Macromill Group


Press Release

Notice Regarding Change of Certified Public Accountant

Tokyo, August 12, 2021 - Macromill, Inc. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; hereinafter, “Macromill”) announced today that its Audit Committee followed by the Board of Directors resolved in meetings on August 12, 2021, to change its certified public accountant pursuant to Article 193-2, Paragraph 1 and 2 of the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act. The resolution is subject to approval at the 8th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders scheduled for September 29, 2021.

1. Scheduled date of change

September 29, 2021 (date of the 8th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders)

2. Overview of incoming and outgoing certified public accountant

(1) Overview of incoming certified public accountant

(i) Name PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata LLC
(ii) Address Otemachi Park Building, 1-1-1, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(iii) Designated limited liability partners Naoyuki Suzuki
Satoshi Murata
(iV) Status under registration system for listed company audit firms of Japanese Institute of certified public accountants Registered

(2) Overview of outgoing certified public accountant

(i) Name Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC
(ii) Address Marunouchi Nijubashi Building, 3-2-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(iii) Designated limited liability partners Yasuhiko Haga
Koji Inoue

3. Reason for selecting the firm in 2 (1) above as a candidate certified public accountant

After comprehensively reviewing PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata LLC’s global auditing structure, independence, expertise, and efficiency, Macromill’s Audit Committee chose the firm as its certified public accountant, having concluded that the firm upholds a high-quality system for robust auditing and can offer new perspectives on audit, thereby helping to further reinforce Macromill’s governance.

4. Most recent appointment date of outgoing certified public accountant

November 21, 2014
As a former organization of Macromill, ", Inc.", which was established on January 31, 2000, has become the present organization by going through a merger followed by the Leveraged Buyout transaction sponsored by Bain Capital Partners, LLC in 2014, change of its trade name, and other important events. The abovementioned date of the official appointment is the date that Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC became a certified public accountant of BCJ-11, Macromill's former company (a pro forma merging company). Considering Macromill's actual business operating period as a business operating corporation, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC has audited Macromill for approximately 20 years since June 27, 2002.

5. Opinions on audit reports and other documents prepared by outgoing certified public accountant over past three years

Not applicable

6. Reasons and circumstances for decision of change

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC as Macromill accounting auditor will expire its term upon the conclusion of the 8th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on September 29, 2021. Although the current accounting auditor is sufficiently prepared to ensure that accounting audits are conducted appropriately, the Audit Committee comprehensively judged the fact that the duration of the actual audit has become long, and the appropriateness of audit responses commensurate with the size of our businesses. The Committee has considered multiple candidates and it concluded PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata LLC will be appointed as a new certified public accountant as stated in 3. above.

7. Opinion of outgoing certified public accountant on statements in audit reports and other documents with regard to reason for change described above in 6

(1) Opinion of outgoing certified public accountant

Macromill has received a response that there is no particular opinion on the matter.

(2) Opinion of the Audit Committee

The Audit Committee considers the change in the Macromill’s certified public accountant or auditing firm to PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata LLC is appropriate.