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SEVERN BANCORP, INC.

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SEVERN BANCORP INC : Changes in Registrant's Certifying Accountant (form 8-K)

04/08/2020 | 09:27am EST

Item 4.01 Changes in Registrant's Certifying Accountant

(a) On April 2, 2020, Severn Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") dismissed BDO USA, LLP ("BDO") as the Company's principal accountants. This decision was approved by the Company's Audit and Examining Committee.

The audit reports of BDO on the Company's consolidated financial statements as of and for the 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, except that BDO issued an adverse audit report on the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting in its Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm as of December 31, 2018 due to material weaknesses in the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2018 as disclosed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on April 18, 2019.

During the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 and the subsequent interim period through April 2, 2020, there were no: (1) disagreements with BDO 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 BDO, would have caused BDO to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreements in connection with its audit reports, or (2) reportable events under Item 304(a)(1)(v) of SEC Regulation S-K.

The Company has provided BDO with a copy of the disclosure contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K prior to filing with the SEC. The Company has requested that BDO issue a letter stating whether or not it agrees with the above statements. The letter from BDO to the SEC is attached as Exhibit 16 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

(b) On April 2, 2020, the Audit and Examining Committeeof the Company engaged Yount, Hyde & Barbour, P.C. ("YHB") as the Company's new principal accountants for the year ending December 31, 2020. During the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 and the subsequent interim period prior to engaging YHB, the Company did not consult with YHB regarding (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, and neither a written report nor oral advice was provided to the Company that YHB concluded was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to any accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue, or (ii) any matter that was either the subject of a disagreement or a reportable event, each as defined in Regulation S-K Item 304(a)(1)(v), respectively. Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(a) Financial Statements of Business Acquired. Not applicable.

(b) Pro Forma Financial Information. Not applicable.

(c) Shell Company Transactions. Not applicable.




(d) Exhibits.



Exhibit No.   Description
16              Letter of BDO USA, LLP

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