Legacy Reserves LP Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results MIDLAND, Texas, Nov. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Legacy Reserves LP ("Legacy") (Nasdaq:LGCY) today announced third quarter 2013 results. Financial results contained herein are preliminary and subject to the final, unaudited financial statements included in Legacy's Form 10-Q to be filed on or about November 6, 2013. A summary of selected financial information follows. For consolidated financial statements, please see accompanying tables. Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, June 30, September 30, 2013 2013 2013 2012 (dollars in millions) Production (Boe/d) 20,043 19,516 19,755 14,504 Revenue $136.2 $118.4 $363.4 $256.0 Net Income (Loss) ($3.4) $21.8 $11.6 $66.8 Adjusted EBITDA (*) $76.2 $67.9 $208.5 $146.0 Distributable Cash Flow $44.1 $38.8 $118.0 $79.7 (*) * Non-GAAP financial measure.Please see Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow table at the end of this press release for a reconciliation of these measures to their nearest comparable GAAP measure. Q3 2013 highlights include: *Record production of 20,043 Boe/d, a 3% quarterly increase, as production from our acquisitions and development projects were partially offset by the impacts of third-party plant downtime and natural gas line pressure issues in the Permian Basin. *Record revenue of $136.2 million and record Adjusted EBITDA of $76.2 million, representing increases of approximately 15% and 12%, respectively, over results in the prior quarter.Key drivers of these improvements were increased production, improved WTI crude oil prices and a positive one-month hedge lag effect that were partially offset by higher cash settlements paid on our commodity hedges. *Distributable Cash Flow of $44.1 million (or $0.77 per unit), representing a 14% increase over Q2. *A declared $0.585 per unit quarterly distribution, marking our 12^th consecutive quarterly increase and resulting in 3.5% year-over-year growth.Our quarterly distribution is covered by our Distributable Cash Flow by 1.31 times. Cary D. Brown, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Reserves GP, LLC, the general partner of Legacy, commented: "Legacy posted record production, revenue and Adjusted EBITDA this quarter.I am proud of the tremendous job done by our employees, whose efforts to grow production, together with favorable oil prices, helped generate these outstanding results.Although we faced infrastructure issues in the Permian Basin that will likely persist in the fourth quarter, we are hopeful that these issues will be addressed by midstream providers in due time. "Our oil-focused drilling efforts continue to generate solid results.Our Wolfberry program is going well.Our most recent horizontal Bone Spring well, which came online in September, exceeded our expectations, and we recently completed another Bone Spring well thatwill be on production this month.As we announced in September, we expanded our 2013 capital budget to $100 million.Accordingly, we expect to accelerate our capital spending in the fourth quarter and are looking forward to more success. "During 2013, we have closed 11 acquisitions of oil-weighted producing properties at attractive metrics for approximately $100 million.While the third quarter was relatively quiet on the acquisition front, we continue to evaluate acquisitions of various sizes in all of our core areas.As always, we are committed to remaining disciplined in our evaluation approach and corresponding offers.The acquisition market over the past few years has tended to be more active in the fourth quarter, so we remain hopeful of additional acquisitions in late 2013 and 2014. "Given our banner operational and financial results and our positive outlook, we increased our distribution for the 12^th consecutive quarter to $0.585 per unit, resulting in year-over-year distribution growth of 3.5%.For the quarter, we generated Distributable Cash Flow of $44.1 million or $0.77 per unit, covering our third quarter distribution by 1.31 times." Dan Westcott, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "Legacy has recently made several significant accomplishments.In addition to the records Cary referenced, we opportunistically added meaningful, costless oil hedges for Q4 2013 through 2015, and in October our 20-member bank group increased our borrowing base to $800 million, providing us with approximately $490 million of availability based on current debt outstanding.These efforts not only reflect solid quarterly performance but also position us for more success in the future. "We are thankful for the hard work of our employees and look forward to finding attractive, MLP-friendly opportunities to invest our capital and continue to grow our business." 2013 Financial and Operating Results – Third Quarter Compared to Second Quarter *Production increased 3% to a record 20,043 Boe/d primarily due to production from acquisitions, most notably our $66 million acquisition of Permian Basin properties that closed on June 28.In addition, we experienced positive results from several of our development projects, particularly from our most recent horizontal Bone Spring well in southeast New Mexico that initiated production in early September.These positive factors were partially offset by i) third-party plant downtime and natural gas line pressure issues in the Permian Basin that have impacted our production for the last several quarters, and ii) downtime on several wells from our $66 million Permian Basin acquisition, which is now meeting our expectations after remedial work was completed.Third-party infrastructure issues continue to impact our Permian Basin production in the fourth quarter and will very likely impact our 2014 production.We produced approximately 4,830 Boe/d from our 2012 Permian Basin acquisition from Concho Resources Inc. compared to approximately 5,000 Boe/d in the second quarter.Despite the ongoing infrastructure issues in the Permian Basin, these properties are outperforming our expectations as we have been able to partially mitigate the strong expected production declines from our Lower Abo assets through various workover and recompletion projects. *Average realized prices, excluding commodity derivatives settlements, were $73.85 per Boe, up 11% from $66.66 per Boe in the second quarter.Average realized oil prices increased 14% to $102.01 per Bbl from $89.85 per Bbl in the second quarter, as average West Texas Intermediate ("WTI") crude oil prices increased approximately $11.78 per Bbl.The Midland-to-Cushing/WTI differential remained at attractive levels during the third quarter at -$0.29 per Bbl, but this differential (which is settled a month in advance) has widened to -$1.53 per Bbl for October and November 2013.We have 8,000 Bbls/d of our Midland-to-Cushing exposure financially hedged at -$1.47 per Bbl through the end of 2013.Our Rockies oil differential, which was favorable in the second and third quarters, has also been deteriorating in the fourth quarter. Average realized natural gas prices decreased 9% to $4.34 per Mcf from $4.76 per Mcf in the second quarter due to a decline in dry natural gas prices that was partially offset by a $0.10 improvement in the positive differential to Henry Hub prices, which reflects continued curtailment of our NGL-rich natural gas production as well as low NGL prices in the Permian Basin.Average realized prices on our separately reported NGLs increased 11% to $1.05 per gallon in the third quarter from $0.95 per gallon in the second quarter. *Production expenses, excluding ad valorem taxes, increased 7% to $36.7 million ($19.88 per Boe) from $34.3 million ($19.29 per Boe) in the second quarter.This increase was due to i) additional expenses associated with acquisitions and ii) higher workover and other well failure expenses of approximately $1.0 million, the bulk of which was related to our recent $66 million acquisition of properties in the Permian Basin. *Legacy's general and administrative expenses excluding unit-based/Long-Term Incentive Plan ("LTIP") compensation expense totaled $6.6 million compared to $5.7 million in the second quarter.This was mostly attributable to an increase in salary and benefit expenses related to the hiring of additional personnel to manage our larger asset base.Legacy's total general and administrative expenses were $7.9 million compared to $7.1 million during the second quarter, as LTIP expense remained at approximately $1.3 million during in the third quarter. *Cash settlements paid on our commodity derivatives were $6.0 million compared to $1.4 million paid during the second quarter.The increase in WTI crude oil prices between June and September resulted in a positive one-month lag effect of $1.9 million on our crude oil hedges. *Total development capital expenditures increased to $26.1 million compared to $19.7 million in the second quarter.Our development capital expenditures were primarily focused on our operated Wolfberry and Bone Spring locations.We drilled two operated horizontal Bone Spring locations in southeast New Mexico this quarter.The first of these wells initiated production in early September and has produced outstanding results.The second well was recently completed andwill be on production this month.In addition, our Wolfberry drilling program continues to produce solid results.Other activity included attractive operated and non-operated projects mostly in the Permian Basin.Non-operated capital expenditures accounted for approximately 18% of our total development capital for the quarter, as this percentage was lower than our typical 25% due to higher operated capital expenditures during the quarter. New Commodity Derivatives Contracts Since we filed our 2^nd quarter Form 10-Q, we have entered into several WTI crude oil derivatives contracts, which are summarized as follows: Swaps: Time Period Volumes (Bbls) Price per Bbl October-December 2013 46,000 $107.20 2014 182,500 $97.84 Three-Way Collars: Average Short Average Long Average Short Time Period Volumes (Bbls) Put Price per Bbl Put Price per Call Price per Bbl Bbl 2014 365,000 $70.00 $95.00 $100.54 Enhanced Swaps: Average Short Average Swap Time Period Volumes (Bbls) Put Price per Bbl Price per Bbl 2015 365,000 $70.00 $92.03 Commodity Derivatives Contracts We have entered into the following oil and natural gas derivatives contracts, including swaps, enhanced swaps and three-way collars, to help mitigate the risk of changing commodity prices.As of November 4, 2013, we had entered into derivatives agreements to receive average NYMEX WTI crude oil and Waha, ANR-Oklahoma, and CIG-Rockies natural gas prices as summarized below starting with October 2013 through December 2018: Crude Oil (WTI): Average Price Time Period Volumes (Bbls) Price per Bbl Range per Bbl October-December 2013 620,854 $92.90 $80.10 - $107.20 2014 1,958,764 $92.24 $87.50 - $103.75 2015 545,351 $91.98 $88.50 - $100.20 2016 228,600 $87.94 $86.30 - $99.85 2017 182,500 $84.75 $84.75 We have also entered into multiple NYMEX WTI crude oil derivative three-way collar contracts as follows: Average Short Average Long Average Short Time Period Volumes (Bbls) Put Price per Put Price per Call Price Bbl Bbl per Bbl October-December 2013 315,560 $66.34 $91.56 $108.15 2014 1,818,880 $66.43 $91.58 $108.62 2015 1,308,500 $64.67 $89.67 $112.21 2016 621,300 $63.37 $88.37 $106.40 2017 72,400 $60.00 $85.00 $104.20 We have also entered into multiple crude oil derivative enhanced swap contracts as follows: Average Long Average Short Average Swap Time Period Volumes (Bbls) Put Price per Bbl Put Price per Bbl Price per Bbl 2015 365,000 $60.00 $80.00 $92.35 2016 183,000 $57.00 $82.00 $91.70 2017 182,500 $57.00 $82.00 $90.85 2018 127,750 $57.00 $82.00 $90.50 Average Short Average Swap Time Period Volumes (Bbls) Put Price per Bbl Price per Bbl 2015 365,000 $70.00 $92.03 Additionally, we have entered into swaps for the Midland-to-Cushing/WTI crude oil differential with the following attributes: Average Price Time Period Volumes (Bbls) Price per Bbl Range per Bbl October-December 2013 736,000 ($1.47) $(1.25) - $(1.75) Natural Gas (WAHA, ANR-Oklahoma and CIG-Rockies hubs): Average Price Time Period Volumes (MMBtu) Price per MMBtu Range per MMBtu October-December 2013 2,467,851 $4.33 $3.23 - $6.89 2014 8,271,254 $4.32 $3.61 - $6.47 2015 1,339,300 $5.65 $5.14 - $5.82 2016 219,200 $5.30 $5.30 Location and quality differentials attributable to our properties are not reflected in the above prices. The agreements provide for monthly settlement based on the difference between the agreement fixed price and the actual reference oil or natural gas index price. Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q Our consolidated financial statements and related footnotes will be available in our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, which will be filed on or about November 6, 2013. Conference Call As announced on October 22, 2013, Legacy will host an investor conference call to discuss Legacy's results on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. (Central Time). Those wishing to participate in the conference call should dial 877-266-0479. A replay of the call will be available through Tuesday, November 12, 2013, by dialing 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406 and entering replay code 87771876.Those wishing to listen to the live or archived web cast via the Internet should go to the Investor Relations tab of our website at www.legacylp.com. Following our prepared remarks, we will be pleased to answer questions from securities analysts and institutional portfolio managers and analysts; the complete call is open to all other interested parties on a listen-only basis. About Legacy Reserves LP Legacy Reserves LP is a master limited partnership headquartered in Midland, Texas, focused on the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties primarily located in the Permian Basin, Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. Additional information is available at www.legacylp.com. Cautionary Statement Relevant to Forward-Looking Information This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to our operations that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections about its operations. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "targets," "projects," "believes," "seeks," "schedules," "estimated," and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond our control and are difficult to predict. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are: realized oil and natural gas prices; production volumes, lease operating expenses, general and administrative costs and finding and development costs; future operating results and the factors set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" in our annual and quarterly reports filed with the SEC. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. The reader should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Unless legally required, Legacy undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. LEGACY RESERVES LP CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, June 30, September 30, 2013 2013 2013 2012 (In thousands, except per unit data) Revenues: Oil sales $116,396 $97,852 $304,606 $212,097 Natural gas liquids (NGL) sales 3,686 3,161 10,188 10,742 Natural gas sales 16,101 17,373 48,654 33,166 Total revenues 136,183 118,386 363,448 256,005 Expenses: Oil and natural gas production 39,701 37,184 112,236 82,023 Production and other taxes 8,385 6,771 22,083 15,040 General and administrative 7,933 7,064 21,279 18,604 Depletion, depreciation, 37,717 39,113 118,482 73,042 amortization and accretion Impairment of long-lived assets 835 20,774 23,352 22,556 (Gain) loss on disposal of 758 (46) 493 (3,064) assets Total expenses 95,329 110,860 297,925 208,201 Operating income 40,854 7,526 65,523 47,804 Other income (expense): Interest income 227 334 568 11 Interest expense (14,206) (11,206) (36,104) (14,256) Equity in income of equity 172 140 357 87 method investees Net gains (losses) on commodity (30,424) 25,330 (18,098) 34,084 derivatives Other (16) (2) (11) (87) Income (loss) before income (3,393) 22,122 12,235 67,643 taxes Income tax expense (29) (368) (608) (878) Net income (loss) $(3,422) $21,754 $11,627 $66,765 Income (loss) per unit - basic and diluted $(0.06) $0.38 $0.20 $1.40 Weighted average number of units used in computing net income (loss) per unit - Basic 57,275 57,246 57,200 47,840 Diluted 57,275 57,349 57,295 47,840 LEGACY RESERVES LP CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED) (dollars in thousands) September 30, December 31, 2013 2012 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $4,053 $3,509 Accounts receivable, net: Oil and natural gas 54,039 37,547 Joint interest owners 14,546 27,851 Other 435 551 Fair value of derivatives 2,765 15,158 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,335 3,294 Total current assets 80,173 87,910 Oil and natural gas properties, at cost: Proved oil and natural gas properties using the 2,220,213 2,078,961 successful efforts method of accounting Unproved properties 70,849 65,968 Accumulated depletion, depreciation, amortization (696,391) (573,003) and impairment 1,594,671 1,571,926 Other property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $5,622 and $4,618, 3,688 2,646 respectively Deposits on pending acquisitions 902 -- Operating rights, net of amortization of $3,901 and 3,116 3,486 $3,531, respectively Fair value of derivatives 19,211 15,834 Other assets, net of amortization of $9,529 and 18,499 7,804 $7,909, respectively Investments in equity method investees 4,122 393 Total assets $1,724,382 $1,689,999 LIABILITIES AND UNITHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $6,058 $1,822 Accrued oil and natural gas liabilities 73,182 50,162 Fair value of derivatives 14,124 10,801 Asset retirement obligation 2,338 29,501 Other 19,076 11,437 Total current liabilities 114,778 103,723 Long-term debt 844,307 775,838 Asset retirement obligation 170,768 132,682 Fair value of derivatives 2,827 5,590 Other long-term liabilities 1,780 1,886 Total liabilities 1,134,460 1,019,719 Commitments and contingencies Unitholders' equity: Limited partners' equity - 57,279,449 and 57,038,942 units issued andoutstanding at 589,833 670,183 September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively General partner's equity (approximately 0.03%) 89 97 Total unitholders' equity 589,922 670,280 Total liabilities and unitholders' equity $1,724,382 $1,689,999 LEGACY RESERVES LP SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, June 30, September 30, 2013 2013 2013 2012 (In thousands, except per unit data) Revenues: Oil sales $116,396 $97,852 $304,606 $212,097 Natural gas liquids (NGL) 3,686 3,161 10,188 10,742 sales Natural gas sales 16,101 17,373 48,654 33,166 Total revenues $136,183 $118,386 $363,448 $256,005 Expenses: Oil and natural gas production $36,659 $34,265 $103,308 $75,067 Ad valorem taxes 3,042 2,919 8,928 6,956 Total oil and natural gas production including ad $39,701 $37,184 $112,236 $82,023 valorem taxes Production and other taxes $8,385 $6,771 $22,083 $15,040 General and administrative $6,648 $5,720 $17,665 $14,934 excluding LTIP LTIP expense 1,285 1,344 3,614 3,670 Total general and $7,933 $7,064 $21,279 $18,604 administrative Depletion, depreciation, $37,717 $39,113 $118,482 $73,042 amortization and accretion Net cash settlements on commodity derivatives: Net cash settlements paid on $(8,006) $(1,934) $(9,711) $(10,948) oil derivatives Net cash settlements received $2,054 $584 $5,046 $12,967 on natural gas derivatives Production: Oil (MBbls) 1,141 1,089 3,343 2,418 Natural gas liquids (MGal) 3,527 3,320 9,740 10,938 Natural gas (MMcf) 3,714 3,649 10,909 7,774 Total (MBoe) 1,844 1,776 5,393 3,974 Average daily production 20,043 19,516 19,755 14,504 (Boe/d) Average sales price per unit (excluding net cash settlements on commodity derivatives): Oil price (per Bbl) $102.01 $89.85 $91.12 $87.72 Natural gas liquids price (per $1.05 $0.95 $1.05 $0.98 Gal) Natural gas price (per Mcf) $4.34 $4.76 $4.46 $4.27 Combined (per Boe) $73.85 $66.66 $67.39 $64.42 Average sales price per unit (including net cash settlements on commodity derivatives): Oil price (per Bbl) $95.00 $88.08 $88.21 $83.19 Natural gas liquids price (per $1.05 $0.95 $1.05 $0.98 Gal) Natural gas price (per Mcf) $4.89 $4.92 $4.92 $5.93 Combined (per Boe) $70.62 $65.90 $66.53 $64.93 NYMEX oil index prices per Bbl: Beginning of Period $96.56 $97.23 $91.82 $98.83 End of Period $102.33 $96.56 $102.33 $92.19 NYMEX natural gas index prices per Mcf: Beginning of Period $3.57 $4.02 $3.35 $2.99 End of Period $3.56 $3.57 $3.56 $3.32 Average unit costs per Boe: Oil and natural gas production $19.88 $19.29 $19.16 $18.89 Ad valorem taxes $1.65 $1.64 $1.66 $1.75 Production and other taxes $4.55 $3.81 $4.09 $3.78 General and administrative $3.61 $3.22 $3.28 $3.76 excluding LTIP Total general and $4.30 $3.98 $3.95 $4.68 administrative Depletion, depreciation, $20.45 $22.02 $21.97 $18.38 amortization and accretion Non-GAAP Financial Measures This press release, the financial tables and other supplemental information include "Adjusted EBITDA" and "Distributable Cash Flow", both of which are non-generally accepted accounting principles ("non-GAAP") measures which may be used periodically by management when discussing our financial results with investors and analysts. The following presents a reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP financial measures to their nearest comparable generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") measure. Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are presented as management believes they provide additional information and metrics relative to the performance of our business, such as the cash distributions we expect to pay to our unitholders.Management believes that both Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are useful to investors because these measures are used by many companies in the industry as measures of operating and financial performance, and are commonly employed by financial analysts and others to evaluate the operating and financial performance of the Partnership from period to period and to compare it with the performance of other publicly traded partnerships within the industry. Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure of other publicly traded limited partnerships or limited liability companies because all companies may not calculate Adjusted EBITDA in the same manner. "Adjusted EBITDA" and "Distributable Cash Flow" should not be considered as alternatives to GAAP measures, such as net income, operating income, cash flow from operating activities, or any other GAAP measure of financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus: *Interest expense; *Income taxes; *Depletion, depreciation, amortization and accretion; *Impairment of long-lived assets; *(Gain) loss on sale of partnership investment; *(Gain) loss on disposal of assets; *Equity in (income) loss of equity method investees; *Unit-based compensation expense (benefit) related to LTIP unit awards accounted for under the equity or liability methods; *Minimum payments earned in excess of overriding royalty interest; *EBITDA applicable to equity method investee; *Net (gains) losses on commodity derivatives; and *Net cash settlements received (paid) on commodity derivatives. Distributable Cash Flow is defined as Adjusted EBITDA less: *Cash interest expense including the accrual of interest expense related to our senior notes which is paid on a semi-annual basis; *Cash income taxes; *Cash settlements of LTIP unit awards; and *Estimated maintenance capital expenditures. The following table presents a reconciliation of our consolidated net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow: Three MonthsEnded Nine Months Ended September 30, June 30, September 30, 2013 2013 2013 2012 (dollars in thousands) Net income (loss) $(3,422) $21,754 $11,627 $66,765 Plus: Interest expense 14,206 11,206 36,104 14,256 Income tax expense 29 368 608 878 Depletion, depreciation, 37,717 39,113 118,482 73,042 amortization and accretion Impairment of 835 20,774 23,352 22,556 long-lived assets (Gain) loss on disposal 758 (46) 493 (3,064) of assets Equity in income of (172) (140) (357) (87) equity method investees Unit-based compensation 1,285 1,344 3,614 3,670 expense Minimum payments earned in excess of overriding 316 10 726 -- royalty interest ^(1) EBITDA applicable to equity method investee 219 226 445 -- ^(2) Net (gains) losses on 30,424 (25,330) 18,098 (34,084) commodity derivatives Net cash settlements received (paid) on (5,952) (1,350) (4,665) 2,019 commodity derivatives Adjusted EBITDA $76,243 $67,929 $208,527 $145,951 Less: Cash interest expense 14,058 11,866 37,253 14,396 Cash settlements of 315 287 1,460 3,371 LTIP unit awards Estimated maintenance capital expenditures 17,800 17,000 51,800 ^(3) Total development -- 48,457 capital expenditures Distributable Cash Flow $44,070 $38,776 $118,014 $79,727 (1) Minimum payments earned in excess of overriding royalties earned under a contractual agreement expiring December 31, 2019. The remaining amount of the minimum payments are recognized in net income. (2) EBITDA applicable to equity method investee is defined as the equity method investee's net income plus interest expense and depreciation. (3) Beginning in the first quarter of 2013, Legacy began deducting estimated maintenance capital expenditures instead of total development capital expenditures in the computation and presentation of Distributable Cash Flow, which results in the measure ofDistributable Cash Flow not being comparable to any periods prior to 2013.The estimated amount represents a prorated portion ofcapital expenditures required on average per year to maintain our production on a long-term basis, generally betweenfive and ten years. CONTACT: Legacy Reserves LP Dan Westcott Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (432) 689-5200 company logo
Legacy Reserves LP Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results
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