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An explanation of an item in a financial statement or of the financial statement generally. A footnote may expand upon the company's accounting methods, or it may show why a negative item is unlikely to be repeated. Footnotes are usually found at the end of financial statements; they are considered useful because they give more information than the financial statement itself does.
A detailed explanation of an item in a financial statement. Footnotes are nearly always located at the end of a statement. For example, a company is likely to attach footnotes to its annual report to expand on the depreciation and inventory valuation methods used by its accountants. Many financial analysts consider footnotes the most important information in an annual report. Also called note.