Filed: 26 Oct 20, 5:21pm
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 22, 2020
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction|
2227 Welbilt Boulevard, New Port Richey, Florida 34655
(Address of principal executive offices) (ZIP code)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common stock, $0.01 par value||WBT||New York Stock Exchange|
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Item 4.01. Changes in Registrant's Certifying Accountant.
(a) Dismissal of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
On October 22, 2020 the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors (the "Audit Committee") of Welbilt, Inc. (the "Company") with the assistance of management dismissed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ("PwC") as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, effective upon the completion of its audit and the issuance of its reports on the Company’s consolidated financial statements to be included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2020. The decision to change independent registered public accounting firm was approved by the Audit Committee.
PwC's reports on the Company’s consolidated financial statements for each of the two most recent years ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 did not contain an adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion, nor were they qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles.
During the two most recent years ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, and during the subsequent interim period through October 22, 2020, (i) there were no disagreements (within the meaning of Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions thereto) between the Company and PwC on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedures, which disagreements, if not resolved to PwC’s satisfaction, would have caused PwC to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreements in connection with its reports on the Company's consolidated financial statements for such years, and (ii) there were no reportable events (as defined by Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K), except for the material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting existed as of December 31, 2018 related to ineffective controls with respect to (i) risk assessment controls related to the design and operating effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting, (ii) accounting for income taxes, (iii) cash disbursements at the Crem business, and (iv) the presentation of the statement of cash flows. These material weaknesses were remediated as of December 31, 2019.
In accordance with Item 304(a)(3) of Regulation S-K, the Company provided PwC with a copy of this Current Report on Form 8-K and requested that PwC furnish the Company with a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether PwC agrees with the statements made by the Company herein and, if not, stating the respects in which it does not agree. A copy of PwC’s letter dated October 26, 2020 is filed as Exhibit 16.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
(b) Appointment of New Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
On October 22, 2020, the Audit Committee approved the engagement of Grant Thornton LLP (“GT”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the Company's year ending December 31, 2021 and the related interim periods.
During the Company’s two most recent years ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, and during the subsequent interim period through October 22, 2020, neither the Company nor anyone on its behalf consulted with GT regarding (i) the application of accounting principles to a specified transaction, either completed or proposed, of the type of audit opinion that might be rendered on the Company's consolidated financial statements, and neither a written report nor oral advice was provided to the Company that GT concluded was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to any accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue, (ii) any matter that was either the subject of a disagreement (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instruction thereto), or (iii) any reportable event (as described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|101||Interactive data files pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T, formatted in Inline Extensible Business Reporting Language ("iXBRL").|
|104||Cover page interactive data file (formatted in iXBRL and contained in Exhibit 101).|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Date: October 26, 2020||By:||/s/ Martin D. Agard|
|Martin D. Agard|
|Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer|