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ACETO CORP filed this Form 10-K/A on 11/09/2017
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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

The Board of Directors and Shareholders

Aceto Corporation

Port Washington, NY

 

We have audited Aceto Corporation and subsidiaries’ internal control over financial reporting as of June 30, 2017, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (the COSO criteria). Aceto Corporation's management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management's Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company's internal control over financial reporting based on our audit.

 

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audit also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

A company's internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company's internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company's assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

 

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

 

As indicated in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting, management’s assessment of and conclusion on the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting did not include the internal controls of Rising Health and Acetris Health, which acquired certain generic products and related assets of entities formerly known as Citron Pharma LLC and Lucid Pharma LLC on December 21, 2016, and which are included in the consolidated balance sheet of Aceto Corporation as of June 30, 2017, and the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for the year then ended. Rising Health and Acetris Health constituted 14% of assets and 19% of net sales, as of and for the year ended June 30, 2017. Management did not assess the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting of Rising Health and Acetris Health because of the timing of the acquisition which was completed on December 21, 2016. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting of Aceto Corporation also did not include an evaluation of the internal control over financial reporting of Rising Health and Acetris Health.

 

In our report dated August 25, 2017, we expressed an unqualified opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of June 30, 2017. As described in the following paragraph, a material weakness in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was subsequently identified. Accordingly, management has revised its assessment about the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting, and our present opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of June 30, 2017, as expressed herein, is different from that expressed in our previous report.

 

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 the company's annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. A material weakness regarding the design and effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting in that the Company’s system of internal control did not generate a report that could be used by management to assure its precision of the review of the aging of trade receivables was adequate was identified and described in management’s assessment. This material weakness was considered in determining the nature, timing, and extent of audit tests applied in our audit of the consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended June 30, 2017, of the Company and this report does not affect our report on such financial statements and financial statement schedule.

 

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