Litorina invests in Bergfalk

Litorina

Litorina V AB acquires a majority of the shares in Bergfalk, a leading Swedish distributor within fresh food with focus on meat, fish and shellfish. The company has a turnover of over SEK 500 million and offers high quality fresh food to restaurants in Sweden and Finland as well as to grocery retailers. Bergfalk’s former main owners and management will remain as significant owners going forward.

Bergfalk was founded in Stockholm in 1840 and has since grown its turnover to about SEK 550 million. Sweden is the dominant market for the company and in 2016, operations were also established in Finland. Bergfalk offers high quality fresh food to restaurants and grocery retailers, where the restaurant segment accounts for a clear majority of sales. The company has built a strong market position and a respected brand by offering expertise, product quality and refinement combined with local presence, speed, flexibility and good service levels.

“We are very proud of the fantastic growth Bergfalk has achieved in recent years. We have built a strong organisation with talented employees and a well-regarded brand and are looking forward to take the next step in the development by further strengthening our market position, both organically and through more acquisitions” says Lars Bengtsson, CEO and co-owner in Bergfalk. “It feels exciting to continue the journey in close partnership with Litorina and take advantage of their solid experience of building companies and their wide network of industrial advisors who can help us continue our rapid growth and take Bergfalk to the next level.”

“Bergfalk’s strong market position and customer focus combined with management’s proven ability to drive growth, both organically and through acquisitions, make the company an excellent platform for further development and continued expansion.” says Lars Verneholt, Partner at Litorina V Advisor AB, investment advisor to Litorina V AB. “Bergfalk is an exciting investment and we look forward to supporting management in driving the continued development of the company, not least through an intensified acquisition focus in a fragmented market.”

For further information, please contact:
Lars Verneholt, +46 733 86 92 07, Partner, Litorina V Advisor AB
Lars Bengtsson, +46 70 523 30 02, CEO, Bergfalk Group AB

  

Bergfalk was founded in 1840 and is a leading Swedish distributor within fresh food with focus on meat, fish and shellfish. The company offers high quality fresh food to restaurants in Sweden and Finland as well as to grocery retailers. Bergfalk has a turnover of about SEK 550 million and has c.140 employees with headquarters in Stockholm. For more information, please visit www.bergfalk.se.

Litorina, founded in 1998, focuses on acquiring and industrially developing companies together with their management teams. Litorina offers broad and deep expertise both via its own organization and through its network of industrial advisors. Litorina V Advisor AB serves as an investment advisor to the Swedish private equity fund Litorina V AB. For more information, please visit www.litorina.se.

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Altano – Partnership with Equine Clinic Grosswallstad

January 2018

Partners and Friends of Ufenau Capital Partners, we are delighted to announce,that Ufenau portfolio company Altano Gruppe GmbH(“Altano”) has acquired Equine Clinic Grosswallstadt(“Pferdeklinik Grosswallstadt”) and therewith expands its geographical footprint in Germany.

The Equine Clinic Grosswallstadt is a leading regional Champion specializing in equine medical diagnostics and surgery. The 53 highly qualified employees including the two renowned vets Holger Fischer and Souel Maleh treat around 6,000 patients each year. The Equine Clinic has an outstanding reputation in surgery, equine dentistry, regenerative equine medicine including stem cell therapies as well as sports medicine in addition to the general, horse-medical treatment and therapy offer.

In addition, the clinic owns a physical therapy centre for post medical treatments. Dr. Holger Fischer, CEO of the Grosswallstadt Equine Clinic: “With Ufenau and Altano, we have found a partner who, at eye level, has a good understanding of the market in order to improveour equine clinic sustainably.”

Dr. Victor Baltus, CEO of Altano, adds: “This third acquisition within 6 months is another important step in strengthening the regional presence of Altano in the greater Rhine-Main area.

We are delighted that we have found such a great partner with the Equine Clinic Grosswallstadt.”

Yours sincerely,

the Ufenau Team

 

 

About Ufenau Capital Partners

Ufenau Capital Partners is a privately owned Swiss Investor Group headquartered at the Lake Zurich which advises private investors, family offices and institutional investors with their investments in private equity. Ufenau Capital Partners is focused on investments in service companies in German-speaking Europe and invests in the Education & Lifestyle, Business Services, Healthcare and Financial Services sectors. Through a renowned Group of experienced Industry Partners (Owners, CEOs, CFOs), Ufenau Capital Partners pursues an active value-adding investment approach on eye-level with entrepreneurs and managers.

 

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TenderEasy complements Alpega with its transport procurement software and expertise

Castik Capital

Stockholm / Luxembourg – Alpega, a leading global logistics software company, has completed the acquisition of TenderEasy AB, Stockholm, effective as per December 31st 2017. The majority in Alpega is owned by funds managed by Castik Capital, the European private equity investment firm.

TenderEasy complements Alpega with its freight tendering software solution that is offered to customers across verticals and geographies. The company was founded in 2004 in Stockholm and launched its freight contract tendering solution in 2012. Since then, many reputable customers have been won who manage a substantial multi-modal freight tendering volume using TenderEasy. The company will be led by CEO and Founder Johan Vagerstam together with CTO and Founder Anders Åbjörn, as well as CCO Fredrik Nergell.

TenderEasy strategically broadens the product portfolio and geographic reach of the Alpega Group as it provides a critical add-on solution to Alpega’s Transportation Management Software (“TMS”) brands inet and Transwide. Customers of the tendering solution will benefit from the Alpega network of over 50,000 on-boarded carriers for sourcing transport providers.

While the TenderEasy solution will continue to be available stand-alone, it will also be technically integrated with the inet and Transwide products. This combines the freight tendering solution of TenderEasy with the TMS of Alpega to provide its customers with a seamless user experience when using several products of the Group.

Alpega was formed in 2017 as a leading global logistics software company that offers end-to-end solutions covering all transport needs, including TMS solutions and freight exchanges. Key products comprise:

  • inet – TMS solution for complex, multi-modal global transportation networks including unique dynamic optimization capabilities
  • Transwide – TMS solution for shippers, logistics service providers and carriers to manage the end-to-end execution of transports
  • TAS-tms – Modular TMS solution that enables carriers and freight forwarders to manage the entire transport process
  • Teleroute – Pan-European freight exchange that connects to more than 30,000 carriers to offer and allocate shipments
  • Bursa Transport – Leading freight exchange in Romania to offer and allocate shipments for 16,000 users
  • 123 cargo – Freight exchange to offer and allocate shipments in the Central and South Eastern European countries

Alpega management and shareholders are looking forward to continuing the growth and development of the Group together with TenderEasy

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EQT Credit provides financing to support Bosal Automotive Carrier and Protection Systems

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EQT Credit, through its Mid-Market Credit investment strategy, announces today that it has agreed to provide senior secured financing for TowerBrook Capital Partners’ (“TowerBrook”) acquisition of Bosal Automotive Carrier and Protection Systems (“Bosal ACPS” or the “Company”) from Bosal Group.

Headquartered in Germany, Bosal ACPS is a leading manufacturer of tow bars for original equipment manufacturers and suppliers and for the aftermarket in Europe. The Company has manufacturing facilities in Europe and the Americas, generating sales in 2017 of approximately EUR 250 million.

Paul Johnson, Partner at EQT Partners’ Credit team, Investment Advisor to EQT Credit, commented: “Bosal ACPS is an established market-leader in the European OEM tow-bar segment. We are attracted by the Company’s long-term track record, product quality and history of technological leadership and innovation. EQT’s network of Industrial Advisors, with former senior executives in the automotive segment, provided key support throughout the due diligence process. EQT Credit looks forward to support Bosal ACPS and TowerBrook as they continue to execute on the plans for international growth and operational improvement.”

All parties have agreed to not disclose any financial details.

Contacts:
Paul Johnson, Partner at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT Credit, +44 207 430 5554
Nakul Sarin, Director at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT Credit, +44 208 432 5420
EQT Press Office, +46 8 506 55 334, press@eqtpartners.com

About EQT
EQT is a leading alternative investments firm with approximately EUR 38 billion in raised capital across 25 funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 19 billion and approximately 110,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

More info: www.eqtpartners.com

About EQT Credit
EQT Credit invests through three complementary strategies: senior debt, Mid-Market Credit (direct lending) and credit opportunities. Since inception, EQT Credit has invested approximately EUR 4.0 billion in 150 companies. EQT Credit’s direct lending strategy seeks to provide flexible, long-term debt capital solutions to medium-sized European businesses, across a wide range of sectors. These businesses may be privately-owned corporates seeking alternative funding to grow or be the subject of private equity-led acquisitions or refinancings.

For more information: www.eqtpartners.com/Investment-Strategies/Credit

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DIF completes the refinancing of a 30 MWac ground mounted solar PV portfolio

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Toronto, 9 January 2017  DIF has completed the refinancing of a portfolio of 3 operational, ground-mounted solar PV projects located in Ontario, Canada. The DIF Infrastructure III fund owns 100% of the projects, which commenced operations in 2014 and 2015. The projects sell power pursuant to 20 year feed-in-tariff contracts with the Independent Electricity System Operator (formerly known as the Ontario Power Authority).

Natixis New York Branch, acting as the sole mandated lead arranger, together with Samsung Life Insurance Co. Ltd., Migdal Insurance Company Ltd., Migdal Makefet Pension and Provident Funds Ltd., and Raymond James Banks, NA as lenders, provided approximately CAD$180 million of senior debt facilities to refinance the existing debt.

The lenders were advised by McCarthy Tetrault LLP (legal), DNV KEMA Renewables Inc. (technical), and Intech Risk Management Inc. (insurance). DIF was advised by Torys LLP (legal), KPMG (tax), Riverside Risk Advisors (hedging), Mazars (model audit) and LCN Legal (UK legal).

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Mansfield, Partner
Email: c.mansfield@dif.eu

Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

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artners Group reports gross client demand of EUR 13 billion and new investments

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Meridian Capital advices SMITH & GREENE Company in its sale to EDWARD DON & Company

Seattle, Washington |  January 10, 2018 – Meridian Capital LLC (“Meridian”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Smith & Greene Company by Edward Don & Company (“DON”), a portfolio company of Vestar Capital Partners (“Vestar”).  Meridian served as the exclusive financial advisor to Smith & Greene and its shareholders in the transaction with DON.
Smith & Greene, established in 1970 with headquarters in Kent, Washington, is a leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Over the past 48 years, its deep commitment to its customers and exceptional project execution capabilities have distinguished the Company as a premier supplier to foodservice solutions nationwide.  Smith & Greene will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Edward Don & Company and will remain under the leadership team of Brad Smith and Garrett Mullen as Co-Presidents.

“The Meridian team provided us with excellent guidance and support throughout the entire process.  Their ability to capture the key elements of the Smith & Greene story and communicate them to investors proved vital in maximizing our valuation,” commented Garrett Mullen, Co-President of Smith & Greene.  “Brad and I are very excited about the outcome and believe DON and Vestar will be excellent stewards of the culture and legacy we have cultivated over the last several decades.”

Founded in 1921 with headquarters in Woodridge, Illinois, Edward Don & Company is the world’s leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. DON serves national and multi-unit account programs with flexible, customized solutions that meet the needs of both the corporate office and the individual units. As part of the DON family, Smith & Greene will operate as a key presence in the Pacific Northwest.

“We look forward to adding the resources of the Smith & Greene team in the Pacific Northwest Region,” said Steve Don, CEO of Edward Don & Company. “Smith & Greene has an outstanding reputation and great customer relationships in a very attractive geography.”

Brian Murphy, President and Managing Director of Meridian said, “We are thrilled for Brad and Garrett as well as their team.  Entering the transaction process, it was evident that Smith & Greene offered a unique combination of regional leadership and outstanding customer relationships.  We aimed to develop a highly tailored messaging campaign that highlighted these attributes to the leading investors in the industry.  DON represents the ideal partner that will provide Smith & Greene with the resources for continued growth.”

About Meridian Capital LLC
Meridian Capital (www.meridianllc.com), a Seattle-based M&A advisory firm, has served as a trusted advisor to business owners on complex corporate finance, M&A and strategic challenges for over 20 years. The firm differentiates itself through its deep industry insights, highly customized service approach, and end-to-end commitment to execution.  With a unique combination of financial, transactional and operation professionals on your side, Meridian offers the depth and breadth of experience required to serve leading middle market companies in multiple sectors including consumer, food and beverage, aerospace, manufacturing and technology.

Contact:
Brian Murphy
President & Managing Director
206.224.6156
bmurphy@meridianllc.com
Media Contact:

Lee Keller

The Keller Group

425.898.2700
lee@thekellergroup.com

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EQT Mid Market acquires managed IT services provider Candidator

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  • EQT Mid Market acquires Candidator, a Swedish managed IT services provider with capabilities for full IT outsourcing in Sweden and Norway
  • EQT Mid Market is committed to drive continued growth and further strengthen Candidator’s service offering both organically and through add-on acquisitions
  • Potential to further consolidate the fragmented Nordic managed IT services market

The EQT Mid Market Europe fund (“EQT Mid Market”) today announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire Candidator Holding AB (“Candidator” or “the Company”) from the private investment company Sobro and minority owners.

Established in 1997, Candidator is a managed IT services provider with capabilities for full IT outsourcing, providing its clients with mainly contractually recurring services, including cloud, hosting and application management. The Company has approximately 300 employees in Sweden and Norway with annual sales of around EUR 45 million. Candidator has managed to build strong customer relationships within the SME segment by combining customer focus with high quality IT solutions.

EQT Mid Market will support the continued development of Candidator’s growth strategy while strengthening its platform and developing its service offering, both organically and through acquisitions. The Company is expected to benefit from strong underlying secular trends, including increased share of IT outsourcing and growing cloud adoption.

“EQT has monitored the Swedish managed IT services market for a long time and identified Candidator as an attractive platform to drive the consolidation. We are impressed by Candidator’s strong financial performance and industry-leading customer satisfaction, successfully built by the founders and management. EQT’s expertise within the TMT and Services sectors, coupled with a strong network of Industrial Advisors will support Candidator’s further growth and development”, says Johan Dettel, Partner at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT Mid Market.

“We are excited about welcoming EQT as our new majority owner. Candidator is entering the next stage of growth in the Nordic managed IT services market and EQT will enable us to continue to develop our platform as well as future-proof our customer-centric service offering. Working together with EQT will empower us to build a leading Nordic managed IT services group”, says Johan de Verdier, CEO of Candidator.

HDR Partners served as M&A advisor to EQT Mid Market, White & Case as legal advisor, Bain as commercial consultant and KPMG as finance and tax advisor. All parties have agreed to not disclose the transaction value.

Contact:
Johan Dettel, Partner at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT Mid Market, +468 506 55 350
EQT Press Office, +468 506 55 334

About EQT
EQT is a leading alternative investments firm with approximately EUR 38 billion in raised capital across 25 funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 19 billion and approximately 110,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

More info: www.eqtpartners.com

About Candidator
Candidator AB has offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Vara, Skövde, Bergen, Oslo and Alingsås, where the company has four modern data centers that deliver stable and efficient IT operations around the clock to the company’s approximately 400 contracted customers. Since the start in 1997, Candidator has shown strong growth and they currently have approximately 300 employees. The company’s strategy is to build long-term relationships with its customers by combining high levels of service with effective IT solutions that provide clear business benefits.

More info: www.candidator.se

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Gimv agrees to sell its shares in Mackevision to Accenture

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Gimv, together with other shareholders, has signed an agreement to sell its shares in Mackevision to Accenture. Headquartered in Germany, Mackevision is a market leader in Computer Generated Imagery (CGI). The acquisition will add state-of-the-art visualization capabilities to Accenture Interactive’s content production and digital services portfolio and strengthen its ability to create engaging customer experiences.

Mackevision (www.mackevision.com) was founded in 1994 and has a team of more than 500 employees with offices in Germany, the US, the UK, South Korea, China and Japan. They design and produce high-end 3D visualizations, animations and visual effects (VFX) for images, films and interactive applications, including sales and marketing, online product configurations, virtual showrooms and point-of-sale experiences. With clients that include global brands, Mackevision has achieved most notable success in the automotive industry – where CGI-based and ‘digital twin’ visualization has experienced some of the earliest adoption. From online vehicle configurators, to virtual dealer showrooms, to AR/VR product experiences, to batch catalog image creation, it has demonstrated what is possible with life-like virtual imagery. Mackevision has earned international acclaim for its work on the HBO Series “Game of Thrones” – for which it was awarded an Emmy.

Since Gimv’s investment in 2014, Mackevision successfully expanded globally with the opening of subsidiaries in China, South Korea and Japan but also reinforced its organization by completing the management team and by further professionalizing the company. Moreover, Mackevision realised an outstanding growth trajectory by almost tripling its revenues and by gaining key client references in all regions.

“Gimv’s effort to truly understand Mackevision, our business and our people, brought real added value during our alliance,” says Armin Pohl, CEO of Mackevision. “We are very thankful for the collaborative partnership over the last three years. We were able to implement our growth strategy and strengthen our market leadership, profitability and capacity for innovation. Our acquisition by Accenture is the next logical step in line with our strategy. Together, we are ready to take our business to the next level.”

Eric de La Vigne, Principal at Gimv, comments: “Mackevision’s management team has done a tremendous job in building the company to what it is today, having achieved a market leadership position globally and being referenced by the major automotive OEMs. We are very confident that the combination with Accenture will help the company to further grow in the automotive industry but also expand into new verticals and strongly benefit from the complementary offerings of Accenture.”

“The cooperation with the management of Mackevision can be seen as a textbook example where different success factors came together. Firstly and most essentially, there was a clear common and very ambitious goal on the development of the company. Secondly, the complementarity of both partners resulted in a fruitful collaboration, supported by a deep mutual trust. Last but not least, our co-operation has always been enriching and fun. Therefore, we are proud having achieved this together and are very happy to have found in Accenture the best next owner for Mackevision’s further development,” adds Sven Oleownik, Head of Gimv Germany.

Over the entire holding period, the investment in Mackevision generated a return well above Gimv’s long-term average return, with a positive impact on the last published equity value at 30 September 2017 of about EUR 0.7 per Gimv-share.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. No further financial details on the transaction will be announced.

 

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NORTHWOODS Energy announces its acquisition of SM ENERGY’S Powder River Basin Assets for $500 million

Apollo Global

DENVER, CO and NEW YORK, NY – January 10, 2018 – Northwoods Energy LLC
(“Northwoods” or the “Company”) (formerly known as Converse Energy), a portfolio company
of certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE:APO)
(“Apollo”), today announced it has agreed to acquire SM Energy’s core Powder River Basin assets.
The acquisition is comprised of over 112,200 predominantly contiguous net acres of leasehold in
Converse, Campbell, and Johnson counties in Wyoming.
Northwoods is led by Chief Executive Officer Tom Tyree, who has extensive experience in the
acquisition and development of upstream oil and gas properties in the Rocky Mountains, Marcellus
Shale, and Barnett Shale. Mr. Tyree was Co-Founder, President, and CFO of Vantage Energy from
2006 to 2016. He is currently on the board of directors of Bonanza Creek Energy and served as
CFO of Bill Barrett Corporation prior to Vantage Energy. The Apollo funds, including Apollo
Investment Fund VIII and Apollo Natural Resources Partners II, have committed to invest up to
an aggregate of $850 million in Northwoods.
Mr. Tyree said, “Northwoods is excited to be working with Apollo to build a leading Powder River
Basin-focused independent E&P business. We believe the basin has some of the best geology of
any play in the Lower 48 and that Northwoods has a tremendous opportunity to develop this highly
contiguous, core acreage position.”
Geoff Strong, Senior Partner at Apollo, said, “We look forward to working with Tom as
Northwoods seeks to become a best-in-class Powder River Basin operator. Northwoods’ acreage
position creates a solid foundation from which the Company can build significant scale in the
region.”
Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. advised the buyer. Vinson & Elkins acted as legal advisor to the
buyer.

About Northwoods Energy LLC
Northwoods Energy LLC is an upstream oil & gas company based in Denver, CO and focused on
the Powder River Basin. Northwoods is backed by investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global
Management and the Northwoods management team, and is led by Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer Tom Tyree.

About Apollo Global Management, LLC
Apollo is a leading global alternative investment manager with offices in New York, Los Angeles,
Houston, Chicago, St. Louis, Bethesda, Toronto, London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Luxembourg,
Mumbai, Delhi, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Apollo had assets under management of
approximately $242 billion as of September 30, 2017 in private equity, credit and real estate funds
invested across a core group of nine industries where Apollo has considerable knowledge and
resources. Apollo’s team has extensive experience investing in the Natural Resources industry and,
since 2001, certain of Apollo’s flagship private equity funds, have invested or committed to invest
approximately $12.2 billion in 34 natural resources-related opportunities (as of September 30,
2017). Greg Beard, Apollo’s Head of Natural Resources, leads a team of approximately 20 private
equity professionals focused on identifying value-oriented corporate carve-outs, asset
acquisitions/build-ups and distressed investments across the energy and metals and mining markets
globally. For more information about Apollo, please visit www.agm.com.
Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward looking statements with respect to Apollo that are within
the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements include, but are not limited to,
discussions related to Apollo’s expectations regarding the performance of its business, its liquidity
and capital resources and the other non-historical statements contained herein. These forwardlooking
statements are based on management’s beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and
information currently available to, management. When used in this press release, the words
“believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend” and similar expressions are intended to
identify forward-looking statements. Although management believes that the expectations
reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these
expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements are subject to certain risks,
uncertainties and assumptions. We believe these factors include but are not limited to those
described under the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Apollo’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 13, 2017, as such factors may be updated from
time to time in Apollo’s periodic filings with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC’s website
at www.sec.gov. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in
conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this press release and in other
SEC filings. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as
required by applicable law. This press release does not constitute an offer of any Apollo fund.

Contacts
For investor inquiries regarding Apollo:
Gary M. Stein
Head of Corporate Communications
212-822-0467
gstein@apollolp.com

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