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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)

8-K Item 401 Changes in Certifying Accountant




Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934



Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):


March 13, 2020

Evans Bancorp, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)





New York



(State or Other  Jurisdiction


(I.R.S. Employer

of Incorporation)

File Number)

Identification No.)





One Grimsby Drive, Hamburg, New York



(Address of Principal Executive Offices)


(Zip Code)





Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code:



Not Applicable
Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

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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, par value $0.50 per share




NYSE American

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

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.


Item 4.01 Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant.

(a) Resignation of Previous Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm


Effective March 13, 2020, KPMG LLP (“KPMG”) declined to stand for reappointment as independent registered public accounting firm of Evans Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”).


KPMG’s reports on the Company’s financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 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.


For the fiscal years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 and during the subsequent interim periods through the date of this report, there were no disagreements (as that term is defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K) between the Company and KPMG 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 KPMG, would have caused KPMG to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreements in connection with KPMG’s reports on the Company’s financial statements for such fiscal years. For the fiscal years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 and during the subsequent interim periods through the date of this report, there were no reportable events (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).


The Company provided KPMG with a copy of this Current Report on Form 8-K prior to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission and requested that KPMG provide the Company with a letter addressed to the SEC stating whether KPMG agrees with the statements made by the Company in response to Item 304(a) of Regulation S-K. A copy of that letter, dated March 13, 2020, furnished by KPMG in response to that request, is filed as Exhibit 16.1 to this report.


(b) Engagement of New Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm


On March 13, 2020, the Audit Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors appointed Crowe LLP (“Crowe”) as the Company’s new independent registered public accounting firm, effective immediately.


For the fiscal years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 and during the subsequent interim periods through March 13, 2020, neither the Company nor anyone acting on behalf of the Company had consulted Crowe 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 financial statements, nor did Crowe provide a written report or oral advice to the Company that Crowe 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) or a reportable event (as described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits. 


(d) Exhibits

Exhibit 16.1 – Letter to the SEC from KPMG LLP dated March 13, 2020





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.










Evans Bancorp, Inc.





March 13, 2020




/s/ David J. Nasca







Name: David J. Nasca




Title: President and Chief Executive Officer



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Section 2: EX-16.1 (EX-16.1)

Exhibit 16.1

Exhibit 16.1

March 13, 2020

Securities and Exchange Commission Washington, D.C. 20549

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We were previously principal accountants for Evans Bancorp, Inc. and, under the date of March 12, 2020, we reported on the consolidated financial statements of Evans Bancorp, Inc. as of and for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018. On March 13, 2020, we declined to stand for reelection. We have read Evans Bancorp Inc.’s statements included under Item 4.01(a) of its Form 8-K dated March 13, 2020 and we agree with such statements. We are not in a position to agree or disagree with Evans Bancorp Inc.’s statements in Item 4.01(b) Engagement of New Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.

Very truly yours,


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