SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Amendment No. 1
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 4, 2013
General Steel Holdings, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
21st Floor, Building B, Jia
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:
+ 86 (10) 57757691
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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:
The purpose of this amendment is to revise the third and fourth paragraph under Item 4.01(a) of the original Current Report on Form 8-K (the “Original 8-K”) filed by General Steel Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) on December 19, 2012 to reflect the Company’s receipt of a letter from PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian CPAs Limited Company on January 4, 2013 regarding the statements made by the Company under Item 4.01(a) and to file such letter as Exhibit 16.1 to this Amendment No. 1 to the Original 8-K. Item 4.01 is restated below in its entirety.
(a) On December 19, 2012, General Steel Holdings, Inc.’s (the “Company”) Audit Committee of the Board of Directors approved the dismissal of PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian CPAs Limited Company (“PwC”), as its independent, registered public accounting firm. The Company notified PwC of its dismissal on December 19, 2012.
PwC was engaged as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm on December 31, 2010 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011. As previously disclosed, PwC began providing services in the second fiscal quarter of 2011. Through the date of its dismissal by the Audit Committee, PwC had not completed its audit or provided a report on the financial statements of the Company for such period, or any other period.
In connection with the audit of the Company’s financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and the interim periods through the date of PwC’s dismissal, there was one disagreement between the Company and PwC, which was resolved by the Company seeking guidance from the Office of Chief Accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “OCA”) and the OCA provided guidance on April 20, 2012 to the satisfaction of the Company and PwC. The disagreement pertained to the accounting treatment for certain costs incurred and reimbursements received in connection with the construction of equipment by Shaanxi Iron and Steel Group, Co., Ltd. Prior to the resolution of the disagreement, the Company’s Audit Committee discussed the above disagreement with PwC. The Company has also authorized PwC to respond fully to any inquiries of the Company’s successor independent registered public accounting firm concerning the subject matter of the disagreement.
The Company was also advised by PwC of certain events reportable in accordance with Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K. PwC advised the Company that the Company did not maintain effective internal control over financial reporting due to material weaknesses in the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting related to (1) the lack of sufficient financial personnel with an understanding of U.S. GAAP and (2) contract management, specifically in the areas of preparation, documentation and maintenance of contracts. The Company’s Audit Committee discussed such reportable events with PwC and has authorized PwC to respond fully to any inquiries of the Company’s successor independent registered public accounting firm concerning the reportable events.
In addition, PwC identified certain control deficiencies as follows: (1) a lack of sufficient accounting personnel at the Company’s most significant subsidiary, (2) a lack of policies and procedures to identity and record adjustments due to different periods used for the month end closing date compared to the actual month end, (3) a lack of review of the calculations and reconciliations used to record long-term investments and the related income/loss from its equity method investment, and (4) a lack of review of the calculation of the amount and timing of recording transfers from construction in progress to property, plant and equipment.
PwC also noted in its letter that PwC had not expanded audit procedures around the Company’s assessment of its ability to continue as a going concern and the Company’s impairment analysis for long-lived assets. In addition to the Company’s own procedures and analysis, the Company engaged independent experts to provide analysis and assessments of these matters. The independent experts concluded that the Company is able to continue as a viable business and there were no issues with impairment for long-lived assets. PwC has not reviewed the conclusions of these independent experts although the Company has offered these findings to PwC. The Audit Committee discussed both issues with PwC and has also authorized PwC to respond fully to any inquiries of the Company’s successor independent registered public accounting firm concerning these issues.
The Company provided PwC with a copy of the disclosures in the Original 8-K and requested that PwC furnish the Company with a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether or not PwC agrees with the Company’s statements included in this Item 4.01 as set forth in the Original 8-K. The Company received a copy of such response letter from PwC on January 4, 2013 and such letter is filed as exhibit 16.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K, as amended, and is incorporated herein by reference.
The reportable events that PwC identified in its letter, some of which the Company and independent experts disagree with as aforementioned, solely relate to the Company’s internal control over financial reporting, and the Company was never advised by PwC that any of these items would prohibit it from completing an audit of the Company and they will not prohibit the Company’s current independent registered public accounting firm’s ability to complete the Company’s 2011 audit. The Company and its current independent registered public accounting firm are working diligently on completing the 2011 audit. The Company expects to file its Form 10-Q for the Quarters Ended June 30, 2011 and September 30, 2011 around February 1, 2013 and its Form 10-K for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2011 around February 15, 2013. The Company has advised the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Stock Exchange of these expected filing dates.
(b) On December 19, 2012, the Audit Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors approved the engagement of Friedman LLP (“Friedman”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. During the two most recent fiscal years and the interim periods preceding the engagement, the Company has not consulted Friedman 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, and either a written report was provided to the Company or oral advice was provided to the Company that Friedman concluded 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 or reportable event as defined in Regulation S-K, Item 304(a)(1)(iv) and Item 304(a)(1)(v), respectively.
On December 19, 2012, the Company issued a press release, which was filed as Exhibit 99.1 in the Original 8-K and incorporated herein by reference, reporting that the Company has changed its independent registered public accounting firm.
Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This filing contains statements that are forward-looking within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements are only predictions and are not guarantees of future performance. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties, certain assumptions and factors relating to the operations and business environments of General Steel Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries that may cause the actual results of the companies to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Although General Steel Holdings, Inc. believes that the expectations and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable based on information currently available to its management, General Steel Holdings, Inc. cannot guarantee future results or events. General Steel Holdings, Inc. expressly disclaims a duty to update any of the forward-looking statement.
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 thereunto duly authorized.
Dated: January 8, 2013