Instructions An annual report is a comprehensive statement describing a company’s activities throughout the preceding year. Annual reports are intended to give shareholders and other interested stakeholders information about the company’s activities and financial performance. All public corporations must provide shareholders with a financial report every year so that shareholders understand and are able to assess overall performance.
The front part of the report often contains an impressive combination of graphics, photos and an accompanying narrative, all of which chronicle the company’s activities over the past year. The back part of the report contains detailed financial and operational information.
Read and assess the financial performance of IBM, Inc. over the past couple of years. Begin by downloading the 2013 IBM annual report from the IBM Website.