Herbalife Nutrition Reports Record-Breaking Quarterly Volume Point Results and Provides Initial Full Year 2020 Guidance

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.


“The momentum we’ve built in our business throughout 2019 continued in the third quarter with record-breaking volume point results. We believe this momentum will continue long into the future with the appointment of John Agwunobi as our CEO and John DeSimone as President, effective March of next year. We are confident Dr. Agwunobi’s unique background and John DeSimone’s extraordinary knowledge of our business will create an outstanding team and take Herbalife Nutrition to new heights,” said Michael Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Herbalife Nutrition.

QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reported net sales of $1.2 billion increased 0.1% compared to the third quarter 2018. Excluding China, net sales increased 6.1% compared to the prior year period.
  • Volume points of 1.5 billion increased 2.3% compared to the third quarter 2018, representing the largest quarterly volume point result in Company history. Excluding China, volume points increased 5.2% compared to the prior year period.1
  • Third quarter reported diluted EPS of $0.58 and adjusted2 earnings of $0.73 per diluted share, both of which were negatively impacted by expenses of approximately $5.8 million or $0.03 per diluted share, related to the China Growth and Impact Investment Program.
  • Updating FY 2019 volume point guidance to a range of 2.1% – 3.4% growth, net sales guidance to a range of (1.2%) – 0.1%, as well as reported and adjusted2, 3 diluted EPS guidance to a range of $2.20 – $2.40 and $2.56 – $2.76, respectively.
  • Initiating FY 2020 volume point and net sales guidance range of 1.0% – 7.0% and 1.0% – 7.0% growth, respectively, which includes an approximate 250 bps currency headwind.
  • In a separate press release this afternoon, the Company announced its CEO transition plan that goes into effect March 2020.

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1 Excluding adjustments to volume point values in 2018, the year over year change would have been an increase of 2.1% and an increase of 5.0% excluding China. See Regional Volume Point Metrics below.

2 Adjusted diluted EPS is a non-GAAP measure and excludes the impact of: non-cash interest expense and amortization of non-cash issuance costs associated with the Company’s convertible notes, China grant income, impacts relating to contingent value rights revaluation, impact related to finalization of insurance recoveries, expenses related to regulatory inquiries and legal accrual, and Mexico VAT Assessment. See Schedule A – “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a detailed reconciliation of adjusted net income to net income calculated in accordance with GAAP and a reconciliation of adjusted diluted EPS to diluted EPS calculated in accordance with GAAP and a discussion of why we believe these non-GAAP measures are useful.

3 See Schedule A – “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of adjusted diluted share count to reported diluted share count and a discussion of why the share count has been adjusted for purposes of calculating adjusted diluted EPS for the year to date periods of 2018 and 2019, and full year 2019 guidance.

Third Quarter 2019 Key Metrics4

Regional Volume Point Metrics

 

Volume Points

Region

3Q ’19 (mil)

Yr/Yr % Chg

Asia Pacific

406.6

17.3%

North America

330.8

7.0%

EMEA

315.2

4.0%

Mexico

216.4

(7.1%)

China

142.4

(19.5%)

South and Central America

130.1

(5.9%)

Worldwide Total (a)

1,541.5

2.3%

Worldwide Total excl. China (a)

1,399.1

5.2%

(a) During 2018, the Company adjusted volume point values for certain products in North America and South & Central America. Excluding these adjustments, the worldwide total year over year change in volume points would have been an increase of 2.1% for the third quarter and an increase of 5.0% for the third quarter excluding China. Adjustments to Volume Points during 2019 were not material.

Regional Net Sales and Foreign Exchange (“FX”) Impact

Region

Reported

Net Sales

3Q’19 (mil)

Growth/Decline

including FX

vs. 3Q ‘18

Growth/Decline

excluding FX

vs. 3Q ‘18

Asia Pacific

$

324.5

18.3

%

18.6

%

North America

$

257.1

7.1

%

7.2

%

EMEA

$

242.3

2.7

%

6.4

%

Mexico

$

116.5

(3.9

%)

(1.5

%)

China

$

208.7

(21.7

%)

(19.3

%)

South & Central America (a)

$

95.4

(9.1

%)

*

Worldwide Total

$

1,244.5

0.1

%

*

Worldwide Total excl. China

$

1,035.8

6.1

%

*

South & Central America excl. Venezuela (a)

$

95.0

(6.1

%)

(1.0

%)

Worldwide Total excl Venezuela (a)

$

1,244.1

0.4

%

2.4

%

Worldwide Total excl. China and Venezuela (a)

$

1,035.4

6.5

%

8.3

%

(a) Venezuela was impacted by significant price increases and erosion in foreign currency exchange rates. Venezuela represents less than 1% of the Company’s consolidated net sales. See Schedule A – “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a discussion of why we believe adjusting for Venezuela is useful.

* Figure not meaningful due to significant foreign currency fluctuations in Venezuela and the price increases implemented as a result thereof that, when considered in isolation, have a disproportionately large impact on the Company’s South and Central American region and consolidated results. Amounts were 1,180.1%, 102.1% and 135.2% for South & Central America, Worldwide Total and Worldwide Total excluding China, respectively.

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4 Supplemental tables that include Average Active Sales Leader and additional business metrics can be found at http://ir.Herbalife.com.

Outlook

Following is the Company’s fourth quarter 2019, full year 2019 and full year 2020 guidance based on current business trends:

Three Months Ending

Twelve Months Ending

December 31, 2019

December 31, 2019

Low

High

Low

High

Volume Point Growth vs 2018 (a)

0.1%

5.6%

2.1%

3.4%

Net Sales Growth vs 2018 (b)

(0.9%)

4.6%

(1.2%)

0.1%

Diluted EPS (b) (c)

$0.41

$0.61

$2.20

$2.40

Adjusted Diluted EPS (b) (c) (d)

$0.48

$0.68

$2.56

$2.76

Cap Ex ($ millions)

$29.0

$39.0

$105.0

$115.0

Effective Tax Rate (b) (c)

27.0%

41.0%

30.6%

33.6%

Adjusted Effective Tax Rate (b) (c) (d)

23.0%

37.0%

27.0%

30.0%

Net Sales Growth vs. 2018 (Currency Adjusted) (b) (e)

0.5%

6.0%

2.1%

3.4%

Adjusted Diluted EPS (Currency Adjusted) (b) (c) (d) (e)

$0.52

$0.72

$2.89

$3.09

 

Twelve Months Ending

 

December 31, 2020

Low

High

Volume Point Growth vs 2019 (a)

1.0%

7.0%

Net Sales Growth vs 2019 (b)

1.0%

7.0%

Diluted EPS (b) (c)

$2.35

$2.85

Adjusted Diluted EPS (b) (c) (d)

$2.55

$3.05

Cap Ex ($ millions)

$130.0

$170.0

Effective Tax Rate (b) (c)

27.0%

32.0%

Adjusted Effective Tax Rate (b) (c) (d)

26.0%

31.0%

Net Sales Growth vs. 2019 (Currency Adjusted) (b) (f)

3.5%

9.5%

Adjusted Diluted EPS (Currency Adjusted) (b) (c) (d) (f)

$2.70

$3.20

(a) The Company is evaluating our current approach to assigning and maintaining volume point values for certain products or markets. Guidance excludes any future potential impact of volume point adjustments, which may have an impact on the use of volume points as a proxy for sales trends in future periods.

(b) Excludes any future potential Venezuela currency devaluations and associated pricing and inflationary consequences.

(c) Excludes the following items that cannot be accurately predicted: any future potential ongoing tax effects from the exercise of equity awards that could impact the Company’s tax rate due to the stock compensation accounting standard, benefits from future potential China grant income, any future potential dilution from the Company’s convertible notes due in 2024, as well as any impact of the China Growth and Impact Investment Program.

(d) Adjusted diluted EPS and adjusted effective tax rate excludes the impact of: non-cash interest expense and amortization of non-cash issuance costs associated with the Company’s convertible notes, China grant income, impacts relating to contingent value rights revaluation, impact related to finalization of insurance recoveries, expenses related to regulatory inquiries and legal accrual, and Mexico VAT Assessment, as detailed in Schedule A. See Schedule A – “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a detailed reconciliation of adjusted diluted EPS to diluted EPS calculated in accordance with GAAP and a discussion of why the Company believes these non-GAAP measures are useful.

(e) Currency adjusted net sales and adjusted diluted EPS represent projections translated into US dollars at currency rates equal to the average rates used to translate 2018 fourth quarter and full year net sales and diluted EPS and adjusted for items such as hedging gains/losses and Venezuela to be directly comparable to 2018 values.

(f) Currency adjusted net sales and adjusted diluted EPS represent projections translated into US dollars at currency rates equal to the average rates used to translate 2019 full year net sales and diluted EPS and adjusted for items such as hedging gains/losses and Venezuela to be directly comparable to 2019 values.

  • With respect to guidance, the Company cannot accurately predict the impact to its share base from any share repurchases in 2019 or 2020. Accordingly, any impact thereof is excluded from the guidance tables above.
  • Guidance is based on the average daily exchange rates during the first two weeks of October 2019.
  • Adjusted2 diluted EPS guidance for the fourth quarter 2019 includes a projected currency headwind of approximately $0.04 per diluted share versus the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • Full year 2019 adjusted2 diluted EPS guidance includes a projected currency headwind of approximately $0.33 per diluted share, $0.06 unfavorable compared to the impact included in the full year 2019 guidance provided on August 1, 2019.
  • Full year 2020 adjusted2 diluted EPS guidance includes a projected currency headwind of $0.15 compared to 2019.

Earnings Conference Call

Herbalife Nutrition senior management will host an investor conference call to discuss its recent financial results and provide an update on current business trends on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET).

The dial-in number for this conference call for domestic callers is (877) 317-1296, and (262) 320-2006 for international callers (conference ID: 2178226). Live audio of the conference call will be simultaneously webcast in the investor relations section of the Company’s website at http://ir.Herbalife.com.

An audio replay will be available following the completion of the conference call in MP3 format or by dialing (855) 859-2056 for domestic callers or (404) 537-3406 for international callers (conference ID: 2178226). The webcast of the teleconference will be archived and available on Herbalife Nutrition’s website.

About Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.

Herbalife Nutrition is a global company that has been changing people’s lives with great nutrition products and a proven business opportunity for its independent distributors since 1980. The Company offers high-quality, science-backed products, sold in over 90 countries by entrepreneurial distributors who provide one-on-one coaching and a supportive community that inspires their customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through the Company’s global campaign to eradicate hunger, Herbalife Nutrition is also committed to bringing nutrition and education to communities around the world.

For more information, please visit IAmHerbalifeNutrition.com.

Herbalife Nutrition also encourages investors to visit its investor relations website at ir.herbalife.com as financial and other information is updated and new information is posted.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in any of our forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from those projected or assumed in any of our forward-looking statements. Our future financial condition and results of operations, as well as any forward-looking statements, are subject to change and to inherent risks and uncertainties, such as those disclosed or incorporated by reference in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Important factors that could cause our actual results, performance and achievements, or industry results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in our forward-looking statements include, among others, the following:

  • our relationship with, and our ability to influence the actions of, our Members;
  • improper action by our employees or Members in violation of applicable law;
  • adverse publicity associated with our products or network marketing organization, including our ability to comfort the marketplace and regulators regarding our compliance with applicable laws;
  • changing consumer preferences and demands;
  • the competitive nature of our business;
  • regulatory matters governing our products, including potential governmental or regulatory actions concerning the safety or efficacy of our products and network marketing program, including the direct selling markets in which we operate;
  • legal challenges to our network marketing program;
  • the Consent Order entered into with the FTC, the effects thereof and any failure to comply therewith;
  • risks associated with operating internationally and the effect of economic factors, including foreign exchange, inflation, disruptions or conflicts with our third-party importers, pricing and currency devaluation risks, especially in countries such as Venezuela;
  • uncertainties relating to interpretation and enforcement of legislation in China governing direct selling and anti-pyramiding;
  • our inability to obtain or maintain the necessary licenses for our direct selling business in China and elsewhere;
  • adverse changes in the Chinese economy;
  • our dependence on increased penetration of existing markets;
  • any material disruption to our business caused by natural disasters, other catastrophic events, acts of war or terrorism, or cybersecurity incidents;
  • noncompliance by us or our Members with any privacy laws or any security breach by us or a third party involving the misappropriation, loss, or other unauthorized use or disclosure of confidential information;
  • contractual limitations on our ability to expand our business;
  • our reliance on our information technology infrastructure and outside manufacturers;
  • the sufficiency of our trademarks and other intellectual property rights;
  • product concentration;
  • our reliance upon, or the loss or departure of any member of, our senior management team which could negatively impact our Member relations and operating results;
  • U.S. and foreign laws and regulations applicable to our operations;
  • uncertainties relating to the United Kingdom’s vote to exit from the European Union;
  • restrictions imposed by covenants in our existing indebtedness;
  • risks related to the convertible notes;
  • uncertainties relating to the application of transfer pricing, duties, value added taxes, and other tax regulations, and changes thereto;
  • changes in tax laws, treaties or regulations, or their interpretation;
  • taxation relating to our Members;
  • product liability claims;
  • our incorporation under the laws of the Cayman Islands;
  • whether we will purchase any of our shares in the open markets or otherwise; and
  • share price volatility related to, among other things, speculative trading and certain traders shorting our common shares.

We do not undertake any obligation to update or release any revisions to any forward-looking statement or to report any events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

Results of Operations

Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In millions, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

9/30/2019

 

9/30/2018

 

9/30/2019

 

9/30/2018

 

 
North America

$

257.1

 

$

240.0

 

$

791.9

 

$

733.7

 

EMEA

 

242.3

 

 

235.9

 

 

756.9

 

 

744.1

 

Asia Pacific

 

324.5

 

 

274.3

 

 

918.6

 

 

772.9

 

Mexico

 

116.5

 

 

121.2

 

 

357.0

 

 

353.4

 

China

 

208.7

 

 

266.5

 

 

546.1

 

 

765.5

 

South and Central America

 

95.4

 

 

104.9

 

 

286.3

 

 

335.6

 

Worldwide Net Sales

 

1,244.5

 

 

1,242.8

 

 

3,656.8

 

 

3,705.2

 

Cost of Sales

 

243.4

 

 

218.1

 

 

728.2

 

 

693.4

 

Gross Profit

 

1,001.1

 

 

1,024.7

 

 

2,928.6

 

 

3,011.8

 

Royalty Overrides

 

363.8

 

 

344.0

 

 

1,090.1

 

 

1,031.1

 

Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses

 

500.1

 

 

499.4

 

 

1,412.5

 

 

1,469.7

 

Other Operating Income (1)

 

(6.4

)

 

(6.0

)

 

(33.7

)

 

(23.9

)

Operating Income

 

143.6

 

 

187.3

 

 

459.7

 

 

534.9

 

Interest Expense, net

 

31.6

 

 

39.9

 

 

104.0

 

 

124.1

 

Other Expense (Income), net (2)

 

(1.3

)

 

30.9

 

 

(15.7

)

 

60.0

 

Income Before Income Taxes

 

113.3

 

 

116.5

 

 

371.4

 

 

350.8

 

Income Taxes (3)

 

31.8

 

 

45.3

 

 

117.1

 

 

103.1

 

Net Income

$

81.5

 

$

71.2

 

$

254.3

 

$

247.7

 

 
Weighted-Average Shares Outstanding:
Basic

 

137.4

 

 

136.2

 

 

137.3

 

 

141.3

 

Diluted

 

140.0

 

 

145.6

 

 

142.3

 

 

150.8

 

 
Earnings Per Share:
Basic

$

0.59

 

$

0.52

 

$

1.85

 

$

1.75

 

Diluted

$

0.58

 

$

0.49

 

$

1.79

 

$

1.64

 

 

(1) Other Operating Income for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018 relates to certain China government grant income. Other operating income for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 relates to certain China government grant income and income related to the finalization of insurance recoveries in connection with the flooding at one of the Company’s warehouses in Mexico during September 2017. Other Operating Income for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 relates to certain China government grant income.

(2) Other Expense (Income), net for the three months ended September 30, 2019 relates to the gain on revaluation of the Contingent Value Rights (CVR) issued in connection with the October 2017 modified Dutch auction tender offer. Other Expense (Income), net for the three months ended September 30, 2018 relates to the $35.4 million loss on extinguishment of the 2017 senior secured credit facility, partially offset by a gain on revaluation of the CVR. Other Expense (Income), net for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 relates to the gain on revaluation of the CVR. Other Expense (Income), net for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 relates to the $35.4 million loss on extinguishment of the 2017 senior secured credit facility; the $13.1 million loss on the extinguishment of a portion of the 2.0% convertible senior notes due 2019 repurchased in March 2018; and the $11.4 million loss on revaluation of the CVR.

(3) Includes the impact of excess tax benefit recognized under ASU 2016-09 of $0.2 million and $19.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively; and $3.0 million and $49.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

 

Sep 30,

 

Dec 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 
ASSETS
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents

$

715.2

 

$

1,198.9

 

Receivables, net

 

100.4

 

 

70.5

 

Inventories

 

420.1

 

 

381.8

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

153.6

 

 

153.8

 

Total Current Assets

 

1,389.3

 

 

1,805.0

 

 
Property, plant and equipment, net

 

360.6

 

 

360.0

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

181.9

 

 

 

Marketing-related intangibles and other intangible assets, net

 

310.1

 

 

310.1

 

Goodwill

 

89.3

 

 

92.9

 

Other assets

 

214.4

 

 

221.8

 

Total Assets

$

2,545.6

 

$

2,789.8

 

 
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ DEFICIT
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable

$

75.8

 

$

81.1

 

Royalty overrides

 

283.9

 

 

281.4

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

24.5

 

 

678.9

 

Other current liabilities

 

536.4

 

 

547.4

 

Total Current Liabilities

 

920.6

 

 

1,588.8

 

 
Non-current liabilities:
Long-term debt, net of current portion

 

1,779.3

 

 

1,774.9

 

Non-current operating lease liabilities

 

165.4

 

 

 

Other non-current liabilities

 

147.8

 

 

149.5

 

Total Liabilities

 

3,013.1

 

 

3,513.2

 

 
Commitments and Contingencies
 
Shareholders’ deficit:
Common shares

 

0.1

 

 

0.1

 

Paid-in capital in excess of par value

 

363.7

 

 

341.5

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(230.4

)

 

(209.8

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(272.0

)

 

(526.3

)

Treasury stock

 

(328.9

)

 

(328.9

)

Total Shareholders’ Deficit

 

(467.5

)

 

(723.4

)

 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Deficit

$

2,545.6

 

$

2,789.8

 

 

Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

9/30/2019

 

9/30/2018

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income

$

254.3

 

$

247.7

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by
operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization

 

73.4

 

 

76.0

 

Share-based compensation expenses

 

29.7

 

 

31.8

 

Non-cash interest expense

 

37.5

 

 

49.4

 

Deferred income taxes

 

8.0

 

 

6.0

 

Inventory write-downs

 

17.9

 

 

13.9

 

Foreign exchange transaction loss

 

4.0

 

 

10.4

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

48.5

 

Other

 

(10.4

)

 

11.3

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Receivables

 

(35.7

)

 

(25.9

)

Inventories

 

(63.5

)

 

(40.5

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

2.7

 

 

(52.2

)

Accounts payable

 

(2.9

)

 

25.2

 

Royalty overrides

 

5.9

 

 

14.2

 

Other current liabilities

 

(18.0

)

 

82.3

 

Other

 

(2.0

)

 

11.6

 

NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

300.9

 

 

509.7

 

 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property, plant and equipment

 

(79.5

)

 

(55.7

)

NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

(79.5

)

 

(55.7

)

 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Borrowings from senior secured credit facility, net of discount

 

 

 

998.1

 

Principal payments on senior secured credit facility and other debt

 

(17.4

)

 

(1,231.7

)

Proceeds from convertible senior notes

 

 

 

550.0

 

Repayment of convertible senior notes

 

(675.0

)

 

(582.5

)

Proceeds from senior notes

 

 

 

400.0

 

Debt issuance costs

 

 

 

(26.8

)

Share repurchases

 

(9.9

)

 

(740.6

)

Proceeds from settlement of capped call transactions

 

 

 

55.9

 

Other

 

2.5

 

 

2.4

 

NET CASH USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

(699.8

)

 

(575.2

)

EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS, AND RESTRICTED CASH

 

(13.4

)

 

(48.0

)

NET CHANGE IN CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS, AND RESTRICTED CASH

 

(491.8

)

 

(169.2

)

CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS, AND RESTRICTED CASH, BEGINNING OF PERIOD

 

1,215.0

 

 

1,295.5

 

CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS, AND RESTRICTED CASH, END OF PERIOD

$

723.2

 

$

1,126.3

 

 

Supplemental Information

SCHEDULE A: RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(Unaudited and unreviewed), (All tables provide Dollars in millions, except per Share Data)

In addition to its reported results and guidance calculated in accordance with GAAP, the Company has included in this release adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS, performance measures that the Securities and Exchange Commission defines as “non-GAAP financial measures.” Management believes that such non-GAAP financial measures, when read in conjunction with the Company’s reported or forecasted results, in each case calculated in accordance with GAAP, can provide useful supplemental information for investors because they facilitate a period to period comparative assessment of the Company’s operating performance relative to its performance based on reported or forecasted results under GAAP, while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance and eliminate certain charges that management believes do not reflect the Company’s operations and underlying operational performance.

Contacts

Media Contact:

Jennifer Butler

VP, Media Relations

213.745.0420

Investor Contact:

Eric Monroe

Director, Investor Relations

213.745.0449

 

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