AUDIT COMMITTEE CHARTER
1. The Audit Committee oversees the accounting, auditing, financial reporting and internal
financial control matters of Armstrong.
2. The Committee monitors the integrity of the Company’s management, and its policies,
legal compliance (in coordination with other committees), reporting practices and
systems of internal controls regarding finance and accounting.
3. The Committee is directly responsible for the appointment, compensation, retention and
oversight of the work of the independent auditor, the internal audit firm, and any other
registered public accountant engaged in auditing, audit-related, review or attest services.
4. The Committee monitors the qualifications and independence of the Company’s
independent auditors and the performance of the internal auditing function and
5. The Committee provides one avenue of communication among the independent auditors,
management, the internal auditing function, and the Board of Directors concerning
accounting, auditing, financial reporting and controls.
The Audit Committee receives its authority and its assignments from the Board of Directors,
except in matters where its authority is derived by law or rules of the principal stock
exchange(s) where the securities of the Company are listed (the “Exchange”). The
Committee regularly reports to the Board. The Committee has ultimate authority and
responsibility to select, appoint, compensate, evaluate and where appropriate, replace the
independent auditors. The independent auditors are directly accountable to the Committee.
The Committee has direct access to the independent auditors as well as access to anyone in
the Company. The Committee may investigate any activity of the Company. The
Committee has the ability to contractually bind the Company, commit the Company to pay
for services, expenses, or other costs, and retain, at the Company’s expense, special legal,
accounting or other consultants or experts, all as it deems necessary in the performance of its
duties. The Company will provide appropriate funding, as determined by the Committee, for
its expenses and for payment of compensation to auditing firms and other advisors it
determines necessary to carry out its duties.
1. Audit Committee members’ qualifications shall meet the requirements as may be set by
the Board of Directors from time to time, plus all applicable legal and regulatory
requirements, including those of the Exchange.
2. The Audit Committee shall be comprised of at least three directors who each meet the
independence standards prescribed by law, the Exchange, and the Board of Directors.
These include being independent of management and operating executives, not being an
affiliated person of the Company or any subsidiary, being free from any relationship that
would interfere with the exercise of his or her independent judgment, and not directly or
indirectly receiving any consulting, advisory or other compensatory fee from the
company apart from compensation as a director. The prohibition on other compensatory
fees includes indirect acceptance through payments to spouses or other family members
and to entities in which the director is a partner, officer or holds a similar position, all as
defined by law. The prohibition excludes amounts received from fixed retirement
compensation for past service.
3. All members of the Committee shall be financially literate.
4. At least one member of the Committee shall have accounting or related financial
management expertise and other qualities, as defined by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the
SEC, to be considered “an audit committee financial expert”.
5. Audit Committee members and the Chair shall be recommended by the Nominating and
Governance Committee and appointed by the Board of Directors. A member of the
Committee may be removed by majority vote of the board. The terms of Committee
members shall be arranged to maintain continuity to the extent practicable, consistent
with the rotation process specified in the Company’s Corporate Governance Principles.
The Audit Committee shall meet at least five times per year (at least once each quarter) on a schedule adopted by the Committee and as many additional times as the Committee deems
necessary. The Chairman of the Board, the Chair of the Committee or any two other
members of the Committee may call a special meeting in the manner prescribed by the
Bylaws of the Company for a special meeting of the board. The Committee Chair may
request members of management, representatives of the independent auditors and other
persons to be present at meetings. At least quarterly, the Committee shall meet privately
with the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Accounting Officer, the Director of Internal
Auditing (or representatives of the firm providing such services), the independent auditors,
and as a committee to discuss any matters that the Committee or any of these individuals
believe should be discussed.
Minutes of each meeting are to be prepared at the direction of the Committee Chair and sent
to Committee members and all other directors. Copies are to be provided to the independent
auditors, the Director of Internal Auditing (or representatives of the firm providing such
services), the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Accounting
Officer and the General Counsel.
VI. Scope of Responsibilities and Duties
A. Charter Review
1. Review and reassess the adequacy of this charter each year. Submit the charter to the
Board of Directors for approval and publish the document as required by law or
B. Financial Reporting
1. Review the Company’s annual audited financial statements and the documents containing
such filings prior to filing or distribution. The review should include discussion with
management and independent auditors of significant issues regarding accounting
principles, practices, audit findings, disclosures, judgments and any other requirements
under accounting standards and rules.
2. In consultation with the management, the independent auditors and the internal auditors,
consider the integrity of and risks to the Company’s financial reporting processes and
controls. Discuss assessment of significant financial risk exposures. Review the steps
management has taken to monitor, control, and report such exposures. Review
significant findings prepared by the independent auditors and the internal auditing
function together with management’s responses.
3. Prior to issuing quarterly financial statements, review those statements and the related
filings with financial management and the independent auditors and consider any items
required to be communicated by the independent auditors in accordance with SAS 61.
4. Prior to issuing quarterly earnings release, the Audit Committee will review with
management the information being communicated to the public in the press release, as
well as the financial information and earnings guidance provided to analysts and rating
C. Independent Auditors
1. Each year, review the independence and performance of the independent auditors and
retain or discharge the independent auditors as circumstances warrant. Prescribe such
policies and procedures as the Committee deems appropriate pertaining to relationships
with the independent auditors, including clear hiring policies for employees and former
employees of the independent auditors. An accounting firm may not perform any audit
service for the Company if a CEO, CFO, Controller or chief accounting officer of the
Company was employed by that firm and participated in any capacity in the audit of the
Company during the one-year period preceding the date of initiation of the audit.
2. Approve the independent auditors’ engagement terms and fees for annual audit services
as well as advance approval of all non-audit engagements with that firm. Any such
approval of non-audit services by the independent auditor shall be disclosed in periodic
reports as prescribed by law.
3. On at least an annual basis, review a formal, written statement from the independent
auditors on such matters as are prescribed by the applicable requirements of the Public
Accounting Oversight Board or the Exchange, including all relationships between the
auditors and the Company or its management. Discuss with the independent auditors all
significant relationships they have with the Company and their impact on the auditors’
objectivity and independence, including non-audit services and the fees proposed and
charged therefore. Take appropriate action in response to these matters to satisfy itself of
the auditors’ independence.
4. Review the independent auditors audit plan; discuss scope, staffing, locations, reliance
upon management and internal audit, and general audit approach.
5. Consider the independent auditors’ judgments about the quality and appropriateness of
the Company’s accounting principles as applied in its financial reporting.
D. Internal Audit Function and Legal Compliance
1. Annually review and approve the budget and audit plan of the internal audit function.
2. On at least a semi-annual basis, review with the Company’s counsel any legal matters
that could have a significant impact on the organization’s financial statements, the
Company’s compliance with applicable laws and regulations (in coordination with other
committees), and inquiries received from regulators or governmental agencies.
E. Other Audit Committee Responsibilities
1. Annually prepare such report and certification to shareholders and the Exchange as
required by Securities and Exchange Commission regulations or Exchange rules.
2. Report to the Board of Directors at its next meeting on significant results of the foregoing
3. As considered necessary by the Committee, review policies and procedures as well as
audit results associated with directors’ and officers’ travel and entertainment expenses.
4. Establish procedures for, and regularly review:
a. the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by the Company regarding
accounting, internal accounting controls, or auditing matters;
b. the confidential anonymous submission by employees of the Company of concerns
regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters; and
c. the receipt from counsel for the Company of a report of evidence of a material
violation of securities law or breach of fiduciary duty or similar violation by the
Company or any agent thereof,
5. Perform any other activities consistent with this Charter, the Company’s by-laws, and
governing law, as the Committee or the board deems necessary or appropriate.
6. Periodically review materials or receive education on audit committee-related and new
accounting and auditing-related developments and best practices.
7. Annually evaluate the Committee’s performance of its responsibilities.
8. Review the determinations of the Nominating and Governance Committee on the
qualifications of Committee members under relevant standards and requirements for