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May 24, 2012 10:00 am ET
Scott P. Anderson - Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
R. Stephen Armstrong - Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Principal Accounting Officer and Treasurer
John Kreger - William Blair & Company L.L.C., Research Division
Michael R. Minchak - JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division
Elliot Feldman - Barclays Capital, Research Division
Robert M. Willoughby - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division
Erin E. Wilson - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division
Jonathan Block - SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., Research Division
Steven Valiquette - UBS Investment Bank, Research Division
Jason M. Bednar - Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division
S. Brandon Couillard - Jefferies & Company, Inc., Research Division
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Patterson Companies Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2012 Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] This conference is being recorded today, May 24, 2012. And I would now like to turn the conference over to Scott Anderson, President and CEO. Please go ahead.
Scott P. Anderson
Thank you, Douglas. Good morning, and thanks for taking time to participate in our fourth quarter earnings conference call. Joining me today is Steve Armstrong, our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, who will review some highlights of our fourth quarter performance, following my opening remarks.
Since Regulation FD prohibits us from providing investors with any earnings guidance unless we release that information simultaneously, we provided financial guidance for fiscal 2013 in our press release earlier this morning. This guidance is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause Patterson's actual results to vary from our forecast. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in detail in our annual report on Form 10-K and our other SEC filings, and we urge you to review this material.