5 Apr. 2019 Girl Scout membership has declined recently, from 2.3 million girls in 2010 to 1.8 million in 2015, according to the Girl Scouts' annual reports. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "More than 100 Kansas City girls have joined Cub Scouts. Here's why," 25 June 2018 Until 2012, the State Personnel Board issued an annual report disclosing the number of discrimination complaints in each state department and the status of investigations. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "Sexual harassment in state workforce would get new scrutiny from Brown proposal," 6 June 2018 In 2016 the government launched an annual report on karoshi and started to name and shame workplaces—which last year included Panasonic—that violate existing rules. The Economist, "Japan Inc and the government are trying to tackle overwork," 22 Mar. 2018 Just under 500 new TV series premiered last year--compared to 182 new shows in 2002, according to an annual report released by cable network FX. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Oscar in the Age of Entertainment Overload," 23 Feb. 2019 Violent crime has been surging in London, with homicides up by 44 percent in the annual report released by the city’s police department in April. New York Times, "Amid London’s Crime Surge, Authorities Take Aim at ‘Drill,’ a Bleak Style of Rap Music," 1 June 2018 The disclosure also was part of the company’s 2018 annual report. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Apple’s Guidance on Its Services Revenue Left Analysts With More Questions," 16 Jan. 2019 Since Judd’s election, membership in the Border Patrol Council has dropped while the number of officers and employees at its headquarters in Tucson increased, according to annual reports filed with the U.S. Labor Department. Richard Lardner, The Seattle Times, "At Trump’s side, Border Patrol union leader in spotlight," 14 Jan. 2019

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1744, in the meaning defined above

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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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