|SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
March 10, 2004
(Date of Earliest Event Reported)
VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other||(Commission File Number)||(IRS Employer|
|One Valero Place
San Antonio, Texas 78212
(Address of principal executive offices, including Zip Code)
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors determined on March 10, 2004 to appoint KPMG LLP (KPMG) to serve as the Companys independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2004. Ernst & Young LLP (Ernst & Young) served as the Companys independent auditors for the fiscal years ending December 31, 2003 and 2002. On March 10, 2004, the Audit Committee approved the dismissal of Ernst & Young as the Companys independent auditors following the fiscal year 2003 audit. These actions were also approved by the Board of Directors on March 11, 2004. The appointment of KPMG is being presented to Valeros stockholders for ratification at the Companys 2004 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on April 29, 2004.
Ernst & Youngs reports on the Companys consolidated financial statements for each of the years ended December 31, 2003 and 2002 did not contain an adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion, nor were they qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles. During the years ended December 31, 2003 and 2002 and through the date hereof, there were no disagreements with Ernst & Young on any matter of accounting principle or practice, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreement(s), if not resolved to the satisfaction of Ernst & Young, would have caused Ernst & Young to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreement(s) in connection with Ernst & Youngs report on the Companys consolidated financial statements for such years; and there were no reportable events as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.
The Company provided Ernst & Young with a copy of the foregoing disclosures. Attached as Exhibit 16 is a copy of Ernst & Youngs letter, dated March 12, 2004, stating its agreement with such statements.
During the years ended December 31, 2003 and 2002 and through the date hereof, the Company did not consult KPMG with respect to 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 Companys consolidated financial statements, or any other matters or reportable events as set forth in Items 304(a)(2)(i) and (ii) of Regulation S-K.
(a) - Not applicable.
(b) - Not applicable
(c) - Exhibits.
|Exhibit 16||Letter from Ernst & Young LLP to the Securities and||Filed with this document|
|Exchange Commission dated March 12, 2004|
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.
|VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION|
|Date: March 12, 2004||By: /s/ Jay D. Browning|
|Name: Jay D. Browning|
|Title: Vice President and|
|16||Letter from Ernst & Young LLP to the Securities and Exchange|
|Commission dated March 12, 2004|