As required by the Articles of Association, the company must have at least one auditor appointed by the Annual General Meeting and, if the auditor is not an auditing firm, it must also have a deputy auditor. The company’s auditors work according to an audit plan and report their observations to company management teams, the Group’s executive team, the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors both during the course of the audit and in connection with the adoption of the annual financial statements. Internal procedures and control systems are continuously reviewed during the year. A final review of the annual financial statements and the Annual Report is carried out in January and February. A review is conducted in the interim report for the third quarter. An account of the remuneration of the auditors, including the fees for consulting services, is presented in Note 6. The auditors are required to continually assess their independence before deciding whether to undertake an engagement to provide consulting services.
An account of the audit is reported to the shareholders in the form of an auditors’ report and other opinions, which constitute a recommendation to the shareholders prior to different decision points at the annual general meeting. The Auditors’ Report contains proposals for adoption of the Income Statement and Balance Sheet for the Parent Company and the Statement of Comprehensive Income and the Statement of Financial Position for the Group, the appropriation of the company’s profit and the discharge of the members of the Board and the
Managing Director from liability.
The audit work includes such activities as an examination of compliance with the Articles of Association, the Swedish Companies Act and Annual Accounts Act, the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), issues related to measurement of items recognised in the Statement of Financial Position/Balance Sheet for the Group/the Parent Company, follow-up of essential accounting processes and governance and financial control.
The company’s auditors meet with the Audit Committee three times a year and once a year with the Board. The company’s auditors also take part in the Annual General Meeting and they describe and give opinions on the audit work.
At the 2013 Annual General Meeting, KPMG AB was re-appointed as auditors of the company until the conclusion of the 2014 Annual General Meeting. Chartered Accountant Kjell Bidenäs has been the principal auditor since the 2009 Annual General Meeting. KPMG performs the audit in OEM International AB and the majority of the subsidiaries. Kjell Bidenäs’ other clients include Byggnads AB Karlsson & Wingesjö and Väderstad-Verken AB.