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): September 17, 2021
BJ’S RESTAURANTS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction|
7755 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach, California
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (714) 500-2400
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each Class
Name of each exchange on which registered
|Common Stock, No Par Value||BJRI||NASDAQ Global Select Market|
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2). Emerging growth company ☐
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Item 4.01 Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant
|(a)||Dismissal of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm|
The Audit Committee (the “Audit Committee”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (“the Company”) conducted a competitive process to select the Company’s independent registered accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 28, 2021. Multiple firms were invited to participate in this process including Ernst & Young LLP (“EY”) which has served as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm since 2001.
As a result of this process, following the review and evaluation of the proposals from the participating firms, on September 17, 2021, the Audit Committee appointed KPMG LLP (“KPMG”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 28, 2021, subject to completion of KPMG’s standard client acceptance procedures and execution of an engagement letter. On that same date, the Audit Committee notified EY that they will no longer be engaged as the Company’s independent registered accounting firm.
The audit reports of EY on the Company’s consolidated financial statements for each of the two most recent fiscal years ended December 29, 2020 and December 31, 2019 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 Company’s two most recent fiscal years ended December 29, 2020 and December 31, 2019, and during the subsequent interim period through June 29, 2021, (i) there were no disagreements with EY on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreement(s), if not resolved to EY’s satisfaction, would have caused EY to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreement(s) in connection with its reports, and (ii) there were no “reportable events” as that term is defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.
The Company provided EY with a copy of the disclosures in this Current Report on Form 8-K (this “Report”) prior to filing this Report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The Company requested that EY furnish it with a letter addressed to the SEC stating whether EY agrees with the statements made by the Company regarding EY in this Report and, if not, stating the respects in which it does not agree. A copy of EY’s letter dated September 22, 2021 to the SEC, stating that it agrees with the statements made in this Report, is filed as Exhibit 16.1 to this Report.
|(b)||Engagement of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm|
On September 17, 2021, with the Audit Committee’s approval, the Company engaged KPMG as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 28, 2021, subject to completion of KPMG’s standard client acceptance procedures and execution of an engagement letter.
During the Company’s two most recent fiscal years ended December 29, 2020 and December 31, 2019, and during the subsequent interim period through June 29, 2021, neither the Company, nor anyone on its behalf, consulted KPMG 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 consolidated financial statements, and neither a written report nor oral advice was provided to the Company that KPMG 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” (as defined in Regulation S-K Item 304(a)(1)(iv)) or a “reportable event” (as defined in Regulation S-K Item 304(a)(1)(v)).
Item 9.01 Exhibits
|16.1||Letter from Ernst & Young LLP to the Securities and Exchange Commission dated September 22, 2021|
|104||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.
|September 22, 2021||BJ’S RESTAURANTS, INC.|
|By:||/s/ GREGORY S. LEVIN|
|Gregory S. Levin,|
|Chief Executive Officer and President|