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Company Annual Reports: Start Here

Where can I find company annual reports?

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Introduction

This guide aims to help you identify sources for annual reports. 

In most jurisdictions, public companies are required by law or listing rules to publish annual reports.  An annual report contains financial highlights, discussions of the previous year’s activities, projections, future plans, directors’ report, auditors’ report, financial statements and notes, etc.  The content provides vital information, which helps us understand a company's performance, culture, business history, financial condition, risk areas, and long-term viability.

The stakeholders who read a company’s annual reports include its shareholders, customers, vendors, employees, financial institutions, potential investors, relevant regulatory bodies, researchers, and students.

For Singapore registered companies, the official source of annual reports is Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). You can buy annual reports and filings for a small sum.

Typical Contents of An Annual Report

An annual report typically contains five major sections:

 

1.   Corporate Profile

2.   Management Commentary

3.   Corporate Governance

4.   Statutory Reports

5.   Financial Statements

 

For detailed explanations, please refer to Case 01 of the following casebook by Dr. Themin Suwardy, the Associate Dean (Curriculum & Teaching) and MPA Programme Director at the School of Accountancy, SMU.

 

Title: Understanding Financial Statements: A Case-Based Approach

Call Number: HF5681.B2 S89 2010

Location: Reserves, Level 2, Li Ka Shing Library

 

Below are some selected companies that you can use to help understand the nature of annual reports.  You would notice that the actual contents vary from one company to another, but the typical sections mentioned above are normally included.

Capitaland Limited

Eu Yan Sang International Ltd

Singapore Airlines Limited

Singapore Telecommunications Limited

SMRT Corporation Ltd

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