Colleen Banse – Investor Relations
Tim Conway - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
John Bray – Chief Financial Officer
Sameer Gokhale - Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
Good morning and welcome to the NewStar Financial Q2 2010 earnings call. [Operator instructions.] I would now like to turn the conference over to your host for today’s call, Ms. Colleen Banse. Ma’am you may begin.
Thanks everyone for joining us for our earnings conference call where we will be discussing our second quarter 2010 results. With me today are Tim Conway, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NewStar Financial; and John Bray, our Chief Financial Officer.
Before I turn the call over to Tim, I want to remind you that we have posted a presentation on the Investor Relations section of our web site, www.newstarfin.com. Also available on our web site is our financial results press release which was filed on Form 8-K with the SEC this morning.
This presentation and our financial results press release contain additional materials related to this conference call that we may refer to during our remarks today, including information with respect to certain non-GAAP financial measures.
This call is also being webcast simultaneously on our web site and the recording of the call will be available beginning at approximately 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time today. Our press release and web site provide details on accessing the archived call.
Also before we begin, I need to inform you that statements in this earnings call, which are not historical facts, may be deemed forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements, including statements regarding future financial operating results, involve risks, uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond NewStar's control and which may cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results. More detailed information about these risk factors can be found in our press release issued this morning and in the Risk Factors section as updated on our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.