The following is a general overview of SEC Form 10-Q and is not legal or business advice, and nor should you consider it as such. Requirements for 10-Q filings differ from case to case. You should not act upon any information shared in this article without seeking professional advice from a licensed lawyer and/or accounting professional directly hired by you. If you need help preparing or filing a Form 10-Q, please contact us here.
Form 10Q: How To Prepare And File A Quarterly Report (This should be subhead) New:
What Every Issuer Should Consider Before Filing A 10-Q
Publicly traded companies domiciled in the United States are required submit quarterly financial reports to the SEC using form 10Q.
MINE: WHAT EVERY ISSUER SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE FILING A 10Q
Normally, a Form 10Q filing is an unaudited set of current financial statements for the period ending either in the first...second...or third quarter of the (company's) fiscal year.
Similar to an annual report (which uses form 10-K) a 10-Q Report includes all relevant financial information regarding the company's financial and business operations for the specific quarter that's being reported.
All 10Q reports must be submitted to the SEC on the EDGAR filing system, which allows the public to view the document online and provides for transparency.
The form is intended to allow investors to track an issuer's performance over time and gain a better sense of a company's overall financial position.
Issuers Must Submit A Form 10-Q
For Each Of The First 3 Quarters Of The Year
Within 40 to 45 Days Of The Quarter's End
Deadlines for a 10Q filing are based on company size and valuation:
Large and Accelerated filers (companies valued at more than $75 million) are required to submit a 10Q filing to the SEC within 40 calendar days from the end of the first...second... and third quarters of the company's fiscal year.
Non-accelerated filers (companies with a valuation of less than $75 million) are given 45 days from the end of the respective quarters to file their 10Q reports using the EDGAR filing system.
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Failure to file a 10-Q with the SEC in a timely manner can result in severe fines or penalties for issuers that can include delisting and/or civil proceedings.
The SEC will allow for a 5 day deadline-extension for filing a 10Q to companies that request one with good reason.
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Issuers should always consult with a professional if they have any questions about preparing or filing a 10-Q.
There Are 2 Main Parts To Form 10Q
Form 10Q is essentially a snapshot of the company's financial condition and business performance broken into two main parts: 185 HOURS!
Part 1: Financial Information.
The first section of a Form 10Q requires a set of unaudited financial statements, a detailed discussion and analysis of the company's financial condition and results of operations by management, market risk disclosures, and an overview of the company's internal procedures and controls.
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Part 2: Other information.
The second part of a Form 10Q requires full disclosure related to any risk factors, legal proceedings, unregistered sales of equity securities and use of proceeds, default on any senior securities, exhibits, or any other material information relevant to investors.
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In short, Form 10Q is a Quarterly Report required by all publicly traded companies that must include financial statements for the quarter, along with a discussion and analysis of the companies finances and operations by management. Full disclosure of risk factors, the sale of unregistered securities, use of proceeds, exhibits, and any other information of material relevance must be included in a Form 10Q.
One thing that is important to note: The SEC estimates that it takes the average issuer 185 hours to complete a form 10Q!
In truth, the vast majority of panicked requests I get from clients asking for an extension to file their 10Q, is because they're swamped and struggling to complete the work on time.
As always, an issuer should consult with a securities professional regarding any questions they may have about filing a 10Q, as the consequences of filing one late or in error can be brutal.
I once had a client who was delisted because their 10Q filing was both late and incorrect!
To be sure, it is a rare occassion that the SEC delists an issuer for filing a 10Q late--or even fines them for that matter.
But, trust me, no issuer wants to go there!
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