This excerpt taken from the NDAQ 8-K filed Feb 20, 2008.
Report of Grant Thornton LLP, independent auditors
Board of Governors and Members
The Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. and Subsidiaries
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. and Subsidiaries (the Exchange) as of December 31, 2006 and 2005, and the related consolidated statements of operations, shareholders equity and cash flows for the years then ended. These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Exchanges management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audits.
We conducted our audits in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America as established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Exchanges internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall consolidated financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of the Exchange as of December 31, 2006 and 2005, and the consolidated results of their operations and their consolidated cash flows for the years then ended, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
As discussed in note B.23 to the consolidated financial statements, the Exchange adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 158, Employers Accounting for Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Plans, an amendment of FASB Statement Nos. 87, 88, 106 and 132(R) as of December 31, 2006.
Grant Thornton LLP
April 16, 2007
Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.