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China Automotive Systems (CAAS)

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Kevin Theiss Investor Relations
William Gregozeski Greenridge Global
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Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the China Automotive Systems' Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2021 Conference Call. At this time, all participants have been placed on a listen-only mode and the floor will be opened for questions and comments after the presentation. It is now my pleasure to turn the floor over to your host, Kevin Theiss. Sir, the floor is yours.

Kevin Theiss

Thank you. joining for everyone you us today. Thank China Year XXXX to Automotive Systems' Full and Quarter Fourth Conference XXXX Welcome Call.

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we'll review sheet balance Next few items. a

are receivable cash bank short-term cash $XXX.X As Total and receivable of including $XXX.X payable were $XXX XX, cash provides target XXXX. and year pledged million. notes guidance $XXX.X Accounts XXXX. compared in the and loans land acquire December as XXXX including XXXX, business The ready paid on operating Operator? XX, were and were million. with was $XX.X This million equipment total is equivalents, to million the was rights begin fiscal compared $XX.X views million company's stockholders' from million compared operating plant December session. with million to to $XXX million. use accounts investments was were revenue payable notes December property million cash, that XXXX XXXX million. in short-term $XX.X With flow $XXX based are market $XX.X of change. we outlook. $X.X for XXXX subject current XX, Cash on equity activities in in Total of company million conditions of Q&A Net and Management which XXXX. to as operator,

Operator

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William Gregozeski

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William Gregozeski

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William Gregozeski

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Unidentified Company Representative

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William Gregozeski

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William Gregozeski

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Unidentified Company Representative

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Operator

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Kevin Theiss

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Operator

Thank conclude you conference This ladies and call. gentlemen. does today's

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