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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

  

Form 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  March 23, 2021 (March 18, 2021)

 

ASSERTIO HOLDINGS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   001-39294   85-0598378
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation)
  (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

100 S. Saunders Road, Suite 300, Lake Forest, IL 60045

(Address of Principal Executive Offices; Zip Code)

 

(224419-7106

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

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, $0.0001 par value  

ASRT

  Nasdaq Stock Market

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

o     Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

o     Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

o     Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

o     Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company o

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 4.01 Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant.

 

(a) Effective March 18, 2021, the Audit Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors of Assertio Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) approved the appointment of Grant Thornton LLP (“Grant Thornton”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.  The decision to change the Company’s principal independent accountants was the result of a competitive selection process as well as the Company’s focus on streamlining its cost structure and reducing its general and administrative expenses. The Committee invited several public accounting firms to participate in bid process, including Ernst & Young LLP (“Ernst & Young”), the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020. This action effectively dismissed Ernst & Young as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm as of March 18, 2021.

 

The reports of Ernst & Young on the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 did not contain an adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles. In connection with the audits of the Company's consolidated financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, and through the appointment of Grant Thornton on March 18, 2021, there were: (i) no disagreements (as that term is described in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K) with Ernst & Young on any matters of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure or auditing scope and procedures which, if not resolved to the satisfaction of Ernst & Young, would have caused Ernst & Young to make reference to the matter in their report, or (ii) reportable events (as that term is described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).

 

The Company has provided a copy of the foregoing disclosures to Ernst & Young and requested that Ernst &Young furnish it with a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether Ernst & Young agrees with the above statements. A copy of Ernst &Young’s letter, dated March 23, 2021, is filed as Exhibit 16.1 to this Form 8-K.

 

(b) During the two most recent fiscal years and through the appointment of Grant Thornton on March 18, 2021, the Company has not consulted with Grant Thornton with respect to (i) the application of accounting principles to a specified transaction, either completed or proposed, or the type of audit opinion that would have been rendered on the Company’s consolidated financial statements, or (ii) any disagreements (as that term is described in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K) or reportable events (as that term is described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).

 

 

 

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.   Description of Exhibit
16.1   Letter from Ernst & Young LLP to the Securities and Exchange Commission dated March 23, 2021
104   Cover Page Interactive Date File (embedded within the Innline XBRL document)

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

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.

 

  ASSERTIO HOLDINGS, INC.
     
Date: March 23, 2021 By: /s/ Daniel A. Peisert
    Daniel A. Peisert
    President and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 16.1

 

March 23, 2021

 

Securities and Exchange Commission

100 F Street, N.E.

Washington, DC 20549

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

We have read Item 4.01 of Form 8-K dated March 23, 2021, of Assertio Holdings, Inc. and are in agreement with the statements contained in the paragraphs within section (a) therein. We have no basis to agree or disagree with other statements of the registrant contained therein.

 

/s/ Ernst & Young LLP