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The Children’s Place Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results

Reports Q2 GAAP EPS of ($1.01) versus $1.60 in Q2 2021 and $0.10 in Q2 2019
Reports Q2 Adjusted EPS of ($0.89) versus $1.71 in Q2 2021 and $0.19 in Q2 2019
Provides Full Year 2022 Adjusted EPS Guidance of $7.00
Provides Third Quarter 2022 Adjusted EPS Guidance of $3.95

SECAUCUS, N.J., Aug. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Children’s Place, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCE), the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended July 30, 2022.

Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer announced, “Our Q2 sales and profitability fell well short of our expectations due to a significant miss to our internal retail sales projections in the period from early June through early July. The combination of an unexpected and meaningful increase in promotional activity from our key competitors and the widely reported inflation-driven consumer slowdown, put significant downward pressure on our fashion AUR’s and margins during the quarter. In addition, we had to address a significant imbalance in our channel inventories late in the quarter due to unplanned inbound supply chain issues, the largest being the rapid deterioration of the east coast port situation, as other retailers scrambled to move their deliveries from their west coast ports.” 

Ms. Elfers continued, “Digital represented 47% of our retail sales in Q2, versus 45% in 2021 and 30% in 2019. Digital is our highest operating margin channel, and, based on the strength of our digital business and our increased investments in this channel, we are projecting digital revenue to represent 50% of our retail sales in 2022. Looking ahead, we are planning for digital to represent approximately 60% of our retail sales by the end of FY 2024, versus 33% of our retail sales in FY 2019; almost doubling our digital penetration in only five years. Amazon continues to over perform versus our internal projections. Prime Day was a huge success and importantly our Amazon business has continued to build every week since Prime Day. In addition, our iconic Gymboree brand launched on Amazon’s website in late Q2 and the early results have been strong.”

Ms. Elfers continued, “With respect to Q3, we believe our inventories are now well positioned from a seasonality and channel perspective. Our quarter to date sales trend has improved versus our sales trend during the last two weeks of July and our quarter to date AUR increase is encouraging. Our basics business continues to be very strong. With respect to our fashion assortments, our customer is clearly responding to the combination of our significantly increased back-to-school marketing efforts, and our curated back-to-school fashion assortments.”

Ms. Elfers concluded, “Based on the current environment, although we are now anticipating that consolidated sales for full year 2022 will be down approximately 8% versus pre-pandemic levels in 2019, we anticipate operating income will be up approximately mid-teens versus 2019 and EPS will increase approximately 30% versus 2019. With the multiple headwinds we are currently facing, these results would only be possible due to the structural reset to our business model since the start of the pandemic.”

Financial Results
The Company’s results are reported in this press release on a GAAP and as adjusted, non-GAAP basis. A reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP financial information is provided at the end of this press release.

Financial results for the second quarter and year-to-date 2022 reported in this press release are compared against both second quarter and year-to-date 2021 and second quarter and year-to-date 2019 given that management believes a comparison to 2019 is relevant to measuring the Company’s progress against its 2019 pre-pandemic performance, resulting from the significant structural changes made to the Company’s operating model since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Second Quarter 2022 Results
Net sales decreased $33.0 million, or 8.0%, to $380.9 million in the three months ended July 30, 2022, compared to $413.9 million in the three months ended July 31, 2021, and decreased $39.6 million, or 9.4%, compared to $420.5 million in the three months ended August 3, 2019.  The decrease in net sales compared to Q2 2021 was primarily due to the impact of a slowdown in consumer demand resulting from the unprecedented inflation impacting our customer, an increase in promotional activity across the sector, lapping the impact of the enhanced child tax credit last July, and the impact of permanent store closures.  Comparable retail sales decreased 8.7% for the quarter.

Gross profit decreased $52.4 million to $115.5 million in the three months ended July 30, 2022, compared to $167.9 million in the three months ended July 31, 2021, and decreased $23.3 million compared to $138.8 million in the three months ended August 3, 2019.  Adjusted gross profit decreased $53.3 million to $114.8 million in the three months ended July 30, 2022, compared to $168.1 million in the comparable period last year, and decreased $24.0 million compared to $138.8 million in the comparable period in 2019.  Adjusted gross margin deleveraged 1,046 basis points to 30.2% of net sales versus Q2 2021, primarily the result of lower merchandise margins due to unplanned AUR pressure resulting from an abrupt slowdown in consumer demand, coupled with an increase in promotional activity across the sector, higher domestic supply chain costs, increased penetration of our wholesale business, which operates at a lower gross margin, higher inbound transportation expenses, and the deleverage of fixed expenses resulting from the decline in net sales. Adjusted gross margin of 30.2% in Q2 2022 compares to Q2 2019 adjusted gross margin of 33.0%.

Selling, general, and administrative expenses were $114.7 million in the three months ended July 30, 2022, compared to $115.6 million in the three months ended July 31, 2021, and compared to $116.4 million in the three months ended August 3, 2019. Adjusted SG&A was $113.5 million in the three months ended July 30, 2022, compared to $114.1 million in the comparable period last year and $115.5 million in the comparable period in 2019.  Adjusted SG&A deleveraged 224 basis points to 29.8% of net sales versus Q2 2021, primarily as a result of the deleverage of fixed expenses resulting from the decline in net sales and higher planned marketing spend.

Operating loss was $13.8 million in the three months ended July 30, 2022, compared to operating income of $37.8 million in the three months ended July 31, 2021 and compared to $3.8 million in the three months ended August 3, 2019. Adjusted operating loss was $11.7 million in the three months ended July 30, 2022, compared to adjusted operating income of $40.1 million in the comparable period last year and compared to $5.8 million in the comparable period in 2019. Q2 2022 adjusted operating loss deleveraged 1,277 basis points to (3.1%) of net sales versus Q2 2021 and deleveraged 443 basis points versus Q2 2019 adjusted operating income, which was 1.4% of net sales.

Net interest expense was $2.6 million in the three months ended July 30, 2022, compared to $4.7 million in the three months ended July 31, 2021.  The decrease in interest expense versus Q2 2021 was driven by lower interest rates due to our refinancing in Q4 last year and a lower term loan balance outstanding this quarter.

Net loss was $13.3 million, or ($1.01) per diluted share, in the three months ended July 30, 2022, compared to net income of $24.1 million, or $1.60 per diluted share, in the three months ended July 31, 2021 and compared to $1.5 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the three months ended August 3, 2019.  Adjusted net loss was $11.7 million, or ($0.89) per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $25.7 million, or $1.71 per diluted share, in the comparable period last year, and compared to $3.0 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in the comparable period in 2019.

Fiscal Year-To-Date 2022 Results
Net sales decreased $106.1 million, or 12.5%, to $743.2 million in the six months ended July 30, 2022, compared to $849.3 million in the six months ended July 31, 2021, and decreased $89.7 million, or 10.8%, compared to $832.9 million in the six months ended August 3, 2019.  The decrease in net sales compared to year-to-date 2021 was primarily due to lapping the COVID-19 stimulus relief program last year, the impact of a slowdown in consumer demand resulting from the unprecedented inflation impacting our customer, an increase in promotional activity across the sector and the impact of permanent store closures.  Comparable retail sales decreased 12.8% for the six months ended July 30, 2022. 

Gross profit decreased $98.7 million to $257.4 million in the six months ended July 30, 2022, compared to $356.1 million in the six months ended July 31, 2021, and decreased $33.4 million compared to $290.8 million in the six months ended August 3, 2019. Adjusted gross profit decreased $100.6 million to $256.7 million in the six months ended July 30, 2022, compared to $357.3 million in the comparable period last year, and decreased $33.6 million compared to $290.3 million in the comparable period in 2019.  Adjusted gross margin deleveraged 752 basis points to 34.5% of net sales versus year-to-date 2021, primarily the result of lower merchandise margins due to unplanned AUR pressure resulting from an abrupt slowdown in consumer demand, coupled with an increase in promotional activity across the sector, higher inbound transportation expenses, increased penetration of our wholesale business, which operates at a lower gross margin, and the deleverage of fixed expenses resulting from the decline in net sales. Adjusted gross margin of 34.5% in year-to-date 2022 compares to year-to-date 2019 adjusted gross margin of 34.9%.

Selling, general, and administrative expenses were $223.7 million in the six months ended July 30, 2022, compared to $222.4 million in the six months ended July 31, 2021, and compared to $244.4 million in the six months ended August 3, 2019. Adjusted SG&A was $221.7 million in the six months ended July 30, 2022, compared to $218.3 million in the comparable period last year and $242.6 million in the comparable period in 2019.  Adjusted SG&A deleveraged 414 basis points to 29.8% of net sales versus year-to-date 2021, primarily as a result of the deleverage of fixed expenses resulting from the decline in net sales as well as higher planned marketing spend.

Operating income was $5.4 million in the six months ended July 30, 2022, compared to $103.8 million in the six months ended July 31, 2021, and compared to $8.9 million in the six months ended August 3, 2019. Adjusted operating income was $8.9 million in the six months ended July 30, 2022, compared to adjusted operating income of $110.8 million in the comparable period last year and compared to $12.5 million in the comparable period in 2019.  Year-to-date 2022 adjusted operating income deleveraged 1,185 basis points to 1.2% of net sales versus year-to-date 2021 and deleveraged 30 basis points versus year-to-date 2019 adjusted operating income, which was 1.5% of net sales.

Net interest expense was $4.3 million in the six months ended July 30, 2022, compared to $9.1 million in the six months ended July 31, 2021.  The decrease in interest expense versus year-to-date 2021 was driven by lower interest rates due to our refinancing in Q4 last year and a lower term loan balance outstanding this year.

Net income was $6.5 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, in the six months ended July 30, 2022, compared to net income of $69.3 million, or $4.61 per diluted share, in the six months ended July 31, 2021 and compared to $6.0 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, in the six months ended August 3, 2019.  Adjusted net income was $2.8 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $74.5 million, or $4.95 per diluted share, in the comparable period last year, and compared to $8.8 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, in the comparable period in 2019.

Non-GAAP Reconciliation
The Company’s results are reported in this press release on a GAAP and as adjusted, non-GAAP basis. Adjusted net income (loss), adjusted net income (loss) per diluted share, adjusted gross profit, adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses, adjusted operating income (loss), and adjusted provision (benefit) for income taxes are non-GAAP measures, and are not intended to replace GAAP financial information, and may be different from non-GAAP measures reported by other companies. The Company believes the income and expense items excluded as non-GAAP adjustments are not reflective of the performance of its core business, and that providing this supplemental disclosure to investors will facilitate comparisons of the past and present performance of its core business.

The Company excluded net expenses of $1.6 million for the three months ended July 30, 2022, including impairment charges, provision for foreign settlement, accelerated depreciation, professional and consulting fees, and restructuring costs.  The total impact on income taxes included in the above items was $0.5 million.

The Company excluded net income of $3.7 million for the six months ended July 30, 2022, including the settlement of a foreign tax audit, partially offset by excluded expenses, including impairment charges, provision for foreign settlement, accelerated depreciation, professional and consulting fees, and restructuring costs.  The total impact on income taxes included in the above items was $7.2 million.

Store Update 
The Company ended the second quarter of 2022 with 658 stores and square footage of 3.1 million, a decrease of 8% compared to the prior year and a decrease of 31% compared to the end of Q2 2019, when the Company operated 961 stores.  Consistent with the Company’s store fleet optimization initiative, the Company permanently closed 7 stores during the second quarter of 2022 and has permanently closed 541 stores since 2013 and decreased total square footage by 2.1 million square feet or approximately 40%. The Company is planning to close a total of approximately 40 stores this year.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
As of July 30, 2022, the Company had $28.2 million of cash and cash equivalents and $283.9 million outstanding on its revolving credit facility.  Additionally, the Company used $34.0 million in operating cash flows in the three months ended July 30, 2022.

Inventories were $616.4 million as of July 30, 2022, increased 33.6% versus last year, with 22% of our inventory, or approximately $135.2 million, in-transit due to steps taken to mitigate global supply chain disruptions, compared to $461.4 million in the same period last year.

Capital Return Program
During the three months ended July 30, 2022, the Company repurchased 484 thousand shares for approximately $22.6 million, inclusive of shares repurchased and surrendered to cover tax withholdings associated with the vesting of equity awards held by management.  As of July 30, 2022, $196.1 million remained on the Company’s existing share repurchase program authorization.  

Outlook
The Company is providing guidance for the third quarter and the full year fiscal 2022.

For the third quarter, the Company expects:

  • Net sales of approximately $500 million.
  • A low double digit decrease in comparable retail sales.
  • Adjusted operating income of approximately 14% of net sales. 
  • Adjusted earnings per diluted share of approximately $3.95.

For fiscal 2022, the Company expects:

  • Net sales of approximately $1.725 billion.
  • A low double digit decrease in comparable retail sales.
  • Adjusted operating income of approximately 7.5% of net sales.
  • Adjusted earnings per diluted share of approximately $7.00.

Conference Call Information 
The Children’s Place will host a conference call on Wednesday August 17, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its second quarter fiscal 2022 results.

The call will be broadcast live at http://investor.childrensplace.com. An audio archive will be available on the Company’s website approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call.

About The Children’s Place
The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America. The Company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells at retail and wholesale, and licenses to sell fashionable, high-quality merchandise predominantly at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place”, “Place”, “Baby Place”, “Gymboree” and “Sugar & Jade” brand names. The Company has online stores at www.childrensplace.com, www.gymboree.com and www.sugarandjade.com and, as of July 30, 2022, the Company had 658 stores in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico and the Company’s six international franchise partners had 212 international points of distribution in 16 countries. 

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains or may contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements relating to the Company’s strategic initiatives and adjusted net income per diluted share. Forward-looking statements typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially. Some of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” section of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2022. Included among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially are the risk that the Company will be unsuccessful in gauging fashion trends and changing consumer preferences, the risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of the Company’s business and its dependence on consumer spending patterns, which may be affected by changes in economic conditions, the risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business or the economy in general (including decreased customer traffic, schools adopting remote and hybrid learning models, closures of businesses and other activities causing decreased demand for our products and negative impacts on our customers’ spending patterns due to decreased income or actual or perceived wealth, and the impact of legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including any changes to such legislation), the risk that the Company’s strategic initiatives to increase sales and margin are delayed or do not result in anticipated improvements, the risk of delays, interruptions and disruptions in the Company’s global supply chain, including resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic or other disease outbreaks, foreign sources of supply in less developed countries, more politically unstable countries, or countries where vendors fail to comply with industry standards or ethical business practices, including the use of forced, indentured or child labor, the risk that the cost of raw materials or energy prices will increase beyond current expectations or that the Company is unable to offset cost increases through value engineering or price increases, various types of litigation, including class action litigations brought under consumer protection, employment, and privacy and information security laws and regulations, the imposition of regulations affecting the importation of foreign-produced merchandise, including duties and tariffs, and the uncertainty of weather patterns. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact:  Investor Relations (201) 558-2400 ext. 14500

THE CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

  Second Quarter Ended   Year-to-Date Ended
  July 30,
2022
  July 31,
2021
  July 30,
2022
  July 31,
2021
               
Net sales $ 380,885     $ 413,855     $ 743,235     $ 849,336  
Cost of sales   265,422       245,994       485,867       493,269  
Gross profit   115,463       167,861       257,368       356,067  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   114,672       115,620       223,708       222,358  
Depreciation and amortization   13,241       14,392       26,856       29,953  
Asset impairment charges   1,379             1,379        
Operating income (loss)   (13,829 )     37,849       5,425       103,756  
Interest expense, net   (2,589 )     (4,696 )     (4,294 )     (9,107 )
Income (loss) before provision (benefit) for income taxes   (16,418 )     33,153       1,131       94,649  
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (3,120 )     9,058       (5,402 )     25,349  
Net income (loss) $ (13,298 )   $ 24,095     $ 6,533     $ 69,300  
               
               
Earnings (loss) per common share              
Basic $ (1.01 )   $ 1.63     $ 0.49     $ 4.71  
Diluted $ (1.01 )   $ 1.60     $ 0.48     $ 4.61  
               
Weighted average common shares outstanding              
Basic   13,147       14,780       13,384       14,725  
Diluted   13,147       15,062       13,532       15,032  
                               

THE CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO GAAP
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

  Second Quarter Ended   Year-to-Date Ended
  July 30,
2022
  July 31,
2021
  July 30,
2022
  July 31,
2021
               
Net income (loss) $ (13,298 )   $ 24,095     $ 6,533     $ 69,300  
               
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Asset impairment charges   1,379             1,379        
Provision for foreign settlement   375             375        
Accelerated depreciation   209       540       746       1,778  
Restructuring costs   194       559       229       1,091  
Professional and consulting fees   122             610        
Fleet optimization   (177 )     281       151       1,034  
Incremental COVID-19 operating expenses         868             2,435  
Contract termination costs                     750  
Aggregate impact of non-GAAP adjustments   2,102       2,248       3,490       7,088  
Income tax effect (1)   (477 )     (595 )     (837 )     (1,907 )
Settlement of tax examination               (6,379 )      
Net impact of non-GAAP adjustments   1,625       1,653       (3,726 )     5,181  
               
Adjusted net income (loss) $ (11,673 )   $ 25,748     $ 2,807     $ 74,481  
               
GAAP net income (loss) per common share $ (1.01 )   $ 1.60     $ 0.48     $ 4.61  
               
Adjusted net income (loss) per common share $ (0.89 )   $ 1.71     $ 0.21     $ 4.95  
                               

(1) The tax effects of the non-GAAP items are calculated based on the statutory rate of the jurisdiction in which the discrete item resides.

  Second Quarter Ended   Year-to-Date Ended
  July 30,
2022
  July 31,
2021
  July 30,
2022
  July 31,
2021
               
Operating income (loss) $ (13,829 )   $ 37,849   $ 5,425   $ 103,756
               
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Asset impairment charges   1,379           1,379    
Provision for foreign settlement   375           375    
Accelerated depreciation   209       540     746     1,778
Restructuring costs   194       559     229     1,091
Professional and consulting fees   122           610    
Fleet optimization   (177 )     281     151     1,034
Incremental COVID-19 operating expenses         868         2,435
Contract termination costs                 750
Aggregate impact of non-GAAP adjustments   2,102       2,248     3,490     7,088
               
Adjusted operating income (loss) $ (11,727 )   $ 40,097   $ 8,915   $ 110,844
                         

THE CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO GAAP
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

  Second Quarter Ended   Year-to-Date Ended
  July 30,
2022
  July 31,
2021
  July 30,
2022
  July 31,
2021
               
Gross profit $ 115,463     $ 167,861   $ 257,368     $ 356,067
               
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Fleet optimization   (621 )         (621 )    
Incremental COVID-19 operating expenses         203           1,203
Aggregate impact of non-GAAP adjustments   (621 )     203     (621 )     1,203
               
Adjusted gross profit $ 114,842     $ 168,064   $ 256,747     $ 357,270
                           

  Second Quarter Ended   Year-to-Date Ended
  July 30,
2022
  July 31,
2021
  July 30,
2022
  July 31,
2021
               
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 114,672     $ 115,620     $ 223,708     $ 222,358  
               
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Fleet optimization   (444 )     (281 )     (772 )     (1,034 )
Provision for foreign settlement   (375 )           (375 )      
Restructuring costs   (194 )     (559 )     (229 )     (1,091 )
Professional and consulting fees   (122 )           (610 )      
Incremental COVID-19 operating expenses         (665 )           (1,232 )
Contract termination costs                     (750 )
Aggregate impact of non-GAAP adjustments   (1,135 )     (1,505 )     (1,986 )     (4,107 )
               
Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses $ 113,537     $ 114,115     $ 221,722     $ 218,251  
                               

THE CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

  July 30,
2022
  January 29,
2022*
  July 31,
2021
Assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 28,193   $ 54,787   $ 63,982
Accounts receivable   44,445     21,863     38,864
Inventories   616,436     428,813     461,391
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   59,383     76,075     45,011
Total current assets   748,457     581,538     609,248
           
Property and equipment, net   154,738     155,006     165,558
Right-of-use assets   167,619     194,653     235,208
Tradenames, net   71,292     71,692     72,092
Other assets, net   32,352     34,571     46,342
Total assets $ 1,174,458   $ 1,037,460   $ 1,128,448
           
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity:          
Revolving loan $ 283,931   $ 175,318   $ 199,837
Accounts payable   303,776     183,758     227,579
Current portion of operating lease liabilities   78,989     91,097     109,991
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   126,401     141,653     134,988
Total current liabilities   793,097     591,826     672,395
           
Long-term debt   49,718     49,685     74,209
Long-term portion of operating lease liabilities   112,386     134,761     174,718
Other long-term liabilities   35,076     35,716     38,941
Total liabilities   990,277     811,988     960,263
           
Stockholders’ equity   184,181     225,472     168,185
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,174,458   $ 1,037,460   $ 1,128,448
                 

* Derived from the audited consolidated financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2022.

THE CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

  Year-to-Date Ended
  July 30,
2022
  July 31,
2021
       
Net income $ 6,533     $ 69,300  
Non-cash adjustments   84,391       110,603  
Working capital   (143,713 )     (183,200 )
Net cash used in operating activities   (52,789 )     (3,297 )
       
Net cash used in investing activities   (19,123 )     (13,465 )
       
Net cash provided by financing activities   45,714       16,236  
       
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (396 )     960  
       
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (26,594 )     434  
       
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   54,787       63,548  
       
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 28,193     $ 63,982  

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