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Earnings Details
3rd Quarter December 2018
Wednesday, February 06, 2019 4:05:00 PM
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Summary

Eplus (PLUS) Recent Earnings

Eplus (PLUS) reported 3rd Quarter December 2018 earnings of $1.10 per share on revenue of $345.7 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.98 per share on revenue of $340.4 million. Revenue grew 0.9% on a year-over-year basis.

Eplus Inc is engaged in the sales of information technology hardware, third-party software, professional engineering services, & third-party maintenance contracts & its proprietary software as well as financing of equipment, software & related services.

Results
Reported Earnings
$1.10
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$0.98
Reported Revenue
$345.7 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$340.4 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

ePlus Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Financial Results

Third Quarter Ended December 31, 2018

  • Net sales increased 0.4% to $345.7 million; technology segment net sales increased 0.8% to $334.7 million.
  • Adjusted gross billings increased 2.8% to $478.4 million.
  • Consolidated gross profit increased 8.1% to $82.9 million.
  • Consolidated gross margin was 24.0%, an increase of 170 basis points.
  • Net earnings decreased 4.6% to $14.9 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 17.7% to $25.6 million.
  • Diluted earnings per share decreased 0.9% to $1.10. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share increased 17.3% to $1.29.

Nine Months Ended December 31, 2018

  • Net sales decreased 3.8% to $1,047.2 million; technology segment net sales decreased 3.5% to $1,016.3 million.
  • Adjusted gross billings decreased 0.7% to $1,446.6 million.
  • Consolidated gross profit increased 3.0% to $249.1 million.
  • Consolidated gross margin was 23.8%, an increase of 160 basis points.
  • Net earnings increased 4.1% to $48.1 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 1.7% to $80.8 million.
  • Diluted earnings per share increased 7.3% to $3.54. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share increased 3.0% to $4.10.

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ePlus inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS), a leading provider of technology solutions, today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2018.

Management Comment

“Third quarter operating income increased 22.2%, driven by an 8.1% increase in gross profit and gross margin expansion of 170 basis points,” said Mark Marron, president and chief executive officer.  “We experienced a favorable mix of products and services in high growth areas of the market such as digital, cloud and security solutions areas, and managed our cost structure, while continuing to invest to support future growth.  Our strategy to specialize in those solutions that are critical to our customers’ needs has yielded positive results.  Adjusted gross billings of security solutions increased by 23.6% in the third quarter from year-ago levels and represented 19.9% of our adjusted gross billings for the trailing twelve months.  We expect security to remain a strong driver of growth.

“In mid-January, we completed the acquisition of SLAIT Consulting, LLC, which extends our geographic reach and deepens our presence in central and Tidewater Virginia, a fast-growing corridor in the mid-Atlantic.  The acquisition has added to our portfolio of service offerings, especially in security consulting and security managed services, and has brought additional helpdesk services.  SLAIT also has broadened our customer roster to include the Commonwealth of Virginia and 5 out of 7 of its top public universities, a multinational IT services provider, and several enterprise healthcare organizations. We are pleased to welcome SLAIT to the team,” Mr. Marron noted.

Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Results

For the third quarter ended December 31, 2018 as compared to the third quarter of the prior fiscal year:

Consolidated net sales increased 0.4% to $345.7 million, from $344.2 million.

Technology segment net sales increased 0.8% to $334.7 million, from $332.1 million.

Adjusted gross billings increased 2.8% to $478.4 million. Adjusted gross billings are technology segment net sales adjusted to exclude the costs incurred of applicable third-party maintenance, software assurance and subscription/SaaS licenses, and services.

Financing segment net sales decreased 10.0% to $11.0 million, from $12.2 million, due to a decrease in post contract earnings from a large sale of off-lease assets in last year’s quarter.

Consolidated gross profit increased 8.1% to $82.9 million, from $76.7 million. Consolidated gross margin improved 170 basis points to 24.0%, compared with 22.3% last year, due to a shift in mix towards third-party maintenance, software assurance and subscription/SaaS licenses, and services. Also contributing were higher product margins and service revenues.

Operating expenses increased 4.3% to $62.9 million, from $60.3 million, primarily due to an increase in variable compensation from the increase in gross profit. 

Consolidated operating income increased 22.2% to $20.0 million.

Other income of $0.7 million includes $0.9 million as a distribution from the Cyberco Holdings bankruptcy offset by $0.2 million of foreign currency losses.

Our effective tax rate for the current quarter was 28.3%, compared with 4.2% in the prior year quarter, when we recognized an estimated tax benefit of $5.7 million, related to the provisional adjustment of our deferred tax balance to reflect the new corporate tax rate as well as an adjustment of our tax provision from the beginning of our fiscal year to the new blended rate as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Net earnings decreased 4.6% to $14.9 million.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 17.7% to $25.6 million, from $21.7 million.

Diluted earnings per share was $1.10, compared with $1.11 in the prior year quarter. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $1.29, compared with $1.10 last year. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is based on net earnings calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted to exclude other income (expense), share based compensation, and acquisition and integration expenses, and the related tax effects, and an adjustment to our tax expense in the prior year assuming a 21% U.S. federal statutory income tax rate for U.S. operations.

Fiscal Year to Date Results

For the nine months ended December 31, 2018 as compared to the nine months of the prior fiscal year:

Consolidated net sales decreased 3.8% to $1,047.2 million, from $1,088.9 million.

Technology segment net sales decreased 3.5% to $1,016.3 million, from $1,053.6 million.

Adjusted gross billings decreased 0.7% to $1,446.6 million. Adjusted gross billings are technology segment net sales adjusted to exclude the costs incurred of applicable third-party maintenance, software assurance and subscription/SaaS licenses, and services.

Financing segment net sales decreased 12.5% to $30.9 million, from $35.3 million due to a decrease in post contract earnings from the early termination of several large leases, and the sale of off lease assets in last year’s period.

Consolidated gross profit increased 3.0% to $249.1 million, from $241.9 million. Consolidated gross margin improved 160 basis points to 23.8%, compared with 22.2% last year, due to a shift in mix towards third-party maintenance, software assurance and subscription/SaaS licenses, and services. Also contributing were higher product margins and service revenues.

Operating expenses increased 4.5% to $184.1 million, from $176.1 million, due in part to an increase in variable compensation and the expenses associated with the acquisition of IDS in September 2017.  Our headcount decreased to 1,265, or 1.5% from 1,284 as of December 31, 2017.

Consolidated operating income decreased 1.0% to $65.1 million.

Our effective tax rate for the first nine months of fiscal year 2019 was 27.3%, compared with 29.7% in the prior year.

Net earnings rose 4.1% to $48.1 million.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 1.7% to $80.8 million, from $79.4 million.

Diluted earnings per share was $3.54, compared with $3.30 in the prior year. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $4.10, compared with $3.98 last year. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is based on net earnings calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted to exclude other income (expense), share based compensation, and acquisition and integration expenses, and the related tax effects, and an adjustment to our tax expense in the prior year assuming a 21% U.S. statutory income tax rate for U.S. operations.

Balance Sheet Highlights

As of December 31, 2018, ePlus had cash and cash equivalents of $84.3 million, compared with $118.2 million as of March 31, 2018.  The decrease in cash and cash equivalents was primarily due to increases in working capital in the technology segment, investments in our financing portfolio, and share repurchases.  Total stockholders' equity was $409.2 million, compared with $372.6 million as of March 31, 2018. Total shares outstanding were 13.6 million and 13.8 million on December 31, 2018 and March 31, 2018, respectively.

Summary and Outlook

“Third quarter results represented a strong showing across our organization, underscoring our ability to capture demand from mid-market and enterprise customers for complex solutions and services. By investing in top-notch technical talent, we have become a provider of choice for cloud implementation, digital transformation and managing cybersecurity risk amongst a diversified and growing customer base.”

“The SLAIT acquisition fulfilled several of our strategic acquisition goals, including geographic expansion, the addition of potential cross-sell and up-sell opportunities between our customer sets, and a focus on services and security.  With annual revenues of approximately $100 million,  SLAIT brings a complementary customer base, additional service offerings and a group of highly-skilled leadership, sales, and engineering professionals,” Mr. Marron concluded.

The SLAIT Acquisition

On January 22nd, ePlus announced its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, inc. acquired SLAIT Consulting, LLC, a mid-Atlantic IT services provider with emphasis on the SLED and healthcare verticals.  SLAIT builds on ePlus’ security consulting and managed services capabilities and in the areas of GRC (governance, risk management and compliance), as well as staffing, bespoke managed services, and sales of IT products, maintenance, and software.  SLAIT is headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, with locations in Richmond, VA and Charlotte, NC.

Commenting on the acquisition, Elaine Marion, chief financial officer noted, “As with our other acquisitions, we expect an increase in amortization costs related to the SLAIT acquisition once we finalize our purchase accounting.  Therefore, we do not expect the acquisition to be accretive on a GAAP basis for the next several quarters.”

Other Corporate Developments/Recognitions

  • On January 8th, ePlus announced a new partnership with Intel and Surgical Theater.
  • On December 4th, ePlus announced that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, has achieved recognition for having certified experts delivering AppDynamics professional services.
  • On November 29th, ePlus announced its participation in the Amazon Web Services, Inc. Marketplace Consulting Partner Offers program.

Conference Call Information

ePlus will hold a conference call and webcast at 4:30 p.m. ET on February 6, 2019:

Date:Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Time:4:30 p.m. ET
Live Call:(877) 870-9226, domestic, (973) 890-8320, international
Replay:(855) 859-2056, domestic, (404) 537-3406, international
Passcode:6857789 (live and replay)
Webcast:http://www.eplus.com/investors (live and replay)

The replay of this webcast will be available approximately two hours after the call and be available through February 13, 2019.

About ePlus inc.

ePlus is a leading consultative technology solutions provider that helps customers imagine, implement, and achieve more from their technology.  With the highest certifications from top technology partners and expertise in key technologies from data center to security, cloud, and collaboration, ePlus transforms IT from a cost center to a business enabler.  Founded in 1990, ePlus has more than 1,500 associates serving a diverse set of customers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia-Pac.  The Company is headquartered at 13595 Dulles Technology Drive, Herndon, VA, 20171.  For more information, visit www.eplus.com, call 888-482-1122, or email info@eplus.com.  Connect with ePlus on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ePlusinc and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ePlus

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ePlus® and ePlus products referenced herein are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ePlus inc. in the United States and/or other countries.  OneCloud is a trademark of OneCloud Consulting, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.  The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Forward-looking statements

Statements in this press release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be “forward-looking statements.”  Actual and anticipated future results may vary materially due to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, possible adverse effects resulting from financial market disruption and volatility in the U.S. economy such as our current and potential customers delaying or reducing technology purchases, rising interest rates, increasing credit risk associated with our customers and vendors, reduction of vendor incentive programs, and restrictions on our access to capital necessary to fund our operations; our ability to successfully perform due diligence and integrate acquired businesses; disruptions or a security breach in our or our vendor’s IT systems and data and audio communication networks; the possibility of goodwill impairment charges in the future; significant adverse changes in, reductions in, or losses of relationships with one or more of our largest volume customers or vendors; the demand for and acceptance of, our products and services; our ability to adapt our services to meet changes in market developments; our ability to implement comprehensive plans for the integration of sales forces, cost containment, asset rationalization, systems integration and other key strategies; our ability to reserve adequately for credit losses; our ability to secure our customers’ electronic and other confidential information and remain secure during a cyber-security attack; future growth rates in our core businesses; the impact of competition in our markets; our reliance on third parties to perform some of our service obligations to our customers; the possibility of defects in our products or catalog content data; our ability to adapt to changes in the IT industry and/or rapid changes in product offerings, including the proliferation of the cloud, infrastructure as a service and software as a service; our ability to realize our investment in leased equipment; our ability to hire and retain sufficient qualified personnel; and other risks or uncertainties detailed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  All information set forth in this press release is current as of the date of this release and ePlus undertakes no duty or obligation to update this information.

Contact:
Kleyton Parkhurst, SVP
ePlus inc.
kparkhurst@eplus.com
703-984-8150

ePlus inc. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
(in thousands, except per shares amounts)
     
  December 31, 2018 March 31, 2018
ASSETS   (unaudited) (as adjusted)
     
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $84,334  $18,198 
Accounts receivable—trade, net 324,695  268,287 
Accounts receivable—other, net 34,245  28,401 
Inventories 51,395  39,855 
Financing receivables—net, current 94,023  69,936 
Deferred costs 16,537  16,589 
Other current assets 7,933  23,625 
Total current assets 613,162  564,891 
     
Financing receivables and operating leases—net 68,058  68,511 
Property, equipment and other assets 17,843  19,143 
Goodwill 76,401  76,624 
Other intangible assets—net 22,725  26,302 
TOTAL ASSETS $798,189  $755,471 
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
     
LIABILITIES    
     
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable 100,270   106,933 
Accounts payable—floor plan 124,558  112,109 
Salaries and commissions payable 20,456  19,801 
Deferred revenue 39,444  35,648 
Recourse notes payable—current -  1,343 
Non-recourse notes payable—current 58,106  40,863 
Other current liabilities 18,397  33,370 
Total current liabilities 361,231  350,067 
     
Non-recourse notes payable—long term 8,461  10,072 
Deferred tax liability—net 1,438  1,662 
Other liabilities 17,882  21,067 
TOTAL LIABILITIES  389,012  382,868 
     
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES    
     
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Preferred stock, $.01 per share par value; 2,000 shares authorized; none outstanding -  - 
Common stock, $.01 per share par value; 25,000 shares authorized; 13,640 outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 13,761 outstanding at March 31, 2018 143  142 
Additional paid-in capital 135,418  130,000 
Treasury stock, at cost, 664 shares at December 31, 2018 and 467 shares at March 31, 2018 (51,899) (36,016)
Retained earnings 326,085  277,945 
Accumulated other comprehensive income—foreign currency translation adjustment  (570)  532 
Total Stockholders' Equity 409,177  372,603 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $798,189  $755,471 





ePlus inc. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
  
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 December 31, December 31,
 2018 2017  2018 2017 
 (unaudited) (as adjusted) (unaudited) (as adjusted)
        
Net sales$345,664 $334,225  $1,047,239 $1,088,944 
Cost of sales262,751 267,537  798,123 847,092 
Gross profit82,913 76,688  249,116 241,852 
        
Selling, general, and administrative expenses59,728 57,134  174,399 168,138 
Depreciation and amortization2,719 2,894  8,250 7,086 
Interest and financing costs443 270  1,403 903 
Operating expenses62,890 60,298  184,052 176,127 
        
Operating income20,023 16,390  65,064 65,725 
        
Other income (expense)721 (131) 1,140 (1)
        
Earnings before taxes20,744 16,259  66,204 65,724 
        
Provision for income taxes5,880 678  18,064 19,499 
        
Net earnings$14,864 $15,581  $48,140 $46,225 
        
Net earnings per common share—basic$1.10 $1.12  $3.57 $3.34 
Net earnings per common share—diluted$1.10 $1.11  $3.54 $3.30 
        
Weighted average common shares outstanding—basic13,471 13,851  13,467 13,845 
Weighted average common shares outstanding—diluted13,544 13,990  13,592 14,022 



Technology Segment
 Three Months Ended December 31, Nine Months Ended December 31
 2018 2017 % Change 2018 2017 % Change
 (in thousands) 
            
Net sales$334,711 $332,061 0.8%  $1,016,343 $1,053,638 (3.5%) 
Cost of sales260,738 263,917 (1.2%)  792,632 839,012 (5.5%) 
Gross profit73,973 68,144 8.6%  223,711 214,626 4.2% 
            
Selling, general, and administrative expenses56,607 53,836 5.1%  166,199 158,838 4.6% 
Depreciation and amortization2,714 2,893 (6.2%)  8,243 7,084 16.4% 
Operating expenses59,321 56,729 4.6%  174,442 165,922 5.1% 
            
Operating income$14,652 $11,415 28.4%  $49,269 $48,704 1.2% 
            
Key Business Metrics           
Adjusted gross billings$478,447 $465,213 2.8%  $1,446,604 $1,457,217 (0.7%) 
Adjusted EBITDA$20,074 $16,632 20.7%  $64,699 $62,133 4.1% 


Technology Segment Net Sales by Customer End Market 
 Twelve Months Ended December 31,  
 2018 2017 Change
      

Technology
22% 25% (3%)
State & Local Government & Educational Institutions17% 17% -
Telecom, Media, and Entertainment14% 14% -
Financial Services15% 15% -
?Healthcare 14% 13% 1%
?All others18% 16% 2%
Total100% 100%  


Financing Segment
 Three Months Ended December 31, Nine Months Ended December 31,
 2018 2017 % Change 2018 2017 % Change
 (in thousands)
            
Net sales$10,953 $12,164 (10.0%)  $30,896 $35,306 (12.5%) 
Cost of sales2,013 3,620 (44.4%)  5,491 8,080 (32.0%) 
Gross profit8,940 8,544 4.6%  25,405 27,226 (6.7%) 
            
Selling, general, and administrative expenses3,121 3,298 (5.4%)  8,200 9,300 (11.8%) 
Depreciation and amortization5 1 400.0%  7 2 250.0% 
Interest and financing costs443 270 64.1%  1,403 903 55.4% 
Operating expenses3,569 3,569 0.0%  9,610 10,205 (5.8%) 
            
Operating income$5,371 $4,975 8.0%  $15,795 $17,021 (7.2%) 
            
Key Business Metrics           
Adjusted EBITDA$5,480 $5,071 8.1%  $16,105 $17,296 (6.9%) 


ePlus inc. AND SUBSIDIARIES       
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP INFORMATION       

We included reconciliations below for the following non-GAAP information: (i) Adjusted Gross Billings, (ii) Adjusted EBITDA, (iii) Segment Adjusted EBITDA, and (iv) non-GAAP Net Earnings per Common Share - Diluted.

We define adjusted gross billings as our technology segment net sales calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted to exclude the costs incurred related to sales of third-party maintenance, software assurance and subscription/SaaS licenses, and services.  The presentation of adjusted gross billings has been updated from prior period presentations to align with net sales within our technology segment.    

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net earnings calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted for the following: interest expense, depreciation and amortization, share based compensation, acquisition and integration expenses, provision for income taxes, and other income. Segment Adjusted EBITDA is defined as operating income calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted for interest expense, share based compensation, acquisition and integration expenses, and depreciation and amortization. We consider the interest on notes payable from our financing segment and depreciation expense presented within cost of sales, which includes depreciation on assets financed as operating leases, to be operating expenses.  

Non-GAAP net earnings per common share are based on net earnings calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted to exclude other income, share based compensation, and acquisition related amortization expense, and the related tax effects. The presentation of non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP net earnings per common share – diluted have been changed from prior period presentations to adjust our tax expense assuming a statutory income tax rate of 21.0% for U.S. operations.

Our use of non-GAAP information as analytical tools has limitations, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our financial results as reported under GAAP. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, might calculate similar non-GAAP Adjusted Gross Billings, Adjusted EBITDA, and non-GAAP Net Earnings per Common Share - Diluted or similarly titled measures differently, which may reduce their usefulness as comparative measures.

  Three Months Ended December 31, Nine Months Ended December 31,
   2018  2017  2018  2017
  (in thousands)
         
Technology segment net sales $334,711 $332,061 $1,016,343 $1,053,638
Costs incurred related to sales of third party maintenance, software assurance and subscription/Saas licenses, and services  143,736  133,152  430,261  403,579
Adjusted gross billings $478,447 $465,213 $1,446,604 $1,457,217




 
Three Months Ended December 31, Nine Months Ended December 31,
 2018 2017 2018  2017
 (in thousands)
Consolidated       
Net earnings$14,864 $15,581 $48,140  $46,225
Provision for income taxes5,880 678 18,064  19,499
Depreciation and amortization [1]2,719 2,894 8,250  7,086
Share based compensation1,857 1,676 5,418  4,856
Acquisition related expenses955 743 2,072  1,762
Other (income) expense [2](721 131 (1,140 ) 
Adjusted EBITDA$25,554 $21,703 $80,804  $79,429
        
    
 Three Months Ended December 31, Nine Months Ended December 31,
 2018 2017 20182017
 (in thousands)
Technology Segment       
Operating income$14,652 $11,415 $49,269 $48,704
Depreciation and amortization [1]2,714 2,893 8,243   7,084
Share based compensation1,753 1,581 5,115 4,583
Acquisition and integration expenses955 743 2,072 1,762
Segment Adjusted EBITDA$20,074 $16,632 $64,699 $62,133
        
Financing Segment       
Operating income$5,371 $4,975 $15,795 $17,021
Depreciation and amortization [1]5 1 7   2
Share based compensation104 95 303 273
Segment Adjusted EBITDA$5,480 $5,071 $16,105 $17,296
        


 Three Months Ended December 31, Nine Months Ended December 31,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
 (in thousands, except per share data)
  
GAAP: Earnings before taxes$20,744  $16,259  $66,204  $65,724 
Share based compensation1,857  1,676  5,418  4,856 
Acquisition related expenses955  743  2,072  1,762 
Acquisition related amortization expense [3]1,552  1,871  5,035  4,178 
Other (income) expense [2](721) 131  (1,140) 1 
Non-GAAP: Earnings before taxes24,387  20,680  77,589  76,521 
        
GAAP: Provision for income taxes5,880  678  18,064  19,499 
Share based compensation526  484  1,534  1,402 
Acquisition related expenses270  215  586  509 
Acquisition related amortization expense [3]414  508  1,343  1,108 
Other (income) expense [2](204) 38  (322) 1 
Re-measurement of deferred taxes [4]-  3,407  -  3,407 
Adjustment to US federal tax rate to 21%-  (104) -  (6,618)
Tax benefit on restricted stock-  -  672  1,444 
Non-GAAP: Provision for income taxes6,886  5,226  21,877  20,752 
        
Non-GAAP: Net earnings$17,501  $15,454  $55,712  $55,769 
        
GAAP: Net earnings per common share – diluted$1.10  $1.11  $3.54  $3.30 
Non-GAAP: Net earnings per common share – diluted$1.29  $1.10  $4.10  $3.98 


[1] Amount consists of depreciation and amortization for assets used internally.
[2] Other income, interest income, and foreign currency transaction gains and losses.
[3] Amount consists of amortization of intangible assets from acquired businesses.
[4] Tax benefit (expense) for the re-measurement of U.S. deferred income tax assets and liabilities at 21% federal income tax rate for U.S. operations.

 

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