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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

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FORM 8-K

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CURRENT REPORT

 

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 29, 2023

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United-Guardian, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

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Delaware 001-10526 11-1719724
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation) (Commission File Number) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

230 Marcus Boulevard

Hauppauge, New York 11788

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

 

(631) 273-0900

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

 

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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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:

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

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, $0.10 par value per share UG NASDAQ Global Market

 

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

 

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. ☐

 

Item 4.01. Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant

 

Previous Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

On August 29, 2023, as directed and approved by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of United-Guardian, Inc. (the “Company”), the Company formally dismissed Baker Tilly US, LLP (“Baker Tilly”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm.

 

The audit reports of Baker Tilly on the Company’s financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021 did not contain any adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion, nor were they qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principles.

 

During the Company’s two most recent fiscal years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021 and the subsequent interim periods through the date of Baker Tilly’s dismissal, there were (i) no disagreements, within the meaning of Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions thereto, with Baker Tilly 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 Baker Tilly, would have caused Baker Tilly to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreements in connection with its reports on the Company’s financial statements for such years, and (ii) no reportable events as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions thereto.

 

The Company provided a copy of this disclosure to Baker Tilly, and requested that Baker Tilly furnish the Company with a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether it agrees with the statements made by the Company herein and, if not, stating the respects in which it does not agree. A copy of Baker Tilly’s letter is attached as Exhibit 16.1 to this report.

 

New Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

On August 29, 2023, as directed and approved by the Audit Committee of the Board, the Company formally retained Grassi Advisors and Accountants (“Grassi”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, effective immediately.

 

During the two most recent fiscal years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021 and the subsequent interim periods through the date of Grassi’s appointment, the Company has not consulted with Grassi regarding either 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 financial statements of the Company, and neither a written report nor oral advice was provided to the Company that Grassi 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 either the subject of a “disagreement” within the meaning of Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions thereto or a “reportable event” within the meaning of Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit Number   Description
     
16.1   Letter from Baker Tilly, dated August 31, 2023
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline 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 thereunto duly authorized.

 

    UNITED-GUARDIAN, INC.
     
    By: /s/ Donna Vigilante
    Name: Donna Vigilante
    Title: President
Date: August 31, 2023    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT 16.1

 

 

Baker Tilly US, LLP

1500 RXR Plaza, West Tower

Uniondale, NY 11556
United States of America

 

T: +1 (516) 747 2000

F: +1 (516) 747 6707

 

bakertilly.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 31, 2023

 

Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, NE

Washington, DC 20549

 

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

We are the former independent registered public accounting firm for United-Guardian, Inc. (the “Company”). We have read the Company’s disclosure set forth in Item 4.01 “Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant” of the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated August 31, 2023 (the “Current Report”) and are in agreement with the disclosure in the Current Report, insofar as it pertains to our firm.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

/s/ Baker Tilly US, LLP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baker Tilly US, LLP, trading as Baker Tilly, is a member of the global network of Baker Tilly International Ltd., the members of which are separate and independent legal entities. © 2020 Baker Tilly US, LLP

 

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