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Keysight Technologies Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

May 19, 2021

Achieved Record Orders, Revenue and Free Cash Flow

SANTA ROSA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today reported financial results for the second fiscal quarter of 2021 ended April 30, 2021.

“Keysight delivered an exceptional quarter and achieved all-time record orders, revenue, and free cash flow. Our second quarter results are indicative of our leadership position across a diverse set of markets,” said Ron Nersesian, Keysight’s Chairman, President and CEO. “As an enabler of leading-edge disruptive innovation, Keysight is well-positioned to capitalize on multiple waves of technology that are fueling our growth for the long term.”

Second Quarter Financial Summary

  • Orders grew 22 percent to reach $1.33 billion, compared with $1.09 billion last year.
  • Revenue grew 36 percent to reach $1.22 billion, compared with $895 million last year, or 33 percent on a core basis, which excludes the impact of foreign currency changes and revenue associated with businesses acquired or divested within the last twelve months.
  • GAAP net income was $186 million, or $0.99 per share, compared with $71 million, or $0.37 per share, in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $270 million, or $1.44 per share, compared with $148 million, or $0.78 per share in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Cash flow from operations was $402 million, compared with $298 million last year. Free cash flow was $369 million, compared with $275 million in the second quarter of 2020.

Reporting Segments

  • Communications Solutions Group (CSG)

CSG reported revenue of $877 million in the second quarter, up 34 percent over last year, driven by ongoing investments across the 5G lifecycle and strong demand in space, satellite, signal monitoring, and early 6G research applications.

  • Electronic Industrial Solutions Group (EISG)

EISG reported revenue of $344 million in the second quarter, up 42 percent over last year, driven by strength in our semiconductor measurement, general electronics, and automotive and energy solutions, particularly in Asia Pacific.

Outlook

Keysight’s third fiscal quarter of 2021 revenue is expected to be in the range of $1.205 billion to $1.225 billion. Non-GAAP earnings per share for the third fiscal quarter of 2021 are expected to be in the range of $1.39 to $1.45, which exclude items that pertain to future events and are not currently estimable with a reasonable degree of accuracy. Therefore, no reconciliation to GAAP amounts has been provided. Further information is discussed in the section titled “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Webcast

Keysight’s management will present more details about its second quarter FY2021 financial results and its third quarter FY2021 outlook on a conference call with investors today at 1:30 p.m. PT. This event will be webcast in listen-only mode. Listeners may log on to the call at www.investor.keysight.com under the “Upcoming Events” section and select “Q2 2021 Keysight Technologies Inc. Earnings Conference Call” to participate or dial +1 833-968-2178 (U.S. only) or +1 778-560-2837 (International) and enter passcode 3294649. The webcast will remain on the company site for 90 days.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and is subject to the safe harbors created therein. The words “expect,” “intend,” “will,” “should,” “forecast,” and similar expressions, as they relate to the company, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect the expected results and are based on certain key assumptions of Keysight’s management and on currently available information. Due to such uncertainties and risks, no assurances can be given that such expectations or assumptions will prove to have been correct, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Keysight undertakes no responsibility to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement. The forward-looking statements contained herein include, but are not limited to, predictions, future guidance, projections, beliefs, and expectations about the company’s goals, revenues, financial condition, earnings, impacts of US export control regulations, and operations that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause Keysight’s results to differ materially from management’s current expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to impacts to the supply chain; government mandates related to pandemic conditions; changes in the demand for current and new products, technologies, and services; customer purchasing decisions and timing; and order cancellations.

In addition to the risks above, other risks that Keysight faces include those detailed in Keysight’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Keysight’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020 and Keysight’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended January 31, 2021.

Segment Data

Segment data reflects the results of our reportable segments under our management reporting system. Segment data are provided on page 6 of the attached tables.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial information prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP (“GAAP”), this document also contains certain non-GAAP financial measures based on management’s view of performance, including:

  • Core Revenue
  • Non-GAAP Net Income
  • Non-GAAP Net Income per share
  • Free Cash Flow

Income per share is based on weighted average diluted share count. See the attached supplemental schedules for reconciliations of each non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure for the three months ended April 30, 2021. Following the reconciliations is a discussion of the items adjusted from our non-GAAP financial measures and the company’s reasons for including or excluding certain categories of income or expenses from our non-GAAP results.

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight delivers advanced design and validation solutions that help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight’s dedication to speed and precision extends to software-driven insights and analytics that bring tomorrow’s technology products to market faster across the development lifecycle, in design simulation, prototype validation, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis, and network performance optimization and visibility in enterprise, service provider and cloud environments. Our customers span the worldwide communications and industrial ecosystems, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics markets. Keysight generated revenues of $4.2B in fiscal year 2020. For more information about Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS), visit us at www.keysight.com.

Additional information about Keysight Technologies is available in the newsroom at www.keysight.com/go/news and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

Source: IR-KEYS

KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
(In millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
PRELIMINARY
 

Three months ended

 

 

April 30,

 

Percent

2021

 

2020

 

Inc/(Dec)

 
Orders

$

1,332

 

$

1,089

 

22

%

 
Revenue

$

1,221

 

$

895

 

36

%

 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of products and services

 

484

 

 

379

 

28

%

Research and development

 

209

 

 

166

 

25

%

Selling, general and administrative

 

297

 

 

251

 

18

%

Other operating expense (income), net

 

(4

)

 

(3

)

12

%

Total costs and expenses

 

986

 

 

793

 

24

%

 
Income from operations

 

235

 

 

102

 

131

%

 
Interest income

 

-

 

 

4

 

(87

)%

Interest expense

 

(19

)

 

(20

)

1

%

Other income (expense), net

 

(8

)

 

22

 

-

 

 
Income before taxes

 

208

 

 

108

 

92

%

 
Provision for income taxes

 

22

 

 

37

 

(41

)%

 
Net income

$

186

 

$

71

 

164

%

 
 
Net income per share:
Basic

$

1.01

 

$

0.38

 

Diluted

$

0.99

 

$

0.37

 

 
Weighted average shares used in computing net income per share:
Basic

 

185

 

 

187

 

Diluted

 

187

 

 

189

 

 
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KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
(In millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
PRELIMINARY
 

Six months ended

 

 

April 30,

 

Percent

2021

 

2020

 

Inc/(Dec)

 
Orders

$

2,555

 

$

2,230

 

15

%

 
Revenue

$

2,401

 

$

1,990

 

21

%

 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of products and services

 

957

 

 

819

 

17

%

Research and development

 

408

 

 

353

 

15

%

Selling, general and administrative

 

598

 

 

551

 

8

%

Other operating expense (income), net

 

(9

)

 

(38

)

(76

)%

Total costs and expenses

 

1,954

 

 

1,685

 

16

%

 
Income from operations

 

447

 

 

305

 

47

%

 
Interest income

 

1

 

 

10

 

(89

)%

Interest expense

 

(39

)

 

(39

)

1

%

Other income (expense), net

 

(6

)

 

34

 

-

 

 
Income before taxes

 

403

 

 

310

 

30

%

 
Provision for income taxes

 

45

 

 

76

 

(41

)%

 
Net income

$

358

 

$

234

 

53

%

 
Net income per share:
Basic

$

1.93

 

$

1.25

 

Diluted

$

1.91

 

$

1.23

 

 
Weighted average shares used in computing net income per share:
Basic

 

185

 

 

188

 

Diluted

 

188

 

 

190

 

 
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KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(In millions, except par value and share data)
(Unaudited)
PRELIMINARY
 

April 30,

 

October 31,

2021

 

2020

ASSETS
 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,993

 

$

1,756

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

676

 

 

606

 

Inventory

 

774

 

 

757

 

Other current assets

 

275

 

 

255

 

Total current assets

 

3,718

 

 

3,374

 

 
Property, plant and equipment, net

 

598

 

 

595

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

236

 

 

182

 

Goodwill

 

1,608

 

 

1,537

 

Other intangible assets, net

 

316

 

 

361

 

Long-term investments

 

65

 

 

61

 

Long-term deferred tax assets

 

712

 

 

740

 

Other assets

 

433

 

 

368

 

Total assets

$

7,686

 

$

7,218

 

 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable

$

248

 

$

224

 

Employee compensation and benefits

 

359

 

 

289

 

Deferred revenue

 

488

 

 

391

 

Income and other taxes payable

 

82

 

 

64

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

42

 

 

43

 

Other accrued liabilities

 

69

 

 

70

 

Total current liabilities

 

1,288

 

 

1,081

 

 
Long-term debt

 

1,790

 

 

1,789

 

Retirement and post-retirement benefits

 

358

 

 

362

 

Long-term deferred revenue

 

172

 

 

175

 

Long-term operating lease liabilities

 

200

 

 

149

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

333

 

 

365

 

Total liabilities

 

4,141

 

 

3,921

 

 
Stockholders' Equity:
Preferred stock; $0.01 par value; 100 million shares
authorized; none issued and outstanding

 

-

 

 

-

 

Common stock; $0.01 par value; 1 billion shares
authorized; 197 million shares at April 30, 2021,
and 196 million shares at October 31, 2020, issued

 

2

 

 

2

 

Treasury stock at cost; 12.5 million shares at April 30, 2021 and
10.7 million shares at October 31, 2020

 

(992

)

 

(752

)

Additional paid-in-capital

 

2,152

 

 

2,110

 

Retained earnings

 

2,894

 

 

2,536

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(511

)

 

(599

)

Total stockholders' equity

 

3,545

 

 

3,297

 

Total liabilities and equity

$

7,686

 

$

7,218

 

 
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KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
PRELIMINARY
 

Six months ended

April 30,

2021

 

2020

 
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income

$

358

 

$

234

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation

 

57

 

 

50

 

Amortization

 

115

 

 

109

 

Share-based compensation

 

64

 

 

54

 

Deferred tax expense (benefit)

 

(18

)

 

27

 

Excess and obsolete inventory-related charges

 

14

 

 

12

 

Loss on settlement of pension plan

 

16

 

 

-

 

Gain on insurance proceeds received for damage to property, plant and equipment

 

-

 

 

(32

)

Other non-cash expense (income), net

 

7

 

 

(10

)

Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable

 

(61

)

 

178

 

Inventory

 

(23

)

 

(63

)

Accounts payable

 

18

 

 

(67

)

Employee compensation and benefits

 

51

 

 

(36

)

Deferred revenue

 

89

 

 

51

 

Income taxes payable

 

7

 

 

1

 

Retirement and post-retirement benefits

 

4

 

 

(6

)

Other assets and liabilities

 

(1

)

 

(7

)

Net cash provided by operating activities(a)

 

697

 

 

495

 

 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Investments in property, plant and equipment

 

(61

)

 

(55

)

Acquisition of businesses and intangible assets, net of cash acquired

 

(136

)

 

(5

)

Insurance proceeds received for damage to property, plant and equipment

 

-

 

 

32

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(197

)

 

(28

)

 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from issuance of common stock under employee stock plans

 

29

 

 

26

 

Payment of taxes related to net share settlement of equity awards

 

(51

)

 

(50

)

Treasury stock repurchases

 

(240

)

 

(196

)

Payment of acquisition-related contingent consideration

 

(2

)

 

-

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(264

)

 

(220

)

 
Effect of exchange rate movements

 

6

 

 

(4

)

 
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

242

 

 

243

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

 

1,767

 

 

1,600

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

2,009

 

$

1,843

 

 
(a) Cash payments included in operating activities:
Interest payments

$

37

 

$

38

 

Income tax paid, net

$

55

 

$

47

 

 
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KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF CORE REVENUE
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
PRELIMINARY
 
Year-over-year compare
Q2'21 Q2'20 Percent Inc/(Dec)
Revenue

$

1,221

 

$

895

36

%

Adjustments:
Revenue from acquisitions or divestitures

 

(11

)

 

-

Currency impacts

 

(16

)

 

-

Core Revenue

$

1,194

 

$

895

33

%

 
Please refer last page for details on the use of non-GAAP financial measures.
 
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KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
SEGMENT RESULTS INFORMATION
(In millions, except where noted)
(Unaudited)
PRELIMINARY
 
Communications Solutions Group YoY
Q2'21 Q2'20 % Chg
Revenue

$

877

 

$

653

 

34

%

Gross margin, %

 

64.7

%

 

63.1

%

Income from operations

$

222

 

$

114

 

Operating margin, %

 

25

%

 

18

%

 
 
Electronic Industrial Solutions Group YoY

Q2'21

Q2'20

% Chg
Revenue

$

344

 

$

242

 

42

%

Gross margin, %

 

64.0

%

 

62.0

%

Income from operations

$

98

 

$

59

 

Operating margin, %

 

28

%

 

24

%

 
Segment revenue and income from operations are consistent with the respective non-GAAP financial measures as discussed on last page.
 
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KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
NON-GAAP NET INCOME AND DILUTED EPS RECONCILIATION
(In millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
PRELIMINARY
 

Three months ended

 

Six months ended

April 30,

 

April 30,

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Net
Income

Diluted
EPS

 

Net
Income

Diluted
EPS

 

Net
Income

Diluted
EPS

 

Net
Income

Diluted
EPS

 
GAAP Net income

$

186

 

$

0.99

 

$

71

 

$

0.37

 

$

358

 

$

1.91

 

$

234

 

$

1.23

 

Non-GAAP adjustments:
Amortization of acquisition-related balances

 

56

 

 

0.30

 

 

54

 

 

0.28

 

 

114

 

 

0.61

 

 

113

 

 

0.59

 

Share-based compensation

 

22

 

 

0.11

 

 

15

 

 

0.08

 

 

65

 

 

0.35

 

 

54

 

 

0.29

 

Acquisition and integration costs

 

3

 

 

0.02

 

 

2

 

 

0.01

 

 

6

 

 

0.03

 

 

4

 

 

0.02

 

Northern California wildfire-related impacts

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(32

)

 

(0.17

)

Restructuring and related costs

 

2

 

 

0.01

 

 

1

 

 

0.01

 

 

3

 

 

0.01

 

 

3

 

 

0.01

 

Others

 

16

 

 

0.09

 

 

(12

)

 

(0.06

)

 

22

 

 

0.12

 

 

(11

)

 

(0.06

)

Adjustment for taxes(a)

 

(15

)

 

(0.08

)

 

17

 

 

0.09

 

 

(28

)

 

(0.15

)

 

23

 

 

0.13

 

Non-GAAP Net income

$

270

 

$

1.44

 

$

148

 

$

0.78

 

$

540

 

$

2.88

 

$

388

 

$

2.04

 

 
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

 

187

 

 

189

 

 

188

 

 

190

 

 
(a) For both the three and six months ended April 30, 2021 and 2020, management uses a non-GAAP effective tax rate of 12%.
 
Please refer last page for details on the use of non-GAAP financial measures.
 
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KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
FREE CASH FLOW
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
PRELIMINARY
 

Three months ended

 

Six months ended

April 30,

 

April 30,

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

402

 

$

298

 

$

697

 

$

495

 

Less: Investments in property, plant and equipment

 

(33

)

 

(23

)

 

(61

)

 

(55

)

Free cash flow

$

369

 

$

275

 

$

636

 

$

440

 

 
Please refer last page for details on the use of non-GAAP financial measures.
 
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Management uses both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures to analyze and assess the overall performance of the business, to make operating decisions and to forecast and plan for future periods. We believe that our investors benefit from seeing our results “through the eyes of management” in addition to seeing our GAAP results. This information enhances investors’ understanding of the continuing performance of our business and facilitates comparison of performance to our historical and future periods.
Our non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies, including industry peer companies, limiting the usefulness of these measures for comparative purposes.
These non-GAAP measures should be considered supplemental to and not a substitute for financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. The discussion below presents information about each of the non-GAAP financial measures and the company’s reasons for including or excluding certain categories of income or expenses from our non-GAAP results. In future periods, we may exclude such items and may incur income and expenses similar to these excluded items. Accordingly, adjustments for these items and other similar items in our non-GAAP presentation should not be interpreted as implying that these items are non-recurring, infrequent or unusual.
Non-GAAP Revenue generally relates to an acquisition and includes recognition of acquired deferred revenue that was written down to fair value in purchase accounting. Management believes that excluding fair value purchase accounting adjustments more closely correlates with the ordinary and ongoing course of the acquired company’s operations and facilitates analysis of revenue growth and business trends. We may not have non-GAAP revenue in all periods.
Core Revenue is GAAP/non-GAAP revenue (as applicable) excluding the impact of foreign currency changes and revenue associated with material acquisitions or divestitures completed within the last twelve months. We exclude the impact of foreign currency changes as currency rates can fluctuate based on factors that are not within our control and can obscure revenue growth trends. As the nature, size and number of acquisitions can vary significantly from period to period and as compared to our peers, we exclude revenue associated with recently acquired businesses to facilitate comparisons of revenue growth and analysis of underlying business trends.
Free cash flow includes net cash provided by operating activities adjusted for investments in property, plant & equipment.
Non-GAAP Income from Operations, Non-GAAP Net Income and Non-GAAP Diluted EPS may include the following types of adjustments:
Acquisition-related Items: We exclude the impact of certain items recorded in connection with business combinations from our non-GAAP financial measures that are either non-cash or not normal, recurring operating expenses due to their nature, variability of amounts and lack of predictability as to occurrence or timing. These amounts may include non-cash items such as the amortization of acquired intangible assets and amortization of items associated with fair value purchase accounting adjustments, including recognition of acquired deferred revenue (see Non-GAAP Revenue above). We also exclude other acquisition and integration costs associated with business acquisitions that are not normal recurring operating expenses, including amortization of amounts paid to redeem acquires’ unvested stock-based compensation awards, and legal, accounting and due diligence costs. We exclude these charges to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of our current operating performance and comparisons to our past operating performance.
Share-based Compensation Expense: We exclude share-based compensation expense from our non-GAAP financial measures because share-based compensation expense can vary significantly from period to period based on the company’s share price, as well as the timing, size and nature of equity awards granted. Management believes the exclusion of this expense facilitates the ability of investors to compare the company’s operating results with those of other companies, many of which also exclude share-based compensation expense in determining their non-GAAP financial measures.
Northern California wildfire-related impacts and Other Items: We exclude certain other significant income or expense items that may occur occasionally and are not normal, recurring, cash operating, from our non-GAAP financial measures. Such items are evaluated on an individual basis based on both quantitative and qualitative factors and generally represent items that we would not anticipate occurring as part of our normal business on a regular basis. While not all-inclusive, examples of certain other significant items excluded from non-GAAP financial measures would include net unrealized gains on equity investments still held, and significant non recurring events like realized gains or losses associated with our employee benefit plans, costs and recoveries related to unusual disaster like Northern California wildfires, gain on sale of assets and small divestitures, etc.
Restructuring and Related Costs: We exclude incremental expenses associated with restructuring initiatives, usually aimed at material changes in the business or cost structure. Such costs may include employee separation costs, asset impairments, facility-related costs, contract termination fees, and costs to move operations from one location to another. These activities can vary significantly from period to period based on the timing, size and nature of restructuring plans; therefore, we do not consider such costs to be normal, recurring operating expenses. We believe that these costs do not reflect expected future operating expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company’s current operating performance or comparisons to our operating performance in other periods.
Estimated Tax Rate: We utilize a consistent methodology for long-term projected non-GAAP tax rate. When projecting this long-term rate, we exclude any tax benefits or expenses that are not directly related to ongoing operations and which are either isolated or cannot be expected to occur again with any regularity or predictability. Additionally, we evaluate our current long-term projections, current tax structure and other factors, such as existing tax positions in various jurisdictions and key tax holidays in major jurisdictions where Keysight operates. This tax rate could change in the future for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to significant changes in geographic earnings mix including acquisition activity, or fundamental tax law changes in major jurisdictions where Keysight operates. The above reasons also limit our ability to reasonably estimate the future GAAP tax rate and provide a reconciliation of the expected non-GAAP earnings per share for the third fiscal quarter of 2021 to the GAAP equivalent.
 
Management recognizes these items can have a material impact on our cash flows and/or our net income. Our GAAP financial statements, including our Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows, portray those effects. Although we believe it is useful for investors to see core performance free of special items, investors should understand that the excluded costs are actual expenses that may impact the cash available to us for other uses. To gain a complete picture of all effects on the company’s profit and loss from any and all events, management does (and investors should) rely upon the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations prepared in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP measures focus instead upon the core business of the company, which is only a subset, albeit a critical one, of the company’s performance.
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EDITORIAL CONTACT:
Denise Idone
+ 1 941-888-2388
denise.idone@keysight.com

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Jason Kary
+1 707-577-6916
jason.kary@keysight.com

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