BEIJING, Nov. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — RISE Education Cayman Ltd (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: REDU) today announced that Ernst & Young Hua Ming LLP (“EY”) had resigned as the independent registered public accounting firm of the Company, effective November 19, 2021.
EY’s audit report on the Company’s consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2020 did not contain an adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles. During the audit for year ended December 31, 2020, there was no disagreements, as defined in Item 16F (a)(1)(iv) of Form 20-F and the related instructions, between the Company and EY on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure which, if not resolved to the satisfaction of EY would have caused them to make reference thereto in their report on the consolidated financial statements for such year.
EY identified certain regulatory requirements during the audit of the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2021 that require further assessment with respect to the impact of these regulatory requirements on the Company’s operations: “Opinions on Further Alleviating the Burden of Homework and After-School Tutoring for Students in Compulsory Education Stage” (the “Opinion”), and the circular published by the Chinese Ministry of Education and two other government authorities on its website to implement the Opinion, which requires all academic after-school tutoring institutions to complete registration as not-for-profit organization by the end of December 31, 2021. As of the date of EY’s resignation, the Company has not been able to provide additional information to EY to resolve the above-mentioned matter to their satisfaction. Accordingly, EY were unable to progress their audit or render their audit report on our consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2021.
The Company intends to engage a new audit firm in due course.
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