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HOLLEY INC.

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HOLLEY INC. : Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, Changes in Registrant's Certifying Accountant, Financial Statements and Exhibits (form 8-K)

08/12/2021 | 06:07am EDT

Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On August 10, 2021, Holley Inc. (the "Company") entered into (i) a Non-Disclosure Agreement with Sentinel Capital Partners, L.L.C. ("Sentinel"), which beneficially owns approximately 58% of the Company's outstanding common stock, and Owen Basham and James Coady, each of whom were nominated to serve as a director of the Company by certain affiliates of Sentinel pursuant to a stockholders' agreement (the "Stockholders' Agreement") between the Company and certain affiliates of Sentinel and MidOcean US Advisor, LP ("MidOcean"), and (ii) a Non-Disclosure Agreement with MidOcean, which beneficially owns approximately 10% of the Company's outstanding common stock, Matthew Rubel, who was nominated to serve as a director of the Company by certain affiliates of MidOcean pursuant to the Stockholders' Agreement, and Graham Clempson, in his capacity as observer of the board of directors of the Company. The Non-Disclosure Agreements provide that (i) Messrs. Basham and Coady may share certain confidential information obtained in their capacity as directors of the Company with Sentinel and certain Sentinel representatives and (ii) Messrs. Rubel and Clempson may share certain confidential information obtained in their capacity as director or board observer, as applicable, with MidOcean and certain MidOcean representatives. Under the Non-Disclosure Agreements, Sentinel and MidOcean have each agreed to keep all confidential information shared pursuant to their respective Non-Disclosure Agreement strictly confidential and not disclose such information to any person other than certain representatives for certain specified permissible uses, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable Non-Disclosure Agreement.

The foregoing description does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Non-Disclosure Agreements, which are attached hereto as Exhibits 10.1 and 10.2 and are incorporated herein by reference.

Item 4.01 Changes in Registrant's Certifying Accountant.

As previously disclosed, on July 16, 2021, the Company announced the consummation of the previously announced business combination pursuant to that certain Agreement and Plan of Merger dated March 11, 2021, by and among Empower Ltd., Empower Merger Sub I Inc., Empower Merger Sub II, LLC, and Holley Intermediate Holdings, Inc. ("Holley Intermediate"). For accounting purposes, Holley Intermediate is considered the accounting acquirer in the business combination. Grant Thornton LLP ("Grant Thornton") was the independent registered public accounting firm for Holley Intermediate and its subsidiaries prior to the consummation of the business combination.

In connection with the consummation of the business combination, the Company changed its name from Empower Ltd. to Holley Inc. Marcum LLP ("Marcum") has served as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm since its inception in 2020.

(a) Dismissal of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

On August 10, 2021, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors (the "Audit Committee") of the Company dismissed Marcum as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm.

Marcum's reports on the Company's consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2020 and for the period from August 19, 2020 (inception) through December 31, 2020 did not contain any adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion, nor were they qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principles.

During the period from August 19, 2020 (inception) through December 31, 2020, and the subsequent interim period through August 10, 2021, there were: (i) no disagreements within the meaning of Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions between the Company and Marcum on any matters of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure which, if not resolved to Marcum's satisfaction, would have caused Marcum's to make reference thereto in their reports; and (ii) no "reportable events" within the meaning of Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K other than the material weakness in internal controls identified by the Company's management related to the accounting treatment for warrants issued in connection with the Company's initial public offering and an agreement providing for the sale of forward purchase units to certain investors in a private placement, which resulted in the restatement of the Company's financial statements as set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A (Amendment No. 1) for the year ended December 31, 2020, as filed with the SEC on May 19, 2021.

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The Company has requested that Marcum furnish a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether or not it agrees with the above statements. A copy of such letter, dated August 11, 2021, is filed as Exhibit 16.1 to this Report.

(b) Engagement of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

On August 10, 2021, the Audit Committee engaged Grant Thornton LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm.

During the period from August 19, 2020 (inception) through December 31, 2020, and the subsequent interim period through August 10, 2021, neither the Company nor anyone on its behalf has consulted with Grant Thornton regarding: (i) the application of accounting principles to a specific transaction, either completed or proposed, or the type of audit opinion that might be rendered on the Company's financial statements, and neither a written report nor oral advice was provided to the Company that Grant Thornton concluded was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to any accounting, auditing, or financial reporting issue; (ii) any matter that was the subject of a disagreement within the meaning of Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions; or (iii) any reportable event within the meaning of Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits


(d) Exhibits



Exhibit
No.                                      Description

10.1          Non-Disclosure Agreement, dated as of August 10, 2021, between the
            Company, Sentinel Capital Partners, L.L.C., Owen Basham and James
            Coady

10.2          Non-Disclosure Agreement, dated as of August 10, 2021, between the
            Company, MidOcean US Advisor, LP, Matthew Rubel and Graham Clempson

16.1          Letter from Marcum LLP addressed to the Securities and Exchange
            Commission, dated as of August 11, 2021

104         Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL).




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