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Vitru (VTRU)

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Carlos Freitas Chief Financial Officer & Investors Relations
Vitor Tomita Goldman Sachs
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Operator

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. And welcome to Vitru's First Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. At this time all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we will conduct the question-and-answer session and instructions will follow at that time.

As a reminder, this call will be recorded. to Vitru's host CFO. like call, today's now Freitas, Carlos would introduce for your conference I

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Carlos Freitas

Thank you, here healthy. operator. for all joining for us. of And release the good afternoon, a the doing the pleasure everyone. first real you quarter to year. our are be of with of all It's you results Thanks Hope for and well

today's will Relations Maria which of Here the Investor a Gonçalves, available is also at our webcast, our Carolina Relations Department. with be slide in presentation me of Head And website part is Investor investors.vitru.com.pr.

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region we students southeastern say were growth of this education XX% great numbers organic the the with we intake hybrid in intaking Brazil XX% an that you as we in the shape that the quarter than what model. intake of current But of in of the year. had resilience XXX,XXX first the in of back-ended versus growth the year. in in with of year. what more strong was had growth last on first of cycle the Second, last our digital around than what southeastern cycle organic with reached compliment was it versus had last of of at confirms our inside ENEM, the a With the again, we this purely And a very delay basis more all know, XXX

revenue this year. XX.X% quarter; this not our of last net XX% a compared EBITDA a Digital numbers Undergrad numbers. and so flow EBITDA had, adjusted we solid from quarter very least, by adjusted up cash adjusted year. Education substantial on XX% last was we consolidated again perspective. but XX.X% future, in the segment in last And our increased The operations solid very grew means quarter The around quarter, from of conversion financial margin increase the cash to first our this XXX% margins, Regarding versus when XX% the as well reached operations flow which grew by core to

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about XXX,XXX XX.X% We March, on -- education of them in segment business. of we digital almost our engaged courses. have students of education the base main digital which is end being our focused students And undergraduate

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to I like So for with would that, questions. open

Operator

Vitor comes first from Thank Sachs. with you. Instructions] [Operator question And our Tomita Goldman

is line Your open.

Vitor Tomita

our afternoon, thanks and good Hello, for taking questions.

a long-term, and the during bit Thank two thrash your have our is, second will this years be now, you more of five you competition is, our And on from in intake kind first questions if we base? or percentage student of you on you. if side; one question Flex [indiscernible] could as So dynamic revenue process? Course the elaborate say, do a believe of

Carlos Freitas

quarter competition the first a quarter. Starting in with enrollment normal delay first a everybody that say. piece had calendar. this I complete the I dynamics quarter, it's overall And in very important with question; in to think the I than then, the the guess would the ENEM, in bit stronger

the So say, March, more in I'd the this quarter, especially February, April and was the cycle -- was say it then May, normal. environment, -- in of January there in first the half and expected intaking I'd and

So competitive first mean, of fight with Flex in cycle able that say potential were the the guess a overhead potential, nice that, bit most it you question, and think Courses -- Course But the we very we to I future. the the to stronger growth. scenario stronger And can intaking deliver in we in because second was we had have I the of a slightly delay heard -- of Flex to I [ph]. for I the this

XX,XXX enter around with example, our XX,XXX Brazil Flex in XXX could that people and for are between we have for that example. We cities, Course,

on typically total focus people would population. than that XX,XXX bigger they cities in So are

-- say the Course be potential Courses but well, So, what expand just potential have consider important can growth with a for deferred this now number here with this every of would don't Flex to corner is reach growth going driver, we And Brazil. we clearly forward. as growth an that can our to has for the Flex important and I a target [ph].

Vitor Tomita

much. Perfect Thank you very

Operator

would call like the Carlos turn to Thank back I to over Instructions] Freitas. you. [Operator now

Carlos Freitas

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lower -- PDA intake, ideal is with is, higher First around forward? PDA looking very one, the the The what within of much I as and it's seniors. level newcomers said,

next something I our is dangerous. of stopped half level intake, tricky, don't if example, have growing very any ideal mean, very PDA second for quarter, PDA if be very, in So, we year. smaller would we of the very that this

that depend XX%; What we we here so we overtime it at it year we at declined given had it compared have as growth more nature commerce. student the and have. of the to number that seniors growth So, see last to XX%, slowly expect around our new would this is our base in was on

So, this around the -- five PDA have keep than intake term, I'd level growing we XX% an PDA will a we as that in that. student overall X% we middle to a been to say, of years going four, shall stopped lot because within base. our are would the smaller If three, have growing,

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Operator

Freitas closing would turn like back call I now [Operator to Instructions] Carlos at remarks. this the to showing I'm not for questions time. over any

Carlos Freitas

you. Thank

Thank IR to deliver numbers. Carol at we Team, And nice again, were I questions. to your able, guess and we you disposal other So, very solve any are much. myself, whole

Operator

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