FIRST ADVANTAGE CORPORATION (the Company)
AUDIT COMMITTEE CHARTER
The primary purposes of the Audit Committee (the Committee) are (1) to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight of the accounting and financial reporting processes of the Company andthe audits of the Companys financial statements; and (2) to prepare the Report of the Committee to be included in the Companys annual proxy statement.
While the Committee has the responsibilities and powers set forth in the charter, it is not the duty of the Committee to plan or conduct audits or todetermine that the Companys financial statements are complete and accurate and are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Management is responsible for the preparation, presentation and integrity of the Companysfinancial statements. Management and the internal auditing department are responsible for maintaining appropriate accounting and financial reporting principles and policies and internal controls and procedures that provide for compliance withaccounting standards and applicable laws and regulations. The independent accountants are responsible for planning and carrying out a proper audit of the Companys annual financial statements, and reviewing the Companys quarterlyfinancial statements prior to the filing of each quarterly report.
In meeting its responsibilities, other than as set forth herein, theCommittees policies and procedures shall be flexible so that it may react to any change in circumstances or conditions.
The Committee shall be comprised of three or more directors who shall be appointed by the Board of Directors.The Chairperson of the Committee shall be appointed by the Board of Directors.
Each member of the Committee shall qualify as anindependent director under applicable law and the Nasdaq National Market listing requirements (the Nasdaq Rules) and shall be able to read and understand fundamental financial statements, including the Companys balancesheet, income statement and cash flow statement. In addition, at least one member of the Committee shall have past employment experience in finance or accounting, requisite personal certification in accounting, or any other comparable experience orbackground which results in the individuals financial sophistication, including having been a chief executive officer, chief financial officer or other senior officer with financial oversight responsibilities, as determined in accordance withthe Nasdaq Rules by the Board in its business judgment. When and as required by the Nasdaq Rules, applicable law or the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), at least one member of the Committee shall be afinancial expert, as determined by the Board of Directors in accordance with such law or rules in its business judgment.
No member of the Committee shall receive any compensation from the Company other than (i) directors fees for service as a director of theCompany, including reasonable compensation for serving on the Committee and regular benefits that other directors receive and (ii) a pension or similar deferred compensation for past performance, provided that such compensation is notconditioned on continued or future service to the Company.
The Committee shall meet at least once every fiscal quarter or more frequently as circumstances require. Members of the Committee may participate in ameeting of the Committee by means of conference call or similar communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other. The Committee may ask members of management or others to attend meetings andprovide pertinent information, as necessary. The Committee shall meet separately periodically at such times as it deems appropriate with management, the director of the internal auditing department, the independent accountants and the Companysgeneral or outside counsel to discuss any matters that the Committee or any of these persons or firms believe should be discussed privately or as is necessary to fulfill the Committees duties hereunder.
A majority of total members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum for transacting business. A majority vote at a meeting when a quorum is presentconstitutes an action of the Committee.
RESOURCES AND AUTHORITY
The Committee shall be granted unrestricted access to all information and all employees of the Company as requested by members of the Committee. TheCommittee shall have the power to conduct or authorize investigations into any matters within its scope of responsibilities and shall be empowered to retain, at the Companys expense, independent counsel, accountants, or others to assist it inthe conduct of any investigation, or to otherwise assist it in fulfilling its responsibilities and duties, without seeking approval of the Board of Directors or management.
The Committee shall have the sole authority to:
(i) select, retain and terminate the Companys independent accountants (subject, if applicable, to shareholder ratification);
(ii) approve in advance all auditing services and related fees and terms; and
(iii) approve in advance all audit-related andnon-audit services permitted to be provided to the Company by the independent accountants under applicable law and SEC rules, and related fees and terms; provided, however
that audit-related and non-audit services that were not recognized at the time of the engagement to be non-audit services and otherwise fall within the pre-approvalexception provided in Section 10A of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934 (de minimus non-audit services) may be approved by the Committee prior to completion of the audit, and
b. that the Committee may delegate to one or more members of the Committee the authority to pre-approve services to beprovided by the independent accountants, provided that any such pre-approval by one or more members of the Committee shall be reported to the full Committee at its next scheduled meeting.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
The Committee, to the extent it deems necessary or appropriate in fulfilling its purposes, shall:
1. Obtain and review awritten report by the independent accountants describing (i) the firms internal quality-control procedures, and (ii) any material issues raised by the most recent internal quality-control review, or peer review, of the firm, or byany inquiry or investigation by governmental or professional authorities, within the preceding five years, respecting one or more independent audits carried out by the firm, and any steps taken to deal with any such issues.
2. Obtain and review with the independent accountants a written statement as required by Independence Standards Board (ISB) Standard No. 1, as may be modified orsupplemented, discuss with the independent accountants any disclosed relationships or services that may impact their objectivity and independence, and recommend any appropriate actions to be taken.
3. Set clear hiring policies for employees or former employees of the independent accountants.
4. Discuss with management and the independent accountants the timing and process for implementing the rotation of audit partners as required by applicable law and SEC rules.
|1.||Prior to the annual audit, review the scope of the independent accountants audit plan, including the scope, procedures and timing of the audit, the experience andqualifications of the senior members of the independent accountants team and the quality control procedures of the independent accountant.|
|2.||Review with management and the independent accountants the financial information included in the Companys Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and managements discussion andanalysis of the financial condition and results of operations prior to its filing.|
|3.||Review with management and the independent accountants at the completion of the annual audit the Companys consolidated financial statements included in the Annual Report onForm 10-K and managements discussion and analysis of the financial condition and results of operations prior to its filing.|
Discuss with management generally the types of information (including financial information and earnings guidance) to be disclosed in earnings press releases and
earnings calls, as well as to analysts and rating agencies (paying particular attention to any use of pro forma, or adjusted non-GAAPinformation).
|5.||Review legal and regulatory matters that may have a material impact on the Companys consolidated financial statements, related compliance policies and programs, and reportsreceived from regulators.|
|6.||Establish procedures for (i) the receipt, retention, and treatment of complaints received by the Company regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, or auditingmatters, and (ii) the confidential, anonymous submission by employees of the Company of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters.|
|7.||Discuss with the Companys general counsel and/or outside counsel any significant legal, compliance or regulatory matters that may have a material effect on the Companysbusiness, financial statements or compliance policies, including material notices to or inquiries received from governmental agencies.|
Internal Auditing Department, Financial Controls and Risk Management
1. Review and concur in the appointment or dismissal of the directorof the internal auditing department.
2. Review in consultation with the independent accountants and the director of the internal auditing department theintegrity of the Companys financial reporting processes and system of internal control including controls over quarterly financial reporting, computerized information systems and security.
3. Review with the director of the internal auditing department the qualifications and staffing of the internal audit department, the scope of the proposed audit planfor the year and the coordination of the plan with the independent accountants.
4. Receive from the director of the internal auditing department summariesof and, as appropriate, the significant reports to management prepared by the internal auditing department and managements responses thereto.
5.Review with management, the director of the internal auditing department and the independent accountants (i) the Companys policies with respect to risk assessment and risk management, (ii) the Companys major financial risksexposures, and (iii) the steps management has taken to monitor and control such exposures.
Reporting and Recommendations
1. Prepare the Report of the Committee for inclusion in the annual stockholders meeting proxy statement. The Report of the Committee must state whether theCommittee: (i) has reviewed and discussed the audited consolidated financial statements with management, (ii) has discussed with the independent accountants the matters required to be discussed by SAS 61, as may be modified, supplementedor replaced, (iii) has received the written disclosures from the independent accountants required by ISB Standard No. 1, as may be modified or supplemented,
and has discussed with the accountants their independence, and (iv) has recommended to the Board of Directors, based on the review and discussionsreferred to in above items (i) through (iii), that the Companys consolidated financial statements be included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the last fiscal year for filing with the SEC.
TheCommittee shall review and reassess the adequacy of this Audit Committee Charter on an annual basis and submit any proposed revisions to the Board of Directors for consideration and approval.
The Committee shall report regularly to the Board of Directors concerning significant developments in the course of performing the above responsibilitiesand duties, including reviewing with the full Board any issues that arise with respect to the quality or integrity of the Companys compliance with legal or regulatory requirements, the performance and independence of the Companysindependent accountants, or the performance of the internal audit function.
The Committee shall perform such functions (whether or notdescribed herein) as necessary or appropriate under applicable law, the Companys charter or Bylaws, and the resolutions and other directives of the Board of Directors.