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): May 12, 2014 (May 7, 2014)
SCI ENGINEERED MATERIALS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Commission file number: 0-31641
(State or other jurisdiction
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Item 4.01 Changes in Registrant's Certifying Accountant.
(a), (b) The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors (the "Audit Committee") of SCI Engineered Materials, Inc. (the "Company") approved the engagement of GBQ Partners LLC ("GBQ") as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2014. The Audit Committee also informed Crowe Horwath LLP (“Crowe”) that it was dismissed as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm effective May 7, 2014.
Crowe’s audit reports on the Company's financial statements as of and for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, did not contain an adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles.
During the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively, and in the subsequent interim period through May 7, 2014, there were (i) no disagreements between the Company and Crowe 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 Crowe, would have caused Crowe to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreement in their reports on the financial statements for such years, and (ii) no "reportable events" as that term is defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.
The Company provided Crowe with a copy of the disclosures it is making in this Current Report on Form 8-K (the "Report") prior to the time the Report was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").
The Company requested that Crowe furnish a letter addressed to the SEC stating whether or not it agrees with the statements made herein. A copy of Crowe’s letter dated May 9, 2014, is attached as Exhibit 16.1 hereto.
In deciding to engage GBQ, the Audit Committee reviewed auditor independence and existing commercial relationships with GBQ, and concluded that GBQ has no commercial relationship with the Company that would impair its independence. During the years ended December 31, 2013, and 2012, and in the subsequent interim period through May 7, 2014 neither the Company nor anyone acting on its behalf has consulted with GBQ on any of the matters or events set forth in Item 304(a)(2) of Regulation S-K.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
The following exhibits are filed herewith:
|16.1||Letter of Crowe Horwath LLP dated May 9, 2014.|
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.
|SCI ENGINEERED MATERIALS, INC.|
|Date: May 12, 2014||By||
/s/ Daniel Rooney
President and Chief Executive Officer
May 9, 2014
Office of the Chief Accountant
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, N. E.
Washington, D.C. 20549
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We have read SCI Engineered Materials, Inc.’s statements included under Item 4.01 of its Form 8-K dated May 9, 2014 and we agree with such statements, except that we are not in a position to agree or disagree with the Company’s statements that the audit committee decided to engage GBQ Partners LLP to serve as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year December 31, 2014, and the statements made in the 6th paragraph.
Crowe Horwath LLP
|cc:||Mr. Ed Ungar|
|Audit Committee Chairman|
SCI Engineered Materials, Inc.