Thank you, [Tara]. Good morning, everyone. Welcome to the Trinity Industries First Quarter 2012 Results Conference Call. I’m Gail Peck, Vice President and Treasurer of Trinity. Thank you for joining us today.
Following the introduction, you will hear from Tim Wallace, our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. After Tim, our business group leaders will provide overviews of the businesses within their respective groups.
Our speakers are, Steve Menzies, Senior Vice President and Group President of the Rail and Railcar Leasing Groups; Antonio Carrillo, Senior Vice President and Group President of the Energy Equipment Group; and Bill McWhirter, Senior Vice President and Group President of the Construction Products and Inland Barge Groups.
Following their comments, James Perry, our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will provide the financial summary and guidance. We will then move to the Q&A session. Mary Henderson, our Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, is also in the room with us today.
I will now turn the call over to Tim Wallace for his comments.
Thank you, Gail, and good morning, everyone. We’re off to a good start in 2012. The momentum in our railcar and barge business has generated operating leverage that enhanced our financial performance during the first quarter.
From an overall company perspective, I’m pleased with the way our businesses are leveraging off our multi-industry manufacturing platform to pursue growth opportunities in response to market demand.
Our railcar, barge and containers businesses continue to benefit from the shale, oil and gas exploration, and production activities that are well-positioned to capitalize as opportunities surface in the future. Demand for railcars in North America remain consistent during the first quarter. Steve will provide additional information on the railcar market during his comments.
Our railcar leasing business continues to perform well by obtaining higher lease rates and securing longer term leases. This trend continues to build a solid base of leasing revenues and profit.