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): March 21, 2018
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|Item 4.01||Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant|
|(a)||Dismissal of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm|
On March 21, 2018, the audit committee (the “Audit Committee”) of the board of directors of Cytokinetics, Incorporated (the “Company”) dismissed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm and provided PwC with notice of such dismissal.
The reports of PwC on the Company’s financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016 did not contain an adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion, and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principle.
During the fiscal years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016 and the subsequent interim period through March 21, 2018, there have been (i) no disagreements with PwC 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 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, would have caused PwC to make reference thereto in their reports on the Company’s financial statements, and (ii) no “reportable events” (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K), except as set forth in the following sentence. As previously disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, the Company had a material weakness in internal control over financial reporting because it did not maintain effective controls over the accounting for the completeness, accuracy and presentation and disclosure of clinical research and development expenses and related clinical accrual accounts due to a design deficiency in the review of clinical trial expenses incurred under our clinical research organization trial agreements, including in part, our review of information received from third party service providers that is used in the operation of this control. As previously disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, this material weakness has been remediated. The Audit Committee discussed the material weakness with PwC and the Company has authorized PwC to respond fully to inquiries of the successor independent registered public accounting firm concerning this matter.
The Company has provided PwC with a copy of the disclosures made herein and has requested that PwC furnish a letter addressed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether it agrees with the statements made herein. A copy of that letter is included as Exhibit 16.1 to this Form 8-K.
|(b)||Appointment of New Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm|
Also on March 21, 2018, the Audit Committee appointed Ernst & Young LLP (“Ernst & Young”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. Ernst & Young was formally engaged on March 26, 2018.
During the fiscal years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016 and the subsequent interim period preceding the dismissal of PwC, the Company has not consulted with Ernst & Young 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 neither a written report or oral advice was provided to the Company that Ernst & Young concluded was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to the accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue; or (ii) any matter that was the subject of a “disagreement” (as described in paragraph (a)(1)(iv) of Item 304 of Regulation S-K) or a “reportable event” (as described in paragraph (a)(1)(v) of Item 304 of Regulation S-K).
Item 9.01. Financial Information and Exhibits
|16.1||Letter of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP dated March 26, 2018|
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.
|Dated: March 26, 2018||By:|
|Name:||Peter S. Roddy|
|Title:||Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer|
March 26, 2018
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20549
We have read the statements made by Cytokinetics, Inc. (copy attached), which we understand will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, pursuant to Item 4.01 of Form 8-K, as part of the Form 8-K of Cytokinetics dated March 21, 2018. We agree with the statements concerning our Firm contained therein.
Very truly yours,
/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
San Jose, CA
Attachment – Form 8-K