Investor Relations 101: Form 10Q

You can’t mention investor relations and not talk about the Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10Q , which is a quarterly report that public companies must file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. If retained by public company to perform investor relations functions, and investor relations firm must understand what the form 10 Q will entail. Under Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations, a public company must disclose material information to the investing public so that they may make an informed decision when investing in the company. These disclosures can be made periodically but they must be made regularly under Form 10Q.  You can find S.E.C. Form 10Q here.

While this form is usually unaudited, it gives the investing public a synopsis of how the company is doing financially and gives them updates on material happenings of the company. This disclosure usually includes a balance sheet and an income statement as well as any material financial transactions that took place within the last quarter of the company, in other words the last three months.  The company must file four of these forms every year, one each quarter.

In December 2005, the SEC voted to adopt amendments that create a new category of “large accelerated filers” that includes companies with a public float of $700 million or more. The amendments also redefine “accelerated filers” as companies that have at least $75 million, but less than $700 million, in public float. As described in Release No. 33-8644 (Revisions to Accelerated Filer Definition and Accelerated Deadlines for Filing Periodic Reports), the current 10-K and 10-Q deadlines for accelerated filers are as follows:[1]

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You’ll find a company’s Form 10-Q filings in the SEC’s EDGAR database. To filter your results, simply enter 10-Q (using a dash between the 10 and the Q) in the “Form Type” box.

These reports generally compare last quarter to the current quarter and last year’s quarter to this year’s quarter. The SEC put this form in place to facilitate better informed investors. The form 10-Q must be filed within 40 days for large accelerated filers and accelerated filers or 45 days after the end of the fiscal quarter for all other registrants (formerly 45 days).

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