USA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (NASDAQ:USAT) Files An 8-K Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant

USA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (NASDAQ:USAT) Files An 8-K Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant
Item 4.01.

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Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant.

(a) By letter dated February 1, 2019, RSM US LLP (“RSM”) notified the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Audit Committee”) of USA Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”) of its resignation as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm.

RSM’s previously issued report on the consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 did not contain an adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion, and was not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principles. As of February 1, 2019, RSM had not completed its audit procedures or issued any reports on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting and consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018.

During the last two fiscal years of the Company, and the subsequent period through February 1, 2019, and except as stated in the letter from RSM to the Audit Committee, there were no disagreements with RSM 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 RSM, would have caused RSM to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreements in their reports.

RSM indicated in its letter to the Audit Committee that, based on the totality of the information, it had concluded in its professional judgment that it can no longer rely on management representations in connection with the audit of the Company’s 2017 internal control over financial reporting and consolidated financial statements. Additional details regarding the letter from RSM to the Audit Committee are described in Item 4.02(b) below.

The Chair of the Audit Committee and the Chair of the Board each discussed with RSM the reasons for its resignation, and RSM confirmed that its decision was based upon the reasons set forth in its letter to the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee is currently seeking a new independent registered public accounting firm and intends to engage such firm as soon as practicable. RSM has been authorized to respond fully to the inquiries of the successor independent registered accounting firm.

In accordance with Item 304(a)(3) of Regulation S-K, the Company provided RSM with a copy of the statements set forth in this Item 4.01 prior to the filing of this Form 8-K. The Company requested that RSM furnish the Company with a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) stating whether RSM agrees with the statements in this Item 4.01 as required by SEC rules. RSM has furnished the requested letter, and it is attached hereto as Exhibit 16.1.

Item 4.02.

Non-Reliance on Previously Issued Financial Statements or a Related Audit Report or Completed Interim Review.

(a) On February 4, 2019, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company, upon the recommendation of the Audit Committee and following discussions with management, determined that the following financial statements previously issued by the Company should no longer be relied upon: (1) the audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, and (2) the quarterly and year-to-date unaudited consolidated financial statements for September 30, 2017, December 31, 2017, and March 31, 2018. Similarly, related press releases, earnings releases, management’s report on the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of June 30, 2017, and investor communications describing the Company’s financial statements for these periods should no longer be relied upon.

As previously announced, the Audit Committee has substantially completed its internal investigation which focused principally on certain customer transactions entered into by the Company during fiscal years 2017 and 2018.The determination of the Board to restate the above-referenced financial statements was based upon the adjustments to the previously reported revenues proposed by the Audit Committee and its advisers. As previously reported, on a net basis, the proposed aggregate reduction to previously reported revenues during the fiscal quarters in question is not expected to exceed $5.5 million. In most cases, revenues that had been recognized prematurely were, or are expected to be, recognized in subsequent quarters, including quarters subsequent to the quarters impacted by the investigative findings. The investigation further found that certain items that had been recorded as expenses, such as the payment of marketing or servicing fees, were more appropriately treated as contra-revenue items in earlier fiscal quarters.

The Company anticipates that it will file the restated financial statements for the affected fiscal periods as soon as practicable. The Company is also working diligently to complete and file the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018 and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2018 as soon as practicable.

RSM had resigned as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm prior to the determination of the Board regarding the restatement of the above-referenced financial statements, and the Audit Committee did not discuss with RSM the matters disclosed in this Item 4.02(a).

(b) As stated in Item 4.01 above, on February 1, 2019, RSM notified the Company that, based on the totality of the information, it had concluded in its professional judgment that it can no longer rely on management representations in connection with the audit of the Company’s 2017 internal control over financial reporting and consolidated financial statements. As such, RSM has recalled its previously issued audit report dated August 22, 2017 on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting and consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, and revoked its consents to incorporate such report by reference in any and all registration statements. RSM also indicated that reliance should not be placed on: (i) the Report of Independent Public Accounting Firm dated August 22, 2017 relating to the Company’s internal control over financial reporting and consolidated financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2017, and (ii) the completed interim reviews for the periods ended March 31, 2018.

The Chair of the Audit Committee and the Chair of the Board each discussed with RSM the matters disclosed to this Item 4.02(b).

(c) The Company provided RSM with a copy of the statements set forth in Item 4.02(b) of this Form 8-K prior to the filing of this Form 8-K with the SEC. The Company requested that RSM furnish the Company with a letter addressed to the SEC stating whether RSM agrees with the above statements as required by SEC rules. RSM has furnished the requested letter, and it is attached hereto as Exhibit 16.1.

Forward-looking Statements

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this document are forward-looking statements. When used in this document, words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company or its management, identify forward looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of the Company’s management, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company’s management. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including but not limited to, potential impacts of RSM’s resignation; the ability to, as well as the ability to timely, engage a new independent registered public accounting firm; the ability to complete the restatement of the affected financial statements and address any material weaknesses; the timing of completion of necessary restatements, interim reviews and audits by the new independent registered public accounting firm; risks relating to the substantial costs and diversion of personnel’s attention and resources deployed to address the restatement of the affected financial statements and internal control matters; the costs and expenses relating to the Audit Committee’s internal investigation; the impact of the internal investigation on the Company, its management and operations; the risk of litigation or regulatory action arising from the internal investigation and its findings, from the failure to timely file the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018 (the “Annual Report”) or Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2018 (the “Quarterly Report”), from the resignation of the RSM, or from the restatement of the affected financial statements; the ability of the Company to regain and maintain compliance with Nasdaq’s continued listing requirements; the timing of the review by, and the conclusions of, the Company’s new independent auditor regarding the investigation and its impact on the financial statements; possible default by the Company under its credit facility; the ability of the Company to remediate any material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting; potential reputational damage that the Company may suffer as a result of the matters under investigation, the resignation of RSM or the restatement of the affected financial statements; the impact of the internal investigation, the resignation of RSM, and the restatement of the affected financial statements on the value of the Company’s common and preferred stock; and the risk that the filing of the Annual Report or Quarterly Report or the restatement of the affected financial statements will take longer than anticipated. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by us speaks only as of the date of this report. Unless required by law, the Company does not undertake to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits

Letter dated February 6, 2019, from RSM US LLP to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

USA TECHNOLOGIES INC Exhibit
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About USA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (NASDAQ:USAT)

USA Technologies, Inc. provides technology-enabled solutions and value-added services that facilitate electronic payment transactions within the unattended point of sale (POS) market. The Company is a provider in the small ticket, beverage and food vending industry and is also engaged in offering solutions and services to other unattended market segments, such as amusement, commercial laundry, kiosk and others. It has designed and marketed systems and solutions that facilitate electronic payment options, as well as telemetry and machine-to-machine (M2M) services, which include the ability to remotely monitor, control and report on the results of distributed assets containing its electronic payment solutions. The Company derives its revenues from license and transaction fees resulting from connections to, as well as services provided by, its ePort Connect service.

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