SALT LAKE CITY, July 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LifeVantage Corporation (Nasdaq:LFVN), announced that the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors has appointed WSRP, LLC as its independent auditor, effective July 11, 2016. WSRP will immediately commence work to re-review the Company’s quarterly results for the period ended March 31, 2016 and related 10-Q, and audit the Company’s financial results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.
The decision by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors to engage WSRP was made after the Audit Committee dismissed BDO USA, LLP as the Company’s auditor due to BDO’s determination that it was not independent of the Company with respect to the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016. The dismissal of BDO as the Company’s independent auditor was effective July 7, 2016.
During its initial preparation of year-end audit work, BDO discovered that a firm in the BDO international network had provided payroll services as a subcontractor to a third party contractor who had been engaged to provide payroll and human resource services to the Company’s Japanese subsidiary. These services were performed on behalf of the Company’s Japanese subsidiary during fiscal 2016, but had concluded prior to BDO’s appointment as the Company’s auditor. Neither the Company nor BDO was aware that these services had been performed by an international affiliate of BDO at the time BDO was appointed as the Company’s auditor in April 2016. Because these services were performed during fiscal 2016, BDO’s independence was compromised with respect to that fiscal year. However, the Company may choose to reevaluate BDO’s independence in subsequent fiscal years.
“We were very disappointed to have learned of BDO’s lack of independence, but are pleased to have been able to engage WSRP as our independent auditor so quickly after having to dismiss BDO,” said LifeVantage Audit Committee Chairman Richard Okumoto.
“BDO’s impaired independence is unrelated to the Company’s financial statements, accounting practices, the integrity of the Company’s management or any other matter relating to the Company,” said LifeVantage Chief Financial Officer Mark Jaggi. “Prior to the determination by BDO that it was not independent, we did not believe that there were any issues relating to BDO’s independence, and we continue to believe that the payroll services at issue did not compromise BDO’s integrity or objectivity.”
There were no disagreements with BDO on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure or auditing scope or procedure.
The dismissal of BDO occurred prior to the fiscal 2016 audit and BDO was not the Company’s independent auditor in any previous fiscal years.
About LifeVantage Corporation
LifeVantage Corporation (Nasdaq:LFVN), is a science based network marketing company dedicated to visionary science that looks to transform health, wellness and anti-aging internally and externally at the cellular level. The company is the maker of Protandim®, its line of scientifically-validated dietary supplements, the TrueScience® Anti-Aging Skin Care Regimen, Canine Health®, the AXIO® energy product line and the PhysIQ™ smart weight management system. LifeVantage was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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