Westlake Chemical (WLK)
Q1 2012 Earnings Call
May 01, 2012 11:00 am ET
David R. Hansen - Senior Vice President of Administration
Albert Y. Chao - Chief Executive Officer, President, Director, Member of Nominating & Governance Committee, Member of Compensation Committee and Member of Corporate Risk Committee
M. Steven Bender - Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer
Brian Maguire - Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Research Division
James Sheehan - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division
Donald Carson - Susquehanna Financial Group, LLLP, Research Division
Aleksey V. Yefremov - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division
Jeffrey J. Zekauskas - JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division
Hassan I. Ahmed - Alembic Global Advisors
Tarek Hamid - JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division
Gregg A. Goodnight - UBS Investment Bank, Research Division
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Westlake Chemical Corp. First Quarter 2012 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, ladies and gentlemen, this conference is being recorded today, May 1, 2012. I would now like to turn the call over to today's host, Dave Hansen, Westlake's Senior Vice President of Administration. Sir, you may begin.
David R. Hansen
Thank you. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us for the Westlake Chemical Corp. first quarter conference call. I am joined today by Albert Chao, our President and CEO; Steve Bender, our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; and other members of our management team.
The agenda for today will be as follows: Albert will first make a few comments regarding Westlake's performance in the first quarter and current perspective on the industry. Steve will then provide you with a more detailed look at our financial and operating results. Albert will have a few concluding comments, and then we will open up the call for questions.