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April 24, 2012, 08:00 AM ET
David Roberts - Chairman, President and CEO
Steven Ford - Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
James Bank - Citi Investment Research
Joshua Chan - Robert W. Baird & Co.
Saul Ludwig - Northcoast Research
Ivan Marcuse - KeyBanc Capital Markets
Good morning. My name is Brandy and I will be your conference operator today. At this time I would like to welcome everyone to the Carlisle Companies First Quarter Earnings Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers’ remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions) Thank you, Mr. David Roberts. You may begin your conference.
Thank you, Brandy. Good morning and welcome to Carlisle’s First Quarter 2012 Conference Call. Attending call with me is our CFO, Steve Ford, our CAO, Kevin Zdimal, and our Treasurer, Julie Chandler. On our website, you will find slides for today’s conference call. Those slides detail our first quarter performance. As in the past this call will provide additional color on our performance, but before we start the slide deck, let me say that our performance in the first quarter was nothing short of outstanding.
We made terrific progress in reaching our long term financial goals plus made another step in the globalization of our business, as we purchased the Dutch EPDM roofing manufacturer, Hertalan.
As we turn to the presentation please review Slide 2, titled forward-looking statements, which details the risk involved in making an investment in Carlisle.