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What's Your Fee-to-Value Proposition
When it comes to public companies, the fee-to-value proposition is elevated when you take the time to find the right audit partner. The right culture fit, faster response times, quality of service and cost benefits are what you should be on the lookout for when seeking a new audit partner. As a place to start, leverage benchmarking to explore how much are you paying in audit fees compared to your peers. Are you above or below the average, and is there opportunity for you to cut costs and gain efficiencies in your audit programing?
Since 2015, Armanino has reported annual audit fees from the 10-K and proxy statements of United States-based, publicly traded companies, providing a tool to compare your audit fees to peers. We have launched a dynamic dashboard version of our audit fee survey to make this process even easier. You can narrow down companies based on location, revenue and industry to get the most accurate audit fee comparison yet.
We compiled and analyzed more than 5,000 public companies’ revenues and audit fees over the past three years (2018-2020). Consistently, we find companies paying a substantial premium for the largest 10 audit firms. In 2020, companies paid 51% higher fees when working with a top 10 firm ($1.05M above the average audit fee of $2.06M).