CHAPTER 2

A Deconstruction of Annual Reports

Aman Narang,1 Niteen Bali,2 and Shubhra Chaudhry3

Review Speak

Annual reports have over the years been favored as the best place to go to for serious investors trying to make investment or divestment decisions with respect to a particular company. The focus of these reports has largely been on the quantitative aspects, which are backward looking and mostly reflect on the past, making them of limited use for a large number of readers. A more recent shift has been to use annual reports for qualitative as well as quantitative messaging. This approach provides a peek into the future as viewed through the lens of the company, reveals the strategic view of the business, and portrays the company as differentiated ...

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