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May 08, 2012 11:00 am ET
Michael J. Arougheti - President and Director
Penni F. Roll - Chief Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer
Jasper Burch - Macquarie Research
Joel J. Houck - Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Research Division
Greg Mason - Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., Research Division
Good morning, and welcome to Ares Capital Corporation's Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
Comments made during the course of this conference call and webcast and the accompanying documents contain forward-looking statements and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many of these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of the words such as anticipates, believes, expects, intends, will, should, may and similar expressions. The company's actual results could differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements for any reason, including those listed in the SEC filings. Ares Capital Corporation assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Please also note that past performance or market information is not a guarantee of future results.
During this conference call, the company may discuss core earnings per share or core EPS, which is a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by SEC Regulation G. Core EPS is the net per share increase or decrease in stockholders' equity resulting from operations, less realized and unrealized gains and losses, any incentive management fees attributable to such realized and unrealized gains and losses, and any income taxes related to such realized gains.