Find Company Annual Reports

Company Annual Reports ...

  • are documents produced by publicly traded companies (i.e., companies which trade shares on a stock exchange)
  • are distributed each year to current and prospective shareholders
  • typically include a letter from the CEO, a complete list of board members, financial highlights, a review of the previous year's activities and projections for the future
  • are an authoritative record (audited by the exchange on which the company trades)
  • can be very useful for investment and marketing decisions

Sources of Company Annual Reports

Date Coverage
File Format
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Global open accessCompany Spotlight Current Year PDF Free. Receive reports by mail or download. Contact details with an e-mail address are required.
Global Company Web Sites Usually Current Year HTML or PDF Search for a company using your favourite search engine (e.g., Google). On the company home page, look for a link labelled Investor or Corporate Relations.
Global open accessIRIN (Investor Relations Information Network) Mid 1990s to current PDF Free. No registration required.
Global McMaster Users OnlyMergent Online
1990s to current PDF McMaster Users Only.
Search for a company, view profile then click on the Reports tab.
Global McMaster Users Only Reportal 1978 to current PDF McMaster Users Only.
Search for a company name or browse years and search for a specific company.
Africa open 1997 to current HTML or PDF Free. No registration required.
Canada CanCorp 1970s-1990's Microfiche No access restrictions.
Located at INNIS Library (Business), Kenneth Taylor Hall (KTH), Room 108. Microfiche located in SW corner of the library. Ask at Service Desk.
Canada open accessSEDAR (System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval) 1997 to current PDF Free. No registration required.
Online Tutorial with Audio
Canada open Current Year PDF and HTML Free. No registeration required.
U.K. open accessCompanies House 1980s to current PDF Free. No registration required. More info.
U.S.  open Current Year PDF and HTML Free. No registeration required.
U.S. open accessCorporate Reports Online 1825 to 1975 PDF Free. No registeration required. 
U.S. open accessEDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) 1990s to current HTML Free. No registration required.
Guides: Quick EDGAR Tutorial | How To Search EDGAR 
NOTE: Simplifed EDGAR searches available via Mergent Online (click on the Government Filings tab) and LexisNexis Academic (Select Search by Subject or Topic > go to the Companies menu > select SEC Filings.)


U.S. McMaster Users OnlyLexisNexis Academic
1980s to current HTML Select Search by Subject or Topic > go to the Companies menu > select SEC Filings. Click Advanced Options to refine your search to a particular date, segment and/or source.
U.S. McMaster Users OnlyProQuest Annual Report Collection 1916 to 2008 PDF Search for keyword(s) or Browse by Company Name, by Industry or by Date
(New York City)
open accessColumbia Historical Corporate Reports Online Collection 1849 to 1960s PDF Free. No registration required.

What to do if you can't find an annual report

  • Check your spelling and try again.
  • Company may be private. To find out a company's ownership type, do a company search in Factiva (Select Companies/Markets > Company > Enter company name or ticker symbol > Look in Ownership Type column to see the status of the company (i.e., Listed=Public, Unlisted=Private).
  • Still having trouble? Just Ask!

Only need company financials?

Try the following sources:

  • McMaster Users OnlyMergent Online 
    • 15 years/quarters of financial data
    • active and inactive, publicly traded companies worldwide
    • view company profile and click on Company Financials tab
  • McMaster Users OnlyWRDS (Wharton Research Data Services) 
    • publicly traded companies worldwide
    • Compustat North America, 20 years, 48 quarters
    • Compustat Global, 12 years
    • both datasets contain active and inactive companies
  • McMaster Users OnlyFactiva 
    • approximately 5 years of financial data for active, publicly traded companies worldwide
    • select Companies/Markets link and click on Company from the menu to search by name
    • when viewing the company profile/snapshot, select Financial Results ​
  • McMaster Users OnlyHoover's Company Records 
    • public (and some private) company profiles can include recent annual & quarterly financials; international in scope, but with an emphasis on U.S. companies
  • McMaster Users OnlyLexisNexis Academic 
    • sections within the database provide current financial data for public and private companies worldwide 
    • select Search by Subject or Topic > go to Companies heading > select Dossier (Company, Executive, Industry) and/or Company Profiles
  • McMaster Users OnlyThomson ONE 
    • contains key financial data for companies worldwide
    • in the Company Views module, search for a company by Symbol/Name
    • once a company overview is displayed, financial data is noted in several sections/menus of the module, including Price Chart, Fundamentals, Estimates, Research and Filings. 
  • McMaster Users OnlyCanadian Business Database 
    • contains brief profiles of public and private businesses in Canada.
    • entries often include a sales estimate  for the current year


More Information ...

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Last Reviewed: February 9, 2017