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): February 25, 2019
CareTrust REIT, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
905 Calle Amanecer, Suite 300,
San Clemente, CA
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants telephone number, including area code (949) 542-3130
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Item 4.01. Changes in Registrants Certifying Accountant.
Dismissal of Independent Registered Public Accountant
On February 25, 2019, following a comprehensive process, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors (the Audit Committee) of CareTrust REIT, Inc. (the Company) dismissed Ernst & Young LLP (E&Y) as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm.
The reports of E&Y on the Companys consolidated financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017 did not contain an adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion, nor were such reports qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principles.
During the Companys fiscal years ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2018, and the subsequent interim period through and including February 25, 2019, the date of E&Ys dismissal, (i) there were no disagreements (as that term is defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions) between the Company and E&Y on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which, if not resolved to the satisfaction of E&Y, would have caused E&Y to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreement in connection with its reports on the Companys consolidated financial statements for such years or any subsequent interim period through the date of dismissal, and (ii) there were no reportable events (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).
In accordance with Item 304(a)(3) of Regulation S-K, attached hereto as Exhibit 16.1 is a copy of E&Ys letter, dated February 28, 2019.
Newly Appointed Independent Registered Public Accountant
On February 27, 2019, the Audit Committee appointed Deloitte & Touche LLP (Deloitte) as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019. During the Companys fiscal years ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2018, and the subsequent interim period through and including February 27, 2019, the date of Deloittes appointment, neither the Company, nor anyone acting 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, in any case where a written report or oral advice was provided to the Company by Deloitte that Deloitte 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 (as that term is defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions) or a reportable event (as that term is described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
|16.1||Letter from Ernst & Young LLP, dated February 28, 2019.|
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.
|CARETRUST REIT, INC.|
|By:||/s/ William M. Wagner|
|Name:||William M. Wagner|
|Title:||Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary|
Date: February 28, 2019
February 28, 2019
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20549
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We have read Item 4.01 of Form 8-K dated February 28, 2019, of CareTrust REIT, Inc. and are in agreement with the statements contained in the second, third and fourth paragraphs on page one therein. We have no basis to agree or disagree with other statements of the registrant contained therein.
/s/ Ernst & Young LLP