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Bloom Energy Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

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Q1 Revenue of $194.0 million; an increase of 23.8% year-over-year

Q1 GAAP Gross Margin of 28.2%; Non-GAAP Gross Margin of 29.7%

Profitable service business in Q1, GAAP and Non-GAAP

Q1 GAAP Operating Margin of (7.4%); Non-GAAP Operating Margin of 1.4%

Q1 GAAP EPS of $(0.15); Adjusted EPS of $(0.07)

Bloom Energy Corporation (NYSE: BE) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

First Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Revenue of $194.0 million in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 23.8% compared to revenue of $156.7 million in the first quarter of 2020. Product revenue of $137.9 million in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 38.5% from the first quarter of 2020, primarily driven by a 40.2% increase in acceptances.

  • 359 acceptances, or 35.9 megawatts (MW) in the first quarter of 2021, a 40.2% increase year-over-year. Acceptance typically occurs upon transfer of control to our customers, which is either at the time when systems are shipped and delivered to our customers, or when the system is turned on and producing full power.

  • Gross margin of 28.2% in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 15.5 percentage points compared to gross margin of 12.7% in the first quarter of 2020, primarily driven by an improvement in product gross margin from 27.2% to 36.7% over the same period, a decline in installation revenue and associated margin dilution, and achievement of positive service gross margin.

  • Non-GAAP gross margin was 29.7% in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 13.5 percentage points compared to non-GAAP gross margin of 16.2% in the first quarter of 2020, primarily driven by an improvement in product and service gross margin.

  • Operating margin of (7.4%) in the first quarter of 2021, an improvement of 22.2 percentage points compared to operating margin of (29.6%) in the first quarter of 2020, driven by the improvements in gross margin.

  • Non-GAAP operating margin was 1.4% in the first quarter of 2021, an improvement of 16.3 percentage points compared to non-GAAP operating margin of (14.9%) in the first quarter of 2020, driven by the improvements in gross margin.

  • GAAP EPS of $(0.15) and Adjusted EPS of $(0.07) in the first quarter of 2021, compared to GAAP EPS of $(0.61) and Adjusted EPS of $(0.34) in the first quarter of 2020, driven by improvements in gross margin and reduction in interest expenses due to refinancing of our notes at a lower interest rate in 2020.

KR Sridhar, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer, Bloom Energy, commented: "We are off to a strong start in 2021 and are performing just as we thought we would. We are continuing to make progress on our five growth levers that capitalize on the flexibility and adaptability of our core platform technology – the Bloom Energy Server. The focus on infrastructure, resiliency, reliability and clean energy solutions in the U.S. and around the world is significant and we are confident that our solutions fit the need and demand, which will lead to growth for years to come."

Greg Cameron, EVP and chief financial officer, Bloom Energy, commented: "We delivered solid financial results - growing revenue and increasing margins, while achieving record acceptances. We continue to make great strides in reducing costs, while investing for the future. We are confident in our guidance and are on the way to being a $1 billion revenue business that is well positioned for future growth."

Summary of Key Financial Metrics

Preliminary Summary GAAP Profit and Loss Statements

($000)

Q121

Q420

Q120

Revenue

194,007

249,387

156,699

Cost of Revenue

139,356

185,761

136,768

Gross Profit

54,651

63,626

19,931

Gross Margin

28.2%

25.5%

12.7%

Operating Expenses

69,048

68,144

66,326

Operating Loss

(14,397)

(4,518)

(46,395)

Operating Margin

(7.4%)

(1.8%)

(29.6%)

Non-operating Expenses1

10,492

22,620

29,554

Net Loss

(24,889)

(27,138)

(75,949)

GAAP EPS

$ (0.15)

$ (0.16)

$ (0.61)

1.

Non-Operating Expenses and tax provision and non-controlling interest

Preliminary Summary Non-GAAP Financial Information1

($000)

Q121

Q420

Q120

Revenue

194,007

249,387

156,699

Cost of Revenue2

136,357

182,097

131,261

Gross Profit2

57,650

67,290

25,438

Gross Margin2

29.7%

27.0%

16.2%

Operating Expenses2

54,837

55,300

48,814

Operating Income (loss) 2

2,813

11,990

(23,376)

Operating Margin2

1.4%

4.8%

(14.9%)

Adjusted EBITDA3

16,062

25,521

(9,782)

Adjusted EPS4

$ (0.07)

$ (0.08)

$ (0.34)

1.

Reference pages 11-14 for detailed reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP financial measures

2.

Excludes stock-based compensation

3.

Adjusted EBITDA is net income (loss) excluding non-controlling interest, gain (loss) on derivative revaluations, fair value adjustment for PPA derivatives, stock-based compensation, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, interest expense and other one-time items

4.

Adjusted EPS is net income (loss) excluding non-controlling interest, gain (loss) on derivative revaluations, fair value adjustment for PPA derivatives and stock-based compensation using the adjusted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding (WASO) share count

Revenue

Revenue of $194.0 million in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 23.8% compared to revenue of $156.7 million in the first quarter of 2020, primarily driven by a $38.4 million increase in product revenue and a $11.3 million increase in service revenue partially offset by a $14.0 million decrease in installation revenue.

Product revenue increased $38.4 million, or 38.5%, in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to the prior year period, primarily driven by the 40.2% increase in product acceptances enabled by the expansion of our Community Distributed Generation program. Product revenue was minimally impacted by price reduction on a per unit basis in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to the prior year period.

Installation revenue decreased $14.0 million, in the first quarter 2021 as compared to the prior year period. This decrease in installation revenue was driven by site mix as many of the acceptances did not have installation, either because the installation was done by our partner in the Republic of Korea, or, for a specific customer, the final installation will be completed later in the year although the Energy Servers were delivered and accepted in the current quarter.

Margin

GAAP gross margin in the first quarter of 2021 was 28.2%, up 15.5 percentage points compared to 12.7% in the first quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP gross margin in the first quarter of 2021 was 29.7%, up 13.5 percentage points compared to 16.2% in the first quarter of 2020. The improvement in gross margin was primarily driven by higher product and service margins.

Product gross margin in the first quarter of 2021 was 36.7%, up 9.5 percentage points compared to 27.2% in the first quarter of 2020 as our per unit product cost reduction of 12.3% outpaced our minimal product price reductions.

Service gross margin in the first quarter of 2021 was positive at 0.8%, up 24.0 percentage points compared to (23.2%) in the first quarter of 2020. This increase was due to the significant improvements in power module life, cost reductions, our actions to proactively manage the fleet optimizations, and international growth, primarily in the Republic of Korea.

Balance Sheet

Our cash position, including restricted cash, as of March 31, 2021 was $365.7 million, compared to $416.7 million as of December 31, 2020. We ended the first quarter of 2021 with $522.2 million of debt, a decrease of $4.9 million from the fourth quarter of 2020.

2021 Outlook

We announced the following outlook for the full year of 2021:

  • Revenue: $950 million - $1 billion

  • Non-GAAP Gross Margin*: ~25%

  • Non-GAAP Operating Margin*: ~3%

  • Cash Flow from Operations: Approaching Positive

*Non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating margin only exclude stock-based compensation.

Conference Call Details

We will host a conference call today, May 5, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss our financial results. To participate in the live call, analysts and investors may call +1 (833) 520-0063 and enter the passcode: 8548909. Those calling from outside the United States may dial +1 (236) 714-2197 and enter the same passcode: 8548909. A simultaneous live webcast will also be available under the Investor Relations section on our website at https://investor.bloomenergy.com/. Following the webcast, an archived version will be available on our website for one year. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available for one week following the call, by dialing +1 (800) 585-8367 or +1 (416) 621-4642 and entering passcode 8548909.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These non-GAAP financial measures are in addition to, and not a substitute for or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. There are a number of limitations related to the use of these non-GAAP financial measures versus their nearest GAAP equivalents. For example, other companies may calculate non-GAAP financial measures differently or may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of our non-GAAP financial measures as tools for comparison. We urge you to review the reconciliations of our non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures set forth in this press release, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business. With respect to our expectations regarding our 2021 Outlook, we are not able to provide a quantitative reconciliation of non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating margin measures to the corresponding GAAP measures without unreasonable efforts.

About Bloom Energy

Bloom Energy’s mission is to make clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone in the world. Bloom’s product, the Bloom Energy Server, delivers highly reliable and resilient, always-on electric power that is clean, cost-effective, and ideal for microgrid applications. Bloom’s customers include many Fortune 100 companies and leaders in manufacturing, data centers, healthcare, retail, higher education, utilities, and other industries. For more information, visit www.bloomenergy.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or our future financial or operating performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or the negative of these words or similar terms or expressions that concern our expectations, strategy, priorities, plans or intentions. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our ability to continue to make progress on our five growth levers; our expectations that our solutions fit the need and demand for future growth; our ability to continue to reduce costs and invest in the future; and our financial outlook for 2021. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results due to a variety of factors including, but not limited to, our limited operating history, the emerging nature of the distributed generation market, the significant losses we have incurred in the past, the significant upfront costs of our Energy Servers and our ability to secure financing for our products, our ability to service our existing debt obligations, our ability to be successful in new markets, the risk of manufacturing defects, the accuracy of our estimates regarding the useful life of our Energy Servers, delays in the development and introduction of new products or updates to existing products, our ability to drive cost reductions, the availability of rebates, tax credits and other tax benefits, our reliance on tax equity financing arrangements, our reliance upon a limited number of customers, our lengthy sales and installation cycle, construction, utility interconnection and other delays and cost overruns related to the installation of our Energy Servers, business and economic conditions and growth trends in commercial and industrial energy markets, global economic conditions and uncertainties in the geopolitical environment, overall electricity generation market, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy and its potential impact on our business, our ability to protect our intellectual property, and other risks and uncertainties detailed in our SEC filings from time to time. More information on potential factors that may impact our business are set forth in our periodic reports filed with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended on December 31, 2020 as filed with the SEC on February 26, 2021, as well as subsequent reports filed with or furnished to the SEC from time to time. These reports are available on our website at www.bloomenergy.com and the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. We assume no obligation to, and do not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements.

The Investor Relations section of our website at investor.bloomenergy.com contains a significant amount of information about Bloom Energy, including financial and other information for investors. We encourage investors to visit this website from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (preliminary & unaudited)

(in thousands)

March 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

180,719

$

246,947

Restricted cash

54,865

52,470

Accounts receivable

108,328

99,513

Inventories

153,172

142,059

Deferred cost of revenue

55,064

41,469

Customer financing receivable

5,515

5,428

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

26,809

30,718

Total current assets

584,472

618,604

Property, plant and equipment, net

599,437

600,628

Operating lease right-of-use assets

55,165

35,621

Customer financing receivable, non-current

43,880

45,268

Restricted cash, non-current

130,080

117,293

Deferred cost of revenue, non-current

3,029

2,462

Other long-term assets

35,199

34,511

Total assets

$

1,451,262

$

1,454,387

Liabilities, Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest, Stockholders’ Equity and Noncontrolling Interest

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

72,960

$

58,334

Accrued warranty

5,958

10,263

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

82,133

112,004

Deferred revenue and customer deposits

69,240

114,286

Operating lease liabilities

7,219

7,899

Financing obligations

13,330

12,745

Non-recourse debt

118,468

120,846

Total current liabilities

369,308

436,377

Deferred revenue and customer deposits, non-current

84,472

87,463

Operating lease liabilities, non-current

61,714

41,849

Financing obligations, non-current

461,468

459,981

Recourse debt, non-current

290,090

168,008

Non-recourse debt, non-current

99,941

102,045

Other long-term liabilities

19,867

17,268

Total liabilities

1,386,860

1,312,991

Redeemable noncontrolling interest

356

377

Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock

17

17

Additional paid-in capital

3,129,687

3,182,753

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(126

)

(9

)

Accumulated deficit

(3,123,518

)

(3,103,937

)

Total stockholders’ equity

6,060

78,824

Noncontrolling interest

57,986

62,195

Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest, stockholders' equity and noncontrolling interest

$

1,451,262

$

1,454,387

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (preliminary & unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2021

2020

Revenue:

Product

$

137,930

$

99,559

Installation

2,659

16,618

Service

36,417

25,147

Electricity

17,001

15,375

Total revenue

194,007

156,699

Cost of revenue:

Product

87,294

72,489

Installation

4,625

20,779

Service

36,118

30,970

Electricity

11,319

12,530

Total cost of revenue

139,356

136,768

Gross profit

54,651

19,931

Operating expenses:

Research and development

23,295

23,279

Sales and marketing

19,952

13,949

General and administrative

25,801

29,098

Total operating expenses

69,048

66,326

Loss from operations

(14,397

)

(46,395

)

Interest income

74

819

Interest expense

(14,731

)

(20,754

)

Interest expense - related parties

(1,366

)

Other expense, net

(85

)

(8

)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(14,098

)

(Loss) gain on revaluation of embedded derivatives

(518

)

284

Loss before income taxes

(29,657

)

(81,518

)

Income tax provision

124

124

Net loss

(29,781

)

(81,642

)

Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests

(4,892

)

(5,693

)

Net loss attributable to Class A and Class B common stockholders

$

(24,889

)

$

(75,949

)

Net loss per share available to Class A and Class B common stockholders, basic and diluted

$

(0.15

)

$

(0.61

)

Weighted average shares used to compute net loss per share available to Class A and Class B common stockholders, basic and diluted

170,745

123,763

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (preliminary & unaudited)

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2021

2020

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net loss

$

(29,781

)

$

(81,642

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

13,442

13,035

Non-cash lease expense

2,115

1,549

Revaluation of derivative contracts

290

241

Stock-based compensation

17,210

23,019

Gain on long-term REC purchase contract

(4

)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

14,098

Amortization of debt issuance and premium, net

971

4,755

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(8,815

)

2,136

Inventories

(10,820

)

2,083

Deferred cost of revenue

(13,952

)

(19,494

)

Customer financing receivable

1,302

1,240

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

3,908

3,060

Other long-term assets

(687

)

(2,924

)

Accounts payable

14,145

4,822

Accrued warranty

(4,305

)

681

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

(24,941

)

489

Operating lease liabilities

(2,474

)

(1,717

)

Deferred revenue and customer deposits

(48,036

)

5,253

Other long-term liabilities

1,393

1,372

Net cash used in operating activities

(89,035

)

(27,948

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(12,932

)

(12,360

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(12,932

)

(12,360

)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2021

2020

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from issuance of debt to related parties

30,000

Repayment of debt

(4,862

)

(9,128

)

Repayment of debt - related parties

(2,105

)

Proceeds from financing obligations

5,016

Repayment of financing obligations

(3,077

)

(2,503

)

Distributions to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests

(3,880

)

(4,270

)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

57,953

4,845

Net cash provided by financing activities

51,150

16,839

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalent and restricted cash

(229

)

Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

(51,046

)

(23,469

)

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash:

Beginning of period

416,710

377,388

End of period

$

365,664

$

353,919

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures (preliminary & unaudited) (in thousands)

Gross Profit and Gross Margin to Gross Profit Excluding Stock-Based Compensation and Gross Margin Excluding Stock-Based Compensation

Gross margin and gross profit excluding stock-based compensation (SBC) are supplemental measures of operating performance that do not represent and should not be considered alternatives to gross margin or gross profit, as determined under GAAP. These measures remove the impact of stock-based compensation. We believe that gross margin and gross profit excluding stock-based compensation supplement the GAAP measures and enable us to more effectively evaluate our performance period-over-period. A reconciliation of gross margin and gross profit excluding stock-based compensation to gross margin and gross profit, the most directly comparable GAAP measures, and the computation of gross margin excluding stock-based compensation are as follows:

Q121

Q420

Q120

Revenue

194,007

249,387

156,699

Gross Profit

54,651

63,626

19,931

Gross Margin %

28.2%

25.5%

12.7%

Stock-based compensation (Cost of Revenue)

2,999

3,664

5,507

Gross Profit excluding SBC

57,650

67,290

25,438

Gross Margin excluding SBC %

29.7%

27.0%

16.2%

Cost of Revenue and Operating Expenses to Cost of Revenue and Operating Expenses Excluding Stock-Based Compensation

Cost of revenue and operating expenses excluding stock-based compensation are a supplemental measure of operating performance that does not represent and should not be considered an alternative to cost of revenue and operating expenses, as determined under GAAP. This measure removes the impact of stock-based compensation. We believe that cost of revenue and operating expenses excluding stock-based compensation supplements the GAAP measure and enables us to more effectively evaluate our performance period-over-period. A reconciliation of cost of revenue and operating expenses excluding stock-based compensation to cost of revenue and operating expenses, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, are as follows:

Q121

Q420

Q120

Cost of Revenue

139,356

185,761

136,768

Stock-Based Compensation - Cost of Revenue

2,999

3,664

5,507

Cost of Revenue – Excluding SBC

136,357

182,097

131,261

Q121

Q420

Q120

Operating Expenses

69,048

68,144

66,326

Stock-Based Compensation - Operating Expenses

14,211

12,844

17,512

Operating Expenses – Excluding SBC

54,837

55,300

48,814

Operating Loss to Operating Income (Loss) Excluding Stock-Based Compensation

Operating income (loss) excluding stock-based compensation is a supplemental measure of operating performance that does not represent and should not be considered an alternative to operating loss, as determined under GAAP. This measure removes the impact of stock-based compensation. We believe that operating income (loss) excluding stock-based compensation supplements the GAAP measure and enables us to more effectively evaluate our performance period-over-period. A reconciliation of operating income (loss) excluding stock-based compensation to operating loss, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, and the computation of operating income (loss) excluding stock-based compensation are as follows:

Q121

Q420

Q120

Operating Loss

(14,397)

(4,518)

(46,395)

Stock-based compensation

17,210

16,508

23,019

Operating Income (loss) excluding SBC

2,813

11,990

(23,376)

Net Loss to Adjusted Net Loss and Computation of Adjusted Net Loss per Share (EPS)

Adjusted net loss and adjusted net loss per share are supplemental measures of operating performance that do not represent and should not be considered alternatives to net loss and net loss per share, as determined under GAAP. These measures remove the impact of the non-controlling interests associated with our legacy PPA entities, the revaluation of derivatives, fair market value adjustment for the PPA derivatives, and stock-based compensation, all of which are non-cash charges. We believe that adjusted net loss and adjusted net loss per share supplement GAAP measures and enable us to more effectively evaluate our performance period-over-period. A reconciliation of adjusted net loss to net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, and the computation of adjusted net loss per share are as follows:

Q121

Q420

Q120

Net loss to Common Stockholders

(24,889)

(27,138)

(75,949)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

-

-

14,098

Loss for non-controlling interests1

(4,892)

(4,453)

(5,693)

Loss (gain) on derivatives liabilities2

518

1,737

(284)

Loss (gain) on the Fair Value Adjustments for certain PPA derivatives3

(193)

140

560

Stock-based compensation

17,210

16,508

23,019

Adjusted Net Loss

(12,246)

(13,206)

(44,248)

Net loss to Common Stockholders per share

$ (0.15)

$ (0.16)

$ (0.61)

Adjusted net loss per share (EPS)

$ (0.07)

$ (0.08)

$ (0.34)

GAAP weighted average shares outstanding attributable to common, Basic and Diluted (thousands)

170,745

165,975

123,763

Adjusted weighted average shares outstanding attributable to common, Basic and Diluted (thousands)4

170,745

165,975

128,323

1.

Represents the profits and losses allocated to the non-controlling interests under the hypothetical liquidation at book value (HLBV) method

2.

Represents the adjustments to the fair value of the embedded derivatives associated with the convertible notes and other derivatives

3.

Represents the adjustments to the fair value of the derivative forward contract for one PPA entity (our first PPA company), a wholly owned subsidiary

4.

Includes adjustments to reflect assumed conversion of certain convertible promissory notes

Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP supplemental measure of operating performance that does not represent and should not be considered an alternative to operating loss or cash flow from operations, as determined by GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense, income tax expense, non-controlling interest, revaluations, stock-based compensation and depreciation and amortization expense. We use Adjusted EBITDA to measure the operating performance of our business, excluding specifically identified items that we do not believe directly reflect our core operations and may not be indicative of our recurring operations. Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures provided by other companies due to potential differences in methods of calculations. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss is as follows:

Q121

Q420

Q120

Net loss to Common Stockholders

(24,889)

(27,138)

(75,949)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

-

-

14,098

Loss for non-controlling interests1

(4,892)

(4,453)

(5,693)

Loss (gain) on derivatives liabilities2

518

1,737

(284)

Loss (gain) on the Fair Value Adjustments for certain PPA derivatives3

(193)

140

560

Stock-based compensation

17,210

16,508

23,019

Depreciation & Amortization

13,442

13,391

13,034

Provision (benefit) for Income Tax

124

(16)

124

Interest Expense (Income), Other Expense (Income), net

14,742

25,352

21,309

Adjusted EBITDA

16,062

25,521

(9,782)

1.

Represents the profits and losses allocated to the non-controlling interests under the hypothetical liquidation at book value (HLBV) method

2.

Represents the adjustments to the fair value of the embedded derivatives associated with the convertible notes and other derivatives

3.

Represents the adjustments to the fair value of the derivative forward contract for one PPA entity (our first PPA company)

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