ITEM NO. 6 – RATIFICATION OF OUR INDEPENDENT AUDITOR
The Audit Committee approved the engagement of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2018. PwC has served as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm since 2012. We are asking shareholders to ratify the selection of PwC. Although ratification is not required by our Bylaws or otherwise, the Board is submitting the selection of PwC for ratification because we value shareholder views on the Company's independent registered public accounting firm. In the event that shareholders fail to ratify the selection, our Audit Committee will consider the selection of a different firm. Even if the selection is ratified, the Audit Committee, in its discretion, may select a different independent registered public accounting firm at any time during the year if the Audit Committee determines that such a change would be in the best interests of our Company and shareholders.
Representatives of PwC will be present at the Annual Meeting to answer appropriate questions. They also will have the opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so.
Aggregate fees for professional services rendered for the Company by PwC for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2017, were:
All Other Fees4
Audit fees are for the audit of the Company's consolidated financial statements included in the Form 10-K, including the audit of the effectiveness of the Company's internal controls over financial reporting, the reviews of the Company's financial statements included in the Form 10-Q and 2016 and 2017 comfort letters and reviews of prospectus supplements.
Audit-related fees in 2017 relate to the work performed for the adoption of Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) in 2018.
Tax fees in 2016 relate to tax planning and consulting for the Company.
4. All other fees relate to consultation and licenses for accounting research software.
The Audit Committee has concluded that the provisions of the tax services and other fees are compatible with maintaining PwC's independence.
The Audit Committee has adopted procedures for preapproving all audit and non-audit services provided by its independent registered public accounting firm. These procedures include reviewing fee estimates for audit services and permitted recurring non-audit services and authorizing the Company to execute letter agreements setting forth such fees. Audit Committee approval is required for any services to be performed by the independent registered public accounting firm that are not specified in the letter agreements. We have delegated approval authority to the chairman of the Audit Committee, but any exercises of such authority are reported to the Audit Committee at the next meeting. All fees paid to PwC for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2017, were preapproved by the Audit Committee in accordance with this policy.
The Board recommends that you vote FOR the ratification of the selection of PwC as our independent registered public accounting firm.