Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group Corporation (OTCMKTS:KWBT) Files An 8-K Other Events

Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group Corporation (OTCMKTS:KWBT) Files An 8-K Other Events
Item 8.01 Other Events

Item 8.01 Other Events.

On March 4, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) issued an order under Section 36 (Release No. 34-88318) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Exchange Act”), granting exemptions from specified provisions of the Exchange Act and certain rules thereunder (the “Order”). The Order provides that a registrant subject to the reporting requirements of Exchange Act Section 13(a) or 15(d), and any person required to make any filings with respect to such a registrant, is exempt from any requirement to file or furnish materials with the Commission under Exchange Act Sections 13(a), 13(f), 13(g), 14(a), 14(c), 14(f), 15(d) and Regulations 13A, Regulation 13D-G (except for those provisions mandating the filing of Schedule 13D or amendments to Schedule 13D), 14A, 14C and 15D, and Exchange Act Rules 13f-1, and 14f-1, as applicable, where certain conditions are satisfied.

Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group Corporation (the “Company”) originally filed a Form 8-K regarding the coronavirus’ potential impact on its business and its ability to timely file its Form 10-K Annual Report for the period ended December 31, 2019. We are furnishing this Amended Current Report on Form 8-K/A to indicate our reliance on the Order in connection with the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 as a result of the circumstances set forth below.

As previously announced in its Form 8-K filed on March 8, 2020, the preparation of the Company’s Annual Report including financial statements and completion of the auditing process has been delayed by Chinese Government-imposed quarantines, office closings and travel restrictions which affect both the Company’s and its service provider’s personnel. Specifically, the Company has significant operations in the city of Yangling, Shaanxi Province, China. Due to concerns related to the spread of the Coronavirus, the entire city of Yangling has been locked down by the Government of China since January 25, 2020. All of the Company’s employees in this area have been required by the Government to stay at home until further notice, subject to the containment of the Coronavirus. Banks in the area are not engaged in normal operations and specific bank reporting required to complete the Company’s audit cannot be obtained at this time. In compliance with the Government’s health emergency rules in place, the Company’s building has been temporarily closed since January 19, 2020 and people are not allowed to enter the office and to access certain of the Company’s business records located in it. Due to Government-imposed quarantines, office closings and travel restrictions affecting the Company’s personnel and service providers, the Company’s accounting department has been unable to process certain of its accounting records and receipts required to complete the audit of the Company’s financial statements.

These unforeseen circumstances have resulted in the Company being unable to timely file an accurate Annual Report on Form 10-K for its year-ended December 31, 2019 by the prescribed date without undue hardship and expense to the Company. Accordingly, in reliance upon the Order, the Company expects to file its Annual Report on Form 10-K no later than 45 days after the due date of filing of March 30, 2020, unless the COVID-19 circumstances do not change and cause a further delay, in which case we will file for an additional extension and amendment to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

The Company is supplementing the risk factors previously disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q with the following risk factor:

We do not yet know the extent we could be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

 

In December 2019, an outbreak of a novel strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) originated in Wuhan, China, and has since spread to a number of other countries, including the United States. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. In addition, as of this time, several states in the United States have declared states of emergency, and several countries around the world, including the United States, have taken steps to restrict travel. Our operations are principally located in China, which has taken action to regulate the flow of labor and products and impede the travel of personnel, may impact our ability to conduct normal business operations, which could adversely affect our results of operations and liquidity. Disruptions to our supply chain and business operations, or to our suppliers’ or customers’ supply chains and business operations, could include disruptions from the closure of supplier and manufacturer facilities, interruptions in the supply of raw materials and components, personnel absences, or restrictions on the shipment of our or our suppliers’ or customers’ products, any of which could have adverse ripple effects on our manufacturing output and delivery schedule. If a critical number of our employees become too ill to work, or we are not able to access a sufficient quantity of our inventory for shipment due to enforced office closures, our production ability could be materially adversely affected in a rapid manner. Similarly, if our customers experience adverse business consequences due to COVID-19, or any other, pandemic, demand for our products could also be materially adversely affected in a rapid manner. Global health concerns, such as COVID-19, could also result in social, economic, and labor instability in the countries and localities in which we or our suppliers and customers operate. Any of these uncertainties could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations.


About Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group Corporation (OTCMKTS:KWBT)

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Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group Corporation develops, manufactures, distributes and markets bio-technological products for agriculture. The Company has acquired technologies to produce and market bio-fertilizer. The Company has developed over six bio-fertilizer products with bacillus spp and/or photosynthetic bacteria as its ingredients. The Company’s products contain ingredients of both photosynthesis and bacillus bacteria. The Company’s products include KiwaBiological Organic Fertilizer, Kiwa Yi Mu Ling, Kiwa Di Fu Kang, Kiwa Microbial Specific Fertilizer For Rice, Kiwa Microbial Specific Fertilizer For Corn, Kiwa Microbial Specific Fertilizer For Potato, Kiwa Microbial Specific Fertilizer For Soybean, Kiwa Microbial Specific Fertilizer For Tea Tree, Kiwa Microbial Specific Fertilizer For Tobacco, Kiwa Microbial Specific Fertilizer For Fruit Trees, Kiwa Microbial Specific Fertilizer For Vegetables and Kiwa Full Effect Type Foliar For Golf Turf.

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