- Letter from the Chairman: In this part of the report, the chairman addresses how the company has performed during the year and throws light on the company’s goals and strategies for the future. A glimpse of EBIT/EBITDA, revenue, expenditure, dividend pay-out, profit/loss, balance sheet position and income statement results is present here.
- Ten-year financial summary: This section depicts the company’s financial results over the last decade.
- Management discussion and analysis (MD&A): Under this section, the management discusses the financial trends of the company over the past couple of years, particularly recent fiscal year. It gives the readers a hint that where the company stands and where is it expected to go. Details such as product launches, geographical expansion, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory approvals, demergers and organizational changes are often talked in this segment.
- General shareholders’ information and corporate governance: This segment shows the information regarding the significant shareholders along with the corporate governance actions taken by the company.
- Financial statements and schedules: This section includes the financial performance data of the company such as Profit and Loss statement, Balance Sheet, Cash flow, Other comprehensive income, etc. The financial statements are usually compiled in accordance with the IFRS and/or the domestic GAAP, as well as local legislation (e.g., the SOX in the U.S.).
- Other information such as a report on operations for manufacturing firms relevant to stakeholders may be included. In the case of a big company, the report published is usually a sleek, colourful, and high-gloss.
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