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 11, 2021
Portman Ridge Finance Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
650 Madison Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, New York
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
(Registrants telephone number, including area code): (212) 891-2880
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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|Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share||PTMN|| |
The NASDAQ Global Select
|6.125% Notes due 2022||KCAPL|| |
The NASDAQ Global Select
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|Item 4.01|| |
Changes in Registrants Certifying Accountant.
(a) Dismissal of independent registered public accounting firm
On March 11, 2021, the Board of Directors (the Board) of Portman Ridge Finance Corporation (the Company) approved, based on the recommendation of the Companys Audit Committee (the Audit Committee), the dismissal of KPMG LLP (KPMG) as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm, effective immediately following the completion of its audit of the Companys financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2020 and the issuance of its report thereon on March 11, 2021.
The audit reports of KPMG on the Companys consolidated financial statements as of and for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 did not contain an adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion, and they were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles.
During the fiscal years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 and through March 11, 2021, there were no disagreements (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions to Item 304 of Regulation S-K) with KPMG on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure or auditing scope or procedures which, if not resolved to the satisfaction of KPMG, would have caused KPMG to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreements in connection with its audit report, and there were no reportable events as that term is defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.
The Company has provided KPMG with a copy of the foregoing disclosures and has requested that KPMG furnish the Company with a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether KPMG agrees with the above statements. A copy of KPMGs letter dated March 16, 2021 is filed as Exhibit 16.1 to this Form 8-K.
(b) Engagement of new independent registered public accounting firm
Based on the recommendation of the Audit Committee, the Board engaged Deloitte & Touche LLP (Deloitte) to serve as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm, effective immediately upon the dismissal of KPMG as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm.
During the fiscal years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 and through March 11, 2021, neither the Company nor anyone on its behalf consulted with Deloitte regarding: (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 Companys financial statements, and neither a written report nor oral advice was provided to the Company that Deloitte 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 either the subject of a disagreement (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions to Item 304 of Regulation S-K) or a reportable event (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|16.1||Letter furnished by KPMG LLP, dated March 16, 2021|
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.
|PORTMAN RIDGE FINANCE CORPORATION|
|Name:||Jason T. Roos|
|Title:||Chief Financial Officer|
Date: March 16, 2021
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154-0102
March 16, 2021
Securities and Exchange Commission
Washington, D.C. 20549
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We were previously the independent registered public accounting firm for Portman Ridge Finance Corporation (the Company) and, under the date of March 11, 2021, we reported on the consolidated financial statements of the Company as of and for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019. On March 11, 2021, we were dismissed. We have read the Companys statements included under Item 4.01(a) of its Form 8-K dated March 16, 2021, and we agree with such statements, except that we are not in a position to agree or disagree with the Companys statement that the change was approved by the Board of Directors, based on the recommendation of the Audit Committee.
Very truly yours,
KPMG LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership and a member firm of
the KPMG global organization of independent member firms affiliated with
KPMG International Limited, a private English company limited by guarantee.