Question: Where do I find annual reports?
U.S. public companies are not required to file the glossy Annual Reports. However, some do and they can be found on the SEC's EDGAR filings page as an "ARS" filing type. Starting in 1994, U.S. public companies were required to file annual 10K reports with the SEC on EDGAR. The annual 10K filing will have more detailed information than the Annual. Look at both the 10K and Exhibit 13 - Annual Report to security holders for full information on company financials.
Companies provide access to their SEC filings and sometimes their glossy annuals on their websites. This information can generally be found under the Investor Relations tab of the company website.
Some foreign company information is also available in the places noted above and below.
Go to the Virtual Business Library's Company & Financial Information section for links to useful resources including links to the following suggested resources that include pre-EDGAR SEC filings that date back many years.
Mergent Archives: Provides reports for U.S., Canadian, and International companies covering over 100 years of reports. Go to the Search Mergent Archives and select Annual Reports.
ProQuest Historical Annual Reports: Provides over 150 years of reports from top North American companies.