|CARNIVAL CORP filed this Form DEF 14A on 03/07/2019|
External Auditors and Audit Tendering
The Audit Committees have the responsibility for making a recommendation on the appointment, reappointment and removal of the external auditors. PwC was recommended by the Audit Committees for reappointment as auditors of Carnival plc at the Annual General Meeting held in April 2018, and reappointment was approved by the shareholders. The Audit Committees also reappointed PwC as Carnival Corporations independent registered public accounting firm, as ratified by the shareholders at the April 2018 Annual General Meeting. In addition, the policy of the Audit Committees is to undertake a formal assessment of the auditors objectivity and independence each year, which includes:
PwC has served as Carnival Corporations independent auditor from 1986 to 2002. In 2003, following formation of the DLC arrangement between Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc, the independent audits for the consolidated entity, Carnival Corporation & plc, and Carnival plc were tendered. Deloitte & Touche LLP, KPMG LLP and PwC participated in these tenders. Upon completion of this tender process, the Audit Committees decided to recommend to the shareholders that PwC be appointed as the Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc independent auditors for fiscal 2003. The Audit Committees annually evaluate PwCs performance and have each year recommended that the shareholders vote for the reappointment of PwC as Carnival plcs independent auditors.
Carnival plc is also subject to European Union (EU) regulations regarding this matter. The relevant EU regulation and UK implementing legislation (the Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors Regulations 2016) require statutory auditors to rotate after a period of 20 years and include a mandatory competitive tender of audit firms at the 10 year midpoint. The EU regulation, Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors Regulations 2016 and the Competition and Market Authoritys (CMA) Statutory Audit Services for Large Companies Market Investigation (Mandatory Use of Competitive Tender Processes and Audit Committee Responsibilities) Order 2014 (the CMA Order) also set out transitional rules that determine the latest date for the initial rotation or tender process. PwC has been Carnival plcs auditor since fiscal 2003, so the transitional rules state that they may not be reappointed more than nine years after June 2014, effectively meaning that the audit firm must be changed for the fiscal 2024 audit at the latest.
As a result, the Audit Committees currently intend to tender the independent audits for the consolidated entity, Carnival Corporation & plc, and Carnival plc in 2022 for the 2024 audits.