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WNS Announces Fiscal 2023 Third Quarter Earnings, Revises Full Year Guidance

NEW YORK & MUMBAI, India--(BUSINESS WIRE)--$WNS #BPM--WNS (Holdings) Limited (WNS) (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Management (BPM) solutions, today announced results for the fiscal 2023 third quarter ended December 31, 2022.

Highlights – Fiscal 2023 Third Quarter:

GAAP Financials

  • Revenue of $306.9 million, up 8.0% from $284.1 million in Q3 of last year and down 0.1% from $307.1 million last quarter
  • Profit of $34.7 million, compared to $34.3 million in Q3 of last year and $33.2 million last quarter
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.69, compared to $0.68 in Q3 of last year and $0.66 last quarter

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures*

  • Revenue less repair payments of $292.9 million, up 12.2% from $261.2 million in Q3 of last year and up 1.3% from $289.3 million last quarter
  • Adjusted Net Income (ANI) of $50.6 million, compared to $44.4 million in Q3 of last year and $47.2 million last quarter
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.01, compared to $0.88 in Q3 of last year and $0.94 last quarter

 

Other Metrics

  • Added 11 new clients in the quarter, expanded 24 existing relationships
  • Days sales outstanding (DSO) at 34 days
  • Global headcount of 57,994 as of December 31, 2022

 

Reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures discussed below to our GAAP operating results are included at the end of this release. See also “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Revenue in the third quarter was $306.9 million, representing an increase of 8.0% versus Q3 of last year and a decrease of 0.1% from the previous quarter. Revenue less repair payments* in the third quarter was $292.9 million, an increase of 12.2% year-over-year and 1.3% sequentially. Excluding exchange rate impacts, constant currency revenue less repair payments* in the fiscal third quarter was up 19.0% versus Q3 of last year and 2.3% sequentially. Year-over-year, fiscal Q3 revenue improved as a result of our new client additions, the expansion of existing relationships, our acquisitions of Vuram, OptiBuy, and The Smart Cube, and increased travel volume which more than offset currency movements and hedging losses. Sequentially, growth driven by broad-based revenue momentum and our acquisitions of OptiBuy and The Smart Cube was partially offset by currency movements and hedging losses, and travel seasonality.

Profit in the fiscal third quarter was $34.7 million, as compared to $34.3 million in Q3 of last year and $33.2 million in the previous quarter. Year-over-year, profit increased as a result of revenue growth, improved productivity, favorable currency movements net of hedging, and a lower effective tax rate. These benefits more than offset the impact of wage increases, increased return-to-office costs, higher share-based compensation expense, and increased costs associated with our acquisitions of Vuram, OptiBuy, and The Smart Cube including amortization of intangibles, interest expense, and other acquisition-related expenses. Sequentially, Q3 profit increased as a result of improved productivity and reduced share-based compensation expense. These benefits were partially offset by unfavorable currency movements net of hedging, and increased costs associated with our acquisitions of OptiBuy and The Smart Cube including amortization of intangibles, interest expense, and other acquisition-related expenses.

Adjusted net income (ANI)* in Q3 was $50.6 million, as compared to $44.4 million in Q3 of last year and $47.2 million in the previous quarter. Explanations for the ANI* movements on a year-over-year and sequential basis are the same as described for GAAP profit above with the exception of amortization of intangible expenses, share-based compensation expense, acquisition-related expenses, and associated tax impacts which are excluded from ANI*. The acquisition-related expenses have been excluded from ANI* definition effective Q2 of this year.

From a balance sheet perspective, WNS ended Q3 with $249.8 million in cash and investments and $179.4 million in debt. In the third quarter, the company generated $70.3 million in cash from operations, took out a $100.9 million term loan for our acquisition of The Smart Cube, incurred $11.4 million in capital expenditures, and paid net $168.7 million towards acquisitions. Third quarter days sales outstanding were 34 days, as compared to 30 days reported in Q3 of last year and 30 days in the previous quarter.

“In the third quarter, WNS continued to make progress on our key strategic investment programs while delivering solid top line growth and industry-leading margins,” said Keshav Murugesh, WNS’ Chief Executive Officer. “Our acquisitions this quarter will enable WNS to enhance our positioning in the procurement and analytics space, and create end-to-end solutions for our clients which combine state-of-the art technology with best-in-class talent. Despite the weak macro environment, demand for BPM services is robust and we believe WNS remains well-positioned to capitalize on the market opportunity and create sustainable value for all of our key stakeholders.”

Fiscal 2023 Guidance

WNS is updating guidance for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023, as follows:

  • Revenue less repair payments* is expected to be between $1,146 million and $1,158 million, up from $1,026.8 million in fiscal 2022. Guidance includes 9 months of revenue from Vuram and 3.5 months of revenue from OptiBuy and The Smart Cube, and assumes an average GBP to USD exchange rate of 1.21 for the remainder of fiscal 2023.
  • ANI* is expected to range between $193 million and $197 million versus $174.8 million in fiscal 2022. Guidance assumes an average USD to INR exchange rate of 82.5 for the remainder of fiscal 2023.
  • Based on a diluted share count of 50.6 million shares, the company expects fiscal 2023 adjusted diluted earnings per share* to be in the range of $3.82 to $3.89 versus $3.41 in fiscal 2022.

“The company has updated our forecast for fiscal 2023 based on current visibility levels and exchange rates,” said Sanjay Puria, WNS’ Chief Financial Officer. “Our guidance for the full year reflects growth in revenue less repair payments* of 12% to 13%, or 17% to 19% on a constant currency* basis. This includes approximately 3% inorganic growth related to our acquisitions of Vuram, OptiBuy and The Smart Cube. We currently have over 99% visibility to the midpoint of the range, consistent with January guidance in previous years. For the year, we expect capital expenditures of up to $42 million.”

____________________

* See “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the reconciliations of the historical non-GAAP financial measures to our GAAP operating results at the end of this release.

Conference Call

WNS will host a conference call on January 19, 2023, at 8:00 am (Eastern) to discuss the company's quarterly results. To access the call in “listen-only” mode, please join live via the company’s investor relations website at ir.wns.com. For call participants, please register using this online form to receive your dial-in number and unique PIN/passcode which can be used to access the call. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the company website at ir.wns.com.

About WNS

WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS) is a leading Business Process Management (BPM) company. WNS combines deep industry knowledge with technology, analytics, and process expertise to co-create innovative, digitally led transformational solutions with over 400 clients across various industries. WNS delivers an entire spectrum of BPM solutions including industry-specific offerings, customer experience services, finance and accounting, human resources, procurement, and research and analytics to re-imagine the digital future of businesses. As of December 31, 2022, WNS had 57,994 professionals across 64 delivery centers worldwide including facilities in Canada, China, Costa Rica, India, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. For more information, visit www.wns.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements, as defined in the safe harbor provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions about our Company and our industry. Generally, these forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of terminology such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “will,” “seek,” “should” and similar expressions. These statements include, among other things, expressed or implied forward-looking statements relating to discussions of our strategic initiatives and the expected resulting benefits, our growth opportunities, industry environment, our expectations concerning our future financial performance and growth potential, including our fiscal 2023 guidance, future profitability, our expectations regarding the benefits from our acquisitions of Vuram, OptiBuy, and The Smart Cube (including their impacts on our results of operations), estimated capital expenditures, and expected foreign currency exchange rates. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to worldwide economic and business conditions, our dependence on a limited number of clients in a limited number of industries; the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on our and our clients’ business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows; currency fluctuations; political or economic instability in the jurisdictions where we have operations; regulatory, legislative and judicial developments; increasing competition in the BPM industry; technological innovation; our liability arising from fraud or unauthorized disclosure of sensitive or confidential client and customer data; telecommunications or technology disruptions; our ability to attract and retain clients; negative public reaction in the US or the UK to offshore outsourcing; our ability to collect our receivables from, or bill our unbilled services to our clients; our ability to expand our business or effectively manage growth; our ability to hire and retain enough sufficiently trained employees to support our operations; the effects of our different pricing strategies or those of our competitors; our ability to successfully consummate, integrate and achieve accretive benefits from our strategic acquisitions (including Vuram, OptiBuy, and The Smart Cube), and to successfully grow our revenue and expand our service offerings and market share; future regulatory actions and conditions in our operating areas; and our ability to manage the impact of climate change on our business. These and other factors are more fully discussed in our most recent annual report on Form 20-F and subsequent reports on Form 6-K filed with or furnished to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which are available at www.sec.gov. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, we do not undertake to update any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

References to “$” and “USD” refer to the United States dollars, the legal currency of the United States; references to “GBP” refer to the British pound, the legal currency of Britain; and references to “INR” refer to Indian Rupees, the legal currency of India. References to GAAP refers to International Financial Reporting Standards, as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IFRS).

WNS (HOLDINGS) LIMITED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited, amounts in millions, except share and per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

Dec 31,

2022

 

Dec 31,

2021

 

Sep 30,

2022

Revenue

$

306.9

 

$

284.1

 

$

307.1

 

Cost of revenue

 

198.1

 

 

187.5

 

 

203.0

 

Gross profit

 

108.9

 

 

96.6

 

 

104.1

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling and marketing expenses

 

16.2

 

 

14.2

 

 

16.0

 

General and administrative expenses

 

42.2

 

 

37.1

 

 

43.1

 

Foreign exchange (gain) / loss, net

 

0.1

 

 

(0.8

)

 

(1.6

)

Amortization of intangible assets

 

6.5

 

 

2.9

 

 

5.3

 

Operating profit

 

43.9

 

 

43.2

 

 

41.3

 

Other income, net

 

(3.6

)

 

(3.3

)

 

(3.1

)

Finance expense

 

5.0

 

 

3.3

 

 

4.0

 

Profit before income taxes

 

42.6

 

 

43.2

 

 

40.4

 

Income tax expense

 

7.9

 

 

8.8

 

 

7.2

 

Profit after tax

$

34.7

 

$

34.3

 

$

33.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share of ordinary share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.72

 

$

0.70

 

$

0.69

 

Diluted

$

0.69

 

$

0.68

 

$

0.66

 

 

WNS (HOLDINGS) LIMITED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(Unaudited, amounts in millions, except share and per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at Dec 31,

2022

 

As at Mar 31,

2022

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

102.4

 

$

108.2

 

Investments

 

73.1

 

 

211.4

 

Trade receivables, net

 

120.0

 

 

100.5

 

Unbilled revenue

 

90.5

 

 

87.0

 

Funds held for clients

 

8.6

 

 

11.6

 

Derivative assets

 

11.1

 

 

10.4

 

Contract assets

 

11.6

 

 

10.2

 

Prepayments and other current assets

 

30.8

 

 

28.8

 

Total current assets

 

448.1

 

 

568.1

 

Non-current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

376.9

 

 

123.5

 

Intangible assets

 

149.4

 

 

65.4

 

Property and equipment

 

49.9

 

 

49.3

 

Right-of-use assets

 

161.1

 

 

142.6

 

Derivative assets

 

2.5

 

 

3.2

 

Investments

 

74.2

 

 

93.4

 

Contract assets

 

48.5

 

 

39.8

 

Deferred tax assets

 

44.2

 

 

34.8

 

Other non-current assets

 

52.0

 

 

44.3

 

Total non-current assets

 

958.7

 

 

596.4

 

TOTAL ASSETS

$

1,406.8

 

$

1,164.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade payables

$

23.3

 

$

27.8

 

Provisions and accrued expenses

 

37.9

 

 

36.8

 

Derivative liabilities

 

11.3

 

 

6.0

 

Pension and other employee obligations

 

93.4

 

 

105.8

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

35.7

 

 

 

Contract liabilities

 

13.3

 

 

13.7

 

Current taxes payable

 

5.7

 

 

2.3

 

Lease liabilities

 

24.5

 

 

27.0

 

Other liabilities

 

27.7

 

 

11.4

 

Total current liabilities

 

272.8

 

 

230.7

 

Non-current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derivative liabilities

 

2.9

 

 

0.8

 

Pension and other employee obligations

 

19.1

 

 

16.2

 

Long-term debt

 

143.7

 

 

 

Contract liabilities

 

9.0

 

 

13.3

 

Other non-current liabilities

 

26.9

 

 

0.1

 

Lease liabilities

 

160.0

 

 

140.0

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

30.1

 

 

9.3

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

391.6

 

 

179.8

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

$

664.5

 

$

410.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders' equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital (ordinary shares $0.16 (10 pence) par value, authorized 60,000,000 shares; issued: 48,138,073 shares and 48,849,907 shares; each as at December 31, 2022 and March 31, 2022, respectively)

 

7.7

 

 

7.8

 

Share premium

 

67.1

 

 

110.3

 

Retained earnings

 

917.1

 

 

818.4

 

Other reserves

 

4.9

 

 

2.7

 

Other components of equity

 

(254.3

)

 

(185.1

)

Total shareholders’ equity

$

742.3

 

$

754.0

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$

1,406.8

 

$

1,164.5

 

 

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The financial information in this release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures that we believe more accurately reflect our core operating performance. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to our GAAP operating results are included below. A more detailed discussion of our GAAP results is contained in “Part I –Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects” in our annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on May 17, 2022.

For financial statement reporting purposes, WNS has two reportable segments: WNS Global BPM and WNS Auto Claims BPM. Revenue less repair payments is a non-GAAP financial measure that is calculated as (a) revenue less (b) in the auto claims business, payments to repair centers for “fault” repair cases where WNS acts as the principal in its dealings with the third party repair centers and its clients. WNS believes that revenue less repair payments for “fault” repairs reflects more accurately the value addition of the business process management services that it directly provides to its clients. For more details, please see the discussion in “Part I – Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects – Overview” in our annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on May 17, 2022.

Constant currency revenue less repair payments is a non-GAAP financial measure. We present constant currency revenue less repair payments so that revenue less repair payments may be viewed without the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, thereby facilitating period-to-period comparisons of business performance. Constant currency revenue less repair payments is presented by recalculating prior period’s revenue less repair payments denominated in currencies other than in US dollars using the foreign exchange rate used for the latest period, without taking into account the impact of hedging gains/losses. Our non-US dollar denominated revenues include, but are not limited to, revenues denominated in pound sterling, South African rand, Australian dollar and Euro.

WNS also presents or discusses (1) adjusted operating margin, which refers to adjusted operating profit (calculated as operating profit / (loss) excluding goodwill impairment, share-based compensation expense, acquisition-related expenses or benefits and amortization of intangible assets) as a percentage of revenue less repair payments, (2) ANI, which is calculated as profit excluding goodwill impairment, share-based compensation expense, acquisition-related expenses or benefits and amortization of intangible assets and including the tax effect thereon, (3) Adjusted net income margin, which refers to ANI as a percentage of revenue less repair payments, (4) net cash, which refers to cash and cash equivalents plus investments less long-term debt (including the current portion) and other non-GAAP financial measures included in this release as supplemental measures of its performance. Acquisition-related expenses or benefits consists of transaction costs, integration expenses, employment-linked earn-out as part of deferred consideration and changes in the fair value of contingent consideration including the impact of present value thereon. WNS presents these non-GAAP financial measures because it believes they assist investors in comparing its performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that are non-recurring in nature and those it believes are not indicative of its core operating performance. In addition, it uses these non-GAAP financial measures (i) to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies and (ii) (with certain adjustments) as a factor in evaluating management’s performance when determining incentive compensation. WNS is excluding acquisition-related expenses as described above with effect from fiscal 2023 second quarter.

These non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for WNS’ financial results prepared in accordance with IFRS.

The company is not able to provide our forward-looking GAAP revenue, profit and earnings per share without unreasonable efforts for a number of reasons, including our inability to predict with a reasonable degree of certainty the payments to repair centers, our future share-based compensation expense under IFRS 2 (Share Based payments), amortization of intangibles and acquisition-related expenses or benefits associated with future acquisitions, goodwill impairment and currency fluctuations. As a result, any attempt to provide a reconciliation of the forward-looking GAAP financial measures (revenue, profit, earnings per share) to our forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures (revenue less repair payments*, ANI* and Adjusted diluted earnings per share*, respectively) would imply a degree of likelihood that we do not believe is reasonable.

Reconciliation of revenue (GAAP) to revenue less repair payments (non-GAAP) and constant currency revenue less repair payments (non-GAAP)

 

 

Three months ended

 

Three months ended

Dec 31, 2022 compared to

 

Dec 31,

2022

 

Dec 31,

2021

 

Sep 30,

2022

 

Dec 31,

2021

 

Sep 30,

2022

 

(Amounts in millions)

 

(% growth)

Revenue (GAAP)

$

306.9

$

284.1

 

$

307.1

 

8.0

%

(0.1

%)

Less: Payments to repair centers

 

14.0

 

 

23.0

 

 

17.8

 

(39.1

%)

(21.4

%)

Revenue less repair payments (non-GAAP)

$

292.9

 

$

261.2

 

$

289.3

 

12.2

%

1.3

%

Exchange rate impact

 

2.1

 

 

(13.2

)

 

(0.9

)

 

 

 

Constant currency revenue less repair payments (non-GAAP)

$

295.0

 

$

248.0

 

$

288.4

 

19.0

%

2.3

%

 

Reconciliation of cost of revenue (GAAP to non-GAAP)

 

 

Three months ended

 

Dec 31,

2022

Dec 31,

2021

Sep 30,

2022

 

(Amounts in millions)

Cost of revenue (GAAP)

$

198.1

$

187.5

$

203.0

Less: Payments to repair centers

 

14.0

 

 

23.0

 

 

17.8

 

Less: Share-based compensation expense

 

1.9

 

 

1.2

 

 

2.0

 

Adjusted cost of revenue (excluding payment to repair centers and share-based compensation expense) (non-GAAP)

$

182.2

 

$

163.4

 

$

183.2

 

 

Reconciliation of gross profit (GAAP to non-GAAP)

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

Dec 31,

2022

 

Dec 31,

2021

 

Sep 30,

2022

 

 

(Amounts in millions)

Gross profit (GAAP)

 

$

108.9

 

 

$

96.6

 

$

104.1

 

Add: Share-based compensation expense

 

 

1.9

 

 

 

1.2

 

 

 

2.0

 

Adjusted gross profit (excluding share-based compensation expense) (non-GAAP)

 

$

110.7

 

 

$

97.8

 

 

$

106.1

 

 

Three months ended

 

Dec 31,

2022

Dec 31,

2021

Sep 30,

2022

Gross profit as a percentage of revenue (GAAP)

35.5

%

34.0

%

33.9

%

Adjusted gross profit (excluding share-based compensation expense) as a percentage of revenue less repair payments (non-GAAP)

37.8

%

37.4

%

36.7

%

 

Reconciliation of selling and marketing expenses (GAAP to non-GAAP)

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

Dec 31,

2022

 

Dec 31,

2021

 

Sep 30,

2022

 

 

(Amounts in millions)

Selling and marketing expenses (GAAP)

 

$

16.2

 

 

$

14.2

 

 

$

16.0

 

Less: Share-based compensation expense

 

 

1.7

 

 

 

1.2

 

 

 

1.6

 

Adjusted selling and marketing expenses (excluding share-based compensation expense) (non-GAAP)

 

$

14.5

 

 

$

13.0

 

 

$

14.4

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

Dec 31,

2022

 

Dec 31,

2021

 

Sep 30,

2022

Selling and marketing expenses as a percentage of revenue (GAAP)

 

 

5.3

%

 

 

5.0

%

 

 

5.2

%

Adjusted selling and marketing expenses (excluding share-based compensation expense) as a percentage of revenue less repair payments (non-GAAP)

 

 

5.0

%

 

 

5.0

%

 

 

5.0

%

 

Reconciliation of general and administrative expenses (GAAP to non-GAAP)

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

Dec 31,

2022

 

Dec 31,

2021

 

Sep 30,

2022**

 

 

(Amounts in millions)

General and administrative expenses (GAAP)

 

$

42.2

 

 

$

37.1

 

 

$

43.1

 

Less: Share-based compensation expense

 

 

8.2

 

 

 

7.4

 

 

 

8.9

 

Less: Acquisition-related expenses(1)

 

 

2.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.5

 

Adjusted general and administrative expenses (excluding share-based compensation expense and acquisition-related expenses(1)) (non-GAAP)

 

$

31.8

 

 

$

29.7

 

 

$

33.7

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

Dec 31,

2022

 

Dec 31,

2021

 

Sep 30,

2022**

General and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue (GAAP)

 

 

13.7

%

 

 

13.1

%

 

 

14.0

%

Adjusted general and administrative expenses (excluding share-based compensation expense and acquisition-related expenses(1)) as a percentage of revenue less repair payments (non-GAAP)

 

 

10.9

%

 

 

11.4

%

 

 

11.7

%

 

Reconciliation of operating profit (GAAP to non-GAAP)

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

Dec 31,

2022

 

Dec 31,

2021

 

Sep 30,

2022**

 

 

(Amounts in millions)

Operating profit (GAAP)

 

$

43.9

 

 

$

43.2

 

$

41.3

 

Add: Share-based compensation expense

 

 

11.7

 

 

 

9.8

 

 

 

12.6

 

Add: Amortization of intangible assets

 

 

6.5

 

 

 

2.9

 

 

 

5.3

 

Add: Acquisition-related expenses(1)

 

 

2.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.5

 

Adjusted operating profit (excluding share-based compensation expense, acquisition related expenses(1) and amortization of intangible assets) (non-GAAP)

 

$

64.3

 

 

$

55.9

 

 

$

59.6

 

Contacts

Investors:
David Mackey
EVP – Finance & Head of Investor Relations

WNS (Holdings) Limited

+1 (646) 908-2615

[email protected]

Media:
Archana Raghuram
Global Head – Marketing & Communications and Corporate Business Development

WNS (Holdings) Limited

+91 (22) 4095 2397

[email protected] ; [email protected]

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