TOPPAN MERRILL BRIDGE

Delivering speed, accuracy and expertise for global regulatory filings

Built on the Microsoft® Office® platform, Toppan Merrill Bridge (Bridge) integrates seamlessly and intuitively with the tools you already use, unlocking full control, collaboration and confidence to meet SEC and other global regulatory disclosure requirements. Bridge streamlines the process for EDGAR and iXBRL (Inline XBRL) submissions.

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Create, manage and perfect disclosure content with speed and accuracy, then transmit outputs directly to global regulatory bodies. Bridge is a single, integrated platform infused with 50+ years of financial and regulatory disclosure expertise.


XBRL Certified

BRIDGE FOR FINANCIAL AND REGULATORY DISCLOSURE

BRIDGE PERFORMANCE

9.8 / 10

Net Promoter Score

93%

Customer Retention

99.96%

Uptime

CAPABILITIES

Intuitive Integration

Leverage your Excel®, Word® and PowerPoint® data to the Microsoft Office-enabled Bridge platform for quick, easy content creation that reflects live updates to your data. Change once, change everywhere.

EDGAR and iXBRL Expertise

Automatically generate precise EDGAR and iXBRL compliant submissions to meet SEC and other regulatory filing requirements. Ongoing compliance with US GAAP and IFRS Taxonomies.

Team Collaboration

Grant team members permission to edit, comment, track changes and review past versions on one shared, secure platform. All in real time.

Vital Accuracy, Enhanced Speed

Utilizing Excel® data-linking functionality, disclosure documents always reflect the latest changes to your financials. Reduce errors and improve cycle times.

iXBRL Leadership

Maintain compliance with SEC iXBRL mandate with seamless, integrated iXBRL tools. Bridge technology is backed with Toppan Merrill’s XBRL expertise, guaranteeing your iXBRL tagging is accurate, up-to-date and presents your company in the truest light.

Security

ISO/IEC 27001 and SOC 2 compliance which means your documents are protected by the most rigorous security standards. Toppan Merrill is an active member of the Cloud Security Alliance.

SOLUTIONS

Financial and Regulatory Disclosure

Can quality, accuracy and security all be achieved without compromising on timeline?

Leverage 50 years of experience and deep global expertise to successfully navigate the disclosure process.

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Count on Bridge to improve efficiencies, reduce risk and drive business success for:

We can lend a hand at any step along the way:

  • Secure Document Content Management
  • Design and Publishing
  • Printing and Distribution
  • EDGAR and iXBRL Filings
  • SEDAR Filings

Can quality, accuracy and security all be achieved without compromising on timeline?

Leverage 50 years of experience and deep global expertise to successfully navigate the disclosure process.

Count on Bridge to improve efficiencies, reduce risk and drive business success for:

SEC Disclosures
Proxy Statement
Annual Reporting

We can lend a hand at any step along the way:

Secure Document Content Management
Design & Publishing
Printing & Distribution
EDGAR and iXBRL Filings
SEDAR Filings

PRODUCTIVITY UNLOCKED

5.3M+

XBRL Tags Applied

1.2M+

Global Regulatory Filings

1.6M+

XBRL Consulting Hours

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Form 10-K is used to register securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for trade on US exchanges. Also known as the General Form for Registration of Securities, it provides essential information including the type and amount of security being issued, the issuer’s financial information, and potential opportunities and conflicts of interest. Once filed, Form 10 is made publicly available on the SEC’s online filing system, EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval).

Used by both private and public companies, SEC Form 10-K can be filed voluntarily, with no revenues, assets or minimum shareholder requirements. However, the form is required of security issuers with more than US$10 million in total assets and 750 or more shareholders on record. It fulfills disclosure requirements from The Securities Exchange Act of 1934, but can also be used for accelerated and small business filings.

Form 10-K is a fundamental source of information about publicly traded security—everyone from private investors to financial analysts uses this form to make investment decisions.

Form 10-Q is a performance report that public companies are required to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on a quarterly basis for the first three quarters of the fiscal year. In accordance with The Securities Exchange Act of 1934, it provides investors with an ongoing, comprehensive view of a company’s financial position during the year, including unaudited financial statements.

Form 10-Q offers similar information to the annual Form 10-K—filed after the fourth fiscal quarter—but is normally unaudited and in less detail. Each quarterly report generally compares the prior quarter to the current one, and the same quarter last year to the current one.

A company’s Form 10-Q must be provided to any shareholder upon request, though 10-Qs are usually made available on the website of larger companies in the Investor Relations or similarly termed section. All Form 10-Qs filed with the SEC are also publicly available on the SEC’s online EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval) system.

Form 20-F is the primary disclosure document required of foreign private issuers listing equity shares on exchanges in the United States. It’s most often filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an annual report but is also used to register classes of securities. Companies with fewer than 50% of its voting shares held by US investors can file this form.

Under both the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, Form 20-F is meant to help standardize reporting requirements so investors can evaluate foreign-based companies’ equities alongside US-based companies’ equities. Accordingly, Form 20-F disclosures are very similar to those required of US issuers, reporting information such as key operational details, market risks, corporate governance and financial statements.

However, there are two main differences. First, if a foreign private issuer prepares financial statements in accordance with home-country accounting standards or not to IASB (International Accounting Standards Board) IFRS (International Accounting Standards Board International Financial Reporting Standards), it must also furnish reconciliation with US GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). Second, foreign private issuers are allowed to disclose executive compensation in aggregate and don’t have to provide a Compensation Discussion & Analysis.

Form 20-F is filed and displayed publicly on the SEC’s EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval) system.

Form 6-K is submitted by certain foreign private issuers to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to keep investors aware of information the issuers distribute outside of the United States.

The only SEC submission required of foreign issuers outside of annual reports, this Exchange Act form aims to ensure cross-border transparency of information and investor protection. Form 6-K is used to report any material information that a foreign issuer makes public in its home country, files publicly with its home country stock exchange, or distributes to its security holders.

From 6-K also serves as a means of reporting any other significant information arising between annual reports and often includes copies of the foreign issuer’s latest financial reports, like income statements, cash-flow statements and balance sheets.

Foreign issuers submit Form 6-K to the SEC electronically. It’s displayed publicly using the SEC’s EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval) system. A record that shows “6-K/A” is an amended Form 6-K, submitted when material information has changed.

Whenever a US public company experiences any event of importance to shareholders or the SEC, whether a major material event or significant corporate change, Form 8-K must be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) within four business days. The form gives the name and description of the events and includes relevant exhibits, like press releases, financial statements and data tables. It serves as an update to Form 10-Q quarterly reports and Form 10-K annual reports that the company already has on file with the SEC.

In compliance with The Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Form 8-K announces events—like an acquisition, bankruptcy, removal of a director or change in the fiscal year—on a current, as-needed basis. The wide variety of events that warrant filing the form can be related to a company’s business and operations, accounting and finances, market performance and activities, corporate leadership, asset-backed securities, regulation fair disclosure (FD) and other areas of interest.

Form 8-K filings are displayed publicly on the SEC’s online database, EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval). Most large companies also make their Form 8-Ks available on their own websites, in the Investor Relations or similarly titled section.

GAAP is an acronym for Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, the standard accounting recording and reporting procedures used to compile financial statements to meet US industry standards and regulations. The GAAP aims to ensure consistency in financial reporting so that investors can better assess financial statements for investment purposes.

Through complex guidelines, GAAP sets out rules covering the fine details of financial statements, from balance sheet classification to revenue recognition. These guidelines are codified in the GAAP Taxonomy Architecture, which serves as the basis for XBRL.

Some financial accounting inconsistencies remain, however. Although US companies follow GAAP rules, other countries apply London-based International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). This gap in standards affects global business practices, from accounting to stock market valuations.

Efforts are currently underway by the SEC to adopt IFRS standards and resolve conflicts and confusion in international financial reporting in cooperation with the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).