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Portland General Electric announces 2023 financial results and initiates 2024 earnings guidance

  • Full-year 2023 GAAP basis financial results of $2.33 per diluted share; full-year 2023 non-GAAP basis adjusted financial results of $2.38 per diluted share

  • Initiating 2024 adjusted earnings guidance of $2.98 to $3.18 per diluted share and reaffirming 5% to 7% long-term earnings per share growth using 2022 non-GAAP adjusted base year

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Portland General Electric Company (NYSE: POR) today reported net income based on generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) of $228 million, or $2.33 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2023, which includes the $0.05 per diluted share Boardman revenue requirement settlement charge resulting from the Oregon Public Utility Commission's (OPUC) 2022 General Rate Case (GRC) Final Order. After adjusting for the impact of the Boardman revenue requirement settlement charge, 2023 non-GAAP net income was $233 million, or $2.38 per diluted share.

This compares with GAAP net income of $233 million, or $2.60 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2022, which includes the $0.14 per diluted share Wildfire and COVID deferral reversal charge resulting from the OPUC 2022 GRC Final Order deferral earnings test. After adjusting for the impact of the deferral reversal charge, 2022 non-GAAP net income was $245 million, or $2.74 per diluted share.

GAAP net income was $68 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2023. This compares with GAAP net income of $50 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2022.

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"While our 2023 results were impacted by challenging operating conditions and power market volatility, we achieved important milestones that reduce risk and solidify our long-term growth trajectory," said Maria Pope, PGE President and CEO. "Looking ahead, we are well-positioned to execute to meet increasing customer needs, enable the clean energy transition and strengthen our resilience to extreme weather."

2023 Year in Review

Key strategic accomplishments in 2023 included:

  • Invested $1,462 million in capital assets to address decarbonization, customer demand growth, grid resiliency and security, and risk mitigation;

  • Filed the 2023 Integrated Resource Plan, which was acknowledged by the OPUC in January 2024;

  • Entered into agreements for 475 MW of battery storage, 275 MW of which PGE will own, and 500 MW of hydropower contracts to improve grid flexibility and reliability;

  • Advanced construction of the Clearwater Wind Development, bringing 311 MW of non-emitting energy online in January 2024;

  • Submitted 16 federal grant applications and have been awarded eight grants totaling $314 million;

  • Concluded the 2024 General Rate Case (GRC), which resulted in a $742 million, or 14%, increase in rate base, a provision to recover certain costs for Reliability Contingency Events, established a balancing account for PGE's routine vegetation management expenses, and updates to PGE's Income Qualified Bill Discount program.

2023 Earnings Compared to 2022 Earnings

  • Total revenues increased due to higher demand from high-tech and digital customers and increased recovery of power costs, partially offset by lower residential and commercial usage;

  • Net variable power costs increased due to the increase in average variable power costs primarily from the impacts of mild weather on renewable production, and higher system load;

  • Operating and administrative expenses, net of deferral related items, increased slightly due to higher generation maintenance and grid resiliency costs, offset by lower administrative expenses from continued cost management actions;

  • Depreciation and amortization and interest expense increased due to higher asset balances and higher long-term debt balances as a result of ongoing capital investment;

  • Taxes other than income taxes increased due to higher property taxes;

  • Other income increased as a result of increases in the value of the non-qualified benefit plan trust assets and higher other regulatory interest income, partially offset by a prior year settlement gain on a benefit plan; and

  • Income tax expense increased primarily driven by lower research and development tax credit benefits.

2024 Earnings Guidance

PGE is initiating full-year 2024 adjusted earnings guidance of $2.98 to $3.18 per diluted share based on the following assumptions:

  • Exclusion of the impacts of the January 2024 winter storm, including non-deferrable storm restoration costs and non-deferrable Reliability Contingency Event (RCE) costs;

  • An increase in energy deliveries between 2% and 3%, weather adjusted;

  • Normal temperatures in its utility service territory;

  • Hydro conditions for the year that reflect current estimates;

  • Wind generation based on five years of historical levels or forecast studies when historical data is not available;

  • Normal thermal plant operations;

  • Operating and maintenance expense between $815 million and $840 million which includes approximately $165 million of wildfire, vegetation management, deferral amortization and other expenses that are offset in other income statement lines;

  • Depreciation and amortization expense between $475 million and $525 million;

  • Effective tax rate of 10% to 15%;

  • Cash from operations of $700 to $800 million;

  • Capital expenditures of $1,310 million; and

  • Average construction work in progress balance of $720 million.

Company Updates

Resource Planning and 2023 All-Source Request for Proposal Update

In Q1 2023, PGE filed with the OPUC its first combined Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and Clean Energy Plan (CEP), which articulates the Company's strategy to meet the 2030, 2035, and 2040 emission reduction targets, as mandated by Oregon law, through an equitable transition to a decarbonized grid. PGE currently estimates a total resource need of approximately 3,500 to 4,500 MW of renewable energy and non-emitting capacity in order to meet the Company's 2030 emissions reduction target. Through the 2021 All-Source RFP, PGE procured 311 MW of wind resources and 475 MW of capacity, leaving a remaining need to procure of approximately 2,700 to 3,700 MW.

On January 25, 2024 the OPUC acknowledged PGE's IRP, subject to certain conditions, providing regulatory support for PGE to pursue the near-term resource additions articulated in the Action Plan. PGE issued the RFP to market on February 2, 2024, seeking bids for resources that can provide non-emitting dispatchable capacity and renewable generation. PGE will accept and evaluate bids during the first quarter of 2024 and present a shortlist for acknowledgment to the OPUC later in the year.

2024 Wildfire Mitigation Plan

On December 29, 2023, PGE submitted to the OPUC the 2024 Wildfire Mitigation Plan (WMP) which outlines PGE's approach to wildfire risk mitigation and guides PGE's Wildfire Mitigation Program. The 2024 WMP forecasts $45 million in operations and maintenance costs and an additional $43 to $49 million in capital investments to continue system hardening efforts, expand situational awareness capabilities, implement specific inspection and maintenance, vegetation management, community and customer awareness, operational actions within High Fire Risk Zones, and other wildfire mitigation activities.

Quarterly Dividend

As previously announced, on February 9, 2024, the board of directors of Portland General Electric Company approved a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.475 per share. The quarterly dividend is payable on or before April 15, 2024 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 22, 2024.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Earnings Call and Webcast — Feb. 16, 2024

PGE will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors on Friday, February 16, 2024, at 11 a.m. ET. The conference call will be webcast live on the PGE website at investors.portlandgeneral.com. A webcast replay will also be available on PGE's investor website "Events & Presentations" page beginning at 2 p.m. ET on February 16, 2024.

Maria Pope, President and CEO; Joe Trpik, Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO; and Nick White, Manager of Investor Relations, will participate in the call. Management will respond to questions following formal comments.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains certain non-GAAP measures, such as adjusted earnings, adjusted EPS and adjusted earnings guidance. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude significant items that are generally not related to our ongoing business activities, are infrequent in nature, or both. PGE believes that excluding the effects of these items provides a meaningful representation of the Company's comparative earnings per share and enables investors to evaluate the Company's ongoing operating financial performance. Management utilizes non-GAAP measures to assess the Company's current and forecasted performance, and for communications with shareholders, analysts and investors. Non-GAAP financial measures are supplementary information that should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Items in the periods presented, which PGE believes impact the comparability of comparative earnings and do not represent ongoing operating financial performance, include the following:

  • Boardman revenue requirement settlement charge associated with the year ended 2020, resulting from the OPUC's 2022 GRC Final Order.

  • Non-cash Wildfire and COVID deferral reversal charge associated with the year ended 2020, resulting from the OPUC's 2022 GRC Final Order deferral earnings test.

Items impacting 2024 earnings guidance, which PGE believes impact the comparability of comparative earnings and do not represent ongoing operating financial performance, include the following:

  • Non-deferrable storm restoration costs and non-deferrable Reliability Contingency Event (RCE) costs resulting from the January 2024 winter storm

Due to the forward-looking nature of PGE's non-GAAP adjusted earnings guidance, and the inherently unpredictable nature of items and events which could lead to the recognition of non-GAAP adjustments (such as, but not limited to, regulatory disallowances or extreme weather events), management is unable to estimate the occurrence or value of specific items requiring adjustment for future periods, which could potentially impact the Company's GAAP earnings. Therefore, management cannot provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share guidance to the most comparable GAAP financial measure without unreasonable effort. For the same reasons, management is unable to address the probable significance of unavailable information.

PGE's reconciliation of non-GAAP earnings for the years ended December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022 are below.

Non-GAAP Earnings Reconciliation for the year ended December 31, 2023

(Dollars in millions, except EPS)

Net Income

Diluted EPS

GAAP as reported for the year ended December 31, 2023

$                    228

$                   2.33

Exclusion of Boardman revenue requirement settlement charge

7

0.07

Tax effect (1)

(2)

(0.02)

Non-GAAP as reported for the year ended December 31, 2023     

$                    233

$                   2.38

 

Non-GAAP Earnings Reconciliation for the year ended December 31, 2022

(Dollars in millions, except EPS)

Net Income

Diluted EPS

GAAP as reported for the year ended December 31, 2022

$                    233

$                   2.60

Exclusion of 2020 Wildfire and COVID deferral reversal charge

17

0.19

Tax effect (1)

(5)

(0.05)

Non-GAAP as reported for the year ended December 31, 2022     

$                    245

$                   2.74

(1) Tax effects were determined based on the Company's full-year blended federal and state statutory rate.

About Portland General Electric Company

Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is an integrated energy company that generates, transmits and distributes electricity to over 930,000 customers serving 1.9 million Oregonians. For more than 130 years, Portland General Electric (PGE) has powered social progress, delivering safe, affordable, reliable and increasingly clean electricity while working to transform energy systems to meet evolving customer needs. PGE customers have set the standard for prioritizing clean energy with the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the country. PGE is committed to reducing emissions from its retail power supply by 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2040. PGE is recognized by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the company's commitment to creating a more equal, inclusive workplace. In 2023, PGE employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated nearly $4.6 million and volunteered over 23,000 volunteer hours to more than 400 nonprofit organizations. For more information visit www.PortlandGeneral.com/news.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements in this press release that relate to future plans, objectives, expectations, performance, events and the like may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions as of the date of this report. The Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or other factors.

Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the Company's full-year earnings guidance (including assumptions and expectations regarding annual retail deliveries, average hydro conditions, wind generation, normal thermal plant operations, operating and maintenance expense and depreciation and amortization expense) as well as other statements containing words such as "anticipates," "assumptions," "based on," "believes," "conditioned upon," "considers," "could," "estimates," "expects," "forecast," "goals," "intends," "needs," "plans," "predicts," "projects," "promises," "seeks," "should," "subject to," "targets," "will continue," "will likely result," or similar expressions.

Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation: the timing or outcome of various legal and regulatory actions; changing customer expectations and choices that may reduce demand for electricity; the sale of excess energy during periods of low demand or low wholesale market prices; operational risks relating to the Company's generation and battery storage facilities, including hydro conditions, wind conditions, disruption of transmission and distribution, disruption of fuel supply, and unscheduled plant outages, which may result in unanticipated operating, maintenance and repair costs, as well as replacement power costs; delays in the supply chain and increased supply costs (including application of tariffs impacting solar module imports), failure to complete capital projects on schedule or within budget, failure of counterparties to perform under agreement, or the abandonment of capital projects, which could result in the Company's inability to recover project costs, or impact our competitive position, market share, revenues and project margins in material ways; default or nonperformance of counterparties from whom PGE purchases capacity or energy, which require the purchase of replacement power and renewable attributes at increased costs; complications arising from PGE's jointly-owned plant, including ownership changes, regulatory outcomes or operational failures; the costs of compliance with environmental laws and regulations, including those that govern emissions from thermal power plants; changes in weather, hydroelectric and energy market conditions, which could affect the availability, cost and required collateral for purchased power and fuel; changes in capital and credit market conditions, including volatility of equity markets, reductions in demand for investment-grade commercial paper or interest rates, which could affect the access to and availability or cost of capital and result in delay or cancellation of capital projects or execution of the Company's strategic plan as currently envisioned; general economic and financial market conditions, including inflation; the effects of climate change, whether global or local in nature; unseasonable or severe weather conditions, wildfires, and other natural phenomena and natural disasters that could result in operational disruptions, unanticipated restoration costs, third party liability or that may affect energy costs or consumption; the effectiveness of PGE's risk management policies and procedures; PGE's ability to effectively implement Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) and de-energize its system in the event of heightened wildfire risk; cyber security attacks, data security breaches, physical attacks and security breaches, or other malicious acts, which could disrupt operations, require significant expenditures, or result in claims against the Company; employee workforce factors, including potential strikes, work stoppages, transitions in senior management, and the ability to recruit and retain key employees and other talent and turnover due to macroeconomic trends; widespread health emergencies or outbreaks of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, which may affect our financial position, results of operations and cash flows; failure to achieve the Company's greenhouse gas emission goals or being perceived to have either failed to act responsibly with respect to the environment or effectively responded to legislative requirements concerning greenhouse gas emission reductions; social attitudes regarding the electric utility and power industries; political and economic conditions; acts of war or terrorism; changes in financial or regulatory accounting principles or policies imposed by governing bodies; changes in effective tax rate; and risks and uncertainties related to All-Source RFP projects, including, but not limited to, regulatory processes, transmission capabilities, system interconnections, permitting and construction delays, legislative uncertainty, inflationary impacts, supply costs and supply chain constraints. As a result, actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

Risks and uncertainties to which the Company is subject are further discussed in the reports that the Company has filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These reports are available through the EDGAR system free-of-charge on the SEC's website, www.sec.gov and on the Company's website, investors.portlandgeneral.com. Investors should not rely unduly on any forward-looking statements.

POR

Source: Portland General Company

 

PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)



Years Ended December 31,


2023


2022


2021

Revenues:






         Revenues, net

$        2,912


$        2,636


$        2,425

         Alternative revenue programs, net of amortization

11


11


$           (29)

                 Total Revenues

2,923


2,647


2,396

Operating expenses:






Purchased power and fuel

1,190


988


822

Generation, transmission and distribution

374


348


310

Administrative and other

341


340


336

Depreciation and amortization

458


417


404

Taxes other than income taxes

164


157


146

Total operating expenses

2,527


2,250


2,018

Income from operations

396


397


378

Interest expense, net

173


156


137

Other income:






Allowance for equity funds used during construction

19


14


17

Miscellaneous income, net

31


17


9

Other income, net

50


31


26

Income before income taxes

273


272


267

Income tax expense

45


39


23

Net income

$          228


$          233


$          244







Weighted-average shares outstanding (in thousands):






Basic

97,760


89,290


89,481

Diluted

97,952


89,643


89,627







Earnings per share:






Basic

$         2.33


$         2.61


$         2.72

Diluted

$         2.33


$         2.60


$         2.72

 

PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)



As of December 31,


2023


2022

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$                   5


$               165

Accounts receivable, net

414


398

Inventories, at average cost:




Materials and supplies

83


63

Fuel

30


32

Regulatory assets—current

221


54

Other current assets

182


498

Total current assets

935


1,210

Electric utility plant:




In service

13,329


12,421

Accumulated depreciation and amortization     

(4,757)


(4,423)

In service, net

8,572


7,998

Construction work-in-progress

974


467

Electric utility plant, net

9,546


8,465

Regulatory assets—noncurrent

492


473

Nuclear decommissioning trust

31


39

Non-qualified benefit plan trust

35


38

Other noncurrent assets

169


234

Total assets

$           11,208


$           10,459





 

PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS, continued

(In millions, except share amounts)

(Unaudited)



As of December 31,


2023


2022

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$           347


$            457

Liabilities from price risk management activities—current

164


118

Short-term debt

146


Current portion of long-term debt

80


260

Current portion of finance lease obligations

20


20

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

355


641

Total current liabilities

1,112


1,496

Long-term debt, net of current portion

3,905


3,386

Regulatory liabilities—noncurrent

1,398


1,389

Deferred income taxes

488


439

Unfunded status of pension and postretirement plans

172


170

Liabilities from price risk management activities—noncurrent

75


75

Asset retirement obligations

272


257

Non-qualified benefit plan liabilities

79


83

Finance lease obligations, net of current portion

289


294

Other noncurrent liabilities

99


91

Total liabilities

7,889


7,680

Commitments and contingencies (see notes)




Shareholders' equity:




Preferred stock, no par value, 30,000,000 shares authorized;
none issued and outstanding


Common stock, no par value, 160,000,000 shares authorized;
101,159,609 and 89,283,353 shares issued and outstanding as of
December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively

1,750


1,249

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(5)


(4)

Retained earnings

1,574


1,534

Total shareholders' equity

3,319


2,779

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$       11,208


$       10,459

 

PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)



Years Ended December 31,


2023


2022


2021

Cash flows from operating activities:






Net income

$         228


$         233


$         244

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






Depreciation and amortization

458


417


404

Deferred income taxes

8


6


5

Allowance for equity funds used during construction

(19)


(14)


(17)

Pension and other postretirement benefits

5


13


24

Decoupling mechanism deferrals, net of amortization

(11)


(11)


29

Stock-based compensation

17


15


14

Regulatory assets

20


(46)


(158)

Regulatory liabilities

24


5


7

Tax credit sales

24



Other non-cash income and expenses, net

40


40


23

Changes in working capital:






Accounts receivable and unbilled revenues

(29)


(66)


(64)

Margin deposits

24


(80)


(29)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(166)


157


61

Margin deposits from wholesale counterparties

(135)


82


58

Other working capital items, net

(20)


(22)


(21)

Contribution to non-qualified employee benefit trust

(7)


(9)


(11)

Asset retirement obligation settlements

(25)


(27)


(18)

Other, net

(16)


(19)


(19)

Net cash provided by operating activities

420


674


532

Cash flows from investing activities:






Capital expenditures

(1,358)


(766)


(636)

Purchases of nuclear decommissioning trust securities

(1)


(3)


(10)

Sales of nuclear decommissioning trust securities

1


3


12

Other, net


8


(22)

Net cash used in investing activities

(1,358)


(758)


(656)

 

PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS, continued

(In millions)

(Unaudited)



Years Ended December 31,


2023


2022


2021

Cash flows from financing activities:






Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

$         600


$         360


$         400

Payments on long-term debt

(260)



(160)

Proceeds from issuances of common stock, net of issuance costs

485



Borrowings on short-term debt



200

Payments on short-term debt



(350)

Issuance of commercial paper, net

146



Proceeds from Pelton/Round Butte financing arrangement


25


Dividends paid

(179)


(158)


(150)

Repurchase of common stock


(18)


(12)

Other

(14)


(12)


(9)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

778


197


(81)

Change in cash and cash equivalents

(160)


113


(205)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year

165


52


257

Cash and cash equivalents, end of year

$             5


$         165


$           52







Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:






Cash paid for:






Interest, net of amounts capitalized

$         136


$         128


$         120

Income taxes, net

12


37


16

Non-cash investing and financing activities:






Accrued capital additions

212


111


87

Accrued dividends payable

51


42


40

 

PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING STATISTICS

(Unaudited)



Years Ended December 31,


2023


2022


2021

Retail revenues (dollars in millions):












Residential

$   1,263


52 %


$   1,158


52 %


$   1,118


54 %

Commercial

808


33


735


33


708


34

Industrial

368


15


312


14


279


13

Subtotal

2,439


100


2,205


99


2,105


101

Alternative revenue programs, net of amortization

11



11


1


(29)


(1)

Other accrued revenues, net

(3)



7



2


Total retail revenues

$   2,447


100 %


$   2,223


100 %


$   2,078


100 %

Retail energy deliveries (MWh in thousands):












Residential

7,952


37 %


8,088


38 %


7,978


39 %

Commercial

7,178


34


7,198


34


7,193


35

Industrial

6,293


29


5,945


28


5,361


26

Total retail energy deliveries

21,423


100 %


21,231


100 %


20,532


100 %

Average number of retail customers:












Residential

815,920


88 %


809,573


88 %


800,372


88 %

Commercial

112,667


12


112,602


12


111,569


12

Industrial

273



269



268


Total

928,860


100 %


922,444


100 %


912,209


100 %

 

PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING STATISTICS, continued

(Unaudited)



Heating Degree-Days


Cooling Degree-Days   


2023


2022


15-Year
Average


2023


2022


15-Year
Average

1st quarter

1,927


1,761


1,840




2nd quarter

554


760


628


195


75


101

3rd quarter

45


6


65


687


745


493

4th quarter

1,319


1,576


1,552


16


45


5

Total

3,845


4,103


4,085


898


865


599

Increase (decrease) from the 15-year average     

(6) %


— %




50 %


44 %




Note: "Average" amounts represent the 15-year rolling averages provided by the National Weather Service (Portland Airport).

 


Years Ended December 31,



2023


2022


Sources of energy (MWh in thousands):     









Generation:









Thermal:









Natural gas

10,981


40 %


8,242


31 %


Coal

2,214


8


2,186


8


Total thermal

13,195


48


10,428


39


Hydro

1,144


4


1,027


4


Wind

1,918


7


1,765


7


Total generation

16,257


59


13,220


50


Purchased power:









Hydro

4,646


17


6,297


24


Wind

846


3


824


3


Solar

1,055


4


723


3


Natural Gas

184


1


33



Waste, Wood and Landfill Gas

163


1


168


1


Source not specified

4,018


15


4,961


19


Total purchased power

10,912


41


13,006


50


Total system load

27,169


100 %


26,226


100 %


Less: wholesale sales

(6,950)




(6,000)




Retail load requirement

20,219




20,226




 

Media Contact:


Investor Contact:

Sarah Hamaker


Nick White

Corporate Communications


Investor Relations

Phone: 435-513-0799


Phone: 503-464-8073

 

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