What information is released?
Most companies release several documents to help shareholders and analysts in their assessment of information.
The main document is the statutory result, often called the ‘preliminary final report’. Some companies release their annual report at the same time.
Companies can also distribute a results presentation, and management might give real-time presentations either face-to-face or by conference calls to analysts and media.
What are the risks?
It is important for investors to understand that past performance is no guarantee of future performance. The value of your share holdings and your portfolio overall can go up and down over time.
As a shareholder, or would-be shareholder, it's important to know as much as you can about a company's financial health to inform your views about its potential to perform in line with your investment strategy.
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