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April 19, 2012 08:00 am ET
Lorin Crenshaw - Director, IR and Communications
Luke Kissam - CEO
John Steitz - President & COO
Scott Tozier - CFO
David Begleiter - Deutsche Bank
P J. Juvekar - Citi
Bob Koort - Goldman Sachs
Rob Walker - Jefferies
Jeff Zekauskas - JPMorgan
Kevin McCarthy - Bank of America
Mike Sison - KeyBanc
Dimitry Silversteyn - Longbow Research
Good day ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the first quarter 2012 Albemarle Corp earnings conference call. My name is Kim and I’ll be your coordinator for today. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. We will conduct a question-and-answer session at the end of today's conference. (Operator Instructions).
As a reminder this call is being recorded. I will now turn the conference over to your host for today's call Mr. Lorin Crenshaw, Director, Investor Relations and Communications. Please proceed, sir.
Thank you, Kim and welcome everyone to Albemarle’s first quarter 2012 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, Chief Executive Officer; John Steitz, President and Chief Operating Officer; and Scott Tozier, Chief Financial Officer. Before we get started, I would like to ask everyone once again 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 are available at our website under the Investor Section. We look forward to seeing many of you there.