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November 1, 2011 09:30 am ET
Russ Strobel - Chairman, President & CEO
Kary Brunner - Director, IR
Rick Hawley - EVP & CFO
Chris Bassett - Decade Capital
Mark Barnett - Morningstar
Good day ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Nicor’s third quarter 2011 earnings conference call. My name is Stacy and I will be your conference moderator for today. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. We will conduct a question-and-answer session towards the end of the conference. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference call is being recorded for replay purposes.
I would now like to turn the presentation over to your host for today to Mr. Russ Strobel, Chairman, President, and CEO of Nicor. Please proceed.
Thanks, Stacy and good morning to everybody. Thank you for joining us. With me today are Rick Hawley, our CFO; and Kary Brunner, our IR Director.
This morning we’re going to discuss our third quarter financial results and our annual outlook for 2011 earnings. When we have completed our remarks, we will be happy to take your questions.
Before we get to the numbers let me provide a brief update on our proposed merger with AGL resources. As you know, in December of 2010, we entered into a merger agreement with AGL Resources. The completion of the transaction is subject to the customary conditions, including among others regulatory approvals and shareholder approvals by both companies.