America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. (NASDAQ:ATAX) Q1 2022 Earnings Conference Call May 5, 2022 4:30 PM ET
Ken Rogozinski - CEO
Jesse Coury - CFO
Conference Call Participants
Stephen Laws - Raymond James
Jason Stewart - Jones Trading
Chris Muller - JMP Securities
00:04 I would like to welcome everyone to America First Multifamily Investors, L.P's NASDAQ ticker symbol ATAX First Quarter of 2022 Earnings Conference Call. During the presentation, all participants will be in a listen-only mode. After management presents its overview of Q1 2022, you will be invited to participate in a question-and-answer session. As a reminder, this conference call is being recorded.
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01:51 Today's discussion will include non-GAAP measures and will be explained during this call, we want to make you aware that ATAX is operating under the SEC Regulation FD and encourage you to take full advantage of the question-and-answer session. Thank you for participating and interest in ATAX.
02:09 I would now like to turn the call over to Ken Rogozinski, Chief Executive Officer of ATAX.
02:19 Good afternoon everyone, welcome to America First Multifamily Investors L.P's first quarter 2022 investor call. Thank you for joining. I will give an overview of our business and the markets, and then Jesse Coury, our Chief Financial Officer will present the partnerships financial results. Following that, we look forward to taking your questions.
02:41 On April 1, 2022 the partnership affected its previously announced one for three reverse split of our Beneficial Unit Certificates or BUCs. As a result of the reverse BUC split, holders of BUCs received one BUC for every three BUCs owned at the close of business on April 1, 2022. In our publicly filed financial statements the one for three reverse BUC split has been applied retroactively to all net income per BUC, distributions per BUC and similar per BUC disclosures. All periods presented are on a post-split basis.
03:22 For the first quarter of 2022 the partnership reported net income of $1.3 per BUC, $0.98 of cash available for distribution per BUC, a book value of $15.35 per BUC on $1.4 billion of assets and a leverage ratio, as defined by ATAX, of 69%. In terms of the Partnerships investment portfolio, we have received no request for forbearance on our multifamily mortgage revenue bonds and all multifamily MRBs are current on principal and interest payments.
03:59 Physical occupancy on the underlying projects average 96% for the MRB portfolio as of March, 31, 2022. Our current Vantage portfolio consists of 12 properties, five where constructions 100% complete and one that will be completed in the second quarter of 2022. The remaining six properties are under construction or in the planning stage. For the five properties where construction is 100% complete, we continue to see good leasing activity with four properties having achieved at least 90% physical occupancy and another property at 89% physical occupancy as of the end of March 2022. We continue to see no material supply chain or labor disruptions on the Vantage projects still under construction.
04:51 As we have experienced in the past, the Vantage Group as the managing member of each project owning entity will position a property for sale upon stabilization. In March of this year the Vantage at Murfreesboro property was sold for a gross sales price of $78.5 million or approximately $273,000 per unit. This transaction returned $12.2 million in original contributed capital to us along with $17 million in capital gains and preferred return realized upon sale.
05:25 Our overall return of the property was at 2.69 times multiple of invested capital. Our two owned student housing properties continue to have strong occupancy levels, both are covering all of their obligations from project cash flow, including operating expenses. And in the case of the 50/50 University of Nebraska debt service. Both University of Nebraska, and San Diego State are holding primarily in person on campus learning.
05:57 As of March 2022 the Suites on Paseo was 93% occupied, which is above the level seen in years prior to the 2020-2021 COVID-19 pandemic. The 50/50 is currently 88% occupied, which is slightly below historic levels prior to the 2020-2021 COVID-19 pandemic, both property managers are actively pre-leasing units before the 2022-2023 academic year.
06:30 On the property that secures our student housing MRB for Live 929 Apartments at Johns Hopkins University, we have seen a similar reversion to pre-pandemic performance. Leasing currently stands at approximately 98% with waiting list for certain unit types. Like the University of Nebraska and San Diego State, Johns Hopkins University is currently holding primarily in-person instruction.
06:56 As we have discussed before, the bankruptcy court has approved the sale of the Provision Proton Therapy Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, that secures our MRB. Once that sale has closed and other administrative items have been completed, net proceeds will be distributed to the bondholders. ATAX owns approximately 9.2% of the principal balance of the outstanding bonds and we estimate that a final distribution to ATAX from the bond trustee will approximate our current $4.6 million valuation of those bonds, inclusive of accrued interest.
07:34 We continue to advance funds for the construction of affordable multifamily properties, securing our existing governmental issuer loan and property loan investments. Such advances totaled approximately $55.3 million during the first quarter, which were partially funded by $48.6 million of debt financing proceeds. We have approximately $185 million in undrawn construction funding commitments currently outstanding, which will add to our asset base over the next 12 to 24 months.
08:06 Turning to the markets, the first quarter of 2022 was the worst quarter in terms of total return on muni bonds in 40 years. Muni significantly underperformed the broader fixed income markets. The 10-year LIBOR swap rate increased approximately 70 basis points over the course of the first quarter, while 10 year MMD, the muni markets high grade credit benchmark increased by approximately 110 basis points. Uncertainty in the fixed income markets surrounding the performance of the US economy, including recent inflation data and the implementation of the first Fed interest rate hike with more signal to come as we saw at yesterday's meeting has continue to hit the municipal bond market hard.
08:53 Muni mutual fund outflows totaled over $40 billion so far this year according to Refinitiv Lipper data. According to Barclays Research, the increase in MMD yields in the first four months of 2022 has been the worst four month period on record. 10-year MMD is currently at 2.78% and 30 year MMD is currently at 3.11%, roughly 110 basis points higher in yield then at the time of last quarter's call. This market volatility, the scale of interest rate increases and cost inflation have presented challenges to our developer clients on new transactions.
09:37 In terms of our debt investment activity during the first quarter, as I mentioned during last quarter's call, at the end of January we closed on a $70 million MRB transaction to restructure the debt associated with the Live 929 Student Housing project in Baltimore, adjacent to the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus. In April 2022, we closed on a commitment to fund MRBs and taxable MRBs totaling $72 million for a new construction, low-income housing tax credit project in Los Angeles.
10:10 We also implemented two interest rate hedging trades during the quarter. Four of our fixed rate bond positions that are funded with floating rate TOB financing had their funding cost hedged through the execution of two interest rate swaps with Mizuho. Under the swaps the Partnership will pay a fixed rate and will receive a floating rate that approximates the base rate used by our marketing agents to determine the weekly TOB certificate rate.
10:38 The total notional balance of those swaps is approximately $104 million and have terms ranging from two to five years. Jesse will speak in greater detail about our management of interest rate risk during his remarks.
10:52 Finally, we were successfully exchanged $20 million of our Series A Preferred Units for newly issued Series A one preferred units at the end of April 2022, extending the duration of our low cost preferred capital.
11:09 With that, I will turn things over to Jesse Coury, our CFO to discuss the financial data for the first quarter of 2022.
11:17 Thank you, Ken. As Ken mentioned, we effected our previously announced one for three reverse split of our Beneficial Unit Certificates or BUCs on April 1. During my presentation all BUC and per BUC metrics will be on a post-split basis.
11:36 For the first quarter of 2022, we reported total revenues of $19.2 million, net income per BUC, basic and diluted of $1.03 and cash available for distributions or CAD of $0.98 per BUC. We reported total assets of approximately $1.4 billion as of March 31, such assets are primarily comprised of our debt investments, our joint venture equity investments and our owned MF properties. Our debt investments portfolio consists of mortgage revenue bonds or MRBs, governmental issuer loans or GILs and property loans.
12:19 As of quarter end, our MRBs, GILs and property loans totaled $1.04 billion and represent approximately 74% of our total assets. We currently own 71 MRBs that provide permanent financing for affordable multifamily properties across 12 states. We hold significant amounts of MRBs related to properties in three states based on outstanding principal with Texas representing 42%, California at 23% and South Carolina at 12% of the total MRB portfolio.
12:57 In January 2022 we participated in a restructuring of the outstanding debt of the Live 929 Apartments Student Housing property in Baltimore, Maryland. Our original MRB investments with principal of $61.1 million were redeemed and we then purchased an MRB and taxable MRB totaling $70 million. The purchase of the new investments was partially funded through new tender-option bond or TOB trust financing proceeds of $56 million. And we believe the restructured debt and expected future property operations will eliminate the need for further forbearance.
13:39 We currently own nine NGLs that finance the construction of affordable multifamily properties across six states. The governmental issuer loans are functionally equivalent to our MRBs and that they are non-recourse obligations issued by governmental authorities secured by a mortgage on real and personal property of affordable multifamily properties and we expect and believe the interest earned on governmental issuer loans is exempt from federal income tax. In most instances, we also commit to fund property loans in tandem with the GILs that share a first mortgage lean with the GILs and are typically funded after all GILs funds have been advanced.
14:21 As of March 31, 2022 we had outstanding GIL funding commitments totaling $85 million and related property loan funding commitments totaling $90.7 million, that will be advanced on the drawdown basis during construction. As Ken mentioned, to date we have received no request for forbearance of principal and interest payments for MRBs, GILs or property loans associated with affordable multifamily properties.
14:51 In December 2020, the borrower of our Provision Center MRB property, a Proton Therapy Cancer Treatment Center in Knoxville, Tennessee filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The bankruptcy court has approved the sale of the underlying Proton Therapy Center and we expect to receive net proceeds of approximately $4.6 million at closing of the sale later in 2022.
15:18 Our joint venture equity investment portfolio consists of 12 Vantage projects as of March 31, 2022, of which, one investment is reported on a consolidated basis. All investments are for the construction of market rate multi-family properties that represent in the aggregate over 3,400, rental units. Carrying value of our Vantage investments totaled $107.7 million as of March 31, exclusive of one investment Vantage at San Marcos that is reported on a consolidated basis.
15:53 Of the 12 total projects, nine are in Texas, two are in Nebraska, and one is in Colorado. Five projects are complete and have substantially completed lease up and one property, Vantage of Tomball is nearly complete and has commenced leasing operations. The remaining six properties are either under construction or in the planning phase. And there have been no material delays or disruptions due to supply chain constraints for properties currently under construction.
16:22 We advanced additional equity under our current funding commitments totaling $12.8 million during the first quarter. And our remaining equity investment commitments totaled $19.3 million as of March 31. In terms of transactional activity, the Vantage in Murfreesboro property in Tennessee was sold in March 2022 and our equity investment was redeemed. Upon redemption our initial $12.2 million investment of capital was returned and we realized $658,000 of investment income and a $16.4 million gain up on sale. This is our 10th Vantage investment that has been redeemed, which in the aggregate have generated over $59 million of gains on sale and contingent interest to date.
17:11 As of March 31, we own two MF properties with a total of 859 student housing beds and a net carrying value of $54.2 million. Both properties provide college student housing and both universities, The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska and San Diego State University are currently holding on campus in person classes. As of March 31, 50/50 MF Property is 88% occupied and the Suites on Paseo MF Property is 93% occupied and both properties continue to meet all operating and direct mortgage obligations with cash from operations and are actively pre-leasing for the fall 2022 semester.
17:56 Moving to our debt financing. We use a variety of debt financing facilities to leverage our investments in MRBs, GILs and property loans and totaled $886 million in the aggregate as of March 31, 2022. We use a mix of fixed rate and variable rate debt financing and we manage and report our debt financing in three main categories on page 63 of our Q1 2022 Form 10-Q. The first category is fixed rate debt associated with our fixed rate assets, and represents $280 million or 32% of our total debt. As both the asset and debt are fixed rate, our net return is not generally impacted by changes in market interest rates.
18:45 The second category is variable rate debt associated with our variable rate investments and represents $294 million or 33% of our total debt. Variable indices and floors between the debt and the asset may vary, but we are at least partially hedged against rising interest rates without the need for separate hedging instruments, such as interest rate swaps or caps.
19:11 The third and final category is variable rate debt associated with our fixed rate assets and represents $312 million or 35% of our total debt. It is the category where we are most exposed to interest rate risk in the near term. We regularly monitor our interest rate risk exposure for this category and may implement hedges when considered appropriate, as evidenced by the two interest rate swap agreements that we executed in the first quarter of 2022 to synthetically fix the rate on a $104 million of the $12 million of debt in this category.
19:49 As mentioned, we regularly monitor our overall exposure to potential increases in interest rates, and we do this through our interest rate sensitivity analysis, which we report quarterly and is included on page 67 of our Q1 2022 Form 10-Q. The interest rate sensitivity table shows the impact to our net interest income, given various scenarios of changes in market interest rates. These scenarios assume that there is an immediate rise in interest rates, and that we do nothing in response for 12 months. The analysis based on those assumptions shows an immediate 200 basis point increase in rates as of March 31, 2022 that is sustained for a 12-month period will result in a decrease of approximately $2.2 million in our net interest income and CAD, or approximately $0.10 per BUC, which is down from approximately $0.23 per BUC as of December 31, 2021 which is primarily a result of the previously mentioned $104 million in interest rate caps that we executed in the first quarter.
20:58 Regarding our capital, in April 2022 we issued 2 million new Series A one preferred units in exchange for 2 million of our previously outstanding Series A preferred units held by a financial institution. This represents the first exchange transaction under our registration statement on Form S-4 allowing for exchanges of 94.5 million of our outstanding Series A preferred units for new Series A preferred units. The Series A Preferred units has substantially the same terms as the Series A preferred units and are redeemable at the option of the holder on the 6th anniversary of issuance. As a result of the exchange we maintain our access to non-dilutive fixed rate and low cost institutional capital.
21:49 Lastly, we regularly provide our net book value per BUC, which as of March 31, 2022 was $15.13 per BUC, a decrease from our net book value of $16.82 per BUC as of December 31, 2020. Our closing market price on the NASDAQ on March 31, 2022 was $18.15 per BUC, which was a premium to our book value of approximately 18%. As of market closed yesterday, May 4, our closing market price was $17.82, which is a 16% premium over our net book value per BUC.
22:29 Ken and I are now happy to answer questions from the audience.
22:34 [Operator Instructions] Your first question comes from the line of Stephen Laws with Raymond James.
22:56 Hi, good afternoon. Nice quarter and great gain on the sale on the asset. I guess I'll start there, with the current occupancy of the assets advantage that are above nine year near 90. What's the outlook from here as far as monetizing those and recycling capital into new investments? How should we think about that as we look at the balance of the year?
23:22 Hi, Stephen. It's. Ken, I think the one thing to make sure that we keep in mind on the joint venture equity investments is that, we are a non-controlling investor member in those. We really don't have any control or direction in terms of the timing of when individual assets are sold. We'll give the Vantage team all the credit in the world for the process that they go through in terms of managing the lease up, maximizing the rent roll, getting the project in the best possible position to come to market and then during the marketing process doing everything they can to try to get the best possible result for us and them as partners on the investment. So we would expect to see that sort of consistent approach applied going forward by the Vantage team on the assets that have reached over 90% stabilization. So I think that'll be -- that'll be unchanged from that perspective.
24:29 As we think about new investment opportunities going forward, we continue to have dialog there in terms of pipeline and sites that have been identified, always keeping in mind the sort of new landscape that we're facing with higher construction costs and higher interest rates. So we're going to be consistent with our disciplined approach that we've taken in the past in terms of looking at those new joint venture equity investment opportunities. And so, I think we'll kind of continue the -- I think successful course that we've been on in the past with regard to that segment of our portfolio.
25:10 Great. Thanks for those comments Ken. And Jesse, on the interest expense. Apologies if I missed this in the prepared remarks the number that you guys are reporting this afternoon, but declined sequentially, can you talk about the interest expense and kind of how we think about a run rate? I know you did have some comments around interest rate sensitivity, so do appreciate that your comments towards the match funding there, but towards the decline sequentially, can you give us any color on that?
25:39 Yes. We provide host of information in our 10-Q, particularly in our discussion of liquidity and capital resources, regarding our debt obligations and some information about the interest rates that we see on those debts and how we manage them. In general, we've seen, obviously, a rise in interest rates this quarter and that was the reason that we put in the interest rate swap positions that we did somewhat fixed those interest rates, but we'll continue to evaluate our debt financing options as we continue to fund our existing investment commitments, and look to close on new debt investing commitments and it will really be a determination of what pricing we can get from our leverage providers, as well as what our plans are for the assets, whether they're short term, long-term or what the interest rate environment outlook is at the time of closing.
26:44 Great. And then regarding the dividend distribution, given the big gain here early in the year, how do you think about distribution requirements and setting the right level or adjusting if necessary as you move through the year or should we think about it more like last year with a special sort of at year-end.
27:03 So, Stephen, distribution to our BUC holders are made at the determination of ATAX’s General Partner, based on a disciplined evaluation of the Partnerships cash available for distribution, and other factors deemed relevant by the General Partner. As always has done the General Partner in consultation with management continually evaluates the factors that go into BUC distribution decisions consistent with the long-term best interests of BUC holders and partnerships.
27:33 The General Partner of management have always taken a diligent approach in the way we manage ATAX's balance sheet, with the recognition that distributions are as they always have been, determined by the General Partner. What I would also add there is that, both we as a management team and the [indiscernible] Board are aware, at least as of the first quarter of the returns associated with the -- particularly the Murfreesboro sale that happened and the difference between the cash available for distribution that we reported in this first quarter versus the post-split $0.33 dividend distribution that was made to the unit holders for the first quarter.
28:15 Great. I appreciate the comments this afternoon.
28:18 Thank you, Steve.
28:22 Your next question comes from the line of Jason Stewart with Jones Trading.
28:29 Hi. Thank you. Ken, thanks for the comments on the broader muni market. I just wanted some perspective there. Given what we've -- the performance we've seen in the broader muni market, typically where does that turn in the cycle? And how much of the mark-to-market, call it, unrealized loss that we see in the -- on the balance sheet today? Do you feel like it is recoverable? If you could give us some perspective that would be helpful.
28:57 Sure. Jason. So in terms of the muni market in general, it's a tough time. I mean, I haven't seen a quarter like this in the muni market since 1994. So I think that the first lead that we're going to have to see from a market perspective, I think is stabilization in the broader fixed income markets, treasuries in particular. I think if the muni market investors can see some stability there, that will be a good benchmark for them to view.
29:33 One of the things that I've learned about the muni market over the years is that, it's not only a rates market, but it's also a very technical market. A lot of muni performance is driven by fund flows. How much money is coming into the muni market versus how much money is being withdrawn. And certainly the $40 million -- excuse me, the $40 billion of negative fund flows that we've seen so far this year has not helped that performance. So in terms of what's going to turn the market in terms of stemming those outflows and bringing fresh cash in, I think the best chance the market has of regaining some footing and sort of getting a positive tone back to it again is going to be -- we have seeing that hopeful reduction in volatility in treasuries from that perspective.
30:29 Okay, that's helpful. And then, as we think about ATAX, this is one of the larger cash positions that we've seen on the balance sheet. Understand that you have some commitments that will require capital. Is ATAX in a position to take advantage of the current environment in that market for higher go-forward returns? Or is it still too early to commit to that?
30:54 Your fourth point is very valid, Jason, in terms of looking at the existing commitments that we have on our books at this point in time, primarily from construction loans that we funded over the past 12 to 18 months. We've got a table in the Q, that I think shows that we've got approximately $276 million worth of commitments that we have to fund in projects that are on the books already. So part of the liquidity management and the cash balance positions are generated by needing to honor those funding commitments going forward with our borrower clients as they make future draws to fund their construction activity.
31:38 But in terms of new potential deals, it's early in the year, we have met a number of our developer clients who are receiving their volume cap allocation from the states across the country, and we still see demand and transaction flow from them, particularly on the new 4% low income housing tax credit deals where we've historically been involved. So the deals become more challenging for those project sponsors, they had a deal with higher construction costs and somewhat higher rates. But as they always have, they're doing a great job of cobbling together other sources of soft money and government subsidies. We've seen a number of our clients receive allocations of sort of COVID related fiscal stimulus money that was allocated from the federal government to the states to help close funding gaps on their sources and uses for new transactions.
32:39 So we're going to continue to do everything we can to work with our strongest and best relationships to keep their pipelines moving and to keep our funding activity moving.
32:50 Okay, that's helpful. I appreciate that. And then Jesse, one technical question for you. Can you remind us what the cap is on Tier 2 income to the GP? I guess it's a good position to be in when you hit that so early in the year, but just remind us of what that cap is? And how we might see that line item going forward if there should be other Vantage sales? Thanks.
33:13 Certainly. So – yeah, your question refers to Tier 2 income, which represents net interest income and net residual proceeds that arise from a repayment sale or liquidation of our investments. And as you mentioned, the gain on sale from Vantage and Murfreesboro had a large Tier 2 income impact during the quarter and Tier 2 income is allocated 75% to the BUCs and 25% to ATAX's General Partner.
33:44 Regarding the cap under ATAX partnership agreements, the amount of Tier 2 income for any annual period is capped at 0.9% per annum of the principal amount of investments held by the partnership at the end of the year. So for example, for the year ended December 31, 2021 ATAX’s investment assets were approximately $1.8 billion, which when multiplied by the 0.9% maximum Tier 2 was about $10.6 million of maximum Tier 2. And accordingly, 25% of that $10.6 million or $2.65 million was allocated to ATAX's General Partner. And any income or net residual proceeds in excess of that 0.9% cap is treated as Tier 3 income and allocated 100% to our BUC holders. So I will say that the -- in Q1 the Vantage in Murfreesboro sale, the $16.4 million gain on sale exceeded our current estimate of what we think the annual Tier 2 maximum will be for 2022, and so less than 25% of the Murfreesboro gain on sale was allocated to the General Partner.
35:06 I would caution that the actual maximum Tier 2 income level will change throughout the year based on changes in ATAX's portfolio and other asset sales and redemptions, but we regularly analyze and update our estimates for the Tier 2 cap and modifier our allocation of income according with the terms of the Partnership Agreement.
35:30 Great. Thank you for taking the questions. Appreciate it.
35:35 [Operator Instructions] Your next question comes from the line of Chris Mueller with JMP Securities.
35:49 Hi, Jesse and Ken. Thanks for taking the questions and congrats on nice start to the year. So along the same lines as Stephen's question, do you have any expectations for how the sales of any of the Vantage properties will be impacted by the recent rate increases? Or said it different way, as your expectation for the pace of sales in 2022 changed at all?
36:16 Thanks, Chris. Echoing back to the comments that I made to Stephen, we really don't control that process. It's driven by the Vantage team as the managing member of the individual entities that own each particular property. I think from our perspective. Just sort of looking at the broader landscape of what's happening in the multifamily environment. I think certainly to the extent that we have properties that are stabilized, and it probably reach their optimal performance from a revenue perspective, that the Vantage guys will be looking hard about making those decisions about the appropriate time there.
37:00 It's an interesting dynamic. We do see rates increasing, but in a lot of the markets that the Vantage assets are in, we've seen significant increases in rent levels on a year-over-year basis. I believe the data for a certain communities in Texas, San Antonio and Austin in particular in terms of their year-over-year rent increases were double-digit numbers next year. So while I hear your point about higher interest rates, may be making it more challenging for buyers to finance their acquisitions. At the same time we're seeing double-digit year-over-year rent increases also adds value there as well. So it's kind of a -- kind of a two-sided coin in terms of the positives and the negatives there on the execution for exit and I know that's something that the Vantage team is keeping a very close eye on a regular basis.
37:59 Got it. That's helpful. And the other one I have, so you guys talked about branching into some skilled nursing and senior housing projects. Do you have any updates on any opportunities you're seeing in that space? And just any commentary around that?
38:12 Well, we do have the two senior housing investments that we made in the fourth quarter of 2021. We closed on a mortgage revenue bond transaction to fund the new construction of an ILAL memory care project in Traverse City, Michigan. And then we also closed on a taxable property loan for the acquisition by a profit skilled nursing facility in Houston. We continue to look for opportunities there in those markets. We've got regular dialogue with both for profit and profit sponsors who are focused on that area of the market. And we are looking to do what we can from our side as a management team in terms of continuing the dialogue with the border Greystone origination platform in those asset classes, as well as looking at what we can do here internally at ATAX in terms of growing our organic ability to originate those deals ourselves.
39:17 So, it's an area of continued focus for us, we still see in my mind the opportunity for good risk adjusted nominal leveraged returns on that asset class and so it's something that we're going to continue to focus time and energy on as a management team.
39:35 Great. Thanks for taking the questions.
39:40 There are no further questions at this time. I'll turn the call back to you Mr. Rogozinski for closing remarks.
39:47 Okay. Thank you for joining us today, everyone. I hope it was informative for you, and we look forward to talking to again next quarter. Goodbye.
39:55 This does conclude today's conference call. Thank you for participating. You may now disconnect.