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Change in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant
On December 14, 2023, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Audit Committee”) of Universal Stainless & Allow Products, Inc. (the “Company”) engaged EisnerAmper LLP (“EisnerAmper”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023. EisnerAmper’s engagement will commence effective immediately.
In deciding to engage EisnerAmper, the Audit Committee concluded that EisnerAmper has no commercial relationships with the Company that would impair its independence. During the fiscal years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, and during the interim period from January 1, 2023 through December 14, 2023, neither the Company nor anyone acting on its behalf consulted with EisnerAmper regarding either (i) the application of accounting principles to a specific completed or contemplated transaction or regarding the type of audit opinions that might be rendered by EisnerAmper on the Company’s financial statements, and EisnerAmper did not provide any written report or oral advice 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 defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions) or a “reportable event” (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).
On December 18, 2023, the Company issued a press release in which it announced the appointment of EisnerAmper, as described in Item 4.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K. A copy of the press release is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|Press Release dated December 18, 2023.
|Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).
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.
|UNIVERSAL STAINLESS & ALLOY PRODUCTS, INC.
|Steven V. DiTommaso
|Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Dated: December 21, 2023
|Steven V. DiTommaso
Chief Executive Officer
|Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
Universal Stainless Engages EisnerAmper as New Audit Firm
BRIDGEVILLE, PA, December 18, 2023 Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: USAP) announced today that it has engaged and appointed EisnerAmper, LLP (EisnerAmper) as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023. EisnerAmper replaces Baker Tilly, which informed the Company of its decision to resign on November 7, 2023, as previously reported. At that time Baker Tilly said that there were no disagreements on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure. The Companys audit committee unanimously approved the change in auditor.
Christopher Zimmer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Stainless, commented: EisnerAmper is a top 20 accounting firm, which is recognized for its high quality client service. They are a great fit for Universal Stainless and we look forward to working with them as we continue to pursue our growth strategy.
About Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc.
Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc., established in 1994 and headquartered in Bridgeville, PA, manufactures and markets semi-finished and finished specialty steels, including stainless steel, nickel alloys, tool steel and certain other alloyed steels. The Companys products are used in a variety of industries, including aerospace, power generation, oil and gas, and heavy equipment manufacturing. More information is available at www.univstainless.com.
Forward-Looking Information Safe Harbor
Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this release are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Companys actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. Those risks include, among others, the Companys ability to maintain its relationships with its significant customers and market segments; the Companys response to competitive factors in its industry that may adversely affect the market for finished products manufactured by the Company or its customers; the Companys ability to compete successfully with domestic and foreign producers of specialty steel products and products fashioned from alternative materials; changes in overall demand for the Companys products and the prices at which the Company is able to sell its products in the aerospace industry, from which a substantial amount of its sales is derived; the Companys ability to develop, commercialize, market and sell new applications and new products; the receipt, pricing and timing of future customer orders; the impact of changes in the Companys product mix on the Companys profitability; the Companys ability to maintain the availability of raw materials and operating supplies with acceptable pricing; the availability and pricing of electricity, natural gas and other sources of energy that the Company needs for the manufacturing of its products; risks related to property, plant and equipment, including the Companys reliance on the continuing operation of critical manufacturing equipment; the Companys success in timely concluding collective bargaining agreements
and avoiding strikes or work stoppages; the Companys ability to attract and retain key personnel; the Companys ongoing requirement for continued compliance with laws and regulations, including applicable safety and environmental regulations; the ultimate outcome of the Companys current and future litigation matters; the Companys ability to meet its debt service requirements and to comply with applicable financial covenants; risks associated with conducting business with suppliers and customers in foreign countries; public health issues, including COVID-19 and its uncertain impact on our facilities and operations and its customers and suppliers and the effectiveness of the Companys actions taken in response to these risks; risks related to acquisitions that the Company may make; the Companys ability to protect its information technology infrastructure against service interruptions, data corruption, cyber-based attacks or network security breaches; the impact on the Companys effective tax rates from changes in tax rules, regulations and interpretations in the United States and other countries where it does business; and the impact of various economic, credit and market risk uncertainties. Many of these factors are not within the Companys control and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Companys actual results in future periods to be materially different from any future performance suggested herein. Any unfavorable change in the foregoing or other factors could have a material adverse effect on the Companys business, financial condition and results of operations. Further, the Company operates in an industry sector where securities values may be volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond the Companys control. Certain of these risks and other risks are described in the Companys filings with the SEC, including the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, copies of which are available from the SEC or may be obtained upon request from the Company.
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