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AEIS Advanced Energy Industries

Participants
Edwin Mok Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Investor Relations
Yuval Wasserman President and Chief Executive Officer
Paul Oldham our Executive Vice President and CFO
Mehdi Hosseini Susquehanna
Robert Mertens Cowen & Company
Tom Diffely D.A. Davidson
Patrick Ho Stifel
Quinn Bolton Needham and Company
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Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Advanced Energy Industries Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode.

Following management’s prepared remarks we will host a question-and-answer session and instructions will be given at that time. [Operator Instructions].

As a reminder, this conference call maybe recorded for replay purposes. pleasure the my to now is to conference hand Mr. It Marketing Vice Relations. President Mok, and of Edwin Strategic Investor Sir, you may begin.

Edwin Mok

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Yuval Wasserman

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will our Despite both our shape of deposition challenging Our mostly devices core out application. impact future semiconductor has technologies inventory business finished The broad- based by of and the lower is impacted and in of customers. etch we see enabling the demand pursuing market. at environment and further goods customers been our was new inventory reductions that

critical areas. and have in to gains aggressively expand believe and in technologies are there RF we result, new pursue our these investment and share a As opportunities accelerated their products offering

expanding multiple During five incremental customers technology OEM and opportunities. roadmaps secured gain evaluation market targeting support quarter customers while to against we key the our leading the These and prior accelerated share new investments positions. new shipped revenue already In our we leading in various design plasma and to share allowed have our quarters competitors applications based customers. the products etch position wins

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the implantation we significant other in In market by XXXX position expanded have including secured in we wins addition, share EV we voltage our and process high a in QX inspection metrology displacing we our steps. competitor. position in tools. In at believe ion steadily most process advanced control And expanding leading

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increasingly as market semiconductor on quarter balance This anticipate stronger driven and decline proven out to coming the position for market. As organic basis by year underlying expect, with market. of important year-over-year key but this demand industrial revenues the both our growth QX, our has the our this position growth. we both in significantly our they be to markets, in customer’s a technology grew an normalize resumption downturn of inventory stabilizes in share In our sequentially in and levels

two Over nearly strategy. industrial sets. the our highlighting industrial have revenue we our our has Within doubled the success major two years application markets diversification last

coatings. material called involve such advanced materials, display, which processing panel PV first, as to The film extending technologies and Solar, flat market, adjacent thin our we glass hard

markets. such with primarily PV QX when power the precession due and instruments productions glass new projects thermal level power sequentially medical hard set. end industrial expand acquisition both These and several of year-over QX, soft in in secured are these solutions business technologies. grew we and and is and as requirements. to power which and devices industrial application power typically market design out general footprint Applied wins serving stringent Although second in analytical Applied in significantly lower LumaSense coating and seasonal growth solar our sequentially decline technologies

term LumaSense, several we our science multiple medical Beyond growth into a QX. the be supply market. secured supported wins this to and we in expanded as position new that the leading medical structural that long the win market lasers in continue and provider medical instruments designs with by sales analytical devices power In the life new to continue markets quarter we

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a initial taken be starting plan portion realized. streamlining have by to to the our the achieve synergies We sales channels. of Further, is steps direct distribution into business our cost integrating in our

now synergy opportunities of excited confident acquisition. in revenue the and Our technologies customers new the are with we are we this that open

we actively Beyond spectrum technologies with M&As a LumaSense pursue of continue sizes, to additional across the capabilities. and target

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conditions expect lower through than We of QX. the market our the with half QX XXXX least in semi to at current persist sequentially first

deliver Longer cash for term, discretionary in increase content this to to momentum will we of costs At technologies to time, in flow. our we’re invest same we and in devices continue our managing product bright see customer’s environment continue and our and improving driven growing efficiency power a However, capitalizing the of future solid new business introductions. in complexity growth, increasing equipment. by semi profitability the

of our technologies committed level timing maybe and in forward semi that, the pace industry. and recovery our our the growth. Paul. upcoming service to per of $X.X Overall funnel call inorganic thank offerings goal industrial long billion term $X.X and earning as and partners many active, turn between the drive you grow let continue to support. financial to nicely we remain valued We I’d to like impacted by of I and of the to revenue strong our Our employees for acquisition With use to our over remains in to position see aspiration quarter. $X over share. customers, shareholders, me your look

Paul Oldham

feel fourth to revenue morning, Thank In Despite our you, seasonal and with industrial cyclical combined the of in in of range. good quarter quarter in continue semiconductor, weakness mid-point everyone. the challenging the fourth impact the environment, our the our guidance near slowdown we market. came Yuval,

Our higher accelerate non-GAAP from quarter. was R&D and and the quarter partially offset from investments tax gross by margins from rate to a decision Total a year results by impacted our expenses $XXX.X for last ago. XX% resulting certain slightly lower XX.X% EPS revenue million, lower down

XX%. business down were with industrial generated $XXX in and decline semi QX up record full revenues at to service Despite decline X.X% year semi and the industrial. Our XXXX in revenue the growing offsetting QX partially million X%

reflects despite this diversification Our to-date revenue the total in success and strategy. environment importance the our semiconductor growth, of decline

For of the XX.X% our year, operating we cash generated adjusted $XXX.X flow was million. margin and operating

and in by sales quarter from at the quarter last year-over-year. Looking million, market, semiconductor $XX.X was down revenue XX.X% XX.X%

our the industry demand our as goods of decelerated their ordering finished as customers reduced During inventories. power and quarter product reduced they

in half. QX which revenues year. significant XX.X% revenue QX result the QX limited, third solar did forward to expected technologies Although further our to for acquisitions, from a slowdown. could that million platforms due expect in additional visibility repeat not film, as we a the seasonal growth which the the XX.X% quarter in market primarily activity Year-over-year and shipment provide to of we continue $XX.X first us going recent grew thin believe down declined step Industrial is in

grew For the full organic win by XX% delivered and design driven total XX% in year our industrial robust pipeline. growth revenue

quarter Looking from concerns our was expect from X.X% for rate. consecutive the products at economic sequentially. to we the quarter at year. term, mid-teens industrial growth to compounded XX.X% we expect last a about record grow industrial revenue continue third QX up Service $XX.X million, macro third growth in despite Longer forward, and revenues a annual grow to

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completed we year and QX. LumaSense additional new after of With Consistent semiconductor to we challenges to the provide color represented was our business. expect flat first Technologies, $XX of sequentially the its the service acquisitions the in revenue in approximately holiday, in weakness I’ll semiconductors revenue lunar historical quarterly million run full sale the which the mostly industry be just LumaSense XX% in on QX, – historical lowest the during quarter. due rate quarter

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to by QX this continuing QX. trend expect We normalizing before to

the is to negative. While term near impact revenue

our XX.X%. We are growth compared margin gross last quarter more strategic with to margin was XX% will quarter. fourth non-GAAP in this for customers XX.X% Gross the a the confident future. enable and that was faster change On relationship

and also volume, warranty saw In tariffs product costs addition on shipped higher on obsolescence of than component. a our impact to we some average the increase legacy lower and of

forward. have the of be XX to impact to the we overall impact basis on to expect looking we vast XX points margins majority mitigated Although the tariffs,

margin we lower down XXX gross Looking expect mix. be XXX basis primarily and to QX, points adjusted on and volume

are in As lower you’ve our regional production and options mentioned, of in in business improve mitigate additional future exposure we the continuity our evaluation Asia. investing efforts all risks, Southeast profile to to cost

expenses to period. compares $XX.X primarily due operations XX cost cost QX GAAP XXX lower operating operating quarter or of of XX.X% nearly or starting quarter. Non-GAAP by lasting restructuring expect we expenses; million anticipate prior expenses continuing revenue. QX these this of the in and million during basis increased in long $X.X efforts from and several compensation million and XX.X% over This higher $XX.X the $XX QX in While quarters incurring charges in to million to the full additional LumaSense neutral transition to were and point an run amortization at stock expense. we

cost were operating of control the critical measures expenses Excluding partially the long-term primarily to addition increased our by temporary offset the investments These in innovation approximately expenses results engineering QX. $XXX,XXX LumaSense, growth. in and we programs drive accelerate of took

discretionary investment expenses are we efficiencies. integration continue synergies be strategic taking Looking flat offset actions operating overall of forward, as and drive to sequentially to this we curtail businesses acquired expect in by QX improve the we about to spending,

$X.X activity we to As integration yield over the compared and operating cost cost sold. I compared for to footprint operating mentioned, expense and $XX three in restructuring good to in was split of the improvement. to efficiency QX our business realized million GAAP between our XX.X% XX% we’ve QX quarter. manufacturing recorded optimization, related expect savings XX.X% We in margin was last annualized Including Non-GAAP margin actions operating XX.X% next quarters approximately QX. quarter these acquisition of million.

margins of acquisition LumaSense the Excluding adjusted operating XX.X%. were

lower income quarter, was results quarter Our we X%, the primarily R&D tax rate credit. cash additional of items discrete last high and the discussed for foreign fourth

rate tax was X.X%. non-GAAP Our

one-time forward and fourth our was third $X.XX inverter earnings per We continuing a and business which and operations with earning in from last with was ago. at U.S. to diluted expect for a a the QX share the impacted quarter $X.XX $X.XX rate tax to to year associated Non-GAAP was write $X.XX $X.XX be Reform. compared the expenses loss range. EPS tax the for of last $X.XX of looking the Capital the quarter year to XX% down solar compared Tax in in quarter and XX% by quarter a

at sequentially end the of by to our during $XX per $XX balance day million cash $XXX.X were over bringing by marketable times million flat continuing one by Net from operation increase adjusted remains inventory levels. quarter Operating balance balance Days $XX.X our and now XX was million to decreased million, working the to QX. capital days. and sheet. securities Inventory decline historical to as Turning million about by receivables days. back our and DSO the decreased cash levels payable at XX three $XX rose acquisitions turns flow

spent shares $XX.X During price the at we stock repurchase average an quarter of XXX,XXX million of $XX.XX. to

million million inception $XX For approximately have the XXXX shares. Since $XXX purchase repurchase million of approximately to shares. spend we X.X in we year, million to our program spent the X.X

we profitable year market successful revenues strong and XXXX, per between current a conditions very $XXX Looking expect $X.XX. quarter In forward first the million order of between ended be and to share non-GAAP to weak. million given $X.XX in to levels and $XXX be we started summary, completed to and that

challenging year for We semiconductor industry our expect a as XXXX the to investment. business be reduces

share. opportunities and weak strong plan to even However, during continue and new it to cash earnings company. expand expect questions. acquisitions the We and to operator to market invest flow. the cash Further, are to the core let growth in quarters the in while will turn profitable per cash continue earnings interim, and we’ve been growth, our in able we we over synergies market. in With growth to bullish Operator? position me drivers potential the to solid use efficiency pursue executing that, across our on strong long-term flow committed for addressable about our from programs critical remain our long-term and In driving deliver will and improvements drive our

Operator

you, our first will [Operator from Hosseini Susquehanna. sir. of Thank And Mehdi come the Instructions] question with line

is Your open. now line

Mehdi Hosseini

differently also this answer be at great? semiconductor it million. it guide, assume of Couple XX CapEx to commentary Yes. we I your Thanks at Should to maintenance is Yuval, kind for my if million you of customer inventory want suggests were Or and OEM look manufacturers? if to QX of revenue question. would semiconductor follow-ups. your the reflecting maintenance by taking quarterly and XX it

Yuval Wasserman

remain we it can at assume that level. Well, that

Mehdi Hosseini

Okay.

half in double-digit about week, first the talk decline the talk That's QX a go it So have and would you would where when we sideways. you about weakness?

Yuval Wasserman

that Yes. the in quarter, business change set forecast general saw weeks. in saw of the happened QX, believe we last don’t but correction last we Maybe we setting of the four or that right? most over We a

Mehdi Hosseini

Sure.

Yuval Wasserman

right And believe what think at the is we trough that us. pretty are now much we for we

Mehdi Hosseini

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at I Does getting not change the it dynamics minimum that see here? just a technology more I would semiconductor your capacity focus migration. forward wafer and am Looking business? color on right. Any for great be Or

Yuval Wasserman

Sure.

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in shipping mentioned products applications. prepared remarks, going we next-generation technology are we’re now to that fabs the for As right

and we for ALE our and a invest continue space very been accommodate the course, so reason product so for on, get and technology etch, technology that forth recognized in applications, And as from from deposition to our and accelerate the around has enabling. ALD, development. broad OEMs we strong Of demand the investment of to and world

Mehdi Hosseini

migration? multiplier those part in? capacity to to as need a to wafer story Or Would we wait technology lead of come at revenue through go for new we products do

Yuval Wasserman

even XX factory. between We volume months the months you know technology, industry XX expect run to the new high the or months to can as XX of in adoption

we expect early new are ramp. stage. our in fabs, to in that of technologies Pilot Some productions

market higher with stronger this a We incremental creation. revenue expect and exit with to opportunity position year for much

of Some revenue. will of production these of will millions tens drive design wins dollars mass of in realize incremental

Mehdi Hosseini

detail color. Thanks for

Operator

our come question Cowen & from Company. will of Thank And next line you. Sankar with Krish

line Your now is open.

Robert Mertens

Hi. I my XXXX haven't March of guide, gave for in the in on for and earnings some This EPS OpEx came the gross I question. you is revenues margins end are your the early Thank know taking dollar. quarter the around since Krish. of the around Rob If for your look at XXXX, to maybe seen behalf terms color the of where you guide. levels Mertens what you

looking the margins year, of sort sort little improve would towards expecting decline to the And of will are We’re level now need later do it you of to breakeven part so levels? of be a bit? also you revenue

Paul Oldham

a great question It’s Rob. Yes.

I you think its semi note been made I that structure business XXXX. – bring down at five our lower mentioned bring of mix as acquisitions and companies if companies the by quarters thing them. if acquired could we’ve would six look is at actually But are look the revenues those you at with they you the is levels offset that that and argue they revenues first last some that, down our that you sorry, some actually four we than they cost in I’m and late

earnings on so new businesses we’ve added is then you’ve see an on right now. impact at And model are same earnings operating seen you this -- what that

– earnings platforms today. forward to in us contributing those new give companies are a platform for give fact greater us growth looking Now, and those

saying, way the simple way of if we of hadn’t worst we And that guess company be it have. diversified the the I could so sort

be technology think believe we As And mentioned, of that well at market paid in revenue investment There’s happening difficult strategy, recovers. diversification lot a dividend. very the has semi we’re our all about if environment. we’ll excited despite we and positioned you’ve what

take actions around we company occur, We still solid point, you we breakeven could QX certainly Now breakeven. still just And the have guide that can we’d our at at if into see a revenues from you very and financials. be a $XXX as we if low we drop profitability ensure very the to saw there’s model. range at million before that look profitable cash. solid other a generate broadly believe perspective, a And

environment to as stronger a continues exit company today. this position take this ourselves a we’re think downturn be advantage be to time to in to we of So that the we

other that that’s Now, quarter was and annualized implemented also some And take savings. A about types we sales. we’d cost those in we cost natural it We measures even would could about see the investments mid-year growing over expenses overall, the of see those this say on be and that of improvement. margin we actually temporary able bit restructuring be did little funding and think year. things. of the course large a expect $XX these in will keep saw we R&D But million that to part flat

to – our there’s as mentioned, some modest continue investment to going probably manufacturing Although be we there's diversify footprint.

think in recovers. lot model. robust the market as we So we’ll position model stronger be semi there’s think it’s think we We room net-net a the ultimately still in and a of

Robert Mertens

Great. And helpful. LumaSense your you. just follow-up That’s around Thank business. I guess one

model, so So a like looks I'm time? quarter you and you recover from or forward service. at lumpy looking this bit Or business in? million is lower quite is out like the I If industrial you're to or a little XX XX% just guided so industrial expecting it have revenue of seems the and a of there. that like from visibility reason down business semi a I’m coming But at it is a this solar certain business is it looking quarter-over-quarter. backing sounds that this it know big more around bit

Yuval Wasserman

industrial actually a We down question. because it’s to be Good Yes. QX, quarter. sequentially. guided seasonally our business In low

of solar little bit a was in a the that, little -- was little QX, shipments it into broadly. was and industrial oddly PV order, even grow a expect because PV software business just remember that some if also bit we was large know seasonally a actually you in below industrial little was And look in part But QX there’s The which area. sequentially of lower to revenue China from little delayed more we sort aggravated lower, and had those at bit, thought of enough. of exactly in what will markets. was we industrial off you industrial about a mix this and was and QX with And in the off the revenue shortfall semi solar solar compare. large products fact, In

the it be So in range and up if will QX. of we overall, in growing to that grow sequentially That basis. been continue mid-teens believe annual company, industrial the had look fastest the you at will section

Robert Mertens

Okay, great. Thank so much you you. thank

Operator

next Thank the And come of Tom Diffely line will from D.A. you. with our question Davidson.

Your line is now open.

Tom Diffely

Yes good morning.

First in little a your for OEM there the malaise inventory just is markets, a the there as clarification. When by well? here at is you first quarter, correction the look driven forecast the bit a end little that of or step inventory in solely down in markets end

Yuval Wasserman

both, inventories. the also Tom. both of end drawdown but It’s the market, It’s

Tom Diffely

then And working through Okay. the goods said finished before you basically system. just that

Yuval Wasserman

Correct.

Tom Diffely

where kind Okay. at little of And goal new product is as you that a this the going then is a mainly be increased normal more when based, look active just Paul forward. the project R&D, spending. you new view development or to the your Do on

Paul Oldham

sense we’re an the of Yes, normal. careful a its things customers, we you done pull it can these know, at a I’d where it’s and R&D projects the are to think semi new and in look the seeing our impact from more evolvement And recover, of when a year term which could makes of term. we more not the to industry make the look near at out have two one say sort We’ve review lot relatively opportunities don’t year time. of investments this and if three our continue make to that term to out the and

level back level. down, is on count R&D think wouldn’t I right I around So the this dropping

we roughly don’t this that here think would it. way up need Now it. is it’s going the add I grow think to investment range right in of in a step to. made to we’ll say I continue We and investment

Yuval Wasserman

R&D customers accelerate now at that We’re customers terms continue us right with our new of development will in our key level in in to with will allow and now. R&D a generation roadmaps, sure to around the for and the Tom tremendous conjunction product we right want also budgeted investment we alignment design have wins to to amount us use properly. next opportunities right fund are now their new of We make our that technology to world that related just approaching that devices.

Tom Diffely

Yes. has the crosscurrents the industry guess months, that makes the next That look there you all ultimately in when meaningful few then the last utilization over been in several impact over in your a might of quarters? I at rate the sense. the change And field service the tools

Yuval Wasserman

so, think don’t no. We

Tom Diffely

Okay. nine in Has when the term industry. over that’s happened And industry finally, or your potential all you look potential at changed then just the six, months. this of last energy anything long view the advanced

Yuval Wasserman

all. at Not

underlying We demand repeatedly, the the are are as industry we in said strong.

of accelerate the the a products industry using technologies. our period of suggestion to in the -- and are We in right players new of now are period of digestion. this In opinion, many new the development of

supplier those architecture. look we architectures these you to, you and approach you know much at moving know all product new require more processes, If is materials that delivery technologies. deliver to the new companies are to And the that, complex power structures, and with new industry new

Tom Diffely

your for Thanks Great. time.

Yuval Wasserman

Thanks, Tom.

Operator

the Thank you. from next question Ho come line of our And Patrick with will Stifel.

open. now is line Your

Brian Chin

Hi, so This few us good letting Thanks ask calling morning. for actually for is Brian questions. much Chin in a Patrick.

question manufacturing. First, the about

is to some power in of going desire diversify you to Shenzhen from I first Southeast mentioned order of bring manufacturing to how of mean next the that, much anyways Asia. Is you’re And you I’m natural how of pursue much that related I process of is had that think I year? away that it business. terms capacity up curious question? in initiatives think you’re – some going kind that to relocate of some to, to to have that’s the my

Yuval Wasserman

funding we move address factory planning, QX started to to So continuity. Allow of flexibility more the our footprint that business cost. that us at addressing a just and I to to have think one hub in evaluation also operational than from the aims products major

that believe the project of a above. term It’s take we some investment. very project. the all capital will and intensity terms be a cost long it’s in neutral low that So It’s it will of time

assembly location As our know diversifying and products. filed about just the you we of It’s origin more of test.

that, to Paul? want to anything You add

Paul Oldham

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Yuval Wasserman

So term, be on are one going relying to factory. we more than term, long long

Brian Chin

makes Got it. sense. it And sure I’m

when things, of You know things are up. business slower and these sorts is kind to when of Right. do wrapped

appreciate customers. So detail breath in all the another of the on and product terms I evaluations and there question. new certainly some

You contribute you towards in terms dielectric later? of versus sooner and could NAND put applications know said, front would that the being what

Yuval Wasserman

question? sorry, I’m could you repeat the

Brian Chin

Yes.

think five about talked new like customer you I evaluations. So

I’m sooner side in terms breath the nature? that curious, evaluations; fruition under NAND in you on to You could of of ones applications do are that be sort evaluation. think of those come the know dielectric the would and products,

Yuval Wasserman

deposition the both the complex industry materials. foundry, new all and thank also is moving -- materials DRAM and Look, And Etch processes. of ways you. NAND structures towards board. board, the the more in different terms approach It’s -- new unique because require require These and and much layers logic across require is across in totally deposition the a different of and challenges related NAND for the eventually RF in create the processes strategy, processes. that enabler of processes different increasing example, the of power a these Etch power number material distribution to It’s stack that is

Paul Oldham

been areas four platform, The DRAM as and content third other is -- addressed if we’re into about if the other Brian a chamber. at said, Etch. all at expanding Logic five have look all you’ve you you thing deposition the And our mention I’ll quarters each. of look NAND, at historically, And last around we and now quarters, our

participating And logic towards so see foundry we as or that. in we’re shift investments more

a of And broadly as all so those because with well, little applications. the bit in we our shift timing investments will those business play

Yuval Wasserman

adoption we for a of And applications. ALE nanometer for key require and more devices X The supplier comment. logic One processes. EUV are ALV those will

Brian Chin

look standpoint, the did strategic And amount Appreciate based stock question continuing us. one -- you Thanks. of you allocation that repurchase. a what’s acquisitions you at potential might capital detail, about back last your might a in in as QX similar [Indiscernible] to exhaust on From current from all well. authorized that bought talked I you you here think

just capital of forward? kind you’re moving allocation curious about how thinking So

Yuval Wasserman

Yes, Brian.

the through that’s Our Then that. share have that that fundamental it and repurchase, we’ve repurchase relative small medium and our authorization to regularly, or of case growing and our deal as company of to capacity the tuck-ins larger XX% meets quarterly philosophy to kind also hasn’t capital have kind And as we’re with to then regularly And the the of said our available board changed, we consumed tuck-ins refresh to strategy. both, of acquisitions is the every majority be we we open as LumaSense the that. and allocate quarter to continued reviews do but we sense. makes and opportunities share opportunistic in

going anticipate So forward. I wouldn’t anything different

Brian Chin

Great. Thank you.

Operator

line Molchanov And James. come from a our Pavel with you. Raymond Thank of will next question

now is open. line Your

Pavel Molchanov

the Thanks for guys. taking question

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Yuval Wasserman

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Pavel Molchanov

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Paul Oldham

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Pavel Molchanov

All right. Appreciate guys. it

Operator

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Quinn Bolton

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Paul Oldham

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Quinn Bolton

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Yuval Wasserman

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Quinn Bolton

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Yuval Wasserman

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Quinn Bolton

questions. Great. Thanks for letting those me ask

Operator

you. showing this Thank questions time. further at And I’m no

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Yuval Wasserman

joining us today. Thanks everybody for

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Operator

have may does program you the today’s you gentlemen, This Everybody wonderful and disconnect. thank conclude Ladies for your participation and a day. on all conference.