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Carlos Freitas Chief Financial and Investors Relations Officer
Thiago Bortoluci Goldman Sachs
Javier Martinez Morgan Stanley
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Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. And welcome to the Vitru Limited Fourth Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. At this time all participants are in a listen-only mode. After the speaker's presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] I will now like to hand the conference over to your speaker for today Carlos Freitas, you may begin.

Carlos Freitas

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questions. for lines So please operator, the open

Operator

comes Goldman Our Thiago Instructions] Bortoluci line the of Sachs. you. with Thank first from [Operator question

Your open. line is

Thiago Bortoluci

taking Carlos team. and Thanks Hi, for Yes. question.

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Carlos Freitas

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per change did Our last every It in month. not year. X% churn is the quite year, small. It's around

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the year hope whole fourth and fact, year, partners in year. for XXXX, we for Now in XX% more are already that with are this the opening quarter this than of

prove that making to with to show just and are are happy us. and us, they money they So with

Thiago Bortoluci

clear, Thank Carlos. That’s you very much.

Carlos Freitas

you. Thank

Operator

Thank you.

Our the next Javier from comes of Martinez Morgan Stanley. line with question

Your open. line is

Javier Martinez

Hi, Thank Carlos. Thank you. you.

expectation, key during have prices keep after about we performance in our above prices, That the increasing. that Once investors my IPO increasing weight view, with given One good historical again, quite are IPO impressive, of you to was the of the the and quite impressive. the and was capacity newcomers debates is of prices. the

that of expect is those of mix, you mix, color dynamics And if if much give is bit that those – you part prices? like-for-like how that more dynamics little much mentioned a you how continue but So of us forward? to going if is that maybe – could

Carlos Freitas

Thanks your a Javier. question. is several things. Price of for mix Hi,

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confident So we intake. ahead of growth for deliver are a the still that we will nice us

Javier Martinez

follow another Carlos, if may with one. I

little so that obviously, and already At improved. So still you information year a another maybe rate on it's year going the – this good be rates? how about – to the is is next mentioned seniors, about but in re-enrollment, good point, retention XXXX is the your retention some was seniors, you Is have moving? talking probably that early,

Carlos Freitas

re-enrollment is that's difference than the we last reality. being but slightly is we It pre-pandemic good. far, year. a be had as is than smaller between So had last number the is clear expected, good the what And and It post-pandemic so which slightly far, may what it year. more

Javier Martinez

Thank Carlos. Understood. you,

Carlos Freitas

You welcome. are

Operator

Thank you. in am showing call I’ll [Operator the Carlos. you questions no queue. further Instructions] I the turn to back

Carlos Freitas

you, Thank operator.

now well all. a a us takeaways from XX, with like solid So year, We quite future for and it key up very growth. to the solid very I'd on positioned Page had wrap please, quarter which

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All of we to announce arise. with mentioned I hope as opportunities expansion that, soon to together already you that to you, and M&A

in the excited and the believe So are we in right path future, we very are Vitru about growth. for we

you that, interest you. I Thank Thank We our the for to very you. look with leave So meeting about with much forward all. you company.

Operator

call. conference today's participation. you concludes Ladies Thank your and for gentlemen, this

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