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What Is Form 10-K?

Form 10-K is a report that provides a comprehensive summary of a company’s business, risks, and operational and financial condition for the fiscal year. Pursuant to The Securities Exchange Act of 1934, a Form 10-K must be completed and filed annually with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by most publicly traded US companies. The form may also be required of companies with more than US$10 million in assets and more than 500 security holders, whether their securities are privately or publicly traded.

Not to be mistaken for the often glossy annual report to shareholders—which must be sent to shareholders when a company holds its yearly meeting to elect directors—the annual Form 10-K report discloses extensive, essential information about a company. It gives details on the company’s history, organizational structure, executive compensation, equity, holdings, earnings per share, subsidiaries and more, plus it includes audited financial statements and other supplementary data.

Companies must furnish any shareholder a copy of their Form 10-K upon request, and large companies commonly make their Form 10-K available on their own website, in a section typically denoted as Investor Relations. In addition, Form 10-Ks for all filers are available for public review on the SEC online database EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval).

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