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): March 5, 2018
Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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|of incorporation)||File Number)||Identification No.)|
|175 Jackson Avenue North, Suite 102, Minneapolis, MN||55343-4565|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (952) 930-9000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Item 4.01. Change in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant.
On March 5, 2018, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Audit Committee”) of Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (the “Company”) determined to dismiss Anton & Chia, LLP (“Anton”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm effective immediately.
The audit reports of Anton on the Company’s financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, the only year for which Anton audited the Company’s financial statements, contained no adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion and was not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles.
During the Company’s most recent fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, the only year for which Anton audited the Company’s financial statements, and for the subsequent interim period through March 5, 2018, the Company had no “disagreements” (as described in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K) with Anton on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreements, if not resolved to the satisfaction of Anton, would have caused it to make reference in connection with its opinion to the subject matter of the disagreements.
During the Company’s fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, the only year for which Anton audited the Company’s financial statements, and for the subsequent interim period through March 5, 2018, there was no “reportable event” within the meaning of Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.
The Company provided Anton with a copy of the disclosures it is making in this Current Report on Form 8-K prior to its filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and requested that Anton furnish a letter addressed to the SEC stating whether or not it agrees with the statements made by the Company in response to Item 304(a) of Regulation S-K. A copy of that letter, dated March 5, 2018, is filed as Exhibit 16.1 to this report.
Contemporaneous with the dismissal of Anton, the Audit Committee approved the appointment of Weinberg & Company, P.A. as the Company’s new independent registered public accounting firm, effective immediately.
During the Company’s two most recent fiscal years ended January 2, 2016 and December 31, 2016 and for the subsequent interim period through the date of filing this Current Report on Form 8-K, neither the Company, nor anyone on behalf of the Company consulted with Weinberg & Company, P.A. regarding either: (i) the application of accounting principles to a specified transaction, either completed or proposed; or the type of audit opinion that might be rendered on the Company’s financial statements, or (ii) any matter that was either the subject of a disagreement as described in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K or a reportable event within the meaning of Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits
|16.1||Letter of Anton & Chia|
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.
|Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc.|
|Date: March 8, 2018||/s/ Tony Isaac|
Chief Executive Officer
March 7, 2018
APPLIANCE RECYCLING CENTERS of AMERICA, INC.
We have read Item 4.01 of Form 8-K dated March 5, 2018 of APPLIANCE RECYCLING CENTERS of AMERICA, INC. (“the Registrant”) and are in agreement with the statements concerning therein as it pertains to our firm.
We have no basis to agree or disagree with other statements of the Registrant contained in Item 4.01.
Very truly yours,
/s/ ANTON & CHIA, LLP