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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At the end of 2018, Amazon employed about 650,000 workers, excluding temporary workers and seasonal workers, according to its annual report. CBS News, "Amazon to hire 30,000 workers at job fairs in 6 cities on September 17," 10 Sep. 2019 Statewide, black motorists were nearly twice as likely as other motorists to be stopped, based on their share of the driving-age population, according to the Missouri attorney general’s annual report on traffic stops. John Eligon, New York Times, "Stopped, Ticketed, Fined: The Pitfalls of Driving While Black in Ferguson," 6 Aug. 2019 California had 93,148 acres of vineyards planted to chardonnay in 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual report. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "5 things to know about chardonnay, the world’s most popular white wine," 26 July 2019 Since 1997, 2,217 terminally ill patients have received the life-ending medications and 1,459 died from taking the prescriptions, according to the Oregon Health Authority’s 2018 annual report. The Oregonian/oregonlive Politics Team,, "New law shortens ‘Death With Dignity’ waiting period for some patients," 24 July 2019 The royal weddings of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank helped boost record numbers of visitors to the palaces in Britain, according to Royal Collection Trust‘s annual report. Simon Perry,, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Windsor Castle Wedding Helped Boost Record Visitors to Palaces," 12 July 2019 Thoroughbred breeders in 2017 won about $4.7 million in bonuses from the Maryland Bred Race Fund, while owners earned $1.1 million, according to the commission’s annual report. Doug Donovan,, "Several Maryland racing regulators earning breeder bonuses also own winning racehorses," 30 Aug. 2019 CroFab generated more than $132 million in revenue for BTG, according to the company’s 2019 annual report. Kaiser Health News,, "New snakebite antidote drives competition, but costs will still bite," 18 Aug. 2019 During a presentation outlining results of the police department’s annual report, Berezin told city officials last year’s crime statistics reflected the overall lowest rate reported in the last five years. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Missouri City Police annual report shows theft, burglary, violent crimes on the decline," 30 July 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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