SEC Filings

AVEXIS, INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 08/10/2017
Entire Document

company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by a company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the company’s management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. Management recognizes that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving their objectives and management necessarily applies its judgment in evaluating the cost-benefit relationship of possible controls and procedures. Based on the evaluation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of June 30, 2017, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that, as of June 30, 2017, our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective at the reasonable assurance level as a result of the material weaknesses discussed below. Notwithstanding these material weaknesses, our management has concluded that the financial statements included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report present fairly, in all material respects, our financial position, results of operations and cash flows in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”).


In connection with the preparation of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, our management concluded that, as of December 31, 2016, our internal control over financial reporting was not effective, as a result of material weaknesses in our control over financial reporting.  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 our financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis.  The material weaknesses identified in our internal control over financial reporting related to our lack of sufficiently trained professionals with an appropriate level of accounting knowledge, lack of written policies regarding our accounting function and procedures to identify and appropriately account for complex debt and equity agreements or share-based compensation awards, lack of restricted access to key financial systems and records and appropriate segregation of duties.


Status of Remediation of Material Weaknesses


We have taken numerous steps to address these material weaknesses and believe we have made significant progress toward remediating them, primarily through the hiring of multiple additional full-time accounting and financial personnel.  With the addition of these personnel and others, we believe we now have sufficient personnel with an appropriate level of accounting knowledge and experience commensurate with our financial reporting requirements.


Based on our risk assessments and ongoing reviews of our financial statements, we have implemented controls over key financial transaction areas, application of GAAP, SEC reporting and associated disclosures and are in the process of formally documenting our key accounting policies and procedures. We have also performed additional review procedures in areas subject to audit adjustments in prior periods and have identified key controls for our significant processes. In addition, effective January 1, 2017, we have converted to a new enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) financial system to support improved automation and control over our finance and accounting functions, including proper access and segregation of duties. Effective with our IPO, we no longer have complex debt and equity agreements. We have designed and implemented controls and procedures to identify and appropriately account for our share-based compensation awards.


During the remainder of 2017, we intend to continue our remediation efforts by completing the documentation of our key controls and testing the design and operating effectiveness of these controls.  We are actively working to implement effective internal control over financial reporting, which includes remediation of these material weaknesses. However, such compliance is not guaranteed, and we cannot provide any assurance that our internal control over financial reporting will be effective as a result of these efforts.


Except as described above, there were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2017 that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.



© AveXis, Inc. All Rights Reserved.