Mercer International Company Profile (NASDAQ:MERC)

About Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC)

Mercer International logoMercer International Inc. is a producer of northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp, which is pulp that is sold on the open market. The Company also produces and sells tall oil, a by-product of its production process, which is used as both a chemical additive and as a green energy source. It produces and sells NBSK pulp, which is a bleached kraft pulp manufactured using northern softwood. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated two mills in Eastern Germany and one mill in Western Canada. As of December 31, 2016, its three NBSK pulp mills had consolidated annual production capacity of approximately 1.5 million air-dried metric tons (ADMTs) of NBSK pulp and were capable of generating 305 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Additionally, its German mills generate tall oil from black liquor, which is sold to third parties for use in various applications, including bio-fuels. The Company's mills generate and sell energy to regional utilities.

Industry, Sector and Symbol:
  • Sector: Basic Materials
  • Industry: Paper Products
  • Sub-Industry: N/A
  • Symbol: NASDAQ:MERC
  • CUSIP: N/A
  • Web:
  • Market Cap: $708.68 million
  • Outstanding Shares: 65,017,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $10.97
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $11.43
  • 52 Week Range: $7.60 - $12.98
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 18.65
  • P/E Growth: 1.28
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $985.6 million
  • Price / Sales: 0.72
  • Book Value: $6.85 per share
  • Price / Book: 1.60
  • Annual Dividend: $0.46
  • Dividend Yield: 4.2%
  • EBIDTA: $205.86 million
  • Net Margins: 3.86%
  • Return on Equity: 11.90%
  • Return on Assets: 3.96%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 1.56%
  • Current Ratio: 3.33%
  • Quick Ratio: 2.31%
  • Average Volume: 150,486 shs.
  • Beta: 1.54
  • Short Ratio: 0.23

Frequently Asked Questions for Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC)

What is Mercer International's stock symbol?

Mercer International trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "MERC."

How often does Mercer International pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Mercer International?

Mercer International announced a quarterly dividend on Friday, July 28th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, September 27th will be paid a dividend of $0.115 per share on Wednesday, October 4th. This represents a $0.46 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.20%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, September 26th. View Mercer International's Dividend History.

How were Mercer International's earnings last quarter?

Mercer International Inc. (NASDAQ:MERC) released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April, 27th. The company reported $0.31 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts' consensus estimates of $0.34 by $0.03. The business earned $242.78 million during the quarter. Mercer International had a net margin of 3.86% and a return on equity of 11.90%. View Mercer International's Earnings History.

When will Mercer International make its next earnings announcement?

Mercer International is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, October, 26th 2017. View Earnings Estimates for Mercer International.

Where is Mercer International's stock going? Where will Mercer International's stock price be in 2017?

4 analysts have issued 12-month price targets for Mercer International's shares. Their forecasts range from $12.00 to $18.00. On average, they anticipate Mercer International's share price to reach $15.25 in the next year. View Analyst Ratings for Mercer International.

Who are some of Mercer International's key competitors?

Who are Mercer International's key executives?

Mercer International's management team includes the folowing people:

  • Jimmy S.H. Lee, Executive Chairman of the Board
  • David M. Gandossi, President, Chief Executive Officer, Director
  • David K. Ure, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary
  • Richard George Short, Vice President, Controller
  • David M. Cooper, Vice President - Sales and Marketing, Europe
  • Eric X. Heine, Vice President - Sales and Marketing, North America and Asia
  • Brian Merwin, Vice President - Strategic Initiatives
  • Wolfram Ridder, Vice President - Business Development
  • Genevieve Stannus, Treasurer
  • Leonhard Nossol, Group Controller, Europe

Who owns Mercer International stock?

Mercer International's stock is owned by a variety of of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional investors include Iat Reinsurance Co. LTD. (25.33%), Walthausen & Co. LLC (1.62%), Kennedy Capital Management Inc. (0.59%), Aegis Financial Corp (0.51%), Russell Investments Group Ltd. (0.48%) and Bank of New York Mellon Corp (0.37%). Company insiders that own Mercer International stock include Eric Lauritzen, James Shepherd, Jimmy S H Lee and Peter R Kellogg. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Mercer International.

Who sold Mercer International stock? Who is selling Mercer International stock?

Mercer International's stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Toronto Dominion Bank, Aegis Financial Corp, California Public Employees Retirement System, Acrospire Investment Management LLC, Systematic Financial Management LP and CNA Financial Corp. Company insiders that have sold Mercer International stock in the last year include Eric Lauritzen, James Shepherd and Jimmy S H Lee. View Insider Buying and Selling for Mercer International.

Who bought Mercer International stock? Who is buying Mercer International stock?

Mercer International's stock was purchased by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Walthausen & Co. LLC, Russell Investments Group Ltd., Kennedy Capital Management Inc., Nationwide Fund Advisors, Bank of New York Mellon Corp, Renaissance Group LLC, Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC and Iat Reinsurance Co. LTD.. View Insider Buying and Selling for Mercer International.

How do I buy Mercer International stock?

Shares of Mercer International can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is Mercer International's stock price today?

One share of Mercer International stock can currently be purchased for approximately $10.95.

MarketBeat Community Rating for Mercer International (NASDAQ MERC)
Community Ranking:  2.1 out of 5 (star star)
Outperform Votes:  129 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  185 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  314
MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Mercer International and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.

Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC) (How are Consensus Ratings Calculated?)
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Hold Ratings, 1 Buy Rating
Consensus Rating:Hold (Score: 2.25)
Consensus Price Target: $15.25 (39.27% upside)

Analysts' Ratings History for Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
7/31/2017TD SecuritiesBoost Price TargetHold$13.00 -> $15.75MediumView Rating Details
5/23/2017Royal Bank Of CanadaReiterated RatingHold$12.00MediumView Rating Details
4/28/2017Raymond James Financial, Inc.Reiterated RatingOutperform$18.00MediumView Rating Details
1/23/2017Standpoint ResearchDowngradeBuy -> HoldN/AView Rating Details
6/5/2016Credit Suisse GroupReiterated RatingBuy$15.00N/AView Rating Details
3/1/2016CIBCInitiated CoverageOutperform$12.00N/AView Rating Details
1/13/2016SidotiUpgradeNeutral -> BuyN/AView Rating Details
(Data available from 9/20/2015 forward)


Earnings History for Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC)
Earnings by Quarter for Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC)
Earnings History by Quarter for Mercer International (NASDAQ MERC)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
10/26/2017N/AView Earnings Details
4/27/2017Q1$0.34$0.31$242.78 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/9/201712/31/2016$0.23$0.28$221.69 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/27/2016Q3$0.27$0.18$237.94 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/28/2016Q2$0.05($0.07)$218.15 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/11/2016Q4$0.32$0.33$216.30 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/29/2015Q315$0.29$0.37$276.09 million$270.90 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/30/2015Q215$0.20$0.25$270.10 million$266.90 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/30/2015Q115$0.45$0.31$284.17 million$257.55 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/12/2015Q414$0.41$0.46$302.94 million$282.60 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/30/2014Q314$0.34$1.11$297.30 million$277.00 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/31/2014Q2 2014$0.09$0.01$285.19 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
5/1/2014Q1 2014$0.09$0.32$305.69 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/13/2014Q413$0.06($0.18)$265.00 million$258.50 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/31/2013Q313$0.01$0.05$27.90 million$32.90 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
11/1/2012Q312($0.10)($0.21)$189.50 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)


Earnings Estimates for Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC)
2017 EPS Consensus Estimate: $1.49
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20171$0.28$0.28$0.28
Q2 20171$0.33$0.33$0.33
Q3 20171$0.41$0.41$0.41
Q4 20171$0.47$0.47$0.47
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Current Dividend Information for Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC)
Next Dividend:10/4/2017
Annual Dividend:$0.46
Dividend Yield:4.20%
Payout Ratio:79.31% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
Dividend Payments by Quarter for Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC)

Dividend History by Quarter for Mercer International (NASDAQ MERC)
AnnouncedPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Insider Trades

Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 4.90%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 80.15%
Insider Trades by Quarter for Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC)
Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC)
Insider Trades by Quarter for Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC)
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
9/12/2017Jimmy S H LeeInsiderSell25,000$11.09$277,250.00View SEC Filing  
9/7/2017Jimmy S H LeeInsiderSell25,000$10.94$273,500.00View SEC Filing  
8/21/2017Eric LauritzenDirectorSell5,000$10.96$54,800.00View SEC Filing  
8/2/2017James ShepherdDirectorSell4,560$10.91$49,749.60View SEC Filing  
7/20/2017Eric LauritzenDirectorSell13,000$12.22$158,860.00View SEC Filing  
7/18/2017Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy15,757$11.70$184,356.90View SEC Filing  
7/14/2017Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy93,446$11.52$1,076,497.92View SEC Filing  
7/10/2017Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy41,974$11.15$468,010.10View SEC Filing  
7/5/2017Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy41,032$11.72$480,895.04View SEC Filing  
6/20/2017Eric LauritzenDirectorSell6,000$11.72$70,320.00View SEC Filing  
6/20/2017Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy3,293$11.80$38,857.40View SEC Filing  
6/15/2017Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy19,975$11.66$232,908.50View SEC Filing  
6/8/2017Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy21,557$11.43$246,396.51View SEC Filing  
5/31/2017Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy5,428$11.61$63,019.08View SEC Filing  
5/26/2017Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy36,026$11.35$408,895.10View SEC Filing  
5/22/2017Eric LauritzenDirectorSell6,000$11.15$66,900.00View SEC Filing  
5/22/2017Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy13,906$11.17$155,330.02View SEC Filing  
5/19/2017Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy52,283$11.12$581,386.96View SEC Filing  
5/16/2017Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy29,214$11.29$329,826.06View SEC Filing  
5/11/2017Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy290$11.15$3,233.50View SEC Filing  
5/2/2017Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy9,817$11.82$116,036.94View SEC Filing  
4/24/2017Eric LauritzenDirectorSell500$12.00$6,000.00View SEC Filing  
4/20/2017Eric LauritzenDirectorSell6,000$11.71$70,260.00View SEC Filing  
4/13/2017Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy15,000$11.50$172,500.00View SEC Filing  
11/9/2016Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy1,888$8.42$15,896.96View SEC Filing  
11/8/2016Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy54,648$8.30$453,578.40View SEC Filing  
10/27/2016Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy25,000$7.94$198,500.00View SEC Filing  
10/26/2016Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy50,000$7.90$395,000.00View SEC Filing  
10/24/2016Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy10,159$7.76$78,833.84View SEC Filing  
10/12/2016Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy76,700$8.26$633,542.00View SEC Filing  
2/18/2016Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy700,000$8.00$5,600,000.00View SEC Filing  
2/17/2016Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy100,000$7.97$797,000.00View SEC Filing  
2/11/2016Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy100,000$6.47$647,000.00View SEC Filing  
6/19/2015Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy150,000$14.03$2,104,500.00View SEC Filing  
3/18/2015Genevieve StannusTreasurerSell5,000$14.07$70,350.00View SEC Filing  
2/20/2015Eric Xavier HeineVPSell20,000$14.41$288,200.00View SEC Filing  
2/19/2015David Michael CooperVPSell3,090$14.42$44,557.80View SEC Filing  
2/18/2015David Michael CooperVPSell15,566$13.86$215,744.76View SEC Filing  
12/5/2014Eric Xavier HeineVPSell21,740$13.54$294,359.60View SEC Filing  
9/22/2014Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy18,600$10.10$187,860.00View SEC Filing  
9/19/2014Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy61,400$10.16$623,824.00View SEC Filing  
9/15/2014Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy16,100$9.83$158,263.00View SEC Filing  
9/12/2014Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy31,000$9.97$309,070.00View SEC Filing  
8/25/2014Genevieve StannusTreasurerSell2,000$10.34$20,680.00View SEC Filing  
7/31/2014Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy31,000$9.94$308,140.00View SEC Filing  
7/30/2014Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy38,000$10.00$380,000.00View SEC Filing  
7/7/2014Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy31,700$11.23$355,991.00View SEC Filing  
7/3/2014Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy31,300$11.01$344,613.00View SEC Filing  
7/1/2014Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy147,000$10.48$1,540,560.00View SEC Filing  
6/27/2014Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy222,427$9.68$2,153,093.36View SEC Filing  
6/25/2014Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy36,600$9.46$346,236.00View SEC Filing  
6/23/2014Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy74,000$9.42$697,080.00View SEC Filing  
6/19/2014Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy73,000$9.33$681,090.00View SEC Filing  
6/17/2014Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy88,000$8.92$784,960.00View SEC Filing  
6/13/2014Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy70,000$8.47$592,900.00View SEC Filing  
12/20/2013Wolfram RidderVPSell10,000$9.92$99,200.00View SEC Filing  
12/16/2013Wolfram RidderVPSell5,600$9.77$54,712.00View SEC Filing  
5/23/2013Richard George ShortInsiderBuy2,000$6.30$12,600.00View SEC Filing  
11/20/2012Keith PurchaseDirectorBuy5,000$6.32$31,600.00View SEC Filing  
10/5/2012Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy58,750$7.48$439,450.00View SEC Filing  
9/27/2012Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy11,800$7.15$84,370.00View SEC Filing  
9/24/2012Peter R KelloggMajor ShareholderBuy322,000$6.26$2,015,720.00View SEC Filing  
8/16/2012Graeme WittsDirectorBuy28,849$5.98$172,517.02View SEC Filing  
8/13/2012Graeme WittsDirectorBuy21,151$5.92$125,213.92View SEC Filing  
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)


Headline Trends for Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC)
Latest Headlines for Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC)
DateHeadline logoMercer International Inc. (MERC) Insider Jimmy S. H. Lee Sells 25,000 Shares - September 13 at 4:34 PM logoInsider Selling: Mercer International Inc. (MERC) Insider Sells 25,000 Shares of Stock - September 7 at 7:42 PM logoMercer International Inc. (MERC) Given Consensus Recommendation of "Hold" by Analysts - August 30 at 6:42 PM logoEric Lauritzen Sells 5,000 Shares of Mercer International Inc. (MERC) Stock - August 22 at 7:56 PM logoMercer International Inc. (MERC) Upgraded to "Hold" at BidaskClub - August 19 at 4:38 PM logoMercer International Inc. (NASDAQ:MERC) Downgraded to Sell at BidaskClub - August 13 at 9:02 AM logoMercer International Inc. (MERC) Director James Shepherd Sells 4,560 Shares - August 3 at 10:56 PM logoMercer International, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bearish Manner : MERC-US : July 31, 2017 - July 31 at 8:08 PM logoMercer International, Inc. :MERC-US: Earnings Analysis: Q2, 2017 By the Numbers : July 31, 2017 - July 31 at 8:08 PM logoMercer International Inc. (MERC) PT Lowered to $12.50 - July 31 at 2:56 PM logoEdited Transcript of MERC earnings conference call or presentation 28-Jul-17 2:00pm GMT - July 30 at 7:06 PM logoMercer International's (MERC) CEO David Gandossi on Q2 2017 Results - Earnings Call Transcript - July 29 at 2:07 AM logoMercer International Inc. (MERC) Announces Quarterly Dividend of $0.12 - July 28 at 4:28 PM logoMercer International Inc. to Present at Upcoming Jefferies 2017 Industrials Conference - July 28 at 4:03 PM logoMercer International reports 2Q loss - July 28 at 4:03 PM logoMercer International Inc. Reports 2017 Second Quarter Results and Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.115 - July 28 at 4:02 AM logoMercer International Inc. (NASDAQ:MERC) Director Sells $158,860.00 in Stock - July 21 at 7:50 PM logoMercer International Inc. (MERC) Major Shareholder Peter R. Kellogg Buys 15,757 Shares - July 19 at 8:01 PM logoMercer International (NASDAQ:MERC) versus Wausau Paper Corp. (WPP) Head to Head Survey - July 18 at 12:06 PM logoMercer International Inc. (NASDAQ:MERC) Major Shareholder Purchases $1,076,497.92 in Stock - July 17 at 7:15 PM logoMercer International, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bullish Manner : MERC-US : July 17, 2017 - July 17 at 1:17 PM logoMercer International Inc. Announces Conference Call for Second Quarter 2017 Results - July 14 at 6:27 AM logoBRIEF-Mercer International says 10 pct stock holder, Peter Kellogg reported open market purchase of 16,974 shares of co's common stock - July 12 at 3:26 AM logoMercer International Inc. (NASDAQ:MERC) Major Shareholder Purchases $468,010.10 in Stock - July 11 at 7:54 PM logoMercer International Inc. (NASDAQ:MERC) Given Consensus Rating of "Hold" by Brokerages - July 11 at 6:48 PM logoHead to Head Contrast: Mercer International (MERC) vs. Wausau Paper Corp. (WPP) - July 11 at 12:22 PM logoHead to Head Review: Wausau Paper Corp. (WPP) versus Mercer International (MERC) - July 8 at 7:42 AM logoMercer International Inc. (MERC) Major Shareholder Peter R. Kellogg Purchases 41,032 Shares - July 7 at 5:02 PM logoMercer International (NASDAQ:MERC) versus Domtar Corporation (UFS) Critical Survey - July 1 at 8:36 PM logoMercer International, Inc. – Value Analysis (NASDAQ:MERC) : June 27, 2017 - June 27 at 6:39 PM logoMercer International, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bearish Manner : MERC-US : June 26, 2017 - June 27 at 2:37 AM logoMercer International, Inc. : MERC-US: Dividend Analysis : June 27th, 2017 (record date) : By the numbers : June 23, 2017 - June 23 at 6:56 PM logoMercer International Inc. (MERC) Major Shareholder Peter R. Kellogg Buys 3,293 Shares - June 22 at 8:16 PM logoMercer International Inc. (MERC) Director Eric Lauritzen Sells 6,000 Shares - June 22 at 4:34 PM logoContrasting Mercer International (MERC) and Verso Corporation (VRS) - June 21 at 10:48 PM logoMercer International Inc. (MERC) Major Shareholder Peter R. Kellogg Purchases 19,975 Shares - June 19 at 10:34 PM logoMercer International Inc. (MERC) Receives Consensus Rating of "Hold" from Analysts - June 16 at 4:58 PM logoShort Interest in Mercer International Inc. (MERC) Decreases By 18.3% - June 11 at 8:32 AM logoInsider Buying: Mercer International Inc. (MERC) Major Shareholder Buys 21,557 Shares of Stock - June 9 at 7:58 PM logoMercer International, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bearish Manner : MERC-US : June 6, 2017 - June 6 at 9:32 AM logoClearwater Paper Corp (CLW) versus Mercer International (MERC) Head-To-Head Comparison - June 5 at 7:44 AM logoMercer International Inc. (MERC) Major Shareholder Acquires $63,019.08 in Stock - June 1 at 8:32 PM logoPeter R. Kellogg Acquires 36,026 Shares of Mercer International Inc. (MERC) Stock - May 30 at 7:40 PM logoMercer International Inc. to Present at Upcoming Barclays 2017 High Yield Bond and Syndicated Loan Conference - May 26 at 3:56 AM logoInsider Selling: Mercer International Inc. (MERC) Director Sells 6,000 Shares of Stock - May 24 at 8:24 PM logoPeter R. Kellogg Purchases 13,906 Shares of Mercer International Inc. (MERC) Stock - May 24 at 8:02 PM logoRoyal Bank of Canada Reaffirms "Hold" Rating for Mercer International Inc. (MERC) - May 23 at 9:20 PM logoInsider Buying: Mercer International Inc. (MERC) Major Shareholder Buys 52,283 Shares of Stock - May 22 at 7:27 PM logoMercer International Inc. (MERC) Receives Average Recommendation of "Hold" from Analysts - May 22 at 4:04 PM logoMercer International Inc. (MERC) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to "Hold" - May 19 at 12:08 AM



Mercer International (MERC) Chart for Wednesday, September, 20, 2017

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