recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SECs rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to management,
including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow for timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
Previously Identified Material Weaknesses in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
A material weakness is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control over financial reporting, such that there is a reasonable
possibility that a material misstatement of our annual or interim financial statements would not be prevented or detected on a timely basis.
previously disclosed in the 2016 Annual Report the following material weaknesses, which still existed as of June 30, 2017. We did not maintain an effective control environment due to a lack of a sufficient complement of personnel with an appropriate
level of knowledge, experience and training commensurate with our financial reporting requirements. This material weakness in the control environment contributed to the following material weaknesses: we did not design and maintain effective internal
control over: (i) the accounting for business combinations, which specifically included not designing and maintaining controls over the (a) accuracy, valuation and presentation and disclosure for allocating goodwill to our international businesses
and (b) completeness, accuracy and valuation of deferred income taxes recorded in connection with business combinations; and (ii) the accounting for income taxes, which specifically included not designing and maintaining controls over the
completeness, accuracy, valuation and presentation and disclosure of deferred income tax accounts, income tax provision and related disclosures.
material weaknesses resulted in immaterial errors to property, plant and equipment, net; goodwill, net; investment in joint venture; accrued salaries, wages and benefits; other liabilities; deferred tax assets and liabilities; provision for income
taxes; and other comprehensive income in our consolidated financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014. These immaterial errors resulted in a revision to previously issued financial statements as discussed in Note 1 and
Note 14 in the accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. Management has determined that the revision was an additional effect of the material weaknesses described above. Additionally, these control deficiencies could result
in a misstatement of substantially all account balances or disclosures that would result in a material misstatement to the annual or interim consolidated financial statements that would not be prevented or detected. Notwithstanding such material
weaknesses, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that our consolidated financial statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q present fairly, and in all material respects, our financial position, results of
operations and cash flows for the periods presented in conformity with GAAP.
Remediation Plan for Material Weaknesses
Building on our efforts during 2016, with the oversight of the Audit Committee of our board of directors, we continued in the first half of 2017 to dedicate
significant resources and efforts to improve our control environment and take steps to remediate the material weaknesses identified above. While certain remedial actions have been completed, we continue to actively plan for and implement additional
control procedures. The 2017 remediation efforts outlined below are intended both to address the identified material weaknesses and to enhance our overall financial control environment.
||Augmented the personnel within our finance and accounting organization by hiring two additional tax personnel and adding two additional personnel to address SEC accounting and reporting; |
||Implemented automated tax software; |
||Instituted, and will continue to provide, additional training programs for our finance and accounting personnel; and |
||Strengthened our business combination and income tax control process with improved accounting policies, documentation standards, technical oversight and training, as well as the recent hires noted above.
These material weaknesses will not be considered remediated until the applicable remedial controls operate for a sufficient period of time
and management has concluded, through testing, that these controls are operating effectively.
We believe the measures described above will remediate the
control deficiencies we have identified and strengthen our internal control over financial reporting. We are committed to continuing to improve our internal control processes and will continue to review, optimize and enhance our financial reporting
controls and procedures. As we continue to evaluate and work to improve our internal control over financial reporting, we may determine to take additional measures to address control deficiencies or determine to modify, or in appropriate
circumstances not to complete, certain of the remediation measures described above.