MiX Telematics (MIXT)

John Granara Chief Financial Officer
Stefan Joselowitz President & Chief Executive Officer
Mike Walkley Canaccord Genuity
Matt Pfau William Blair
Brian Peterson Raymond James
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Greetings, and welcome to the MiX Telematics Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2020 Earnings Results Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. It's now my pleasure to turn the call over to John Granara, Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Granara, please go ahead.

John Granara

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Stefan Joselowitz

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Mike Walkley

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Stefan Joselowitz

Thanks, Mike.

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Mike Walkley

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John Granara

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Mike Walkley

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Stefan Joselowitz

Thanks, Mike.


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Matt Pfau

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Stefan Joselowitz

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Matt Pfau

think change and sort strategy. expect curious the that or Any how may Got geographies fleet make allocate of of terms of that sort to in you about as you various sort your of you And investment post of your various segments rethink to areas? sort you sizes, attractiveness you those thought investments dollars pandemic of your change just it. in how allocate

Stefan Joselowitz

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Matt Pfau

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Stefan Joselowitz

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Brian Peterson

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Stefan Joselowitz

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Brian Peterson

I Joss. Thanks, appreciate that.

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Stefan Joselowitz

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Brian Peterson

Thanks, Joss.


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Stefan Joselowitz

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