CASEY'S GENERAL STORES, INC.
AUDIT COMMITTEE CHARTER
The Audit Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors (the "Board") to assist the Board in monitoring (1) the integrity of the financial reporting processes and systems of internal accounting and financial controls of the Company; (2) the independent auditor's qualifications and independence; (3) the performance of the Company's internal and independent auditors; and (4) the compliance by the Company with applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
The Audit Committee shall consist of no fewer than three members. The members of the Audit Committee shall meet the independence and experience requirements of the NASDAQ, Section 10A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act") and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission").
The Audit Committee shall meet as often as it determines necessary or desirable, but not less frequently than quarterly. The Audit Committee shall meet periodically with management, the internal auditors and the independent auditor in separate executive sessions. The Audit Committee may request any officer or employee of the Company or the Company's outside counsel or independent auditor to attend a meeting of the Committee or to meet with any members of, or consultants to, the Committee.
Authority and Responsibilities
The Audit Committee shall be directly responsible for the appointment, termination, compensation and oversight of the work of the independent auditor (including resolution of disagreements between management and the independent auditor regarding financial reporting) for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or related work. The independent auditor shall report directly to the Audit Committee.
The Audit Committee shall pre-approval all audit and any permitted non-audit services provided to the Company by the independent auditors and the fees to be paid for those services. The Audit Committee may form and delegate authority to subcommittees consisting of one or more members when appropriate, including the authority to grant pre-approvals of certain audit and permitted non-audit services, provided that decisions of such subcommittee to grant pre-approvals shall be presented to the full Audit Committee at its next scheduled meeting.
The Audit Committee shall have the authority, to the extent it deems necessary or appropriate, to retain special legal, accounting or other consultants to advise the Committee. The Company shall provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Audit Committee, for payment of compensation to the independent auditor for the purpose of rendering or issuing an audit report or performing other permitted services and to any consultants engaged by the Audit Committee.
The Audit Committee shall make regular reports to the Board. The Audit Committee shall review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter annually and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval. The Audit Committee shall annually review the Audit Committee's own performance.
The Audit Committee shall:
1. Review and discuss with management and the independent auditor the annual audited and quarterly financial statements, including disclosures made in management's discussion and analysis, earnings press releases and any earnings guidance to analysts and rating agencies, prior to the release of quarterly and annual earnings results.
2. Discuss with management and the independent auditor significant financial reporting issues and judgments made in connection with the preparation of the Company's financial statements, including any significant changes in the Company's selection or application of accounting principles and the adequacy of the Company's internal controls.
3. Review and discuss with the independent auditors:
(i) the scope, planning, and staffing of the audit;
any problems or difficulties encountered in the course
of the audit, including any restrictions on
the scope of the independent auditor's activities or on access to requested information and
management's response, and any significant disagreements with management;
any report by the independent auditor as required by Section 10A of the
Exchange Act, including any report related to critical accounting policies and
practices to be used, all alternative treatments of financial information
within generally accepted accounting principles that have been discussed with
management, ramifications of the use of such alternative disclosures and
treatments, and the treatment preferred by the independent auditor, and other
material written communications between the
independent auditor and management; and
(iv) the matters required to be discussed by Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61 relating to the conduct of the audit, including any difficulties encountered in the course of the audit work.
4. Discuss with management the Company's major financial risk exposures and the steps management has taken to monitor and control such exposures, including the Company's risk assessment and risk management policies.
Review any disclosures made to
the Audit Committee by the Company's CEO and CFO during their certification
process for the Form 10-K and Form 10-Q about any significant deficiencies in
design or operation of internal controls or material weaknesses therein and any fraud involving management or other employees who have a significant role in the Company's internal controls.
Obtain and review a report from
the independent auditor at least annually regarding (i)
the independent auditor's internal quality-control procedures, (ii) any
material issues raised by the most
recent internal quality-control review, or peer review, of the firm, or by any inquiry or investigation by governmental or professional authorities within the preceding five years respecting one or more independent audits carried out by the firm, (iii) any steps taken to deal with any such issues, and (iv) all relationships between the independent auditor and the Company.
Evaluate the qualifications,
performance and independence of the independent auditor, including considering
of whether the auditor's quality controls are adequate and the provision of
permitted non-audit services is compatible with maintaining the auditor's independence, and taking into account the opinions of management and internal auditors.
8. Review and evaluate the lead partner of the independent auditor team and ensure the rotation of the lead (or coordinating) audit partner having primary responsibility for the audit and the audit partner responsible for reviewing the audit as required by law.
9. Discuss with the independent auditor and management the Company's internal audit department responsibilities, budget and staffing and any recommended changes in the scope of the internal audit function.
10. Establish procedures for (i) the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by the Company regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, and (ii) the confidential, anonymous submission by employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters. Such procedures may be amended from time to time by the Audit Committee.
Discuss with management and the independent auditor any correspondence with
or governmental agencies and any published reports which raise material issues regarding the Company's financial statements or accounting policies.
12. Discuss with the Company's counsel all legal matters that may have a material impact on the financial statements or the Company's compliance policies.
While the Audit Committee has the responsibilities, duties, and powers set forth in this Charter, it is not the duty of the Audit Committee to plan or conduct audits or to determine that the Company's
financial statements and disclosures are complete and accurate and are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and applicable rules and regulations. These are the responsibilities of management and the independent auditor.