UROP Proceedings 2020-21

School of Business and Management Department of Accounting 190 Information Collection from Annual Reports of Public Companies Supervisor: ZHENG Yue / ACCT Student: LAU Chun Yin / ACCT Course: UROP1100, Fall In this report, the EDGAR platform, which was the main search platform for the annual reports used for this UROP1100B project, is introduced. Descriptions of common filing types on the platform, such as 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, are provided. Moreover, this report discusses about the findings in the searching process. The situation of listed pharmaceutical companies is specifically discussed, while Minerva Neurosciences, Inc. is used as an example to illustrate the risks faced by pharmaceutical companies in the research and development stage. Lastly, the report explores the reasons why some companies change their company name and are unwilling to provide details about their products and services.