SOURCE: NuVasive, Inc.

NuVasive, Inc.

February 24, 2015 16:05 ET

NuVasive Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results

Company Provides 2015 Financial Performance Guidance Reflective of Updated Non-GAAP Definition

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - February 24, 2015) -

Fourth Quarter 2014 Highlights:

  • Revenue increased 7.1% to $204.3 million;
  • Non-GAAP operating profit margin of 20.3%; GAAP operating profit margin of 12.0%;
  • Non-GAAP net income of $20.0 million, or $0.39 per share; GAAP net income of $7.5 million, or $0.15 per share; and
  • Free cash flow of $6.3 million

Full Year 2014 Highlights:

  • Revenue increased 11.3% to $762.4 million;
  • Non-GAAP operating profit margin of 16.7%; GAAP operating profit margin of 2.4%;
  • Non-GAAP net income of $57.5 million, or $1.16 per share; GAAP net loss of ($16.7) million, or $(0.36) per share; and
  • Free cash flow of $57.4 million

NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA) ("NuVasive" or the "Company"), a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, today announced financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.

"We are pleased to report strong results for 2014 that include double-digit revenue growth and operating margin expansion well above our target. These results clearly demonstrate our ability to execute against our global market share-taking strategy and deliver on our commitment to increase operating efficiencies across the business. Additionally, in 2014, we generated strong free cash flow approaching $60 million and ended the year with more than $400 million in cash, which greatly adds to our financial flexibility," said Alex Lukianov, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NuVasive. "We have the right strategy in place with an exceptionally strong portfolio and innovation pipeline, which positions NuVasive well as we look to drive continued strong momentum in our business and enhance shareholder value throughout 2015 and beyond."

A full reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures can be found in the tables of this news release.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results

NuVasive reported fourth quarter 2014 total revenue of $204.3 million, a 7.1% increase compared to $190.8 million for the fourth quarter 2013. Full year 2014 total revenue was $762.4 million, an increase of 11.3%, compared to the $685.2 million reported for the full year 2013. On a constant currency basis, full year 2014 total revenue increased 11.6% compared to the full year 2013.

GAAP gross profit for the fourth quarter 2014 was $157.8 million and gross margin was 77.2% compared to a gross profit of $141.5 million and a gross margin of 74.1% for the fourth quarter 2013. GAAP gross profit for the full year 2014 was $580.1 million and gross margin was 76.1% compared to a gross profit of $504.7 million and a gross margin of 73.7% for the full year 2013.

Total GAAP operating expenses for the fourth quarter 2014 were $133.3 million compared to $126.4 million in the fourth quarter 2013. Total GAAP operating expenses for the full year 2014 were $561.9 million compared to $471.6 million for the full year 2013.

The Company reported a GAAP net income of $7.5 million, or $0.15 per share, for the fourth quarter 2014 compared to a GAAP net income of $6.0 million, or $0.13 per share, for the fourth quarter 2013. The Company reported a GAAP net loss of $(16.7) million, or $(0.36) per share for the full year 2014 compared to a GAAP net income of $7.9 million, or $0.17 per share, for the full year 2013.

On a non-GAAP basis, the Company reported net income of $20.0 million, or $0.39 per share, for the fourth quarter 2014 compared to net income of $17.8 million, or $0.37 per share, for the fourth quarter 2013. The Non-GAAP earnings per share calculations for the fourth quarter 2014 exclude the following amounts pre-tax: (i) non-cash stock-based compensation of $8.9 million; (ii) certain intellectual property litigation expenses of $2.7 million; (iii) amortization of intangible assets of $3.0 million; (iv) leasehold related charges of $1.5 million; (v) one-time and acquisition related items of $0.9 million; and (vi) non- cash interest expense on convertible notes of $3.8 million.

On a non-GAAP basis, the Company reported net income of $57.5 million, or $1.16 per share, for the full year 2014 compared to net income of $57.4 million, or $1.23 per share, for the full year 2013.

The Non-GAAP earnings per share calculations for the full year 2014 exclude the following amounts pre- tax: (i) non-cash stock-based compensation of $33.7 million; (ii) litigation liability expense of $30.0 million; (iii) certain intellectual property litigation expenses of $6.5 million; (iv) amortization of intangible assets of $13.6 million; (v) intangible asset impairment charge of $10.7 million; (vi) leasehold related charges of $10.7 million; (vii) one-time and acquisition related items of $3.8 million; and (viii) non-cash interest expense on convertible notes of $14.7 million.

Cash, cash equivalents and short and long-term marketable securities were approximately $405.8 million at December 31, 2014. The Company generated $19.1 million in cash flows from operations and invested $12.7 million in capital expenditures, yielding $6.3 million for the fourth quarter 2014 in free cash flow, defined as operating cash flow less capital expenditures. The Company generated $115.5 million in cash flows from operations and invested $58.2 million in capital expenditures, yielding $57.4 million for the full year 2014 in free cash flow, defined as operating cash flow less capital expenditures.

Updated Non-GAAP Definition

The Company announced in a separate news release today that it would be implementing an updated non-GAAP definition beginning in the first quarter 2015. Under the updated definition, NuVasive is redefining its non-GAAP cost of goods sold, gross margin, operating expenses, operating margin and earnings per share financial measures to include the impact of non-cash stock-based compensation and certain intellectual property related litigation expenses, both of which had previously been excluded in the Company's calculation of these non-GAAP financial measures.

The updated non-GAAP definition will not impact reported revenue results. However, the updated non- GAAP definition will impact NuVasive's go-forward non-GAAP operating results, presenting an updated basis from which the Company will execute its strategy to deliver annual operating improvements as it continues to increase scale and profitability. To ensure that operating results can be evaluated on a comparable basis, historic non-GAAP reported operating results have been adjusted to match this updated go-forward definition. The news release detailing this change, along with supplemental financial information, can be found on the Investor Relations page of the Company's website at www.nuvasive.com.

Annual Guidance for 2015

The Company provided the following projections for its full year 2015 guidance, which is based on its updated non-GAAP definition in the first quarter 2015. The 2014 results listed below are also adjusted to reflect the updated non-GAAP definition and, therefore, the non-GAAP earnings per share and operating margin results do not match those stated earlier in the news release under the section entitled "Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results."

  • Revenue of approximately $810.0 million, which includes an approximate $10.0 million of currency headwinds, or 6.0% growth compared to 2014 revenue of $762.4 million; on a constant currency basis revenue is expected to grow 7.5%;
  • GAAP earnings per share of approximately $0.67 compared to 2014 GAAP loss per share of ($0.36);
  • Non-GAAP earnings per share of approximately $1.10, an increase of approximately 64.0% compared to non-GAAP earnings of $0.67 for 2014;
  • Non-GAAP operating margin of approximately 14.4%, an increase of approximately 300 basis points compared to 11.4% for 2014; this is an increase of 50 basis points from previous expectations of an approximate 250 basis point improvement expected in 2015;
  • Non-GAAP EBITDA margin of approximately 24.6%, an increase of approximately 270 basis points compared to 21.9% for 2014;
  • GAAP effective tax expense rate of approximately 49%; and
  • Non-GAAP effective tax expense rate of approximately 46%.

Supplementary Financial Information

For additional financial detail, please visit the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.nuvasive.com to access Supplementary Financial Information.

 
Reconciliation of Full Year EPS Guidance
 
   2014   2015
   Actuals 1   Guidance 2
GAAP earnings (loss) per share  $(0.36 ) $0.67
Impact of change from basic to diluted share count   0.02    -
Impact of treasury method on convertible notes 5   -    0.02
Adjusted GAAP earnings (loss) per share, adjusted to diluted share count  $(0.34 ) $0.69
 Litigation liability expense   0.36    -
 Amortization of intangible assets   0.16    0.14
 Non-cash interest expense on convertible notes   0.18    0.19
 Intangible asset impairment   0.13    -
 Leasehold related charges   0.13    0.03
 One-time and acquisition related items 3   0.05    0.05
Updated non-GAAP earnings per share 4  $0.67   $1.10
 
GAAP Weighted shares outstanding - basic   46,715    48,593
GAAP Weighted shares outstanding - diluted   46,715    52,607
Non-GAAP Weighted shares outstanding - diluted 5   49,676    51,431
        
1 Effective tax expense rate of ~56% applied to GAAP earnings and ~40% applied to Non-GAAP adjustments
2 Effective tax expense rate of ~49% applied to GAAP earnings and ~40% applied to Non-GAAP adjustments
3 Acquisition related items include expenses associated with M&A related activity and as incurred
4 Includes non-cash stock based compensation and certain intellectual property litigation expenses
5 Excludes the impact of share dilution of the convertible bond for which the Company has a hedge in place but is considered anti-dilutive under US GAAP in weighted average shares outstanding
 
  
Reconciliation of Updated non-GAAP Operating Margin %  
   
(in thousands, except %)  2014  2015  
   Actuals  Guidance  
Updated non-GAAP Gross Margin % [A]  76.1 %77.6 %
GAAP Gross Margin [D]  76.1 %77.6 %
   
Updated non-GAAP Sales, Marketing & Administrative Expense [B]  59.9 %58.2 %
Leasehold related charges  1.4 %0.4 %
One-time and acquisition related items 1  0.5 %0.5 %
GAAP Sales, Marketing & Administrative Expense [E]  61.8 %59.1 %
   
Updated non-GAAP Research & Development Expense [C]  4.8 %5.0 %
GAAP Research & Development Expense [F]  4.8 %5.0 %
   
Litigation liability expense [G]  3.9 %-  
Intangible asset impairment [H]  1.4 %-  
Amortization of intangible assets [I]  1.8 %1.5 %
Updated non-GAAP Operating Margin % [A-B-C] 2  11.4 %14.4 %
       
GAAP Operating Margin % [D-E-F-G-H-I]  2.4 %12.0 %
      
1 Acquisition related items include expenses associated with M&A related activity and as incurred
2 Includes non-cash stock based compensation and certain intellectual property litigation expenses
 
  
Reconciliation of EBITDA %  
   
   2014   2015  
(in thousands, except %)  Actuals   Guidance  
Net Income / (Loss)  -2.2 % 4.4 %
 Interest (income) / expense, net  3.5 % 3.5 %
 Provision for income taxes  0.8 % 4.1 %
 Depreciation and amortization  8.1 % 7.5 %
EBITDA  10.3 % 19.5 %
 Non-cash stock based compensation  4.4 % 4.2 %
 Leasehold related charges  1.4 % 0.4 %
 Litigation liability expense  3.9 % -  
 Intangible asset impairment  1.4 % -  
 One-time and acquisition related items 1  0.5 % 0.5 %
Adjusted EBITDA  21.9 % 24.6 %
   
   
          
1 Acquisition related items include expenses associated with M&A related activity and as incurred  
  

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Information

Management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures such as non-GAAP earnings per share, non- GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, and non-GAAP operating margin, which, through December 31, 2014 results, exclude non-cash stock-based compensation, certain intellectual property litigation expenses, amortization of intangible assets, leasehold related charges, certain acquisition related items, non-cash interest expense on convertible notes, a litigation liability expense, an out-of- period royalty expense charge, and an intangible asset impairment charge. Beginning on January 1, 2015, management has updated the above definition of non-GAAP to include the impact of non-cash stock-based compensation as well as certain intellectual property expenses. Both measures are discussed in this earnings release, with the definition of the Company's non-GAAP financial measures through the end of 2014 referred to as "non-GAAP" while the 2015 and beyond definition is referred to as "updated non-GAAP."

The Company also uses measures such as free cash flow, which represents cash flow from operations less cash used in the acquisition and disposition of capital. Additionally, the Company uses an adjusted EBITDA measure which represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and excludes the impact of stock-based compensation, a leasehold related charge, acquisition related items and an intangible asset impairment charge. Management calculates the non-GAAP financial measures provided in this earnings release excluding these costs and uses these non-GAAP financial measures to enable it to further and more consistently analyze the period-to-period financial performance of its core business operations. Management believes that providing investors with these non-GAAP measures gives them additional information to enable them to assess, in the same way management assesses, the Company's current and future continuing operations. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Set forth below are reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measure.

  
Reconciliation of Fourth Quarter 2014 Results  
   
(in thousands, except per share data)  Pre-Tax Adjustments   Net of Tax   Earnings Per Share  
GAAP net income       $7,473   $0.16  
Impact of change from basic to diluted share count             (0.01 )
GAAP net income, adjusted to diluted share count       $7,473   $0.15  
 Non-cash stock-based compensation  $8,907    5,344    0.10  
 Certain intellectual property litigation expenses   2,728    1,637    0.03  
 Amortization of intangible assets   3,030    1,818    0.04  
 Leasehold related charges   1,512    907    0.02  
 One-time and acquisition related items   879    527    0.01  
 Non-cash interest expense on convertible notes   3,773    2,264    0.04  
              
Non-GAAP earnings       $19,970   $0.39  
   
Adjustments from non-GAAP earnings to updated non-GAAP earnings               
 Adjustment: Non-cash stock-based compensation  $(8,907 ) $(5,344 ) $(0.10 )
 Adjustment: Certain intellectual property litigation expenses   (2,728 )  (1,637 )  (0.03 )
Updated non-GAAP earnings       $12,989   $0.26  
   
                 
Weighted shares outstanding - diluted             50,621  
             
   
Reconciliation of Year To Date 2014 Results  
   
(in thousands, except per share data)  Pre-Tax Adjustments   Net of Tax   Earnings Per Share  
GAAP net loss       $(16,720 ) $(0.36 )
Impact of change from basic to diluted share count             0.02  
GAAP net loss, adjusted to diluted share count       $(16,720 ) $(0.34 )
 Non-cash stock-based compensation  $33,687    20,212    0.41  
 Certain intellectual property litigation expenses   6,498    3,899    0.08  
 Amortization of intangible assets   13,571    8,143    0.16  
 Intangible asset impairment charge   10,708    6,425    0.13  
 Leasehold related charges   10,676    6,406    0.13  
 One-time and acquisition related items   3,845    2,307    0.05  
 Non-cash interest expense on convertible notes   14,687    8,812    0.18  
 Litigation liability expense   30,000    18,000    0.36  
               
Non-GAAP earnings       $57,483   $1.16  
   
Adjustments from non-GAAP earnings to updated non-GAAP earnings            
 Adjustment: Non-cash stock-based compensation  $(33,687 ) $(20,212 ) $(0.41 )
 Adjustment: Certain intellectual property litigation expenses   (6,498 )  (3,899 )  (0.08 )
Updated non-GAAP earnings       $33,372   $0.67  
   
GAAP weighted shares outstanding - basic and diluted             46,715  
Non-GAAP weighted shares outstanding - diluted             49,676  
             

Investor Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call today at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT). The dial-in numbers are 1- 877-407-9039 for domestic callers and 1-201-689-8470 for international callers. A live webcast of the conference call will be available online from the Investor Relations page of the Company's website at www.nuvasive.com.

After the live webcast, the call will remain available on NuVasive's website, www.nuvasive.com, through March 24, 2015. In addition, a telephone replay of the call will be available until March 10, 2015. The replay dial-in numbers are 1-877-870-5176 for domestic callers and 1-858-384-5517 for international callers. Please use pin number: 13598479.

About NuVasive

NuVasive is an innovative global medical device company that is changing spine surgery with minimally disruptive surgical products and procedurally-integrated solutions for the spine. The Company is the third largest player in the $9.0 billion global spine market. NuVasive offers a comprehensive spine portfolio of more than 90 unique products developed to improve spine surgery and patient outcomes. The Company's principal procedural solution is its Maximum Access Surgery, or MAS®, platform for lateral spine fusion. MAS was designed to provide safe, reproducible, and clinically proven outcomes, and is a highly differentiated solution with fully integrated neuromonitoring, customizable exposure, and a broad offering of application-specific implants and fixation devices designed to address a variety of pathologies.

NuVasive cautions you that statements included in this news release or made on the investor conference call referenced herein that are not a description of historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors which, if they do not materialize or prove correct, could cause NuVasive's results to differ materially from historical results or those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In addition, this news release contains selected financial results from the fourth quarter and full year 2014, as well as financial projections for 2015. The Company's projections for 2015 represent its initial estimates, and are subject to the risk of being inaccurate because of the preliminary nature of the forecasts, the risk of further adjustment, or unanticipated difficulty in selling products or generating expected profitability. The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual growth and results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: the risk that NuVasive's revenue or earnings projections may turn out to be inaccurate because of the preliminary nature of the forecasts; the risk of further adjustment to financial results or future financial expectations; unanticipated difficulty in selling products, generating revenue or producing expected profitability; and those other risks and uncertainties more fully described in NuVasive's news releases and periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NuVasive's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are available at www.sec.gov. NuVasive assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which it was made.

         
NuVasive, Inc.        
Consolidated Statements of Operations        
(in thousands, except per share data)        
   
   Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,  
   2014   2013   2014   2013  
   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)          
             
Revenue  $204,324   $190,815   $762,415   $685,173  
Cost of goods sold (excl. amortization and impairment of intangible assets)   46,509    49,353    182,358    180,484  
Gross profit   157,815    141,462    580,057    504,689  
Gross profit %   77.2 %  74.1 %  76.1 %  73.7 %
Operating expenses:                     
 Sales, marketing and administrative   120,828    113,821    469,648    420,064  
 Research and development   9,396    7,555    37,986    32,209  
 Amortization of intangible assets   3,030    5,063    13,571    19,326  
 Impairment of intangible assets   -    -    10,708    -  
 Litigation liability   -    -    30,000    -  
Total operating expenses   133,254    126,439    561,913    471,599  
Operating margin   24,561    15,023    18,144    33,090  
Operating margin %   12.0 %  7.9 %  2.4 %  4.8 %
Interest and other expense, net:                     
 Interest income   277    195    968    755  
 Interest expense   (7,102 )  (6,782 )  (27,911 )  (27,178 )
 Other (expense) income, net   (93 )  164    (2,411 )  3,101  
Total interest and other expense, net   (6,918 )  (6,423 )  (29,354 )  (23,322 )
                  
Income (loss) before income taxes   17,643    8,600    (11,210 )  9,768  
Income tax expense   (10,351 )  (2,763 )  (6,286 )  (2,783 )
Consolidated net income (loss)  $7,292   $5,837   $(17,496 ) $6,985  
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests  $(181 ) $(172 ) $(776 ) $(917 )
Net Income (loss) attributable to NuVasive, Inc.  $7,473   $6,009   $(16,720 ) $7,902  
                  
Net (loss) income per share attributable to NuVasive, Inc.:                     
 Basic  $0.16   $0.13   $(0.36 ) $0.18  
 Diluted  $0.15   $0.13   $(0.36 ) $0.17  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                     
 Basic   47,249    44,820    46,715    44,461  
 Diluted   50,621    47,947    46,715    46,786  
                  
   
NuVasive, Inc.  
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(in thousands, except par values and share amounts)  
   
   December 31,   December 31,  
   2014   2013  
   
ASSETS         
Current assets:           
 Cash and cash equivalents  $142,387   $102,825  
 Short-term marketable securities   220,329    143,449  
 Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $5,844 and $3,481, respectively   118,959    104,774  
 Inventory, net   154,638    136,937  
 Deferred tax assets, current   47,912    37,076  
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets   21,646    10,947  
Total current assets   705,871    536,008  
Property and equipment, net   128,565    128,064  
Long-term marketable securities   43,042    79,829  
Intangible assets, net   96,555    93,986  
Goodwill   154,443    154,944  
Deferred tax assets, non-current   65,330    42,863  
Restricted cash and investments   123,233    119,195  
Other assets   26,420    24,679  
Total assets  $1,343,459   $1,179,568  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY           
Current liabilities:           
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  $146,867   $86,057  
 Accrued payroll and related expenses   38,032    31,095  
 Current litigation liability   30,000    -  
Total current liabilities   214,899    117,152  
Senior Convertible Notes   360,746    346,060  
Deferred tax liabilities, non-current   3,879    2,934  
Litigation liability   93,700    93,700  
Other long-term liabilities   21,877    14,844  
Commitments and contingencies           
Stockholders' equity:           
 Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized, none outstanding   -
   -
 
 Common stock, $0.001 par value; 120,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively, 47,691,744 and 44,943,422 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively   48    45  
 Additional paid-in capital   847,145    769,203  
 Accumulated other comprehensive income   (9,670 )  (3,238 )
 Accumulated deficit   (186,938 )  (170,218 )
 Treasury stock at cost; 233,369 shares and no shares at December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively   (10,537 )  -  
Total NuVasive, Inc. stockholders' equity   640,048    595,792  
Noncontrolling interests   8,310    9,086  
Total equity   648,358    604,878  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $1,343,459   $1,179,568 
         
   
NuVasive, Inc.  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
(in thousands)  
   
   Year Ended December 31,  
   2014   2013  
Operating activities:           
Consolidated net (loss) income  $(17,496 ) $6,985  
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:          
 Depreciation and amortization   65,837    63,106  
 Deferred income tax benefit   (23,231 )  (11,341 )
 Amortization of non-cash interest   16,490    15,336  
 Stock-based compensation   33,687    33,240  
 Impairment of intangible assets and goodwill   10,708    -  
 Reserves on current assets   1,856    7,468  
 Other non-cash adjustments   13,191    7,116  
 Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions:           
  Accounts receivable   (18,465 )  (17,384 )
  Inventory   (21,343 )  (21,002 )
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (5,183 )  (3,608 )
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   22,318    21,803  
  Litigation liability   30,000    (7,500 )
  Accrued payroll and related expenses   7,179    3,220  
Net cash provided by operating activities   115,548    97,439  
Investing activities:           
Cash paid for acquisitions and investments   (500 )  (14,818 )
Proceeds from disposal of assets   241    -  
Purchases of property and equipment   (58,424 )  (47,597 )
Purchases of marketable securities   (217,158 )  (218,454 )
Sales of marketable securities   174,816    216,299  
Purchases of restricted investments   (3,800 )  -  
Net cash used in investing activities   (104,825 )  (64,570 )
Financing activities:           
Principal payment of 2013 Senior Convertible Notes   -    (74,311 )
Tax benefits related to stock-based compensation awards   11,896    13,569  
Proceeds from the issuance of common stock   23,354    8,422  
Payment of contingent consideration   (498 )  -  
Purchase of treasury stock   (3,782 )     
Other assets   (693 )  (162 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   30,277    (52,482 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   (1,438 )  (861 )
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   39,562    (20,474 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   102,825    123,299  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year  $142,387   $102,825  
   
   
Net cash provided by operating activities  $115,548   $97,439  
Purchases of property and equipment   (58,424 )  (47,597 )
Proceeds from disposal of assets   241    -  
Free cash flow  $57,365   $49,842  
         

Contact Information

  • Investor/Media Contact:
    Stacy Roughan
    NuVasive, Inc.
    1-858-909-1812
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