Where to get annual reports of companies

In the past week, I received three emails from students asking where they can get annual reports of Philippine companies. It seems like they are required to pass a copy of an annual report for one of their Management subjects.

So where exactly can you get a company’s annual report?

What is an Annual Report?

A company’s annual report is a comprehensive report of the company’s activities throughout the preceding year. The financial performance of the company during the preceding year is one primary information included in annual reports.

Where to get an annual report?

If you are a stockholder of any company, you can visit their office and ask for a copy of the report. As a stockholder — which means you are a part-owner of that firm — you are entitled to receive that report for free.

Actually, all annual reports are supposed to be for free. Beware of people offering to give you a copy of those reports for a certain fee.

If you are not a stockholder, you can still request for a copy but some companies may not give you one, citing reasons such as limited printed copies or that they are not authorized to give copies to non-stockholders.

Where to download annual reports online?

Fortunately, there still is a way to get these annual reports. Most, if not all, publicly-listed companies offer a free download of the online version on the company’s website.

Simply visit the official site and go to the “Investor Relations” section. For example, here is PLDT‘s Investor Relations page where you can download their annual reports from 2004 until 2007. Jollibee, on the other hand, has downloadable annual reports from 2002 to 2007 in their Investors page.

You can also visit the Philippine Stock Exchange (SEC)’s website to download annual reports and other financial disclosures of public companies. Simply search for the company using the appropriate stock code or stock symbol, then click on the “Corporate “Information” link on the Stock Information page. Under “Company Filings,” you’ll see a listing of reports submitted by the company to the SEC including their annual report.

What about annual reports of other companies?

Companies whose stocks are not traded on the exchange are not required to publicly distribute their reports. You might want to directly ask them for a copy but there’s a big chance they will not give it to you. However, you may still request a copy of the report from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). There is a certain fee, though, to get it.

Hopefully, this information will be of help to those students and others who are interested to get annual reports of Philippine companies.

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6 thoughts on “Where to get annual reports of companies”

  1. getting a hand of annual reports is one tricky feat. when we were doing our feasibility study there was a need for us to benchmark publicly listed companies in order for us to figure industry standards. we were just lucky that one groupmate had an account with the SEC (phils). SEC has an online service where you can view the annual reports of certain companies. and yep we had to PREPAY them in order to avail of the service. and the “viewing cost” if my memory serves me right was at P.05 per page…SEC LINK

    ~the earning student

  2. I used to get annual reports of the companies thru the Securities and Exchange Commission before. Nowadyas, they are a bit techy as they now have a PIN mailer to access their systems. You will purchase PIN mailer which cost you 100 which will allow you to view various public documents like financial statements. Each page of view has a cost and the charge for printing financial statements is Php 5 per page. For companies listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), you can view their annual reports in PSE website.

  3. I get Company annual reports via online through the following:

    1. The Company’s website: Some Company specially those who have public interest published their annual report in their own website.

    2. SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) website: SEC published some top Corporate Annual reports

    3. PSE (Phil. Stock Exchange) website: Listed Corporations are required to published their annual reports in the PSE website.

    Try to google SEC gov ph and PSE Ph for the links of the last two.

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