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This excerpt taken from the NMGC 10-K filed May 27, 2005.

Item 14. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

 

Fees Billed to the Company by Ernst & Young LLP during fiscal year 2005 and 2004

 

Audit Fees:

 

Fees for professional services provided by Ernst & Young LLP, our independent registered public accounting firm, in each of the last two fiscal years are:

 

(in thousands)

 

   2005

   2004

Audit Fees(1)

   $ 954    $ 423

Tax Services (2)

     36      111
    

  

Total

   $ 990      534

(1)

Fees for audit services include fees associated with the annual audit, the reviews of the Company’s quarterly financial statements, statutory audits required for the international subsidiaries, accounting consultations and review of regulatory filings.

(2)

Tax fees include fees associated with domestic and international tax compliance, tax advice and tax planning.

 

Audit Committee Pre-Approval of Non-Audit Services:

 

Beginning in August 2002, all non-audit related services to be performed by Ernst & Young LLP and all audit, review or attest engagements required under applicable securities laws were pre-approved by the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee has determined that the other professional services provided by Ernst & Young LLP are compatible with maintaining the independence of Ernst & Young LLP.

 

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