Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (LECO)
Q4 2011 Earnings Call
February 17, 2012; 10:00 am ET
John Stropki - Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Vince Petrella - Chief Financial Officer
Mark Douglass - Longbow Research
Alex Walsh - KeyBanc Capital Markets
Walter Liptak - Barrington Research
Brian Rayle - Northcoast Research
Holden Lewis - BB&T Capital Markets
Greg Halter - Great Lakes Review
Greetings and welcome to the Lincoln Electric, fourth quarter and full year 2011 financial results conference call. At this time all participants are in a listen-only mode. A brief question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. (Operator Instructions)
It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Vince Petrella, Chief Financial Officer for Lincoln Electric. Thank you sir. You may begin.
Thank you Christine. Good morning to all of you joining us today and welcome to the Lincoln Electric 2011 fourth quarter financial results conference call.
We released our earnings this morning prior to the market’s open. Additional copies can be obtained on the Lincoln Electric website or by contacting our Investor Relations office.
Starting the discussion this morning will be John Stropki, Lincoln’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. John will provide commentary on the quarter and the year, as well as discuss some activity in our statements. I will follow with some more financial numbers in greater detail.
We’ve included a PowerPoint presentation as a part of today's discussion, which is available on the Lincoln website as well, under the Investor Webcast tab. But before we get started with today’s discussion, let me remind you that certain statements made during this call and in our discussions maybe forward-looking and actual results may differ from our expectations.