SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
December 10, 2019
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported)
Aprea Therapeutics, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction|
535 Boylston Street
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (617) 463-9385
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report): Not applicable
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|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of exchange on which registered:|
|Common stock, par value $0.001 per share||APRE||NASDAQ Global Select Market|
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Item 4.01 Change in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant
As described in Items 4.01 (a) and (b) below, Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) has dismissed Ernst & Young AB (“E&Y AB”) and appointed Ernst & Young LLP (“E&Y LLP”) as its independent registered public accounting firm. As described below, the change in independent registered public accounting firms is not the result of any disagreements with E&Y AB.
(a) On December 10, 2019, the Audit Committee (the “Audit Committee”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company dismissed E&Y AB as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm and appointed E&Y LLP. The Audit Committee’s decision was due solely to the Company’s corporate reorganization where the Company became incorporated in Delaware, United States, reflecting the Company’s migration to becoming a U.S.-centered biotechnology company.
The reports of E&Y AB on the (i) Company’s balance sheet as of July 11, 2019 and (ii) consolidated financial statements of Aprea Therapeutics AB for each of the two fiscal years ended December 31, 2018, did not contain any adverse opinions or disclaimers of opinion, and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles.
In connection with its audits of the (i) Company’s balance sheet as of July 11, 2019 and (ii) the consolidated financial statements of Aprea Therapeutics AB for the two fiscal years ended December 31, 2018 and in the subsequent interim period through December 10, 2019, there were (1) no disagreements with E&Y AB 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 E&Y AB, would have caused E&Y AB to make reference thereto in connection with its reports on the Company’s consolidated financial statements for such periods and (2) no reportable events except, as previously disclosed, for a material weakness in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting attributable to the lack of sufficient skilled employees with U.S. GAAP and SEC reporting knowledge and experience for the purposes of timely and reliable financial reporting for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2018.
The Company provided E&Y AB with a copy of this current report on Form 8-K and requested from E&Y AB to furnish it with a letter addressed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether or not E&Y AB agrees with the above statements. A copy of E&Y AB’s letter dated December 13, 2019 is filed as Exhibit 16.1 to this current report on Form 8-K.
(b) On December 10, 2019, the Audit Committee engaged E&Y LLP as its independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.
During the Company’s two most recent fiscal years and the subsequent interim period through December 10, 2019, neither the Company nor anyone on its behalf consulted with E&Y LLP 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 with respect to its consolidated financial statements, and no written report or oral advice was provided to the Company by E&Y LLP that was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to any accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue; or (ii) any matter that was the subject of a disagreement (as that term is defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the related instructions) or a reportable event (as that term is defined in Item 304 (a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K) relating to the Company.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|16.1||Letter from Ernst & Young AB to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, dated December 13, 2019, regarding change in certifying accountant of the Company.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Aprea Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Dated: December 16, 2019||By:||/s/ Christian S. Schade|
|Name: Christian S. Schade|
|Title: President and Chief Executive Officer|
December 13, 2019
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 December 10, 2019, of Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. and are in agreement with the statements contained in Item 4.01 Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant Section (a) on page 2 therein. We have no basis to agree or disagree with other statements of the registrant contained therein.
Regarding the registrant's statement concerning the material weakness in internal control over financial reporting attributable to the lack of sufficient skilled employees with U.S. GAAP and SEC reporting knowledge and experience for the purposes of timely and reliable financial reporting, included in Section(a) on page 2 therein, we had considered such matter in determining the nature, timing and extent of procedures performed in our audits of the registrant's 2017 and 2018 financial statements.
/s/ Ernst & Young AB