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October 24, 2011 5:00 pm ET
Gilbert L. Danielson – Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President & Director
R. Charles Loudermilk, Sr. – Chairman of the Board
Robert C. Loudermilk, Jr. – President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
William K. Butler, Jr. – Chief Operating Officer & Director
David Magee – SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
Analyst for Matthew McCall – BB&T Capital Markets
Analyst for Bud Bugatch – Raymond James
Analyst for Bradley Thomas – KeyBanc Capital Markets
John A. Baugh – Stifel Nicolaus
Welcome to the third quarterly earnings conference call. (Operator Instructions). I would like to introduce your host, Gil Danielson, CFO of Aaron’s, Inc. You may proceed Mr. Danielson.
Gilbert L. Danielson
Thank you for joining us this afternoon. The operator is going to read our standard Safe Harbor statement before we get started and then we’ll have a few comments, and then after that we’ll have a few questions and answers.
The company’s earnings release issued today and related Form 8K are available on our website
www.AaronsInc.com in the investor’s relation section. This webcast will be archived for replay there as well. With us today is Charlie Loudermilk, Chairman; Robert Loudermilk, CEO; Ken Butler, COO; and Gil Danielson, CFO.
Before we discuss the results I would like to read the company’s Safe Harbor statement. Except for the historical information the matters discussed today are forward-looking statements of the company. As such, they will involve a number of risks and uncertainties including factors such as changes in general economic conditions, competition, pricing, customer demand, litigation, and other issues that could cause actual results to differ materially from those such statements including the risks and uncertainties discussed under risk factors in the company’s 2010 annual report on Form 10K, including, without limitation, in the company’s projected revenues, earnings, and store openings, and store acquisitions, and dispositions activity for the future period.