Big Lots (BIG)
Q1 2012 Earnings Call
May 23, 2012 8:00 am ET
Timothy A. Johnson - Senior Vice President of Finance
Joe R. Cooper - Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, Executive Vice President and President of Big Lots Canada
Steven S. Fishman - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Laura A. Champine - Canaccord Genuity, Research Division
Matthew R. Boss - JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division
Jeffrey S. Stein - Northcoast Research
David M. Mann - Johnson Rice & Company, L.L.C., Research Division
Peter J. Keith - Piper Jaffray Companies, Research Division
Daniel R. Wewer - Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Research Division
Charles X. Grom - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division
Anthony C. Lebiedzinski - Sidoti & Company, LLC
Patrick McKeever - MKM Partners LLC, Research Division
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Big Lots First Quarter 2012 Teleconference. This call is being recorded. [Operator Instructions] At this time, I would like to introduce today's first speaker, Senior Vice President of Finance, Tim Johnson. Please go ahead, sir.
Thanks, Chris, and thank you, everyone, for joining us for our first quarter conference call. With me here today in Columbus are Steve Fishman, our Chairman, CEO and President; Chuck Haubiel, Executive Vice President in Real Estate, Legal and General Counsel; Joe Cooper, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Big Lots and President of Big Lots Canada; and Tim Johnson, Senior Vice President of Finance.
Before we get started, I'd like to remind you that any forward-looking statements we make on today's call involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to our Safe Harbor provisions, as stated in our press release and SEC filings, and that actual results can differ materially from those described in our forward-looking statements.