SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): March 4, 2019
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Changes in Registrant's Certifying Accountant.
The Audit Committee (the "Audit Committee") of the Board of Directors of Customers Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) conducted a competitive process to determine the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019. The Audit Committee invited several independent registered public accounting firms to participate in this process, including BDO USA, LLP ("BDO"), which audited the Company’s financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.
(a) Dismissal of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
On March 4, 2019, the Audit Committee approved the dismissal of BDO as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm.
The reports of BDO on the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 did not contain an adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion, and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles.
During the fiscal years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 and the subsequent interim period through March 4, 2019, there have been no “disagreements” (within the meaning of Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions) with BDO 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 BDO would have caused BDO to make reference thereto in its reports on the consolidated financial statements for such years. During the fiscal years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 and through March 4, 2019, there have been 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 amended Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, the Company had a material weakness in internal control over financial reporting solely relating to the classification and reporting of its commercial mortgage warehouse lending transactions on its consolidated balance sheets and statements of cash flows and concluded that its internal control over financial reporting was not effective as of December 31, 2017. As previously disclosed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, this material weakness has been remediated. The Audit Committee discussed the material weakness with BDO and the Company has authorized BDO to respond fully to inquiries of the successor independent registered public accounting firm concerning this matter.
The Company provided BDO with a copy of the disclosure it is making herein in response to Item 304(a) of Regulation S-K, and requested that BDO furnish the Company with a copy of its letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), pursuant to Item 304(a)(3) of Regulation S-K, stating whether or not BDO agrees with the statements related to them made by the Company in this report. A copy of BDO’s letter to the SEC dated March 7, 2019 is attached as Exhibit 16.1 to this report.
(b) Newly Engaged Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
On March 4, 2019, the Audit Committee approved the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP ("Deloitte") as the Company's new independent registered public accounting firm to perform independent audit services for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019, subject to completion of Deloitte's standard client acceptance procedures and execution of an engagement letter. During the fiscal years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 and through March 4, 2019, neither the Company, nor anyone on its behalf, consulted Deloitte 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 the consolidated financial statements of the Company, and no written report or oral advice was provided to the Company by Deloitte 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" (within the meaning of 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).
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
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.
CUSTOMERS BANCORP, INC.
By: /s/ Carla A. Leibold
Name: Carla A. Leibold
Title: Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Date: March 7, 2019