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June 21, 2012 8:30 AM ET
Erica McLaughlin – Vice President, Investor Relations
Patrick Prevost – President and CEO
Eddie Cordeiro – Chief Financial Officer
Brian Berube – General Counsel
Saul Ludwig – NorthCoast Research
Laurence Alexander – Jefferies
John Roberts – Buckingham Research
Jeff Zekauskas – JP Morgan
James Sheehan – Deutsche Bank
Christopher Butler – Sidoti & Company
Andrew Dunn – KeyBanc Capital Markets
Bruce Zessar – Advisory Research
Good day, ladies and gentlemen. And welcome to the Cabot Corporation Norit Acquisition Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later we’ll facilitate a question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions)
As a reminder, this conference is being recorded for replay purposes. I would now like to turn the call over to Erica McLaughlin, Vice President of Investor Relations. You may proceed.
Thank you. Good morning. I would like to welcome you to the Cabot Corporation Norit acquisition teleconference. Here this afternoon are Patrick Prevost, Cabot’s President and CEO; Eddie Cordeiro, Cabot’s Chief Financial Officer; and Brian Berube, Cabot’s General Counsel.
This morning we announced, we have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Norit N.V., a copy of the press release is posted on the Investor Relations section of our website. For those on our mailing list, you received a press release either by e-mail or fax. If you are not on our mailing list and are interested in receiving this information in the future, please contact Investor Relations. The slide deck that accompanies this call is also available on the Investor Relations portion of our website, and will be available in conjunction with the replay of the call.