Annual reports of a company provides many details. It gives the financial status of the company, provides and insight in to what the business is about and their future goals. This helps investors and potential shareholders to get an idea about where the business is headed. If you are interested in investing in a business or to buy stocks annual reports are the first document you should take a look at. However there are several things that you need to focus and read in the annual report. Here are those important things that you should read in the reports.

Vision, mission and corporate information

When you take the annual report, don’t jump first in to reading the financial reports, those reports mean nothing if they don’t comply with the vision and mission of the firm. You need to first read the vision and mission statements of the firm. This provides an insight to what the company is all about. The vision statement provided what the company plans to become in the long term and the mission statement provides what they want to achieve as a milestone. Corporate information of a corporation provides who the director board is of the company their statements. It is also important to see if these details are certified by an auditing company in Dubai UAE. The importance of reading these information is that you need to know the firm you are planning to invest in inside out. It will help you to further analyze the firm.

Financial statements

Financial statements provides you with the details of the financial position of the company. There are three main statements that you should be analyzing when deciding on whether or not to invest in the company. Income statement, balance sheet and the cash flow statement are the three main statements you need to analyze. These statements should be certified by an auditing company, and there should be a report provided by them too. This validates the figures on the statements. You can calculate the general ratios like the profitability ratios, solvency ratios and the profit margins easily but if you need a further analysis of the statements you need to consult a financial analyst to get a better idea of what those companies are really about.

Management discussion and analysis

This provides the basic information like the SWOT of the firm and the risks and further details on the company’s competitors. This is the discussion carried out by the management and their opinions and views are discussed. SWOT is the short form for Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. These are crucial elements of a business and it is better to understand how these are played in the company in order to decide whether to invest or not. A company with higher strengths and opportunities might be a good place to invest.