CHIMERA INVESTMENT CORPORATION REPORTS 4TH QUARTER 2018 EARNINGS

  • 4TH QUARTER GAAP NET LOSS OF $(0.63) PER COMMON SHARE
  • 4TH QUARTER CORE EARNINGS(1) OF $0.58 PER COMMON
    SHARE
  • FULL YEAR GAAP EARNINGS OF $1.97 PER COMMON SHARE
  • FULL YEAR CORE EARNINGS(1) OF $2.35 PER COMMON SHARE
  • GAAP BOOK VALUE OF $15.90 PER COMMON SHARE

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Chimera Investment Corporation (NYSE:CIM) today announced its financial
results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018. The Company’s
GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter was $(117) million or $(0.63) per
common share and net income was $368 million or $1.97 per common share
for the full year ended December 31, 2018. Core earnings(1) for
the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018 was $109
million or $0.58 per common share and $440 million or $2.35 per common
share respectively. Economic return on book value for the fourth quarter
and full year was (3.7)%(2) and 6.2%(2)
respectively. The Company sponsored two mortgage loan securitizations
during the fourth quarter for $736 million and incurred $3.8 million in
securitization deal related expenses.

“Despite a volatile market environment in the fourth quarter, Chimera
generated a 6.2%(2) economic return for the full year 2018,”
said Matthew Lambiase, Chimera’s CEO and President.

(1)   Core earnings is a non-GAAP measure. See additional discussion on
page 5.
(2) Economic return on book value is based on the change in GAAP book
value per common share plus the dividend declared per common share.
 

Other Information

Chimera Investment Corporation is a publicly traded real estate
investment trust, or REIT, that is primarily engaged in the business of
investing directly or indirectly through our subsidiaries, on a
leveraged basis, in a diversified portfolio of mortgage assets,
including residential mortgage loans, Non-Agency RMBS, Agency CMBS,
Agency RMBS, and other real estate related securities.

Please visit www.chimerareit.com
and click on Investors for additional information about us.

 
CHIMERA INVESTMENT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)
    December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
         
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 47,486   $ 63,569
Non-Agency RMBS, at fair value 2,486,130 2,851,316
Agency MBS, at fair value 12,188,950 4,364,828
Loans held for investment, at fair value 12,572,581 13,678,263
Accrued interest receivable 123,442 100,789
Other assets 252,582 114,391
Derivatives, at fair value, net   37,468     48,914  
Total assets (1)   $ 27,708,639     $ 21,222,070  
Liabilities:
Repurchase agreements ($15.8 billion and $8.8 billion, pledged as
collateral, respectively)
$ 14,030,465 $ 7,250,452
Securitized debt, collateralized by Non-Agency RMBS ($1.0 billion
and $1.6 billion pledged as collateral, respectively)
159,955 205,780
Securitized debt at fair value, collateralized by loans held for
investment ($12.3 billion and $13.3 billion pledged as collateral,
respectively)
8,455,376 9,388,657
Payable for investments purchased 1,136,157 567,440
Accrued interest payable 110,402 61,888
Dividends payable 95,986 95,365
Accounts payable and other liabilities 16,469 17,191
Derivatives, at fair value, net       320  
Total liabilities (1)   $ 24,004,810     $ 17,587,093  
 
Stockholders’ Equity:
Preferred Stock, par value of $0.01 per share, 100,000,000 shares
authorized:
8.00% Series A cumulative redeemable: 5,800,000 shares issued and
outstanding, respectively ($145,000 liquidation preference)
$ 58 $ 58
8.00% Series B cumulative redeemable: 13,000,000 shares issued and
outstanding, respectively ($325,000 liquidation preference)
130 130
7.75% Series C cumulative redeemable: 10,400,000 and 0 shares issued
and outstanding, respectively ($260,000 liquidation preference)
104
Common stock: par value $0.01 per share; 300,000,000 shares
authorized, 187,052,398 and 187,809,288 shares issued and
outstanding, respectively
1,871 1,878
Additional paid-in-capital 4,072,093 3,826,691
Accumulated other comprehensive income 626,832 796,902
Cumulative earnings 3,379,489 2,967,852
Cumulative distributions to stockholders   (4,376,748 )   (3,958,534 )
Total stockholders’ equity   $ 3,703,829     $ 3,634,977  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 27,708,639     $ 21,222,070  
 

(1)

 

The Company’s consolidated statements of financial condition
include assets of consolidated variable interest entities (“VIEs”)
that can only be used to settle obligations and liabilities of the
VIE for which creditors do not have recourse to the primary
beneficiary (Chimera Investment Corporation). As of December 31,
2018 and December 31, 2017, total assets of consolidated VIEs were
$13,392,951 and $14,987,464, respectively, and total liabilities
of consolidated VIEs were $8,652,158 and $9,631,820, respectively.

 
 
CHIMERA INVESTMENT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)
  For the Year Ended
December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
Net interest income:    
Interest income (1) $ 1,273,316 $ 1,138,758 $ 934,068
Interest expense (2)   679,108     532,748     347,857  
Net interest income   594,208     606,010     586,211  
Other-than-temporary impairments:
Total other-than-temporary impairment losses (2,556 ) (5,169 ) (9,589 )
Portion of loss recognized in other comprehensive income   (19,235 )   (56,687 )   (48,398 )
Net other-than-temporary credit impairment losses   (21,791 )   (61,856 )   (57,987 )
Other investment gains (losses):
Net unrealized gains (losses) on derivatives (141,162 ) 47,976 50,093
Realized gains (losses) on terminations of interest rate swaps (16,143 ) (60,616 )
Net realized gains (losses) on derivatives   18,369     (25,645 )   (44,886 )
Net gains (losses) on derivatives   (122,793 )   6,188     (55,409 )
Net unrealized gains (losses) on financial instruments at fair value 46,632 111,410 59,552
Net realized gains (losses) on sales of investments (2,743 ) 9,123 18,155
Gains (losses) on extinguishment of debt   26,376     (35,274 )   (477 )
Total other gains (losses)   (52,528 )   91,447     21,821  
 
Other income:
Other income           95,000  
Total other income           95,000  
 
Other expenses:
Compensation and benefits 35,114 30,212 26,901
General and administrative expenses 23,936 17,650 17,516
Servicing fees 40,773 41,690 31,178
Deal expenses   8,338     21,273     17,424  
Total other expenses   108,161     110,825     93,019  
Income (loss) before income taxes 411,728 524,776 552,026
Income taxes   91     108     83  
Net income (loss)   $ 411,637     $ 524,668     $ 551,943  
 
Dividends on preferred stock 43,197 33,484 2,449
             
Net income (loss) available to common shareholders   $ 368,440     $ 491,184     $ 549,494  
 
Net income (loss) per share available to common shareholders:            
Basic   $ 1.97     $ 2.62     $ 2.93  
Diluted   $ 1.96     $ 2.61     $ 2.92  
 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:            
Basic   187,146,170     187,780,355     187,728,634  
Diluted   187,748,862     188,287,320     188,024,838  
 
Dividends declared per share of common stock $ 2.00 $ 2.00 $ 2.44
 

(1)

 

Includes interest income of consolidated VIEs of $904,830,
$914,022 and $678,623 for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017
and 2016 respectively.

(2)

Includes interest expense of consolidated VIEs of $395,255,
$390,858 and $249,708 for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017
and 2016, respectively.

 
 
CHIMERA INVESTMENT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)
     
For the Year Ended

December 31,
2018

 

December 31,
2017

 

December 31,
2016

Comprehensive income (loss):
Net income (loss) $ 411,637 $ 524,668 $ 551,943
Other comprehensive income:
Unrealized gains (losses) on available-for-sale securities, net (185,570 ) 24,218 (88,527 )
Reclassification adjustment for net losses included in net income
for other-than-temporary credit impairment losses
21,791 61,856 57,987
Reclassification adjustment for net realized losses (gains) included
in net income
  (6,291 )   (7,278 )   (25,145 )
Other comprehensive income (loss)   (170,070 )   78,796     (55,685 )
Comprehensive income (loss) before preferred stock dividends   $ 241,567     $ 603,464     $ 496,258  
Dividends on preferred stock   $ 43,197     $ 33,484     $ 2,449  
Comprehensive income (loss) available to common stock shareholders   $ 198,370     $ 569,980     $ 493,809  
 

Core earnings

Core earnings is a non-GAAP measure and is defined as GAAP net income
excluding unrealized gains on the aggregate portfolio, impairment
losses, realized gains on sales of investments, realized gains or losses
on futures, realized gains or losses on swap terminations, gain on
deconsolidation, extinguishment of debt and certain other non-recurring
gains or losses. As defined, core earnings include interest income and
expense as well as realized losses on interest rate swaps used to hedge
interest rate risk. Management believes that the presentation of core
earnings is useful to investors because it can provide a useful measure
of comparability to our other REIT peers, but has important limitations.
We believe core earnings as described above helps evaluate our financial
performance without the impact of certain transactions but is of limited
usefulness as an analytical tool. Therefore, core earnings should not be
viewed in isolation and is not a substitute for net income or net income
per basic share computed in accordance with GAAP.

The following table provides GAAP measures of net income and net income
per basic share available to common stockholders for the periods
presented and details with respect to reconciling the line items to core
earnings and related per average basic common share amounts:

  For the Quarters Ended

December 31, 2018

  September 30, 2018   June 30, 2018   March 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)
GAAP Net income available to common stockholders $ (117,235 )   $ 147,361     $ 108,708     $ 229,607     $ 98,208  
Adjustments:
Net other-than-temporary credit impairment losses 4,269 7,233 9,131 1,158 18,179
Net unrealized (gains) losses on derivatives 319,673 (71,197 ) (25,895 ) (81,419 ) (28,074 )
Net unrealized (gains) losses on financial instruments at fair value (84,836 ) 34,306 18,364 (14,466 ) 47,637
Net realized (gains) losses on sales of investments (1,213 ) 6,123 (2,167 ) 586
(Gains) losses on extinguishment of debt (7,055 ) (9,263 ) (387 ) (9,670 ) (12,742 )
Net realized (gains) losses on Futures (1) (4,320 )   (2,799 )   2,210     (16,424 )   (8,204 )
Core Earnings $ 109,283     $ 111,764     $ 109,964     $ 108,786     $ 115,590  
                 
GAAP net income per basic common share $ (0.63 )   $ 0.79     $ 0.58     $ 1.22     $ 0.52  
Core earnings per basic common share(2) $ 0.58     $ 0.60     $ 0.59     $ 0.58     $ 0.62  
 
(1)   Included in net realized gains (losses) on derivatives in the
Consolidated Statements of Operations.
(2) We note that core and taxable earnings will typically differ, and
may materially differ, due to differences on realized gains and
losses on investments and related hedges, credit loss recognition,
timing differences in premium amortization, accretion of discounts,
equity compensation and other items.
 

The following tables provide a summary of the Company’s MBS portfolio at
December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017.

    December 31, 2018
   

Principal or
Notional Value
at
Period-End

(dollars in
thousands)

 

Weighted
Average
Amortized
Cost
Basis

 

Weighted
Average
Fair Value

 

Weighted
Average
Coupon

 

Weighted
Average Yield at
Period-End (1)

Non-Agency RMBS        
Senior   $ 2,386,049 $ 53.40 $ 81.44 5.0% 19.5%
Senior, interest-only 5,667,198 5.06 4.50 1.2% 8.4%
Subordinated 394,037 56.60 70.16 4.0% 9.9%
Subordinated, interest-only 221,549 4.48 5.26 1.1% 16.4%
Agency MBS
Residential pass-through 8,984,249 102.47 102.12 4.0% 3.6%
Commercial pass-through 2,895,679 101.98 99.50 3.6% 3.4%
Interest-only 3,028,572 4.49 4.40 0.8% 4.3%
                     
    December 31, 2017
   

Principal or
Notional Value at
Period-End

(dollars in
thousands)

 

Weighted
Average
Amortized
Cost
Basis

 

Weighted
Average
Fair Value

 

Weighted
Average
Coupon

 

Weighted
Average Yield at
Period-End (1)

Non-Agency RMBS
Senior $ 2,733,926 $ 54.04 $ 81.62 4.6% 16.7%
Senior, interest-only 4,862,461 5.41 4.34 1.3% 8.0%
Subordinated 501,455 66.77 80.01 4.1% 9.6%
Subordinated, interest-only 201,378 3.66 3.89 0.8% 11.8%
Agency MBS
Residential pass-through 2,227,128 105.53 104.27 3.8% 2.9%
Commercial pass-through 1,894,594 102.26 102.31 3.6% 3.2%
Interest-only 3,021,840 3.68 3.45 0.7% 3.4%
                     
(1) Bond Equivalent Yield at period end.
 

At December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, the repurchase agreements
collateralized by MBS had the following remaining maturities.

   
December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017
(dollars in thousands)
Overnight $ $
1 to 29 days 6,326,232 4,745,342
30 to 59 days 4,620,656 1,206,769
60 to 89 days 1,504,695 592,865
90 to 119 days 169,244
Greater than or equal to 120 days   1,409,638   705,476
Total   $ 14,030,465   $ 7,250,452
 

The following table summarizes certain characteristics of our portfolio
at December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017.

   
    December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
Interest earning assets at period-end (1) $ 27,247,661 $ 20,894,407
Interest bearing liabilities at period-end $ 22,645,796 $ 16,844,889
GAAP Leverage at period-end 6.1:1 4.6:1
GAAP Leverage at period-end (recourse) 3.8:1 2.0:1
Portfolio Composition, at amortized cost
Non-Agency RMBS 4.7% 5.9%
Senior 2.8% 2.9%
Senior, interest only 1.1% 1.3%
Subordinated 0.8% 1.7%
Subordinated, interest only 0.0% 0.0%
RMBS transferred to consolidated VIEs 2.1% 4.6%
Agency MBS 46.7% 22.2%
Residential 35.0% 11.8%
Commercial 11.2% 9.8%
Interest-only 0.5% 0.6%
Loans held for investment 46.5% 67.3%
Fixed-rate percentage of portfolio 95.8% 93.7%
Adjustable-rate percentage of portfolio 4.2% 6.3%
(1) Excludes cash and cash equivalents.
(2) Includes the effect of realized losses on interest rate swaps.

Economic Net Interest Income

Our “Economic net interest income” is a non-GAAP financial measure, that
equals interest income, less interest expense and realized losses on our
interest rate swaps. Realized losses on our interest rate swaps are the
periodic net settlement payments made or received. For the purpose of
computing economic net interest income and ratios relating to cost of
funds measures throughout this section, interest expense includes net
payments on our interest rate swaps, which is presented as a part of
Realized gains (losses) on derivatives in our Consolidated Statements of
Operations and Comprehensive Income. Interest rate swaps are used to
manage the increase in interest paid on repurchase agreements in a
rising rate environment. Presenting the net contractual interest
payments on interest rate swaps with the interest paid on
interest-bearing liabilities reflects our total contractual interest
payments. We believe this presentation is useful to investors because it
depicts the economic value of our investment strategy by showing actual
interest expense and net interest income. Where indicated, interest
expense, including interest payments on interest rate swaps, is referred
to as economic interest expense. Where indicated, net interest income
reflecting interest payments on interest rate swaps, is referred to as
economic net interest income.

The following table reconciles the GAAP and non-GAAP measurements
reflected in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial
Condition and Results of Operations.

    GAAP
Interest
Income
  GAAP
Interest
Expense
 

Net
Realized
(Gains)
Losses on
Interest
Rate
Swaps

 

Economic
Interest
Expense

 

GAAP Net
Interest
Income

 

Net
Realized
Gains
(Losses) on
Interest
Rate
Swaps

  Other (1)   Economic
Net
Interest
Income
For the Year Ended December 31, 2018   $ 1,273,316   $ 679,108     $ 1,488     $ 680,596   $ 594,208     $ (1,488 )   $ 760     $ 593,480
For the Year Ended December 31, 2017   $ 1,138,758   $ 532,748     $ 15,450     $ 548,198   $ 606,010     $ (15,450 )   $ (1,097 )   $ 589,463
For the Year Ended December 31, 2016   $ 934,068   $ 347,857     $ 28,107     $ 375,964   $ 586,211     $ (28,107 )   $ (882 )   $ 557,222
                             
For the Quarter Ended December 31, 2018   $ 348,033   $ 193,920     $ 364     $ 194,284   $ 154,113     $ (364 )   $ (140 )   $ 153,609
For the Quarter Ended September 30, 2018   $ 321,715   $ 174,671     $ (242 )   $ 174,429     $ 147,044     $ 242     $ 321     $ 147,607
For the Quarter Ended June 30, 2018   $ 306,436   $ 161,266     $ (1,246 )   $ 160,020   $ 145,170     $ 1,246     $ 436     $ 146,852
For the Quarter Ended March 31, 2018   $ 297,132   $ 149,251     $ 2,612     $ 151,863   $ 147,881     $ (2,612 )   $ 143     $ 145,412

(1) Primarily interest expense/(income) on cash and cash
equivalents.

 

The table below shows our average earning assets held, interest earned
on assets, yield on average interest earning assets, average debt
balance, economic interest expense, economic average cost of funds,
economic net interest income, and net interest rate spread for the
periods presented.

  For the Quarter Ended
December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
(dollars in thousands) (dollars in thousands)
    Average
Balance
  Interest   Average
Yield/Cost
Average
Balance
  Interest   Average
Yield/Cost
Assets:                      
Interest-earning assets (1):        
Agency MBS $ 10,577,238 $ 95,941 3.6 % $ 3,847,658 $ 28,812 3.0 %
Non-Agency RMBS 1,252,707 33,235 10.6 % 1,187,349 24,608 8.3 %
Non-Agency RMBS transferred to consolidated VIEs 555,314 39,394 28.4 % 940,931 55,916 23.8 %
Residential mortgage loans held for investment   12,228,206     179,323     5.9 % 13,048,375     192,560     5.9 %
Total   $ 24,613,465     $ 347,893     5.7 % $ 19,024,313     $ 301,896     6.3 %
                       
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity:                      
Interest-bearing liabilities:
Repurchase agreements collateralized by:
Agency MBS (2) $ 9,535,298 $ 62,788 2.6 % $ 3,090,155 $ 15,651 2.0 %
Non-Agency RMBS (2) 533,696 5,138 3.9 % 497,073 3,896 3.1 %
Re-REMIC repurchase agreements 577,335 6,403 4.4 % 867,882 7,193 3.3 %
RMBS from loan securitizations 2,435,931 23,445 3.8 % 2,573,351 21,236 3.3 %
Securitized debt, collateralized by Non-Agency RMBS 164,043 2,259 5.5 % 219,446 3,796 6.9 %
Securitized debt, collateralized by loans   8,531,109     94,251     4.4 % 9,451,052     96,801     4.1 %
Total   $ 21,777,412     $ 194,284     3.6 % $ 16,698,959     $ 148,573     3.6 %
                       
Economic net interest income/net interest rate spread       $ 153,609     2.1 %     $ 153,323     2.7 %
                       
Net interest-earning assets/net interest margin   $ 2,836,053         2.5 % $ 2,325,354         3.2 %
                       
Ratio of interest-earning assets to interest bearing liabilities   1.13           1.14          
 
(1) Interest-earning assets at amortized cost
(2) Interest includes net cash paid/received on swaps
 

The table below shows our Net Income, Economic Net Interest Income and
Core Earnings, each as a percentage of average equity. Return on average
equity is defined as our GAAP net income (loss) as a percentage of
average equity. Average equity is defined as the average of the
Company’s beginning and ending equity balance for the period reported.
Economic Net Interest Income is a non-GAAP financial measure, that
equals interest income, less interest expense and realized losses on our
interest rate swaps. Core Earnings is a non-GAAP measures as defined in
previous section.

 

Return on
Average Equity

 

Economic Net
Interest
Income/Average
Equity *

 

Core
Earnings/Average
Equity

 
    (Ratios have been annualized)
For the Year Ended December 31, 2018   11.08

 %

  15.98 %   11.84 %
For the Year Ended December 31, 2017   15.00

 %

  16.85 %   12.58 %
For the Year Ended December 31, 2016   18.42

 %

  18.59 %   15.18 %
             
For the Quarter Ended December 31, 2018   (10.80 )%   16.13 %   11.48 %
For the Quarter Ended September 30, 2018   16.64

 %

  15.61 %   11.82 %
For the Quarter Ended June 30, 2018   12.91

 %

  16.05 %   12.02 %
For the Quarter Ended March 31, 2018   26.17

 %

  15.92 %   11.91 %
 

* Includes effect of realized losses on interest rate swaps.

The following table presents changes to Accretable Discount (net of
premiums) as it pertains to our Non-Agency RMBS portfolio, excluding
premiums on IOs, during the previous five quarters.

 
For the Quarters Ended
Accretable Discount (Net of Premiums) December 31, 2018   September 30, 2018   June 30, 2018   March 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
    (dollars in thousands)
Balance, beginning of period $ 539,020 $ 540,269 $ 555,444 $ 582,193 $ 622,982
Accretion of discount (36,287 ) (35,184 ) (38,110 ) (37,309 ) (39,640 )
Purchases 4,589 1,966 3,098 (2,914 )
Sales and deconsolidation (625 ) (986 ) (6,439 ) 174
Transfers from/(to) credit reserve, net   (934 )   32,955     26,276     10,386     1,765  
Balance, end of period   $ 505,763     $ 539,020     $ 540,269     $ 555,444     $ 582,193  
 

Disclaimer

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the
meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ from
expectations, estimates and projections and, consequently, readers
should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of
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“project,” “budget,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “may,”
“will,” “could,” “should,” “believe,” “predicts,” “potential,”
“continue,” and similar expressions are intended to identify such
forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve
significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially from expected results, including, among other things,
those described in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and any
subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, under the caption “Risk
Factors.” Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but
are not limited to: the state of credit markets and general economic
conditions; changes in interest rates and the market value of our
assets; the rates of default or decreased recovery on the mortgages
underlying our target assets; the occurrence, extent and timing of
credit losses within our portfolio; the credit risk in our underlying
assets; declines in home prices; our ability to establish, adjust and
maintain appropriate hedges for the risks in our portfolio; the
availability and cost of our target assets; our ability to borrow to
finance our assets and the associated costs; changes in the competitive
landscape within our industry; our ability to manage various operational
risks and costs associated with our business; interruptions in or
impairments to our communications and information technology systems;
our ability to acquire residential mortgage loans and successfully
securitize the residential mortgage loans we acquire; our ability to
oversee our third party sub-servicers; the impact of any deficiencies in
the servicing or foreclosure practices of third parties and related
delays in the foreclosure process; our exposure to legal and regulatory
claims; legislative and regulatory actions affecting our business; the
impact of new or modified government mortgage refinance or principal
reduction programs; our ability to maintain our REIT qualification; and
limitations imposed on our business due to our REIT status and our
exempt status under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any
forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made.
Chimera does not undertake or accept any obligation to release publicly
any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any
change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or
circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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