Part of a series on databases that add value to a daily story.
An international company with a small plant aways from where I live announced it is closing that facility and laying off 150 employees. The closure, in a small town of about 8000 residents, became big news there and led one of the local TV newscasts that night.
In all the stories I read, saw or listened to, no reporter mentioned that this same corporation ran a plant just 22 miles down the road from the one it was closing. I’m guessing they didn’t know.
So how did I know? I skimmed through the company’s filings on Edgar, the online database of required company filings at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
10-K, the annual report;
- 10- Q, covering business operations, property, finances, pending suits, and background on the officers;
- 8-K, for significant changes in the company such as a sale, new management, or a court judgment.
The SEC publishes a list of all the forms by number so you can look for others that might be interesting.
The site can appear a bit clunky to navigate as the interface isn’t intuitive. But if you spend 10 minutes one day with its tutorial learning to navigate it, then when you need a quick factoid or a new angle on that company, you’ll be able to maneuver through the site quickly.
Remember the SEC only requires these filings from companies who sell securities, including stock.