2003 Audit Charter: DGIIDIGI INTERNATIONAL INC.
Audit Committee Charter
(as of November 5, 2002)
There shall be an Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Digi International Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company").
The Committee shall have responsibility to oversee the Company's management and outside auditors in regard to corporate accounting and financial reporting. The Committee has the authority to conduct any investigation it deems appropriate, with full access to all books and records, facilities, personnel and outside advisors of the Company. The Committee is empowered to retain outside counsel, auditors or other experts in its discretion. The Committee is empowered to use Company funds to compensate the Company's outside auditors and any advisers engaged by the Committee.
The Committee shall consist of at least three directors. Each director appointed to the Committee shall:
a) not be disqualified from being an "independent director" within the meaning of Rule 4200 of the NASD Manual, and shall have no relationship with the Company which, in the opinion of the Board, would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment;
b) be able to read and understand fundamental financial statements, including the Company's balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. If a director is not capable of understanding such fundamental financial statements, he or she must become able to do so within a reasonable period of time after appointment to the Committee; and
c) be "independent" as defined by other applicable laws, regulations and listing requirements.
At least one member of the Committee shall have past employment experience in finance or accounting, requisite professional certification in accounting or any other comparable experience or background which results in the director's financial expertise.
The Committee recognizes that the preparation of the Company's financial statements and other financial information is the responsibility of the Company's management and that the auditing, or conducting limited reviews, of those financial statements and other financial information is the responsibility of the Company's outside auditors. The Committee's responsibility is to oversee the financial reporting process.
The Company's management, and its outside auditors, in the exercise of their responsibilities, acquire greater knowledge and more detailed information about the Company and its financial affairs than the members of the Committee. Consequently, the Committee is not responsible for providing any expert or other special assurance as to the Company's financial statements and other financial information or any professional certification as to the outside auditors' work, including without limitation their reports on and limited reviews of, the Company's financial statements and other financial information. In addition, the Committee is entitled to rely on information provided by the Company's management and the outside auditors with respect to the nature of services provided by the outside auditor and the fees paid for such services.
In carrying out its oversight responsibilities, the Committee shall:
(a) review and reassess the adequacy of the Audit Committee Charter annually;
(b) require that the outside auditors provide the Committee with a formal written statement delineating all relationships between the outside auditors and the Company, consistent with Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1, and discuss with the outside auditors their independence;
(c) actively engage in a dialogue with the outside auditors regarding any disclosed relationships or services that may impact the objectivity and independence of the outside auditors;
(d) take appropriate action to oversee the independence of the outside auditors;
(e) review and consider the matters identified in Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61 with the outside auditors and management;
(f) review and discuss the Company's audited financial statements that are to be included in the Company's Form 10-K with the outside auditors and management and determine whether to recommend to the Board of Directors that the financial statements be included in the Company's Form 10-K for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission;
(g) review, or the Committee's Chairman shall review, any matters identified by the outside auditors pursuant to Statement on Auditing Standards No. 71 regarding the Company's interim financial statements. Any such review shall occur prior to the filing of such interim financial statements on the Company's Form 10-Q;
(h) assure that the Company's outside auditors do not perform any non-audit services that are prohibited by applicable laws, regulations and listing requirements and pre-approve any permitted non-audit services as required by applicable laws, regulations and listing requirements;
(i) review the terms of proposed engagements of the outside auditors relating to services to the Company in connection with any formal investigation of possible fraud, financial statement misstatements or material weaknesses in internal controls, prior to such engagements;
(j) consider whether the provision of the services by the outside auditors (other than those services rendered in respect of the audit or review of the Company's annual or quarterly financial statements) is compatible with maintaining the outside auditor's independence;
(k) resolve all disagreements between management and the independent auditor regarding financial reporting;
(l) establish procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by the Company regarding accounting, internal accounting or auditing matters and the confidential, anonymous submission by employees of the Company regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters;
(m) recommend to the Board of Directors clear hiring policies for employees or former employees of the Company's outside auditor;
(n) assure regular rotation of the lead audit partner and the reviewing audit partner of the Company's outside auditor;
(o) provide an opportunity at each Committee meeting for the Company's outside auditor to report to the Committee:
(i) all critical accounting policies and practices to be used;
(ii) all alternative treatments of financial information within generally accepted accounting principles that have been discussed with management officials of the Company, ramifications of the use of such alternative disclosures and treatments, and the treatment preferred by the Company's outside auditor; and
(iii) other material written communications between the Company's outside auditor and the management of the Company, such as any management letter or schedule of unadjusted differences; and
(p) receive information from the Company's management about any significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal controls which could adversely affect the Company's ability to record, process, summarize and report financial data and any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the Company's internal controls.
The outside auditors are ultimately accountable to the Committee, as representatives of the shareholders. The Committee has sole authority and responsibility to appoint, retain and, where appropriate, replace the outside auditors, and, if applicable, to nominate the outside auditors to be proposed for approval by the stockholders in any proxy statement.