Definition of Form 8-K
By Dave Manuel
What is an 8-K? What does 8-K mean? Why would a company file an 8-K form?
As defined by the SEC, the Form 8-K is a filing that companies make to "announce major events that shareholders should know about."
Generally speaking, a Form 8-K is filed with the SEC by a publicly traded company when an "unscheduled" material event takes place.
Some of the situations in which a company would file an 8-K include:
-departure of a key executive (such as the CEO)
-notice of delisting
-change in accountant
-announcement of a new deal
All of these would require a company to file an 8-K with the SEC within four business days of the occurrence of the event.
Example: The CEO of XYZ resigns from the company, citing "personal reasons".
The company would have to file an 8-K with the SEC within 4 business days of this resignation taking place.
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