Sunday, December 31, 2017

What is Form 8-K?

In addition to filing annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, public companies must report certain material corporate events on a more current basis. Form 8-K is the “current report” companies must file with the SEC to announce major events that shareholders should know about. The instructions for Form 8-K describe the types of events that trigger a public company's obligation to file a current report, including any of the following :

Companies have four business days to file a Form 8-K for the events specified in the items in Sections 1-6 and 9 above. However, if the issuer is furnishing a Form 8-K solely to satisfy its obligations under Regulation FD, then the due date might be earlier. (Issuers with questions concerning compliance with Regulation FD should consult with counsel or the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance.)

For more information on how to read a Form 8-K, including more detailed descriptions of some of the events required to be disclosed on Form 8-K, you can read the SEC's investor bulletin on How to Read an 8-K. You can find a company’s Form 8-K filings on the SEC’s EDGAR database. We have posted information on our website on how to use the EDGAR database. You may wish to read answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the implementation and interpretation of the Form 8-K items, produced by the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance..

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