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January 24, 2012 08:00 am ET
Lorin Crenshaw - Director, IR and Communications
Luke Kissam - President & CEO
John Steitz - EVP & COO
Scott Tozier - SVP & CFO
David Begleiter - Deutsche Bank
PJ Juvekar - Citigroup
Bob Koort - Goldman Sachs
Laurence Alexander - Jefferies & Company
Mike Sison - KeyBanc Capital Markets
Jeff Zekauskas - JPMorgan
Steve Schwartz - First Analysis
Edward Yang - Oppenheimer
Dimitry Silversteyn - Longbow Research
Todd Vencil - Sterne Agee
Aleksey Yefremov - Bank of America
Good day ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the fourth quarter 2011 Albemarle Corp earnings conference call. My name is Suwanda and I’ll be your coordinator for today. At this time, all participants are in listen-only mode. Later, we will conduct a question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions).
As a reminder this conference is being recorded for replay purposes. I would now like to turn the call over to Mr. Lorin Crenshaw, Director, Investor Relations and Communications. Please proceed.
Thank you, Suwanda and welcome everyone to Albemarle’s fourth quarter 2011 earnings conference call. Our earnings were released after the close of market yesterday and you’ll find our press release, earnings presentation and non-GAAP reconciliations posted on our website under the Investor Section at albemarle.com.
Joining me on the call today; are Luke Kissam, President and Chief Executive Officer; John Steitz, Chief Operating Officer; and Scott Tozier, Chief Financial Officer. Before we get started, I would like to ask everyone to please save the date for Albemarle’s 2012 Investor Day which will be held in New York City on Tuesday May 22nd. Registration and event details will be e-mailed in the coming weeks and we look forward to seeing many of you there. As a reminder, some of the matters discussed during the call may include forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.