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Hostess Brands, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

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Reports Net Revenue Increase of 6.7% from the Prior Year Period

Announces Plan to Relocate Distribution Center by First Quarter
2020

Reaffirms Full Year 2019 Outlook

Hostess Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWNK) (NASDAQ:TWNKW) (the "Company"),
today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March
31, 2019.

Business Highlights for the Quarter1

  • Net revenue increased $14.0 million, or 6.7%, to $222.7 million.
    Organic growth contributed $7.2 million or 345 basis points of
    incremental net revenue primarily from strong growth in the club
    channel and higher revenue due to price increases. The acquisition of
    the Cloverhill business contributed $6.8 million or 326 basis points
    of incremental net revenue.
  • Total Company point of sale in tracked channels increased 1.6% and
    market share of 18.2% was unchanged from the first quarter of 2018.
  • Net income was $26.6 million, compared to $29.3 million. Diluted EPS
    was $0.21 per share, compared to $0.23 per share.
  • Adjusted net income was $20.3 million, compared to $20.5 million in
    the first quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted EPS was $0.14 per share, unchanged from the first quarter of
    2018.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased $2.4 million, or 5.1%, to $49.4 million, or
    22.2% of net revenue.
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $160.5 million as of March 31, 2019
    with a leverage ratio of 4.4x, both driven by first quarter operating
    cash flows of $28.4 million.

Reaffirms Full Year 2019 Outlook

  • The Company expects continued revenue growth well above the Sweet
    Baked Goods ("SBG") category in 2019 driven by innovation from
    Hostess®-branded breakfast and other core products as well as expanded
    distribution and improved merchandising execution over the course of
    the year.
  • Full year 2019 adjusted EBITDA guidance is $200 million to $210
    million, an increase of 7% to 13% over 2018, primarily driven by
    revenue growth, the realization of already executed multi-faceted
    pricing and merchandising programs and achievement of operational
    efficiencies.
  • The Company expects a leverage ratio of 3.5x to 3.7x at the end of
    2019, driven by strong operating cash flows.

"We are encouraged by our strong start to 2019 fueled by the breadth and
depth of our sweet baked goods product offerings," commented Andy
Callahan, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our team is executing
on our 2019 pillars for growth, including the strengthening of our core
Hostess brand, expansion of breakfast and accelerating growth of our
value brands fueled by the acquisition of the Cloverhill business."

Mr. Callahan continued, "In executing on our pillar to drive agility and
efficiency, we have made the decision to relocate our primary
distribution center from Illinois to Kansas by the first quarter of
2020. We expect this geographic move will support profitable growth,
better service to our customers and increase cost efficiencies. Looking
ahead, we continue to believe we are well positioned to achieve our 2019
annual outlook."

First Quarter 2019 compared to First Quarter 2018

Net revenue was $222.7 million, an increase of 6.7%, or $14.0 million,
compared to $208.7 million. The increase was driven by additional sales
volume in multiple channels led by strong growth in the club channel
resulting from various factors including core Hostess®-branded product
growth, the expansion of value brands and the addition of breakfast
items supported by the acquisition of the Cloverhill Business in
February 2018. With the additional month of operations in 2019, the
Cloverhill Business contributed $6.8 million of incremental net revenue
to the quarter. Revenue growth was also driven by price increases which
were executed at the end of 2018.

Gross profit was $75.2 million, or 33.8% of net revenue, compared to
$71.2 million, or 34.1% of net revenue. Adjusted gross profit was $76.8
million, or 34.5% of net revenue, a $4.6 million increase as compared to
$72.2 million, or 34.6% of net revenue, in the prior year. The higher
gross profit was driven by increased volume and price actions, partially
offset by inflationary pressures in transportation and other input
costs. Additionally, efficiency initiatives across multiple bakeries
have helped to offset sales growth in lower margin products.

Operating costs and expenses were $39.1 million, or 17.5% of net
revenue, compared to $38.4 million, or 18.4% of net revenue. Operating
costs and expenses increased primarily due to higher incentive
compensation and recruiting costs and higher broker fees due to
increased revenue. Additionally, during 2019 the Company recognized a
$1.7 million gain on the remeasurement of the tax receivable agreement
within other operating income. During the first quarter of 2018, the
Company recognized a $1.4 million impairment charge within other
operating expenses.

The Company's effective tax rate was a benefit of 4.6% compared to an
expense of 18.2%. The current year effective tax rate was impacted by
the remeasurement of deferred tax balances driven by the announced
relocation of the Company's primary distribution center from Illinois to
Kansas which resulted in a discrete tax benefit of $6.0 million during
the quarter. The Company's prior year effective tax rate was impacted by
the $12.4 million gain on the buyout of a portion of the tax receivable
agreement.

Net income was $26.6 million compared to $29.3 million. Net income
attributed to Class A stockholders was $21.1 million, or $0.21 per
diluted share, compared to $23.8 million, or $0.23 per diluted share.

Adjusted net income was $20.3 million compared to $20.5 million.
Adjusted EPS was $0.14 per diluted share, unchanged from the first
quarter of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA was $49.4 million, or 22.2% of net
revenue, compared to $47.0 million, or 22.5% of net revenue. The
increase in adjusted EBITDA was primarily a result of higher net
revenues, partially offset by higher transportation, input, broker and
other operating costs.

Cash from operations for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was $28.4
million compared to $38.3 million for the same period last year. The
decrease was attributable to the timing of customer receipts as well as
higher working capital needs to facilitate the increased sales volume.

Sweet Baked Goods Segment: Net revenue was $212.9 million,
an increase of $13.6 million, or 6.8%, compared to $199.3 million driven
by additional volume, primarily in the club channel as well as price
increases. Gross profit was $73.1 million, or 34.4% of net revenue,
compared to $69.4 million, or 34.8% of net revenue. The increase in
gross profit was the result of increased net revenue partially offset by
higher transportation and other input costs.

In-Store Bakery Segment: Net revenue was $9.9 million, an
increase of $0.4 million, or 4.3%, compared to $9.5 million. The
increase in net revenue was attributable to increased sales volume.
Gross profit was $2.0 million, or 20.7% of net revenue, compared to
gross profit of $1.8 million, or 19.1% of net revenue. The increase in
gross profit was primarily a result of increased sales volume.

Distribution Center Relocation

Today, the Company also announced the relocation of its primary
distribution center from Illinois to Kansas by the first quarter of 2020
which will provide enhanced infrastructure for future profitable
growth. As a result of this geographic move, the new Kansas-based
distribution center will be closer to the Company's largest bakery and
more centrally located in the United States. Upon completion, the
Company expects to be able to reach customers faster, reduce
transportation costs and improve service levels. In addition to these
cost and operational efficiencies, the State of Kansas is also providing
tax incentives to the Company.

Outlook

The Company reaffirms its outlook for 2019:

  • Net revenue growth well above the SBG category;
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $200 million to $210 million, an increase of 7% to
    13% from 2018;
  • Adjusted EPS of $0.57 to $0.62, an increase of 6% to 15% from 2018;
  • The net expected increase in cash of $90 million to $100 million would
    result in a leverage ratio of 3.5x to 3.7x at the end of 2019, absent
    any additional acquisitions, compared to 4.5x at December 31, 2018;
  • Cash provided by operations of $150 million to $160 million;
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $30 million to $35 million;
  • Income tax rate, excluding discrete items, of 21% to 22% giving effect
    to the non-controlling interest.

The Company provides guidance only on a non-generally accepted
accounting principles (non-GAAP) basis and does not provide a
reconciliation of the Company's forward-looking financial expectations
to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure because of the
inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that
are necessary for such reconciliation; including adjustments that could
be made for deferred taxes; remeasurement of the tax receivable
agreement, changes in allocation to the non-controlling interest,
transformation expenses and other non-operating gains or losses
reflected in the Company's reconciliation of historic non-GAAP financial
measures, the amount of which could be material. Please refer to the
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures included in this press
release for further information about the use of these measures.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and webcast with an accompanying
presentation today, May 8, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. EDT to discuss the results
for the first quarter. Investors interested in participating in the live
call can dial (877) 451-6152 from the U.S. and (201) 389-0879
internationally. A telephone replay will be available approximately two
hours after the call concludes through May 22, 2019, by dialing (844)
512-2921 from the U.S., or (412) 317-6671 from international locations,
and entering confirmation code 13690145. The simultaneous, live webcast
and presentation will be available on the Investor Relations section of
the Company's website at www.hostessbrands.com.
The webcast will be archived for 30 days.

1This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial
measures, including adjusted gross profit, adjusted gross margin,
adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted
net income attributed to Class A stockholders and adjusted earnings per
share ("Adjusted EPS"). Please refer to the schedules in the press
release for reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the
comparable GAAP measure. Unless otherwise stated, all comparisons of
financial measures in this press release are to the first quarter of
2018. All measures of market performance contained in this press
release, including point of sale and market share, include all Company
branded products within the SBG category as reported by Nielsen but do
not include other products sold outside of the SBG category. All market
data in this press release refer to the 13-week period ended March 23,
2019 and the prior-year comparable period. The prior-year comparable
period excludes the performance of acquired brands prior to their
acquisition by Hostess. The Company's leverage ratio is net debt (total
long-term debt less lease obligations, unamortized debt premiums and
cash and cash equivalents) divided by adjusted EBITDA for the trailing
twelve-month period.

About Hostess Brands, Inc.

Hostess® is a leading brand by market share within the SBG category. The
brand's history dates back to 1919, when the Hostess® CupCake was
introduced to the public, followed by Twinkies® in 1930. Today, the
Company produces a variety of new and classic treats including
Donettes®, Ding Dongs®, Zingers®, danishes, honeybuns and coffee cakes,
in addition to Twinkies® and CupCakes. For more information about
Hostess® products and Hostess Brands, please visit hostesscakes.com.
Follow Hostess on Twitter: @Hostess_Snacks; on Facebook:
facebook.com/Hostess; on Instagram: Hostess_Snacks; and on Pinterest:
pinterest.com/hostesscakes.

The Company has two reportable segments: SBG and In-Store Bakery. The
SBG segment consists of sweet baked goods, bread and buns and frozen
retail products that are sold under the Hostess®, Dolly Madison®,
Cloverhill® and Big Texas® brands. The In-Store Bakery segment consists
of Superior on Main® and private label products sold through the
in-store bakery section of grocery and club stores.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements reflecting the Company's views
about its future performance that constitute "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of
1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
as amended, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties.
Forward-looking statements are generally identified through the
inclusion of words such as "believes," "expects," "intends,"
"estimates," "projects," "anticipates," "will," "plan," "may," "should,"
or similar language. Statements addressing the Company's future
operating performance and statements addressing events and developments
that the Company expects or anticipates will occur are also considered
as forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements included
herein are made only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no
obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result
of new information, future events, or otherwise.

These statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in such
forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but
are not limited to, maintaining, extending and expanding the Company's
reputation and brand image; protecting intellectual property rights;
leveraging the Company's brand value to compete against lower-priced
alternative brands; correctly predicting, identifying and interpreting
changes in consumer preferences and demand and offering new products to
meet those changes; operating in a highly competitive industry; the
ability to maintain or add additional shelf or retail space for the
Company's products; the continued ability to produce and successfully
market products with extended shelf life; the ability to drive revenue
growth in key products or add products that are faster-growing and more
profitable; volatility in commodity, energy, and other input prices and
the ability to adjust pricing to cover increased costs; dependence on
major customers; geographic focus could make the Company particularly
vulnerable to economic and other events and trends in North America;
increased costs in order to comply with governmental regulation; general
political, social and economic conditions; a portion of the workforce
belongs to unions and strikes or work stoppages could cause the business
to suffer; product liability claims, product recalls, or regulatory
enforcement actions; unanticipated business disruptions; dependence on
third parties for significant services; insurance may not provide
adequate levels of coverage against claims; failures, unavailability, or
disruptions of the Company's information technology systems; the
Company's ability to achieve expected synergies and benefits and
performance from the Company's strategic acquisitions; dependence on key
personnel or a highly skilled and diverse workforce; and the Company's
ability to finance indebtedness on terms favorable to the Company; and
other risks as set forth from time to time in the Company's Securities
and Exchange Commission filings.

As a result of a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties,
the Company's actual results or performance may be materially different
from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.
Risks and uncertainties are identified and discussed in Item 1A-Risk
Factors in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2018. All
subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to us
or persons acting on the Company's behalf are expressly qualified in
their entirety by these risk factors. The Company undertakes no
obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result
of new information, future events, or otherwise.

     
HOSTESS BRANDS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except shares and per
share data)

 
March 31, December 31,
2019 2018
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 160,483 $ 146,377
Accounts receivable, net 129,231 105,679
Inventories 43,158 38,580
Prepaids and other current assets 5,695   8,806
Total current assets 338,567 299,442
Property and equipment, net 221,636 220,349
Intangible assets, net 1,895,231 1,901,215
Goodwill 575,645 575,645
Other assets, net 12,761   14,062
Total assets $ 3,043,840   $ 3,010,713
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Long-term debt and lease obligations payable within one year $ 13,243 $ 11,268
Tax receivable agreement payments payable within one year 3,700 4,400
Accounts payable 74,648 65,288
Customer trade allowances 44,114 42,010
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 18,950   18,137
Total current liabilities 154,655 141,103
Long-term debt and lease obligations 974,440 976,736
Tax receivable agreement 63,145 64,663
Deferred tax liability 275,238   277,954
Total liabilities 1,467,478   1,460,456
Commitments and Contingencies
Class A common stock, $0.0001 par value, 200,000,000 shares
authorized,100,046,442 and 100,046,392 shares issued and outstanding
at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively
10 10
Class B common stock, $0.0001 par value, 50,000,000 shares
authorized, 30,255,184 shares issued and outstanding at March 31,
2019 and December 31, 2018
3 3
Additional paid in capital 927,570 925,902
Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,307 2,523
Retained earnings 292,491   271,365
Stockholders' equity 1,221,381 1,199,803
Non-controlling interest 354,981   350,454
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 3,043,840   $ 3,010,713
 
 

HOSTESS BRANDS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except shares and per
share data)

 
Three Months Ended
March 31,

2019

    March 31,
2018
Net revenue $ 222,738 $ 208,743
Cost of goods sold 147,550   137,502  
Gross profit 75,188   71,241  
Operating costs and expenses:
Advertising and marketing 8,863 8,870
Selling expense 8,520 7,387
General and administrative 17,471 14,562
Amortization of customer relationships 5,985 5,994
Other operating expense (income) (1,761 ) 1,556  
Total operating costs and expenses 39,078   38,369  
Operating income 36,110 32,872
Other expense (income):
Interest expense, net 10,236 9,340
Gain on buyout of tax receivable agreement (12,372 )
Other expense 440   83  
Total other expense (income) 10,676   (2,949 )
Income before income taxes 25,434 35,821
Income tax expense (benefit) (1,178 ) 6,519  
Net income 26,612 29,302
Less: Net income attributable to the non-controlling interest 5,486   5,461  
Net income attributable to Class A stockholders $ 21,126   $ 23,841  
 
Earnings per Class A share:
Basic $ 0.21 $ 0.24
Diluted $ 0.21 $ 0.23
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
Basic 100,085,141 99,895,075
Diluted 100,777,609 105,041,015

Results of Operations by Segment

Three Months Ended
(In thousands) March 31,

2019

March 31,

2018

Net Revenue
Sweet Baked Goods $ 212,879 $ 199,293
In-Store Bakery 9,859   9,450  
$ 222,738   $ 208,743  
Gross Profit
Sweet Baked Goods $ 73,145 $ 69,438
In-Store Bakery 2,043   1,803  
$ 75,188   $ 71,241  
 
     
HOSTESS BRANDS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands)

 
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2019
    March 31,
2018
Operating activities
Net income $ 26,612 $ 29,302
Depreciation and amortization 10,878 10,091
Impairment of property, goodwill and intangibles 1,417
Debt discount (premium) amortization (228 ) (271 )
Non-cash change in tax receivable agreement (1,761 ) (12,372 )
Share-based compensation 2,281 1,623
Deferred taxes (2,882 ) 4,786
Change in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (23,552 ) (11,437 )
Inventories (4,578 ) 2,006
Prepaids and other current assets 2,917 2,055
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 16,594 11,560

 

Customer trade allowances 2,104   (438 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 28,385   38,322  
 
Investing activities
Purchases of property and equipment (9,493 ) (8,019 )
Acquisition of business, net of cash (23,910 )
Acquisition and development of software assets (1,342 ) (558 )
Net cash used in investing activities (10,835 ) (32,487 )
 
Financing activities
Repayments of long-term debt and capital lease obligation (2,530 ) (2,526 )
Distributions to non-controlling interest (457 ) (4,153 )
Payment of taxes related to the net issuance of employee stock awards (407 )
Payments on tax receivable agreement (457 ) (34,000 )
Net cash used in financing activities (3,444 ) (41,086 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 14,106 (35,251 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 146,377   135,701  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 160,483   $ 100,450  
 
Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:
Cash paid during the period for:
Interest $ 11,087 $ 9,942
Net taxes paid (refunded) $ (10 ) $ 507
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing:
Accrued capital expenditures $ 1,436 $ 642
 

HOSTESS BRANDS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL
MEASURES

Adjusted gross profit, adjusted gross margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted
EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted net income attributable to
Class A Stockholders and adjusted EPS are non-GAAP financial measures
commonly used in the Company's industry and should not be construed as
an alternative to gross profit, net income or earnings per share as
indicators of operating performance or as alternatives to cash provided
by operating activities as a measure of liquidity (each as determined in
accordance with GAAP). These measures may not be comparable to similarly
titled measures reported by other companies. The Company has included
these measures because it believes the measures provide management and
investors with additional information to measure the Company's
performance and liquidity, estimate the Company's value and evaluate the
Company's ability to service debt.

Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted Gross Margin

Gross profit and gross margin are adjusted to exclude certain items that
affect comparability. The adjustments are itemized below. You are
encouraged to evaluate these adjustments and the reason the Company
considers them appropriate for supplemental analysis. In evaluating
adjusted gross profit and adjusted gross margin, you should be aware
that in the future the Company may incur expenses that are the same as
or similar to some of the adjustments set forth below. The presentation
of adjusted gross profit and adjusted gross margin should not be
construed as an inference that future results will be unaffected by
unusual or recurring items.

Adjusted EBITDA

The Company defines adjusted EBITDA as net income adjusted to exclude
(i) interest expense, net, (ii) depreciation and amortization and (iii)
income taxes, as further adjusted to eliminate the impact of certain
items that the Company does not consider indicative of its ongoing
operating performance. These further adjustments are itemized below. You
are encouraged to evaluate these adjustments and the reasons the Company
considers them appropriate for supplemental analysis. In evaluating
adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future the Company may
incur expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the
adjustments set forth below. The Company's presentation of adjusted
EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that its future results
will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should
not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of the
Company's results as reported under GAAP. For example, adjusted EBITDA:

  • does not reflect the Company's capital expenditures, future
    requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, the Company's
    working capital needs;
  • does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash
    requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on
    the Company's debt; and
  • does not reflect payments related to income taxes, the Tax Receivable
    Agreement or distributions to the non-controlling interest to
    reimburse its tax liability.

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS

Net income and net income attributed to Class A stockholders are
adjusted to exclude certain items that affect comparability. Net income
attributed to Class A shareholders is then divided by weighted average
diluted Class A shares outstanding to determine adjusted EPS. The
adjustments are itemized below. You are encouraged to evaluate these
adjustments and the reasons the Company considers them appropriate for
supplemental analysis. In evaluating adjusted net income and adjusted
EPS, you should be aware that in the future the Company may incur
expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments set
forth below. The presentation of adjusted EPS should not be construed as
an inference that future results will be unaffected by unusual or
recurring items.

 
HOSTESS BRANDS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except shares and per
share data)

 
Three Months Ended
March 31,

2019

  March 31,

2018

Reconciliation of Adjusted Gross Profit

Gross profit $ 75,188 $ 71,241
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Acquisition and integration costs 1,563
Special employee incentive compensation 33   983  
Adjusted gross profit $ 76,784   $ 72,224  
 
Adjusted gross margin 34.5 % 34.6 %
 

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA

Net income $ 26,612 $ 29,302
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Income tax provision (benefit) (1,178 ) 6,519
Interest expense, net 10,236 9,340
Depreciation and amortization 10,879 10,091
Share-based compensation 2,281 1,623
Tax Receivable Agreement remeasurement and gain on buyout (1,761 ) (12,372 )
Impairment of property and equipment, intangible assets and goodwill 1,417
Acquisition and integration costs 1,563 47
Special employee incentive compensation 355 983
Other i 440   83  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 49,427   $ 47,033  
 

Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income and
Adjusted EPS

Net income $ 26,612 $ 29,302
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Tax Receivable Agreement remeasurement and gain on buyout (1,761 ) (12,372 )
Remeasurement of deferred taxes (6,047 )
Impairment of property and equipment, intangible assets and goodwill 1,417
Acquisition and integration costs 1,563 47
Special employee incentive compensation 355 983
Tax impact of adjustments (409 ) 1,131  
Adjusted net income 20,313 20,508
Non-controlling interest allocation of net income (5,486 ) (5,461 )
Non-controlling interest allocation of adjustments (446 ) (558 )
Adjusted net income attributed to Class A stockholders $ 14,381   $ 14,489  
Weighted average Class A shares outstanding-diluted 100,777,609   105,041,015  
Adjusted EPS $ 0.14   $ 0.14  

i. For the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, other expenses
included transaction and other non-operating professional fees.

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