RICHMONT MINES INC.
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RICHMONT MINES INC.

February 21, 2008 08:30 ET

Richmont Mines Reports Revenue Grows 16% and Net Income Doubles in 2007

- Full year revenue up 16% to $38.1 million - 2007 diluted earnings per share up 100% to $0.28 - Year-end reserves increased as exploration results outpace production - Strong, flexible balance sheet with cash balance at $27.3 million with no long-term debt - Precious metals revenue up 34% and ounces sold up 20% in fourth quarter

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2008) - Richmont Mines Inc. (TSX:RIC)(AMEX:RIC), a gold exploration, development and production company with operations in Canada, today announced financial and operational results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2007. Financial results are based on Canadian GAAP and dollars are reported in Canadian currency, unless otherwise noted.

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2007 are $10.3 million, a 39% increase compared with $7.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2006. In the 2007 fourth quarter, 10,949 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$724 per ounce compared with 9,102 ounces of gold sold in the same period the prior year at an average price of US$613 per ounce. Total precious metals revenue was up $2.2 million, or 34%, to $8.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2007 compared with $6.3 million in the same period the prior year. Sales from the Island Gold Mine, which commenced production during the fourth quarter of this year, more than offset the loss of gold sales from the East Amphi Mine, which was closed in mid 2007.

Operating costs for the fourth quarter of 2007 were $6.5 million a 16% increase compared with $5.6 million in the same period the prior year. The cash cost per ounce of gold sold was up slightly to US$556 in the fourth quarter compared with US$547 in the same period the prior year. Higher cash costs of US$621 associated with the initial lower rate of commercial production at the Island Gold Mine were mostly offset by the 29% reduction of cash costs at the Beaufor Mine to US$430.

Exploration and project evaluation costs were up $1 million to $1.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2007 compared with $0.3 million in the same period of 2006. Higher exploration and project evaluation expenses reflect the Company's efforts to grow its reserves. Approximately $0.5 million in exploration costs were incurred at Beaufor, while approximately $0.2 million was expended at Island Gold and about $0.5 million was invested at the Golden Wonder project which is located in the historic precious metal rich Colorado Mineral Belt.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $1 million, or $0.03 per share, compared with net income of $2.5 million, or $0.11 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2006. The net loss was primarily a result of the increase in exploration expense, higher operating costs and 0.5 million in mining and income taxes.

At December 31, 2007, cash and cash equivalents were $27.3 million, a decrease from $29.3 million at September 30, 2007 and an increase from $16.1 million at December 31, 2006. During the quarter, $1.7 million was invested on the development of the Island Gold Mine, $0.2 million was for a required investment at the Beaufor Mine and an additional $0.7 million was invested in mining equipment and fixed assets. Richmont Mines has no long-term debt obligations.

Island Gold Mine(1)

During the fourth quarter of 2007, 35,202 tonnes of ore from the Island Gold Mine were processed at an average recovered grade of 6.45 g/t, and 7,302 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$726 per ounce. The lower than expected grade can be explained by a higher proportion of development ore and higher than planned dilution in the first stopes. The Island Gold Mine began commercial production in October 2007. Focus is on the development, drilling and blasting of stopes in a sequence that increases the mining rate and improve output.

Mr. Martin Rivard, President and CEO of Richmont Mines, commented, "Initial production at the Island Gold Mine is progressing gradually as expected. We are developing the mine to maximize production and are working to increase output in order to build ore inventory to bring production at the mill closer to its design capacity of approximately 675 tonnes per day. A transition from development to production is always challenging and we believe that we can deliver consistent improvement in 2008."

As previously reported at the Island Gold Mine, Proven and Probable Reserves were estimated 285,536 ounces of gold. Measured and Indicated Resources totaled 192,422 ounces of gold while Inferred Resources were estimated at 193,350 ounces of gold. Recently, a mineralized zone was confirmed by underground drilling east of the Island Zone. A total of 31 drill holes were completed and the assay results for five drill holes are still pending. This drilling program yielded Indicated Resources of 179,404 tonnes at a grade of 9.17 g/t for 52,892 ounces of gold and 21,140 tonnes at 8.27 g/t for 5,621 ounces as Inferred Resources. Further drilling will be completed in this area in 2008 as it is strategically located near the exploration drift on the 190 level east of the Island Zone. Overall, more than 20,000 meters of definition and exploration drilling are planned for 2008 at Island Gold Mine.

Beaufor Mine

During the fourth quarter of 2007, 13,921 tonnes of ore from the Beaufor Mine were processed at an average recovered grade of 8.07 g/t, and 3,613 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$720 per ounce. In the same quarter the prior year, 27,021 tonnes of ore were processed at an average recovered grade of 5.30 g/t, and 4,601 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$605 per ounce. Lower production levels in the quarter were the result of the opportunity to process approximately 46,000 tonnes of custom milling ore at the Camflo Mill. As a result, Beaufor's ore inventory reached more than 17,200 tonnes at the end of the year. This ore is being processed in the first quarter of 2008 along with normal production from the mine and grades of approximately 8.0 g/t are anticipated.

The cash cost of production in the fourth quarter of 2007 was US$430 per ounce sold compared with US$606 in the fourth quarter of 2006 as production grades in 2007 were closer to the average reserve grade.

The exploration program currently underway at the Beaufor Mine to uncover new zones is bearing positive results. Slightly over $1.8 million was invested in exploration at the Beaufor Mine in 2007 and more than $3 million is planned for 2008.

Proven and Probable Reserves at the Beaufor Mine increased more than 50% in 2007 to reach 75,632 ounces compared with the 49,490 ounces of reserves at the end of 2006. Increases in reserves were related to exploration and development activities at the mine. Measured and Indicated Resources were estimated at 141,267 ounces compared with 148,394 ounces at the end of 2006. Beaufor has had promising results as exploration activities in 2007 discovered several mineralized zones which translated into an increase of 30,278 ounces of Inferred Resources. In 2008, the Company plans to complete more than 42,000 meters of drilling, of which 19,500 meters are dedicated to further test the newly discovered Q Zone.

Mr. Rivard continued, "Beaufor continues to be a strong performing operation for us, and it exceeded its 2007 production goal of 20,000 ounces by achieving 26,204 ounces of gold production. We are expecting strong production in 2008 and are very optimistic that the intensive exploration efforts will generate positive results."

2007 Review

For the year ending December 31, 2007, total revenue was $38.1 million compared with $32.9 million in 2006. Total revenue in 2007 was positively impacted by an increased quantity of gold sold combined with a 17% higher average selling price per ounce.

During 2007, 46,193 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$699 per ounce compared with 44,866 ounces of gold in 2006 at an average price of US$600 per ounce. The cash cost per ounce was US$499 for 2007, down 7% when compared with US$538 in the same period the prior year.

Island Gold Mine production: During its first quarter of production in 2007, 7,302 ounces of gold, produced at a cash cost of US$621 per ounce, were sold at an average price of US$726 per ounce. Prior to starting commercial production in October 2007, a total of 21,933 ounces of gold were recovered in 2007 from the processing of development ore and mineralized material. Revenue generated during this nine-month period was applied against fixed assets in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards.

Beaufor Mine production: During the year ended December 31, 2007, 97,429 tonnes of ore, at an average recovered grade of 8.36 g/t, were processed, and 26,182 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$693 per ounce. In the same period the prior year, 139,513 tonnes of ore, at an average recovered grade of 5.54 g/t, were processed, and 24,866 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$598 per ounce. The cash cost of production per ounce declined 19% to US$468 per ounce for 2007 compared with US$580 per ounce in 2006 as a result of higher grades, improvements in productivity, refocused operations and improved mining plans put into place in the first half of 2007.

East Amphi Mine production: For 2007, 128,189 tonnes of ore were processed at an average recovered grade of 3.08 g/t, and 12,709 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$695 per ounce. The sale of the East Amphi property was completed on June 29, 2007 and the remaining ore inventory was processed in the third quarter of 2007. From the period of February through December 2006, 179,194 tonnes of ore were processed at an average recovered grade of 3.47 g/t, and 20,000 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$603 per ounce.

Valentine Lake Exploration

Richmont Mines completed its commitment of $2.5 million in exploration work, as required by October 31, 2007 to earn the option to acquire a 70% interest in the Valentine Lake property. The Company is in the process of formalizing a joint venture agreement with Mountain Lake Resources and will be developing a plan for the further expansion and advancement of the main zone which contains Inferred Resources of 1,314,780 tonnes at 8.50 g/t Au (cut at 58 g/t Au) for a total of 359,480 ounces of gold.

Golden Wonder Project

On January 8, 2008, the Company announced the completion of the initial evaluation of the Golden Wonder project and the related exercise of its option to acquire a 50% joint venture interest. Initial results are encouraging and the Company plans to continue to pursue the project.

Richmont Mines will be required to invest US$3 million in certain project-related expenditures prior to September 1, 2008. Included in this amount will be expenditures for exploration and development of the property plus the option fee and project-related finder's fees, of which over $0.5 million was invested in 2007. Upon completion of its US$3 million investment, Richmont Mines will have the option to proceed with a formal joint venture in which the Company can earn a 50% interest in the Golden Wonder project, subject to additional expenditures of US$15 million over a fifty-six month period. Preliminary site work should start at the end of the first quarter of 2008 and exploration should be started in the second quarter.

Outlook

Mr. Rivard concluded, "As we move into 2008, we will have two operating mines that should demonstrate strong results. We will also have several exploration and development projects that we will be focused on to expand our opportunities for continued production growth. With no hedging in place, we can take advantage of higher gold prices and are further advantaged by our financial strength and our proven production expertise. We remain focused on uncovering opportunities throughout Canada and the U.S."

Martin Rivard

President and Chief Executive Officer

About Richmont Mines Inc.

Richmont Mines produces gold from its operations in Canada and has extensive experience in gold exploration, development and mining. Since it began production in 1991, the Company has produced more than one million ounces of gold from its holdings in Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland. Richmont Mines' strategy is to cost effectively develop its mining assets, exploit mineralized reserves on properties owned and acquired, or develop partnerships to expand its reserve base.

More information on Richmont Mines can be found on its website at: www.richmont-mines.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that include risks and uncertainties. When used in this news release, the words "estimate", "project", "anticipate", "expect", "intend", "believe", "hope", "may" and similar expressions, as well as "will", "shall" and other indications of future tense, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and apply only as of the date on which they were made.

The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements include changes in the prevailing price of gold, the Canadian-United States exchange rate, grade of ore mined and unforeseen difficulties in mining operations that could affect revenue and production costs. Other factors such as uncertainties regarding government regulations could also affect the results. Other risks may be set out in Richmont Mines' Annual Information Form, Annual Reports and periodic reports. Richmont Mines undertakes no obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101)

The reserve and resource calculation of the Island Gold and the Beaufor properties as of December 31, 2007 was performed by qualified persons as defined by NI 43-101 and was supervised by Mr. Jules Riopel, M.Sc. P. Geo., MBA,, Director Geology and Exploration, an employee of Richmont Mines Inc. The reserve and resources calculation of the Island Gold as of December 31, 2007 was prepared by Ms. Nicole Rioux, Geo., of Genivar, a qualified person under the terms of this instrument. The resource calculation of the Valentine Lake property as of January 12, 2005 was performed by Larry Pilgrim, P. Geo. a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101 and was supervised by Mr. Jules Riopel, M.Sc. P. Geo., MBA.

Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors Concerning Resource Estimates

The resource estimate in this news release is prepared in accordance with Regulation 43-101 adopted by the Canadian Securities Administrators. The requirements of R 43-101 differ significantly from the requirements of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). In this news release, we use the terms "measured", "indicated" and "inferred" resources. Although these terms are recognized and required in Canada, the SEC does not recognize them. The SEC permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that constitute "reserves". Under United States standards, mineralization may not be classified as a reserve unless the determination has been made that the mineralization could be economically and legally extracted at the time the determination is made. United States investors should not assume that all or any portion of a measured or indicated resource will ever be converted into "reserves". Further, "inferred resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and whether they can be mined economically or legally, and United States investors should not assume that "inferred resources" exist or can be legally or economically mined, or that they will ever be upgraded to a higher category.

(1) Commercial production started on October 1, 2007 - Richmont Mines reports 100% of the consolidated results of the Island Gold project, in compliance with AcG-15, which stipulates that a holder of variable interests must consolidate the accounts if it intends to assume the majority of the expected losses and/or receive the majority of the residual returns of the variable interest entity (VIE). Richmont Mines holds a 55% stake in the unincorporated joint venture, and as its share of the earnings and/or losses will differ from the percentage that it owns, the Company is therefore considered the primary beneficiary of the VIE.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOLLOW.



FINANCIAL DATA
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Three-month period Fiscal year
ended December 31, ended December 31,
CAN$ 2007 2006 2007 2006
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Results
(in thousands of $)
Revenues 10,321 7,448 38,071 32,889
Net earnings (loss) (986) 2,477 6,671 3,194
Cash flow from
(used in) operations (389) 130 11,811 2,429

Results per share ($)
Net earnings (loss)
basic and diluted (0.03) 0.11 0.28 0.14

Basic weighted average

number of common
shares outstanding
(thousands) 24,053 24,225 24,159 22,904

Average selling price
of gold per ounce us$724 us$613 us$699 us$600
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December 31, 2007 December 31, 2006
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FINANCIAL POSITION
(IN THOUSANDS OF $)
TOTAL ASSETS 85,976 78,498
WORKING CAPITAL 33,970 21,171
LONG-TERM DEBT - -
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SALES AND PRODUCTION DATA
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Three-month period ended December 31,
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Ounces of gold Cash cost
(per ounce
Year Sales Production sold)
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Island Gold Mine 2007 7,302 7,348 US$621
2006 - - -
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Beaufor Mine 2007 3,613 3,805 US$430
2006 4,601 4,920 US$606
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East Amphi Mine 2007 34 34 -
2006 4,501 5,457 US$485
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Total 2007 10,949 11,187 US$556
2006 9,102 10,377 US$547
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Fiscal year ended December 31,
Ounces of gold Cash cost
(per ounce
Year Sales Production sold)
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Island Gold Mine 2007 7,302 7,348 US$621
2006 - - -
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Beaufor Mine 2007 26,182 26,204 US$468
2006 24,866 25,110 US$580
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East Amphi Mine 2007 12,709 11,752 US$492
2006 20,000 19,755 US$485
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Total 2007 46,193 45,304 US$499
2006 44,866 44,865 US$538
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Average exchange rate for 2007: US$1 equals CAN$1.0748
Average exchange rate for 2006: US$1 equals CAN$1.1341



CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
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(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
Three months ended Fiscal year ended
December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2007 2006 2007 2006
$ $ $ $
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REVENUES
Precious metals 8,513 6,330 34,691 30,539
Other 1,808 1,118 3,380 2,350
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10,321 7,448 38,071 32,889
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EXPENSES
Operating costs 6,314 5,577 24,199 27,169
Royalties 227 62 565 189
Custom milling 1,023 414 1,023 591
Administration 992 900 3,315 2,957
Exploration and
project evaluation 1,266 315 3,288 2,080
Accretion expense
- asset retirement
obligations 45 60 178 214
Depreciation and
depletion 1,077 970 5,628 3,146
Gain on disposal of
assets (37) (2,959) (8,066) (3,235)
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10,907 5,339 30,130 33,111

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EARNINGS (LOSS)
BEFORE OTHER ITEMS (586) 2,109 7,941 (222)

MINING AND INCOME
TAXES 455 (96) 1,306 (2,686)
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(1,041) 2,205 6,635 2,464

MINORITY INTEREST (55) (272) (36) (730)
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NET EARNINGS (LOSS) (986) 2,477 6,671 3,194
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NET EARNINGS (LOSS)
PER SHARE
Basic and diluted (0.03) 0.11 0.28 0.14
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BASIC WEIGHTED AVERAGE
NUMBER OF COMMON
SHARES OUTSTANDING
(thousands) 24,053 24,225 24,159 22,904



CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
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(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
December 31, December 31,
2007 2006
$ $
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ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents 27,291 16,126
Short-term investments 1,826 757
Accounts receivable 2,859 2,599
Mining and income taxes receivable 1,677 2,192
Inventories 5,438 5,393
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39,091 27,067

ADVANCE TO A MINORITY PARTNER 1,875 3,375

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT 45,010 48,001

UTURE MINING AND INCOME TAXES - 55
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85,976 78,498
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LIABILITIES

CURRENT LIABILITIES
Accounts payable and accrued charges 5,005 5,853
Mining and income taxes payable 116 43
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5,121 5,896

ASSET RETIREMENT OBLIGATIONS 3,358 3,333

MINORITY INTERESTS 14,238 12,745

FUTURE MINING AND INCOME TAXES 1,446 1,834
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24,163 23,808
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SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Capital stock 61,016 61,340
Contributed surplus 5,092 4,591
Deficit (4,647) (11,241)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 352 -
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61,813 54,690
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85,976 78,498
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW
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(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
Three months ended Fiscal year ended
December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2007 2006 2007 2006
$ $ $ $
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CASH FLOW FROM
(USED IN) OPERATING
ACTIVITIES
Net earnings (loss) (986) 2,477 6,671 3,194
Adjustments for:
Depreciation and
depletion 1,077 970 5,628 3,146
Stock-based
compensation 164 108 575 393
Accretion expense
- asset retirement
obligations 45 60 178 214
Gain on disposal
of mining assets (37) (2,995) (8,042) (3,270)
Minority interests (55) (272) (36) (730)
Future mining and
income taxes 190 304 (334) (1,801)
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398 652 4,640 1,146

Net change in
non-cash working
capital items (787) (522) 7,171 1,283
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(389) 130 11,811 2,429
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CASH FLOW USED IN
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Disposal of mining
assets 37 2,627 3,435 2,685
Property, plant and
equipment - Island
Gold Mine (1,653) (5,218) (4,495) (21,934)
Property, plant and
equipment
- Beaufor Mine (217) 1 (1,060) (1,706)
Property, plant and
equipment - East
Amphi Mine - - (34) (822)
Other property,
plant and equipment (706) (29) (582) (597)
Cash received from
an advance to a
minority partner 375 - 1,125 1,300
Redemption of
shares held by
minority interests - - - (13)
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(2,164) (2,619) (1,611) (21,087)
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CASH FLOW FROM
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Issue of common
shares - - 183 15,524
Redemption of
common shares - (171) (658) (171)
Common share issue
costs - - - (1,413)
Contribution from
a minority partner 540 3,060 1,440 6,165
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540 2,889 965 20,105
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Net increase
(decrease) in cash
and cash equivalents (2,013) 400 11,165 1,447

Cash and cash
equivalents,
beginning of period 29,304 15,726 16,126 14,679
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Cash and cash
equivalents, end
of period 27,291 16,126 27,291 16,126
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