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Company Research

Use this guide to find sources on public and private companies, and industry information.

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Annual Reports

Annual reports are published by public companies discussing their products and financial position for the previous year. Annual reports typically include the following:

  • A letter from the "Chairman of the Board" to the shareholders
  • Financial statements including sales, stock, and marketing data
  • Information about products and subsidiaries
  • A list of directors and officers of the company

For private companies that are subsidiaries of public companies, annual reports are often the only way to locate information about their operations.

Go to Google and type (using quotations) "Name of company" and "annual report.”

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