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News Article | May 4, 2017
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ROCHESTER, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN) reported that Q1 2017 net income attributable to the Company was $10.8 million, including a net charge of $0.8 million for income tax adjustments. Q1 2016 net income attributable to the Company was $13.5 million, including favorable income tax adjustments of $1.0 million. Q1 2017 income before income taxes was $17.5 million, including restructuring charges of $2.7 million, and losses from foreign currency revaluation of $1.9 million. Q1 2017 income before income taxes also includes $0.6 million of professional fees related to the integration of the Q2 2016 acquisition of Harris Corporation’s composite aerostructures division (referred to below as “SLC”). Q1 2016 income before income taxes was $20.4 million, including restructuring charges of $0.7 million, losses of $1.4 million from foreign currency revaluation, and $1.6 million of expenses related to the acquisition. Table 1 summarizes key financial metrics of SLC, which is included in the AEC segment: Table 2 summarizes net sales and the effect of changes in currency translation rates: In comparison to Q1 2016, MC net sales increased in tissue and packaging grades but that increase was offset by declines in the publication grades. The increase in AEC net sales was primarily due to the Q2 2016 acquisition and growth in LEAP. First-quarter gross profit increased to $75.9 million in 2017 from $72.5 million in 2016. Gross profit margin in Q1 2017 was 38.1% compared to 42.1% in Q1 2016, reflecting the change in the business mix due to higher AEC sales. MC gross profit was $69.2 million (48.5% of net sales) in Q1 2017, compared to $69.6 million (47.9% of net sales) in Q1 2016. AEC gross profit increased to $6.8 million (12.1% of net sales) in Q1 2017, compared to $3.1 million (11.5% of net sales) in Q1 2016. Q1 2017 selling, technical, general, and research (STG&R) expenses were $51.2 million, or 25.7% of net sales, including losses of $1.8 million from the revaluation of nonfunctional-currency assets and liabilities, and $0.6 million of professional fees related to the integration of SLC. Q1 2016 STG&R expenses were $49.6 million, or 28.8% of net sales, including losses of $1.9 million from the revaluation of nonfunctional-currency assets and liabilities, and $1.6 million of expenses related to the Q2 2016 acquisition. The reduction in STG&R expenses as a percentage of net sales in 2017 reflects the relative growth of AEC which carries lower STG&R expenses as a percentage of net sales. The following table summarizes first-quarter expenses associated with internally funded research and development by segment: The following table summarizes first-quarter operating income by segment: AEC incurred restructuring charges of $2.6 million in the first quarter of 2017, principally related to a reduction in personnel in SLC. Table 5 presents the effect on operating income resulting from restructuring, currency revaluation, and acquisition expenses: Q1 2017 Other income/expense, net, was expense of $0.2 million, including losses related to the revaluation of nonfunctional-currency balances of $0.1 million. Q1 2016 Other income/expense, net, was income of $0.3 million, including income related to the revaluation of nonfunctional-currency balances of $0.5 million. The following table summarizes currency revaluation effects on certain financial metrics: Q1 2017 Interest expense, net, was $4.3 million, compared to $2.2 million in Q1 2016. The increase was due to higher debt as a result of the acquisition of SLC in Q2 2016. The Company’s income tax rate based on income from continuing operations was 32.6% for Q1 2017, compared to 39.7% for Q1 2016. The decrease in the rate was due to a shift in the mix of pretax income in the jurisdictions in which we operate. Discrete tax items increased income tax expense by $0.8 million in Q1 2017, and decreased income tax expense by $1.0 million in Q1 2016. The following tables provide a reconciliation of operating income and net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA: Payments for capital expenditures increased to $25.1 million in Q1 2017, compared to $8.1 million in Q1 2016, primarily due to the ramp in AEC programs. Depreciation and amortization was $17.3 million in Q1 2017, compared to $14.8 million in Q1 2016. As noted in Table 1, depreciation and amortization for SLC was $3.9 million in Q1 2017. CFO and Treasurer John Cozzolino commented, “As is typical for the first quarter, cash flow was negatively impacted by incentive compensation payments, seasonal increases in accounts receivable and inventory, and high first-quarter income tax payments. In Q1 2017, these typical cash flow effects were compounded by sharp increases in receivables, inventory, and capital expenditures associated with multiple program ramps in AEC. For the total Company, the net effect of higher receivables and inventory, combined with reductions in accrued liabilities, was a use of cash of approximately $31 million during the quarter. Payments for capital expenditures in Q1 were about $25 million and we continue to estimate full-year spending in 2017 to be $95 million to $105 million. At this rate of spending for capital expenditures, we expect additional quarterly increases in net debt for the remainder of the year, but at a considerably lower level than in Q1. “Total debt decreased a little over $4 million to $480 million as of the end of the quarter, while cash balances decreased about $38 million to a total of $143 million. The combined effect of those two changes resulted in a $34 million increase to net debt (total debt less cash, see Table 14) to a balance of $337 million as of the end of the quarter. The Company’s leverage ratio, as defined in our primary debt agreements, was 2.30 at both the end of Q1 2017 and Q4 2016, well below our limit of 3.50. “The Company’s income tax rate based on income from continuing operations was about 33% in Q1 2017, compared to 35% for the full-year 2016. We continue to expect the full-year tax rate for 2017 to be similar to the rate in 2016. Cash paid for income taxes was about $9 million in Q1, and we estimate cash taxes in 2017 to range from $25 million to $30 million.” CEO Joseph Morone said, “In Q1 2017, both businesses continued to perform well and in line with our short- and long-term expectations and objectives. MC once again generated strong income and strong new product performance, while AEC once again generated strong growth and executed well on each of its key programs, while continuing to position itself for improved profitability and new business. “In MC, sales were essentially flat, both sequentially and in comparison to Q1 2016. There were no significant deviations from recent market trends during the quarter. Once again, a significant decline in publication grade sales was offset by incremental gains in the other grades, most notably during Q1 in tissue. By the end of Q1, the publication grades accounted for 23% of total sales, compared to 25% in Q1 2016, 27% in Q1 2015, and 30% in Q1 2014. Our new product performance continued to be strong across all product lines, especially in tissue. Competitive pricing pressure remained intense, particularly in Europe and Asia, although the topline impact was offset by volume growth in Asia. “Profitability was once again strong in Q1 2017 due to incremental productivity gains and good plant utilization. Gross margin, segment net income and Adjusted EBITDA were in line with the excellent performance levels of Q1 2016. “As for our outlook in MC, the market appears stable and we enter Q2 with a good order backlog. Although we have been anticipating and are seeing some inflationary pressures, MC remains on track toward its full-year objective of annual Adjusted EBITDA in the middle of that $180 million to $195 million range that we have discussed on numerous occasions. (See Table 15 for reconciliation to GAAP net income for this segment.) “AEC continued on its path of accelerating growth. Q1 sales grew to $56 million, from $27 million in Q1 2016, the last quarter before we acquired SLC. Excluding SLC, sales grew by $9 million or 34%. The quarter began slowly for AEC, but revenue accelerated as the quarter progressed, and the business remains on track toward its full-year target of 25% to 35% revenue growth over 2016. “The growth was led once again by LEAP. AEC continues to execute on the very aggressive LEAP ramp schedule, while the LEAP engine program continues to perform well in the marketplace. The order backlog for LEAP exceeded 12,000 engines at the end of Q1 with no signs of market softening, CFM delivered its 100th LEAP engine during the quarter, and the LEAP engines in service are performing well and meeting their performance targets. “Q1 sales in SLC were flat compared to Q4, but as with the rest of AEC, we expect a sharp increase in SLC sales for the balance of 2017. It has been a full year since our acquisition of SLC, and our experience to date – particularly our experience with SLC’s customers – validates our view of the growth potential that motivated the acquisition. In SLC’s key growth and legacy programs, the near- and long-term demand outlook is strong and SLC is meeting customer expectations. Of particular note since our last earnings call are two recent developments in the CH-53K program. SLC was informed during Q1 that it was selected by Sikorsky as its supplier of the year for the CH-53K. And in early April, the CH-53K program was officially approved by the Department of Defense to enter into low-rate initial production. At full-rate production next decade and with no additional content, this program has the potential to generate as much as $150 million per year of revenue. “While AEC segment net income declined compared to Q1 2016, due to increases in depreciation expense and restructuring, Adjusted EBITDA improved significantly, both in absolute terms and as a percent of sales. Profitability was held back by a still substantial effort to complete the integration of SLC into AEC. The AEC ERP system successfully went live in SLC in February, but the usual inefficiencies associated with learning a new system and modifying work processes will continue to be a drag on productivity well into the second half of the year. Shortly after the end of the quarter, SLC announced a significant restructuring, which coupled with continuous improvement in operations, should result in gradual improvements to profitability by the end of this year. “Q1 was also marked by a significant increase in new business development activity in AEC. As previously mentioned, AEC is pursuing new business opportunities on three fronts: existing aerospace platforms, new aerospace platforms, and diversification outside of aerospace. While there were promising developments during Q1 on all three fronts, the most notable were on existing aerospace platforms. AEC received a significant number of formal requests-for-proposal as well as more preliminary expressions of interest from a broad cross-section of OEMs, largely prompted by AEC’s execution and emphasis on lean manufacturing in its existing programs with those OEMs. “As for our outlook for AEC, we continue to expect full-year revenue to be 25% to 35% higher than full-year 2016, and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of sales to slowly improve. For the longer term, the intensity of new business development activity in Q1 suggests that there is more upside than downside risk to our current estimate of $450 million to $500 million revenue potential by 2020, as well as potential for substantial growth beyond 2020. “In sum, this was a good quarter for both businesses, as MC generated strong Adjusted EBITDA and AEC strong growth. Both businesses remain firmly on track toward their short- and long- term goals. For 2017, MC is on track toward full-year Adjusted EBITDA in the middle of our expected range, and AEC is on track for full-year revenue growth between 25% and 35% coupled with gradually improving Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of sales.” Albany International is a global advanced textiles and materials processing company, with two core businesses. Machine Clothing is the world’s leading producer of custom-designed fabrics and belts essential to production in the paper, nonwovens, and other process industries. Albany Engineered Composites is a rapidly growing supplier of highly engineered composite parts for the aerospace industry. Albany International is headquartered in Rochester, New Hampshire, operates 22 plants in 10 countries, employs 4,400 people worldwide, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol AIN). Additional information about the Company and its products and services can be found at www.albint.com. This release contains certain non-GAAP metrics, including: percent change in net sales excluding currency rate effects (for each segment and the Company as a whole); EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (for each segment and the Company as a whole, represented in dollars or as a percentage of net sales); net debt; and net income per share attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments. Such items are provided because management believes that, when reconciled from the GAAP items to which they relate, they provide additional useful information to investors regarding the Company’s operational performance. Presenting increases or decreases in sales, after currency effects are excluded, can give management and investors insight into underlying sales trends. EBITDA, or net income with interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization added back, is a common indicator of financial performance used, among other things, to analyze and compare core profitability between companies and industries because it eliminates effects due to differences in financing, asset bases and taxes. An understanding of the impact in a particular quarter of specific restructuring costs, acquisition expenses, currency revaluation, or other gains and losses, on net income (absolute as well as on a per-share basis), operating income or EBITDA can give management and investors additional insight into core financial performance, especially when compared to quarters in which such items had a greater or lesser effect, or no effect. Restructuring expenses in the MC segment, while frequent in recent years, are reflective of significant reductions in manufacturing capacity and associated headcount in response to shifting markets, and not of the profitability of the business going forward as restructured. Net debt is, in the opinion of the Company, helpful to investors wishing to understand what the Company’s debt position would be if all available cash were applied to pay down indebtedness. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and net income per share attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments, are performance measures that relate to the Company’s continuing operations. Percent changes in net sales, excluding currency rate effects, are calculated by converting amounts reported in local currencies into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate of a prior period. That amount is then compared to the U.S. dollar amount reported in the current period. The Company calculates EBITDA by removing the following from Net income: Interest expense net, Income tax expense, Depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by: adding to EBITDA costs associated with restructuring and pension settlement charges; adding (or subtracting) revaluation losses (or gains); subtracting (or adding) gains (or losses) from the sale of buildings or investments; subtracting insurance recovery gains; subtracting (or adding) Income (or loss) attributable to the non-controlling interest in Albany Safran Composites (ASC); and adding expenses related to the Company’s acquisition of Harris Corporation’s composite aerostructures division. Adjusted EBITDA may also be presented as a percentage of net sales by dividing it by net sales. Net income per share attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments, is calculated by adding to (or subtracting from) net income attributable to the Company per share, on an after-tax basis: restructuring charges; discrete tax charges (or gains) and the effect of changes in the income tax rate; foreign currency revaluation losses (or gains); acquisition expenses; and losses (or gains) from the sale of investments. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and net income per share attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments, as defined by the Company, may not be similar to EBITDA measures of other companies. Such measures are not considered measurements under GAAP, and should be considered in addition to, but not as substitutes for, the information contained in the Company’s statements of income. The Company discloses certain income and expense items on a per-share basis. The Company believes that such disclosures provide important insight into underlying quarterly earnings and are financial performance metrics commonly used by investors. The Company calculates the quarterly per-share amount for items included in continuing operations by using the income tax rate based on income from continuing operations and the weighted-average number of shares outstanding for each period. Year-to-date earnings per-share effects are determined by adding the amounts calculated at each reporting period. The following table contains the calculation of net income per share attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments: The following table contains the calculation of net debt: The following table contains the reconciliation of MC 2017 projected Adjusted EBITDA to MC 2017 projected net income: * Due to the uncertainty of these items, management is currently unable to project restructuring expenses and foreign currency revaluation gains/losses for the remainder of the year. This press release may contain statements, estimates, or projections that constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined under U.S. federal securities laws. Generally, the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “project,” “will,” “should,” “look for,” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties (including, without limitation, those set forth in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q) that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s historical experience and our present expectations or projections. Forward-looking statements in this release or in the webcast include, without limitation, statements about macroeconomic, geopolitical and paper-industry trends and conditions during 2016 and in future years; expectations in 2017 and in future periods of sales, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA (both in dollars and as a percentage of net sales), income, gross profit, gross margin, cash flows and other financial items in each of the Company’s businesses, including the acquired composite aerostructures business, and for the Company as a whole; the timing and impact of production and development programs in the Company’s AEC business segment and the sales growth potential of key AEC programs, as well as AEC as a whole; the amount and timing of capital expenditures, future tax rates and cash paid for taxes, depreciation and amortization; future debt and net debt levels and debt covenant ratios; and changes in currency rates and their impact on future revaluation gains and losses. Furthermore, a change in any one or more of the foregoing factors could have a material effect on the Company’s financial results in any period. Such statements are based on current expectations, and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. Statements expressing management’s assessments of the growth potential of its businesses, or referring to earlier assessments of such potential, are not intended as forecasts of actual future growth, and should not be relied on as such. While management believes such assessments to have a reasonable basis, such assessments are, by their nature, inherently uncertain. This release and earlier releases set forth a number of assumptions regarding these assessments, including historical results, independent forecasts regarding the markets in which these businesses operate, and the timing and magnitude of orders for our customers’ products. Historical growth rates are no guarantee of future growth, and such independent forecasts and assumptions could prove materially incorrect in some cases.


News Article | December 15, 2016
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ROCHESTER, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN) announced today that Kenneth W. Krueger has been elected to its Board of Directors. Mr. Krueger, age 60, currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Manitowoc Company, Inc. He has been a member of the Manitowoc Board of Directors since 2004. From October 2015 until March 2016, he also served as Manitowoc’s interim President and CEO. Mr. Krueger served as Chief Operating Officer of Bucyrus International, Inc., a global manufacturer of mining equipment, from 2006 to 2009, having previously served as Executive Vice President from 2005 to 2006. Mr. Krueger also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of A.O. Smith Corp., a global manufacturer of water heating and treatment systems, from 2000 to 2005, and as Vice President, Finance and Planning for the Hydraulics, Semiconductor and Specialty Controls business segment of Eaton Corporation in 1999 and 2000. Mr. Krueger has served as a director of Douglas Dynamics, Inc. since 2012, and is currently chair of the audit committee. He also serves on the company’s compensation and nominating and governance committees. Albany International Chairman Erland E. Kailbourne said, “Ken has extensive experience in senior operations positions at publicly traded companies, including those with significant global manufacturing operations. This, combined with his deep background in finance and accounting, and his years of experience on public company boards, including in a number of critical leadership roles, bring additional depth and experience to the Board in these areas. I also expect that he will make a significant contribution to the Board’s oversight of the Company’s accounting and finance functions, as well as its internal controls over financial reporting. He is an ideal addition to our Board, and I take great pleasure in welcoming him as a new Director.” Albany International Corp. is a global advanced textiles and materials processing company, with two core businesses. Machine Clothing is the world's leading producer of custom-designed fabrics and belts essential to production in the paper, nonwovens, and other process industries. Albany Engineered Composites is a rapidly growing supplier of highly engineered composite parts for the aerospace industry. Albany International is headquartered in Rochester, New Hampshire, operates 22 plants in 10 countries, employs 4,400 people worldwide, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol AIN). Additional information about the Company and its products and services can be found at www.albint.com.


Svenning E.,Fraunhofer Chalmers Center | Mark A.,Fraunhofer Chalmers Center | Edelvik F.,Fraunhofer Chalmers Center | Glatt E.,Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics | And 6 more authors.
Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal | Year: 2012

Fiber suspension simulations are challenging since they involve transient fluid flow with immersed solid objects subject to large displacements and rotations. In the present work, a beam model in corotational formulation is coupled with a fluid solver using immersed boundary methods. The model is used to simulate a fiber in a shear flow and excellent agreement is found with Jeffery's equations. The shapes of fibers deforming in a shear flow are found to be in qualitative agreement with shapes observed in experiments. The flow of a fiber suspension is studied by simulating early paper forming with one-way and semi-two-way coupling. It is found that the flow through the fiber web needs to be resolved in order to predict the retention of fibers in the fiber web.


Mathieu D.,CNRS Textile Mechanics and Physics Laboratory | Sabri M.,Albany International | Jean-Francois O.,CNRS Textile Mechanics and Physics Laboratory | Jean-Yves D.,CNRS Textile Mechanics and Physics Laboratory
Journal of Industrial Textiles | Year: 2014

3D structures for composites, and especially 3D woven preforms use, is growing because of high-performance fibres improvements, field diversification and applications complexity. Critical industries like the air-space industry need a perfect control of processes and products’ final properties. Among other 3D weaving techniques, multilayer weaving is interesting for the diversity and complexity of possible 3D structures. A new Jacquard shedding technology called UNIVAL 100 which can be used with multilayer weaving, has appeared few years ago and uses actuators instead of the traditional Jacquard hooks. It is synonym of great improvements, as such a technology should enable controlling perfectly the way yarns are moving during shedding. The aim of this paper is first to describe their operating mode. It is our basis for a design of experiments development, the purpose of which is to experimentally determine the effects of UNIVAL parameters on process quality, in the case of high-density multilayer woven fabrics (which we will further call HDMW fabrics). © 2015, © The Author(s) 2015.


News Article | February 24, 2017
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ROCHESTER, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Board of Directors of Albany International Corp. (NYSE: AIN) today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.17 per share on the Company’s Class A and Class B Common Stock, payable on April 7, 2017, to shareholders of record on March 20, 2017. Albany International Corp. is a global advanced textiles and materials processing company, with two core businesses. Machine Clothing is the world's leading producer of custom-designed fabrics and belts essential to production in the paper, nonwovens, and other process industries. Albany Engineered Composites is a rapidly growing supplier of highly engineered composite parts for the aerospace industry. Albany International is headquartered in Rochester, New Hampshire, operates 22 plants in 10 countries, employs 4,400 people worldwide, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol AIN). Additional information about the Company and its products and services can be found at www.albint.com.


News Article | December 16, 2016
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ROCHESTER, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Board of Directors of Albany International Corp. (NYSE: AIN) today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.17 per share on the Company’s Class A and Class B Common Stock, payable on January 9, 2017, to shareholders of record on December 27, 2016. Albany International Corp. is a global advanced textiles and materials processing company, with two core businesses. Machine Clothing is the world's leading producer of custom-designed fabrics and belts essential to production in the paper, nonwovens, and other process industries. Albany Engineered Composites is a rapidly growing supplier of highly engineered composite parts for the aerospace industry. Albany International is headquartered in Rochester, New Hampshire, operates 22 plants in 10 countries, employs 4,400 people worldwide, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol AIN). Additional information about the Company and its products and services can be found at www.albint.com.


News Article | October 31, 2016
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ROCHESTER, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN) reported that Q3 2016 net income attributable to the Company was $13.1 million, compared to $9.7 million in Q3 2015. Q3 2016 income before income taxes was $20.9 million, including restructuring charges of $0.3 million and gains of $0.2 million from foreign currency revaluation. Q3 2016 income before income taxes also includes $0.4 million of costs related to the integration of the acquired business. Q3 2015 income before i


Paper machine clothing (PMC) has been an important contributor for energy savings in paper and board machines. Companies have to find more innovative ways of providing value to customers through product and service and analyze in more detail the impact products have on a customer's process. The 30% increase in nip dewatering could lead to the reduction in use of one vacuum box in a press section, leading to significant savings in power consumption. If a paper machine uses a data historian which stores thousands of pieces of data every second, detailed multivariate data analysis can be completed. However, even with a simple data stream recorded daily for trial monitoring can allow the use of simple six sigma statistical analysis and can be extremely rewarding. There are a great variety of different ways in which updates in best practices can be accomplished, through web based forums, through reporting but mainly through the application of standard operating procedures and condition monitoring in mills.


Thon R.J.,Albany International
Paper Conference and Trade Show 2010, PaperCon 2010 | Year: 2010

IR cameras can be used in paper mills to find web profile issues, steam leaks, and machine hot spots. The IR camera needs to be set up for proper image capturing. Once an image is captured the thermographer needs to know how to interpret the temperature variances. • First, the thermographer needs proper tools to calibrate the IR camera for capturing images. Proper reference temperatures and humidity can be set using a relative humidity gauge, a piece of aluminum foil, and a piece of cardboard. Some other tools can be used to set the distance from the target area. • Second, the tfiermographer needs to use the proper angle to the target. Also, the camera also needs to be in focus for the image to be of any value. • Finally, the thermographer needs to interpret the image. Some knowledge of the paper machine is required to make a correct interpretation or ask the proper questions to come to the correct conclusion. Other tools may be needed for additional information as well.


Neun J.A.,Albany International
Paper Conference and Trade Show, PaperCon 2013 | Year: 2013

Dozens of press operating parameters are routinely measured both on-line and with portable instruments. While many paper machines have extensive collections of data, sometimes the information is not extensively used. This paper will discuss how and why some measurements are made, and what advantages can be gleaned from them.

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