This excerpt taken from the ATVI 10-K filed May 25, 2007.
4) Managements Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting (Restated).
Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(f). Our management, with the participation of our Chief Executive Officers and Chief Financial Officer, conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness, as of March 31, 2006, of our internal control over financial reporting using the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) in Internal Control Integrated Framework.
A material weakness is a control deficiency, or combination of control deficiencies, that results in more than a remote likelihood that a material misstatement of the annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected.
In Managements Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting included in our original annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, our management concluded that we maintained effective internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 2006. Management has subsequently concluded that we had a material weakness in internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 2006. As a result, we have concluded that we did not maintain effective internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 2006, based on the criteria in Internal Control-Integrated Framework issued by the COSO. Accordingly, management has restated its report on internal control over financial reporting.
Specifically, effective controls, including monitoring, were not maintained to ensure the accuracy and valuation of our stock-based compensation transactions related to the granting and modification of our stock options. This control deficiency resulted in the misstatement of stock-based compensation expense, income tax expense, retained earnings, additional paid-in capital, and deferred tax asset accounts and related financial disclosures, and in the restatement of our consolidated financial statements for the fiscal years 2006, 2005, and 2004, each of the quarters of fiscal 2006 and 2005, the first quarter of fiscal 2007, and in adjustments to the interim consolidated financial statements for the second, third, and fourth quarters of fiscal 2007. Additionally, this control deficiency could result in misstatements of the aforementioned accounts and disclosures that would result in a material misstatement of the annual or interim consolidated financial statements that would not be prevented or detected. Accordingly, our management has determined that this control deficiency constitutes a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting.
Our assessment of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 2006 has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report included in this annual report on Form 10-K/A.