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    General Motors (NYSE: GM) announced last week in an Item 4.01 8-K that, after their 2017 annual report is filed, the company would be engaging Ernst & Young as its new independent auditor. Following review of proposals from the independent registered public … Continue reading

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    Launched back in 2013, the Audit Analytics Changes in Accounting Estimates database now has nearly 18 years worth of changes in accounting estimate disclosures. We’ve analyzed all annual and quarterly SEC filings going back to January 1, 2000. We have just … Continue reading

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    When considered as a percentage of revenue – a common metric in the industry – European companies paid noticeably less in audit fees for fiscal 2017 than did their US counterparts. In order to perform this analysis, we compared the … Continue reading

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    Some time ago, we looked at how US companies would measure up against the new non-audit services fee cap in effect in the European Union. In the major EU audit reform of 2014, one of the stipulations includes a cap on fees … Continue reading

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  • 06/20/18--11:35: Auditors of the Russell 3000
  • Everyone knows that the Big Four dominate at the top of the public company audit market. The largest companies use the Big Four almost exclusively, and only a handful of other firms compete for a share of that slice of … Continue reading

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    A third of large- and mid- cap Polish companies changed their audit firm from 2016 to 2017, and most of those that did saw their audit fees increase significantly. The European Union passed regulation that requires companies to put their … Continue reading

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    When the European Union recently enacted sweeping regulation of the auditor market, requiring, among other things, auditor rotation at least every 20 years, one of the stated goals was to increase competition in the market. The hope was two-pronged: first, … Continue reading

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    Last week, BDO and Moore Stephens announced plans for the two United Kingdom firms to merge. This is yet another major event in the UK audit market to occur in the past few months. Not long ago, Grant Thornton issued … Continue reading

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    Audit Analytics offers a suite of data products covering European companies. With comprehensive databases of Audit Opinions, Audit Fees, Auditor Tenure, Key Audit Matters, and Transparency Reports, we track over 6,000 companies listed on exchanges across all 31 countries in … Continue reading

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    Last week, the Competition and Markets Authority (UK) released an update paper regarding its study of the audit market in the United Kingdom. In the paper, the CMA made a number of striking proposals that, if implemented, would lead to … Continue reading