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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That's what the Social Security and Medicare trustees projected in their 2018 annual report released Tuesday. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "Social Security must reduce benefits in 2034 if reforms aren't made," 5 June 2018 An annual report from the agency responsible from promoting Las Vegas shows says nearly six in 10 visitors last year attended a show during their trip, an increase from the previous year. Washington Post, "High-tech, sphere-shaped arena coming to Las Vegas Strip," 19 May 2018 Because theme park companies do not break out attendance figures, the annual report has become the only way of comparing visitation trends at the world’s top parks. Lori Weisberg,, "SeaWorld San Diego has biggest attendance drop among all North America theme parks," 17 May 2018 The partnership’s annual report showed that last year occupancy was 67.3 percent downtown, just edging out the national rate of about 65.9 percent, according to Smith Travel Research. Meredith Cohn,, "Hotel Revival, Baltimore's newest boutique hotel, debuts in Mount Vernon. Take a look inside.," 17 Apr. 2018 The annual report shows 2017 revenue falling to $528.7 million, a 5.6 percent drop compared to $559.8 million in 2016. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s SwRI 2017 revenue falls to lowest in seven years," 19 Feb. 2018 According to the Entertainment Software Association’s 2017 annual report, the total amount spent on the U.S. video game industry in 2017 was $36 billion — nearly three times the NFL’s annual revenue. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Playing video games could help fight Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome," 1 July 2018 As of December 31, 2016, a month after the Telsa purchase, SolarCity had approximately 12,243 employees, according to the company’s final annual report. David R. Baker,, "SolarCity, once king of rooftop solar, slips into shadow," 29 June 2018 More than half the patients at Whittier are below the federal poverty level, and three-quarters of them are black or Latino, according to the center’s 2017 annual report. Katie Johnston,, "Whittier workers officially reinstated, set to vote in union election," 19 June 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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