8-K 1 d179206d8k.htm 8-K 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report: April 29, 2021

(Date of earliest event reported)



GS Acquisition Holdings Corp II

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-39352   83-0974996

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

200 West Street

New York, New York

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code

(212) 902-1000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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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

Units, each consisting of one share of Class A common stock and one-quarter of one redeemable warrant   GSAH.U   New York Stock Exchange
Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share   GSAH   New York Stock Exchange
Redeemable warrants, each whole warrant exercisable for one share of Class A common stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share   GSAH WS   New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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 4.02

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

(a) On April 12, 2021, the staff (the “Staff”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a statement entitled “Staff Statement on Accounting and Reporting Considerations for Warrants Issued by Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs”).” In the statement, the Staff, among other things, highlighted potential accounting implications of certain terms that are common in warrants issued in connection with the initial public offerings of SPACs such as GS Acquisition Holdings Corp II (the “Company”). In connection with such statement, the Company reevaluated its accounting for its public warrants and private placement warrants issued in connection with the Company’s initial public offering (the “Warrants”) and determined that they should be treated as derivative liabilities pursuant to ASC 815-40 rather than as components of stockholders’ equity as the Company previously treated the Warrants.

On April 29, 2021, the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) after discussion with management and its independent public accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, concluded that its audited balance sheet as of July 2, 2020, its unaudited interim financial statements for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2020 and its audited financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2020 (collectively, the “Non-Reliance Periods”), as reported in the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed July 9, 2020, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed November 13, 2020 and Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 31, 2021, respectively, should no longer be relied upon because of the matter described above.

As a result, the Company today is announcing that it will restate its historical financial results for the Non-Reliance Periods, in each case to reflect the change in accounting treatment (the “Restatement”). Further details will be included in the Company’s Form 10-K/A, which the Company intends to file as soon as practicable.

The Audit Committee of the Board and management have discussed the matters disclosed pursuant to this Item 4.02(a) with the Company’s independent public accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This Current Report on Form 8-K includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Certain of these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intends,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “assume,” “should,” “will,” “seeks,” or other similar expressions. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s intent to restate certain historical financial statements and the timing and impact of the Restatement and the filing of the 10-K/A. These statements are based on current expectations on the date of this Form 8-K and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ significantly. The Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements, whether as the result of new developments or otherwise. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements.


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.


    GS Acquisition Holdings Corp II
April 30, 2021     By:   /s/ Tom Knott
    Name:   Tom Knott                        
    Title:   Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary