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Innodata (INOD)

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Amy Agress SVP and General Counsel
Jack Abuhoff CEO
Mark Spelker CFO
Tim Clarkson Van Clemens Capital
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Operator

Good morning, and welcome to the Innodata Fourth Quarter 2020 Earnings Call. Today's conference is being recorded. At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Amy Agress. Please go ahead.

Amy Agress

Thank you, Mary. everyone. morning, Good joining for Thank us you today.

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Jack Abuhoff

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Mark Spelker

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Operator

go now our ahead. And question take [Operator we'll instructions] Please first from [indiscernible]

Unidentified Analyst

My calls first person you I it of right force. or revenue if developing have per sales have question your I you're your type was that sales sales guys targeting now. around wondering any

Jack Abuhoff

are digital in the quotas are in per Synodex different business different the In $XXX,XXX and bigger data designed come around the quota. with People solutions business years in accounts, yes So with base business account of people these sales about $X.X agility in business. quotas meaning bigger in roughly the subsequent the quotas year. million and quotas come their the then

Unidentified Analyst

full for that the up how and the it how ramp with reaching you and you quota. do long going in Great sales see take your think can you Okay. people, to do be people

Jack Abuhoff

happen call, would selective automatically. with in think who I and I sales the going we to hire in. So XX will we the people not XX managers plan to around XX expect, being in going to we as of We're account but people be exiting as account bring think we enablement those a supporting it's year BDRs said that. people process continuing people, It's be executives then XX then, representatives, and on very

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Unidentified Analyst

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Jack Abuhoff

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looking of that. is we're customer customers, at not think that to to of help the diversity I that there projects this in very that diversity case going care of won't are I there take base be and am but even lumpiness So because that say that I it think large going some now,

Operator

can We from instructions] next Please take now ahead. go [Operator question [indiscernible]. our

Unidentified Analyst

ramping little could I the if give the just curious stay a cash as you all am year. additional this maybe and flavor positive question, my and to is people, up you're that us throughout happen flows the ability

Mark Spelker

Jack with I the you make certainly we're a growth comment, investments over as going said augment, long-term, few next years. towards mean can selectively when to I'll I say these view long-term and

accordingly. dividends see expect if to to starting XXXX investments our with get some will part Jack? we will the expectations, in and of We of we not are adjust our commensurate latter returns out

Jack Abuhoff

that's No I fair. think that

the terms are in and think that I marketing initiatives, sales attractive. extremely of expecting returns the we're on return

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Unidentified Analyst

you're done? now where you industries and and year sales from? ones do in other question see Just good new XX the One of then hires, ahead curious at am of that the last marketplace I reps end, or the looking what you are out getting the

Jack Abuhoff

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Unidentified Analyst

and up. growth was and strategy good, ramp based this Thanks expected starting on really this of than much quarter the one I better

So Thanks people good guys. it's a work.

Operator

And now of from Clemens question go next Please Van we Capital ahead. take our Clarkson Management. Tim can

Tim Clarkson

you you out startup wanted of more customers from to those customers new starting AI migrated would the significant to XX? Just area. got deal have many to give business order in of already say How the this you XX ask

Jack Abuhoff

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Tim Clarkson

tell salesman far? salesman hired how have you many Sure can the actually hires, you us on so

Jack Abuhoff

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Tim Clarkson

So maybe like X to XX something like that.

Jack Abuhoff

right, probably the probably closer that's Yes seven. to

Tim Clarkson

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Jack Abuhoff

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Tim Clarkson

to much put it's it Well simply. bigger evolved deal into Okay. a sounds it like

Jack Abuhoff

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Tim Clarkson

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Jack Abuhoff

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Tim Clarkson

this guess what things revenue. some the see companies that is you Sure value ratio Innodata, do typical kinds valuations? a in publicly and one What's to to they similar I would see of question, last of market of revenue stock question things be to on you these for price in market more private the valuations typical price terms a that

Jack Abuhoff

Good question.

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million I think of and valued $XXX revenue they billion. about got $X they're at

that -- a XX about that's multiple. So be would XX to whatever revenue

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bought revenue Trendkite of M&A side private the They last Vision a year went XX a I about multiple. On at private on [ph] side, XX the multiple. guess end

seeing. we're So that's what

Tim Clarkson

respects, with last one these you're compete from these of them you you of to a question, so able terms Right companies and that being that of I on. to lot in business think a people take in superior assume lot

Jack Abuhoff

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for some So companies their when against business, these we're competing of winning. we're

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Tim Clarkson

Right.

Okay. forward I to more looking we're done. quarter a great obviously. It's am and

Operator

at any or for this And further to closing questions back like I'd Jack with remarks. to it time, now no additional Abuhoff hand

Jack Abuhoff

operator. you, Thank

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to for again, So everybody you us thank next today. being joining you with time. forward Look

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